#Book Review: Invisible Influence by Kevin Hogan | #SocialEngineering | #Persuasion

An In-Depth Look At The Persuasive Influence Which Can Be Cast Upon Others


BreakawayIndividual
Zy Marquiez
July 8, 2019

In plainspeak, this book regards social engineering, which is a social tool that individuals may employ to influence others or even themselves, to take specific actions.  Admittedly, these actions could be positive or negative depending on the intent of the social engineer.

Though I was unfamiliar with the work of Kevin Hogan in the past, with his execution of this particular book he’s certainly earned my respect.

Invisible Influence is a very pragmatic and easy to follow book that allows people to see part of the wide range that persuasion entails.

At its core, book is essentially split into two parts.   The first part of the book brings about many examples of how subtle ways of social engineering are often employed.  To that end, the fact that the book didn’t overuse technical jargon allows it to flow seamlessly.  And although the book didn’t offer as much source data as I would have appreciated, it’s still constructed in such a way that individuals may draw significant information from it.

Hogan provides ample cogent explanations that followed his many persuasion examples, and these were  top-tier.  Various examples were used to bring about a kaleidoscope of information to provide a stronger fulcrum for the author’s thesis of the invisible influence individuals may have over others and even themselves.

Reading the book, the reader is able to realize how the possibilities of the techniques the book features can certainly multiply to a hitherto unforeseen and incredible extent.  This provides a good segue to venture into the second half of the book.

The second half of the book is composed of 52 techniques that will help an individual become adept at social engineering at an entry level, some of which you can apply to yourself, which was unexpected but appreciated.

Subjectively speaking, this part alone was work the price of the book.  Each of the techniques mentioned follow a stark  methodology that is sure to make proactive mindful individuals cognizant of part of the spectrum that persuasion entails.

Invisible Influence is rousing in its possibilities as it is subtle in its approach.  A great bonus is that the author is candid when making the point of how individuals should be aware of how these influences can shape circumstances for better or worse.

In an age where a certain sect of the population, or certain social groups, are nigh always seeking others to conform, whether they realize it or not, the availability of such information should not be glossed over in any way whatsoever.

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Suggested Reading & Watching:

The Tavistock Institute: Social Engineering The Masses by Daniel Estulin
Social Engineering 101
Lessons From Orwell’s 1984
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What Our List Of Most Banned Books Says About Our Society’s Fears
Logical Fallacies Employed In Every Day Life
Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto
Weapons Of Mass Instruction by John Taylor Gatto
13 Great Reasons To Study Logic
How A Generation Lost Its Culture – by Professor Patrick Deneen
A Different Kind Of Teacher by John Taylor Gatto
Socratic Logic by Peter Kreeft Ph.D.
Philosophy 101 by Peter Kreeft Ph.D.
Brave New World & Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley
What Is Education?  The Elite Curriculum – John Taylor Gatto
Astroturfing & Manipulation Of Media Messages – Sharyl Attkisson
Breakaway Guide To Censorship, Disinformation, Logical Fallacies & More
How To Read A Book by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren
History So It Doesn’t Repeat – The Deliberate Dumbing Down Of America With Charlotte Iserbyt
Classrooms Of The Heart [Documentary] – John Taylor Gatto
Sumerhill School – A New View On Childhood by A.S. Neil
Dialectical Thinking – Zeno, Socrates, Kant, Marx by Tommi Juhani Hanjijarvi Ph.D.
Underground History Of American Education With John Taylor Gatto
The True Purpose Of Modern Schooling
Getting Things Done by David Allen
Open-Source Method: Genius Education – Examples | John Taylor Gatto
The Trivium – The Liberal Arts Of Logic, Grammar & Rhetoric by Sister Miriam Joseph Ph.D.
Cultural Literacy – What Every American Needs To Know
by E.D. Hirsch Jr.
A Rulebook For Arguments by Anthony Weston
A Workbook For Arguments by David R. Morrow & Anthony Wesson
Drilling Through The Core – Why Common Core Is Bad For American Education by Sandra Stotsky & Contributors

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About The Author:

Zy Marquiez is an avid book reviewer, inquirer, an open-minded skeptic, yogi, and freelance writer who aims at empowering individuals while also studying and regularly mirroring subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, The Individual, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.