Critics suggest that Joseph Smith hypnotized or in some other way (2nd sight is often offered) influenced the witnesses. That is, in their view the 11+ witnesses never saw the Golden Plates. Instead, critics suggest Joseph either hypnotized or convinced them they saw something that they really never did. The video below is interesting.
These people in the video below appear to be in a hypnotic state. However, could these people have seen Golden Plates — while in a hypnotic sleep — and reported about it?
Most people are not susceptible to hypnosis. Only about 5-10% are highly susceptible. The witnesses were not hypnotized. Lots of evidence demonstrates otherwise.
From the video introduction:
“Most people think hypnosis is some kind of trick. Religion calls it sinful.
Science has questioned its very existence. Hypnotist, Laughologist and acclaimed Filmmaker Albert Nerenberg, asks: What happens if you run a series of standard hypnotic inductions on a large crowd such as the audience at TEDXQueens.
Is hypnosis fake? Let’s find out. The results are stunning. This comical presentation may finally provide a street science explanation for how hypnosis actually works.”
Can hypnosis make me do something against my will?
Absolutely not! If you have ever seen a stage hypnotist, he or she appears to make people do strange things while hypnotized. Stage hypnosis, however, is entertainment and showmanship is a major factor. The truth is that participating subjects are volunteers who desire to be part of the show. A hypnotist cannot make anyone act in a way that is contrary to the person’s own values, beliefs or moral standards.
What if I don’t wake up?
No one has ever been stuck in a terminal state of hypnosis. It simply cannot happen. Although hypnosis may resemble sleep, it is a completely different state, psychologically and physically. If the hypnotist left the room, the subject would eventually either fall asleep or break the hypnotic state naturally. In fact, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis.