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    WHAT IS AND WHAT ISN'T TRUE ABOUT SCIENTOLOGY

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Copyright 1996

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This document attempts to confront various things which are wrong
with Scientology.  It is not idle natter or an unjustified viscous
attack.  I believe in the stated goals of the subject and wish
to see them achieved.  To some degree, the subject has become its
own worst enemy and this needs to be handled so that forward
progress can be made.  It would be wrong of me to simply shoot
without offering something positive as well.  For this reason, I
ask that anyone making this document available to others should
also include the remaining, more positively oriented, documents
in this series.

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WHAT IS: That Hubbard was a self educated intuitive genius capable of
great leaps of inductive logic.

WHAT ISN'T: The supposedly thorough research.  It did not happen that
way.  LRH assumed that if something worked once, it would work again.
He wanted to learn what he could from it and then go on to something
else.  Once the early Dianetic boom petered out, he was generally only
teaching small classes of 10 to 20 advanced students and they jumped
from one process to the next like jackrabbits.  The techniques of one
month were old in the next.  The collection and codification of this
material was left to others.  Later, when there were thousands of
practitioners, there was no room left for criticism of his words.
He accepted little feedback from the field.  In later days, backwards
rundowns would be in use for years before any hint of failure filtered
back up to the top.


WHAT IS:  Scientology is a study of the mind and spirit.

WHAT ISN't: Scientology has not really earned its claims of being a
science.  It might best be described as an "alchemy" sitting on the
border between superstition and real understanding.  Scientology
works often but not always.  The discrepancies are forced to fit by
"Making it go right" and the failures are blamed on "out-Ethics" and
hidden under the carpet least they blacken the reputation of the
subject and thereby deny freedom to all mankind.  This is a fanatical
rather than a scientific approach.


WHAT IS:  A science is the work of many individuals, each working
independently.  Hopefully there would be a free interchange of ideas
but progress can occur even when this is absent.  For example, Edison
and Tesla were notorious enemies and yet the electricity in our homes
depends heavily on both of their discoveries (Edison for the lights
and motors and Tesla for the generators and transmission system).

Progress does not come from committees.	Ideas, inventions, techniques,
and discoveries do indeed originate from singular and individual sources.
I have been on software design committees that achieved less than
any of the individual members could have done alone.  But this does
not mean that everything comes from one single source.

WHAT ISN't:  A complete science has never been originated exclusively
by a single individual.  In attempting to deny any possibility of
other researchers, Hubbard has barred the road more thoroughly than
any of the closed minds who reject the very existence of a spirit.


WHAT IS:  The original foundations of Dianetics was in regression
therapy.  Ron made improvements, but the majority of the valuable
enhancements came out in later years and are the valid product of
years of running engrams on people.

WHAT ISN'T:  The research line of regression therapy was never followed
up properly by the professionals in psychotherapy.  The problem was
that regression therapy will quickly open up past lives.  This made
it obviously false to anyone who had the average scientist's anti-religious
bias.  In modern times, this prejudice has faded and you will find
some psychotherapists practicing regression therapy, and it is almost
always referred to as past life regression because that is what it
inevitably leads to.

I doubt that Ron knew about this "bug" in regression therapy when
he was writing DMSMH (Dianetics the Modern Science of Mental Health).
He certainly doesn't mention it in the book and in his early lectures
and taped demonstrations (1950), he forces the PCs (Preclears) into prenatal
incidents as a solution to the inability to find basic incidents in
the current lifetime.  These prenatal incidents almost never show
up in modern Dianetics and can safely be discounted as trivial and
unimportant in most cases.  This puts the entire Dianetics book in
a bad light as far as any claims to producing real results or having
been researched thoroughly.

Actually it was probably a lucky break for us (except for those who
hate the subject) that he didn't do extensive research before he
wrote the popular book and found himself committed to a supposedly
invalidated technique.  He opened his eyes, accepted the past lives,
and ran with it.


WHAT IS:  Many of the ideas and techniques in Scientology stem
from earlier sources.  Ron would say this quite freely in the early
days.  The Dianetic breakthrough into past lives (which strips away
all the usual BS about everybody having been Cleopatra that comes up
in many mystical circles) provided an organizing point (a stable
datum) around which all the existing data in metaphysics and
philosophy could be aligned.  Scientology was originally a system
for separating the wheat from the chaff (see the 1952 lecture
"Scientology: Milestone One").

Ron pulled together stuff out of everything from General Semantics and
Magic to Krishnamurti and the Tibetan materials.  He distilled out
the essence of what he saw as true, discarded the old superstitions
that were mingled in, and pulled it together into what he considered
to be a cohesive whole.  Even as late as 1955 he talked about himself
as being the great organizer rather than an originator.

