When Prophecy Fails

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Pinter & Martin Ltd, Jan 1, 2009 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 257 pages
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In 1954 Leon Festinger, a brilliant young experimental social psychologist in the process of outlining a new theory of human behavior - the theory of cognitive dissonance - and his colleagues infiltrated a cult who believed the end of the world was only months away. How would these people feel when their prophecy remained unfulfilled? Would they admit the error of their prediction, or would they readjust their reality to make sense of the new circumstances?

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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  - 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

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

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