The Neo-Tech FAQ
tk suggested to me that I read the Neo-Tech FAQ to gain a better perspective on Neo-Tech and understand why it is an "evil cult". Well, I was reluctant from reading it for a long time, but today decided to take Baz Luhrman's advice and "do one thing everyday that scares you". So I read the most recent version of the FAQ, which was pretty old (1996) that I found on Google Groups.
The FAQ is so ridiculous that it made me laugh a couple of times. I anticipated (from previous impressions of it) that it will try to attack mainly the Neo-Tech staff, while having little to say about the Neo-Tech wisdom, and I was right. Furthermore, most of the attacks on the Neo-Tech people were based on information or reports which I cannot easily assert, and most of the attacks on its wisdom quoted out-of-context snippets out of the Neo-Tech material, which can easily be refuted by someone with a better grasp of the Neo-Tech material. (and sometimes directly contradict other quotes, which state the opposite, plain and simple)
What killed me was the fact that it claimed Frank R. Wallace (the founder of Neo-Tech) advocated dishonesty because he said that in poker it was OK to cheat. (!) Seriously, Poker is very much about cheating as everybody know. Plus, the Neo-Tech Advantages state countless of times that dishonesty and lies are plain wrong and destructive. (except in Poker :-))
tk, if you think this poor excuse for criticism is good enough to invalidate the Neo-Tech Philosophy, then think again. If only, it made me more convinced that Neo-Tech is "The One True Way<tm>". And it certainly did not convince me that Neo-Tech is a cult or is Evil. Granted, Neo-Tech is huge in scope and takes some time to fully understand and integrate. But it is just an idea system, and a pretty darn good one.
In any case, I'm happy, because a huge stone was cast off my chest.