From magic and Crowley he deduces that the one thing they were doing
that worked was to practice clearly visualizing the effect of a spell
before trying to cast it so as to avoid the spell going wrong
and backfiring.  Ron realized that when these spells work, it was
this visualization and "The Will" which created the success
rather than the mumbo-jumbo rituals.  He distills this down to
the mockup processing which is the mainstay of the Philadelphia
Doctorate Course and he refines Crowly's idea of "Will" into a
much more clearly defined concept of "Intention".

Early in this century, self hypnosis and auto-suggestion were in
vogue and according to the unauthorized biographies, Ron jumped
on the bandwagon with his "affirmations".  This makes total
sense because if you drop out the hypnosis (which Ron turned
his back on fairly early) and evolve the concept into its highest
imaginable form, you find yourself with the Scientology concept
of making postulates.  And that's quite a step above positive
thinking (which also evolved out of auto-suggestion).

You'll find the "Yoga of the psychic heat" (see Evan's "Tibetan
Yoga and Secret Doctrines") in a vastly improved form among the
Route 1 drills in Creation of Human Ability and you'll find that the
"Meditation on a Breathing Object" is the forerunner of TR0.
But the improvements made are vast and show real brilliance.  He
got very good at this over the years.


WHAT ISN'T:  The subject of Scientology did not spring out of thin
air.  Hubbard didn't come from some advanced Galactic Civilization
to teach us poor yokels.  This is a weird idea that has gained
popularity on the dumb rumor line within the subject.  Of course he
jokingly says that he's not from this planet, but neither is anybody
else according to Scientology theory.  He certainly never says that
the subject came from off planet.  In fact he says the exact opposite.

The subject evolved.  It must continue to evolve.


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WHAT IS:  The Mind's Protection.  If you read or talk about something,
or even if you engage in consciousness raising techniques or processes,
it is nearly impossible to do any lasting harm.  If an idea is too
dangerous to the person's current mental state, he will tune it out,
misunderstand it, or simply consider it to be ridiculous.  "They have
ears that hear not" is basically a protective mechanism, and it works.
LRH was a strong proponent of this idea.

WHAT ISN'T: The mind's protection does not work in the presence of
duress or high pressure techniques.  Brainwashing, hypnotism, and
even the implants (electronic implantation of hypnotic commands as
done in advanced space traveling cultures found in past life
incidents) described in the Scientology literature illustrate
this quite clearly.

Sea Org training techniques intentionally bypassed the mind's
protection and made robots.  Consider, for example, the early
FEBC (Flag Executive Briefing Course) students studying with
poor food and sleep in a dangerous environment (Ethics etc.) under
heavy time and peer pressure with literal minded instructors and
occasional bouts of physical duress ("run around the deck 10 times").
Listening to the course tapes in a reasonable environment,
you might actually learn something from them.  But most of the
original students came back crazy as loons and acted like
dramatizing psychotics.

Most auditing is light enough in its methods that the mind's
protection concept is effective and keeps you from doing any
long term damage.  The rule against evaluating for the PreClear
and telling him what to think rules out many of the potentially
dangerous pressures that could be brought to bear.  But there are
exceptions.  The most notable is listing techniques where the PC
gives answers to a listing question (such as "What do you use to
make others wrong") in an effort to find "The Real Answer".  When
the PC finds the correct answer, the auditor gives it back to him
indicating that it is the correct answer.  The technique is very
powerful and can produce fantastic results.  But the auditor can
make a mistake and jam a wrong answer down the PCs throat.  The
questions are generally so hot and the answers of such importance
that this puts significant pressure on the PC and the mind's
protection idea ceases to work.  Goofing this up can make the
PC worse.  There was an HCOB (Hubbard Communication Office Bulletin)
to this effect at one time but it dived out of sight and is not
in the Tech Volumes.


WHAT IS:  The lower level grades of release can produce marvelous
results.  The grades 0 to 4 address communication, problems,
overts, upsets, and fixed ideas.  This was probably the cleanest
and most thorough research done in the subject.

WHAT ISN'T:  These grades were not well planned out and designed.
Instead, they evolved on a hit or miss basis.  They began as a
hodge-podge of processes that handled things that Hubbard kept
running into while trying to research the areas that he was
really interested in.  Eventually he packaged these up into the
grades in 1965.  But there were errors and mistaken assumptions
and it wasn't until the 1970s that these were knocked around
into a really workable form.  Much of the compilation and even
the process commands were put together by others and apparently
not even reviewed by Ron because years later he was shocked at
one of the processes being used (a particular grade 4 technique) and
issued a bulletin saying that it was a dumb idea.


