From Arianna Huffington’s Fanatics and Fools (I added the links):

Dr. Norman Doidge, professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto,has identified among the tell-tale symptoms of fanatics: an intolerance of dissent, a doctrine that is riddled with contradictions, the belief that one’s cause has been blessed or even commanded by God, and the use of reinforcement techniques such as repetition to spread one’s message.

Hmm, seems familiar somehow…

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