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Offline ethercat

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Sex, Drugs, and Cults
« on: July 04, 2009, 14:50 »
Now that I got your attention ...   ;)

The full title of this heady and academic article is Sex, Drugs, and Cults. An evolutionary psychology perspective on why and how cult memes get a drug-like hold on people, and what might be done to mitigate the effects.  Written by H. Keith Henson, who has been a scientology critic since the first time in the mid 90s that scientology tampered with the net and the free flow of conversation thereon, it looks at why people are susceptible to cults in general, and scientology in particular, and how we might use this knowledge to mitigate it. 

From the abstract:
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In the aggregate,  memes constitute human culture. Most are useful. But a whole class of memes (cults, ideologies, etc.) have no obvious replication drivers. Why are some humans highly susceptible to such memes?

Continue reading at http://www.human-nature.com/nibbs/02/cults.html

It's a long read compared to many things on the net, but well worth it.
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Re: Sex, Drugs, and Cults
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2009, 14:54 »
Oh, good link. I can second this recommendation.

Get a cool drink and a snack and take a bathroom break before you sit down to read it; it is worth the time.
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