WHAT IS:  These grades do work (unless grossly misapplied) to
produce a state of release on the topic addressed so that the
person not only feels better about the specific thing handled but
also becomes free of the accumulated weight of the entire topic.
For example, problems are handled until the mass of past problems
that he is still carrying around suddenly falls away and leaves
him much relieved.

WHAT ISN'T: The grade releases are known to be unstable.  What was
handled generally remains handled, but the extra effect of being
free on the entire subject (e.g. can make problems vanish at will
etc.) is a temporary condition.  The area is not actually erased,
it is only "keyed-out".  If it later "keys-in" again, more processing
is needed to rehabilitate the release.


WHAT IS:  Ron believed that the "reactive mind" underlied the
grades of release and that when it was erased by going clear,
the underlying source of these grades would be gone and they would
be automatically erased as a consequence.

WHAT ISN'T:  This is obviously incorrect.  All auditing sessions
begin with handling any problems, upsets, etc. that have newly
arisen.  This is done even on Clears and OTs.  You can see the
effect of a grade release in that the PC doesn't come up with
new problems for awhile after a problems release etc., but they
certainly come up with them eventually even if the person is Clear
or on the upper OT levels.



WHAT IS:  The latest effort to explain why a clear has problems
is to blame it on OT III or NOTs.

WHAT ISN'T:  Again this is a mistake, and a bad one.  The person
is the source of their own problems.  There is nothing on the
upper levels which shows them to be a primary source and there
is plenty of material on the grades themselves which logically
speaking could be viewed as a primary source for aberration.
The person does become free of problems by running Grade I and
he does not do so by running OT III.


WHAT IS:  The theory of the grades is stand alone and does not
include anything which requires the prior existence of engrams,
implants, entities, or anything else.  The grades contain factors
which could be operative on a god-like thetan who was incapable
of being hurt whereas things such as implants and engrams require
that the being has already sunk low enough to be kicked around.
The idea of an upset god wildly committing overts is quite common
and probably rests on real buried memories.

WHAT ISN'T:  We've got it backwards.  The grades are the ultimate
OT levels.  They are what was really wrong in the first place.
Nobody in Scientology has ever erased the basic material on
these grades.  Total cause over communications would include the
ability to acknowledge a speeding bullet and have it vanish.


WHAT IS:  All that other stuff on the upper levels is there to
be audited out.  But it's minor stuff.  A mere distraction which
is in the way of getting to the basics on the grades.

WHAT ISN'T:  It is not practical to try and erase the grades
at lower levels.  People are nowhere near being able to reach
the original problems, overts, etc. which they had when they
were early god-like beings and which caused them to postulate
their own downfall.  They can't even visualize the multi-dimensional
realities that had to be present early on.  They are fixated on
an Earth-like three dimensional existence and you can only expect
so much of them.  So the right approach would be to get a
release on the grades (the basic aberrations), then fool around
with all the other stuff to get it out of the way and raise
the guy's awareness, and then get back to the grade materials
and really erase them in the basic area of his past existence.


WHAT IS:  There is a state of Clear.  It might be described
as regaining control over painful mental pictures.  Even the
psychiatrists recognize that a person can get flashbacks of a
violent incident.  It is attained either by gradually accustoming
the PC to recalling painful incidents (as in Dianetics) or by
repetitive spotting of commands implanted with heavy force eons
ago (as is done on the Clearing Course) until the person can
confront the force in mental pictures without being bothered by it.

WHAT ISN'T: The wild ideas and sales talk about the state of
clear in Scientology is mainly advertising and wishful thinking.
The description of a Clear in the Dianetics book is an impossible
condition since it assumes perfect recall etc. in one lifetime without
any spiritual awareness or knowledge of earlier lives.  It was never
possible.  If you extend the definition out into the realm of
Scientology and expect full recall across the whole course of a
being's existence, then we are talking about an ultimate super
OT condition that Scientology is nowhere near achieving at this time,
but which might be the ultimate target that we are working towards.


WHAT IS:  There is a CofS policy to the effect that invalidating
the state of clear is a suppressive act.

WHAT ISN't:  The shortcomings of the definition of clear are
not generally talked about among Scientologists and nobody
dares say anything to mitigate unrestrained sales hype on the
subject because that might well get them kicked out.  People
who have gone clear know what they did and didn't get from it but keep
their mouths shut because it really is a wonderful state despite
its limitations.  The unfortunate side effect is that many who
do achieve the state then look at the definition and invalidate
themselves because they don't match up to what the book says.
And so they have an entire auditing rundown (the CCRD - Clear
Certainty Rundown) to cure the harm done by this wrong information.


