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LEC Official Positions on Controversy and Misunderstandings by the Media is now on...Werner Ehrard dot com
FedEX Package from Art Schreiber General Counsel and Chairman of the Board of Directors 66 pristine and crisp pages from Art, including a 9 page letter
When Landmark Education changed their website, any links that I had included from them broke. So bear with me while I fiddle with them...and the rest of the site while I'm here...
for Positive articles about the Forum housed on LEC property
Book about the Forum 1997 (it's in German) Das Forum
Abcnews dot com article Aug 13 2004 'Transformation’ in a Weekend? Based on EST, the Landmark Forum Says It Can Help People Become Happier and More Productive By Oliver Libaw
Sunday 14 December 2003 The Observer So what is the Landmark Forum? And what does it do? Amelia Hill decided to find out. What she discovered about the Forum–and about herself– will surprise you
The Con-Forumist Swing Generation, November 1998 By Jana Martin with links added to cult-test categories.
Exclusive Interview: Over the Weekend, a New You
Exclusive Interview: Does Your Company Have (Gossip) Cancer?
cover story: Pay Money, Be Happy
City Wise: Highland Park shows what can happen with lots of positive thinking, a goal in mindno longer online
By Maureen MacDonaldIn 1989, Porter, then Highland Park City Council president, and his wife, Patricia Reid-Porter, took a three-day, empowerment course called The Forum, offered by Landmark Education Corp. of San Francisco. Immediately, they started to see action steps to unite their community. Over the next nine years Porter brought Landmark seminars to Highland Park and helped enroll more than 1,500 people in the course
Werner Erhard's protégés and siblings carry the torch for a '90s incarnation of the '70s 'training' that some of us just didn't get
By Traci Hukill
3/16 Time Article:The Best Of Est?
Forum grads say seminars helped them The Columbus Dispatch / Friday, February 14, 1992 By Sylvia BrooksThe psychologist who is on call to help participants in The Forum if they become emotional during the seminars says he has seen no harm in the sessions.
When it comes to Landmark Education Corporation, There's no meeting of the Minds. Westword / April 18-24, 1996 By Steve JacksonMany More Newspaper Articles
A few magazines printed retractions after printing articles that included Landmark Education in their discussions about business and personal training programs that cause cult experts concerns.
"The Forum Graduate Association, Inc. and its publication, The Forum Graduate, are not part of or otherwise affiliated with Landmark Education Corporation which delivers the Forum."
Forum Graduate: A newsletter
A space where Graduates can informally share and inquire and ultimately build committed relationships. All at their convenience - 24 hours a day.
Bob keeps taking his site down...ask him why.
It'll translate either Urls or text pasted into a text box: Cool!
Un "développement personnel" suspect (LandmarkEducation) par Philippe AllardQuand Joëlle (nom d'emprunt) rencontre une de ses amies, celle-ci ne manque pas d'évoquer"Forum", une formation qui peut "débloquer les situations dans la vie profession nelle et privée". Sans le savoir, Joëlle vient d'être contactée par "LandmarkEducation", un groupe épinglé comme néfaste.
Mailing list for Forum Graduates run by David Smith firstname.lastname@example.orgLance Fletcher has a private philosophical listserver found at: Free Lance Academy
Rants and Raves LIVE! Web based Discussion Group on Delphi.com
Mind Games in the Key of C by Patrick Darcy A prophet speaks up
Pressed for time? Start with Chapter 6.
I am a 28 year old male. I grew up on a farm A story of a person who told his parents "that I love them and they told me that they love me."
Landmark Education, Creating Possibilities or pursuing profit?A critique by Markus Land
The Skeptic's Dictionary looks at The ForumThis used to be a rather scathing essay about est/Erhard/The Forum et al written in Robert T. Carroll's usual fine style. He's revised it several times now as he received input from Forum alumni.
Why Volunteer? first posted on a.f.l. by NikkiCM
Jennifer's Web Site full of essays by Jennifer
Now down, but maybe it will ressurect in archiveal form. Stay tuned.Is the Forum a Cult? Why should we care? From a student college newspaper.
Landmark Education: Experience, Investigation, Research & Analysis
'SPACES IN THE ELBOWS' by SUE ARNOLDForgive me if I seem a trifle confused this week. I have been trying to locate a space in the bones of my left foot -- without success. This is the homework I have been set and heaven knows, it's years since I did homework. I should explain that I am in the middle of my est training. Forgive me if I seem a trifle confused this week. I have been trying to locate a space in the bones of my left foot -- without success. This is the homework I have been set and heaven knows, it's years since I did homework. I should explain that I am in the middle of my est training.
Think about it, an essay with a sharp satirical edge.
"It usually starts with someone you know, you'll ask what it is all
about. You'll be told of a seminar, a meeting, the word "Forum" may spring.
In about three days your life is going to change. "
The Profile on Landmark Forum by the Watchman Fellowship was taken down after a lawsuit was threatened so, it only refers to the Forum obliquely
Brother, are you Saved? An inquiry into the salvation meme complex
Rob Laymon wrote a very witty essay about answering the phone.... Finally, instead of telling people it's a wrong number, he ...
