How to Create Your Own Cult, The Scientology Way

A session at Skeptics on the Fringe 2013

Saturday 17th August, 2013

3:30pm to 4:30pm (GMT)

John Sweeney is unable to be with us in Edinburgh, but we are truly delighted that Martin Poulter will be speaking instead.

Martin’s talk is a thoughtful look at the evidence of how Scientology operates and the people who heard him speak last year said it was one of the highlights of their Fringe. See the coverage below for a review of last year's talk.

Scientology has been described in the States as “ruthless, litigious and lucrative” and in this country as “corrupt, sinister and dangerous”, yet it boasts global success and has made hundreds of millions of dollars. Thanks to the Internet, it now faces an unprecedented global opposition. The scary secrets of Scientology and its recruitment methods will be exposed in this talk. It will be useful for anyone wanting to set up their own lucrative cult.

Martin Poulter first encountered skepticism while a teenager. He has a Philosophy and Psychology degree from Oxford University and a PhD in Philosophy of Science from the University of Bristol. He has been a Scientology-watcher since 1995, when he was threatened with legal action over material he posted online. He is an ordained minister in the Church of the SubGenius, which offers eternal spiritual salvation or triple your money back.

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Martin L Poulter

Philosophy PhD; psychology buff; skeptic; musical hobbyist; work for @CO90s & @economics_net; Associate of @WikimediaUK; views are personal bio from Twitter

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Time 3:30pm4:30pm GMT

Date Sat 17th August 2013

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