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( Read Epub ) Í Cults of Unreason É A penetrating look at today sbizarre beliefsIncluding a study on Scientology Originally published in 1973, psychologist Christopher Evans studies the borderline between technology and religion Written from a primarily Anglocentric view point, it looks at what people believe, why they believe it, and the value of such thought modes The first half of the book is a discussion of Scientology, written when L Ronald Hubbard was still alive and the sea org still afloat This is probably the most interesting part of the book It focuses on the years at Saint Hill Manor and gi Originally published in 1973, psychologist Christopher Evans studies the borderline between technology and religion Written from a primarily Anglocentric view point, it looks at what people believe, why they believe it, and the value of such thought modes The first half of the book is a discussion of Scientology, written when L Ronald Hubbard was still alive and the sea org still afloat This is probably the most interesting part of the book It focuses on the years at Saint Hill Manor and gives many colourful details, including the information that Hubbard once served on East Grinstead local council as Road Safety Organiser It discusses the origins of Scientology, their beliefs as expressed at that time , their use of technology, and their problems with the authorities However, although it tries, it never manages to adequately explain Scientology s meteoric rise from penury to fortune The rest of the book covers a range of subjects, from UFO Cults, through technological gizmos and Eastern mysticism, to a somewhat prophetic mention of the Glastonbury Festival and the burgeoning New Age scene The book draws occasional comparisons between these groups and scientology, but generally treats each one according to its own merits I was particularly interested in the description of the De La Warr apparatus, as I know someone who uses one to give homeopathic treatments and therapies To me it seemed fair and well balanced As well as pointing out the irrationalities of some of these belief systems, the author also looks at the benefit obtained from these practices He writes with wry amusement but refrains from much censure or judgement Although critical of the controlling nature of some of these groups, he nevertheless gives the impression that everyone has a right to believe as much mad stuff as they want One fault of the book may be that it is too sunny, too optimistic It could be the benefit of hindsight, but to me it seemed that the author was wearing rose tinted glasses He gives a fleeting mention of such dark presences as The Process, and suggests that there is a nihilistic theme entering alternative culture, but it is hard to imagine that such excesses as the Manson murders were in the past rather than the future A fascinating and positive snapshot of a moment in time Things I have learned from this book Always look on the bright side when predicting the future When time proves you wrong, at least you won t look like a grouch I can believe as much mad stuff as I want too Though this book is perhaps in some ways dated and could be due for an update It still holds its own and for any critical thinker a book like this is always a welcome read Its age does make it some what charming and the subject of theology never really dates, though some of the cults therein mentioned are now accepted as credible religions I managed to devour this book as a teenager and really found it interesting Around this period I was reading a lot of books on the subject from all side Though this book is perhaps in some ways dated and could be due for an update It still holds its own and for any critical thinker a book like this is always a welcome read Its age does make it some what charming and the subject of theology never really dates, though some of the cults therein mentioned are now accepted as credible religions I managed to devour this book as a teenager and really found it interesting Around this period I was reading a lot of books on the subject from all sides of the subject This was certainly one of the best books I came across during this period of interest.If you like to read about religion andspecifically those relegated to Cult status then this book is for you A very nice intro on some of the featured cults which could help to motivate one to investigate further.70 % Another fine book to add to my skeptical bookshelf Evans writes on the strange worlds of Scientology, UFO s, black box medicine, and New Age gurus It is an old book, but still holds up nicely today It definitely deserves a sequel to answer today s views of these belief systems The framework of the book is interesting how classic religion is no longer enough in answering people s concerns about the mysteries of existence and the universe Unfortunately too many people run to belief systems Another fine book to add to my skeptical bookshelf Evans writes on the strange worlds of Scientology, UFO s, black box medicine, and New Age gurus It is an old book, but still holds up nicely today It definitely deserves a sequel to answer today s views of these belief systems The framework of the book is interesting how classic religion is no longer enough in answering people s concerns about the mysteries of existence and the universe Unfortunately too many people run to belief systems started by confidence men and that do not hold up to scientific scrutiny