Re: Extropian Cult
Tue, 10 Jun 1997 19:42:17 -0500 (EST)

On Tue, 10 Jun 1997, Steve Neal wrote:

> >How is cult defined, anyway? A group sharing a common set of beliefs
> >noticeably different than those of the average Joe? Then I'd guess we are
> >a cult. (Hey, who will be passing around special kool-aid at Extro3 ?)
> We should pray to our saviour Max to smite the unbelievers. That'd teach
> 'em to label us.
Nay, Heretic!! It is you that will be smitten!! The true messiah is the
Anti-Max on the Anti-Earth that hides behind the Sun. Their space prgram
is farther along than ours, so the spaceships should be arriving soon.
They are coming for our heads :-)

I jest, but seriously, does anyone know the names of the sources mentioned
earlier listing Extropians as a cult? WOuld it do any good to contact
these people and tell them they're wrong, at least as far as the popular
connotaion of "cult" goes? Or would that be percieved like Scientologists
attacking all critics by saying, "We're not paraniod, you're trying to destroy
our religion!"

Are there any laws banning "cult" activities? Should Extropians beware,
or I am just paraniod?

Exovivo-- but not in public
Michael Bowling