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 support of a claim.
Of course, this requires being aware of what a claim is, and being able to recognize evidence that is being used to support it.
These are not skills that L Ron Hubbard taught Scientologists.
All he taught Scientologists was this:
“What is true for you is what you have observed yourself. And when you lose that, you have lost everything.
What is personal integrity? Personal integrity is knowing what you know. What you know is what you know and to have the courage to know and say what you have observed. And that is integrity and there is no other integrity.
Of course, we can talk about honor, truth, nobility—all these things as esoteric terms. But I think they would all be covered very well if what we really observed was what we observed, that we took care to observe what we were observing, that we always observed to observe. And not necessarily maintaining a skeptical attitude, a critical attitude or an open mind—not necessarily maintaining these things at all—but certainly maintaining sufficient personal integrity and sufficient personal belief and confidence in self and courage that we can observe what we observe and say what we have observed.
Nothing in Scientology is true for you unless you have observed it and it is true according to your observation.
That is all.
L. Ron Hubbard”
This is Truthiness Galore.
And because of the feelings this piece of writing gives a Scientologist, they will never spot the logical problems inherent at the core of it.
They just go with what makes them feel good, and latch on to any information they come across that confirms what makes them feel good.
Some Scientologists have been involved in Scientology for many decades, and are at the end of their lives. So to begin applying basic skepticism to the claims in Scientology will invalidate everything in their life that they have built for themselves.
And they feel that threat too – real strong – whenever someone gets close to questioning a claim in Scientology.
Those Scientologists, like the ones over at Milestone 2, are too far gone. They are the “Dead-Enders” who will never make it up and out of the trap that is Scientology, and will die Scientologists.
If you don’t want to be a dead ender and die a Scientologist, and if you have built your life upon the ideal of continuing to seek to live with the truth, then just seek out a claim in Scientology, and search for, or ask for, the positive evidence in support of that claim.
Then examine and evaluate that evidence and ask yourself whether it is strong enough evidence upon which to base your life and self-identity.
For an example of how to evaluate evidence for a claim in Scientology, ask yourself: “just because an emeter read once on it, is that good enough evidence for the truth of this claim? What other evidence exists in support of this claim, besides just an emeter read?”
Because remember – even L Ron Hubbard said that emeter reads are not evidence that anything actually happened.
Even L Ron Hubbard said that.
So don’t die a Dead Ender.
Apply basic skepticism to Scientology and start building a life based on good evidence and sound reasoning: Continue to seek to live with the truth.
You’ll be glad you did.
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