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How Scientology’s “Study Tech” Turns Schoolwork Into Conditioning

BSMClaire Headley is taking us on our journey to train as Scientologists. In 2005, Claire and her husband Marc escaped from Scientology’s International Base after many years as “Sea Org” workers. She spent years working with Scientology’s “tech,” and was trusted to oversee the auditing of Tom Cruise. Go here to see the first part in this series.

Claire, we’re glad you’re back after a little time off. Last time we were talking about overt and withholds. Where are you taking us next?

CLAIRE: Next up is the Basic Study Manual. It’s another beginning course and a person’s first introduction to “study tech.”

THE BUNKER: Well, that’s timely. We’ve noticed Hubbard’s “study tech” causing controversies recently in places like Phoenix, Arizona and Sweden where schools have been called out for using it. But let’s get to what you learned on your way up the Bridge. What are the basic concepts of study tech?

Up_The_BridgeCLAIRE: You learn the three barriers to study. 1. The misunderstood (or not understood) word, 2. Lack of mass and 3. The skipped gradient.

Ask any Scientologist, they’ll be able to tell you the three barriers to study.

In my case, because I later trained as a supervisor (ran a course room of students for several years at the Int base) I was also required to learn all the symptoms of each of these barriers to study verbatim.

Sad to say I haven’t been able to get those out of my head as yet.

This course is all about studying and learning what the barriers to study are, and then learning how to apply those when you study.

And it’s also at this point that you learn the only reason anyone would ever question Scientology, or want to leave and stop studying Scientology, is because they have misunderstood words. (In Scientology slang, “M.U.s”)

THE BUNKER: That’s an interesting bit of conditioning: the only reason why you would doubt Scientology is that you have misunderstood Scientology’s words. That’s sort of chillingly brilliant. But let’s drill down a bit so we understand these concepts. Let’s start with “mass.” How is it used in this context?

CLAIRE: Lack of mass is when you’re studying something but really have no idea of the “mass” or reality of what you’re studying. For example, if you were studying about trains but had never seen a train before, this would be an example of lack of mass.

In Scientology, lack of mass is remedied with clay demos (demonstrations) — For example, in the train scenario, you would make the train in clay.

Other remedies for lack of mass are demos made with a “demo kit” to work out ideas for yourself and how they apply to you. The demo kit is made up of miscellaneous small objects like paperclips, rocks etc.

Another remedy for lack of mass is to diagram what you’re studying about.

THE BUNKER: And learning on a gradient refers to moving at a proper pace, from one concept to another and not skipping levels.

CLAIRE: You learn study technology through all introductions to Scientology. This includes Applied Scholastics, Delphi, Criminon, Narconon etc.

THE BUNKER: We can see some value in creating a tactile display to help learn an idea, or to looking up words in a dictionary. But doesn’t Scientology take these ideas to rather silly ends? Looking up chains of simple words seems like it could be a huge waste of time. And telling a person they can’t encounter advanced ideas until they’ve properly accepted the proper gradient — is something else going on here, more about reinforcing of discipline, of breaking down a person to trust only in Scientology?

CLAIRE: Yes, I agree with you, it takes it to an extreme. And frankly, with the information now available through the Internet, there are many much more effective means of remedying lack of mass if you really think about it. But then again, God forbid that any Scientologist should ever have open access to the Internet!

And yes, in retrospect, for me personally I often felt intimidated by the steps required of me in Scientology training. Truly, at this point, the idea that “what’s true for you is what’s true” was out the window. If I didn’t agree with or understand any aspect of Scientology it now meant that I had misunderstood words.

This was the beginning of learning the truly “black and white” world of Scientology — “our way or the highway.”

And the other aspect I found daunting in regards to my studies at this point was that on demos, clay demos, drills, checkouts etc. you could be given a “flunk” at every turn. At least from my experience, this was the opposite of positive reinforcement. Instead you were constantly being interrogated on the meanings of words. When you do a clay demo, someone has to check it for you, and if they don’t see the idea represented in clay, it’s a flunk. You get the idea.

THE BUNKER: Sounds infuriating. Well, there are other very interesting concerns about the way study tech is less about learning and more about conditioning a student to accept Scientology concepts. Carnegie Mellon University professor Dave Touretzky has written fascinating material that breaks down the concepts of study tech. We highly recommend them for people who are curious about this material, especially if they’re educators concerned about Applied Scholastics moving in on their local district. One more thing Claire: what did you pay for this course?

CLAIRE: I believe cost of this course is $200 to $300 plus $75 for the course pack.

THIS TIME: $325

TOTAL SO FAR: $925

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  • This is such an important concept, that Scientology “study tech” is bogus. The cult uses this to infiltrate unsuspecting schools and gets the government to pay for it, such as Life Force Arts and Technology Academy and Hanan Islam in Dunedin, FL (about 10 minutes from FLAG in Clearwater). After 38 years of the cult in Clearwater, they still, incredibly, got duped into paying for it..

    • John P.

      Fortunately, the government shut down Life Force Academy. And just in time, too: apparently, test scores for kids after only one year of using “study tech” plummeted to the second-lowest in Pinellas County, providing empirical verification for the idea that “Study Tech” is worse than useless, taking your reading ability and actually making it worse.

  • Regarding ‘lack of mass’, how can you clay demo a train or a Thneed for that matter if you’ve never seen one?

    And word clearing Snuvv, gruvvulous or snergelly the Hubbardian way would be an interesting though fruitless exercise.

    But kids know what these words mean because they read them in context!

    Andrew

    Perhaps Dr Seuss was making an veiled allusion expressing surprise that anyone would want to spend money on a copy of ‘Dianetics’ in his wonderful poem ‘The Lorax’ in this fragment:

    The Lorax said,
    Sir! You are crazy with greed.
    There is no one on earth
    who would buy that fool Thneed!

    But the very next minute I proved he was wrong.
    For, just at that minute, a chap came along,
    and he thought that the Thneed I had knitted was great.
    He happily bought it for three ninety-eight.

    • mirele

      “`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

      All mimsy were the borogoves,

      And the mome raths outgrabe.”

      I’m thinking Lewis Carroll would have had a time with “lack of mass.”

      • FLUNK_101

        That was absolutely CANDLES!
        May I take you out to dinosaur?

        • mirele

          I’d be tweefled to dinosaur with you!

          • FLUNK_101

            Thanks mirele!
            You rock !

      • jensting
        • Captain Howdy

          We seek him here, we seek him there,
          Those Frenchies seek him everywhere.
          Is he in heaven? — Is he in hell?
          That damned, elusive Dwarfenfuhrer

          • FistOfXenu

            Tony, PLEASE can I clip “up” more than once?

        • Missionary Kid

          I guess that’s a sequel of sorts to Howard’s 1934 role in the Scarlet Pimpernel.

      • richelieu jr

        For your pleasure and confusion, here is Klingon Gowron reciting that poem to thunderous applause at a Star Trek convention. Why? Well it make more sense than Dianetics! Get off my back!

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu6hO4XUCsk

    • GoneforGood

      you wouldn’t clay demo a train if you hadn’t seen one. The cure for that lack of mass would be for someone to show you a picture of a train. A clay demo would usually be used to demonstrate a concept. For example, your check -sheet might say clay demo a student with a misunderstood word. You would then do a little clay man asleep on a book he was reading and someone (usually the course supervisor) would be able to look at it and instantly see that the person is asleep on a book which=person with an MU. You see you have already learnt that “sleeping” or feeling “tired” when reading or studying is one of the phenomena of an MU. Its quite easy to believe that this is true as well, just think how many times you or someone you know goes to bed to read a book to go to sleep. Do not underestimate for one moment how clever study tech is and what an important step in the control process it is.

      I have supervised many many students in a Class 5 Org that never came back for more Scientology but state that they found study tech helpful. Of course everyone in the Org automatically “knew” they “blew” because of an MU, they wont have that someone just doesn’t want anymore. So the little bits of truths within the study tech have the potential to be a powerful glue to start to draw you in.

      • FLUNK_101

        Sometimes “wogs” talk about their “eyes glazing over.” Which study phenomenon is that, all three?
        I used to think it was lack of mass …

        • GoneforGood

          If it is in life in general then usually I would say that “eyes glazing over” is more of the communication drills called the TRs (Training routines), specifically TR-O confront/bullbait drill ( which sort of teaches a person to detach from reality and set themselves on auto. I noticed A LOT of sea org members like that and also the real “jihad” public scio’s while I was still in scientology. I noticed it back then and I would think he/she is on a “circuit” which out here would be robot. Anyway Clare should be getting to that communication /control indoctrination step shortly so I don’t want anyone “skipping a gradient” here.

          • FLUNK_101

            I meant when someone was reading, they might say their eyes glazed over.

          • Observer

            Thank you. I wouldn’t want to spend my day reeling because of a skipped gradient.

            • FistOfXenu

              Fishing’s very relaxing, Observer. At least til you get to the part where you realize you’re too drunk to row back to shore.

            • Observer

              lol … reminds me of the time when I was 12 and caught a 2-foot ling cod on a red snapper jig in Morro Bay. And, while that is a fishing story, it is also true.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              I usually sucessfully skip a gradient around Friday…after about six o’clock!

            • Captain Howdy

              “reeling” ? where’s a steely dan fan when you need one ?

            • FistOfXenu

              Here but I couldn’t think of a joke about such a great song. It’s all too serious when you look at it next to the cult. Just start with that chorus:
              “Are you reelin’ in the years
              Stowin’ away the time
              Are you gatherin’ up the tears
              Have you had enough of mine”

              Remind you of the stories of ex-members much? It does me.

              And then we got lines like this:
              “You been tellin’ me you’re a genius
              Since you were seventeen
              In all the time I’ve known you
              I still don’t know what you mean”

              In fact the whole song reminds me of $cientarCONon. I can connect the whole song to things about Liar Ron Humptydumpty. Ruined a great song for me.

            • Trustmeonthis

              Sometimes great songs are written about awful shite.

              I also have to recognize:
              “You wouldn’t know a good thing if you held it in your hand… the things you think are precious I just don’t understand.”
              And here they are, on the Midnight Special:
              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKOq7-mNeaE

            • John P.

              It might be more interesting to use more recent tour videos, since Fagen and Becker been doing a lot of “Reelin’ In the Years” in the 40 years since the song was released in 1972 (as have we all). A good recent live version, using the classic arrangement, is this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGg92j3cYpE.

              They used a very different arrangement, emphasizing horns over guitars, on the 1994 tour, which I don’t think worked as well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CafCtJpOJAM. I don’t think Georg Wadenius’s guitar solo in the 1994 edition really brings out the cynicism in the original the way that Jon Herington is able to do quite well in the 2009 version.

              I think Reelin’ is significant because the guitar solos are the first hints of the style that propelled “The Royal Scam,” released four years later, onto nearly every music critic’s list of the 100 best rock albums in history. The other songs on the 1972 “Can’t Buy a Thrill” album are clever, eclectic and interesting, but don’t foreshadow much of their best work on the power alley of the three albums “The Royal Scam,” “Aja” and “Gaucho,” which appeared in 1976-1980.

            • FLUNK_101

              First of all, I really enjoy your commentary on Steely Fan because they are such perfectionists and you know so much about them.
              The newer version is more is more true to the original, and it’s very interesting to me that you think the guitar playing propels the cynicism of the song!
              Cool.
              Jon Herring is a great guitar player and a great musician, but most of what he plays is from the record.
              On the older version, the guitar solos are not from the record. I’ve met Wadenius, and that’s him taking the second solo, but not the first.

            • Trustmeonthis

              Ok, fair enough. But: Midnight Special! C’mon!

            • Trustmeonthis

              BTW, you might also enjoy this (Boz Scaggs 2011 tour diary clip; not sure what year the audio is from):

              http://vimeo.com/22663215

            • FistOfXenu

              Thing is TMOT, I don’t think they meant it about $cientarCONon. It just happened that way. But now practically every line shouts LRH and Dyin’tology.

            • Trustmeonthis

              Oh, I’m not claiming to know what awful thing this song is about. I’m just sayin’.

            • You wouldn’t know a DIAMOND if you held it in your hand…

            • sugarplumfairy

              I promise you I would.. could prob even tell you if it came from India, Australia, Canada or Arkansas.. A girl has to have a talent..

      • I usually find I get tired reading drudge with poor syntax and grammar, purporting to offer something but really making no sense at all. It isn’t MUs, lack of mass or gradient that drive me screaming from Hubbard’s writing; it’s the bullshit.

        • Trustmeonthis

          FLUNK! There is no bullshit! You Just Don’t Get It!

          • FistOfXenu

            Yeah! Hubbard was pure 100% horseshit. HORSEshit. From breaking all those broncos when he was 2. He saved it all up and turned it into $cientarCONon. The bullshit is from Davey and that’s not part of the Tech.

            • Trustmeonthis

              Guess you got me there.

            • FistOfXenu

              Well I had to go whole track to recover that. When I got to 2 quadrillion years ago I found an alien prophecy. It said “there shall be a man named Ron, and he shall pretend to know the secrets of the Wall of Fire, and he shall make a fortune selling horseshit. And truly he shall be ended by a mysterious death and succeeded by an evil Poisonous Dwarf, who shall have no horseshit of his own but will make counterfeit horseshit from the shit of cows, and his name shall be David.”

              Knowing that it’s pretty easy to figure out what’s going on in $cientarCONon.

            • richelieu jr

              Erm, he was four when he busted dem bronchos. So I think you can see your exaggeration rendered it totally unrealistic.

            • FistOfXenu

              Of course, silly me! When he was 2 he was still inventing baby formula and the printed book. And Kool cigarettes.

            • nessness

              I am not entirely sure that anyone should use the word pure in the same sentence as LRH….it seems so wrong somehow…he would not have achieved the 100% pure horseshit gradient. Maybe 98% with some dogshit mixed in…

            • I’m modelling the concept “Hubbard” in clay. I ate half a pound and am currently shaping it.

    • Sherbet

      Dang! I loved reading The Lorax to my toddler, who’s now 25. Truffula trees! Loved ’em! Of course, I love your take on it, Andrew, that there’s a buyer for just about anything, even the key to clearing the planet of imaginary things.

    • richelieu jr

      I’d like to see Scientology represent their current ‘mass’ problem (pissing out members like they’d punctured an artery) in clay… They’d need an awful lot of it…

  • Observer

    So if you have an MU it’s a good thing. You know the actual meaning of the word and not LRH’s twisted redefinition. Every day is Opposite Day in Scientology!

    Am I the only one that finds the Basic Study Manual cover art a little unsettling? It has a foreboding feel to me, like the book is going to snap shut and squish the guy like a bug.

    • Bella Legosi

      No you are not. But then again anything with L. Ron Hubbard attached to it creeps me out. And that is probably exactly what Co$ was going for…….squish squish…..that is the cult stomping out your personality and replacing it with Hubbards psyche. No offense to the Exes! We love you! 🙂

    • Bella Legosi

      And why why why do all religious themed art, be they in magazines or books always look the same? The cover to that Study Manual looks like they ripped it off the front of a Watchtower or Awake! Does drinking anyone’s Kool Aid murder the creative juices??