WHAT IS: The clear cognition is the awareness that the individual
is mocking up his own bank (reactive mind) and pictures.

WHAT ISN'T:  Knowing this in the abstract is not the same as
being aware of and in control of it.  The cognition is not
confidential and is mentioned often on Ron's Tapes.  It is generally
helpful for someone who is not clear to know it because it encourages
them to take control over their reactive mind.  It was common knowledge
among most Scientologists in the 1960s.  When they started letting
people attest to Dianetic Clear, there was a technical bulletin
saying not to push people into falsely attesting to the state by
feeding them the Clear cog.  This is commonly (but not always)
misinterpreted to mean that the cog is confidential and so the cog has
ceased to be common knowledge among lower level Scientology public.


WHAT IS:  The Church's polices on confidentiality of upper level
materials are quite drastic.  Lose a piece of confidential paper and
you may be disbarred from upper levels for life.  Breath a word
of it in casual conversation, even with others who have done the
level, or forget to lock a briefcase, and you may be doing a
substantial amends project.

WHAT ISN'T:  The policy isn't successful except to harass their
loyal members and generate a big mystery.  Back in the 1950s,
Ron used to talk jokingly about the cults which kept big hidden
secrets in their inner sanctums so as to keep the bucks flowing.
Just check out the introduction to Dianetics 55 ("Secrets, Secrets,
Secrets) for a sample of this.  As far as keeping anything out of
the hands of their enemies, the confidentiality seems to have
caused a publishing boom in unauthorized copies.


WHAT IS:  In the early days, when Ron was digging up material on
implants, issuing OT drills, and even coming up with early versions
of the NOTs techniques (1952-1953), some of the students asked if
this stuff should be confidential and he said that it must not
be made confidential and hidden because then it will fall into
the wrong hands and be used against people who are unaware of it.
He said that the only safety was to shout this stuff from the
rooftops and publish it broadly.  The only real danger is in keeping
it secret.

WHAT ISN'T:  The horrible danger of seeing the confidential materials
without proper preparation.  It just doesn't happen that way.
The mind's protection is at maximum when somebody is safely reading
something on their own.  You can sometimes get somebody sick by
jamming this stuff down their throats, but that's true of force
feeding any Scientology process or, for that matter, the techniques
of other practices as well.


WHAT IS:  The idea that entities are the source of bank, aberrations,
and somatics is currently believed in the upper levels of the Church.
Ron certainly ranted and raved enough about it in the Class VIII Course
lectures and he theorized it as the source of somatics.

WHAT ISN'T:  This is totally contrary to all basic Scientology
theory.  The whole reason that auditing works is that the person
himself is generating all of his own ills.


WHAT IS:  There is a benefit to running NOTs.  The BTs (body thetans
- entities) get in the way.  They are a bit like a boat anchor that
makes it difficult to build up any horsepower.  They will amplify your
pains and aberrations.  But they are never the source.  They are not
worth bothering about while you have things to handle which are
closer to home (such as problems, upsets, etc.) but eventually
they need to be knocked out of the way.  Blaming stuff on these
guys is the exact reason that the org has trouble if a PC finds
out about them at lower levels.  It's a license to blame somebody
else for your overts and problems and that has always been known
(at least in Scientology) to be a sure way to get worse.

WHAT ISN'T:  Most of the BTs are not independent beings.  That is
simply a mistaken idea.  We all put pieces of ourselves on
each other.  Joe puts a bit of himself on Bill to keep Bill in line.
Parents will instinctively shove a bit of themselves into their kids
to keep tabs on them.  The child would find these as "BT"s.  The
big mass implants were to make us do this compulsively and
unconsciously so as to keep each other obedient and human.  The
implants didn't reduce the population at all.


WHAT IS:  The solo nots technique is simple and useful.  Everybody
should know that you ask "What are you"/"Who are you" if an
entity of some sort does pop up, and to encourage them to answer
"Me" until they do so and stop fooling around with mocking themselves
up as demons or whatever.  This stuff does show up on rare
occasions at lower levels, and the org leaves you stumbling around
in the dark when an easy trick would handle it.

WHAT ISN'T:  The idea of handling court cases by fooling around
with the opponent's BTs at a distance was ridiculous.  Maybe it would
have worked if entities really were the source of all aberration,
but they're only a minor factor.  The auditors would have been better
off visiting enemies in their sleep and trying to give them
nightmares.  But Ron used to joke about his students doing that
to him, he just though it was funny and not very effective.

