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Scientology vs. The Internet

This article appeared in 1995 and documents some of the history of Scientology, Ex-Scientologists and Critics using the Internet to warn the public about the dangers of Scientology. It documents the major role that the newsgroup alt.religion.scientology played in the early days of dissent against Scientology and some of the events and people involved. This […]

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Scientology & Mimicry

The first book I purchased at a Scientology Mission was “Hymn of Asia”. And that is because it was the first book on Scientology offered to me at the mission to buy. They offered it to me because I told them that I was interested in and studying Buddhism. I was told that Scientology is […]

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Criticizing Scientology: What Exactly is Criticism?

Ever since October of 1950, when Dr. Joseph Winter publicly left the burgeoning Dianetic movement and wrote a book called “A Doctor’s Report on Dianetics“, L Ron Hubbard had a problem: Books like that made his stats crash. People who were involved in Dianetics, or the families and friends of those involved, would read these […]

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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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Brainwashing in Scientology: Security Checking & OW Write Ups

Bill Franks, the former Executive Director International of the Church of Scientology, emerged a few years ago and told a story about “brainwashing” embedded into the technology of Scientology. There is a reason he used the term “brainwashing” which most Scientologists don’t know: there is actually a technology to brainwashing, and it is not the […]

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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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The Ethical Dissemination of Scientology

L Ron Hubbard made many claims for Clear and OT which have never once come to pass for any of the people who paid tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of dollars, to achieve them. Many of them have quit and tried to warn others, only to be shunned and even attacked in various […]

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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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Scientology and The Source Family Cult

Last night, I watched a very good documentary profiling The Source Family cult. This was a cult that operated a number of health food and vegetarian restaurants in Los Angeles in the late 1960’s and early 70’s and which featured lots of great sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll. Yeah baby. I think it is a good […]

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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: Scientology and Hypnosis

Anyone who has read anything about hypnosis from a source other than L Ron Hubbard can see that auditing produces a hypnotic state and makes a Scientologist highly suggestible. Here’s a good place to start to learn about what hypnosis really is: Scientific American And here’s a good definition of the term by the American […]

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