Re: Belief System Management

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Mon, 9 Feb 1998 20:30:39 -0800 (PST)

> >> This language is eerily akin to Scientology (especially `rundowns'). Are
> >> they a spin-off or, as it were, heresy
> >Funny, when I browsed their site, they seemed to me to be an offshoot of the
> >EST 'technology'. All sorts of interesting hodgepodges are cropping up, it
> >seems.....
> $ci and est have the same root, I gather, so it's not surprising that
> there's an overlap there.
> Damien Broderick

Then you gather incorrectly. I did est back in '77, and I hear that
its more recent incarnations ("The Forum") are much the same thing:
a kind of Americanized Zen, some traditional group-therapy exercises,
a bit of not-so-farfetched cognitive model dogma, and lots of good
old-fashioned salesmanship. No magic devices, no aliens. Wouldn't
waste a dime on 'em today, but nor would I put them anywhere near the
same class as the criminal conspiracy of Scientology.

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