AlanzosBlog.com https://alanzosblog.com Critical Thinking on Cults & AntiCults Sat, 08 Feb 2020 23:40:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://alanzosblog.com/wp-content/uploads/alanzo-favicon.png AlanzosBlog.com https://alanzosblog.com 32 32 Winning Formula vs Losing Formula https://alanzosblog.com/winning-formula-vs-losing-formula/ https://alanzosblog.com/winning-formula-vs-losing-formula/#respond Sat, 08 Feb 2020 23:39:41 +0000 https://alanzosblog.com/?p=12936 Winning Formula 1. Find a tribe 2. Learn that tribe’s narrative 3. Repeat that narrative back to the tribe 4. Profit Losing Formula 1. Seek out the nuanced, multi-layered truth 2. Contact members of your old tribe with this truth 3. Try to explain in the face of the fervent tribalism that has emerged to […]

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The Brainwashing Myth by Rebecca Moore https://alanzosblog.com/the-brainwashing-myth-by-rebecca-moore/ https://alanzosblog.com/the-brainwashing-myth-by-rebecca-moore/#respond Fri, 24 Jan 2020 14:57:24 +0000 https://alanzosblog.com/?p=12911 The brainwashing myth We’ll say someone’s brainwashed only when we disagree with their beliefs or actions. lolloj/Shutterstock.com Rebecca Moore, San Diego State University Nearly 40 years ago, my two sisters, Carolyn Layton and Annie Moore, were among those who planned the mass deaths in Jonestown on Nov. 18, 1978. Part of a movement called Peoples […]

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How Hubbard Lied: ReDefining “Individuation” Like It’s A Bad Thing https://alanzosblog.com/l-ron-hubbard-tricked-re-defining-individuation-like-thats-bad-thing/ https://alanzosblog.com/l-ron-hubbard-tricked-re-defining-individuation-like-thats-bad-thing/#comments Mon, 30 Dec 2019 14:29:54 +0000 http://www.alanzosblog.com/?p=5722 What if being a Scientologist was never a really a disease in the first place that you needed to "recover from"? What if it was just one part of your own much longer spiritual journey that taught you many important lessons, and from which you emerged stronger and wiser than ever?

How would you know?

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Critical Thinking on Scientology & Anti-Scientology https://alanzosblog.com/critical-thinking-scientology-ex-scientology-part-1/ https://alanzosblog.com/critical-thinking-scientology-ex-scientology-part-1/#comments Sat, 28 Dec 2019 21:10:10 +0000 http://www.alanzosblog.com/?p=4278 I used to think that as long as I was not in the cult of Scientology any more, I would never fall into the unquestioning, partisan mindset that I had adopted when I was a Scientologist.

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The Phases In and Out of Scientology & Ex-Scientology https://alanzosblog.com/notes-on-the-phases-out-of-scientology/ https://alanzosblog.com/notes-on-the-phases-out-of-scientology/#comments Tue, 24 Dec 2019 18:46:33 +0000 http://www.alanzosblog.com/?p=5016 Many people have listed the parts of Scientology involvement, especially Arnie Lerma at his seminal Lermanet.com blog. This is one I developed for a project I am working on.

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Cult Expert, London School of Economics Social Science Professor Eileen Barker Submits Herself to the Gearty Grilling https://alanzosblog.com/london-school-of-economics-social-science-professor-eileen-barker-submits-herself-to-the-gearty-frilling/ https://alanzosblog.com/london-school-of-economics-social-science-professor-eileen-barker-submits-herself-to-the-gearty-frilling/#comments Mon, 23 Dec 2019 18:50:20 +0000 http://alanzosblog.com/?p=7673 Why do anti-cultists reject science so much? When they call a social scientist a "shill" or a "quack", where is their quantitative data that disputes the work of that social scientist? I have never once seen them offer any scientific data to dispute the results of any of the scientists they wish to discredit with this juvenile name calling character assassinations.

