From: Keith Henson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed 27 Jul 2005 - 17:17:14 GMT
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.
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