Re: Extropians: The Un-<that 'c' word>

Thu, 19 Jun 1997 17:37:09 -0400 (EDT)

Michael Lorrey wrote:

> According to the definition of "cult" in one popular internet book I
> looked at at the book store today, the primary feature of a cult is an
> autocratic leader who claims a special line of communication with God or
> some other supernatural deity or force.

...and the dictionary states "cult - system of religious worship; devotion of
homage to person, especially of trasient fad"

As far as this mailing list goes we're just a common interests group, no
different from a mailing list on cars, for instance. We don't have a leader,
we don't have a god, we don't all hang out in some weird church (and if we
do, I haven't been invited).

> I don't see it here. Of course, we could then market ourselves as the
> Un-Cult or Anti-Cult. Considering that most ignoramuses see philosophy
> (Max's pidgin) as religion for intellectuals or pretentious theology,
> perhaps it would behoove us to angle ExI on a more political line in
> order to make plain our strictly non-religious focus.

Having said that, the ExI logo and the website do look a bit