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Victoria Britton Has Been Working for 10 Years to Get Answers – Where Was Scientology and the Aftermath? https://alanzosblog.com/victoria-bretton-has-been-working-for-10-years-to-get-answers-where-is-leah-mike/ https://alanzosblog.com/victoria-bretton-has-been-working-for-10-years-to-get-answers-where-is-leah-mike/#comments Mon, 23 Dec 2019 05:59:16 +0000 http://alanzosblog.com/?p=8431 So far the series has stayed away from the most important Scientology stories, such as Mike Rinder's OSA involvement in the cover-up of the Danny Masterson rape cases. So when will Scientology and the Aftermath have an episode on the Death of Kyle Brennan?

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Religious Persecution of Minority Religions by Dick Anthony https://alanzosblog.com/religious-persecution-of-minority-religions-by-dick-anthony/ https://alanzosblog.com/religious-persecution-of-minority-religions-by-dick-anthony/#respond Sun, 22 Dec 2019 20:23:13 +0000 https://alanzosblog.com/?p=12659 The metaphor of 'brainwashing' is best understood as a social weapon for religious persecution which provides a "libertarian" rationale for the suppression of unpopular social movements and belief systems.

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How The Anti Cult Movement’s Ideology Harms Ex-Members https://alanzosblog.com/how-the-anti-cult-movement-ideology-harms-ex-members/ https://alanzosblog.com/how-the-anti-cult-movement-ideology-harms-ex-members/#comments Thu, 24 Oct 2019 10:26:50 +0000 https://alanzosblog.com/?p=10297 Adopting the beliefs of the anti-cult movement dramatically changes the views and attitudes of those who experience a loss of faith. Those changes have a profound effect on how Exes make sense of their own past. So we must ask: How helpful is the ideology of the anti cult movement in making sense of your life?

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#AskMikeRinder Hashtag Launched to Find Out What Mike Rinder Did for David Miscavige as Head of Office of Special Affairs for 22 Years https://alanzosblog.com/askmikerinder-hashtag-launched-to-find-out-what-mike-rinder-did-for-david-miscavige-as-head-of-office-of-special-affairs-for-22-years/ https://alanzosblog.com/askmikerinder-hashtag-launched-to-find-out-what-mike-rinder-did-for-david-miscavige-as-head-of-office-of-special-affairs-for-22-years/#comments Mon, 21 Oct 2019 15:10:43 +0000 https://alanzosblog.com/?p=11138 #AskMikeRinder launches to find out, once and for all, what criminal activity, if any, the Office of Special Affairs engaged in while Mike Rinder ran it for David Miscavige for 22 years.

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Why Mike Rinder & Leah Remini’s Where’s Shelly? Campaign is a Hoax https://alanzosblog.com/why-mike-rinder-leah-reminis-wheres-shelly-campaign-is-a-hoax/ Mon, 30 Sep 2019 14:55:19 +0000 https://alanzosblog.com/?p=11755 Rinder & Remini's Where's Shelly? campaign is a hoax to get their revenge on Miscavige. They know that she isn't missing & never was. Here's how I know.

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Can Mike Rinder Blame the ‘Brainwashing’ For What He Did as the Head of OSA? https://alanzosblog.com/can-mike-rinder-blame-the-brainwashing-for-what-he-did-to-people-as-the-head-of-osa/ https://alanzosblog.com/can-mike-rinder-blame-the-brainwashing-for-what-he-did-to-people-as-the-head-of-osa/#comments Sat, 28 Sep 2019 13:36:35 +0000 https://alanzosblog.com/?p=12404 In a Facebook Group called Scientology Deprogramming, which is made up of lots of Exes and long time critics of Scientology who think for themselves, I have not been able to find one tribal ninnie in it. Here are some important postings from it.

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What Mike Rinder Did As The Head of Scientology’s Office of Special Affairs for 22 Yrs https://alanzosblog.com/more-on-scientologys-office-of-special-affairs-by-mike-rinder/ https://alanzosblog.com/more-on-scientologys-office-of-special-affairs-by-mike-rinder/#comments Sun, 08 Sep 2019 14:14:19 +0000 http://www.AlanzosBlog.com/?p=3106 This affidavit, filed in the Ken Dandar case, shows the daily routine that Mike Rinder lived as the Commanding Officer of the Office of Special Affairs for 22 years under David Miscavige.