As a little aside, there is also an old Tibetan technique for
handling demons.  This is from the Book of the Dead.  If a demon
shows up to scare you, you mock yourself up as an even bigger and
more horrible demon and scare him right back.  If you really get
in trouble with an entity of some sort haunting you, this does work
as a last resort.  Its not very nice so don't use it without just
cause.


WHAT IS:  The idea that if the specific details of implants were
not kept confidential, they would be used in advertising etc.  This
was being spread about as one of the reasons for confidentiality.

WHAT ISN'T: It's just not an important point.  Madison avenue has
already found all the hottest buttons on people.  They would laugh
at using Scientology's stuff for this.  If you find some really
early implants, you will often find Gorillas, Tigers, Bears,
Planes, Trains, Automobiles, etc.  These are the hottest buttons.
That's why this universe is so solid.  Its all around us.  Madison Ave.
might not know about implants, but they sure do know about the
key buttons and they push them with great vigor.  By this time,
we have become so thick skinned that we just shrug this stuff off
with hardly a quiver.

By the way, the hotter TV commercials are good ways to spot implanted
buttons.  The advertisers do all the surveys for you and then you
just notice what item had to have been implanted for the commercials
to work.  For example, "To be everybody" is not very hot as a
sales button but "To be just like everyone else" is pretty good and is
a popular underlying button in advertisements.  Guess which one
has the bigger kick on an E-meter.  Of course the opposite was
also implanted (implants often use positive/negative pairs) so that
"To be different" is also a hot sales button and implant item.


WHAT IS:  XENU (or XEMU) is a bad guy mentioned in the confidential
literature.  He's a villain comparable to Hitler except that he had
a higher level of technology to kick people around with.

WHAT ISN'T:  Scientologists who have done OT III don't have any
particular flinch at this guy.  Its not like you're talking about
Satan or some evil god who can reach out and get you.  He was just
a bad guy.  The flinch that you see when the "dreaded" name comes
up is not fear of Xemu.  It is fear of Ethics.  I would not be
surprised if you saw an OT turn green at the mention of him.  But
it's visions of being put on thousands of hours of amends projects
or being permanently barred from upper levels that is scaring him.


WHAT IS:  Ron was all excited about writing and filming a popular
movie about Xemu.  It showed him (Xemu) shipping all the malcontents and
minorities to Earth and then bombing the volcanoes and ended with the
brave fight of the loyal officers to bring Xemu to justice.  It
centered around a particular loyal officer and (for a sexy heroine)
a movie starlet who find out about the plot but are too late to stop
it.  But they lead the revolution that overthrows Xemu.  Of course
there is no mention of BTs or past lives.  The story is presented
as a record left for future civilizations on Earth so they can
know what happened when the dinosaurs died out.  It is found by
archeologists or something like that and shown to the president
of the US who promptly has it destroyed.

WHAT ISN't:  This movie, which was called "Revolt in the Stars",
apparently isn't going to be made.  There was an unsuccessful
attempt to film it in the late 70s and a second try (which I think
never got past the financing stage) in the early 80s.  The
screenplay circulated quite widely, being given out to anyone who
they were trying to talk into taking a share in the financing.
In the late 80s the SO got scared about this film (I can hardly
imagine why) and started trying to gather up all the copies and
jumping on anyone who had ever had their hands on the screenplay.

Maybe their attitude will change eventually.  It wasn't a bad
screenplay.  Nowhere near as good as "Total Recall" but better
than "The Black Hole".  Maybe with all the ARS publicity (the
alt.relegion.scientology newsgroup on the internet) it would
do better if it was retitled "XENU, The Movie".  I think LRH
would have liked that.


WHAT IS: There are all sorts of parody's of Xemu and various
OT levels floating around on the net.

WHAT ISN'T:  I can't see the harm in this.  Not only is it funny,
but it helps you get exterior to the whole mess.  By placing
such fantastic importance on a few incidents and making them
confidential, and furthermore loading them all with tons of sales
hype, we have actually created a great deal of mental charge on
this stuff and given it more power than it has.  A few jokes can
blow off this artificially built up charge and get the whole
thing in perspective.

I particularly liked the parody of Incident One where a Ford
Mustang comes out and turns right, then left, followed by the
sounds of Snap, Crackle, and Pop, and then the being is overwhelmed
by waves of soggy Rice Crispies.


