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Phobia Induction, Desensitisation, and the Fear of Kittens
24 February 2017
Explaining Undue Influence
Cults / Sects
Without enough human hearts to gorge on, Huitzilipochtli would leave the sun standing still in the sky and bring down catastrophe upon the whole Aztec empire: the crops would wither and the children would die. Who would risk checking if this dire prediction were true, when priesthood were so very…
The Thieves Who Robbed Us
22 February 2017
Cults / Sects
I was raised in a Christian Fundamentalist cult called Jehovah’s Witnesses. For some, this organization may seem harmless and not like a cult at all: that is precisely the image they work so hard to create. That is what compelled me to write this, for my experience – and the…
Seven Relationship Games All Women Should Stop Playing Right Now
15 February 2017
Bullying General Influence
Back in my graduate school days, I was discussing Valentine’s Day plans with a female acquaintance, when she quite cheerfully informed me that what she and her boyfriend would be doing would depend on whether or not she was going to dump him. Upon further questioning, it turned out that…
It's Time for MORE Celebrities to Speak Out!
13 February 2017
Cults / Sects
I’ve just finished watching Steve Hassan’s interview with Hoyt Richards. Hoyt is a famous model with a long career in TV and movies, co-writing such hits as the comedy Dumbbells, which alludes to cult involvement. As with many authors, he is writing about a subject he knows well; for years…
Science Vs. Religion
10 February 2017
‘Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.’ ~ Albert Einstein
Seven Reasons You’ll Never Become Involved in a High-Control Group
8 February 2017
Cults / Sects Extremism - religious or political
This is a direct response to every person I’ve heard say: “Oh, if they’re in [name of abusive cult], they deserve what they’re getting. But, I would never be so stupid.”