Type in alt.fan.landmark into the newsgroup text box and run the query to bring up just alt.fan.landmark articles.
alt.fan.landmark - Lively and usually intelligent discussion of Forum fun
Welcome Time Article Readers postings from alt.fan.landmark
alt.self-improve - Alternatives to the Forum, and other self-help topics show up here.
In a class by itself...The best way to read it since the spam attack is
Deja News Archives
Search on Werner Erhard, or Landmark Forum.
Is Landmark Forum a cult? Harmful? Does it use group hypnosis, mind control, or brainwashing techniques?
Lowell D. Streiker, Ph.D. discusses the Forum. He says "The Forum is not a cult in any sense of the word, religious or otherwise." He was a consultant hired by WE&A to evaluate est and make recommendations. He later actually did the Forum.
Raymond Fowler, Ph. D, Psychologist, gives his personal views and observations. Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Psychological Association, and Professor Emeritus, at the University of Alabama. He says, " I would like to observe that The Forum experience in no way resembles any of the so-called cults I've read about." He and his wife both went through the Forum.
Cults and Psychological Abuse My Experience in The Forum by James B. EndresNote: This is an extremely critical and strongly worded negative discussion about the Forum. He even uses the "c" word.
A little advice from an LEC graduate, John Cichowski
And much more
Learn about cults and persuasion techniques and decide for yourself.
A Primer on High Control Groups
Washington Post's Online Documentary of a half century of controversy
Daniel Brandt: http://www.namebase.org/
"The problem with the word "cult" is not that cults don't exist, nor that they should be left alone. The problem with the term, and with others like "brainwashing" and "mind control," is that they are too easy to use. Larger issues get lost when convenient labels are attached to complex phenomena, and sometimes the larger issue is more important than what the label attempts to describe."
Book: Virus of the Mind by Richard Brodie Start reading it online, today!Richard is a Forum Graduate with a memetic view of the Forum. In his own words, "The Forum is a virus of the mind - a cultural "organism" that infects people and programs them to spread itself. That's what my book is about. "
by Steven Booth-Butterfield Associate Professor Ed.D. (West Virginia University) Specialization: Mass communication, persuasion
Persuasion and Brainwashing Techniques Being Used On The Public Today An introduction to the craft of persuasive speaking and the mechanics of group hypnosis.
The Episcopalian connection continues.
Book: Outrageous Betrayal: The Dark Journey of Werner Erhard From est to Exile,by Steven Pressman, published by St. Martin's Press.
Werner Erhard Flees in the Wake of Tax Liens and Child Abuse Allegations Quotes San Jose Mercury New, Newsweek, 60 minutes, Philadelphia Inquirer, JPUSA, Fortune Magazine, Also Contained in the Article Boston Movement and the Unification Church,
Business Wire. from Sept 11, 1996 "The Internal Revenue Service today settled for $200,000 in a damage suit Werner Erhard brought against the IRS for false statements IRS spokesmen made to the press about his tax information in April, 1991."
An LA Times article from Sunday, December 29, 1991. gets posted every once in a while on a.r.s. explaining the background.
Robert Farr Argus Magazine, December 1980 Sharp edged Article on
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"Pam Ableidinger, Ph.D., has been a licensed Clinical Psychologist since 1982 and a licensed Marriage, Family and Child Counselor since 1980. She works with individuals, couples, and groups with a special focus on healing from abusive work environments. Pam also currently facilitates a therapy group whose focus is healing the inner child. ....
She also has worked as an Employee Assistant Program Counselor at Werner Erhard and Associates (1982-85) and as a personal organizational assistant to Werner Erhard from 1985 to 1989. It is Pam's years of personal involvement in this organization that promoted her current focus on recovery from abusive work environments. She currently counsels many who have left WE & A and who are seeking to heal from the experience. "
Six articles based on Werner Erhard by W. W. Bartley III, Potter, 1978
for Fun and Profit by Anthony Gottlieb Copyright (c) 1990 The New York
Times Company; The New York Times January 7, 1990, Sunday, Late Edition
More on Heidegger...The book is "Heidegger and Nazism" by Victor Farias (Temple University Press, Philadelphia, 1989) ISBN 0-87722-640-7Alan Watts books from The Alan Watts Library of the Alan Watts Electronic University
Give up everything that you've learned a highly entertaining and original site
from the Skeptical Inquirer / May 1995
Our brains and nervous systems constitute a belief-generating machine, a system that evolved to assure not truth, logic, and reason, but survival. The belief engine has seven major components.
Small Island of Inner Space
Alien Guide to Human Nature Translated by Timothy DeVinney
"A short guide to human psychology from the point of view of outsiders, translated from an intercepted broadcast between alien trading and exploration modules. "
an extremely clever and amusing site analysing human nature from the point of view of a enslaving alien race...
by Karen Hopper Wruck and Mikelle Fisher Eastly
Dated 11/3/97 # 9-898-081 To order copies ($5.00) 1-800-545-7685 (c) 1997 the President & Fellows of Harvard College.
From the Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center Web Site an article...
by Lawrence A. Pile
Paradigm shift anyone?
This award meant something when I won it in 1996
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