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Testing time at Scientology

Ben Patey goes into the Scientology centre with an open mind and walks out edgy and confused

Published on January 24th 2008.


Testing time at Scientology

Scientology has been described as ‘a body of beliefs and related practices developed by American writer L. Ron Hubbard. It is supposed to encompass spirituality and cover topics such as morals, ethics, detoxification, education and management.'

Always in need of a little more education, I take the short walk across town and find myself chatting with a woman in the Scientology building on Deansgate. She seems happy that I'm here to take a personality test - the first step into this brave new world.

"They're great fun," she enthuses. “There are 200 questions."

“How riveting," I say. Not to her face.

I'm close to complete break down by question 36 - something like 'have you ever contemplated suicide?' I hadn't until now. Later, I'm asked whether I’ve ever had spasms in my body. I'm not sure what that is going to prove but I do recall the time I played a game of 5-aside and then sat in a cramped Vauxhall Nova. My leg didn't stop twitching until I got out of the damn car and straightened it. 'Yes' to that question. I’m probably not taking this as seriously as I should.

Eventually I finish the blasted thing and after a computer has magically turned my answers into a graph, a gentleman takes me through ten points of my personality, i.e. how I view myself. It turns out I have an edgy nature and I find it hard to relax. This edginess may be due to past relationships, or possibly my line of work. I'm sure it's got nothing to do with the fact that I've just answered 200 questions and my eyes are hurting.

"Do you know why this point here is particularly low?" he asks me. He meets my eyes and stares at me a little longer than I like. Does he want me to admit some terrible previous wrong doing?

To avoid suspicion, I don’t tell him I work for an online magazine – so in a strange and rather unprecedented move, I create a new life for myself I tell him that I'm an office temp - a job which I find very unsatisfactory. My web of lies expands and I’m soon saying I went to University in Manchester and undertook a course in graphic design. I actually studied Journalism at Liverpool John Moores. There wasn't really any need to lie.

“Oh, your dissatisfaction with your job explains your nervous nature”, the man informs me.

Again, I’m probably not treating this whole Scientology malarkey in quite the right manner.

As my lies are getting out of hand and I'm about to make up a name for a fictional wife, I go off on a tangent about how I like looking up words in the dictionary, when I come across those I don't understand.

The guy looks at me with a crazed look on his face, grinning. "Follow me, look at this". He points out the first sentence in the foreword to the core text of Scientology - something about not looking over any words you don't understand. He looks at me smiling, almost vindicated.

Am I special? Will I get my own statue like L Ron Hubbard. That would be nice.

I ask if the reception lady if I can have a look at one of the books. I flick through, paying particular notice to its 150 page glossary of words the reader may not understand.

"It's amazing," says reception woman. "Sometimes I read stuff and I'll be like, that's why this happens, and that is why that happens". I ponder that for a moment.

Where's she gone? Did I fall asleep? Oh, wait a minute. She's coming back, this time with a pamphlet about the tone scale - the emotional scale which characterises human behaviour and bodily appearance. I’m feeling edgy so I make my excuses and get the hell out of there. Yes, I might be edgy sometimes and I might find it a little hard to relax at times but I don't need L Ron Hubbard's £18 book to tell me that.

Looking back I feel like I’ve been insincere in my understanding of the subject. The thing is that Scientology feels downright odd when you’re faced with it firsthand. It feels eccentric, cultish, not quite right. And hard to penetrate, where does the money come from, who are the real bosses, what are the intellectual doctrines behind mushy concepts such as ‘the emotional scale’?

Perhaps, if you’re not religious, all religions appear strange if you start to delve. Or maybe I just want one with a few hundred or thousand years of tradition.

Maybe Jesus began as a successful novelist back in the day like L. Ron Hubbard. Anyway the editor’s telling me off for not taking it seriously, I’m going to have to do 200 lines repeating, 'I must at all times be respectful of other people’s beliefs.’

A new church?

Sian Claire Owen investigates plans for a huge new Old Trafford Scientology centre

Already with an office on Deansgate, the Church of Scientology recently bought the former Duckworth’s Essence Distillery on Chester Road, Old Trafford. The Grade II listed building was to be converted into apartments by Maghull Developments. Days after that purchase, the Church of Scientology snatched up the five-story building to convert it into a ‘place of worship and religious instruction’.

But things at Scientology central have hit a snag. According to Simon Castle, Chief Planning Officer at Trafford Council, the Church of Scientology’s original application failed due to parking issues and the need for assurance that the listed building will not lose its ‘character’. So any immediate plans to open what would be the largest Scientology Centre in the North are currently on stand-by until new proposals are considered.

The good people of Trafford may have to wait before learning all about how the essences of aliens have formed around people causing them spiritual harm. This is apparently all Xenu's fault - pictured on our homepage - the leader of 'the Galactic Confederacy'. For a handy insight into the would-be religion residents could also view this video of A-lister and evangelist Tom Cruise telling us what a ‘blast’ being a Scientologist is – See below...

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64 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousJanuary 24th 2008.

CONGRATULATIONS scientology is a great business.loads of people at the bottom work for pitence, the money flows up through the middle management and the people at the top get rich. Genius.Only they badge it as region, with no basis on the bible.So its quite the contrary to what god wanted, best of luck brainwashed followers, have you even read a bible or is it just the text books you're bought and are spoonfed??

AaronJanuary 24th 2008.

I shouldn't even bother...but Anonymous' many responses to my post proved the point of my post. All postings of what other people wrote ABOUT Scientology, but nothing that actually has anything to do with the subject of Scientology itself. I'll be anonymous has never read Dianetics, but just likes to read short articles by people who have browsed the book.

littleruthieJanuary 24th 2008.

Judaism is TOTALY based on the Bible. Religion seems to be based on faith/beliefs. But having faith or belief in something does not make it a religion.

jacksonkellyJanuary 24th 2008.

In response to: "Telling everyone that the *only* way you'll learn about a cult is to read the propaganda written by said cult, reveals your motives of using this comment system as a recruiting technique."How patronising to suggest that someone will automatically be brainwahsed from reading the material without having the ability to make up their own mind. It seems it's totally fine to read the negatve side of something but not okay to go to the source (i.e.book or even just browsing the website and read what's it about.) Sounds more like a "technique" to me. Surely that shows "true motives". If people read about Scientology and decide it's not for them, fine. Alternatively, if there is no willingless to find out what it is, (again fine) then why bother slating it. It's about having a balanced view.

AnonymousJanuary 24th 2008.