      • FistOfXenu

        There’s no juices in the kool aid, anybody’s kool aid. Not even in the clam aid. It’s all artificial.

  • Truthiwant

    Hubbard says that yawning is the manifestation of a misunderstood word.

    How many of us have suppressed yawns in the course room at the Org so as not to be spotted by
    the course supervisor?

    Yes, if the course supervisor sees you yawning it’s an immediate ‘Flunk’.

    You as a student are actually afraid of getting a ‘Flunk’. It’s unbelievable, isn’t it?

    If you think about it, it is a total paradox. Supposedly we are there to perfectly learn Scientology and we agree to
    go along with all of Hubbard’s methods and ideas but at the same time we are
    trying to cheat and get the course finished as quickly as possible.

    I wonder now if all that yawning was not a manifestation of being totally bored with the whole
    subject of Scientology.

    • FLUNK_101

      Yawning is actually a symptom of your brain getting warm. I’ve read that if you’re yawning a lot, you can stop it by putting an ice cube to your forehead.
      This warming also occurs as you fall asleep. That’s why yawning is associated tiredness.

      • BuryTheNuts2

        NO FAIR!
        I was going to do this post!!!!!!

        except without the ice cubes part!!!

        And its actually a cooling mechanism in response to your brain getting warm.

        • FLUNK_101

          Yawning cools the brain, not only by drawing in air, but stretching your jaw increases blood flow to the brain.
          When you breathe through your nose, the airflow is closer to the brain, cooling it, and that makes you less susceptible to “contagious yawning.”

          • Sherbet

            I thought yawning pulls in oxygen to dilute excess carbon dioxide which is making a person drowsy.

            • FLUNK_101

              Yes, I was just reading about that in Wikipedia …

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Flunk, this is off the yawning topic…
              But since you are CogSci guy…are you getting Professor Hofstaders new book?
              Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking. (Hofstader/Sander)
              It releases on April 23rd and according to the editorial reviews, this one should be epic!

            • FLUNK_101

              I’m down!

            • FistOfXenu

              FOX yawns…

            • Captain Howdy

              It’s a coyote.

            • FistOfXenu

              Damn, that’s what happens when I go for a cheap laugh.

            • Midwest Mom

              I’ve had sleep specialists who were pulmonologists, and they found that people who have narcolepsy, sleep apnea, insomnia, and other pulmonary or even some cardiovascular diseases, that yawning, especially in excess, is a medical symptom.

              The brain regulation hypothesis is still regarded as a theory, but has not yet been proven by medical research. Gallup and Eldakar tested 160 people in Arizona. 80 were tested in high heat temperatures (temps. averaged 98 degrees F.) and 80 were tested in mild temperatures (temps. averaged around 71 degrees). No tests were done in low temperatures or even sub zero temperatures, unfortunately. These tests were conducted as a psychology experiment, and not conducted through or in tandem with neurological or pulmonary based research.

              I am narcoleptic, and I have never found that I yawn any more or any less according to the season, but if I am in a hot and stuffy room or car, I yawn more than if I am in a car or room with fresh air and a window open, which is the opposite of the temperature regulation study. I have been told that some of my symptoms may have to do with a deficiency of the peptide hypocretin.

              Yawning (especially when it’s repetitive) is actually a sign for me to take a nap, otherwise I can have a sleep attack, but sometimes sleep attacks can occur without prior warning signals. I yawn in my sleep and while exercising, too, no matter if it is in the heat of the summer or outside in the chilly winter temperatures.

              There are many theories about yawning, but we have to remember that theories aren’t fact.
              It’s an interesting subject, though, to be sure!

            • BuryTheNuts2

              http://www.epjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/ep0592101.pdf

              It does have some backup as a theory though.

            • Midwest Mom

              It’s the same theory, bury, and the same researcher. Andrew Gallup is the man that I referenced above (Gallup and Eldakar). He wrote this paper, so it’s not a backup; it’s his published account of his theory.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              But it was a controlled study with viable results…hence my comment about backup as a theory.

            • FistOfXenu

              I’ve been working this out too BTN and I’ve come up with a theory that theories are, theoretical. Then I got trapped in a logic loop and couldn’t get any further. 🙂

            • BuryTheNuts2

              They tend to do that to you. Its Ok.
              At least it means you are thinking! Therefore you are!

            • FistOfXenu

              Thanks, that’s a relief! I was afraid I was in a condition of non-existence.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              I am a bit worried. I think you may be trapped in the Escher Gerbil wheel logic loop.

              If so, contact a Scientologist. They are the only ones who can help!

            • FistOfXenu

              Looks familiar. Always did suspect Escher was evil. I’d better head straight to the nearest mOrg to have my wallet – I mean cage – cleaned.

            • Midwest Mom

              I have a theory that whenever I see fashion designer Thierry Mugler’s name that I will read his first name in my head as “Theory” instead of “Ter-Ree”, like it should be pronounced. I’m embarrassed to admit that this happens more often than not!

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Well don’t be….because I have that same problem!

              (I counteract this with cognitive dissonance….If I pretend to hate his clothes!…That way I never have to say his name, even in my head)

              But seriously….How can one not love the er, uh…jacket.

            • Midwest Mom

              It looks like someone was bored and left alone with a fresh pack of black pens and a Spirograph set!

            • BuryTheNuts2

              I wish it was me! I like to draw.

            • FistOfXenu

              So BTN, do we know what that X-man’s super power is? 😛

            • BuryTheNuts2

              We have suspicions!

            • Trustmeonthis

              Thanks for the detailed info, Mom. Fascinating.

            • FLUNK_101

              “Growing evidence suggests yawning may be a way for the brain to cool off, though it is still just a theory.”

              http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/03/really-the-claim-yawning-cools-the-brain/

            • Midwest Mom

              It’s a theory about whether or not yawning is contagious, but is not meant to prove or disprove scientific theories or evidence pertaining to yawning in all circumstances. It seems like a good number of media sources, which reported on this study, neglected to focus on that specific point and reported it as yawning in a general sense.

              The reaction of contagious yawing is a type of “contagious behavior”. Laughing is another example of this as well as smiling and even crying. There have been situations where people faint or imitate facial twitches after seeing someone do the same thing, and there are some who pick up other people’s accents without realizing it. The sense of feeling itchy can be contagious, even if you are watching someone on television scratching, whether they are scratching because of head lice, scabies, bed bugs bites, or hives. (Just writing about this is making me itchy!) 😉

              A family friend used to work for the health department in Michigan years ago. She was called in to investigate an illness that had spread in two days at a school which resulted in nausea and vomiting in several girls in a short time period. After her team had conducted their investigation, they found that the mystery illness wasn’t poor ventilation, food poisoning or a virulent virus, but was actually a form of hysterical contagion.

              The first student to become ill was a very popular girl who became nauseous in class and vomited before she could reach the rest room, in front of her classmates. Some girls became ill after witnessing it and as word spread about it in the cafeteria and in later classes, even more girls became ill. The next day, the number of girls who were ill was quite significant. You see, the first girl to get ill had an upset stomach due to menstrual cramps, and thus did not have a contagious illness. The other girls were mimicking the popular girl’s symptoms through the and mimicked it through behavior and anxiety, thus resulting in a hysterical contagion.

              The TV show “The Middle” recently had a humorous episode in which the character Sue was trying to prove that smiling is contagious, but whenever she smiled at people (in an overly-enthusiastic way), it made them instantly uncomfortable, and so they did not smile back. She could not prove her hypothesis, much to her frustration, but vowed she wouldn’t give up trying to prove the theory.

              It’s a fascinating topic, regarding contagious behavior, isn’t it? It is also interesting to see how contagious behavior is a part of Scientology’s practices.

            • FLUNK_101

              Thanks, MM.
              It is an interesting subject that involves our physiology as well as the social cues we take from others.

            • Midwest Mom

              I am just a simple gal who bakes cookies, tidies up the house and makes sure that the kids don’t go to school in the same clothes that they wore the day before. 😉

              Thank you for your kind words. (Especially since what I wrote probably induced many yawns!)

            • John P.

              I have been told that some of my symptoms may have to do with a deficiency of the peptide hypocretin.

              MWM, given the subject of this forum, it would be wise to clarify that the peptide hypocretin is very different from the similar-sounding neurotransmitter Hypocrite-N which Scientologists possess in abundance in order to be able to sponsor bogus human rights organizations while imprisoning their members and demanding disconnection from bitter defrocked apostates. Hypocretin is also very different from hyper-cretin, which is a behaviorist’s label that describes Scientology leader David Miscavige to a “T.”

            • Sherbet

              John P is all refreshed and puntastic.

            • FistOfXenu

              Nice one JP! And another one I’d up-arrow 2x if I could.

            • Midwest Mom

              Whew! Thank you for pointing that out, JP. I appreciate your astute clarification on this matter.

              I also feel that I should point out that when I yawn and have sleep attacks, in order not focus too much on my narcolespy, it is sometimes necessary to allow some people to believe that it is because they are dreadfully boring, or in situations where I have fall down sleep attacks, that they have horrific halitosis.

              I would not do that to you, though. 😉

            • ParticleMom

              Very interesting, MM!

          • Observer

            I just spent an hour and a half in a dentist’s chair with my jaw stretched, and all I want to do is go back to bed. Of course, being a coffee achiever, that could have something to do with me skipping my coffee so I wouldn’t have to pee at the dentist’s office.

            • Sherbet

              OMIGOD, Observer: “Coffee achiever” — I thought I was the only fossil around to remember that advertising campaign!

            • Observer

              Nope. 🙂

            • John P.

              My favorite coffee achiever was David Bowie. Imagine Ziggy Stardust selling Folger’s to bored housewives!

            • Sherbet

              Juan Valdez in glitter.

        • TheNextMrsTomCruise

          So happy to see there are now two BTN’s. The world can never have enough, imho.

          • BuryTheNuts2

            Thank you TNMTC. I am thinking of cloning a few more of her, but I need to buy another case of petri dishes. I have been out them ever since the unfortunate lab accident where I got a little too eager making Tony O. replicants and there was a minor explosion. No worries….no squirrels were injured in the blast.

            I am very glad you are back… and your single eye is very pretty today.

            • sugarplumfairy

              I’m with Andrew.. I don’t think the universe can handle more than one Bury without wrinkling the space/time continuum..

            • BuryTheNuts2

              This sounds like the same dubious argument Mr. Nuts uses when I tell him I want to freeze my DNA for the Singularity!

            • sugarplumfairy

              See what I mean? And lol.. Mr. Nuts..

            • FLUNK_101

              Mr. Nuts!
              LMMFAO!

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Danger!

            • FLUNK_101

              You’re a genius!

            • BuryTheNuts2

              You just like my winning shnarky smile and the fact that I am a biter!

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Hehehe. Nite Flunk.
              And that’s all I am gonna say!
              😉

            • FistOfXenu

              Mr Nuts should be glad you haven’t suggested for him to freeze .. oh never mind.

            • TheNextMrsTomCruise

              Pfft! If two BTN’s did wrinkle the space time continuum, LRH would just fix it. From Venus.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Oooh, I am excited. I think we have a two BTN paradox in the works!
              I always wanted to be a science experiment.
              (some would say I have already achieved this goal)

            • Captain Howdy

              Yes, it would be even more disastrous than Prof. Robinson meeting his anti-matter self in the aptly titled “The Anti-Matter Man”.

            • TheNextMrsTomCruise

              My single eye would be very pretty today, were it not glazed over from too much study tech and ashtray commands. But thank you anyway, BTN. So glad about the squirrels.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Sorry, I didn’t catch that….I was yawning!

            • Sherbet

              You’re lucky to have only one eye, Mrs. The rest of us have to take in twice the visual crap that is scn.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              But her eye has a lot more real estate than ours Sherbet. Did you see the size of that thing? She looks like Polyphemus from the Odyssey!
              I can’t imagine how much mascara she goes through in a month!

            • FLUNK_101

              Does she have her “eye” on some property? As Lorraine Bracco said, “Real estate is my pornography!”

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Location, Location, Location!

            • Sherbet

              Good point, Bury. When she’s got her eye on you, she’s REALLY got her eye on you.

      • Truthiwant

        To stop me yawning in the course room at the Org I think I would have needed an ice pick to my head rather than an ice cube.

        • FLUNK_101

          Good one, Truthiwant!

      • Missionary Kid

        Note that $cientology works hard to suppress natural functions, like blinking and yawning. It gives a person a sense of control over their natures, but it is a way of teaching a person to suppress their natural instincts to favor Co$ concepts. It’s all a part of brainwashing.

        • FLUNK_101

          A friend of mine has Parkinson’s. He wonders if it’s from doing hours of “blinkless TR0.”
          I doubt it, but still … it’s interesting that he would make that connection, if only on an intuitive level.

          • Missionary Kid

            I strongly doubt that the Parkinson’s has anything to do with it as well. He should ask his specialist.

          • 1subgenius

            We cannot and will never know, but that’s interesting.

            Dopamine, the lack of which produces Parkinson’s, is a neurotransmitter. Suppressing normal brain function, would seem to suppress the supply of neurotransmitters.

            Neurotransmitters transport information.

            Dopamine, in particular, is theorized as transmitting a certain type of information.

            It has been hypothesized that dopamine transmits reward prediction error, although this has been questioned.[21] According to this hypothesis, the phasic responses of dopamine neurons are observed when an unexpected reward is presented. These responses transfer to the onset of a conditioned stimulus after repeated pairings with the reward. Further, dopamine neurons are depressed when the expected reward is omitted. Thus, dopamine neurons seem to encode the prediction error of rewarding outcomes. In nature, we learn to repeat behaviors that lead to maximizing rewards. Dopamine is therefore believed to provide a teaching signal to parts of the brain responsible for acquiring new behavior.[22] Temporal difference learning provides a computational model describing how the prediction error of dopamine neurons is used as a teaching signal.[citation needed]

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dopamine

            Training to turn off expected brain reactions (getting rid of the “reactive mind”) might cause unexpected consequences in terms of atrophy of the structure producing dopamine. Use it, or lose it.
            This may also explain CoS’s penchant for “foot bullets”, i.e. not learning from mistakes.
            All smoke out my ass, but the best I could do at this hour.

            • Some people create lucrative cults from the same source.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              I read something yesterday about rats that would starve themselves to death, because they put all thier efforts into pushing a button that they had learned would give them a dopamine rush.

        • FistOfXenu

          Thanks MK, can I quote you?

          MK says, “$cientology is a way of teaching a person to suppress”. I take that as meaning $cientarCONon is the real source of suppression. Kind of fits the whole way the cult loops around on itself and bites itself on the ass.

          • Missionary Kid

            Quote me any time. I trust you to get the spirit of what I’m trying to say.

            Co$ is all about control. Suppression is a part of that.

          • Sherbet

            I’d amend the sign by deleting the “To Suppress” and substituting the word “Nothing.” From what Claire has been saying, learning tech is a little common sense wrapped up in a thick layer of silliness and tied with a ribbon of lrh bombast, and it can be all yours for $325.

