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    Persuasion Cult Influence

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    Cult Influence and Tactics of Persuasion Roughly 2.5 million Americans are involved in cults, which are defined as groups of people who organize around a strong authority figure. Unlike religious groups, cults often have a primary goal which can range from gaining members to having strong political control. It is important to recognize what makes up a cult, techniques used to draw people into cults, and symptoms of a person who may be involved in a cult. By knowing these things, a person would be

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    Introduction – The cult I’m doing about for the research paper for this class Understanding Cults PSYC19599G is the people’s temple. The people’s temple was founded on the date of April 4, 1955 in Indianapolis, Indiana in Untied States of America. The founder of the people’s temple is James Jim Warren Jones aka Jim Jones. Jim Jones Place of Birth and date are in Crete a short distance away: nearby Lynn Indiana in Untied States on May 13, 1931. In my own opinion the people’s temple is a group of people

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    The word “cult” is a very subjective term because there’s a small, but important distinction between a religion and cult. J. Gordon Melton, professor at Baylor University, makes the statement, “All cults are religions, but all religions aren’t cults” (What’s the Difference, Melton). The perplexing part to the uninformed is that cults may appear in a religion, for example The People’s Temple was a cult within Christianity. Ted Peters, theology professors in Berkley, California states, “Like Classic

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    them and tells them he’s [David] is in a cult. There are also scenes when they [cult members] interact with people outside the commune to sell flowers to raise money for their leader (whom remains unknown and mysterious throughout the film) and when David is out of the commune and is eating at a diner. “Ticket to Heaven” shows the cult members lying to people on the street or scamming them to get money, which is linked to how other media outlets portray cults, such as in “They’re Freaks!”, “three of

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    1950s as a Christian sect in Indianapolis during a time where racism was still running high, the People’s Temple was adamant on not discriminating against people of color, therefore attracting many African Americans right off the bat. By 1971, the cult had expanded to San Francisco and it was then that allegations of financial fraud and physical abused against its members surfaced. On what happened after, the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST) writes in its article, The Jonestown

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    I woke up to the sound of a gunshot outside of my window. It was not unusual to hear that in the town of Clinton where everything was basically just war. Everyone was always arguing and there was no peace at all. I hoped one day everything would go back to normal. As I got out of bed I hit my head on the bottom of the top bunk(which was made of metal by the way) ¨Ouch!¨ I yelled . ¨How do I still not see that coming! I mean really, I've been here for three years and I am still not used to it.¨

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    “The Jonestown Massacre, Remembered,” by Jennifer Latson explains about a man named Jim Jones, a cult leader and a socialist in California persuaded over 900 people to drink a poisonous substance to commit suicide. This was one of the events that wasn’t taught about in history classes due to the amount of people that were willing to kill themselves in order to obey Jim Jones. My main point’s that I plan to use on this topic is the author successful in making her point, the information is accurate

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    The Dancing Plague

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    dancers were part of a religious cult; I agree with the people that think it was caused by ergot poisoning. One of the theories

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    Jim Jones told his followers as they drank the poison that ended their lives”(Streissguth 1). James Warren Jones was an American religious leader who was born on May 13, 1931 and died on November 18, 1978. Jones soon became known as the leader of a cult called “ The People’s Temple”. Jim Jones initiated and was responsible for a mass murder and mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana. Mass murder and mass suicide committed by Jim Jones and the government as a part of the massacre are two theories surrounding

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    Suicide In Jonestown

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    allegations of abuse towards the members who didn’t do as they were told, and that sometimes, they were even killed. Men with machine guns would stand guard, 24 hours a day, originally to protect the group from outsiders or armies with aims to take down the cult. Later on, that changed, and the men stood guard to make sure no one got in, or out. This being told to the public by those who escaped raised some suspicions in California Congressman Leo J. Ryan. The suspicions of Jonestown and what had occurred

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    one of his missions, he killed a family, for their involvement in a satanic cult that killed, and eat people to do their rituals. Among of their victims there was Jake’s family. He was the only survivor so my father adopted him and raised him to be a member of the dark brotherhood. At first, Jake was ten at that time. They wanted to put him in an asylum but my father protested and took full responsibility of the lad.