Los Angeles Herald Examiner - Scientology's Bizarre Plot to Get Official - May 29, 1980. Church of Scientology members planned to discredit a high-level official in the California attorney general's office in Los Angeles with a bizarre undercover operation involving a pregnant woman, a phony nun and a fake bribery kickback, according to documents obtained by the Herald Examiner.The church's records of "Operation Snapper" - part of 100,000 pages of documents seized by the FBI in Los Angeles three years ago - identified the target as Lawrence Tapper, deputy attorney general in charge of the charitable trust unit.These documents reveal a complex "three-channel" operation "to get Larry Tapper removed from his post in the AG's office so that he can no longer commit overts (sic)" against the worldwide church formed in 1954 by L. Ron Hubbard.The Church has come under fire recently for similar operations to discredit public officials in Clearwater, Fla. But this is the first indication that group members planned undercover operations against local officials.Heber Jentzsch, a spokesman for the church in Los Angeles, confirmed the existence of the operation against Tapper. "I had heard of the 'Snapper' operation, " said Jentzsch. "It was a gross operation. I can't condone that kind of activity... Someone obviously got frustrated and decided to carry out their own scenario. It should never have happened."Jentzsch said he had no idea who in the church planned "Operation Snapper" or whether any phases of it were actually carried out. Tapper became a target after handling consumer fraud complaints against the church in the middle and late '70s.Tapper at one point advised one of his superiors that the church is "long overdue" for a state investigation, and that interoffice memo - dated May 12, 1976 - was among the church's records.It is unclear whether any elements of the operation were carried out. Tapper, who still serves in the same position with the attorney general's office, declined to comment because the church has an ongoing $1 million lawsuit against him and other public officials charging "illegal infiltration" of the church.The well-planned operation against Tapper was outlined in a lengthy church memo.Channel 1 had two phases. The first: "Recruit a very tough (woman) that is obviously pregnant and that is a good actress... she does a practice run on the AG's office to ascertain the best place in (Evelle) Younger's office (former attorney general) to do the action."Pregnant woman simply walks into the AG's office (Younger's) in Sacramento and says in so many words: 'I told Larry I wouldn't do this but he gave me no choise (sic). I don't care about his career anymore! I mean look at me! I'll go to the press even if it does ruin my family's reputation. I won't have an abortion!'" After creating a scene and crying, the woman was to leave, saying, "Oh, never mind, nobody will help me anyway."The second phase: "Recruit trusted male... must be able to talk angerly (sic) and sound about 45 to 50 years old over the phone. "He is the father of the pregnant girl. He calls up the two areas his daughter visited and gives them hell (from an outside phone), says, 'My daughter came into your office yesterday. The pregnant girl. Well, I don't know what you people said to her but she is terrified... talks of suicide... this guy is Larry Tapper. Who is he? My daughter tells me he is the father of her child."'And he's threatened to have her committed if she reveals this... You can only protect basterds (sic) like Tapper for so long and then you'll get a Watergate.'"Five days later, Channel 2 was to be carried out. The first phase: "Recruit a trusted female with a lot of courage. Find out what's the biggest order of nuns in the area, and what habit they would be wearing during this season... Recruit a reliable person who can actually take professional photograph (sic) indoors."The woman dressed like a nun goes into AG's office and asks a receptionist what the proper procedure is for filing a complaint against someone in the AG's office. The photographer, who has come in independently of the "nun," overhears this.The plan then calls for the photographer to say: "Holy cow! What a story," so that the receptionist can hear him. "Excuse me sister, I couldn't help overhearing you, are you filing a complaint?""Pressure is quickly put on the nun, forcing her to stammer out... He uses his position to attack anything that's not Jewish... Well, if you must know, it's Lawrence Tapper. Oh, I shouldn't have said that." The photographer takes her picture, showing the receptionist in the background. "Nun covers her face completely. She says please don't. No! Oh God. I shouldn't have come here. Nun leaves very upset. Photographer asks receptionist who was that... and leaves."The second phase: The next day, a man posing as a newspaper reporter is sent back to the same office. He asks questions like: "Is it true a nun came in here yesterday and accused Younger of protecting Lawrence Tapper... Any statement on this. Is Younger protecting Tapper on this? What's it all about?"Also, the photographer's picture is developed and sent to various minority newspapers. "Telephone bigger papers to see if they would be interested... The headline would read something like 'Mysterious Nun Claims Prejudice in AG's office.' GET ARTICLE PUBLISHED. The article will cast aspersions on the charity fraud area and Tapper."One week later, channel 3 was to go into operation: "Find out where Tapper banks... Obtain the name and address of the San Diego Mental Health's executive who just got busted for dealing in drugs."Recruit a 30-year old tough looking male... He will be taking five $20 bills ($100) and depositing them into Tapper's account. He'll ensure no prints of his are on any papers... He should wear glasses and some sort of hat so he can't be recognized again... He reports back with receipt."The receipt is delivered by another field agent - "an upstate banker type male" - to Younger's office. The note names the San Diego official and explains that the deposit is proof that Tapper is receiving "payoffs from some rather strange areas." The "banker" leaves without giving his name."The above channel workable (sic) is derived from the fact that Younger has been involved with bad PR concerning bankers and banks. This should... have Younger put a lot of attention on this caper." Tapper, who is still in charge of charitable trusts in the attorney general's office, was reportedly recently informed of the operation against him by Henrietta Crampton of Redondo Beach, director of the Citizens Freedom Foundation, a group composed largely of parents whose children are members of various cults."When I told him about it (by phone)," Crampton said, "he was quiet for a moment, and then he asked if it had anything to do with a pregnant woman. I told him it did and that I had it in writing. He said, 'You've made my weekend," and asked me to send him copies." Tapper confirmed his conversation with Carmpton to the Herald Examiner but refused further comment on "Operation Snapper."Tapper and former attorney General Evelle Younger and City Attorney Burt Pines are defendants in a million-dollar suit filed by the church in 1976 alleging "illegal infiltration" by state officials. The suit has not yet gone to trial."The church has hit us for talking to the press (before),"said Robert O'Brien, an assistent attorney general who is defending Tapper in the suit. "I not going to have a million-dollar judgment slapped against Larry Tapper for talking to the press about this."Younger, who said he has "never taken this (the church's) suit very seriously," had no knowledge of "Operation Snapper.""I do know that group (Scientologists) had among its targets our office," said Younger. "But I have never heard of that particular operation. If it was carried out, it was not brought to my attention. Mr. Tapper's reputation is unsullied as far as I'm concerned."

AnonymousJanuary 24th 2008.

Scientology would be absolutely hilarious, were it not deadly serious.Take a little time to research it and you'll find it's a little more than something to laugh at.Go and research Lisa McPherson. It's time we stopped mocking and started eradicating.

spencer the artistJanuary 24th 2008.

scientology can unite the world - as soon as everyone is a scientologist. Hey Thetans! Come and get me, bitches!

AnonymousJanuary 24th 2008.

does anyone know what on earth Tom Cruise is rambling about? His washed brain needs to be hung out to dry

getbeckyoutJanuary 24th 2008.

Scientology has brainwashed our daughter and has distroyed our lives.Its a money grabbing CULT, its not a Relegion its a CULT. Name: getbeckyout The church continues to attract controversy over claims that it separates members from their families and indoctrinates followers.THIS IS OUR STORY; MAKE UP YOUR OWN MIND. WE HAVEOur daughter Rebecca says she will never disconnect from the family as she would tell them where to go, but we know its only a matter of timeWe have always been a close loving family with no secrets.Rebecca has a boy friend David been 29 years of age and he RECRUITED Becky into the Church of Scientology, about 4 years ago.We were not made clear at the time that she had joined a Cult, I undertook massive research on the Church of Scientology and to our horror we did not like what we found.We sat down and gave Rebecca our views in a very calm manor but to no avail.Last year she went on the Freewinds this been the second trip in a period of Six Months, where she got engaged.Rebecca has paid over 7k to the COS for services since her involvement they call it Donations. In October 07 Rebecca agreed to leave the org at Manchester and not to set foot in the place again, this was promised for the love of the family and even though her boy friend remains in it we had to believe in her.We asked her to hand write to the org in Manchester and St hill and a copy to Clearwater, I took photo copies of the letters and I personally posted them,The content as follows the same for each address.Dear ---I have decided not to do any more courses and will not be renewing my membership.Please make sure that all future mail to me is stopped.I would like to thank the staff at Manchester for the help I have received over the past years.Yours sincerelyBecky.We thought this would be her last involvement; even knowing her boyfriend (MENTOR) is a massive member and still dependent on Scientology.To date we have written a number of letters to the COS and done a number of interviews with Anonymous at Manchester, all interviews available on you tube 10 in total.The latest interview was in 3 parts done this Month with there head executive of the Manchester Org (Mr. Anthony Brinkman)We have never had one reply from any of there staff, or even an assurance from there Mr. Brinkman that they will leave her alone, we have bank documentation that in Feb o8 they still took her money for there services.Her Boy friend is her mentor and the COS rules are if she cant handle us, i.e. get us to accept Scientology then she will have to Disconnect or her boyfriend has to end there relationship, she is in a mental mess.Rebecca has been hypnotized in the very early stages by the COS she has a mindset not to accept any negative / critical information, if we attempt then Becky goes into a state like trance.Please note we are in contact with our daughter at all times. Beck was only with her mum this morning, I inform people of this due to some people have stated that she has been Kidnapped by the Cos.www.whyweprotest.nethttp:/…/nfunnytruth.ytmnd.c… om/http://www.youfoundthecard.com /www.xenutv.com/http://www.taxexemptchildabuse… .net/http://www.exscientologykids.c om/ Hometown: manchester Country: United Kingdom

GazJanuary 24th 2008.

