Are New Religions Harmful?

From INFORM Some minority religions sometimes harm some people. But, simply because a religion is unfamiliar, or new or ‘different’ does not mean that it is necessarily a cause for concern. Research shows that much of the ‘conventional wisdom’ about the movements is not always well-founded.Criminal, dangerous or even ‘anti-social’ behaviour is by no means typical of all ...

Logic-Tight Compartments: How our modular brains lead us to deny and distort evidence

michaelshermer.comMichael Shermer How our modular brains lead us to deny and distort evidence January 1, 2013 IF YOU HAVE PONDERED how intelligent and educated people can, in the face of overwhelming contradictory evidence, believe that that evolution is a myth, that global warming is a hoax, that vaccines cause autism and asthma, that 9/11 was orchestrated ...

Parents, Children and Cults: A Deprogramming Survey

In order to help parents decide what to do about children in cults, the American Family Foundation’s ADVISOR (predecessor of The Cult Observer), a periodical read by several thousand people, most of whom are disturbed by aspects of the cult phenomenon, published a questionnaire in 1982.  Ninety-four parents responded, providing a variety of data on family background and experiences ...

Yet Another Look At The Transcendental Meditation Paper

Forbes Larry Husten November 25, 2012 Editor’s note: Below are two responses to Robert Schneider’s defense of his Transcendental Meditation paper, which Schneider wrote in response to my earlier article about the publication of his paper.  In the first part I respond to some of the general issues raised by Schneider. The second part, from Sanjay Kaul, addresses the ...