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    In March of 1997, thirty-nine members of the Heaven’s Gate cult willingly committed a calm and ritualistic suicide in a hilltop mansion over a three day period that involved three groups of people. Applewhite and his followers believed that the Hale-Bopp comet was hiding an alien spacecraft and that they needed to board it in order to avoid the coming doomsday of the Earth. When this comet reached its closest distance to Earth, they drank a lethal mix of phenobarbital and vodka and laid down to die

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    on persuasion and cult leaders. Cult leaders are usually very good at using persuasion to gain followers. In some cases, cult leaders will go to major extremes just to have people follow them. Jim Jones was a very powerful man with the use of persuasion. Jim Jones started the People’s Temple in the 1950s in Indiana. The People’s Temple was based on socialist ideals and Christian redemption. Jim Jones made the cult seem very attractive and appealing. Many people joined the cult to escape from inequality

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    After a five day journey through the barren desert, Killi had arrived at the temple to Rashe Ghul, dark god of the magician 's cult. Preventing their profane ritual, and halting their operations was of the utmost priority, for they sought to bring their dark god into the world of men, and if they succeeded, all of civilization would be snuffed out, like a lit candle caught under the waves of the ocean. Killi, wisened from his years of adventuring, hid behind one of the sand dunes that littered the

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    Title Since the beginning of time, people have questioned the existence of an all powerful being. Most believed there were supernatural forces in play within the world, and based on these beliefs, religions were born. Some believed in many powerful persons and created religions that revolved around these gods. Others believed in one all powerful being who impacted them. Through the ages, thousands of religions were formed, all with their varying beliefs. Each religion claiming to be the true and

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    One of the greatest keys to understanding themes in a piece of literature is to look at the different uses of symbolism throughout the novel. Both the novels Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe and Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver use symbolism to help better understand the effects of white settlers in Africa as well as the mistakes that are created by arrogance, two themes that apply to both novels. Things Fall Apart uses the symbol of locusts to represent the white settlers and the symbol

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    Religion has been and always will be one of the core foundations in American society. This is especially true in the book, “The Kingdom of Matthias”. In this novel, Paul E. Johnson and Sean Wilentz use memoirs and stories from many authors including (but not limited to) William Stone and Margaret Matthews. Matthias did not leave any written accounts behind so these articles are the only sources available to be analyzed. The story begins not with Matthias, but with a man named Elijah Pierson. This

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    George Berkeley was a famous British Empiricist and in 1713, Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous, is a famous theory that propose the idealism and immaterialism (Daniel E. Flage). In the dialogues Hylas argues that matters are real and Philonous counter argue that there are no matters, saying that there are no “material substance” (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy). Therefore, Philonous is arguing for Berkeley position and Hylas are people who believe in materialism and against idealism

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    Film Analysis: Swan Girl

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    In the film, the audience learns that Nina didn’t enjoy ballet as a young girl. Her mother asks her “Remember when you first started? If I hadn't taken you to each of your classes you would have been completely lost”. This raises the question around whether Nina choose a career in ballet in order to gain the approval and affection of her mother, or if, by becoming a ballerina, Nina was making choices based on the actualising tendency based her innate talents and abilities. When Nina is chosen for

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    In an atmosphere where the beast is real, policies and human morals lose their values and become utterly useless. The democracy that Ralph initiated disappears and yields to a chaotic dictatorship, with Jack at the head, which represents evil and the beast viewed as both a dread and a symbol of worship and reverence. The boys’ increasing allegiance to the existence of the monster is demonstrated in their impalement of the sow’s head on the stake given as an offering to the beast. Thus, Jack slowly

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