At least Jesus was a bit less scary looking than that Xenu character. Anyway, I had it large one night and saw someone walking on water so I know it's possible

sprouterJanuary 24th 2008.

i went in for a laugh once but soon thought it was a bit sinister. nowadays when they try and accost me, i tell them to, err, Go Away. freaks.

XenuJanuary 24th 2008.

Ron im a bit low on cash. could you beam me some up via the Engram me old mucker? I need to polish some reptiles for christmas. Happy Hanukkah

AnonymousJanuary 24th 2008.

Religion "angle" letter. (1953)DEAR HELEN10 APRILRE CLINIC, HASThe arrangements that have been made seem a good temporary measure. On a longer look, however, something more equitable will have to be organized. I am not quite sure what we would call the place - probably not a clinic - but I am sure that it ought to be a company, independent of the HAS but fed by the HAS. We don't want a clinic. We want one in operation but not in name. Perhaps we could call it a Spiritual Guidance Center. Think up its name, will you. And we could put in nice desks and our boys in neat blue with diplomas on the walls and 1. knock psychotherapy into history and 2. make enough money to shine up my operating scope and 3. keep the HAS solvent. It is a problem of practical business. I await your reaction on the religion angle. In my opinion, we couldn't get worse public opinion than we have had or have less customers with what we've got to sell. A religious charter would be necessary in Pennsylvania or NJ to make it stick. But I sure could make it stick. We're treating the present time beingness, psychotherapy treats the past and the brain. And brother, that's religion, not mental science.Best Regards,Ron

David RJanuary 24th 2008.

More funky stuff about Scientology and dianetics, I mentioned a moment ago about the Thetans and Xemu. That event is known as incident 2, the 36 days of implanting is known as R6. The point at which the Thetans created the current Universe, 4 quadrillion years ago, is known as incident one. No when one find a Body Thetan, a BT, one has to determine if it is a single body thetan or a cluster of Body Thetans. Remember the Body Thetans are the alien thetans that have been confused by the R6 implanting. Often times a cluster will show on the e-meter when asked if it is a single BT, but there will be a greater charge if it is a cluster and it is asked if it is more than one BT. The second thing to do is identify which incident it needs to be run down on, incident 1 or incident 2. Typically it will be incident 1 but they both start with an explosion near the start and so can easily be confused. The trick is to date it using the standard incident dating procedure, 10 of years ago, 00's of years ago, 000's of years ago and so on using the e-meter. If it dates at around 74 – 75 million years ago it is incident 2, if it dates around 4 quadrillion years ago it is incident 2. Having identified the incident you have to run it in order to get the thetan to blow. Typically running incident 2 on a cluster of thetans bound by incident 2 will result in them all blowing their charge, this is quite profound. You must always be careful that some don't remain, they can do you see. There is also an incident close to incident 2 known as the Obscene Dog. This incident involves a dog and when thetans get too close to the front of it they get sucked in and passed out the other end; Hubbard said the thetans didn't like this and I can well believe him. Gratz you have just been obscene dog rolled.

John WareJanuary 24th 2008.

Aaron - "How can you have an opinion about something you know nothing about?" Easy, you don't have know anything or be informed to have an opinion. That's the definition of an opinion. To KNOW something you have to be informed. Try reading Plato, he talks about the difference between knowledge and opinion. He also talks about "dialectics", not to be confused with "dianetics"!You can have an opinion on things you've never read. Opinions

mark mJanuary 24th 2008.

Is it worthy of this site to mock someone else's religion? Ed pls!!!!!

AnonJanuary 24th 2008.

Just to make it clear that Judaism is based on the bible but only the first 5 books of the Christian bible and we call it the Torah.

Spencer SpurchJanuary 24th 2008.

I went in for a personality test once and walked out after i was told I had 'No Personality'. If you want to avoid this happening to you, cross the road.

AnonymousJanuary 24th 2008.

An Experimental Investigation of Hubbard's Engram Hypothesis (Dianetics)Jack Fox, Alvin E. Davis, and B Lebovit, 1959.SummaryThis paper formulates two hypotheses concerning the retention of events occurring during states of unconsciousness. It describes an experiment in which a passage selected from a physics text was read to a subject placed in an unconscious state by administration of sodium pentothal. During a period of almost six months, dianetic auditors were unable to recover the passage. Thus, the engram hypothesis was not substantiated by this experiment.

Moise Hubbarb,Ron's Dad.January 24th 2008.

My son not only got an "ology" ,he started one.

AnonymousJanuary 24th 2008.

The West Australian, Wed 16 Sep 1959, p2A scientologist claimed that he had every chance of curing an epileptic patient, Det.-Sgt. Bruce John Brennan told Magistrate T.A. Draper in the Perth Police Court yesterday.The Magistrate asked that the identity of the patient, a woman, should not be disclosed.The scientologist, Lancelot Allan Harrison, of Goderich-street, Perth, has been charged by the Medical Board of W.A. with having held himself out between April 1 and May 13 as willing to perform a service usually performed by a medical practitioner.Det.-Sgt. Brennan told the court that on May 18 he saw Harrison, who admitted knowing the woman.DesperateHarrison allegedly said that when he met the woman she had seemed rather desperate.She told him that she was taking drugs to control her epileptic condition. He did not advise her to stop taking the drugs, but told her that if she could comply with his conditions he would be willing to treat her.Det.-Sgt. Brennan said he told Harrison: "So far as I can gather epilepsy is usually caused by scarring or some other damage to the brain and is a condition which should be treated by a medical practitioner."Harrison was alleged to have replied: "Yes, I would say it is a condition usually treated by a medical man."I must admit I've made a mistake and if I had known what I do now I would have had nothing to do with it."Harrison allegedly told the woman that she would require 100 hours of treatment at £3 an hour, with payment in advance for the first 25 hours.Nurse Pamela Mary Inkpen, of Beaufort-street, Mt. Lawley, said she had been employed as the woman's nurse and understood from Harrison and his wife that the woman had stopped taking drugs. At no time did either say this woman must stop taking drugs.On May 11 the woman was semi-conscious after violent fits the night before. Harrison's wife came to the flat with a box-like instrument with leads attached. The court was told of an instrument - an electro-psychometer - which registered emotions like a lie-detector.A doctor was called and after a short examination he arranged for the woman to be sent to the hospital.Harrison described scientology as a series of mental exercises designed to improve a person's concentration and to help the person get rid of fears and worries. There was no religion attached.

Old Mother Ron HubbardJanuary 24th 2008.

Is there any way you can get paragraphs in here? Is there any way you can get paragraphs in here? Is there any way you can get paragraphs in here? Is there any way you can get paragraphs in here?

AnonymousJanuary 24th 2008.

