Blog: The Cult Mentality: Why Intelligent People Can Fall for Stupid Things - 2018-10-04

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F0.png The Cult Mentality: Why Intelligent People Can Fall for Stupid Things October 4, 2018, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

Hey everyone. Thanks so much for coming out. I want to thank the Secular Hub for hosting this talk and allowing me a platform to speak on my ideas about cults and critical thinking.

Before we get into the meat of this, there's a couple points I like to make. For those of you familiar with my work, you may have heard some of this before but it is really important and bears repeating.

There are these two things called tolerance and understanding and I put a lot of value on them because as far as I'm concerned, they are the grease that smooths the cogs and wheels of human interaction. Without tolerance and understanding, there can be no common ground or basis for communication and you just get fighting and even violence. There are a lot of misunderstandings and weird ideas about cults out there and if we are ever going to do something about the cult problem we need to approach it from a problem solving point of view instead of a violent or antagonistic one.