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Monday, March 17, 2014

Oliver's Faves Group 3 Presentation

Our presentation is about 4 well-known cults and their relation to philosophy. There are 2 members per designated cult topic who are discussing the cult and what philosophical principles they were founded upon. 1 member is responsible for the introduction and conclusion as well as a brief transition/introduction into the next cult.

(Cults in presentation. Group members will sign on their appropriate section)

1. Scientology:

2. Jonestown:

3. The Manson Family:

4. Heaven's Gate:

Introduction/Conclusion and Transition:

Relevant books/websites:
 Inside Heaven's Gate: The UFO Cult Leaders Tell Their Story in Their Own Words by Brad Steiger, Hayden Hewes. Inside Scientology: How I Joined Scientology and Became Superhuman. The Scandal of Scientology by Paulette Cooper. http://www.beatlesbible.com/features/charles-manson/; http://content.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1859872,00.html


  1. Also used was Interviews with charles manson done by Charlie rose and Tom Snyder

  2. Interesting report. But don't confuse cult leaders for philosophers. Real philosophers don't (for example) demand unwavering support and unquestioning submission from followers, nor do they commit mass atrocities or try to instigate phony race wars, nor do they invent goofy religious back-stories about immortal space aliens invading earth. Some cult leaders stop short of those extremes, of course, settling for deceit, manipulation, and dishonesty.

    And once again: if you're a murderer of one person you're a murderer, period. Law and morality do not differentiate that status based on the number of victims. Life is not a video game.

    1. Anonymous1:53 PM CDT

      specifically #3