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Review: When Prophecy Fails: a Social and Psychological Study of a Modern Group that Predicted the Destruction of the World

User Review  - Stephen Cranney - Goodreads

As a piece of social science it wasn't much. His observers were too numerous in such a small group not to have an affect on the group, always raising the question of what might have happened had they ... Read full review

Review: When Prophecy Fails: a Social and Psychological Study of a Modern Group that Predicted the Destruction of the World

User Review  - Deva - Goodreads

It's very strange that the human mind works such that when people are proved unequivocally wrong, they find ways to double down on their beliefs. Also going for this book: UFO's, automatic writing, seances, and the apocalypse. Read full review

Review: When Prophecy Fails: A Social and Psychological Study of A Modern Group that Predicted the Destruction of the World

User Review  - Ricardo - Goodreads

Interesting book on an important concept. However, the narrative of Mrs. Keech's group is too detailed, to the point of being almost just an academic exercise. In contrast, this same academic value is ... Read full review

Review: When Prophecy Fails: a Social and Psychological Study of a Modern Group that Predicted the Destruction of the World

User Review  - Stringy - Goodreads

This report on cognitive dissonance was the beginning of the shift in psychology from Behaviourism to Cognitivism in the USA. The researchers observed a group expecting spacemen to pick them up before ... Read full review

Review: When Prophecy Fails: a Social and Psychological Study of a Modern Group that Predicted the Destruction of the World

User Review  - Tom - Goodreads

A fascinating and ambitious study but I can't really accept its conclusions because the method of study was so invasive. I mean let's work this out, we've got a cult of maybe a dozen people, six or ... Read full review

Review: When Prophecy Fails: a Social and Psychological Study of a Modern Group that Predicted the Destruction of the World

User Review  - Sam - Goodreads

What an odd, fascinating book this is! It comes from a time when the social sciences could get away with a lot of things that nowadays would be considered highly unethical -- many of the critiques of ... Read full review

Review: When Prophecy Fails: A Social and Psychological Study of A Modern Group that Predicted the Destruction of the World

User Review  - Laura Short - Goodreads

Clearly questionably ethical methods, but a really fascinating study nonetheless... Read full review

Review: When Prophecy Fails: a Social and Psychological Study of a Modern Group that Predicted the Destruction of the World

User Review  - Jo - Goodreads

This is a wonderful book on so many levels. It's a pioneering example of participant observation - it's an example of participant observation where the observer became part of the experiment. It's an ... Read full review

Review: When Prophecy Fails: a Social and Psychological Study of a Modern Group that Predicted the Destruction of the World

User Review  - Lars Roest - Goodreads

I discovered this book by looking up the the term "cognitive dissonance" on Wikipedia. I am interested in this since I at 18 years old was persuaded to join a cult called the "Church" of Scientology ... Read full review

Review: When Prophecy Fails: a Social and Psychological Study of a Modern Group that Predicted the Destruction of the World

User Review  - Bryan Murphy - Goodreads

A classic, and a very timely one, too, with the end of the world approaching yet again. Helps explain why people continue to believe in woo when it never delivers. Read full review


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