|Scientology Rare Book Library||Dr. Christopher Evans - 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.
Cults of Unreason
Cults of Unreason Dr. Christopher Evans
Farrar, Straus and Giroux New York
Copyright (c) 1973 by Christopher Evans
All rights reserved
First American edition, 1974
Library of Congress catalog card number: 73-87694
Printed in the United States of America
From the British Reviews
CHRISTOPHER EVANS is an experimental psychologist who has worked extensively on the brain from the viewpoint of visual and auditory perception. Recently he has been engaged in experimental work on the use of computers by totally untrained people. He is particularly interested in drawing parallels between the operation of computers and living brains and is co-author of a theory comparing dreaming to particular computer activities. The results of this work will be included in his work in progress, Landscapes of the Night. His scientific books include one on cybernetics, a second on the physiology and psychology of the brain, and a third on the neurophysiology of attention. Dr. Evans has also written books and articles on many scientific subjects for the general public in such publications as Vogue, The Observer, and The Sunday Times.
Dr. Evans lectures extensively in Britain and North America and has made hundreds of appearances on television and radio on both continents. He currently devises and introduces a weekly science program on the BBC.
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