            • FistOfXenu

              I agree with you Sherbet but I wanted to capture the irony. $cientarCONon the cult that wants to “smash suppression”, the cult that teaches suppression.

        • Trustmeonthis

          I’ve had this same thought. First they control blinking and yawning, and they end up controlling everything.

          • Missionary Kid

            It’s a subtle, pernicious seduction of an individual’s individuality, isn’t it? LRH had decades to perfect it. It’s no wonder that DM insists on the techniques of LRH being followed.

            The problem is, he can only see the iron fist part of it, and adopted the most brutal parts of LRH’s methods.

            The brainwashing of a person to follow the ideas of LRH are so complete that people who leave it still try to use the words and framework that he laid out, in spite of the fact that there’s many other ways of dealing with psychological problems. Most are far better than his methods, and they have real ethics that at their heart are in place to protect the client, not the person or system that is trying to assist the client.

      • BosonStark

        Yawning just means you need a smoke, to prevent cancer. LRH never yawned, because he never misunderstood anything, and because he smoked so much, he lived to be 123 years old, on Venus.

    • I yawned at misunderstood words – and still do – that’s what I was taught!. When I left Study Tech schools to attend “wog” college, I found myself yawning, but other students weren’t, and I knew I couldn’t be the only one with MUs. But for me, the yawning response taught via the power of suggestion.

      • FistOfXenu

        Some people yawn if you just talk about yawning to them. It’s worse than contagious yawning because somebody else does. So I guess if you maybe you could learn that you’re supposed to yawn at MUs. But maybe you learned to yawn when you’re bored too.

    • Missionary Kid

      To figure out if something’s bullshit, all you have to know is your first two words.

    • There’s one loophole, the course sup who catches a student yawning can ask if the student is well rested, and if the student says no, the course sup sends the student off course to do ‘admin’ filing or help around the Scientology organization.

      Some of the older timer Sea Org members though, one’s who actually lived through the 1950s and 1960s and hung out with Hubbard, these older timer Sea Org staff and people were not draconian about things, like the less well trained and flexible members.

      Example, I was giving a Method 9 one time to Jeff Walker, who was Senior C/S International at that moment. I was called up to his office to give him a method 9 word clearing (he read the text, I noted any of his behavior that indicated he might have misunderstood what he was reading aloud).

      Jeff was “old school” and didn’t fully abide by extremist applications of the various “MU phenomena”, and at first I was terrified I as Jeff’s “word clearer” was making some horrendous infraction by not forcing Jeff to find and clear up some misunderstood.

      Afterwords I put it together than the older timer Scientologists just didn’t go extremist on themselves or others.

      My favorite story in that regard, is Quentin Hubbard’s admission to Dennis Erlich. Dennis was the Cramming Officer that had to correct Quentin who was a Class 12, top of the line pseudo-therapist.

      Dennis quoted Quentin as saying:

      “I think a lot of my father’s stuff doesn’t work. So I false report
      whenever I need to. Personally, I think my father’s crazy.” – Quentin Hubbard Class 12 Scientologist
      http://www.lermanet.com/exit/quentincoroner.htm

      It’s clear, there is a lot of dissent in people’s minds, and they sidestep Hubbard’s stifling totalitarian crap, even while they play along.

      Until they finally are fed up and eject out of the Hubbard mess.

    • Shannon

      How in the hell does that work if you are not allowed to sleep a full night ever? That’s just cruel.

      • Missionary Kid

        It’s all a part of the conditioning: push a person far beyond what they think their limits are.

        In a way, it’s similar to what is done in boot camp: a person learns that what they thought were limits aren’t.
        What it does is bond the person to their teacher/leader and to the system they’re being brought in to.

    • plainoldthetan

      What’s worse is when you know you’re yawning because of some food you had at the lunch break, or because you only had 4 hours sleep last night and don’t want to be sent to Ethics for being “unstudentable”.

  • Bella Legosi

    Applied Scholastic’s is a joke and has been for a while (at least when I was in elementary school). I may have to do some proper context reading, but it seems to me that when good old W. started his “faith-based” NGO crusade ALOT of sillyness got on THAT money train. Sadly, in the end that is exactly what this is all about. On the side of Co$; future humanoid ATM’s; schools who get some form of compensation (be it materials or books), the tax payer getting theirs back at the first of the year; and the big bad government licking all fingers from all the pies that were fisted in this whole wacky mess! I am sure in regards to Co$ and study tech, the potential to rip off both the school system and unwitting teachers was not lost on them and have been at it for a while now. But now there is NO teacher worth their intelligence that can honestly say that they were ignorant of the fact that Applied Scholastic’s and Scientology are the SAME. If they do they obviously can not navigate the internet better then a 10 year old and should just be sent to pasture out of their sheer ignorance.

    On a side note: I hate to derail any convo going or starting, but for anyone on the West Coast…….how many fucking Emergency Alert Signals are being broadcast out there? I have counted at least 5 per day for the last week. I have a feeling it is Oregon trying to make up for completely failing the nation wide test last year. I would really like to know. That wretched BEEEP BEEEEP crap has been waking me up.

    • Captain Howdy

      “.how many fucking Emergency Alert Signals are being broadcast out there? I have counted at least 5 per day for the last week.”

      • Sherbet

        Thanks for the reminder that Dennis Rodman’s best friend is a lunatic with nuclear weapons in his arsenal.

        • BuryTheNuts2

          I think they are dating!

          • Sherbet

            Dennis already has the bridal gown, IIRC.

        • Captain Howdy

          I was reading an article on NPR with 2 of the supposed top experts on N.K’s nuclear program and it was kind of shocking. They said that N.K has had a nuclear program since 1990, not the few years that’s being represented in the MSM. At least one of the “experts” said they believe that N.K does have missiles that could reach the West Coast.

          • Sherbet

            And Kim is a megalomaniac, just like his father was. That’s the creepy part.

            • Captain Howdy

              Yea, good thing I relocated to the Least Coast..phew!

            • Sherbet

              See? Massachusetts is good for something, even though you gripe about it, Howdy.

          • FistOfXenu

            I heard about that article Captain, and back in 2003 at least 1 of the “experts” said they believed Iraq could attack the western world with WMD in 40 minutes. Forget about how they’d do that, I’m still waiting for somebody to find the WMD they were supposed to deliver. Personally I’m not sure NK has missiles that could deliver toilet paper to Kim’s ass even if he could tell it’s not his elbow.

            Just saying.

            • John P.

              Fist, you’re probably right. Given that we in Global Capitalism HQ own massive stakes in all the defense contractors, we speak with certified card-carrying rocket scientists to keep up with developments in the field. I spoke a while ago with a long-time program manager for missiles. The conversation was not about North Korea, but about the chances for various middle eastern players to be able to make good on their threats.

              One of the key requirements to be able to build precision-guided long-range missiles is to be able to test fire a lot of them. In other words, you get good as a function of how many test rockets you blow up by accident and how well you learn from your mistakes. Even if they’re getting technology from the Iranians, the North Koreans haven’t fired that many long-range rockets to get really good (the Iranians haven’t done that well either). In some sense, getting to orbit (which the North Koreans did with their most recent test) is easier than delivering a weapon; what they put into orbit was basically a large space turd that is in a useless, unstable orbit. Much harder to drop a weapon (which they probably don’t have anyway) onto a precise target.

              On the other hand, we have been screwing up missile launches for decades, and doing a damned good job at learning from our mistakes. We can deliver a warhead to within inches of the designated target when launched from a silo, by air or from a submarine. It has probably cost us several thousand launches and several hundred billion dollars to develop this capability. Only the Russians, Chinese, and maybe the French and English have the capability to do this.

              So I’m not losing sleep.

        • Trustmeonthis

          I think Dennis was actually trying to help. Let’s hope he was successful.

      • Bella Legosi

        sighs…….I try so very hard not to think that the North Korean’s are after us all with their superior technology and Doomsday Device lol Trust me the whole mess going on in N. Korea did come to mind after the 3rd EAS inside of 4 hours! But, I try like hell to step back and not get too sucked into Cuba Missile Crisis 2.0. Thank god I am in a place where there are no air raid sirens (that I know of lol) around. Those really really suck. Especially when you are geeking out at the stars and then WHEEEEEEEEEEW. There is a town in Washington that actually used an old WW2 air raid siren to call the police or firefighters to answer their phone. No shit. This was 5 years ago? They finally upgraded to real phones about 2 years ago.

        Hey, look on the bright side; if N. Korea does bomb us into the next century and it starts to look like Red Dawn…….goodbye Co$ lol

        I also had a thought. It will be interesting to see the flyers Co$ will come out with soon. With this N. Korea “the commies are gonna get us” + tax returns = a lot of money. Can’t wait til Sunday. I love Sundays here at the bunker. LOVE the pic by the way.

  • TheNextMrsTomCruise

    Indeed. It’s a miracle I managed to make it through school without doing so much as ONE clay model. Oh, wait. I did make my mother a clay ash tray once. Does that mean I understand smoking? Or that I understand how to levitate ashtrays? I spent most of my time in science class yawning, if not outright sleeping on the desk. Uh, oh, I guess I have to give my degree back now, since yawning is a flunk?

    • Bella Legosi

      Yep and since you are here “chattin it up” with the rest of us “terrorists” have you completed steps A – E? 🙂

      • TheNextMrsTomCruise

        Oh dear, I hope so. That would explain my incessant yawning in the last ten minutes

      • ………..Until TheNextMrsTomCruise comes to her senses and recants her miff-muffered moof, her only terminal is the International Gruvvulous Justice Chief via the Continental Snergelly Justice Chief.

        Grateful acknowledgment is made to L. Ron Hubbard Library for permission
        to reproduce selections from the copyrighted works of L. Ron Hubbard demonstrating the humanitarian nature of ‘SP Declares’ and the ponderous nonsense of Study Tech with its absurd stress on ‘Word Clearing’ for understanding the meaning of sentences.

        Andrew

        • Captain Howdy

          I’m not sure why, but “miff-muffered moof” sounds vaguely pornographic to me.

          • BuryTheNuts2

            Glad it wasn’t just me….

          • Sherbet

            Goofing the floof with a miff-muffered moof.

            • Trustmeonthis

              Ok, now clay demo that!

            • Sherbet

              I wouldn’t sully Dr. Seuss’s memory (miff-muffered moof) with lrh (goofing the floof) by crafting it in clay.

          • sugarplumfairy

            it would..

            =)

          • FistOfXenu

            Vaguely? You mean because it reminds you of this?

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHxDr0xdpU4

        • TheNextMrsTomCruise

          My miff-muffered moof is salivating over Andrew’s overabundance of witticism.

          Or maybe it’s yawning, I can’t tell.

          • Captain Howdy

            You can make it yawn?

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Just.lost.it.

            • Captain Howdy

              me.to

            • TheNextMrsTomCruise

              If it’s true for you…

            • grundoon

              The worst is the snoring.

          • You’re naughty……..or is it me?

        • sugarplumfairy

          From there to here and from here to there, funny people are everywhere..

          Grateful acknowledgment is made to Dr. Seuss..

    • GoneforGood

      Does that mean I understand smoking?……..No, it means you understand you made an ashtray.

    • Clay demos are actually a barrier to study due to the time they waste. I’d have great momentum reading in the morning and BAM! the checksheet calls for a clay demo for some abstract concept. Then I’d have to blow the most of the afternoon shaping clay in a way that the supervisor would pass.

      • TheNextMrsTomCruise

        Yep, I can see that. I’d much rather read than muck about with clay. Now if they used Silly Putty, I’d have to rescind that statement…

        • It depends on the age of the clay. New clay is soft & colorful. With time it mixes with other colors, absorbs dirt and dries out, making it dingey gray and leaving you with dirty, tired hands.

    • Did you command the ashtray to stand up and sit down?

      • TheNextMrsTomCruise

        Neither. I was six years old when I made the clay ash tray, for my Mom who didn’t smoke. If I remember correctly, I think I might have asked it to turn into a ballerina.

    • Captain Howdy

      Every kid in the 50’s,60’s and 70’s made clay ashtrays in school. It was Big Tobacco’s way of implanting us with the smoking engram.

      • Missionary Kid

        It was the easiest shape to make. A variation on the shape weas the snack or candy dish. It didn’t nave the slots for holding the cigarette.

      • Midwest Mom

        I made candy bowls. (My parents didn’t smoke.) My mother didn’t use them for candy, though. (My artwork didn’t coordinate with her Spode ware.)

        • Captain Howdy

          Thanks for making me look up “spode ware”. First new thing I learned today.

        • TheNextMrsTomCruise

          My Mom didn’t smoke either. She used my clay ash tray for candy holding 🙂

  • aquaclara

    Funny how the cult of acronyms and made-up words thinks clay and a dictionary will help.

    • Missionary Kid

      Oh, but it’s their dictionary.

      Can you imagine their dragooned recruits from foreign nations learning English with all the weird terms and definitions? That will isolate them further from the English speaking world.

      • Captain Howdy

        They use a standard dictionary for “wog” words and the di/sci technical dictionary for hubbardese.

        • BuryTheNuts2

          I picked up a handy dandy Sci Dictionary in a used book store. I love that thing.
          Its hilarious and more fun to read than railway timetables.

          • Captain Howdy

            I “borrowed” mine from my local library. It was falling apart like all the other books so I rebound it and kept it. You can find a pdf. version online also. And yes some of the defs are ha-ha-hilarious.

            • FistOfXenu

              You mean you misapplied $cientarCONon Library Tech – you should only “borrow” books from a library when you mean to make them disappear because they’re entheta. Report to Ethics!

          • dbloch7986

            You laugh, but I did read that thing as a kid. I thought it was a safe book to read, because you can’t get an MU from reading a dictionary…can you? HA

            • FistOfXenu

              You can understand the words but misunderstand life.

          • More fun than railway timetables? How could that be? I must be misunderstanding you. I am going to have to make a clay model of a whole rail net.

        • Missionary Kid

          I’ll bet they have more emphasis on the di/sci technical dictionary. After all, the gospel according to LRH is the most important thing to indoctrinate them with.

          • FistOfXenu

            I know a guy, left the cult in the 70s, he said they made him word clear “of”. In the wog dictionary of course. He told me about it right after the Clinton thing, said Clinton needed to word clear “is”. Then he described how it took him forever to get through it all because they made him use multiple word clearing methods on all the possible meanings of “of”. Then he told me the reason I was yawning was because I didn’t understand something he was saying and asked what. I said I didn’t understand why he didn’t dump a load of clay on the supervisor’s head and tell him “your head is made OF clay” and walk the fuck out. We laughed all the way through another pint of Guinness. I think Guinness is a great cure for study tech.

            • Captain Howdy

              Guinness & Jameson’s will cure anything.

            • FistOfXenu

              I’ve never tried mixing these 2. Boilermakers coming up!

            • Sherbet

              Except alcoholism.

