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Scientology – this is how it starts

s1031213In every major city in the world you will find Scientology,a so-called religion (some would say cult because of it’s restrictive and secretive methods) that attracts Hollywood stars like John Travolta and Tom Cruise.

The official web-site says that Scientology means “knowing how to know”.

L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of scientology, was previously a science fiction writer for Astounding Science Fiction magazine. That probably explains some of the weirder ideas about billion year contracts, Thetans,  and volcanoes

Scientologists use a theory called Dianetics which is claimed to be either  a “spiritual healing philosophy” or “the modern science of mental health”. This requires you to being “audited” to reveal past experiences which are getting in the way of your progress in life.

This used to involve holding two tin cans wired up as galvanic skin response meters i.e. they measure the conductance of your skin which increases as you sweat. No they use a Stress test as a starting point.

As you can see from the picture this involves something that looks like a lap top from a Kids r Us store. I watched this couple for nearly an hour in Copenhagen’s main square and saw the same process only this week in Manchester.

You can read all about Scientology on the official web-site but you might also want to check it out at the Skeptics Dictionary.


Author: mikethepsych

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