Group Minds

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Group Minds is a very interesting and informative piece. Author Doris Lessing does a very good job trying to inform people about what is wrong with groups changing your opinion, and the idea that we do not use the information we have to improve ourselves. She offers a lot of good information, including an experiment that adds to her opinion about social groups.

The author does a really good job getting her point across throughout the paper. "When were in a group, we tend to think as that group does:" She also brings up the fact of joining a group to find people like ourselves, but that group might start to change our opinions or views. Another interesting point is the experiment that is brought up. The experiment had to do with two boards at different lengths but the lengths were not easily noticeable. A group of a few people would be instructed that the boards were the same and they would argue in favor of this. A pair of people wouldn't be instructed and would find out for themselves that the boards aren't the same.

"We (the human race) are now in possession of a great deal of hard information about ourselves, but we do not use it to improve our institutions and therefore our lives."

Doris Lessing delivers a good message in this excerpt. It is a fairly easy piece to follow. The author does a good job by bringing a lot of information including an experiment. If you don't think for yourself you may never get a chance to be an individual, you just part of a group. "It is information that will set people free from blind loyalties, obedience to slogans, rhetoric, leaders, group emotions.
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