Beyond "clear" (because none seemed to obtain the powers claimed by that level)Time Magazine, December 22, 1952In contrast with the primitive dianetician, who was content merely to probe the subject's life here on earth, the scientologist gets him stretched on a couch, gripping the electrodes and usually wearing blinkers and tries to reach preconception pains as fast as possible.The subject may be disturbed because of unimaginable horrors perpetrated on his theta being in outer space billions of years ago. ("Things are as rough in outer space as they are here," says a devout Hubbardian. "Anything can happen.") If a subject has a pain in his jaw, it may be that in an earlier spiral he was a clam. If this pain is associated with fear of falling, he must have been a clam that was picked up by a bird and dropped on the rocks.Whenever the subject starts to babble about the terrible conditions on Venus or the moon, the scientologist knows that he is on the beam.

JinkiesJanuary 24th 2008.

How can Judaism be based on the Christian bible? Jesus was a Jew wasn't he? As far as I know it's the big J himself that came up with Christianity. Ergo, Christianity is based on stories from Judaism (not the other way round). To be fair the bible stories are recycled myth, Jesus was made up (he's based on an Egyptian god called Horus - check this: http://www.adam.com.au/bstett/BJesusandHorus74.htm)

GaryJanuary 24th 2008.

If it looks like a cult, smells like a cult, tastes like a cult, then it probably is a cult.Yes I did spell Cult right!

sonofsmurfJanuary 24th 2008.

L Ron Hubbarb once told his friends that the best way to make money was to start a religion. Funny how he then started a religion and used his skills as a sci fi writer to twist people to see his "views" although in all reality he knew they were utter ****e. He laughed all the way to the bank, carried by the mentally weak muppets that made him rich.

AnonymousJanuary 24th 2008.

Thankfully that has been remedied by the very informative comments preceding yours.

AnonymousJanuary 24th 2008.

Here you go Aaron:Scientific American, January 1951DIANETICS: THE MODERN SCIENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH, BY L. RON HUBBARD.This volume probably contains more promises and less evidence per page than has any publication since the invention of printing. Briefly, its thesis is that man is intrinsically good, has a perfect memory for every event of his life, and is a good deal more intelligent than he appears to be. However, something called the engram prevents these characteristics from being realized in man's behavior. During moments of unconsciousness and pain and at any time from conception onward, the "reactive mind" can still record experience, but experiences so recorded -engrams- are a major source of man's misery, his psychosomatic ills, his neuroses and psychoses, his poor memory, and his generally inefficient functioning. By a process called dianetic reverie, which resembles hypnosis and which may apparently be practiced by anyone trained in dianetics, these engrams may be recalled. Once thoroughly recalled, they are "refiled," and the patient becomes a "clear," who is not handicapped by encumbering engrams and who can thenceforth function at a level of intellect, efficiency and goodness seldom if ever realized before in the history of man. The system is presented without qualification and without evidence. It has borrowed from psychoanalysis, Pavlovian conditioning, hypnosis and folk beliefs, but, except for the last, these debts are fulsomely denied. The huge sale of the book to date is distressing evidence of the frustrated ambitions, hopes, ideals, anxieties and worries of the many persons who through it have sought succor.I.I. Rabi, winner of the Nobel prize in physics in 1944, is professor of physics at Columbia University.

AnonymousJanuary 24th 2008.

Instead of warning you not to go experience it yourself, here's the information that equips you for identifying bad practises that any organisation you join might try (remember that auditing sessions will attempt to find out if you have this knowledge) : 1) HYPNOSIS - Inducing a high state of suggestibility, often thinly disguised as relaxation or meditation. a. Repetitive Music (most likely with a beat close to the human heart 45 to 72 beats per minute). Most likely used during "study sessions" as the teacher will say the music helps you relax and concentrate better! b. Voice Roll -- A "voice roll" is a patterned, paced style used by hypnotists when inducing a trance. It is also used by many lawyers, several of whom are highly trained hypnotists, when they desire to entrench a point firmly in the minds of the jurors. A voice roll can sound as if the speaker were talking to the beat of a metronome or it may sound as though he were emphasizing every word in a monotonous, patterned style. The words will usually be delivered at the rate of 45 to 60 beats per minute, maximizing the hypnotic effect. c. Room "Feel" - The way a room feels is essential to hypnotizing unknowing subjects. It needs special lighting, florescent lights are best because they aren't too dim, but aren't too harsh. Also, Room Temp helps a bit, usually a little cooler than normal room temperature. You need to have the unknowing subjects very relaxed, perhaps even close to falling asleep.2) PEER GROUP PRESSURE - Suppressing doubt and resistance to new ideas by exploiting the need to belong.3) "LOVE BOMBING" - Creating a sense of family through physical touch, thought & feeling sharing and emotional bonding.4) REJECTION OF OLD VALUES - Accelerating acceptance of new lifestyle by constantly denouncing former beliefs and values.5) CONFUSING DOCTRINE - Encouraging blind acceptance and rejection of logic through complex lectures on an incomprehensible doctrine.6) METACOMMUNICATION - Implanting subliminal messages by stressing certain key words or phrases in long, confusing lectures.7) REMOVAL OF PRIVACY - Achieving loss of ability to evaluate logically by preventing private contemplation.8) DISINHIBITION - Encouraging child-like obedience by orchestrating child-like behaviour9) UNCOMPROMISING RULES - Inducing regression and disorientation by soliciting agreement to seemingly simple rules which regulate mealtimes, bathroom breaks and use of medications.10) VERBAL ABUSE - Desensitizing through bombardment with foul and abusive language. (Physical abuse, such as torture, is the more extreme form of this.)11) SLEEP DEPRIVATION AND FATIGUE - Creating disorientation and vulnerability by prolonging mental an physical activity and withholding adequate rest and sleep.12) DRESS CODES - Removing individuality by demanding conformity to the group dress code.13) CHANTING OR SINGING - Eliminating non-cult ideas through group repetition of mind-narrowing chants or phrases.14) CONFESSION - Encouraging the destruction of individual ego through confession of personal weaknesses and innermost feelings of doubt.15) FINANCIAL COMMITMENT - Achieving increased dependence on the group by 'burning bridges' to the past, through the donation of assets.16) FINGER POINTING - Creating a false sense of righteousness by pointing to the shortcomings of the outside world.17) ISOLATION - Inducing loss of reality by physical separation from family, friends, society and rational references.18) CONTROLLED APPROVAL - Maintaining vulnerability and confusion by alternately rewarding and punishing similar actions.19) CHANGE OF DIET - Creating disorientation and increased susceptibility to emotional arousal by depriving the nervous system of necessary nutrients through the use of special diets and/or fasting. Also applying drugs for these purposes fall in this category.20) GAMES - Inducing dependence on the group by introducing games with obscure rules.21) NO QUESTIONS - Accomplishing automatic acceptance of beliefs by discouraging questions.22) GUILT - Reinforcing the need for 'salvation' by exaggerating the sins of the former lifestyles.23) FEAR - Maintaining loyalty and obedience to the group by threatening soul, life or limb for the slightest 'negative' thought, word or deed. Three Principles of Re-Education1) REPETITION - Going through the same subject over and over again until it is known by heart.2) ACTIVITY PEDAGOGICS - The subjects are never left alone nor give any private time of their own, they are always in activity.3) CRITICISM AND SELF-CRITICISM - The subjects are supposed to feel uncertain; under the constant threat of being humiliated and despised.

DescartesJanuary 24th 2008.

My Christian friends tell me Jesus healed the sick through touch, rose from the dead and walked on water. Is that really any stranger than anything Scientology talks about?

Charles DarwinJanuary 24th 2008.

David R you mad bastard....have you read any of my works

AnonymousJanuary 24th 2008.

