Gareth Roderique-Davies who wrote the "NEURO-LINGUISTIC PROGRAMMING:
CARGO CULT PSYCHOLOGY?" article fails to understand what Feynman meant with Cargo cults.
NLP doesn't engage in the kind of irrelevant research that Feynman criticized when he criticized research of rat psychology as cargo cult research.
The charge about being a cargo cult is about incorperating some practices of productive scientists like doing experiments but getting no useful results.
Claiming that NLP integrates the research practices of academia is a failure to understand what NLP is about.
A psychologists named Kevin Hogan who's no member of the NLP community did a study of his understanding of NLP Eye Accessing Cues "NLP Eye Accessing Cues: Uncovering the Myth".
The NLP community thinks that he misunderstood their ideas and therefore his experiment didn't work.
Evaluating NLP based on the soundness of it's presuppositions isn't what empiric research is about. Empiricism is about testing whether a technique works in the real world.
You wouldn't test whether a technique of surgery works by letting a researcher read a text about surgery and then perform surgery based on his understanding of surgery.
Any serious study that wanted to establish whether NLP works would have to test interventions that are performed by skilled NLP practitioners instead of testing some part of NLP theory.
There are no published studies that tested whether NLP based interventions such as the NLP phobia cure work.
On a similar token asking is NLP different from placebo misses the point. A placebo is a purely psychological intervention. Everyone agrees that NLP is about purely psychological evaluations.
If you want to evaluate the usefulness of a psychological evaluations than one should compare it to the conventional treatment.
But are their cases where there's scientific evidence that NLP works? The Fast Phobia Cure is an example.
In his literature review paper "Neuro-linguistic programming and application in treatment of phobias" Mahishika Karunaratne writes:
This paper reviews evidence available in literature produced in the UK and US and reveals that NLP is a successful treatment for phobias as well as being particularly efficient due to the relatively brief time period it takes to effect an improvement.