Topic | Critical Thinking

The use of logic and critical thinking are skills that must be learned and practiced, or they weaken. If you’ve ever mixed up the difference between knowledge & belief, or failed to identify a fact, or was fooled by your own certainty about your assumptions on Scientology or anti-Scientology, then you are not alone. These posts are about critical thinking on Scientology and Anti-Scientology.

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A Question for Tony Ortega & Leah Remini Regarding Scientology Suicide

Tony Ortega loves it when a Scientologist commits suicide. He jumps all over every Scientology suicide he hears about. He even blames Scientology mothers for their daughter’s suicide. It’s where Tony Ortega’s cruelty against Scientologists who have nothing to do with the abuses in Scientology really shines. Ortega recently published an article on his blog […]

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Adjusting to Mainstream Society After Scientology is Not “Recovery”

The cult recovery paradigm of Ex-Scientology sets up a whole bunch of things you think you need to “recover” from because you were in Scientology. This is a dysfunctional view. Paradigms are insidious things. They can hide all the assumptions and viewpoints and framing you are using to “understand” something. It’s always a good critical […]

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Binded and Blinded By the Tribal Mind

Once I’d spotted that my thinking was tribal, I was no longer consumed by my tribe’s survival. I resented that the tribe had taken over my thinking. I could finally see the eclipsed and thoughtless cruelty of my former tribe.

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Alarming Rhetoric on Mike Rinder’s Blog

Yesterday, Mike Rinder wrote a post that he hoped would whip all his commenters up into a lather against Scientologists in the entertainment industry. Here are his final paragraphs of that post: “But of course they ignore the huge failures that are stinking up the lobby at CC: Jenna Elfman has not been able to […]

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Conspiracy Theories on Scientology and the Aftermath

A conspiracy theory is a kind of escape hatch any believer can retreat to whenever his belief system is challenged. They are a kind of catch-all defense. And the best part of a conspiracy theory is that the lack of evidence to support it PROVES it’s true! For instance: “NASA faked the moon landing.” This […]

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5 Thought Stopping Cliches of Anti-Scientology

Most Exes have heard about the thought-stopping cliches that kept them thinking inside a cult mindset. But do thought-stopping cliches only exist in cultic thinking? Could thought-stopping cliches be keeping you trapped in any mindset at all? Anti-Scientology has its own thought-stopping cliches. Here are the top 5.

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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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Crusader Logic: Leah Remini’s Emotional Manipulation to Create an Army of Anti-Scientologists

Leah Remini began her emotional manipulation in Season 2 of “Scientology and the Aftermath” before the first episode aired with a promotional article in the Hollywood Reporter claiming that she wanted a federal investigation of Scientology, and then falsely accusing Scientologists of believing in pedophilia. Since then, every emotionally manipulative episode has contained specious suggestions […]

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Aaron Smith-Levin Calls Out Tony Ortega for Trying to Undermine Him

  Is Tony Ortega is trying to undermine yet another Ex-Scientologist? Ex-Scientologists that Tony Ortega has undermined: Carmen Llewelyn  Marty and Monique Rathbun Mike Berman And now Aaron Smith-Levin And those are just the ones I’ve written about. (If there are any others, please let me know in the comments section.) They are all brave […]

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ACTING! Leah Remini is SHOCKED and You Will Be Too!

Is Leah preparing to jump the shark? After two missed episodes in the middle of a season, leaving the A&E Network’s Tuesday night 8pm slot with re-runs 2 weeks in a row, Aftermath returns with what appears to be more acting than ever. Leah’s hamming acting here actually does a disservice to the people she […]

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Beliefs vs. Facts

I’ve written about this before. But there is a whole lot to gain by continually reminding myself of what a fact is, vs what a belief is. Especially with regard to political and religious areas of my life.

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Alanzo’s Scientology Blog – Alanzo’s Biography

Alanzo is an Ex-Scientologist who sees the same tribalism he escaped in Scientology rising up in Anti-Scientology. Out of all the lessons he learned by escaping Scientology, he learned one lesson harder than any other: Never let your tribe do your thinking for you. Alanzo thinks critically in the war between Scientology & Anti-Scientology. •••____________••• […]

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Announcing the Tom Cruise Award for Anti-Scientology Fanaticism!

  Alanzosblog is currently accepting nominations for the Tom Cruise Award for the most fervent & fanatical Anti-Scientologist! Qualified Anti-Scientologists must be fiercely committed, intensely militant & thoroughly tribal. They must be uncorrupted by critical self-reflection & self-examination. They must be driven, their nostrils flaring. Some examples of the initial nominees include: John McGhee – […]

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Another Ex-Scientologist Quits Tony Ortega’s Underground Bunker

This happened this morning: RandomSP • 2 hours ago O/T but speaking of the right to be forgotten… Or, more correctly, “the right to forget”… I am taking my leave of the Bunker and of all things Scientology. I am exercising my right to forget Scientology as regards reading about it, following the doings, etc. […]

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Anti-Scientology is a Socially Constructed Nightmare

When any Ex-Scientologist uses disciplined and reasoned analysis, he finds that the hysteria being generated by anti-scientology is just that – hysteria. Leah Remini, and some of the most abusive and fanatical people to ever to be in Scientology, are going through this phase of adjustment. It happens to some people when they experience a […]

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Atheism 2.0 – Alain de Botton

In this short TED talk, Alain de Botton delivers a heavyweight performance. He builds a very workable connection between atheist and religious thought, presenting a way to extract the good from both for the future of society.

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Cognitive Dissonance – More About

Jeff Hawkins wrote a post a few years ago detailing much of the basics behind Cognitive Dissonance Theory, and I am very grateful that he did, as this theory is fundamental to understanding not only how cult dynamics work, but how human beings work. I’m currently listening to free online lectures from a Social Psychology […]

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Bottoms Drops Out Again on Scientology and the Aftermath Viewers

As you can see, viewers for the first night viewing for Season 2 Episode 8 of Leah Remini’s Scientology and the Aftermath dropped by another 70,000 for “Lifetime of Healing”. If we are to get the federal investigation that Leah said she wanted out of Season 2, we can’t just sit around with old friends […]

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Consonance & Dissonance in Thinking About Scientology

The human mind wants to think about things – especially important things – as either ALL GOOD, or ALL BAD. Not both. A mixture of good and bad in the mind gives you a feeling of dissonance – disharmony, conflict, chaos. Thinking about things as ALL GOOD, or ALL BAD, gives you a feeling of […]

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Critical Thinking on Anti-Scientology – The Limits of Tony Ortega

If there is one thing to remember about Tony Ortega, it’s that even he doesn’t consider himself an unbiased, objective journalist on the subject of Scientology. This is what he says about himself: Because Tony Ortega does not label his blog properly, as all columnists would be labeled on the opinion pages of a newspaper, […]

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Discussion: The Limits of Science

1. Science is limited to what can be tested. 2. Do things exist which can not be tested? Examine Number 1 above. – Tell us whether it’s true. Ask yourself Number 2 above. – Tell us what you come up with. Start

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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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