WHAT IS:  There is a Scientology policy against jokers and degraders
issued around 1969 or 70.  It basically makes it a suppressive act
to make fun of the subject.

WHAT ISN'T:  This is not a good policy.  Humor is more than just
entertainment.  The ability to laugh at ourselves is a mechanism for
social change.  It is one of the few ways to relieve charge outside
of auditing.  It even works on groups, and relieving group charge
has always been one of our biggest problems in Scientology.


WHAT IS:  There used to be many jokes within the organization.  We
enjoyed laughing at ourselves.  How many OTs does it take to change
a light bulb?  Seven.  One to hold the light bulb and six to turn
the universe around it.  One of our layout artists once made up an
ad about how the R6 course enlarged breasts, complete with before
and after pictures.  She pasted this into a ladies magazine in a
vary professional manner and we used to hand it to unsuspecting
students and staff members and tell them to look at the exciting
new ad from St. Hill (the advanced training center in England).

One time we drew up an org board (Scientology organization chart)
for a Scientology whorehouse.   The examiner would check that the
"session" went OK.  There would be success stories, etc.  We figured
that it would be light years beyond the competition.  There were
slogans like "The Golden Age of Standard Screwing".

WHAT ISN'T:  This kind of stuff is now forbidden.  That, all by
itself, I consider to be a key characteristic of a suppressive
group.


WHAT IS:  There are "group engrams" discussed in the early tech.
Ron saw that groups did have many of the characteristics of
individuals and could be bent out of shape by external impacts
(or for that matter by committing overts etc.).

WHAT ISN'T:  All attempts at group engram running failed.  Ron
finally concluded that it couldn't be done with the existing
technology.  He never got back to this topic and its still an
area that is in desperate need of research.  As a stopgap measure,
he offered the idea of writing honest histories as the best way
of blowing group charge.  At one time he considered this to be
of tremendous importance in keeping a group sane and true to its
original goals.  Now, unfortunately, the real stories of what
happened are hidden and buried under a tidal wave of PR.



WHAT IS:  To publish or even say anything publicly about Scientology,
a Scientologist must first get "Issue Authority".  This doesn't
apply to talking to friends, which is dissemination, but it does
apply to anything which reaches the public at large.  This was the
way it was in the sixties and seventies.  They might call it
something else now.  One guy I know was all excited about Scientology
and planned to give a little speech about it as part of a presentation
he was doing at a computer conference and was stopped by the GO (this
was late 1970s).  Someone like Travolta would have to rehearse and
clear exactly what he was going to say about the subject before
making any statement on TV.  But sometimes if they trust the
guy's judgment (and maybe put him through some training) they
will give someone a blanket OK to say things publicly, but even
then the ethics officer will be looking over his shoulder to be
sure that no out-ethics occurs, and anything that puts the subject
in a bad light is considered to be out-ethics.

WHAT ISN'T:  There isn't a lot of real communication from
Scientologists on the internet.  Of course they will let an innocent
beginner blabber about how wonderful it all is and there are real
professionals hatted up to handle the internet, but anyone else
better be careful what they say or they'll end up in Ethics.
You might still have a gutsy OT who takes his chances, but it would
be rare.  Also, since there is NOTS material on the internet,
anyone who has not already started NOTS would be risking terrible
amends projects or disbarment by reading ARS.


WHAT IS:  The book "What is Scientology" and the other stuff that
has been put up at the church's website obviously has issue authority.
Therefore any member will be allowed to freely copy and spread this
stuff around.  I'm talking now about internal Church policies rather
than copyright laws.

WHAT ISN'T: They can't normally say anything else.  Even quoting an
innocuous line from a technical bulletin might get one in deep
trouble.  Getting issue authority used to take many months and
endless hassles and arguments.  It puts a big stop on the
communications.  Their horrible spam (flooding the newsgroup with
messages to drown out the opposition and break the communication line)
might actually have been interesting and of use to some people
if they had dumped megabytes of real material (maybe tape
transcripts) onto the internet.  There are about 3000 hours
of taped lectures and most of them have been
transcribed.  They could have gone on for weeks without ever
repeating themselves.  Instead, they couldn't say anything
worthwhile and had to keep repeating quotes from that shallow book
which isn't even by Ron and is hardly more than a collection of
sales hype.


WHAT IS:  Some of LRH's most famous lines were "When In Doubt,
Communicate" and "Communication is the Universal Solvent".

WHAT ISN'T:  Current policy apparently frowns on applying this.
But as is often the case, Ron's early statement was correct and
the later policy is self-destructive.  They have been trying to
stop communications on the internet and it has been rebounding
against them badly.

