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Dr. Christopher Evans

British psychologist, computer scientist.

Cults of Unreason

«As organized religion has declined, new surrogate beliefs, many of them based on pseudoscientific rationality, have sprung up. These are what Dr. Christopher Evans calls the cults of unreason, man's attempt to fit technology to a religion-like belief.

Evans discusses a number of these new "religions" - Scientology, the flying-saucer cults, the alpha-wave-feedback churches, the Eastern mysticism sects - describing how they were founded, how they operate, and how they are helpful or harmful to their followers. In many of these cults naivete and sophistication work side by side; ideas about advanced psychology and physiology are juxtaposed with remnants of pre-Christian myths and nineteenth-century occultism.

All of the cults of unreason have one thing in common: they attempt to satisfy man's need to reach simple, understandable answers to the confusion around him. Dr. Evans wonders if we can expect more and more of these pseudo-religions as the hapless individuals in our society are confronted with newer and even more unwanted life styles and expectations. It is possible that systematized "unreason" is man's only possible response, and as such is not only necessary but welcome.

Dr. Evans invites us to explore the area between what we know and what we would like to think is possible. In doing so we may find that the cults of unreason are our most intelligent answer to an unreasonable world.»

Wikipedia: Christopher Evans

«His other books include Cults of Unreason, an entertaining and perceptive study of Scientology and other pseudoscience, and Landscapes of the Night – how and why we dream

Lethbridge Herald: "Author examines new cults" by Doug Walker

«It is difficult not to succumb to sarcasm when dealing with cults of unreason. Christopher Evans succumbs but his sarcasm is not savage and will entertain all but the ardent believer. The fact is that Evans ends up being fairer (about Scientology, at least) than his reporting would lead the reader to expect. He even acknowledges that readers may be surprised "to find that after highlighting the absurdities, inconsistencies and smoky background of Scientology," he concludes without giving it a "wholehearted thumbs-down."»

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