            • Captain Howdy

              “I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy” – Dorothy Parker

            • Sherbet

              “Frontal lobotomy”? Isn’t that what the Evil Psychs are doing at the rate of 6,000,000 per year?

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Dorothy is my God!

            • FistOfXenu

              True. Liver disease takes care of that though. Seriously, I’m getting more careful as time goes on and I can attest to drinking heavily only twice a month and I didn’t even need megavitamins or a sauna or $cientarCONon to scam me out of thousands of bucks.

            • Sherbet

              Please do be careful. OK, that’s enough seriousness for today.

            • FistOfXenu

              You’re right Sherbet. And I’m a lot more careful now. I’m serious about cutting down, started about 20 years ago and they say I’m healthier now. And I don’t get ripped, just mellow. But thanks for saying it, it doesn’t hurt if we look after each other.

            • Missionary Kid

              Guinness is a pretty good cure for a lot of things, but too much Guinness can lead to the need for a cure for that. Damn.

            • BuryTheNuts2
            • TheNextMrsTomCruise

              And allrecipes.com has an awesome recipe for Guinness Pot roast. mmmmm

            • Ciru

              I’ve had to do some “clearing” the morning after a night of drinking Guinness.

      • John P.

        Can you imagine their dragooned recruits from foreign nations learning English with all the weird terms and definitions? That will isolate them further from the English speaking world.

        There is abundant evidence of what happens in such a circumstance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6D1YI-41ao

        • Missionary Kid

          LOL. Unfortunately, the results aren’t Pythonesque, but isolating, just like everything else in $cientology. The purpose is to separate people from the rest of the world and keep them under Co$’s thumb.

    • TheNextMrsTomCruise

      What I cannot grasp is the fact that $ciloons spend all that time with noses embedded in dictionaries, and yet their spelling and grammar still suck. I read the dictionary for fun, and have never yawned once. How is it possible to spend that much time in a dictionary, and not absorb some of the grammar, punctuation and spelling rules?

      • BuryTheNuts2

        Rebelliousness! TMOT!

        • Trustmeonthis

          You rang? 😉
          I read the dictionary for fun, too – when I ran out of other reading material. They used to laugh at me for reading cereal boxes. There wasn’t anything else available!

          • You never graduated to railroad timetables?

          • BuryTheNuts2

            I recall Wheaties being a very cerebral cereal box!

            • Trustmeonthis

              And they had Bruce Jenner! (Back when he was hot, sigh.)

            • BuryTheNuts2

              And he would probably still be hot if had not decided to go to Edward Scissorhands for that awful facial mutilation!

          • ParticleMom

            I used to read the dictionary and cereal boxes, too. Taking away my books was my mother’s favorite punishment – until I was old enough to write essays, at least.

            • Trustmeonthis

              I know. “GO TO YOUR ROOM!” (like that’s a bad thing – all my books are there!)

      • Missionary Kid

        They only study what the cult wants them to study. They are kept away from the information that is available in the rest of the world, because the Co$ “spell” [pun intended] would be broken.

      • N. Graham

        I think one reason for all the acronyms was that it meant there were less words to spell. You could just use its initials instead of learning how to spell a word like, for instance, “misunderstood” or “rehabilitation,” part of RPF.

  • I was a Course Sup at flag Clearwater from 1977 through 1983, training staff from the Scientology organizations around the world and for Clearwater staff also.

    After Basic Study Manual, you should do the Student Hat, usually packaged as 9 lectures giving further “study tech” principles.

    After becoming a half way decent Course Sup, and putting up with Sea Org life for 27 years total, then leaving, then throwing all of the regimented “study tech” out the window, and just reading and self educating myself about life outside Scientology’s (Hubbard’s) prejudices, I’d say the study tech’s positive influence, is it fits with Scientology’s totalitarian control.

    It’s follow the “study tech” rules, or the Course Sup, the Word Clearer, the Cramming Officer, the Ethics Officer or your Committee of Evidence members will follow other strict Hubbard rules, and you’ll be channeled right back to following Hubbard’s “study tech rules.” Follow the rules, or get “word cleared”, “get crammed”, “get sent to Ethics for violating study theth”, get a Court of Ethics, get a Comm Ev (Scientology justice action like a court case filed against you and you have to appear and be investigated and judged about all the ways you violated Hubbard’s rules, including violating the “study tech” rules).

    Best part of study tech, was throwing it out the window, when I left Scientology, even after I sort of “excelled” at using it on staff trainees for years.

    People’s natural curiosity makes them excel or not, in a given study. And having good teachers or definitions that explain and answer their questions well, and we have the internet to look at pictures and videos of ANY of the things that in the mid 20th century, we didn’t have.

    The audio visual aids that the internet consists of, today, just bypasses and makes Hubbard’s “study tech” a useless stumbling block.

    I concluded that curiosity, and helping someone find answers via outside books, like the course room encyclopedias, is what I mainly was most helpful to the Scientology staff I trained. I helped them look things up in encyclopedias and dictionaries and find answers to internal Sea Org matters, is the best I did in my years as Course Sup.

    With video and the internet, and Wikipedia, today, I asked recently a recent Class 5 Scientology Church Course Supervisor if he went ahead and used the Internet and Wikipedia to help his students, and he said yes. Even though the church frowns on using the internet in the course room to help the Scientology students.

    So, our culture is bypassing Hubbard’s useless ‘study tech”.

    Again Scientology’s problem is the dire penalties that Hubbard piled on the members, for all the various study tech infractions they could possibly commit. All totally unnecessary.

    Good smart articulate teachers who cut to the chase, in minimal time, in understandable language, in other words someone who is really good at “verbal data”, is miles better than the muzzled word clearers who themselves get penalized if they speak answers to the students, rather than follow the Hubbard stifling ‘study tech’ penalty rules about NOT giving “verbal data.”

    Verbal data, is a whole major discussion, since Hubbard cripples his membership, by not allowing them to know the subject well enough to give good verbal data!

    • Missionary Kid

      I disagree slightly with, “The audio visual aids that the internet consists of, today, just bypasses and makes Hubbard’s “study tech” a useless stumbling block.” because some people learn by tactile and other physical experiences better than typing or moving a mouse.

      • EnthralledObserver

        Yeah, but that’s what apprenticships, work experience and practical lessons are for. All schools incorporate these methods anyway, and students are encouraged to use methods that work best for them. How is ‘clay’ or ‘reading’ helping an ‘audio’ learner when what they needed was their teacher to say the explanation? Hubbard’s restrictions don’t help anyone today and the workable methods aren’t unique to him and scientology either.

        • Missionary Kid

          He was great at disseminating half-truths and half-solutions. The thing that makes his followers evil is that they insist that his word is the be-all, en-all to everything, when there always has been a great amount of information in wogworld that is actually based on science that makes his concepts appear primitive, half-baked, or false.

        • Hubbard perfunctorily included “apprenticeships” into the staff training lineup, but forever due to the personnel problems, apprenticeships have NOT taken root, just too big of a lack of personnel chronically to allow for this “waste” of extra skilled people. The more skilled people get ripped off and pulled up the org chart to higher positions, where they crash and burn on the higher executive positions where dodging all the ways one as an exec one can fail are amplified, all due to Hubbard’s layers of problems he built into his own system.

          I concluded it’s a massive lose machine. With only one person “winning” the top guy of the pyramid, and those that stay in the good graces of the top guy in the pyramid.

          Hubbard did put in a whole bunch of “ethics protection” rules, so people could protect themselves from all Hubbard’s ethics penalties that just grew and grew and grew.

          It truly is a Monty Python crazy world of Hubbard’s unrealized penalty rules that keep the members off balance enough years, to keep the whole show going, until a new crop of undereducated people come along and try their hand at accomplishing Hubbard’s pulp hype inspirational (sound good) goals within his hyped noble system.

          The system has elements that sound like they could be reformed, but only is a benign genius took the reigns, and surgically used Hubbard’s “positive” principles to tame Hubbard’s mad bureaucracy.

          We’re seeing what a tyrant can do, when a tyrant emphasizes Hubbard’s worst authorized behavior.

          We haven’t really seen what a benign bunch of organizational whizzes can do, outflanking the Hubbard nuttiness, within the system, but there’s been pockets of “sanity” all through Sea Org and earlier Scientology history, but usually those pockets only last weeks or months, and “saner” execs get bounced by violating some Hubbard draconian illogical rules that some higher up newbie pounces, inevitably on the initiative of those that try to actually do something good.

          It’s a very interesting bureaucratic slumbering mess, that keeps enough helping that mess, until they wise up and due to all they’s been indoctrinated, it takes them time to unravel from it.

    • dbloch7986

      It does bug the living crap out of me when someone mentions study tech as being useful in any way. No one needs to look up every single word in life they don’t understand and especially not in the rigorous way that Scientology insists: reading every definition, making sentences and studying the derivation.

      Scientology study tech is NOT useful. It is a form of control just like everything else in Scientology. There is nothing in Scientology which could ever be considered useful outside of Scientology.

      I can understand if someone does not want to acknowledge that everything they experienced in Scientology was a waste, but I can tell you that the best thing you will ever do with everything you ever experienced in Scientology is throw that shit out the window. Do it as soon and as quickly as possible.

      I am still trying to shake off the social and behavioral condition that Scientology shackled me with.

      There is nothing useful in Scientology, do not focus your efforts on justifying why you spent time and money on Scientology. Instead focus your efforts on locating the behavioral and social conditioning that is affecting your day-to-day life and learn to bypass it until it is gone.

      Regard every “past life” experience and every “win” you gained in Scientology as false. Realize that anything positive that happened while you were in Scientology was either your own doing or was pure coincidence.

      • jensting

        When clicking “up arrow” just isn’t enuogh.

    • aquaclara

      Chuck, I really love your notes. They are so truthful and detailed in describing the Real World of Hubbardry that some of it actually starts to connect. Much of it is also scary. And then there are the things I get distracted by and crack up over something. Like today. “Word Clearer”. To think that is a real job. Not too useful on a resume, especially after escaping the cult. Nobody thinks of that, though, do they? They really need Spell Checkerers. Since the computers are all bad bad bad.

      The Student Hat of 2013 could be a heck of a lot more fun than listening to the dreck of a bunch of old LRH tapes. That has to be a deadly and yawn-inducing waste of time. With more fun jobs, Davey could attract new blood into the cult. How about the AWs (Anony-Watchers)? The Scammy Website Builder in Chief, or SWBIC. FPS (Flyer Producer Supervisor). Not to be confused with the CFCD (Chief Flyer Color- Deciderer). We need a Non-Narconon Excuse Maker-Upper, which sounds pretty good as a NNEMU. And then, with all these new acronyms…new dictionary sales will soar.

      See, I could run this cult. But I really reeeallly need to go back to work now.

      • “Word Clearer” equals totalitarian tutor.

        In fact a commedy skit of the word clearer from hell, would be fun, and just lampoon the word clearer applying all the ways a word can be misunderstood on their “twin”.

        I agree with Derek, and it just takes time, like 10-15 years, for longer time ex cult members, to let all the Hubbard indoctrination (Hubbard’s wacky prejudices protected as “religion” just because that’s what Hubbard has gotten away with and people have had Hubbard’s prejudices drummed into their heads, “conditioning” is such a correct label for all this).

        Best to lose it all, as the harshest wisest critics say.

        • aquaclara

          “totalitarian tutor”….omg.
          I hope there are experts in education who read this blog and learn from what you, Derek, Claire and others are sharing. If they stop at just dictionaries, it doesn’t sound too bad, and they clearly haven’t gone far enough in probing the nightmares of this cult.

    • Casabeca

      I love this discussion, but I cannot go further until someone word clears “cramming officer”. It sounds like a Monty Python term to me, but then I was never in Study Tech ;-).

      • John P.

        A “cramming officer” is present on every alien ship visiting Earth, and is responsible for insertion of the anal probe they use to extract our deepest military secrets. This short documentary shows the job responsibilities of the “cramming officer:” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tZar4wRP40

        • FistOfXenu

          Really? I thought Marcab Hard Party’s pic from yesterday was to show the Cramming Officer:

  • Captain Howdy

    Along with Dave Touretzky’s excellent articles on study tech I recommend the equally excellent “Social Control in Scientology” by Bob Penny, and also an interesting article I just rediscovered by H. Keith Henson “Sex, Drugs, and Cults. An evolutionary psychology perspective on why and how cult memes get a drug-like hold on people, and what might be done to mitigate the effects”. (lol)

    Thank you Claire Headley.

    http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Library/Shelf/xenu/scs-09.html
    http://human-nature.com/nibbs/02/cults.html

    • Missionary Kid

      Thanks. The articles put into words a lot of things that I’ve believed about Co$.

      • Captain Howdy

        Your welcome.

    • Trustmeonthis

      Thanks, Howdy. This looks like some good reading. (Particularly looking forward to the piece on why cults are so seductive – that’s something I’ve never quite figured out in all the time I’ve been interested in this.)

  • When I was at a Scientology-affiliated school, my favorite dictionary was the American Heritage Paperback edition. I found this edition to be comprehensive enough that it likely had the definitions I was looking for, but not so much that it sent me on huge word-chains. But some students and supervisors pointed out – even wrote me up – for violating an LRH bulletin banning “dinky dictionaries.” Hubbard wrote that abridged or paperback dictionaries often had incomplete definitions and left the student with the word still misunderstood. Well I was able to open the low-gradient elementary-school level dictionaries and my paperback dictionary side-by-side to the same words and prove that my dictionary had more complete definitions. But that didn’t matter, the low-gradient dictionaries had a hard cover. When LRH says to literally judge a book (or dictionary) by its cover, that’s what you’re supposed to do.
    The thing that’s missing in Study Tech any critical thought. Dictionaries, demo kits and respecting gradients are fine, but the idea that ANY disagreement is caused by misunderstood words is a tool of thought control as it teaches the student to not question. I don’t know how many times I heard “DO YOU HAVE A MISUNDERSTOOD WORD?” when I disagreed with something and I was supposed to shut up and comply.

    • Complex dictionaries and long word chains are probably the only way to cover up the fact that what you are word clearing are the ramblings of a loon

    • dbloch7986

      Indeed, “having an MU” is definitely a statement used to reinforce commands and prevent questioning. It is probably one of the ultimate thought-stopping phrases in all of Scientology. Study tech, like most other things in Scientology, is designed for control.

  • DMSTCC

    Every clay demo I do of a turd comes out the same…

    • Sherbet

      That would give me nightmares in a darkened room.

      • FistOfXenu

        I loved that movie! I never thought of the resemblance before. Now I’ll never forget it. Thanks Sherbet!

        • Sherbet

          The nightmare is now yours. Enjoy!

          • FistOfXenu

            Yeah, I don’t even need to pull out the old 16mm anymore.

            • Sherbet

              I like the parts where you can see the zipper up the back of the costume.

            • FistOfXenu

              Funny thing, I never noticed the zipper in the movie theater but when I watched it on my private copy it was easier to see.

            • Sherbet

              There’s a good analogy here: scns don’t see the zipper up the back of cos’s fakery. It all seems real.

