Faith, Hope and Computer (Dec, 1961)
Why does it not surprise me that modern customized direct mail fund raising was invented by the Catholic church?
Faith, Hope and Computer
By Donald Young
Aided by the most sophisticated use of ultramodern electronic data processing equipment, the world’s most efficient, most effective direct mail operation is used to raise funds for the charitable activities sponsored by the Society of the Divine Savior, an order of the Catholic Church dating back to 1881. These charities include the support of seven American seminaries, numerous foreign missions, three Southern Negro missions and five American Indian missions.
Scientology: A growing cult reaches dangerously into the mind (Nov, 1968)
I think that this was one of the first really critical articles about Scientology.
Scientology: A growing cult reaches dangerously into the mind
The lights in the hall go dim, leaving the bronzed bust of the Founder (spotlighted) at center stage. From the loudspeakers comes L. Ron Hubbard’s voice, deep and professorial. It is a tape called “Some Aspects of Help, Part I,” a basic lecture in Scientology that Hubbard recorded nearly 10 years ago.
No one in the intensely respectful Los Angeles audience of 500â€”some of whom paid as much as $16 to get inâ€”thought it odd to be sitting there listening to the disembodied voice. Among believers, Scientology and its Founder are beyond frivolous question: Scientology is the Truth, it is the path to “a civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war . . .” and “for the first time in all ages there is something that . . . delivers the answers to the eternal questions and delivers immortality as well.”
Rosicrucians Ad: Will Man Create Life? (Apr, 1950)
I’ve read this ad three times now and I still have no idea what they are saying. Though I must say that the “good” future they present sounds a lot like what post-singularity transhumans are supposed to be like:
“Will the future know a superior, Godlike race of humansâ€”each a genius and each the masterful creation of an unerring formula”
If the formula is unerring, wouldn’t everyone be identical? How is this different from the second option? Also, how can everyone be a genius? That’s sort of like saying everyone will be above average.
And why does the creation of life always require giant tesla coils?
Will Man Create Life?
DOES THE SECRET of life belong to Divinity alone?
Will Nature’s last frontier give way to man’s inquiring mind? Can man become a creator, peopling the world with creatures of his own fancy? Was the ancient sage right, who said: “To the Gods the Soul belongs, but to man will belong the power of Life”? Will the future know a superior, Godlike race of humansâ€”each a genius and each the masterful creation of an unerring formulaâ€”or will Soulless beings, shorn of the feelings which have bound mortals together in understanding, dominate the earth?