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BS: What do you think cults have in common?

Joe Offer 01 Sep 20 - 09:27 PM
Steve Shaw 01 Sep 20 - 08:30 PM
Stilly River Sage 01 Sep 20 - 07:09 PM
Jack Campin 01 Sep 20 - 07:03 PM
keberoxu 01 Sep 20 - 06:05 PM
Donuel 01 Sep 20 - 04:43 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: What do you think cults have in common?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 01 Sep 20 - 09:27 PM

National Public Radio is running a Parcast podcast series titled Cults (click).

Jack is right in one sense - one current definition of "cult" is "a group that believes something the speaker doesn't believe," but I think that's a cynical definition. The idea of "cult" is an interesting phenomenon.

I'd venture to describe is as a group of people bound together by an irrational belief, often resulting in bizarre or antisocial behavior. In general, cults seem to be groups of people following an authority figure, and adhering blindly to the leader's teachings and practices.

The podcast series gives some interesting examples.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: BS: What do you think cults have in common?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 01 Sep 20 - 08:30 PM

The original post is unfocused, therefore the thread is pointless.


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Subject: RE: BS: What do you think cults have in common?
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Sep 20 - 07:09 PM

Great theory, Jack. Not so in practice.


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Subject: RE: BS: What do you think cults have in common?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 01 Sep 20 - 07:03 PM

"Cult" just means you don't agree with what they believe and do, and there aren't enough of them to use lawsuits or the criminal justice system to shut you up.

Get postmodern about it. The word only makes sense in terms of the power wielded by those who define social categories.


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Subject: RE: BS: What do you think cults have in common?
From: keberoxu
Date: 01 Sep 20 - 06:05 PM

Donuel, are you by chance referencing "The Vow,"
the documentary exposé of the
NXIUM group?
I have done no more than read reviews of the documentary,
and it sounds really ... stark.


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Subject: BS: What do you think cults have in common?
From: Donuel
Date: 01 Sep 20 - 04:43 PM

I know sex abuse is prominant in cults but we all have different ideas.
Smart people are not immune. I've seen cults up close and what looks like eye candy is far from it. What is also prominant is deceit.


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