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> At 10:11 AM 08/01/02 -0800, you wrote:
> >Keith Henson
> >(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.
Fair enough. But why is your website entitled operating thetan? Surely you
realize that anyone who knows anything about Scientology will think you're a
member. After looking over your site, I could only assume that you're one
of those legendary, persecuted ex-members.
> >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.
> >Ted Dace
> The story of Hubbard, scientology and the incredible soap opera on the net
> is far weirder than anything you mention here.
Of course. So what?
> The only point I can agree
> on is that scientology is a type case for memetic studies.
And that's the only point I was making. Do I detect a note of hostility?
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