I think the one and only path to advancing the human race is to teach critical thinking skills to children starting at a very early stage. Imagine a world without sheeple. Critical thinkers are difficult to manipulate.
On that subject though, I sometimes wonder how many cult leaders are just shrewd businessmen - after all, if it wasn't for my damn principles (*shakes fist at principles*) I could live in a friggin mansion (or posh compound), get a dozen chicks any night of the week, and whatever else I might want :P I've got the whole smooth-talking charismatic thing going on; so long as I avoided any debates with Hitchens or whoever then I'd be set ;)
I'd much rather be able to live with myself of course - but on the subject of advancing the human race... it's 2010, people - where the hell are the moving sidewalks?? :/ :D