[extropy-chat] Re Fight for Evolution?

nvitamore at austin.rr.com nvitamore at austin.rr.com
Thu Mar 2 21:46:01 UTC 2006

Please take disccussions about cults off list.

Thank you.


Original Message:
From: Ned Late nedlate2006 at yahoo.com
Date: Thu, 02 Mar 2006 12:22:49 -0800 (PST)
To: extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org
Subject: Re: [extropy-chat] Re Fight for Evolution?

Let's not be too dismissive of the Raelians and other cults. Religions are
larger cults with political power. BTW you can ask an educated person why
religion has worked for thousands of years, and you wont get a satisfactory
answer either.
   What religion does is give meaning where there is no meaning; It all
centers around the family; does a scientist hold his or her family together
with true rationality, no, he necessarily cons himself into thinking his
wife is some sort of earth goddess, and his children are ultraspecial
creations of the cosmos-- when perhaps they are nothing but meat-puppets.
Let's please not be so sure we're less deluded in our own way than 
>1) Super powerful cults that use the media and legal system to spread
>pseudoscience and clone idiots, such as the Raelians.
>My first post on this list was an attempt to dissuade Robert Bradbury from
>interacting with a Raelian. Robert has a great sense of humor, but I'm not
>sure he knew what he was dealing with unless he wanted to get invited to a
>Raelian orgy. 

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