Cults, The Occult, and Science

by D Shapiro

Imagine, for a moment, that you have the opportunity to enter a vast, open-air amphitheatre, in which a huge, extraordinary carnival is taking place. All the usual signs of a carnival are there—multi-colored motion, balloons, confetti, large crowds, costumed individuals, musicians, whirling dancers. And, standing in front of several different side-show tents, are the old carnival barkers, trying to entice the crowd to enter their tent.

  • Thanks to Ellen McGrath, Ph.D. for her comments on a previous draft.
    • Ellen McGrath: “Balanced and powerful…
    • Johanna: “You are wrestling with the tension between seeing that science does not have all the answers, while avoiding the seduction of cultish beliefs. It is really well-written

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