            • dbloch7986

              That’s because they have given all their money to the cult and so are too poor to afford an HDTV that allows them to see the zipper.

            • Missionary Kid

              One can only hope!

            • FistOfXenu

              Even when they’re 3 feet behind their own heads.

            • richelieu jr

              Fun fact, LRH had a zipper too, only it was on his neck.
              He used it to put himself on in the morning

              (before going out and putting everyody else on.)

            • Sherbet

              Tu es tres amusant!

            • richelieu jr

              merci, tu es trop gentil…

            • Captain Howdy

              Are you talking about Elm St ?

            • Sherbet

              No, not THAT nightmare. The nightmare of lrh looking like the Creature with a zipper up his back, probably smoking a Kool underwater. (That’s an OT ability.)

            • Captain Howdy

              The “creature gillman’ part didn’t show up in your original comment.

            • richelieu jr

              You’re too hard on yourself!

              I’m sure it’s much bigger than that (and it’s not the size that counts, anyway. No matter what that Australian study says)

            • FistOfXenu

              I’m not worried, it proves I’m a Big Bean, just like Davie “It’s here somewhere!” Miscavige.

        • richelieu jr

          I’ve got it in 3D (though the 3D in the sequel was better.. And the girl’s one-piece swimsuit? Yowsah)… One of my best friends was going t go see that film in the cinema when he was boy in Hawaii, but then he saw the creature on the poster and freaked out because ti was too scary and realistic.. It really makes me laugh, because he ended up doing FX work himself, in fact he worked on Star Wars ‘which I bring up again because last time someone told me a bout a scilon who’d worked on it too, and since then, independently, he’s spoken about the guy. Apparently he was quite the showboat/pretentious fellow. He did say the fellow had an amazing coat, though…)

          • Captain Howdy

            “And the girl’s one-piece swimsuit? Yowsah”

            I thought Julie Adams was pretty hot when I was a kid and lookin’ back I still do.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julie_Adams

          • Observer

            I saw The Creature from the Black Lagoon in 3-D (I’d had no idea that’s how it was originally released) at the Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara, a memory I cherish to this day.

      • Observer

        Just because I’m feeling mean after that dentist appointment. >:-)

        edit: Okay, there’s supposed to be a pic here …

        • Observer

          Apologies if it suddenly shows up twice. Grr.

          • Sherbet

            Remember, lrh had his greatest revelations while under the effect of “laughing gas.” Next time, demand it. Your visions might trump lrh’s, and, voila!, new religion.

          • Sherbet

            Beautiful, Observer! I was hoping someone would ‘shop lrh into the Creature.

            I was going to make that picture into my computer background, but it makes me laugh out loud too much. Too disruptive in the office.

            • FistOfXenu

              Still waiting here .. still waiting .. Disqus-ting strikes again.

          • Captain Howdy

            Did you do that ? it’s effing grrreat!

            • Observer

              Yep. Thanks!

            • stillgrace

              You should post this on WWP’s sticky thread on Ron shoops. And the one you did yesterday on the Davey shoop thread. WWPs will appreciate them!

            • Observer

              Thanks!

              I’m not registered at WWP, but if someone who is wants to post the shoops over there they’re more than welcome to do so.

            • stillgrace

              I’ll be glad to post them for you. I will give credit to “Observer” of the Underground Bunker, if you approve.

            • Observer

              Absolutely!

          • RMycroft
            • Sherbet

              I see he didn’t get any handsomer on Venus. Quit smoking, though.

            • Missionary Kid

              It’s hard to smoke under water, but, of course the $cions will tell you he did.

            • N. Graham

              Well, the primary reason to smoke is to protect from radiation so he probably didn’t think it would be a problem in the water.

            • Missionary Kid

              That’s another great illustration of LRH’s unscientific bullshit. If smoking protected people from radiation, then people can go out and tan all they want, as long as they smoke. FAIL.

              That’s combining two high risk factors for cancer. One doesn’t cancel out the other.

            • High risk it may be, but it quickens the brain (stimulant), smells good, and looks Kool too. Unfiltered coffin nails are even more Bad Ass (I’m partial to classic Kools or Luckies).

            • Missionary Kid

              Please smoke more. Just not around me.

            • Captain Howdy

              WTF is that exactly?

            • Missionary Kid

              A lumpfish.

            • nessness

              truth in advertising

            • RMycroft

              Lumpfish

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Hungry?

            • Captain Howdy

              I play an ichthyologist on TV, but that’s a new one on me. And they are considered fine cuisine in Scandinavia.

            • Missionary Kid

              I don’t care what they look like when caught. It’s how they look and taste on the plate that counts.

            • Observer

              Snort!

            • Captain Howdy

              I raise you one blobfish

            • richelieu jr

              Wow! I just watched that film (in 3D no less!) tonight!

            • Missionary Kid

              So THAT’S what LRH came back as!

      • Captain Howdy

        The Creature from Gillman Hot Springs!

        • Sherbet

          Hahaha!

        • richelieu jr

          Triple ‘liked’! That’s funny!

      • Midwest Mom

        That bust gives me nightmares in the broad daylight!

        • BuryTheNuts2

          It’s the chest hair!!!

          • Midwest Mom

            The chest hair does indeed add to the creeeeepy factor, but even without it, I would still be repulsed by Hubb’s face alone! Aaaahhhh!!!!!

          • Observer

            If that’s chest hair, what’s on the face? Was Ron a werewolf?

        • richelieu jr

          Nobody likes to see chest hair on their bust!

          • Midwest Mom

            That is correct, Sir! 😉

    • Observer

      It does look rather fecal. Ew.

  • sugarplumfairy

    From today until I die, I will spend a few moments each day thanking the universe for the wonderful, thoughtful, circumspect parents I was delivered to.. Parents who were able to discern a real school from a sham, mind-numbing, slave labor mill..

    • TheNextMrsTomCruise

      Pun intended: I can relate!
      Sometimes I just crack myself up. When Imma not yawning, that is.

    • Captain Howdy

      Yes, I thank my parents daily (especially my working class socialist dad) for being raised in an agnostic household in a neighborhood that was at least 95% Catholic. The fact that my sister and I had this luxury made her joining the cult intolerable to me.

      • Missionary Kid

        I was raised in a fundamentalist Christian background that taught me to distrust other belief systems. When I realized that it didn’t fit my needs, and that some of their claims didn’t add up, I learned to distrust anyone or anything that tried to tell me that they had the absolute, final, word on anything.

        My oldest sister was raised in the same environment, then tried Dianetics for a several months, then flipped to super-fundamentalist Christianity that makes my upbringing seem very liberal.

        We disagree about religion, but there’s no disconnection.

        Is your sister the oldest?

        • Captain Howdy

          Yes by 3 or 4 years

          • Missionary Kid

            I have a theory that birth order has something to do with how one turns out, and that the oldest sibling either is very independent, or is used to conforming to the direction of others.

            Guilt had the greatest influence in my sister’s decisions on belief, then a desire to save others at the neglect of self came next. Perhaps it was because she grew up being responsible for her younger siblings.

            • Midwest Mom

              I think for the most part, that is true about birth order. In my family, though, I am the youngest of three girls, but am “the responsible one”. It’s fascinating how siblings raised by the same parents and in the same environment can be so different, isn’t it?

            • Missionary Kid

              MM, did you mean that as “the responsible one,” you were responsible for taking care of your other siblings? Oft times, the title goes to the one is the dependable one. I meant the former.

              My oldest sister is 7 years older than I, so growing up, it was as if we were from almost different generations.

            • Midwest Mom

              I’m the youngest child of three and I am about three years younger than the middle sister and 5 1/2 years younger than the oldest sister.

              I think the best way to some it up is that I’m the one that people can count on in various situations, whether it’s with regard to family, friends, etc. I think that it’s good for my kids to see that it’s important to give other people our time and when needed, our efforts, but I make sure that my family is my number one priority.

              When I was in Junior League (they don’t have a chapter where I live now), I saw some very dynamic women who put a lot of time and effort into their careers and various philanthropic activities, but had nannies or babysitters with their children during the day and evening and they missed out on so much of their children’s lives by going to stupid planning meetings and dinners in the evenings and were grateful that their kids would be asleep when they got home. They were helping others and were important socially, but putting their kids on the back burner.

              Do you remember that Harry Chapin song “Cat’s in the Cradle”? It’s such a sad song, but it’s true for many families. I don’t want that to happen in my own life with regard to my family or with my in-laws.

            • Missionary Kid

              I’ve written part of this before. I learned a phrase from another missionary kid from Africa about his father that applied to my father too: The Missionary Neurosis. What it meant was that some missionaries take care of everyone else before they take care of their families. It applied to my family, even after we moved to the U.S.

              I was fortunate that I had always lived with my parents when I was growing up because I was so young.
              Since my siblings were much older and the political situation was unstable, they had, for a time were sent to boarding school, then to the U.S. to live with my grandparents. My oldest sister was charged with being mother, and that’s where the whole feeling of responsibility for others developed for her.

              I think that all of us siblings have a touch of the missionary neurosis, but my oldest sister got it in spades. Her brush with Dianetics just appeared to me to be something a bit weird.

              My parents never went to any of my sports activities or were involved with PTA, but they kept close track of how I was doing in school. They kept tabs on my education – particularly the religious part. When I went to college, they went back to the mission field.

              My parents attitude towards sports and extracurricular activities was partly the result of being born just after the turn of the last century and partly their religious outlook. During my young adulthood, I used to say that I almost had as much time in bars as I had in church, because I spent so much time in church growing up.

              My participation in activities was what kept me sane and gave me outlets away from fundamentalism.

        • MissCandle

          Me too.

      • Sherbet

        I think the freedom to question authority is one of the best parental gifts. Question it all, and then build back what makes sense on a personal and social level. Your parents were wise, Howdy, and you found your own way. That does make it sadder that your sister got lost along her way. The really sad part is, she must believe that she’s the one who has the answers, and everyone else is lost. That’s the scientology party line.

        • Captain Howdy

          Not only is she a scilon, she’s OSA to boot. They had a thread about her on WWP comparing her face to Gollum with a side by side shoop. I had to laugh.

          • dbloch7986

            My brother is also in the Sea Org. Last I heard he was working on PAC Security.

            • Captain Howdy

              Last i read mine was described as being DSA OSA NYC but that was like 4 yrs ago.

            • Sandy

              I think I found her She sure does seem so unhappy, doesn’t she? So sorry ….

          • Sherbet

            Ouch.

          • FistOfXenu

            OH NO! We’re back to casting LOTR!

          • Trustmeonthis

            Wow. Sorry about your sister.

          • FistOfXenu

            I’m sorry about your sister. And I’m sorry they joked about her even if she’s a $cientarCONonist. Blood’s blood.

          • FLUNK_101

            Socialism is pseudo science. Marx presented his theory as fact, even though it was never tested. No wonder your sister is OSA!

            • Captain Howdy

              Thank you all.

  • BosonStark

    I’m not really getting the certainty of doubt = misunderstanding all the time or especially when it applies to Ron cuckoo. Probably because I have an MU? I mean, for some things, don’t you have to have a deeper understanding of something to doubt it in a way that will make sense to others or even be coherent?

    I understand it as it applies to some things, just not the contradictory or circular — “You can believe it’s true, because it came from Source” — methodology of a pulp science fiction writer, who had a revelatory experience at the dentist’s office.

    How would I clay demo my skepticism?

  • Ms. B. Haven

    I don’t know if the Basic Study Manual mentioned here is the same as the Student Hat Course. (I hope I am not getting ahead of the program here. That would be a skipped gradient and I would have to go back and start again). What I remember is doing Student Hat early on. This is where I first heard lrh taped lectures. By this time, I was ‘in’ and it was fascinating to be able to hear these talks. Since I was a bit enthralled, I dismissed the bullshit factor.

    A couple of the things I remember Hubbard mentioning on these tapes was something about early flying technology that was not developed because it got beat out by other methods. One of these was “the principle of the rotating stick” which was supposed to be superior to other methods at the time. WTF??? I guess that was ultimately the reason that I blew. I could never figure out “the principle of the rotating stick”. Another thing I remember was Hubbard doing a correspondence course in photography. He was known to be one who liked taking photos, and it is my understanding that the photos in the Volunteer Minister’s handbook, circa late 70’s, were taken by him. He may have finished the correspondence course and applied what he discovered to creating ‘study tech’, but he couldn’t take a picture for shit. Those photos are the most gawd-awful, grotesque, garish, amateurish attempts at art I have ever seen. Of course no one would dare say anything critical or you would wind up being sent to ethics for nattering.

    I would really be interested to hear what other people’s experience was going thru this level of indoctrination. I don’t think I am alone in thinking that there is nothing wrong with learning the meanings of words by looking them up in a dictionary, having a little mass associated with the subject one is studying or not biting off more than you can chew. It’s just the way it is presented as ‘a new discovery’ and then crammed down your throat as ‘the only way’ and all of the bullshit that goes along with it that give me the willies.

    • Missionary Kid

      Doesn’t “are the most gawd-awful, grotesque, garish, amateurish attempts at art…” apply to all of Co$?
      It’s all so artless.

    • dbloch7986

      The Basic Study Manual is like a less scary version of the Student Hat for newcomers.

    • jensting

      “rotating stick” – Da Vinci’s “rotating screw?” – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Leonardo_da_Vinci_helicopter.jpg

      I believe this was not actually a brilliant idea (whereas Da Vinci’s parachute works just fine, AFAIK)

      • FistOfXenu

        Right now I’m imagining Ron on a rotating stick. It’s propped between 2 forked branches stuck in the ground. You could say the rotating stick is a “bridge” between them. Between the 2 sticks is a huge fire. You could say he’s re-doing the Wall of Fire. On a spit.

        Davey got a different kind of rotating stick. Rotating screw built into his favorite chair. He loves that chair.

        • L. Wrong Hubturd

          Mmmmmm, I love a good pig roast.

    • RMycroft

      I bet Hubbard’s “rotating stick” is akin to many perpetual motion machines, where somehow the stick gives upward momentum without paying the downward price on the other half of the cycle.

  • Jake the Logical

    Clay helps teach calculus, duh

    • Shannon

      You don’t need calculus to clear the planet mere mortal! Only things that allow you to clean Ideal Org’s and run TR’s!

    • FistOfXenu

      Jake, clay is LRH’s covert hostility to proper math and all the other things he didn’t understand, like physics, medicine, chemistry, psychology, relationships, sex, family, spirituality, ethics, telling the truth and basic human decency.

    • dbloch7986

      Math? Thetans don’t need math you fool. They ARE math. Once you finish OTVIIIIIIIIIIIIII you will know everything about everything in the entire universe. Math has nothing to do with understanding the universe.

    • RMycroft

      Hubbard said that calculus doesn’t work.

      • FistOfXenu

        Of course it didn’t work FOR HIM. He was crap at anything that he couldn’t horseshit his way through and required real facts. I think he designed Study Tech to make people stupid so they wouldn’t be smarter than he was.

  • BosonStark

    LRH should have formed his whole “technology” around yawning.

