Penn: 12 Steps sounds like technology, right? It has NUMBERS. Do step one, step two, and so on, and you've fixed your flat tire or cured your rash. But 12 Steps ISN'T technology. It's religion. In religious cults, you take people with bad problems and teach them to define themselves as sinners, diseased to their very core. You teach them to be ashamed, weak, helpless. Then, you offer them ONE way out: by obeying an infallible authority, like a God.