Joe Harrington († 2001)Hubbard's "Study Tech" is the ultimate way of implanting Scn orthodoxy and conformity into people, based upon his notion that ANY difficulty grasping some idea or doctrine stems solely from "misunderstood words", not errors in the ideas or doctrines. Made mandatory in compulsory attendance schools it would stifle free thinking. For example, the student is reading the following sentence:"The lunar surface is made of green cheese". The student seems foggy or doubtful AFTER reading this passage, which Hubbard said was a manifestation of a misunderstood word. The teacher would NOT converse with the student about the credence of the passage he would ONLY have the student FIND the word he "misunderstood". So the student might spend the rest of the classroom period looking up "misunderstoods", and finally come up with some term, such as lunar, which he did not FULLY understood, before concluding, "Wow, the moon really is made of green cheese, I never realized that before!" Should the student express a desire to NOT study more about the geology of the moon, this would be another manifestation of "misunderstood words" be went past, not an indication of false data in the textbook.Study "tech" is how the unreality of Hubbard's nonsense is implanted into his followers.If there is a form of "Mind Control" involved in Scientology, "Study tech" is at the heart of it. I find it interesting practically none of the discussion on "Mind Control" has focused on the Study Tech as Hubbard's most destructive product.."Word Clearing" was created at the height of Hubbard's paranoia about government conspiracies in the early 1970's, a time when his GO agents were starting their infiltrations of their enemies around the world. Hubbard's sinister "study tech" indoctrination must NEVER be allowed to became a mandatory tool in the education of our children.Another maxim of Hubbard's "study tech" is that ANY disagreement stems from misunderstood words in the subject, nor errors in the materials studied.In a school using Hubbard's full "study tech", students would be subjected to e-meter checks by the Classroom Word Clearer. Students would be questioned while on the meter to determine if there was any materials that they disagreed with. If the World Clearer detected any meter reads the student would have to start looking for words he misunderstood, and then be rechecked again on the meter by the Word Clearer. Students with any disagreements who refuse to comply with looking up words would be routed to Ethics for "enturbulating" the class. Students who observed other students not using the "study tech" are required to submit Knowledge Reports on their classmates. This is the model that Applied Scholastics uses.In a classroom using Hubbard's study tech, students are forbidden from asking the teacher for clarification of the materials being studied and no open discussion about the materials by the students is allowed. The ONLY response allowed by the teacher to student queries is: "What does your material state?", or "What word did you not fully understand?" ANY other response by the teacher, or "Course Supervisor" is considered gross "Out-tech".

AnonymousJanuary 24th 2008.

Volney Mathison, E-meter inventor, 1954. There is extant a pseudo-scientific system of something or other wherein the patient is required to create and duplicate arbitrary systems of mental images that are autocratically selected for him by the operator. Worse still, the patient is forced monotonously to perform interminably-duplicated trivial physical motions, such as touching a certain exact spot on the table, over and over and over, sometimes for hours.Bluntly, this is a powerful and effective technique for covertly inducing hypnosis. By the duplicated command the subject is caused endlessly to duplicate mental image patterns wherein he is OBEYING the operator, explicitly, time after time after time. The subject is sooner or later reduced to such a zombie-like state that he will thereafter obey the operator's every other covert or indirect command. These covert and indirect commands are presented to the subject in the form of take-it-or-leave-it "suggestions"--to buy every book, take every expensive "course", attend every convention or conference staged by the operator. The victim at long last finds himself penniless, in debt, and much more ill and troubled than ever before.

jacksonkellyJanuary 24th 2008.

All I'm saying is to have an opinion you have to know what you're forming an opinion on. This is pretty basic stuff and think you know too well what the definition is. The definition of opinion is the definition of opinion and unlike the guy who posted before my last one, I at least quoted a source. It gets ridicolous to the extreme when you're accused of mind control for quoting wikipedia.If your opinion is based on hearing BOTH sides of the story, then fair enough but I doubt very much that all of the posts in here are from people who have looked at Scientlogy and not just this article and similar others.

AnonymousJanuary 24th 2008.

Dianetic Therapy: An Experimental Evaluation. June 30, 1953. HARVEY JAY FISCHER.Summary An experiment was designed to afforded an objective and definitive test of the claims for dianetic therapy. Provision was made for obtaining adequate information without anticipating the direction of the effects of dianetic therapy. Dianetic proponents specifically claim effectiveness in only three areas: intellectual functioning, mathematical ability, and personality conflicts. These areas were measured by tests selected because they were standardized instruments shown to be valid and reliable. For mathematical ability and intellectual function, multiple tests were used in an effort to provide a representative score. Three groups of subjects totaling thirty-six persons were selected. The three groups were exposed to different amounts of dianetic therapy during an interval of sixty days, the first having no hours, the second eighteen hours and the third thirty-six hours. Eighteen hours of dianetic therapy are claimed to afford a significant change in the subjects. The design utilized the controls of educational status and age with the influence of sex partialled out. The tests were administered to all subjects both before and after the therapeutic interval. For the second testing session, alternate forms were used. Difference scores were calculated for each subject in each of the areas measured and these were subjected to statistical analysis. The method of multiple factor analysis of variance was used.Conclusions For the population of disturbed persons who applied for dianetic therapy, and who were between the ages of twenty-two and forty-seven years, and who had at least some high school education, regardless of the sex of these persons, it was concluded that: 1. Dianetic therapy does not systematically, favorably or adversely influence the ability to perform on tests of intellectual functioning. 2. Dianetic therapy does not systematically, favorably or adversely influence the ability to perform on tests of mathematical ability. 3. Dianetic therapy does not systematically, favorably or adversely influence the degree of personality conflicts. It seems that the reservations expressed in scientific circles about dianetic therapy are well founded. If a method is based upon loosely documented theory, then there is little hope for the efficacy of the method. The results of this study should serve as an example that a theoretical groundwork should be most thoroughly laid out before its tenets are tested. Dianetic theory seems to have been developed through an eclectic approach that takes material out of context from other theoretical formulations and molds them to fit a contention which is not only unestablished (the memory engram) but which has much evidence against it.

tony leighJanuary 24th 2008.

Scientology has brainwashed our daughter and has distroyed our lives.Its a money grabbing CULT, its not a Relegion its a CULT. Name: getbeckyout The church continues to attract controversy over claims that it separates members from their families and indoctrinates followers.THIS IS OUR STORY; MAKE UP YOUR OWN MIND. WE HAVEOur daughter Rebecca says she will never disconnect from the family as she would tell them where to go, but we know its only a matter of timeWe have always been a close loving family with no secrets.Rebecca has a boy friend David been 29 years of age and he RECRUITED Becky into the Church of Scientology, about 4 years ago.We were not made clear at the time that she had joined a Cult, I undertook massive research on the Church of Scientology and to our horror we did not like what we found.We sat down and gave Rebecca our views in a very calm manor but to no avail.Last year she went on the Freewinds this been the second trip in a period of Six Months, where she got engaged.Rebecca has paid over 7k to the COS for services since her involvement they call it Donations. In October 07 Rebecca agreed to leave the org at Manchester and not to set foot in the place again, this was promised for the love of the family and even though her boy friend remains in it we had to believe in her.We asked her to hand write to the org in Manchester and St hill and a copy to Clearwater, I took photo copies of the letters and I personally posted them,The content as follows the same for each address.Dear ---I have decided not to do any more courses and will not be renewing my membership.Please make sure that all future mail to me is stopped.I would like to thank the staff at Manchester for the help I have received over the past years.Yours sincerelyBecky.We thought this would be her last involvement; even knowing her boyfriend (MENTOR) is a massive member and still dependent on Scientology.To date we have written a number of letters to the COS and done a number of interviews with Anonymous at Manchester, all interviews available on you tube 10 in total.The latest interview was in 3 parts done this Month with there head executive of the Manchester Org (Mr. Anthony Brinkman)We have never had one reply from any of there staff, or even an assurance from there Mr. Brinkman that they will leave her alone, we have bank documentation that in Feb o8 they still took her money for there services.Her Boy friend is her mentor and the COS rules are if she cant handle us, i.e. get us to accept Scientology then she will have to Disconnect or her boyfriend has to end there relationship, she is in a mental mess.Rebecca has been hypnotized in the very early stages by the COS she has a mindset not to accept any negative / critical information, if we attempt then Becky goes into a state like trance.Please note we are in contact with our daughter at all times. Beck was only with her mum this morning, I inform people of this due to some people have stated that she has been Kidnapped by the Cos.www.whyweprotest.nethttp:/…/nfunnytruth.ytmnd.c… om/http://www.youfoundthecard.com /www.xenutv.com/http://www.taxexemptchildabuse… .net/http://www.exscientologykids.c om/ Hometown: manchester Country: United Kingdom

Phil TaylorJanuary 24th 2008.

