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Raid on the Church of Scientology by the Food and Drug Administration

Most Scientologists only know L Ron Hubbard’s side of this case, as they read all the issues he put out to them as part of his PR handling. From this, Scientologists have images of jack-booted government thugs storming peaceful churches with “guns drawn” and hauling away E-Meters, which were only innocent “religious artifacts”. Hubbard’s narrative […]

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Here’s What Makes a Scientologist Stupid

I wrote this after dealing with a swarm of Scientologists on the Internet: I’ve seen it now. It is unmistakable. It works like this: You present an idea that has NOTHING to do with Scientology, and the Scientologist must relate it to something in Scientology to “understand” what you are talking about. Example: I wrote […]

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Thinking With Simplistic Cult Metaphors from Scientology

Vicar, in his short but excellent comment over on Mark C Rathbun’s blog, wrote: “I would have to think that the deeper one follows Ron and presses on in this search for his native state, the more likely they are moving away from ever realizing it and being at peace. Its a collapsed bridge. Run.” […]

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Brainwashing in Scientology: Switching Your Value System

The following is an exchange with a commentor on Marty Rathbun’s blog named Conan. In this exchange, I was able to clearly and simply express what I have learned that L Ron Hubbard was really up to with Scientology. I appreciate the softballs that Conan threw me which allowed me to finally knock this idea […]

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Apply Basic Skepticism to Scientology & See How it Holds Up

Basic skepticism is seeking out or asking for positive evidence in support of a claim, and then evaluating the soundness of that evidence. It is not giving out evidence that counterclaims are false, or giving out evidence that all similar claims “do it too”. It is simply looking for or asking for positive evidence in […]

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Hindsight Bias: An Ex-Scientologist’s Deadliest Disease

On Mike Rinder’s excellent blog, a person named “Peter Turner” wrote: “I joined Scientology to help create a world without war, insanity and crime. I used to believed it was possible and others believed it too. But now? War is still with us – crime is on the rise and I don’t know if Scientology […]

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Evidence in Reasoning With Scientology Beliefs

There is an interesting quality to logic and how the human mind uses it. Logic is used by the mind like a ladder, with one step leading to the next step, and the next, etc. If one of the steps in the ladder of logic is false, the rest of the steps after that can […]

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How L Ron Hubbard Tricked You: Two Scientologys

Have you ever noticed that there are two Scientologys? When you study the chronological development of Dianetics and Scientology, and you watch L Ron Hubbard develop his tech and policies, you can really see the change from one Scientology to another as it evolved from the 1950’s into the late 1960’s and 1970’s. All the […]

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The Buddha’s Tooth

I read a story that Buddhists tell each other about a Tibetan mother who was a devout buddhist, and who had a son who traveled to India regularly on business. The mother asked her son, before a trip he was about to take to India, to please bring her back something from India that she […]

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How L Ron Hubbard Tricked You: Scientology Logic vs. Logic

The key to understanding the true value of Scientology’s logic system called the Data Series lies in understanding the idea that there are many different types of logic. Each logic was built for a purpose, and each logic performs a particular function. For instance, binary computer logic was created to turn off and on electricity […]

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Stomping on a Scientologist’s Sense of the Sacred

This is a story about crushing a little girl’s heart. Everyone has a “Sacred Sense”. It’s that feeling of awe and holiness that you reserve solely for those things you find sacred in life. These are not just religious things. They can be works of art that you value. They can be books that changed […]

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You Still Have Control

One extremely valuable thing has come out of the recent sordid inflammation of the Woody Allen/Mia Farrow/Dylan Farrow slanging match. It’s an article in response written on Slate.com on February 8th 2014 by Samantha Gelmer, the woman who was sexually abused as a 13 year old by the film director Roman Polanski. Her message, while […]

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Don’t Let Your Struggle….

It can sometimes happen to an Ex-Scientologist that they feel responsible for the abuses that Scientology perpetuates on others, even though they themselves had no part in those abuses, and could not stop them even if they tried. In some cases, they may have even tried to stop the abuses, but could not. And yet […]

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After Scientology, It’s a Choice

When I was first getting out of Scientology around 13 years ago, I was talking to an ex-Scientologist who worked at the Lisa McPherson Trust. She received phone calls and emails from people getting out of Scientology all day long at her job there. I told her that one of the things I’m struggling with […]

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Recovery From Scientology: What is That, Exactly?

I hear people talking about recovering from Scientology. What does that mean? Is there an “End Phenomenon” to that? I have definitely changed quite a bit since getting out of Scn 13 years ago. At first I was terrified that I would lose everything. That was stupid: All I lost was my job, all my […]

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Undercover as an OSA Agent, Part 2

After unpacking my bags in my room, I sat down at the little round table next to the window and looked out onto the parking lot. People were streaming in to the front doors of the hotel below me. Just 30 days earlier, we had gotten word that CAN had elected a new Executive Director. […]

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Undercover as an OSA Agent, Part 3

Intelligence work has greatly benefited from the emergence of cell phones. But this was 1987, and cell phones were called “car phones” then, and they were enormous bricks that were connected to the dashboard of your car by a curly wire, and only the most annoying people had them. As a result, things were happening […]

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