But they are not all stupid, and some of them know the early tech.
I believe that there has been an internal push for many months
now to give at least a few trustworthy OTs a blanket OK to really
talk on the internet.  The terrible failure of the existing
effort to handle the net by spamming (which lead to all sorts of
"horrible" consequences such as the Xenu message headers etc.) has
probably caused enough of an upheaval internally that this OK may
have been issued.

I believe that this is the status of "Clear Baby" who has shown up
on the internet lately.  I don't know for sure, but she does seem
to be communicating rather freely without looking out for the
Ethics officer.  People like this will probably communicate honestly as
long as you don't push them too hard on delicate issues or try
to pull the Church's withholds.  They might not even know anything
about Flag Orders or the Church's internal operations.   If OSA
was smart, they gave this OK to devoted public rather than SO
staff and are trusting to the person's love of the subject rather than
trying to control the communication.

(Update: Clear Baby's identity was exposed and she now seems to
be headed for the freezone).

Needless to say, I don't have any such OK.  If you said the kind
of stuff within the Church that I've been saying here, you'd be in
Ethics the next day.  That would happen even if you only said it
in a confessional, nothing to say of blabbing it all over the internet.


WHAT IS:  In the old days, Ron was basically honest with his course
students.  Occasionally he exaggerated or got carried away with
himself or downplayed something, but he was not busily concocting
lies or making up stories.

WHAT ISN'T:  The various little biographical sketches placed in
the books were highly inaccurate and were not written by Ron.
His overt was in ignoring all the stuff that his staff was
putting out.  He really didn't care what they told the public.
He was annoyed at society for ignoring his big discoveries and
saw himself in competition with the heavy outpouring of false
advertisement from big business.

The "Story of Dianetics and Scientology" tape that is available
at the Scientology website is just one example of what he would
really say to his students.  Of course he shows himself in a
good light, but he doesn't make false claims about having a degree
in Nuclear Physics either.  Quite the opposite.

Concerning that silly Nuclear Physics degree, someone in the
org's PR department got the Academy of Scientology to issue
an honorary degree in Nuclear Physics to Ron when they put out
the Radiation book.  He thought it was very funny and makes jokes
about it with the students in his next lecture.

Concerning "Snake" Thompson (the unauthorized biographies claim
that he was made up by Ron), the guy really did exist and he wrote
a book called "The Navy Operations Manual on Psychoanalysis".  It
was used in the Navy in WW2 and is probably the underlying source for
the popular picture of pleasant and sensible Freudian analysts
in the military which we get from shows like "MASH".  It was a
very good and practical book and was reprinted as a popular
paperback in the late 1950s.  I think it even uses phrases like
"This is an operation manual for the human mind" and includes
techniques on regression therapy etc.  I had a copy back around
1963 and it was the best book on psychoanalysis that I have ever
read.  Unfortunately, it was tossed along with loads of other
psych books when I became fanatically inspired by LRH tech a few
years later.  If I'd known, I'd have hung on to it.

In the book, the commander discusses studying with Freud in Vienna
and then going to various military bases in Asia to experiment
with the techniques.  I think that the timing was right for Ron
to bump into him while sailing back to the US.

The org doesn't seem to be digging out this book and holding it up
to prove Ron's story.  Perhaps it has a bit too much of early
Dianetics in it.  Or more likely, he got the guy's name wrong.
It has been over 30 years since I read the book and I'm not sure
but it could have been by Commander Thomas something or other
("Snake" is obviously a nickname).  The org wouldn't dare bring
it up if Ron misremembered the man's name since a Clear should
have perfect recall and since Ron was supposed to have studied
with him instead of simply talking with him a bit (and maybe
getting a copy of his book) during a long sea voyage.


WHAT IS:  The unauthorized biographies of LRH are generally
accurate as to verifiable facts but are badly slanted in terms of
the stories they contain.  Much of the material came from people
who were very upset and pissed off at Ron and Scientology.  They
often had been abused and mistreated, but this makes them a very
biased source and there is a tendency to exaggerate, make up
things, and only tell one side of the story.

WHAT ISN'T:  The SO can't really correct any of the inaccuracies
or tell the other side of any of the stories because then they
would have to admit all the bad things that really did happen.

Let's take, for example, Otto Roos' story about Ron demanding to
see his own PC folders.  Its not quite right.  Ron ordered that
his PC folders be taken away from Otto and carried to the Qual
Sec (the Scientology name for the chief of quality control in
a Scientology organization) for her to examine rather than looking
at them himself.  You might not think this is a big point but it
is of significance to church members because the inaccurate
story makes Ron seem hypocritical (PCs aren't supposed to look
at their own folders).