    Yawning could have been encouraged. Each yawn would increase understanding as it drew Xenu’s spaceplanes closer to Teegeeack and the sacred volcanoes. They could have been the Yawnatologists.

    • Missionary Kid

      I’m proud to say that I just helped drawing Xenu’s spaceplanes closer with a yawn.

  • California

    “symptoms” not “symptons,” Tony, in Claire’s second comments. The English teacher side of me…….

    • FistOfXenu

      English teacher? $cientarCONon must give you brain trauma every time you see or hear something Liar Ron Humptydumpty said. And now I feel like I’m back in school and I’d better be careful. Or say nothing at all in case “teacher” marks it. 🙂

    • TheNextMrsTomCruise

      Is a sympton related to a simpleton?

      • FistOfXenu

        “If it’s true for you” 😛
        Or maybe it’s just related to the QWERTY keyboard.

    • BuryTheNuts2

      Good catch! That could have caused an MU!

  • Observer

    Oh, hey, Tom Cruise says it works! He pretends to be other people for a living, and he’s pretending to be an expert now, so he must be right!

    • Sherbet

      And cos pretends it’s a given that celebrity = knowledge.

  • dbloch7986

    You can see how study tech is the primer for a great many things in Scientology. It teaches the student to confuse subjective versus objective reality. It is the beginning of the “blame the victim” mentality. It teaches that the word of Hubbard is infallible.

    There is a paradox in trying to teach study tech outside of Scientology. You see Study Tech teaches you to accept Hubbard’s words at face value because he is always right all of the time. However, he constantly asserts that he is the only one who’s word is infallible. So outside of Scientology it would make sense that sometimes the materials you are studying don’t make sense, but inside Scientology the materials are never wrong, you are.

    Confusing objective versus subjective reality is a constantly recurring theme inside of Scientology. It is why Scientologists are so apt to believe “incidents on the whole track” which are really just their imaginations running wild. Study tech is the beginning of this breakdown between imagination and reality: starting with the “demonstrations”.

    The entirety of study tech is designed to revert a person’s thinking back to a child-like state, wherein they are willing to accept anything that is being told to them as truth. It also teaches a person to avoid complex issues and multi-tasking. Instead it teaches you to take things “one step at a time”.

    This might be handy in some situations, but sometimes it seems silly. An example of a truly child-like attitude that I have seen in Scientologists is something as simple as closing a gate. I would grab both sides of a gate and pull them together at the same time and lock it. I have personally witnessed more than one Scientologist grab one side of the gate, bring it to closing position, then bring the other side to closing position, then lock it. That’s when I suddenly realized that everything I read on the internet about study tech was true.

    The “misunderstood word” is much more serious in Scientology. Hubbard blames every overt and withhold on the misunderstood word. He blames all crime on the misunderstood word; even sexual perversions. It is such a boogieman in Scientology that it literally makes you afraid to read anything outside of a Scientology courseroom.

    Study tech is by far the most insidious and well masked form of indoctrination in Scientology. It is what makes you someone a willing victim of the rest of the abuse they will suffer throughout Scientology.

    • BuryTheNuts2

      What a hugely interesting observation regarding the gates!

      • dbloch7986

        It drove me nuts talking to Scientologists. They all act like kids! When I started spending time with adults and finally started growing up beyond my arrested development, I would get immensely frustrated talking to Scientologists. They view everything as if they were 9 or 10 years old. It’s crazy.

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          Many coming in the door had stalled emotional development in my experiences. These were the ripest morsels that regges and recruiters feasted upon. What scared the shite out of me is witnessing adults broken down until they Reverted to a young, shaken child level, the whipping boy. Then there were the Whippers. Most psychopaths and narcissists I have known morphed I to 4 year old foot stomping tyrants the moment they don’t get their way.

          Hubs study policies were the last onion peel I tore off and the saddest. At one time I envisioned a lively renaissance of learning for children with the result of a new wave of breakthrough scientists, artists, community leaders, etc. I still believe education innoculates and nips many future ailments in the bud. Technology today is not a cure all, but has been a real booster. Hubbard is the Dunce in the corner in this day and age.

          • Trustmeonthis

            This is why there can be no real education, only indoctrination in scientology.

          • Sandy

            “What scared the shite out of me is witnessing adults broken down until
            they Reverted to a young, shaken child level, the whipping boy”

            Oh boy. Have you seen the last video re: Dan Murman. I can’t get over it.. Handsome, young man – reduced to a shell.

    • Missionary Kid

      Very well put.

    • FLUNK_101

      Great post.

      “designed to revert a person’s thinking back to a child-like state”

      I read that children between the ages 2 to 7 confuse their thoughts with reality.
      “It’s raining because I’m sad.”
      No, kid. It’s raining because you “pulled it in!”

      • RMycroft

        And if it’s not raining count it as a win for the tech. Thank you Ron!

    • aquaclara

      Excellent, sane, brilliant observations. Study tech deeply screws up both words and people. Derek, your talents were not well-utilized while you were in. How in the world did you make it through?

    • Casabeca

      Fascinating!

    • Chocolate Velvet

      Way to break it down, Derek!

      I think the M/U concept is the key to making people vulnerable to the rest of the con. It seems so simple, but it has the apparent impact of robbing the individual of their conceptual autonomy. The ability to decide what is true or false, reasonable or unreasonable.

      “If this seems wrong to you, it can only be because you don’t get it. You won’t get it, until you demonstrate knowledge of the “correct” definitions of the words involved. AND, your knowledge is not correct until you agree with us about what these words mean. Then, of course, you will see that we were right all along, and just trying to help.”

      Powerful and subtle = dangerously effective.

    • FLUNK_101

      “Hubbard blames every overt and withhold on the misunderstood word. He blames all crime on the misunderstood word”

      This is straight out of Korzybski. Korzybski believed that people argue because they have different “maps” of the same “territory.”

      Hubbard extrapolated this idea out to infinity by saying that no one would ever do anything bad, by virtue of being “basically good.” So, the first harmful act must have been an accident … Because of a misunderstanding, a “mis-perception,” a misunderstood symbol … just like misunderstood word! And once the first harmful act was committed, anything after that was just payback.
      Isn’t that brilliant? You know, he was a doctor AND a physicist!

      • John P.

        It’s been decades since I looked at General Semantics and Korzybski. I’m going to guess that from the basic idea that two people have two different maps of the same territory he would then go on to argue that much of communication is about negotiating a shared map of the territory. But it seems to me that in Hubbard’s world, there is no shared map. The only map allowed is Hubbard’s, and if yours is different, well, then, guess who gets to change?

        The other thing interesting is how alarmist Hubbard is about misunderstood words — just as alarmist as he is about conditions in utero, as Tony has been covering lately in his weekly series with Jon Atack’s updated book. I still get so mad I can’t even see straight when I contemplate Study Tech, which is almost as patently bogus as “sauna tech” and “drug residues.”

        • Missionary Kid

          I believe that Hubbard wasn’t really alarmed about misunderstood words, but he was alarmed at people who wouldn’t accept his definitions.

          Once he forces people to accept his definitions, he won any argument, because the logic is inherent in his definitions. Does that sound right to you?

          • Ze Moo

            ‘because the logic is inherent in his definitions”. Until he ‘corrected’ an earlier mistake, or bloviated an new answer or just didn’t remember what he said previously. The ‘guru effect’ outweighs all other considerations. Worship of Lron is always the central tenant.

            • Missionary Kid

              AMEN! LRon is thy god, and thou shalt have no other before him. Thou shalt worship him and SEND HIM MONEY.

      • Gis Herma

        In fact, you were PTS (potential trouble source) to staff. According them, staff are never at fault. Blame on someone else if you get ethics handling. Good $avings!

        • Brent Butler

          That’s not the way it was early on. Staff were accountable, and apologetic if they made a mistake.

    • Missionary Kid

      Derek, I stated this somewhere below as well. The reason the “misunderstood word” is taken so seriously is that Hubbard tried to force his definitions on everyone. There is no negotiation of definitions in Co$, as there is in the rest of the world.

      By accepting his definitions, because his logic is inherent in those definitions, he wins any discussion or argument.
      If you don’t accept his definitions, $cientology falls apart, because it is based upon a single world view: his. The world is much more complicated than that, but he only wanted everyone to see it his way.

      • That may have been the truth in practice, but I distinctly remember reading one of Hubbard’s papers where he actually says that it is possible for the material to be useless (out-points) and that it’s not always a misunderstood on the part of the student.

        Then again, I used Study Tech to study law and psychology, aside from a few other little things. The definitions of words are very important there, but I think the student is usually smart enough to tell whether he is labouring under a M/U or the book is trash. Study Tech actually INCREASED my capability for critical thinking because of the emphasis on M/U’s.

        One example: I was studying Abnormal Psychology, and I noticed that the prof didn’t bother to define words with sufficient rigour. He defined A.P. as the branch of psycho that studies “abnormal behaviour, emotion, and thought”. Pretty standard definition. No problem… until I noticed that he did not first define the word “normal” as it applies to A.P. I actually stumped him by asking what normal meant. Who is normal? Is normality the middle of a bell curve? Is it the absence of DSM-IV listed mental disorder? Is it just a vague social construct—what everybody agrees to be normal?

        He actually thought for at least two minutes before saying that normal indicated “absence of abnormality”. An absence of excrement, Shurlocke.

        • Missionary Kid

          I was talked into taking Latin in high school because it was supposedly the language of law, medicine, and science. What I found out was that all of those disciplines used Latin, but the meanings had all acquired definitions specific to each discipline over the years. I would have been better off taking Spanish or French, IMO.

          What’s my point? In every course, particularly in the social sciences, vocabulary is the first part of the course, and that vocabulary has a particular academic use that it is put to, and it
          establishes a common language. Even in the physical sciences

          There are courses in how to study. I had them both at university and in the military. They are only aids to systematize the acquisition of knowledge.

          I’m thrilled that you were able to call an instructor out on a definition. It sure shows the superiority of study tech. Not. IMO, you just listened closely to someone who got lazy.

          It’s my opinion that LRHs study tech was just another means to imbue people with his own weird vocabulary and to make them more susceptible to the rest of his mouth droppings.

          • Ah, but then I feel that Scientology itself, as a whole, is an unworkable discipline (NOT a religion), but parts of it are actually worth using in modified form. A lot of Ron’s “weird” vocabulary is actually British vocabulary, so I was surprised that it was somehow controversial (dope off, natter, etc). Looking at Ron’s research materials, I did notice a bit of psychiatry-bashing, and I do think he was very wrong there, but I also noticed a lot of emphasis on Critical Thinking. Ron said not to take things on authority, but rather to make one’s own decisions regarding usefulness or not of study material. Also, “if it works for you, it works for you.”

            If you use the Study Tech to quicken your mind in relation to courses that aren’t controversial/bullshit, such as maths and law, and your marks rise and stay up, what’s the problem? Same for management by stats, but that has to be modified a bit. I think that unfortunately, the name L Ron Hubbard has been tainted by the Dianetics/Scn, and the work that’s actually decent is judged much too harshly, simply due to the author’s name.

            Out of boredom, I actually wrote a Study Tech handbook. I chose Study Tech because of Hubbard’s tainted name, and because the Scientology organisation, headed by an axe-crazy midget named David Miscarriage, does not deserve money, especially for a work that was supposed to be free. Now there IS a free ST handbook on the net, written pseudonymously as Clearbird’s Basic Study Manual, but it’s written at an elementary school grade level and filled with pictures; I used that and Hubbard’s original stuff to write mine.

            I asked various people, none of which had done the Scn thing and most of which were rightly critical about it, in regards to the workability of my study guide. I actually got compliments about how the book helped. My personal opinion is that you can talk about how controversial or wrong a discipline or book is, but the true test has to be empirical. I got jaw drops when I said it was from Scientology; the fact remained, though, that the book was empirically shown to work for several people. Some people aren’t helped by it at all, but that doesn’t change the fact that some people are. I think that after empirical testing, Study Tech, isolated from its Scientological context, can be shown to have at least some merit.

            • Missionary Kid

              Boy, did you drink the Kool Aid.

              If you’d had a class in logic, debate, rhetoric, reasoning, or related fields, you’d know that those items are much better covered by others than LRH.

              “Study Tech” is a term used only by $cientologists. If you wrote a handbook on it, you are probably lacking in the wider knowledge available in the rest of the world. You must be the kind of person who would spend his time trying to turn a 1975 Trabant into a grand prix racer. You spent all that time gilding shit.

              Google “study techniques” or “how to study” and you’ll see, first, that there are many different approaches to learning, backed up by research. Do the same for logic, debate, reasoning and rhetoric, and buy or go to the library and check out some of those books, or even buy some, and you’ll get a much better education a lot cheaper than you did in clamworld.

              LRH was a liar who stole, borrowed, distorted and made stuff up, never gave credit for any ideas to anyone else, then declared himself as “source” for information, and the little Ronbots took everything he said and wrote as gospel. He discouraged learning outside of his cloistered world by declaring any debate or questioning outside of his word as entheta, so his followers wouldn’t discover that there is a whole bunch of knowledge that he imparted on them is incomplete, wrong, or just batshit crazy.

              If he was a real scientist, he’d welcome debate about his theories, as well as follow-up studies. Bookstores at real colleges have many texts, written by many different authors, and outside reading is often assigned for opinions expressed by other authors who may well disagree with the instructor. The Socratic method is not something LRH used.

              At the Hubbard College of useless knowledge, there is only one author whose books are peddled: LRH’s. It’s for good reason that it is not accredited by any reputable academic agency: it’s all bullshit.

            • Nicholas Edward Matavka

              This is true within Scn. I acquired the study manual for my own, personal use only, and it worked in the specific context in which I used it. Yes, LRH was a con man, but you don’t stop putting sugar in your coffee because Hitler liked it too.

              I was never an Scn member. I used Clearbird’s version of the Study Tech (which he called the Study Manual) for a bit, and then wrote up my own. Both, naturally, were obtained for the price of zero. Furthermore, some of the LRH bulletins were similarly obtained for the price of zero.

              Of course I haven’t drunk the Kool-Aid. I’m a textbook squirrel—if you looked the definition up in the Scn dictionary, odds are it would have my name and photograph. I use a very small number of Scn theories sparingly for certain situations, but only because they work. Sure, I might find something more accurate on the Internet or in a book, but to be honest, I’m more concerned about what works and what doesn’t.

              What LRH said and what he did were two different things and of course I have to remark on that, but wipe his name off the front cover and all mentions of Dn/Scn, you might have something decent going in the Study Manual.

            • Missionary Kid

              The learning techniques that lrh advocated were outdated when he put them down. You are free to follow them, but I had two separate courses on study techniques, one at university, and the other in OCS. That was well over 40 years ago. Both were far superior to study tech even then.

              lrh focused on the words rather than the ideas that were embedded in the overall structure of written, spoken, and visual knowledge.

              In essence, you can see what I used here: http://www.wikihow.com/Study-Using-the-Preview,-Question,-Read,-Summary,-Test-or-PQRST-Method While it’s on
              the internet, and free, it has been utilized for many decades and found to be effective and efficient by people far more knowledgeable than lrh.

