Here’s What Makes a Scientologist Stupid

I wrote this after dealing with a swarm of Scientologists on the Internet:

I’ve seen it now. It is unmistakable.

It works like this: You present an idea that has NOTHING to do with Scientology, and the Scientologist must relate it to something in Scientology to “understand” what you are talking about.

Example: I wrote something on an Internet forum frequented by Scientologists called “Theoretical Constructs vs. Actual Facts”. I wanted to make the point that facts are different from the conclusions which evolve from thinking about them.

For instance, the concept of “Imperialism” comes from observing nations setting up colonies all around the world.

Colonies are a fact. You can point to them. You can visit them and even touch parts of them. They exist in time and space.

Imperialism, however, is a theoretical construct used to explain those facts.

Imperialism does not exist in a way that can be proven and touched like facts can. Imperialism is something that exists only in our heads. It is used to think about and explain the facts of colonies. The concept of Imperialism contains certain conclusions and comments and attitudes which may or may not be related to a colony as it really exists.

I wanted to make the point that if you fill your head with unprovable theoretical constructs, not grounded in facts, then your reasoning suffers. I gave example after example. I showed how substituting facts for theoretical constructs leads to more accurate conclusions in the reasoning process. And I showed that if you use theoretical constructs to do all your thinking for you – without being continually grounded in facts – you go off the rails.

This is a pretty simple concept, really.

Right?

I watched one Scientologist after another come in and relate this to Scientology thought patterns – one after the other.

“Oh, I get it. Like the physical universe vs. the theta universe!”

“It’s like Mass vs. significance!”

“Theory vs. Practical!”

Or “Para-Scientology vs. Scientology!”

It was endless. Only one Scientologist got it. It was this guy from Norway named Geir. Every single other Scientologist could not understand this concept outside of something in Scientology. And therefore, since this concept does not exist in Scientology, they never understood it.

And I saw: This is why Scientologists are stupid.

Their thinking must follow only certain patterns and never others.

If a unique concept is not mentioned in Scientology, then the Scientologist must change the concept to fit into their existing Scientology thinking patterns, rather than adapting their thinking to the unique concept so as to understand it as itself.

It was quite an exhausting experience.

Afterwards, I had to lie down and take a nappy.

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Mark Foster
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THIS! 🙂

Mark Foster
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Yeah, I´ve been up all night reading your blog. GREAT STUFF!
I´ve been sitting by myself, nodding my head and laughing out loud
as I read. Please keep blogging!

Marta
Guest

Hi Alanzo,

Terrific blog! I appreciate your musings, conclusions, and inimitable style.

Zach Jackson
Guest

Alanzo, interesting observation.

But I am not sure if these are examples of Scns having to relate everything to Scn, or Scns merely attempting to use a “datum of comparable magnitude” in order to understand an unfamiliar concept.

Admittedly, it should be possible to understand something without having to use a “datum of comparable magnitude” at all; however, when one CAN do this, I think the understanding achieved is far more real to the person (even if that understanding is colored by the “comparison”).

That is: You can certainly try to understand something totally and only as itself, without comparing it to anything else. But, when you CAN legitimately compare two things (something new against something old), I think this may assist in understanding.

The problem, of course, is the fact that one thing is NOT necessarily another thing; and, therefore, to the degree that the “datum of comparable magnitude” is NOT really “comparable”, this method becomes less useful.

Beyond this, given the ubiquity of brainwashing and indoctrination in our society, I would suggest that most people do this: NOT compare everything to Scn; but people tend to compare new information against information already considered to be known. And this seems perfectly reasonable.

Therefore, you may, yet again, be singling out Scns for something we see elsewhere and for something that may be entirely natural.

ZJ

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