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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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