Here's a simple challenge to test how open religion is- well, OK, Christianity at least. Pop into a Christian bookshop, and ask for a book on any particular aspect of doctrine. You'll find a variety of titles, some from opposing viewpoints even. Christianity is very open- unlike Scientology. Been a Christian for 30 years, and nobody has asked me to recieve some secret knowledge or give some money to move to a higher level. That's the difference between a religion and a cult. If you want to learn more- you can go and learn it for yourself, rather than being brainwashed. It's free too....Like Bono, I'm a Christian, but not a fan of denominations or churches.Here's a challenge for Man Con, compare an Alpha Course with a Scientology test? http://uk.alpha.org/

AnonymousJanuary 24th 2008.

The personality test is a fine example of the deception at work in Scientology. Members that talk to people about the results of the test are instructed to find the "ruin" of that person (what makes them feel bad) and regardless of what it is, say "Scientology can help you with that!". Saying anything else is prohibited since to them there is no "way to happiness" other than through Scientology. Members are taught how to "keep Scientology working" by only telling you the "facts" made up in order for you to be convinced that it works. Listen very carefully to anyone who *has* done something, found out what a mistake it was and has written about it to help others avoid making the same mistakes. 1953 - Dianetic Therapy - An Experimental Evaluation,, 1954 - Creative Image Therapy - Electropsychometric Instruction, 1954-1965 - The Aberree, 1959 - An Experimental Investigation of Hubbard's Engram Hypothesis, 1965 [Australia] - Report of the Board of Inquiry into Scientology, 1966 - Dianetics in Limbo, 1969 [New Zealand] - Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Hubbard Scientology Organisation, 1970 [Canada] - Sectarian Healers and Hypnotherapy, 1971 - Mind Benders, 1971 - Scandal of Scientology, 1971 [England] - Enquiry into the Practice and Effects of Scientology, 1972 - Inside Scientology-Dianetics, 1973 - Believe What You Like, 1973 [South Africa] - Report of the Commission of Enquiry into Scientology, 1979 - Scientology and it's Cover Companies, 1983-1984 - "Reconnection" magazine, 1986 - Religion Inc, 1987 - Bare-Faced Messiah, 1987 - Messiah or Madman, 1989 - My Nine Lives in Scientology, 1990 - A Piece of Blue Sky, 1991 - International Society Control by the CoS, 1991 - Lonesome Squirrel, 1991 - Road to Xenu, 1991 - Social Control, 1992 - The Total Freedom Trap, 1993 - Scientology from inside out, 1995 - Scientology with(out) an End, 1996 - A Scientific Scrutiny of OT III, 1997 - Helnwein and Scientology - Lies and Treason, 1998 - Boston Herald - Scientology Unmasked, 1998 [Italy] - Religious Sects and New Magic Movements, 1999 - Scientology and Totalitarianism, 1999 [Switzerland] - Sects or Assimilative Movements, 2003 - Scientology - Religion or racket

ETJanuary 24th 2008.

I'm an alien but I'm actually Welsh Baptist

DescartesJanuary 24th 2008.

Anonymous, Judaism isn't based on the bible either, nor is Islam to my knowledge, are they not proper religions either?

David BrentJanuary 24th 2008.

Did not get an agenda no

Mrs. TrellisJanuary 24th 2008.

Aaron, go and lie down. Scientology is just latest way to part a fool and his money, and frankly if it keeps the morons occupied then it can't be that bad, eh?

Jackson KellyJanuary 24th 2008.

This article amazingly opens with 'Ben Patey goes into the Scientology centre with an OPEN MIND'.The article itself clearly indicates otherwise. There are digs all the way through from the word go. From comments such as 'I'm sure it's got nothing to do with the fact that I've just answered 200 questions and my eyes are hurting.' (NO-they're based on the questions that YOU just answered) to 'snatching' a new building. If there is an agenda, which there clearly is, then at least be up front about it. Noone expects somebody to know everything about a subject they have only just approaced but consistently making comments such as 'what so they want to know that for?' in a sarcastic tone, instead of bothering to find out, shows a huge lack of professionalism. The reader is left knowing no more about Scientology than they did prior to reading the article.

David RJanuary 24th 2008.

To Aaron, OK, scientology & dianetics basics. The basic idea is that everyone is basically good. Everyone has a "reactive mind". The reactive mind records and is damaged by trauma and this damage affects and impedes our behaviour and abilities. The principal aim of dianetics is to locate engrams with the help of the e-meter and fix them; this process of locating and fixing them is known as auditing. As one clears their engrams one abilities improve. Eventually a state known as clear is reached. The auditing process is similar to regression hypnosis in that one must go back and look for a traumatic event. The main difference being that regression hypnosis typically has a target event, where the subject is trying to recall something in greater detail that they know or believe happened to them. The auditing process is open ended so the subject keeps reaching for events in their past until they come up with something that fits the issue they are addressing through auditing. Auditing allows for past lives so one can find events in previous lives if nothing suitable is found in the current lifetime. At this point the thetan is introduced, the thetan is like the soul, which keeps being reincarnated. The thetan has existed since time began.Having reach the state of clear one is eligible to carry on up the Operating Thetan levels, which currently stretch to OT8 within the church of scientology; Hubbard exteriorised in 1986 in order to continue his research and that he documented more levels than OT8 before he did so. The scientologist is introduced to the concept of Body Thetans at OT3 and this is where the Xenu (actually Xemu) story comes from. As you know the Thetan is a spirit and the spirit has been there since the beginning. The Thetans existed before the known Universe and were responsible for creating it, mostly for their own amusement. The first Universe they created failed because they remembered they were Thetans; there is a back-story to explain their motives suffice to say they created a new Universe and made themselves forget they were Thetan, kind of. This all occurred 4 quadrillion years ago.Time passes and we reach a point around 75 million years ago. By this point this time this sector of the Galaxy held a confederacy of 76 planets. This was ruled over by the Lord Xemu. Xemu was an elected official and his term of office was coming to an end, apparently he was not happy at the prospect of handing over power. Anyhow, there was also a problem with massive over population, 250 billion people per planet on average. Xemu hatched a master plan. He invited everyone to tax audits, just like the IRS do in the USA, and when people turned up (aliens remember) he froze them in alcohol and glycol; this ensured they (the thetan) didn't exteriorise. He then transported the frozen bodies to Teegeack in space planes, the DC8 earth plane is an exact replica of said space planes except they replaced the rockets with propellers. Teegeak was the name for Earth in them days. On arrival on Teegeak he dumped the bodies around several principal volcanoes in Miami and Japan and blew them up with hydrogen bombs. Needless to say the thetans exteriorised but Xemu was ready for this with his Thetan trap (kind of an electronic fly paper) and he gathered up the Thetans, put them in a 3D cinema and subjected them to 36 days of implanting. This implanted the thetans with everything we think we know about the history of mankind. When he released them they wandered about all confused for millions of years until humans evolved, then they invested their bodies, becoming "Body Thetans", you get to audit Body Thetans after OT3. Xemu also set everyone against everyone else by giving out conflicting orders and so the confederacy of the 76 planets fell apart. Xemu? He was finally rounded up by the remaining loyal officers and locked up in a space prison and he was stuck there until Anonymous let him out in Feb 2008. The rest is, as they say, history. Gratz, you've just been OT3 rolled.