              The problem with “word clearing” is that, especially in English, word meaning is heavily influenced by context. Using a dictionary to “word clear” is extremely limiting, and a part of the brainwashing that lrh devised. Be using his own unique definitions, or skewing the definitions towards his point of view, it isolates the person’s understanding of material.

              His technique actually inhibits communication because one only understands words, concepts and ideas from his frame of reference. It’s a fucking waste of time because in the real world, new or different uses of words are introduced, not only to the language in general, but to anyone’s knowledge as they learn new things. Learning tech doesn’t have the flexibility of the English language, which is always evolving. Indeed, dictionaries add new words or meanings to words every year.

              If I were you, I would be extremely wary of a person who flunked physics and had a hard time with mathematics, so he declared it unimportant. Likewise, his understanding of physiology, chemistry, history, and just about every other subject he touched on in his blathering
              are
              usually wrong in very important areas. He often added just enough truth or high sounding phrases to make his ideas sound legitimate. They weren’t.

              Why would you trust a person who was himself a lousy student to come up with an efficient way of studying, when it’s obvious that he didn’t study very well himself? If he ever applied his own techniques, it does not show, while his ignorance does.

              You are free to be a textbook squirrel, but why keep a textbook with bad information? It’s not a matter of discarding something because someone evil also used it. After all, the Nazis made the connection between smoking and lung cancer during their reign in Germany. It was based on sound statistical studies. The
              purpose was to keep their warriors healthy so they could continue to
              subjugate non-Aryans, but their research was valid.

              Discarding study tech is a matter of discarding false information and inadequate and incomplete study techniques put forth by a person who obviously didn’t use them himself. It’s
              also more efficient to discard it because one does not have spend the time to
              unlearn false information.

            • Brent Butler

              You seem like a very bitter person, M_Kid, and that’s understandable if you had negative experiences. However, when it colors truth, you must be called out on it.

              Study Tech taken on its own has nothing to do with indoctrination. It is simple common sense put down on paper.

              Oddly, the article above talks about three barriers to study. For the record, when I took the Student Hat course back in 1977, there were four barriers to study. The one left out above was that the student had to conceive that he had something to learn about the subject at hand.

              So what we have, in essence, is:
              1. A student must believe there is something he can learn about the subject, which also relates to an interest in the subject or confidence that they can learn the subject at all.
              2. The student should learn correctly the terminology associated with the subject as necessary.
              3. The student should progress at a pace where (a) concepts don’t come too quickly to digest or (b) so slowly that the student loses interest. For example, you don’t teach addition for four years, but you also don’t go straight from addition to calculus.
              4. The student needs practical experience as they learn so that the material is meaningful. For example, in the math example, you work out problems appropriate to the material you are currently studying. If it’s wood shop, you don’t just read about building a cabinet, you look at pictures of a cabinet, then you build one.

              That is simple and powerful. Every course you’ve ever taken in any subject tries to do that, and with various levels of success depending on the skill of the teacher and the developer of the course.

              I’ve had courses which did not follow those principles well, which were very difficult to follow.

              Divorce it from your antagonism toward the source, and there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with it, and in fact a great deal right with it. I’ve used that all my life in training employees for new positions, for courses where I’ve developed a course and taught students on a volunteer basis, and in how I myself approached learning a new set of skills.

              Now. I don’t know what might have since been layered on top of that 1977 Student Hat. But at that point in time there was nothing nefarious about the material, and it was no sort of “indoctrination”. I’ve discussed the FOUR barriers to study with many people over the years, leaving out the source, and they brighten up immediately and always say something like, “Yeah, that’s right! I just never thought about it in those simply defined terms.”

              As another person commented, the Conditions are also a brilliant piece of management technique that I’ve used successfully in pretty much every business project I’ve ever been involved with. Every time I’ve approached a new project with a client in those terms, they’ve always been impressed with how “wise” was my proposed course of action.

              I’ve also found the Tone Scale to be an extremely valuable tool, as was the Comm Course. As a teenager I was a painfully shy person in some respects, though not in others. I could “talk back” to an adult, but couldn’t ask a girl out on a date. After I took the Comm Course, I had virtually no trouble mustering the confidence to approach anyone I needed to about any subject that I needed to handle with them.

              But I’m starting to think I was lucky. I took these simple courses with very valuable tools, but I never progressed into auditing. My mother did, and I believe was much the worse for that experience. If nothing else, she became certain that she was “always right” because she “had the tech” — even when she was very, tragically wrong. It caused several bad situations and relationship breaks in our family.

              Hubbard in ways was a very savvy guy. I don’t know if he decided to see just to which ridiculous extremes he could push it, or if he lost his mind in later years. If he’d stuck with things like the Student Hat and the Comm Course as a set of seminars to sell to business, he’d be a well respected household name. The route he took made him a joke to most people.

  • Captain Howdy

    As Claire pointed out, the whole “What is true for you is what you have observed yourself” is a circular logic conundrum. It should be “If something isn’t true for you it’s because you have a M/U”.

    I recall reading a paper by Touretzky or Kent that explained how the “misunderstood word” is what everything else in scientology revolves around. It is the key.

    • Missionary Kid

      Yup, $cientology is one big tautology after things are defined their way.

    • dbloch7986

      That statement about “what is true is true for you” has only one use: it confuses objective and subjective reality.

      The statement is inherently false. There is such a thing as objective truth, such as the sky being blue or the solar system has 8 planets. In your mind you might believe that the sky is green and that the solar system has 9 planets, but objectively those truths do not change.

      • Observer

        Pluto will always be a planet to me …

        • Sherbet

          Rick and Ilsa: “We’ll always have Pluto.”

          • N. Graham

            More Pluto trivia: The Frisbee, when first conceived by Wham-O, was called the Pluto Platter.

            • Sherbet

              Aha. Interesting.

            • sugarplumfairy

              Oh my.. I just got your name..

        • Midwest Mom

          Amen to that, sista!

        • dbloch7986

          I am glad my joke went over well haha

          • Observer

            Hey, it’s true for me, so it’s true!

        • FistOfXenu

          Pluto will always be a dog to me.

      • Ciru

        Justice for Pluto!

      • In Michigan, of course, the sky is gray

  • Observer

    And suddenly Disqus is up to no good again.

    • aquaclara

      you need to word clear Disqus. Or clay model the damn thing!

      • Observer

        Here’s some verbal tech on my clay model of Disqus:
        1. I put a lump of clay on the desk.
        2. I punch it repeatedly as hard as I can.

        • aquaclara

          Well, that’s doing something.
          I just saw up arrows disappear. Really.
          Do you think the Disqus people know that we are verrrry particular about our commenting and viewing work?

          • Trustmeonthis

            My up arrows disappear all the time. I try not to take it personally.
            But, isn’t a discus a flying saucer shaped lump of clay…?

            • FistOfXenu

              But you’re talking about the ones that work, Trustme. But I guess we can’t expect much from a company that can’t even spell the word can we?

      • FistOfXenu

        I’m pretty sure a disqus in clay would work better than this one. At least the clay one we could throw.

    • Captain Howdy

      Yep. Clearwater we have a problem..again.

  • jensting

    Coming from a teaching family, I’ve always violently objected to the esteem in which some of its victims hold the “study tech” – given the demonstrably laughable qualities of the teaching aspects of the “study tech.” But the really objectionable part is, of course, the mind-fuck part where any disagreement with the guru is turned into an impossibility and the reality of the victim is warped until the guru defines every aspect of existence.

    So, every time I hear the words “study tech” or “word clearing” I release the safety on my Browning!

    • Captain Howdy

      Browning Hi-Power?

    • SP ‘Onage

      My hero…awesome! Should dub in some banjo music.

  • sizzle8

    Study Tech is another example of something that did not come from Hubbard but which he took and put his name on.
    It can be quite useful but it gets way overdone in the Scn course rooms.

    • Missionary Kid

      Nothing really came from LRH, but he shaped it in his way, then put his name on it. He spent decades perfecting the evil web to snare people in it. Study tech is his way to snag more people in his trap.

      It’s “overdone” in $cn course rooms because they want to make sure that everyone thinks the same way. Different interpretations are not allowed.

      • N. Graham

        LRH took away context as a way of understanding words. IMO that’s what utterly destroys the Study Tech.

        • Missionary Kid

          I disagree. He put everything in HIS context. It destroys study tech for wogs, but not the initiated.

  • richelieu jr

    The ‘train Scenaro’ seems to be the basic one for the whole ‘Mass’ ‘Let’s have fun with PLay-doh’ business.. I was a documentary about an Indian guy from England running around testing religions and he got a Scientology off-shoot in Russia to begin to train him on camera. They used ‘trains’ there as well, and also in one or tow other things I’ve seen/read…

  • richelieu jr

    When I look at how $cientology morphs from religion to self-help to ‘science’ and back again as needed, and how it wears a thousand masks as needed ‘health’, ‘human rights crusaders’, ‘persecuted religion’, ‘drug rehabilitation’, ‘book shops’, ‘independent web sites’, etc, as well as taking on the same-sounding names ‘Narcanon’ for Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous’, etc, and willingly tricks people in, it reminds me a bit of ‘The Thing’, particularly the John Carpenter version (or the way HIV and other retroviruses pretend to be another thing so they can infiltrate a healthy cell).

    Int hat film, you need to burn a piece of it to see it is independently alive to know it isn’t your best buddy, or the dog, or whatever… With $cilontology, you just have to see how fast they start asking for money.. That’s when the ask drops. They can’t help themselves. Someone should come up with a 12 Step programme for $cientology itself.

    ‘My name is Scientology, and I am a lying -, shape-shifting, money grubber.”

    “Hi Scientology!” say Donald Trump, the Super Pacs, HUman-Lke Corporations, etc…

  • richelieu jr

    I wrote a song, long ago, about my perception about just this aspect of Scientology, in fact my short-lived attempt to live with a Scinetologist girlfriend… It is called ‘Electric Cat Outlet’, and if you don’t want to see the words, please scroll down…

    Nobody every really got it (it didn’t help that it was my attempt ot write a reggae/ska song and, as usual, it came out all screwed up), but perhaps there are people here who may be able to see better what I was on about:

    electric cat outlet

    the conviction of the ignorant
    galls on repetition
    with postage due the letter sent
    arrives in this condition
    “did you electric cat outlet?”
    she hollers from the kitchen
    I know you meant just what you said
    but what i heard was different

    you haven’t heard a word i’ve said
    a word it’s not the same
    the map is not the territory
    a thing is not it’s name

    i didn’t ‘lectric cat outlet

    the nattering of the mad
    falls like soft, logical rain
    you can control the demon
    once you can speak its name

    i try to touch the sky and yet
    i’m winding down an oubliette
    one more reminder do i get

    i didn’t ‘lectric cat outlet

    • BuryTheNuts2

      Way frickin cool!

      • richelieu jr

        Wow, thanks! That’s very kind. I think you can probably find the actual song on the net (though I have a newer (only 11 years old!) version that’s better….)

        • Captain Howdy

          I just found a bunch of your stuff, really good sound, kinda off reminds me of Pere Ubu/Patti Smith. So you were living in Silverlake in the early 90’s ? Have you heard of the Geraldine Fibbers?

          • Snippy_X

            or Tom Verlaine

          • richelieu jr

            Wow, thanks! It’s funny how this stuff never really disappears any more… Glad you liked it!

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Touching the sky got Hendrix all electrified too.
      His cat was never found.

      • “Excuse me, while I kiss this guy” is one of the great famous MU’s

        • Sandy

          Well, THAT took me back! :o)

    • FistOfXenu

      Brilliant! Humorous post of the day for me so far.

    • Snippy_X

      You capture the keys to surviving the confusional techniques of a nutcase, but better still you capture the way reality gets distorted and set on its end as you attempt to connect to her world. Maybe it’s more dubstep than reggae. I love this. I keep thinking 220, 221.

      • richelieu jr

        Wow, I am really chuffed! I knew there were some people out there who could understand it!

  • A couple of years ago I testified in an arbitration that study tech was “religious”, part of scientology “scripture” and a tool to get people into scientology.

    For one thing, there is no scientific basis for the “three barriers” that in any way shows Hubbard’s stated “manifestations” of each barrier were in any way correct. You have to believe them on blind faith.

    In Hubbard’s policy of 1972 entitled “ETHICS AND STUDY TECH” Hubbard says that this “study tech” was scientology’s bridge to society. Accordingly all kinds of “educational” front groups were established with the ultimate goal of using study tech to make scientologists. In the expanded scientology “church” organizing board for its division VI, they clearly show that the “study tech” groups are a resource for getting people into scientology.

    It was funny when the other side’s expert in study tech (from Delphi School) said that study tech was not religious and not part of scientology religious scripture. When an attorney pointed out to him the scientology policy directive “SCRIPTURES DEFINED” that clearly showed things like study tech were part of scientology religious scripture, their expert said that was not in intention of the issue. The fun part was when I testified that it certainly meant study tech was religious scripture in scientology and pointed out that I was the author of that policy directive.

    As far back as 1978 in the very first “What is Scientology” book, it was clear that study tech was scientology tech and the study groups were scientology groups. I know that too and could testify accordingly as once again I was one of the authors of that book.

    The one and only purpose of this “tech” is to make scientologists, keep them in the fold and make money doing so. That’s all there is to it.

    Organized scientology constantly uses its religious cloaking to protect its lies, its abuse and its damage to others. But then when they try to get scientologists and money out of what should be secular fields like schools suddenly their “tech” is not religious.

    They can’t have it both ways.

    • BuryTheNuts2

      Scathing!
      I loves!

    • Casabeca

      So much admiration for you! You are a rock star!

    • Ahh, but may I draw your attention to “R. v Registrar General ex parte Segerdal”, where it is established that Scientology technically isn’t a religion? The judges in that case agreed that the practices of Scnists “did not reveal any form whatever of worship. [Scientologists] did not humble themselves in reverence or recognition of the dominant power and control of any entity or being outside their own bodies and life.” Furthermore, in the case “Re South Place Ethical Society”, Justice Dillon wrote that the practice of religion necessarily includes “faith in a god and worship of that god”.

      So I’ll argue that Study Tech isn’t religious, as it does not include faith in or worship of a supreme being; but for that matter Scientology isn’t a religion either, for the same reason.

      And although Study Tech may have originated as a study tool for Scientology, I would consider them separate, for one reason and one reason only. You can use the Study Tech for studying literally anything, like psychology, photography, Latin, or comp sci. Scn auditing doesn’t even have to cross your mind. I would say Bridge Publications’ version of the Study Tech books are financially linked to the Scn “religion”… but I’d like to see you convince me that the two Study Tech style tutorials available for free on the internet (Rolf Krause’s http://www.upguitarhill.com/Study%20Manual/ and the anonymous “Study Basics Course”) are in any way religious.

