Cass Sunstein – Cognitive infiltration

Cass Robert Sunstein FBA is an American legal scholar, particularly in the fields of constitutional law, administrative law, environmental law, and law and behavioral economics, who was the Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2012. For 27 years, Sunstein taught at the University of Chicago Law School. Sunstein is the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School.More at Wikipedia

Sunstein suggests that the government should use conspiracies (i.e., cognitive infiltration, social interference via cognitive diversity) to stop debates about governmental conspiracies – an absurd idea which he articulated in several papers. Given his position as a presidential adviser it is realistic to assume that his ideas have real-world impact. Sunstein is known for his “nudge theory” of behaviour modification (cf. linguistic thought control and subliminal indoctrination).

See also: The origins of the “conspiracy meme”:

The “conspiracy meme” as a linguistic tool for memetic hegemony

Origins of the “conspiracy meme”
Conspiracy-theories-causes-and-cures

References

Sunstein, C. R.. (2006). Irreversible and catastrophic. Cornell Law Review

Plain numerical DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.707128
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Sunstein, C. R.. (2000). Group dynamics. Law and Literature

Plain numerical DOI: 10.1080/1535685X.2000.11015605
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Jolls, C., Sunstein, C. R., & Thaler, R.. (1998). A Behavioral Approach to Law and Economics. Stanford Law Review

Plain numerical DOI: 10.2307/1229304
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Thaler, R., & Sunstein, C.. (2008). Nudge. Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling

Plain numerical DOI: 10.1007/s10602-008-9056-2
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Sunstein, C. R.. (2005). Moral heuristics. Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Plain numerical DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X05000099
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Sunstein, C. R.. (1999). The Law of Group Polarization. SSRN

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Thaler, R. H., & Sunstein, C. R.. (2003). Libertarian paternalism. In American Economic Review

Plain numerical DOI: 10.1257/000282803321947001
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Sunstein, C. R.. (2014). Nudging: A Very Short Guide. Journal of Consumer Policy

Plain numerical DOI: 10.1007/s10603-014-9273-1
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Sunstein, C. R.. (2001). Cass R. Sunstein. Virginia Law Review

Plain numerical DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.2733142
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Sunstein, C. R.. (2006). Infotopia: How Many Minds Produce Knowledge. First Monday

Plain numerical DOI: 10.1017/S1537592708080821
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Sunstein, C. R.. (1996). Social Norms and Social Roles. Columbia Law Review

Plain numerical DOI: 10.2307/1123430
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Selinger, E., & Whyte, K.. (2011). Is There a Right Way to Nudge? The Practice and Ethics of Choice Architecture. Sociology Compass

Plain numerical DOI: 10.1111/j.1751-9020.2011.00413.x
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Sunstein, C. R., & Thaler, R. H.. (2003). Libertarian Paternalism is Not an Oxymoron. SSRN

doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.405940

Sugden, R.. (2009). On nudging: A review of nudge: Improving decisions about health, wealth and happiness by Richard H. Thaler and cass R. Sunstein. International Journal of the Economics of Business

Plain numerical DOI: 10.1080/13571510903227064
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Sunstein, C. R.. (2013). The storrs lectures: Behavioral economics and paternalism. Yale Law Journal

Plain numerical DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.2182619
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Dominici, F., Greenstone, M., & Sunstein, C. R.. (2014). Particulate matter matters. Science

Plain numerical DOI: 10.1126/science.1247348
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Sunstein, C. R.. (2005). Laws of fear: Beyond the precautionary principle. Laws of Fear: Beyond the Precautionary Principle

Plain numerical DOI: 10.1017/CBO9780511790850
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Sunstein, C. R.. (2014). Why nudge?: The politics of libertarian paternalism (the Storrs Lectures series). The Politics of Libertarian Paternalism

Plain numerical DOI: 10.1007/s12115-015-9975-2
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Sunstein, C. R., & Vermeule, A.. (2009). Symposium on conspiracy theories: Conspiracy theories: Causes and cures. In Journal of Political Philosophy

Plain numerical DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9760.2008.00325.x
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Sunstein, C. R.. (2003). Terrorism and Probability Neglect. Journal of Risk and Uncertainty

Plain numerical DOI: 10.1023/A:1024111006336
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Sunstein, C. R.. (2000). Deliberative Trouble? Why Groups Go to Extremes. Yale Law Journal

Plain numerical DOI: 10.2307/797587
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Sunstein, C. R.. (2014). The Ethics of Nudging. SSRN

doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2526341