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Debunking the Myth of Mind-Control

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Diane Richardson announces that she will post for two weeks documents to debunk the myth of myth of mind-control. She invites participants to comment.

 


Diane Richardson <referen@bway.net>

07 Apr  97

http://x13.dejanews.com/[ST_rn=ps]/getdoc.xp?AN=231565173

martinh@islandnet.com (Martin Hunt) wrote:

>Diane's groupthink-like baseless squeal to authority aside, can she, or anyone else, post scholarly rebuttals to Singer?

As I wrote to Monica Pignotti, this is not an argument to authority, it is an argument to *reality*.

I will begin posting scholarly rebuttals to the "brainwashing/mind control" theory as espoused by Margaret Singer and Steve Hassan. The entire project will be quite lengthy, solely because there is so much of it. It will have to take place over the next couple of weeks.

All I ask is that you agree to read and discuss the rebuttals you have requested, Martin. You have exhibited a tendency in the past to demand information and then refuse to consider the information once you find it's not to your liking.

If you are honestly willing to read this information and consider what it says, I will be glad to key it all in. If you're merely looking for an excuse to demonstrate your close-minded unwillingness to consider anything that does not meet with your own prejudiced opinions, I won't bother.

>Reading through Singer's journal publication history I do not get the feeling that she is all alone out on a limb. She appears rather the preeminent scholar in her chosen field.

Hardly. Her publication record is limited to publication in Cultic Studies Journal, a publication of the AFF. I'm sure you're aware of Dr. Singer's relationship with the AFF and can understand that her papers undergo no rigorous peer-review scrutiny there.

Outside of the Cultic Studies Journal, I believe her theory of cult mind control has appeared in only one solicited (not peer-reviewed) article in the psychological literature. She has also written a piece for Psychology Today, a popular magazine in which she presents her theory.

Beyond that, she presents her theory in her books, which aren't, of course, peer-reviewed before publication.

I have always hesitated criticizing Margaret Singer's work in the past. In my opinion, she is an excellent clinical psychologist and has without a doubt assisted many ex-cult members readjust to society. But being an excellent clinician in no way guarantees that one is also an excellent theoretician. Dr. Singer is no theoretician, nor is Steve Hassan.

>I'm assuming that if Singer's peers, if she has any, must have at least said *what* they disagree with in her work and *why*. Or shall I just dismiss bland, unsupported assertions like "Margaret Singer and Steve Hassan are so at odds with the larger academic community. They constitute a very small group whose theories are not accepted by their peers" out of hand.

Well, Martin, you could go to a library and find these things yourself, couldn't you? I'm used to people on a.r.s. demanding that I spoon-feed them information they are quite capable of finding on their own. I'm somewhat surprised that, as an ex-cult member yourself, you don't show the initiative or interest to explore this topic on your own.

My first post will be an excerpt from William Sims Bainbridge's new book (1997), "The Sociology of Religious Movements." It will be posted under the header "Enemies and Allies."

Diane Richardson
referen@bway.net


 


 Defense Introduction - Announcement - William's Sins Bainbridge - Timothy Miller - Hunts Attack - Robert Jay Lifton - Pattern of Defense - Loaded Language - Margaret Singer - DSM -1V - Clark's Defense -Kaplan and Saddock - Sociologist Vs Psychologist - Milieu Control - Hugglung's Reaction  Salibo on Singer - APA Statement - The Rabbits Foot



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