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At 10:11 AM 08/01/02 -0800, you wrote:
>(practical memetics at)
>I notice you're an apostate of the "Church of Scientology."
Not at all.
"Apostate" means former member. I have never done anything that would make
me a scientologist. I am an Internet free speech and human rights
>I've always felt L. Ron Hubbard provides an excellent example of the
>tactical use of memes. Fifty years ago, he introduced his self-help
>concepts under the term, Dianetics. This word sounds enough like
>"dialectics" that it takes on a sheen of philosophical
>respectability. But it didn't work well enough for Hubbard, so he
>introduced the term, Scientology. In this case, he was playing on our
>desire for religious authority. Since the only modern institution that
>can fulfill our desire for an absolute authority is science, from a
>memetic point of view, the term makes perfect sense. What he demonstrated
>is that memes that exploit our religious impulse succeed over ones that
>play on our philosophical pretensions.
The story of Hubbard, scientology and the incredible soap opera on the net
is far weirder than anything you mention here. The only point I can agree
on is that scientology is a type case for memetic studies.
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