Re[6]: Memetic Parasitism

From: Keith Henson (
Date: Wed 27 Jul 2005 - 17:17:14 GMT

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    At 07:26 PM 26/07/05 +0100, Robin wrote:
    >Tuesday, July 26, 2005, 3:38:27 PM, Keith wrote:
    > > At 05:25 PM 25/07/05 +0100, Robin wrote:
    > > snip
    > >>I have no problem with attention-reward being a significant factor in
    > >>cults, but I see no reason to believe there are no other significant
    > >>factors with regard either to cults in particular or religions in
    > >>general. In fact I'd go so far as to say it's obvious that there are
    > >>many other factors affecting "religious behaviour". And I'd assert
    > >>that genuine relief from neurotic symptoms is one of them. In no way
    > >>does this conflict with your analysis unless you're insisting that
    > >>your truth is The Only Truth.
    > > I thought about how to reply for the last two days. Finally decided the
    > > gap was just too big to bridge since in my writing and even this thread I
    > > mentioned other factors that you missed seeing.
    >The thing is, when you made these comments:
    > >>and (b) whether, in
    > >>some cases, such people might be genuinely helped and even cured by
    > >>"religious experiences".
    > > "Genuinely helped," as much as any junkie is helped by another shot or a
    > > psychoanalytic patient is helped by "analysis."
    > > I don't think you would be asking these sorts of questions if you had read
    > > the paper you can find through Google:
    >I thought you were suggesting that your factors excluded mine.

    I am sorry, but something really major has come up. That will divert my attention for a while. You might consider reading up on EP for background.

    Best wishes,

    Keith Henson

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