AnonymousJanuary 24th 2008.

Report of the Boardof Enquiry intoScientologyby Kevin Victor Anderson, Q.C.Published 1965 by the State of Victoria, Australia It was apparent that several of the witnesses who claimed to have received benefits from scientology were looking forward to further processing to sustain the illusion of well-being. Repeated bouts of processing were necessary to maintain the attitude of blindness to reality which preclears appeared to have. They were sustained in their elated condition by the acceptance of the theories which Hubbard taught as to thetans, past lives, implants, immortal destiny and the ultimate goals of being clear and OT. They were as uncritical of the unreality of these things as they were of the weird and fanciful world in which scientology allowed them to move. Indeed, they are the tragic figures of scientology, these unfortunate creatures whose apparent happiness and confidence are resting on such uncertain props, for when the props go, as eventually they must, the realization of the extent and nature of their deception will be quite shattering.Scientology offers a ready refuge for those who are uncertain of their future and who are afraid to face reality and cope with the problems of life.Scientology techniques begin with a preclear who is well aware that he is to be "processed", and the circumstance that he does not know that the process, which is called by a non-hypnotic name, is in reality a hypnotic process is quite immaterial. The name has no significance to the preclear, but the process remains hypnotic by whatever name it is called. The preclear then, expecting to be "processed", finds that his processing commences, as Hubbard directs it shall commence, with solemn and strict ritual. After some standard preliminary questions such as, "Is it alright if I audit you in this room?" and "Is it alright if we start the session now?" an auditing session in scientology processing starts with an unvarying routine. When the assent of the preclear has been received to these preliminary questions, the auditor then commences the session with a loudly uttered, "Start of session." In the demonstration auditing sessions which the Board witnessed, the statement, "Start of session", was spoken in a loud sharp tone, quite at variance with the rest of the speech of the auditor and was evidently designed to impress upon the preclear that now he and the auditor had embarked on the really serious part of the business.Such a dramatic and startling procedure conditions the already expectant preclear for the exercises or events which follow and is incontrovertibly that of authoritative hypnosis. The preclear is expecting to be "taken in hand", to use a neutral expression, and that is just what the auditor does, and that is what a hypnotist practising authoritative hypnosis would likewise do. The Board heard expert psychiatric evidence to the effect that a person who is so expectant is a very ready subject for hypnosis; it was said that a hypnotic condition could be induced in some patients merely by telling them to lie on the couch on which they had lain on a previous occasion when under hypnosis, and that even the entry into a room in which previously they had been under. hypnosis may be sufficient to return some people to hypnosis. In scientology, where processing goes on day after day, the return to the same auditor and to the same place and to the same ritual would readily predispose the expectant preclear to submission to scientology's hypnotic techniques and to a return to the hypnotic state which these circumstances commemorate. At the beginning of the Inquiry, the HASI hailed the appointment of the Board with great jubilation, proclaiming that the Inquiry would completely vindicate scientology and dianetics. In fact, Hubbard went so far as to declare that the Board had been appointed in response to scientology's demands. The HASI appeared to co-operate in the Inquiry by being representedbefore the Board and by complying with requests by the Board for literature and the like. It readily provided facilities for counsel assisting the Board, the Board secretary and an audit officer to examine its records. It presented a number of demonstration sessions of scientology auditing for the instruction of the Board and also provided facilities for the playing of a selection of Hubbard's taped lectures.It was, however, noticeable that, as the inquiry proceeded, the general attitude of the scientology interests, while appearing to be helpful and informative, tended sometimes to cloud and confuse issues by too great attention to non-essentials and extremely lengthy expositions of certain aspects of scientology. Later reflection suggests the probability that this approach was deliberate and was really designed, notwithstanding the apparent readiness to co-operate, to so exhaust the patience of the Board or so overwhelm it with minute detail that it would be persuaded against prolonging the Inquiry until the conclusion of all relevant evidence.The HASI sought to present scientology as a benign regimen, broadcasting health, happiness and sanity in the most pleasant of ways, kindly, helpful, simple, easy, noble. It was none of these. The evidence the Board heard and the files it examined give the lie to such claims. The attempt to play down scientology became more apparent as the Inquiry proceeded, efforts being made to disguise or modify the various features and effects of processes, which were shown by expert psychiatric evidence to be detrimental to mental health. The Board was told that various procedures were not now used, that others were not as long or as intense as had earlier appeared, that exteriorization was not now an objective, that past lives were not of importance, even that the demonstration sessions which had been conducted at the beginning of the Inquiry were not now as fully representative as they had been because the emphasis was now more on "overt withholds" than on "straight wire ARC". The Board was not deceived by these attempts to present a "watered down" picture of scientology. Just around the corner are more of Hubbard's "breakthroughs", and more techniques and theories. The bulletins and other written material of 1963 and 1964 abound in details of engram running, goals-problems-mass and a multitude of other past life matters. The Board voiced the view during the Inquiry, as it does now, that once this Inquiry is finished there will be a resurgence of all the pernicious activity which marked the progress of scientology up to the appointment of this Board, if only it can find sufficient victims to exploit.The likelihood is that scientology is planning to extend, if it has not already done so, to new areas. It is important, in the Board's view, that the public be repeatedly warned of the dangers to mental health of psychological techniques practised by unqualified persons.Many of the theories and teachings of scientology are so fanciful that the reaction of the normal individual on hearing them is generally one of amusement and incredulity. On this account, the impression may exist in the community that scientology is just harmless nonsense and its followers merely queer people? that its theories are foolish but funny and that not much harm is being done by allowing silly people to have their silly beliefs and carry on their silly practices. Such an attitude is welcomed by the scientologists, for it serves to obscure the real nature of scientology. A tolerant "live and let live" attitude is what scientologists fervently desire, for it is on the inertia of the community, generated by tolerance and polite disinterest, that scientology thrives.Hubbard is well aware of the value to him and his organization of good-natured tolerance and incredulity, and he trades on it. In HCO Bull. of the 29th July, 1963, he writes, "Incredulity of our data and validity. This is our finest asset and gives us more protection than any other single asset. If certain parties thought we were real we would have infinitely more trouble. There's actual terror in the breast of a guilty person at the thought of OT, and without a public incredulity we never would have gotten as far as we have. And now its too late to be stopped. This protection was accidental but it serves us very well indeed. Remember that next time the ignorant scoff." Tolerance of the beliefs of another, however silly they may seem to be, is one thing. Inaction, when the practice of those beliefs is positively harmful to others and may be permanently damaging, is quite another thing. The damage done and likely to be done by the practice of scientology is alarming and if this Report fails to make clear the great danger to the mental health of the community which scientology has been and is, the appointment of the Board will have been in vain.

Tom CruiseJanuary 24th 2008.

Kate's better in bed than you ginge

JesusJanuary 24th 2008.

i quite like Scientology

David RJanuary 24th 2008.

