Ordinary Citizens Brainwashed to Carry Out Assassination on Discovery Channel's 'Curiosity', October 28

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October 18th, 2012

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Brainwashed, premieres Sunday, Oct. 28 at 9 PM E/P on Discovery Channel’s groundbreaking CURIOSITY series

(Los Angeles, Calif.) – Are we truly in command of our own minds? Can a word or gesture turn us into puppets for others to control? To find out, a team of leading experts and researchers will attempt to pull off an experiment that some say should have never been conducted: to see if ordinary, law-abiding citizens can be brainwashed to take action beyond their control and turned into assassins.

“Brainwashed,” airing Sunday, Oct. 28 at 9 PM E/P on Discovery Channel’s CURIOSITY series, follows a group of individuals who agree to participate in a televised study about hypnosis. However, what they don’t know is that over the next few days, each will be asked to complete a series of increasingly demanding tasks, designed to whittle down the most susceptible to hypnosis and commanded to kill.

Some researchers believe the ability to control a person’s mind is simply fiction, like a scene from The Manchurian Candidate. While others suggest that brainwashing could have been behind some of the most shocking crimes in history such as the assassination of Robert Kennedy or Patty Hearst’s participation in crimes with her kidnappers. What’s the truth? Are such sensational claims even possible? Can the human mind be programmed?

Hypnotist Tom Silver, tasked with leading the group through the activities, believes hypnosis can be used as tool to heal but needs to be respected. “I believe hypnosis does have the potential to control someone’s mind and actions,” he said. “That’s something that a lot of hypnotherapists don’t want to talk about – it’s something they’re scared of.”

In this ground-breaking experiment, CURIOSITY taps into the minds of these unsuspecting individuals to see whether it’s possible to strip away a person’s free will and ultimately carry out a task that most would never think possible.

CURIOSITY, now in its second season on Discovery Channel, brings the ‘I wonder?’ moment to television with a unique array of provocative subjects. The next episode, airing Sunday, Nov. 4, looks at the latest scientific research – combined with CGI technology – to expose a cell’s daily struggles against enemy intruders.
“Brainwashed” is produced by Atlas Media Corp. for Discovery Channel. CURIOSITY is overseen by Vice President, Development and Production Howard Swartz and Senior Vice President, Development and Production Simon Andreae. To learn more, go to www.discovery.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/discovery and on Twitter @Discovery. Nissan is a presenting sponsor of “Brainwashed.”


About Discovery Channel
Discovery Channel is dedicated to creating the highest quality non-fiction content that informs and entertains its consumers about the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. The network, which is distributed to 100.8 million U.S. homes, can be seen in 210 countries and territories, offering a signature mix of compelling, high-end production values and vivid cinematography across genres including, science and technology, exploration, adventure, history and in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the people, places and organizations that shape and share our world. For more information, please visit www.discovery.com.


About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world's #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.8 billion cumulative subscribers in 209 countries and territories. Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity through 149 worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Investigation Discovery, as well as U.S. joint venture networks OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, The Hub and 3net, the first 24-hour 3D network. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools and owns and operates a diversified portfolio of digital media services, including Revision3. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.

  • Noelle

    Why would they experiment by telling people to kill someone? This is ridiculous.

  • Voltron

    If any of this legit, I hope one of these subjects actually attempts some sort of violent crime so that this sort of thing doesn’t happen again. So the producers hypnotize these people to perform awful acts and then the cameras go off and its so long! So now these TV people exploit these subjects and send them off in the world and who knows what sort of effects this leaves them with. What an incredibly dangerous and stupid experiment to perform just out of the desperation to get a TV show produced or for ratings. Just a sad state of affairs …

  • Fake Me Out

    Ignore this comment, just testing to see if you can add tables in comments.


    Ignore this comment, just testing to see if you can add tables in comments.

  • Fake Me Out

    And the answer is no … at least not the normal way

  • rawrface

    Well, that seems like quite the dangerous experiment… maybe something smaller? Considering people have been SUCCESSFULLY brainwashed to kill before this is a terrible idea. Also, as a hypnotist myself, I find this dumb.

    Oh! If you’d like to learn hypnosis, IT’S EASY, then check out my website… Although I’m NOT saying you should brainwash…

  • Susannah Saunders

    If it were truly possible to take over other people’s minds, hypnotists would be ruling the world. I am a psychology major and a hypnotherapist and the only way a subconscious suggestion can influence another person’s behaviour is if they are open and receptive to that suggestion. Take, for example, the phenomenon of contagious yawning: as soon as one person yawns, it often causes other people around them to yawn automatically. However, if someone was not tired or were in a situation where yawning would be considered inappropriate or rude, they could fight and resist the urge. It is simply not possible to make people do something against their will. Participants who take part in stage hypnosis shows or a TV show, are almost always extroverts and feel secure in the knowledge that they are taking part in the name of entertainment and thus would not be allowed to do something that could cause harm to themselves or other people. If you would like to know more about hypnosis and its application, please visit http://www.cityhypno.co.uk

  • TJW

    Just watched it. Completely ridiculous show. All participants are paid actors. Truly a laugh fest.

  • K. Beatch

    This show was complete BS. Not what I would expect from the Discovery Channel.

  • Eric shaw

    I was brainwashed in 2018. I was sent back into time to try to figure out what is wrong with my brain and save my father. If you are reading this please help me.

  • MBT

    Unfortunately, I think it was real. Being a therapist and clinical hypnotherapist, I never believed it was possible. But then they did administer psychological tests, so the guy that followed through with it probably had the propensity somewhere…most impressive was watching him calmly sitting in a bathtub full of ice, which the others couldn’t do.

  • Steve

    Just finished watching it, if this experiment is 100% real, then I am very scared for America. Our government has brainwashed people before, it was well documented and its a fact. This would just prove that they can make some people do unthinkable things. It would also further my suspicions that James Holmes was brainwashed…

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