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someonestole shell
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Off topic slightly

 I bought the Lore of the Land book yesterday (in Australia mind you). Nice coincidence I think.

On the topic of mass hallucinations. I myself,do not believe in them. I understood hallucinations to be from the depths of you own mind,that has been manipulated by drugs/illness etc. Therefore mass hallucinations are not possible and I think someone already quoted them to be a "personal" thing/image.
If telepathy is a possible explanation,then I would find it quite frightening. The fact that I could have my thoughts or perceptions manipulated by another is a bit creepy.

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someonestole shell
someonestole shell wrote:

 I bought the Lore of the Land book yesterday (in Australia mind you). Nice coincidence I think.

On the topic of mass hallucinations. I myself,do not believe in them. I understood hallucinations to be from the depths of you own mind,that has been manipulated by drugs/illness etc. Therefore mass hallucinations are not possible and I think someone already quoted them to be a "personal" thing/image.
If telepathy is a possible explanation,then I would find it quite frightening. The fact that I could have my thoughts or perceptions manipulated by another is a bit creepy.

You are actually back on topic, and we have been straying although telepathy is another can of worms, personally I don't believe in it, but the I don't know much about it.

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Witch Trials

Most of the witch trials involved mass hallucinations which proved to be suggestions taken up by one and all in a state of hysteria. 

Darkfaery
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Re: Mass Hallucination

 Hi,
I can think of one form of mass hallucination and that is during the process of so called 'transfiguration'.
Many times I have stood amongst a group of people who have all been asked to look at a person stood in front of them, usually in a half light and observe how that persons face transforms.
I have heard  murmers ranging from, he has grown a beard, he's turned into a ape, he's become Chinese!!! It's amazing that it only takes one person to make a comment about a facial change and suddenly the whole group can see it. 

Personally I feel it's down to making 'sense out of chaos'. It's like when you are shown a photograph and told that there is a face on it that shouldn't be there. Quite often there is a natural reason for this, such as stains on a wall or reflections of light or an object photographed at an unusual angle.

Darkfaery



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