      Even better, the book that I wrote personally on Study Tech—I am religious, and my religion—Anglicanism—passes the litmus test (faith in a god and worship thereof). I am not a scientologist. Neither my personal belief in God nor any Scientological practices show up in my book. I have no vested interest in promulgating Scientological beliefs. Yet you say that “the one and only purpose of this “tech” is to make scientologists, keep them in the fold and make money doing so”? My book is undeniably Study Tech. Yet the one and only purpose of my version of the tech is to educate students, improve their marks, and make money doing so. Nothing Scientology about that.

  • dwayners13

    Study Tech, like Narconon is part “Hubbard vanity project”. LRH says he has devised the best way in which to learn anything, Scientologists are not only bound to believe it is on par with the invention of the wheel & penicillin, they are also obliged to sell it to the masses. To do any less would be to deprive humanity of the a gift from Hubbard.

    • Missionary Kid

      All hail LRH, and, since he is god in $ciland, everything that dribbles out of his mouth is gospel.
      If you follow a wacko, you’re gonna do wacko things.

  • 0tessa

    The studytech: it is almost sickening to see how every datum in Scientology is made absolute. Every datum is a dogma, once and for all. The end of observation, of thinking for yourself, of intelligence, of creativity. Studytech is indoctrination pur sang.
    In that sense however Scientology becomes more and more a religion. You just have to believe their dogma’s.
    Something that started as a ‘science’ or a ‘technology’ is, because of its own tenets, becoming a religion, where every datum is a law. And if you transgress these laws, you get punished, even so far as being barred from the bridge. That might seem a lucky escape (for us, for me), but for the true-believers it is like hell. Paradise denied. The ultimate punishment. It is becoming more and more a true, oldfashioned religion, like there were before and during the Middle Ages. Therefore it will not survive.

  • mook

    stuff from around the internet:
    Enquirer’s bs story about Julianne Hough lusting after Tom Cruise. like a devout Mormon would even consider becoming a CoS member…
    http://www.nationalenquirer.com/celebrity/hough-now-julianne-mrs-tom-cruise
    interesting blog post re: sexual abuse in CoS
    http://nomoreliesscn.blogspot.com/2013/03/sexual-abuse-permitted-in-scientology.html
    TC on his divorce: he did “not expect it”. surrre…
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2013/04/09/tom-cruise-on-divorce-did-not-expect-that/2067411/

    • MissCandle

      I read in one recent article that Tom has thought about everything and is now “happy as a clam.” ! Katie is the one who looks happy now. imo.

    • SP ‘Onage

      Tom should forget about women and just hangout with his clone.

    • EnthralledObserver

      Once again Scientology is always worse than you think! More stories of covered up sexual abuse… MORE of them… holy fuck!

    • aquaclara

      No more lies blog: such solid coverage of such a sordid issue.
      and TC, if we care. Once again, this is just utter bs because he has a new movie coming out and he only cares about his box office returns. He could be taking a real stand on issues in the cult, but no, that’s beneath him.

  • stillgrace

    The project to get Kerry Kennedy, president of the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights, to cancel her appearance at Anne Archer’s “salon” is building momentum. Many websites have taken up the cause of contacting Ms. Kennedy to withdraw her implied support of the scientology front group, Artist for Human Rights. WWP has embraced the subject and is investigating the front group’s financial records.

    Here is a recent letter from Vancouver psychiatrist Stephen Wiseman to Ms. Kennedy on her facebook page:

    “Dear Ms. Kennedy,

    I am a psychiatrist in Vancouver, Canada who has tried over the past few years to illustrate and push back against the human rights abuses perpetuated by Scientology. I am very concerned about your apparent committment to Artists for Human Rights, hosted by Ms. Archer…a Scientology front organization hosted by a prominent and influential Scientologist.

    By her very position in Scientology, Ms. Archer will have to have accepted at face value the writings and beliefs of L. Ron Hubbard who advocated that “low tone” individuals including the mentally ill, the poor, and the “perverts” (the gay community) be rounded up and placed in camps for the betterment of society.

    Please see his book “Science of Survival” for details of this…even the 2007 edition. Ms. Archer and her group will have to, by nature of their belonging to Scientology, endorse this book and defend its hate-mongering author.

    The other main issue is that this group has steadfastly attempted to destroy the profession of psychiatry since the mid-50’s…most recently through another prominent front/hate group called Citizens’ Commission on Human Rights (CCHR).

    They advocate people come off psychiatric medications, and campaign against mental health outreach, screening, and community resources especially for the disadvantaged. They trivialize addiction by promoting yet another way into Scientology–Narconon–which affirms that you can detoxify with massive does of vitamin B and hot saunas, and remain sober by submitting to abusive “Training Rundowns” dreamed up by Hubbard decades ago.

    They also, prominently, promulgate odious idea that psychiatrists caused the Holocaust–again, co-opting the greatest human-rights catastrophe in history and grotesquely trivializing it for their own benefit.

    Please Google my little essay at Dialogue Ireland for more details and images about this. [Ed. – “Steve Wiseman On Scientology’s CCHR” Link: http://bit.ly/149xGQx ] I cannot tell you how much your good reputation will suffer in the real world of human rights if you choose to provide legitimacy to this organization–no matter how pleasant Ms. Archer appears personally or how much $ has been cynically donated to your good causes.

    I know your life has been touched a great deal by those who have struggled with addiction and mental illness, and I do not believe you would knowingly wish to support an organization dedicated to destroying the delievery system of evidence-based treatment of these conditions to society’s most vulnerable citizens.

    Thank you.”

    Please email, tweet, or post to Kerry Kennedy’s facebook page your thoughts on the subject.
    Twitter: @KerryKennedyRFK
    email: baron@rfkcenter.org
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KerryKennedyRFK

    Many thanks, fellow Bunkerites!

    • Snippy_X

      Wow – great letter!

    • Sherbet

      Dr. Wiseman’s letter is a primer in why we are opposed to scientology. There’s much, much more, as we all know, but anyone who says scientology is just weird but harmless should read this letter as eye-opener #1.

      • stillgrace

        I agree. He doesn’t even mention forced abortions and family disconnections. However, many others have mentioned these atrocities in letters to Ms. Kennedy.

        Tomorrow, I’m going to post another great way to get Kerry Kennedy’s attention.

        If you google “Kerry Kennedy Anne Archer”, you can get an overview of how many websites are currently discussing this.

        • Midwest Mom

          You are supa kewl, Gracie!

          • stillgrace

            Thanks, MM!

    • SP ‘Onage

      Kerry Kennedy is at a low point in her life right now because she got busted driving while impaired by drugs, and possibly going to trial. She’s a perfect mark for scientology. They’re probably love bombing her like crazy!

      Robert Kennedy and her grandma, Rose are probably turning over in their grave right now.

      I wonder what Caroline Kennedy thinks about this?

      • stillgrace

        Thanks, SP ‘Onage. What a great idea! I’m going to write to Caroline and every Kerry Kennedy sibling I can, inform them of this travesty, and ask for help.

        I’m going to write to Caroline through each of the organizations she is associated with (and any other address I can find):

        President of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
        Member of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Committee
        Chair of the Senior Advisory Committee of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University
        Honorary Chair of the American Ballet Theater
        Board of directors of New Visions for Public Schools.

        • SP ‘Onage

          I think that’s the best way to go, reach out to the family. This is damaging to all of the Kennedy’s. Thanks for the Kennedy organizations list. 🙂

          • stillgrace

            That’s just Caroline! I’m going for every brother, sister, and cousin that Kerry Kennedy has!

            • SP ‘Onage

              Wow! You go girl! I thought that was all of their organizations. Geez, how many more do they have?

            • Davka

              There’s Ted Kennedy’s foundation/institute for the Senate, the Special Olympics (Eunice), Citizens Energy (Joe), something environmental that RFK Jr. Runs – that’s just off the top of my head.

            • SP ‘Onage

              That’s right! I forgot about the Special Olympics.

      • Midwest Mom

        Also, the Sci mantra of “making the able more able” excludes people with disabilities of all kinds. Not very politically correct for someone who makes the issue of human rights a priority.

        • SP ‘Onage

          Yeah, she is being some what of a hypocrite. Didn’t one of her relatives have a lobotomy? Bet that freaks the sci’s out.

          • Midwest Mom

            Yes! It was Rosemary, who was institutionalized and hidden from the public. Her sister Eunice Shriver also believed that she was epileptic. The family never discussed her medical or developmental problems with their other children – they pretended like she didn’t have any.

            • SP ‘Onage

              That’s pretty tragic! I’m actually going to watch The Kennedys tonight. The one with Katie Holmes in it. Have you watched it yet? Is it good?

            • Midwest Mom

              I’ve never seen it. Can you dish about it later on and give your review?

    • i-Betty

      Stillgrace and Steve, you are AWESOME!

    • disqus_f8IIeNorN3

      Someone should send the Kennedy’s this link about Human Rights abuses in the RPF (Rehabilitation Project Force) http://www.solitarytrees.net/pubs/skent/brain.htm.

  • plainoldthetan

    Claire didn’t get to the extreme end of the study-tech remedies. There’s audited actions to get at the barriers to your misunderstood or to erase the emotionally-held barriers to your study problems. That’s why there’s Remedy A, Remedy B, the Word Clearing Correction List, Study Green Form, the Student Booster Rundown, the Primary Rundown, and Word Clearing Method 1. These actions basically seek to find the past-track reasons you can’t study and eliminate them.
    But as Claire points out there’s indoctrination or punitive aspect to the study-tech, too, just like how some nuns made studying distasteful in parochial schools. One of the facets of this was when a horde of staff were sent to Flag to become Professional Course Supervisors in the mid-90s. Some of them came back and would bait-and-badger students to cough up misunderstood, even students who were proceeding apace through their checksheets.
    I remember one “Pro Supe” at ASHO named Donna who badgered me for over an hour until I comm-lagged on a definition and was made to restart studying the entire course from the beginning. It was when I started questioning the “Golden Age of Tech”.

  • AT LAST – AMERICA’S [HEALTH AGENCIES] STARTING TO GET IT

    “LAS VEGAS — Nevada state health agencies want to open up a Scientology-run drug rehabilitation center for inspections.

    The move comes after an I-Team investigation highlighting years of patient complaints and allegations of dangerous conditions.

    Narconon is a drug rehab center in Lincoln County, 150 miles north of Las Vegas.

    State health officials said they want to open up Narconon for inspections for the first time.

    From sweating out alien spirits, to lifting objects with their mind, what happens at the drug rehab center is far from scientifically accepted.”

    http://www.8newsnow.com/story/21926312/i-team-bill-allow-inspectors-scientology-run-center

    I’m sure Tony will have some more inside info tomorrow

  • I’m not sure if anyone has posted this yet but even if so it’s still worth a double post:

    It relates to the State Assembly’s attempt to block a legal loophole that allows Narconon Nevada to avoid State inspection:

    http://www.8newsnow.com/story/21926312/i-team-bill-allow-inspectors-scientology-run-center

    ‘I-Team: Scientology-run Center Could Face Inspections’

    […]

    LAS VEGAS — Nevada state health agencies want to open up a Scientology-run drug rehabilitation center for inspections.

    The move comes after an I-Team investigation highlighting years of patient complaints and allegations of dangerous conditions.

    Narconon is a drug rehab center in Lincoln County, 150 miles north of Las Vegas.

    State health officials said they want to open up Narconon for inspections for the first time.

    From sweating out alien spirits, to lifting objects with their mind,
    what happens at the drug rehab center is far from scientifically
    accepted.

    […]

    Andrew

  • Bruce

    Being new to this site, I’m continually amazed by what I read. I started with Clambake, which was crazy enough. Now here, everyday is another dip into the insanity pool. The Illuminati or Trilateral commission would make more sense then CoS. Thank God, Cthulhu, or the Flying Spaghetti Monster that there are all you good people fighting this. And Tony, of course.

    • Midwest Mom

      Thanks for joining us, Bruce! It’s nice to have you here. 🙂

  • mook
  • dagobarbz

    If you’ve never seen a train before, how do you model one out of clay? :/

  • Gis Herma

    How does a non native student study in English? Do you keep it, and develop it with English, or you stop it, and put it in the archive? What is the differance between the two?

  • I think Study Tech is worthwhile on its own, as a study method. I found it worked nicely for me (for learning psychology and ESPECIALLY law) and I even ended up writing a book on it from the original Hubbard papers, so people wouldn’t have to buy the aggressively modified, “based on” textbook from the CoS. I’m not part of the Cult by the way, I just recognised a learning method that worked for me. Here’s the truly screwed up part though: to be effective, Study Tech MUST NOT be taught by today’s breed of Scientologists.

    The Misunderstood for example. Simple enough: if you don’t understand a concept, it is possible (but not the only option) that you misunderstand a word. BUT you must also be trained to recognise if material is poorly written or nonsensical (out-points) so you don’t end up beating yourself/your twin up over misunderstoods when the fault is clearly with the material. Ron Hubbard actually emphasised this (he lists about twelve warning signs that the material is inadequate), but I would be very surprised if the Study Tech course taught to today’s Miscavologists teaches this invaluable skill.

    The gradient too. Hubbard does not say that the student must be prevented from seeing high-gradient material, simply that he may not fully understand it. And I can see this idea being perverted in Scientology, yet the fact is that it’s a reality for most of life’s tech. Which is why you learn arithmetic, then algebra, then calculus. I think there’s a big difference between telling a person they can’t encounter advanced ideas (or even hiding the EXISTENCE of said advanced ideas, *cough*Xenu*cough*) until they have accepted the gradient, and telling a person, in effect, “Look, you might not be able to understand this advanced theory; if you can, fine, but if you can’t, don’t worry, try the simpler stuff and the advanced theory will come as well.” As written, Study Tech emphasises the latter, but this gets perverted in all sorts of ways in Scn.

    Then take mass. You have to have it. Even in a subject such as maths or physics, you will not progress if you don’t have concrete examples. Nothing in the original Hubbard papers restricts mass to clay tables and demo kits. Sure, they can be useful, but the big idea is that you have to have some kind of concrete model, doesn’t matter what kind, instead of learning by abstractions. I think it actually varies by subject: clay tables are good for “soft” sciences (anthropology, psychology, sociology), but chemistry does better with (what else?) a molecular model kit. With maths, drawing is the best way of acquiring mass IMO. The kicker is that with some subjects, the only mass I would find acceptable is the actual thing. You can’t go studying to be a mechanic even from a book with lots and lots of pictures. The ONLY way is to be around engines and trannies, taking them apart, putting them together. Same thing with the simple act of driving a car or flying a helicopter: you can’t learn to drive from a clay table demo, you need to put your hands on the steering wheel and learn by trial and error (a *lot* of error!) Yet the way Study Tech seems to be taught today is that the only worthwhile kinds of demo are in clay or with a bunch of odds and ends.

  • Mockingbird

    I have written extensively about this and Hubbard covertly combined many forms of influence covertly including self hypnosis in his cult indoctrination method. I invite everyone to read Insidious Enslavement ;Study Technology for much more detailed information . http://mbnest.blogspot.com/2015/01/insidious-enslavement-study-technology.html