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Interesting subject, especially as some of my favourite movie personalities
have turned out to be followers.. I find the discussions on this list
fascinating from my lay perspective. Could I have a desricption of exactly
what is *scientology* ?
As you said there is much on the net, I am asking on this list hoping for a
straight forward answer...
Thanks in advance
----- Original Message -----
From: "Keith Henson" Sent: Wednesday, January 09, 2002 10:12 AM
Subject: Re: Scientology
> 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
> me a scientologist. I am an Internet free speech and human rights
> activist. See:
> >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
> >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. The only point I can agree
> on is that scientology is a type case for memetic studies.
> Keith Henson
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