Hm, seems to have gone quiet around here. Well the scientologists wanted to know what we knew about the beliefs of scientology, probably more than most of them is the true answer. I've listened to recordings of quite a few of LRH's lectures (for free) and read a whole bunch of his policy letters, also for free; the thing about having more ex-members than members is the ex-members are more than happy to share the "wisdom" of LRH. I agree however it isn't necessary to study scientology to see the church of scientology for what it is, a dangerous cult, but I found it fascinating exercise in learning how to delude otherwise well meaning decent people in to supporting what is, in essence, an aggressive, arrogant, bigoted and psychotic organisation which only benefits the man at the top David Miscavige and those in his favour. You wonder how I can endow an organisation with human characteristics, simple, the organisation is built on rules and policies governing every aspect of behaviour of those subscribing to it at every level. They govern how people are recruited (indoctrinated) and how the organisations rules are policed. This makes the organisation a self sustaining cult, the only cure for which being inoculation with knowledge of how it works. The beliefs themselves are however irrelevant, The Freezone practice LRH tech without most of the baggage associated with the organisation that calls itself the Church of Scientology, some "freezoners" also protest the church of scientology because they recognise the dangers of it.Lastly, in LRH's Philadelphia Doctorate Course Lecture #20 LRH warns that Scientology without the remedy could create a society that would make that envisaged by George Orwell in the book 1984 pale by comparison. David Miscavige removed this warning from the lecture (I have heard both versions) perhaps because he is a megalomaniac intent on abusing Scientology to that end. Scientologists would do well to stop supporting the organisation and instead join those who are independent scientologists or the Freezone. Or they could find another belief.

AnonymousJanuary 24th 2008.

It seems any argument if it goes long enough comes down to word definitions and semantics. If you control the definitions of words with your own dictionary then you control the boundaries of the argument. If you control the argument you control the minds. Mind control is wrong, regardless of whether it's intended for good or evil. As a member of Scientology not only are you not allowed to question the intentions of L. Ron Hubbard, the very fact that you entertained the thought that his intentions might be questionable is a high crime that would have you brought before a "Committee of Evidence" for violation of the "Keep Scientology Working" mantra.

anonJanuary 24th 2008.

Have a look at this site for a less funny and quite sinister collection of "facts" about Scientology:http://theunfunnytruth.ytmnd.com/

AnonymousJanuary 24th 2008.

Aaron, of course you should. Telling everyone that the *only* way you'll learn about a cult is to read the propaganda written by said cult, reveals your motives of using this comment system as a recruiting technique. Posting every line of the book picked apart with proper analysis showing the thought stopping methods it uses, or scrutiny of any other drivel LRH wrote, would cause Scientology to send a copyright take-down notice to this site's owners. Let others read the posts and decide for themselves what point was made, instead of bluntly deciding for them. You evidently missed this bit: "At the beginning of the Inquiry, the HASI hailed the appointment of the Board with great jubilation, proclaiming that the Inquiry would completely vindicate scientology and dianetics. The HASI appeared to co-operate in the Inquiry by being represented before the Board and by complying with requests by the Board for literature and the like. It readily provided facilities for counsel assisting the Board, the Board secretary and an audit officer to examine its records. It presented a number of demonstration sessions of scientology auditing for the instruction of the Board and also provided facilities for the playing of a selection of Hubbard's taped lectures." Many many people have read the book and not fallen into the trap Aaron. I'm sorry you weren't one of them. "It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere"

Oy VeyJanuary 24th 2008.

Judaism is not based on the Bible.The Torah and some of the old testament are the same but given that Judaism is much older than Christianity it stands to reason that the Bible-at least the first part-is based on Jewish teaching/tradition.

MartJanuary 24th 2008.

Like anything else, the only way to know whether Scientology is worthwhile is to experience it. As its a big subject, a personality test is there to see which aspect is going to be of most immediate use to the person coming in. And answering 200 multiple choice questions yes/no/maybe is about 25 mins work at best; anyone with severe issues like dyslexia could ask to do something else: introductory films, a stress test, etc. There is even a free Dianetics session for readers of the Dianetics book.If you read a book or do a short course and it helps you then for you it could be a good thing to do more of. If it doesn't help you or you aren't interested then its not your thing obviously.Personally, I've had a lot out of it and it suits me fine to take part.I can also say I know exactly where funds go and that there is nobody getting rich from money paid into the local organization where I used to work. That's a fact I can assure you of.Like anything in life, get the facts and see what it is really like and whether you want to do it. Don't listen to anyone who hasn't done something about what its like, don't even listen to those who have -- find out for yourself and you'll never go far wrong in any area of life.

diabloJanuary 24th 2008.

i went in to do the "personality test" with a mate once. they are utter freaks.

discountdomJanuary 24th 2008.

If they do stop you in the street and ask you to take their personality test, advise them politely that you've already washed your brain just that morning.

banchukitaJanuary 24th 2008.

Excuse me, Judaism not based on the bible? *cough*Anyway, it's not about how Scientology, Inc.'s beliefs rate on the wack-o-meter. It's about the fact that you have to pay thousands of dollars before you're even told your 'religion's' cosmology. Informed consent is nowhere. Abuses of people and the law are rampant. The structure resembles an MLM rather than a religion [where else do lay clergy receive a percentage of the cost of books and services they get you to buy?] It's about the 'we are the authority and we don't need to ask permission' attitude. It's about the written policies to "utterly ruin" those who might voice a negative opinion, to destroy freedom of speech with one hand while pretending to value it with the other.Those are the issues, not how Xenu compares to Beelzebub.

jacksonkellyJanuary 24th 2008.

Anonymous,You well know you have just made that up as I quote it's from wikepeida which anyone here can check. I even quoted the link. Please don't patronise me and everyone here by suggesting we don't know the definition of the word 'opinion'.

Louis FriendJanuary 24th 2008.

Scientology is a dangerous, sinister, money-grabbing, brain-washing cult. Get out if you're in it. Avoid Scientology like the plague. They are worse than Cancer and AIDS.

AllahJanuary 24th 2008.

Why is no one talking about me? Now where are my virgins....

Jackson KellyJanuary 24th 2008.

Yuo can't have a thought or opinion not based on information:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpinionAn opinion is a person's ideas and thoughts towards something. It is an assessment, judgment or evaluation of something. An opinion is not a fact, because opinions are either not falsifiable, or the opinion has not been proven or verified. ...p.s. Anonymous, I think we've all seen your spam by now.

AaronJanuary 24th 2008.

You know, as a Scientologist, I usually check out comments to see what people are saying about Scientology and Tom Cruise. The thing that continually strikes me is that no one ever makes comments based on anything to do with the actual subject of SCIENTOLOGY. There happens to be a little-known book called Dianetics. This 500 page book is the basic fundamental of the entire subject of Scientology. You can buy it anywhere, and any literate person can finish it in a matter of days. Believe me, it's the most popular book ever written about the mind for a reason. Anybody who read it would be able to justify an opinion on the subject. What, it's like $6.00 in paperback? WOW! How hard would that be? Instead, people make comments about ridiculous things like Xenu and personality tests. These things are meaningless. In this video Tom mentions the word "spectatorism". That is exactly what you have when people write funny little tee-hee articles about Scientology without bothering to read one word of the actual subject. People like this read things that other people wrote about the subject...but they don't read the SUBJECT itself. That's spectatorism. And it's pointless. Even this article...so you go in and take a test and then you criticise the test and the test evaluator, and now you have experience and an opinion on the subject of SCN? What about the 20+ books that were being sold for REALLY cheap? Did you read ANY of the actual material? If not, than you know nothing about the subject. How can you have an opinion about something you know nothing about? You can't.

GordoJanuary 24th 2008.

fervently dialling 999

Nicole KidmanJanuary 24th 2008.

Tom's lost his marbles

AnonymousJanuary 24th 2008.

Burn them all!

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