In an Epoch Health podcast, Dr. Ann Corson spoke with Prof. Dr. Mattias Desmet, the world’s leading expert on the theory of mass formation and its application on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Desmet discussed the degeneration of modern science and explained the effects this has had on society, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic and how this had led to a global mass formation. He goes into great detail on what exactly causes mass formation and how people can resist the mass.
Science: From ‘Truth Speech’ to a Dogmatic IdeologyDuring the COVID-19 pandemic, there were many questionable methodologies used by the scientific community to justify their actions. However, in order for these actions to be taken in the first place, there needed to be a system in place to enable such things to happen. Dr. Desmet explained that science, once a form of truthful observation and thinking, devolved into a dogmatic ideology.
In the beginning, around the 17th century, “science represented a discourse through which a minority went against an established discourse,” namely established religion. In the beginning, science was a pragmatic form of truthful speaking, it was to listen to what nature had to say and observe the phenomena of nature, “without being blinded or [deafened] because of the prejudices and the … dogmas of the mainstream discourse,” he said.
“For us, slowly, this minority became the dominant, and the more it became the dominant discourse itself, the more dogmatic [it became].” It evolved from looking at the world in an open-minded way to an ideology or belief. Belief means prejudice, and people started to believe the universe was a machine, “that nothing existed except material particles,” that everything was logically deductible, he explained. “That's what science, the scientific ideology, represents.”
“When a certain theory, a certain view of the world, starts to become dominant, when the majority of the people start to believe in a certain discourse, that discourse becomes the privileged instrument—to manipulate society, to be successful, for instance, to win money, to have a grip on society and so on. And that's what happened with scientific discourse,” he said. This resulted in this perverted state of science, especially in the medical sciences.
Dr. Desmet said that, for him, it all began in 2005, when “it became clear that for instance, in the medical sciences, up to 85 percent of the papers cannot be reproduced, which is dramatic, of course.” A separate research group, for example, would repeat the same analysis on the same data and find radically different results than the first research group.
It became clear that several factors played a role, such as massive errors in calculation and statistical analysis. “Many scientists used [the] wrong methods to analyze data, [they used] sloppy, sloppy methods. And then also there was much more fraud than was ever… before. So for all kinds of reasons, a lot of the academic research proved to be unreliable and without much value.”
Dr. Desmet had done plenty of research in this regard and even wrote his PhD about this phenomenon. When addressing his colleagues and telling them about this phenomenon, “most of [them] refused to see what I had… when I tried to show them [they] even became angry with me.”
“I had the impression that the group dynamics and mass psychology were responsible for this blindness and for their radical incapability to see the absurdity of the research they were doing.”
Mass Psychology and COVID-19At the beginning of the pandemic, Desmet immediately saw that the way the dangerousness of the virus was measured was flawed.
“I immediately had the impression that this research dramatically overrated the dangers, the dangers of the virus.” Dr. Desmet said that people might be infected with COVID-19, but the deaths linked to COVID-19 were in fact mostly in those who already had serious comorbidities. There was plenty of “data, showing that most people who were registered as corona victims actually suffered from three or four major other medical conditions.”
“They always make this measurement that confirms their own subjective preferences, meaning that in this case, all these… global institutions such as the WEF, the WHO, the UN, all these institutions actually selected counting methods that confirmed the narrative that they wanted to distribute, namely, we are dealing with an extremely dangerous virus.” Yet when Dr. Desmet published opinions and papers detailing the empirical evidence, it was clear that people didn’t want to hear it.
‘Mass Formation Is Extreme Collectivism’“Mass formation has existed for as long as mankind exists,” Desmet said. The Crusades, Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, and many more phenomena were an example of mass formation. It will exist as long as mankind exists, and there are very specific conditions that need to be met for it to take place, he explained.
The first condition is a sort of isolation, where people feel disconnected from their environment.
“We've seen throughout the last few centuries that the number of people feeling isolated, feeling lonely, and disconnected from their environment is constantly increasing,” he said. “And that's a consequence of the industrialization of mechanization. It's clear that… loneliness almost perfectly correlated to the industrialization and mechanization of development and the use of technology, which might sound [paradoxical], but it isn't.”
Dr. Desmet said feeling disconnected will then lead to a lack of meaning that bridges over to anxiety, depression, and frustration, “because as human beings experience meaning, we see that we have an effect on the other—and if the connection with the other deteriorates or disappears then these spontaneous experiences will maybe not manifest anymore.”
“Once people feel disconnected and struggle with lack of meaning [they] may typically be confronted with anxiety, free-floating anxiety, frustration, and aggression … people feel anxious or aggressive but don’t know what they’re anxious, frustrated, or aggressive for.”
“And that’s an extremely precarious mental state, because if you're anxious, and you don’t know what you’re anxious for, you just feel completely out of control. You cannot protect yourself from something that makes you anxious if you don't know what makes you anxious. So in this state, people are—if under these conditions, someone distributes a narrative, preferably through the mass media, indicating an object of anxiety and at the same time a strategy to deal with the object of anxiety, then all this free-floating anxiety latches onto the object of anxiety and there might be a huge willingness to execute this strategy to deal with the object of anxiety, even if the strategy is absurd.”
