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AntiCult Brainwashing Ideology as Totalism by Dick Anthony

“If I am correct about brainwashing ideology being a form of totalitar­ian influence, it would presumably serve the function of ministering to a polarized self-sense and curing identity confusion by enabling converts to it to shift responsibility for undesirable aspects of their person­alities and former behaviour onto a scapegoated contrast category, in this case the new religious movement of which they were formerly a member.

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Read Plato

Another excellent discussion over on Mike Rinder’s blog prompted me to post this solution to the endless tribal warfare between “spiritualists” and “scientists”. Although I almost always disagree with her, Marildi, once again does an … Read more

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Science and Spiritual Practices by Rupert Sheldrake

A talk by Rupert Sheldrake, who is a biologist by training from Cambridge, and a graduate of Philosophy and History of Science from Harvard. He worked with Francis Crick, one of the fathers of genetic research, and has published many cited papers in the field of biology.

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The Anti-Cult Movement

The “Father of Deprogramming” Ted Patrick was a devoted Christian who believed he was doing God’s work by kidnapping people & holding them in a room & browbeating them until they denounced their faith. In 1980, he served 1 year in prison and paid a $5000 fine for kidnapping and false imprisonment.

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Your Friends vs. The Truth

Truth changes. If the experience of having gone through Scientology should teach you something, it’s that. Are your friends more important than the truth?

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An Example of What Post-Ex Is Not

I am presenting this piece of writing which appeared on ESMB recently as an example of what I believe to be a pathological state of mind for an Ex-Scientologist to develop. This particular Ex-Scientologist has … Read more

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Lawrence Wright’s Questionable Metaphor – A “Prison of Belief”

There is a point at which this metaphor becomes an exercise in thought-stopping: A person accepts it as an explanation for why Scientologists do what they do in the way that Larry and other anti-Scientologists describe, and that’s all you need to know. It seems to explain everything when, in fact, it explains very little.

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After Scientology, It’s a Choice

When I was first getting out of Scientology around 13 years ago, I was talking to an ex-Scientologist who worked at the Lisa McPherson Trust. She received phone calls and emails from people getting out … Read more

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Internalizing the Criticisms of Shallow Assholes

Self-invalidation and self-disgust for having been a Scientologist is a common result of trying to graduate from Scientology. In some places on the post-scientology Internet, it becomes an unspoken penance to be endured before we can truly be considered by others to be “out” and no longer a stupid and deluded cult moron.