I have wanted to write in depth about Richard Dawkins for quite a while, so I’m going to try in small chunks as work is busy at the moment.
His website contains the strap line, “a clear-thinking oasis,” which cannot be allowed to go uncontested.
Professor Dawkins is someone I follow on Twitter and I just received notification of this video on how cults rewire the brain.
People like Dawkins love crazy cults and try to score points by creating a muddle in the minds of their adherents when they lump all religions together and say, look at these crazy people believing in the ‘flying spaghetti monster’ and blowing people up.
If Dawkins ever did manage to create a clear-thinking oasis, I’m sure he would be seen by most people to be the muddle-headed gentleman he is.
In the video, Diane Benscoter mentions Moonies straight off, which is received with a fair amount of laughter.
Twenty years after she left the cult she asked herself: “how did this happen to me and in fact what did happen to my brain?”
This is a sentiment I fully appreciate because I was in a cult for about thirty months: the Mormons.
Benscoter talks about the Jonestown massacre in Guyana in 1978 where a cult led by a clearly insane ‘preacher’ Jim Jones lost hundreds of people in an apparent mass suicide. There are conspiracy theories suggestive of a CIA mind-control experiment, but let’s stick to the facts.
The video switches from the pictures of dead bodies at Jonestown to pictures suggesting that a mass Moonie wedding is equivalent to a meeting of Hitler youth.
We then see the severed leg of a suicide bomber.
She is presenting mixed images of what she wants her audience to think ‘religion’ means: cruelty, death and Nazi-style organisation.
She is using techniques she accuses her adversaries of employing in the mind control of their ‘believers’. Well she should know the tricks as she was a) in the Moonies and b) a deprogrammer.
She thinks she has found the answer in a “viral memetic infection”. You’ve never heard of it? Hardly surprising as a Google search for the exact phrase produces only fourteen results.
Like so many that fall into the clutches of anti-Christian cults, I was recovering from a long painful period when the missionaries called and I was smitten with their message of the ‘true’ church. There was probably an element of chemical imbalance in my brain because I wonder now: how could I possibly have been fooled, but the Lord’s ways are sometimes mysterious and wonderful and maybe I was introduced to Mormonism for a short time in order to expose the cult as being based on the imaginations of conmen and Freemasons.
I think this lady may be part of a very influencial, multi-faceted ‘cult’ in todays world. She is convinced that a brainscan of somebody with her “viral memetic infection” would look ‘very, very different’ from someone with a normal brain, whatever that might be.
Humanist/atheist/evolutionists accuse us Creationists of not being scientific (which is false) and here we have a wild and unfounded scientific speculation based on a made-up mental condition.
It would be laughable if it wasn’t so serious.
Then we get a big sign flashed up: “WE HAVE A PROBLEM” but it’s in our brain, ‘there’s no evil force out there to get us’ and it can be solved through research and education.
In other words, she wants her invented viral infection to be taught is the cause of religious belief and that there is no good or evil, no Heaven or Hell. In other words, her deprogramming was unsuccessful as she has become part a humanist cult where she feels the need to ‘educate’ the masses that there is something wrong with us.
She finishes by reassuring us that there is ‘no us and them’ except that the humanists who wish to ban anything religious are the new ‘them’.
So what attracted Professor Dawkins to this video in which, in a very dishonest fashion, an ex-Moonie tries to convince us, with absolutely no scientific evidence, that the brain of a ‘believer’ is very different to that of someone normal?
Why does he imagine that he offers a ‘clear-thinking oasis’ when promoting someone who confuses the issues with mixed messages and uses mind-control techniques of her own?
I will be delighted to expose Mr Dawkins some more soon.