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Posted 12 March 2010 - 09:01 PM
The phenomena of Loaded Language has a firm basis in the fields of linguistic relativity and memetic psychology. Hubbard seemed to know how to load the English language with absolutisms (forms of "to be" used to express identity and predication), metaphors (operating thetan, suppressive person, potential trouble source, degraded being, wog, clear), and specialized terms redefined from the English language (note that scientology employs both a large technical and administrative dictionary). For those reasons, I do not know of any other practice that more thoroughly brainwashes its adherents than scientology.
Posted 15 March 2010 - 03:03 PM
Well, it's not so much the thoroughness on it's own, so much as the thoroughness on such a large scale. Typically, cults tend to die off after the passing of their founder/guru because of the need for one-on-one indoctrination. Layfayette's one stroke of genius is developing a system whereby trainees indoctrinate trainees (leaving him enough time free to get into all kinds of side-mischief).
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