This strategy turns into a ritual, which doesn’t “ have to be rational. They [the rituals] have a social function, a personal function, and an effective function,” which is all they need.
Dr. Desmet says that “mass formation is extreme collectivism.” It “destroys individuals' ethical self awareness and robs them of their ability to think critically.”
“A mass is a kind of group that emerges not because individuals connect to each other; the mass is a group that emerges because each individual separately connects to the collective. Meaning that this famous, typical ‘solidarity’ that exists in a mass is never a solidarity between individuals. It’s a solidarity between all individuals, separately, and the collective. The longer the mass formation exists, the more all the love and all psychological energy is sucked away from the connections between the individuals who bond with other individuals, and is invested in bond between the individuals and the collective, meaning that in the end, people feel much more solidarity for the collective than for someone else.”
The ‘Real Enemy’During the course of the pandemic crisis, some have pointed at the “elite” as the true enemy and cause of the crisis. Desmet disagrees.
“From the French Revolution onwards, you can say, a new elite, which immediately understood that the new leaders, the politicians, were not really leaders anymore. They were followers because they had to be elected by the masses, they knew that they couldn't really lead the masses. They had to follow the masses. And that's where the leaders of society started to realize that they needed something else. They needed propaganda and indoctrination to constantly manipulate the masses, and to constantly try to steer them when they wanted to get them.” Indoctrination and propaganda it the subject of Desmet’s next book, which he is currently working on.
The elite is certainly powerful, and propaganda is real, Desmet said, but that is not what we are truly facing.
“The real enemy is a certain way of thinking, it's a certain view of man and the world, the mechanistic, rationalist view of man and the world. It's this delusional belief that we can understand everything on a rational basis, that we can control everything rationally, and that we should manipulate everything rationally.” It’s precisely this worldview that leads to an elite that would try to control society, he added.
“It’s this mechanistic thinking that is the real enemy, that leads to the development of this new elite and at the same time, that brings the population in this specific psychological state, where it is so sensitive for manipulation, where it is so sensitive for indoctrination propaganda.”
“Hannah Arendt says totalitarianism is always a diabolic pact between the masses and the elite, and that’s true. But it’s wrong to say that it’s all the fault and only the fault of the elite. If we would destroy the elite, the problem would not be solved. The same elite would be recreated again if the population continues to be in the grip of this rationalist, mechanist view of man and the world. That’s why it is wrong to analyze everything in terms of one large conspiracy and nothing else. If that’s the analysis you start from, then the logical, strategical conclusion, the tactical conclusion will be that we need a violent revolution against the elite—and if we do that, we will destroy ourselves,” he said. “The elite is also something that is created by the population.”
Resisting the MassSo how do we resist the mass? Dr. Desmet says “the most important principle is that we always have to continue to speak out. That's the most important principle. So mass formation is kind of [like] hypnosis, it's identical.”
“Usually dissonant voices won't succeed [in] waking up the masses. But … that doesn't mean that the dissonant voice doesn't have an effect, it has an effect. It has the effect that the mass formation doesn't become deeper.”
“As a human being, I believe we have the ethical duty to always articulate the words that seem sincere and honest to us … and that in this pool of darkness, tries to represent a little bit of light, and gets more and more in touch with the ethical principles of humanity, and tries to live up to these principles.”
Those who do “usually go through a fast process of evolution, they become stronger and stronger and stronger as human beings … That’s the most profound reason, the ethical reason, why we have to choose to continue to speak out… also from a tactical point of view, this will be the best choice we can make.”
"If you, this group who doesn't go along with the narrative, makes the right choice, you will start to see that this crisis was meant to be there. We need this crisis. It's a process in which a large organism, a dominant society, puts a large pressure on a small organism—and pushes it on a path where it would not go wrong, if there was this large path who puts this pressure on," he said.
“But if we choose to remain silent, or if we refuse to try to reinvent and rearticulate the ethical principles of humanity in this period, in these times, then the opposite will happen. The masses will probably first destroy the people who do not go along with them, and then they will start to destroy themselves, and in the end, it will be one pure, destructive process.”
But it’s absolutely critical that we do so peacefully and reasonably. “While [the mass] probably will show the tendency to dehumanize us, we should not react in the same way, because if we react in the same way we will destroy ourselves and everything will become meaningless,” he said.
“If we are convinced that… that the elite is pure evil and the rest of us are merely victims, then, as I said, the only conclusion is violence.”
It’s vital that “we continue to speak in a sincere and honest way, not because we are convinced that we are the only ones who know the truth, and all the rest are liars and so on… if we feel that, to our own best understanding something is right, sincere and honest, then we have to articulate it.”
“And you know, we don't have to be blind… terrible things happened, wars were provoked, famine… millions of people were sent into debt by the elite. That's all true. That's all true. And I know that's true. But it's also true that the population is responsible, that the elite is also something that is created by the population that emerges from the population.”