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Dr David Barrett: The Church of Scientology – a Scientific or an Esoteric Religion?

Dr David Barrett: The Church of Scientology – a Scientific or an Esoteric Religion?

The Church of Scientology claims to be based on scientific principles but actually bears a considerable resemblance to esoteric, Hermetic and Gnostic religious movements. David Barrett will explore these similarities, while also examining Dianetics as a form of psychotherapy, and looking into why people join and stay in “cults”, touching on the myth of “brainwashing”. He will also look at the use of popular culture in new religions, and discuss assorted deceptions common to many esoteric religions, including the self-creation of the mythology of a guru – and just how big the Church of Scientology really is. This illustrated talk ranges from psychology to science fiction to superman, with just a hint of magick... http://www.gold.ac.uk/apru/lectures and http://skeptic.org.uk/archive

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