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Diane Richardson on Mind-Control

Brain Damages


 

Another favorite and typical emotionally-loaded anticult claim is that the cult member suffers "brain damage" through the alleged "mind-control". Diane, of course, question such a fantastic claims and asks for evidences.


referen@neont.com (Diane Richardson)

Sun, 15 Sep 1996 00:31:11 GMT

Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology
Subject: Re: KIM BAKER
Message-ID: <51fj66$2ti@clark.zippo.com>

Monica:
>>>OTOH, there are physical changes that are taking place in a person's brain when they are subjected to hypnotic techniques for lengthy periods of time or to extensive abuse.

Diane:
>>Really? Can you support your statement that physical changes occur in a person's brain as a result of lengthy hypnosis? I would greatly appreciate being able to read up on this.

Monica:
>I was thinking the work of Dr. Bruce D. Perry, M.D., a psychiatrist (yet another well-respected professional person who I forgot to mention previously, who disagrees with the "concensus" on mind control) who studied the effect of extensive trauma upon children. He is a researcher who has studied and worked with the children of Waco, Texas. I heard him speak at the 1994 CAN conference, where he gave a talk, applying his results to what happens with adults in cults as well. He discussed what happens in the brain when people dissociate for prolonged periods of time (i.e., as in a trance state). You can get copies of his writings and a list of his published writings from:

I believe I have seen at least excerpts from his presentation, but he has never published any of his findings in journals indexed by either Medline (the world's medical literature) or PsychLit (English-language psychological literature, which include Cultic Studies Journal).

Does his research include MRIs, CTs, or other physical examinations of these children's brains? Did he have MRIs, CTs, or other physical evidence of these children's brains previous to their exposure to cult influence with which to compare them?

From what I remember, Dr. Perry had neither. Rather, his talk was based on nothing more than speculation.

Monica, if you're going to talk about *physical* changes, then there needs to be *physical* evidence of these changes. Unless Dr Perry has actually studied the brains of these children, I fail to see how his speculations constitute proof that such changes occur.

Diane Richardson
referen@neont.com

 



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