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Scientific Studies That DeBunk The Brainwashing Myth https://alanzosblog.com/scientific-studies-that-debunk-the-brainwashing-myth/ https://alanzosblog.com/scientific-studies-that-debunk-the-brainwashing-myth/#comments Fri, 06 Sep 2019 17:50:36 +0000 https://alanzosblog.com/?p=12156 The following is a compilation of scientific studies which have thoroughly debunked the idea of ‘brainwashing’. This settled science has been completely ignored by members of the anti-cult movement who, for their own various self-interests, keep the superstition of “brainwashing” alive – no matter how many ex-members of minority religions it has harmed. The below […]

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Is The Anti Cult Movement True? https://alanzosblog.com/the-anti-cult-movement/ https://alanzosblog.com/the-anti-cult-movement/#comments Fri, 23 Aug 2019 21:30:14 +0000 https://alanzosblog.com/?p=9792 If there’s one reason that I’m doing these videos, it’s because these ideas from the anti cult movement are destructive to an Ex-Scientologist, or an Ex-member of any minority religion that they call “cult”. And they’re just beliefs – they’re not facts.

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Debunking Zablocki: Dick Anthony’s Searing Take-Down of Cult Brainwashing Theory https://alanzosblog.com/debunking-zablocky-dick-anthonys-searing-take-down-of-cult-brainwashing-theory/ https://alanzosblog.com/debunking-zablocky-dick-anthonys-searing-take-down-of-cult-brainwashing-theory/#respond Fri, 23 Aug 2019 16:18:00 +0000 https://alanzosblog.com/?p=12613 This is an excerpt from Benjamin Zablocki’s book “Misunderstanding Cults” which is one of the best representations of the 90’s era debate on Cults and Brainwashing. What’s funny is that all the players, such as Dick Anthony and others, who thoroughly debunked the ideas of “cult brainwashing” just rode off into the sunset – leaving […]

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Does Anti-Scientology Deserve Any Criticism? https://alanzosblog.com/does-antiscientology-deserve-any-criticism/ https://alanzosblog.com/does-antiscientology-deserve-any-criticism/#comments Thu, 22 Aug 2019 17:00:03 +0000 https://alanzosblog.com/?p=11341 During all 3 Seasons of Leah Remini's Scientology and the Aftermath, Leah and Mike have sought to make anyone who criticizes their show out to be a Scientologist. Because who could possibly criticize the holy work that they are doing but a Scientologist?

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Pounding the Intellectual Honesty Out of Aaron Smith-Levin https://alanzosblog.com/pounding-the-intellectual-honesty-out-of-aaron-smith-levin/ https://alanzosblog.com/pounding-the-intellectual-honesty-out-of-aaron-smith-levin/#comments Thu, 22 Aug 2019 15:52:01 +0000 http://alanzosblog.com/?p=8436 I recorded my thoughts on the treatment I observed Aaron Smith-Levin getting from his Anti-Scientologist friends. From the ideologue Chris Shelton, to Tony Ortega's demagoguery, to Leah Remini's need to create a moral panic around Scientology - can Aaron's intellectual honesty survive?

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To Karen Pressley: Why OSA Wins When Critics of Scientology Don’t Allow Criticism of Themselves https://alanzosblog.com/karen-pressley-why-osa-wins-when-critics-of-scientology-dont-allow-criticism-of-themselves/ https://alanzosblog.com/karen-pressley-why-osa-wins-when-critics-of-scientology-dont-allow-criticism-of-themselves/#comments Mon, 19 Aug 2019 22:27:31 +0000 https://alanzosblog.com/?p=12665 Ex Sea Org Officer Karen Pressley Justifies Her Banning of a Scientology Critic with Very Sea Org Reasoning

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The Scientology Brainwashing Defense https://alanzosblog.com/the-scientology-brainwashing-defense/ https://alanzosblog.com/the-scientology-brainwashing-defense/#comments Sun, 18 Aug 2019 17:46:08 +0000 http://alanzosblog.com/?p=8015 The anti-cult movement provides the principle ideology almost all Ex-cult members are given to adopt after they leave their minority religions. The foundation of that anti-cult ideology is the belief in “brainwashing”. But does "brainwashing" really exist? Or is it just an excuse?

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