Sep 18, 2009

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Gustave Le Bon’s The Crowd,
Chapter 4: “A Religious Shape Assumed by all the Convictions of Crowds”

Chapter 4“A Religious Shape Assumed by all the Convictions of Crowds”What is meant by the religious sentiment — It is independent of the worship of a divinity — Its characteristics — The strength of convictions assuming a religious shape — Various examples — Popular gods have never disappeared — New forms under which they are revived...

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Sep 11, 2009

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Gustave Le Bon’s The Crowd,
Chapter 3: “The Ideas, Reasoning Power, and Imagination of Crowds”

Chapter 3“The Ideas, Reasoning Power, and Imagination of Crowds”§ 1. The ideas of crowds. Fundamental and accessory ideas — How contradictory ideas may exist simultaneously — The transformation that must be undergone by lofty ideas before they are accessible to crowds — The social influence of ideas is independent of the degree of truth they may...

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Sep 10, 2009

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Gustave Le Bon’s The Crowd:
Chapter 2, “The Sentiments and Morality of Crowds,” continued

Chapter 2“The Sentiments and Morality of Crowds,”Continued§ 3. The exaggeration and ingenuousness of the sentiments of crowds. Crowds do not admit doubt or uncertainty, and always go to extremes — Their sentiments always excessive. § 4. The intolerance, dictatorialness, and conservatism of crowds. The reasons of these sentiments — The servility of crowds...

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Sep 9, 2009

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Gustave Le Bon’s The Crowd:
Chapter 2, “The Sentiments and Morality of Crowds”

Chapter 2“The Sentiments and Morality of Crowds”§ 1. Impulsiveness, mobility, and irritability of crowds. The crowd is at the mercy of all exterior exciting causes, and reflects their incessant variations — The impulses which the crowd obeys are so imperious as to annihilate the feeling of personal interest — Premeditation is absent from crowds —...

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Sep 8, 2009

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Gustave Le Bon’s The Crowd:
Chapter 1

Chapter 1“General Characteristics of Crowds — Psychological Law of their Mental Unity”What constitutes a crowd from the psychological point of view — A numerically strong agglomeration of individuals does not suffice to form a crowd — Special characteristics of psychological crowds — The turning in a fixed direction of the ideas and sentiments of...

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Sep 7, 2009

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Gustave Le Bon’s The Crowd:
Introduction, “The Era of Crowds”

The evolution of the present age — The great changes in civilization are the consequence of changes in National thought — Modern belief in the power of crowds — It transforms the traditional policy of the European states — How the rise of the popular classes comes about, and the manner in which they exercise their power — The necessary consequences of...

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Sep 5, 2009

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Gustave Le Bon’s The Crowd:
Preface

The following work is devoted to an account of the characteristics of crowds.The whole of the common characteristics with which heredity endows the individuals of a race constitute the genius of the race. When, however, a certain number of these individuals are gathered together in a crowd for purposes of action, observation proves that, from the mere fact of their being assembled,...

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