2.- Both gather periodically at ritual events to recite incantatory nonsense (covens, black masses, localization conferences).
3.- Both demand that you renounce all your worldly possessions in favor of a fuzzy afterlife no one has ever seen (Heaven, Paradise and the 72 virgins, well-paid post-editing).
4.- Both seek to alienate you from your loved ones and take all your money.
5.- Both solicit funding on the basis of preposterous premises.
6.- Both demand a significant amount of blind faith.
7.- Both have been denounced as farces by Richard Dawkins.
(I’m not actually sure about this last one).
Miguel Llorens is a freelance financial translator based in Madrid who works from Spanish into English. He is specialized in equity research, economics, accounting, and investment strategy.