However, Ron did indeed punch Otto and he did indeed have Rock
Slam type discreditable meter reads (he freely talks about this
on earlier Briefing Course tapes) and the org doesn't want to
confirm any of that.


WHAT IS:  In later times (1970s), Ron was notorious for his
screaming rages.

WHAT ISN'T:  This was not purely reactive.  He had it firmly
under control.  There are many stories where somebody else would
walk by and Ron would break off in mid-yell to give them a
soft and pleasant "Hello, how are you" before jacking the decibels
back up and resuming the attack.

I don't think this was a good way to handle people.  It was based
on a mistaken idea that you handle other people's bank (meaning
the reactive bank or reactive mind) by exerting more force at
them than the bank does.  He would never have said that in the
early days.  Force begets force and causes the target to
key-in more heavily.  If force helped people, police states would be
therapeutic.  This wrong idea was simply his way of justifying to
himself that he was correct in launching these tirades.

Here we see the real difference between a cleared and an uncleared
individual.  Before clear, the rage would have been a stimulus
response blind rage that was out of control.  After clear, it
is all quite conscious and supposedly well thought out and is actually
under the individual's control.  None the less, the desire to
throw that shrieking fit is not at all handled by going clear,
and the impulse is quite abberated.  In this case, I see the
aberrations as coming from the mental charge that was bypassed
by making errors in researching what, after all, is one of the
most difficult subjects to figure out correctly.


WHAT IS:  The first Clear to graduate the clearing course in the
mid-1960s was John MacMasters (affectionately refereed to as "John Mac").
He had had cancer and had his stomach removed and was told that he
only had a year to live back around 1960.  He responded by getting
into Scientology and auditing and training as hard as he could and
was in much better shape and even capable of eating real food
instead of gruel by the late 60s.  He used to go around on world
tours promoting Scientology and the clearing course.

WHAT ISN'T:  He didn't like the Sea Org.  They mistreated him.
He had other interests.  They called this "other intention-ness"
and tried to put him in lower ethics conditions.  He walked out.
They declared him suppressive.  He had been a known homosexual,
but they could not use this directly at that time because there
were many homosexuals in Scientology.  So instead, they declared
him for putting himself in a position where he could be blackmailed
(supposedly for being a secret homosexual even though that was
an "everybody knows" situation) because they didn't want to talk
about his real reasons for leaving.  This was sometime in the
early 70s.

Later he became very bitter and said nasty things about his
earlier experiences with Hubbard, but in the 1965-68 period he
really loved the subject and would do anything for Ron.  The
love turned to hate after too much contact with later Sea Org
craziness and that's what we hear in his later statements.  He did
well for quite awhile after leaving, but eventually he passed
away.  He used to talk about how he really wanted to drop
his surgically mutilated body and go find a teenager in a coma
in a hospital (because the thetan would have left) and pick
right up again without all the troubles of having to reincarnate
as a baby.


WHAT IS:  The CofS is currently anti-homosexual.  Practicing
homosexuals are currently blocked from upper levels.

WHAT ISN'T:  This was not the case until sometime in the 1980s.
The only early reference by Ron was that thetans basically don't
have a sex (there aren't male and female thetans).  It was
believed that people became homosexual due to mental charge
of some sort (such as a bad incident that might need to be run
out), but when this charge was removed, they tended to become
bi-sexual (no longer blocked from heterosexual relations)
rather than abandoning homosexuality.

There was even an idea circulating among staff in the 1960s that
everyone should try a homosexual experience once just to
get your TRs in on it (in other words, get your confront up
on it).  I know a few who tried it on this basis, and even
one girl who decided that she liked being gay better.  However,
most of us (including myself) felt that just because you hadn't
screwed a gorilla, it didn't mean that you had to go and do it
just to get your TRs in.  Even so, the place was liberal and
safe for alternative lifestyles.  The idea of removing mental charge
was that nobody would be prejudiced or much bothered by anything
as long as no one was getting hurt.


WHAT IS:  The Sea Org is currently pushing a very conservative
sexual morality.  SO members can be put into liability (a lower
ethics condition with amends projects etc.) for sleeping with
someone outside of marriage.

WHAT ISN'T:  This is again the reverse of the early attitude which
was exceedingly liberal.  Basically, there were no rules until
the 1965 policy "Student's guide to acceptable behavior" and the
sexual rules in this were canceled in 1967 by the policy
"New Second Dynamic Rules" (the first dynamic is self, the second
dynamic is sex/family/children, the third dynamic is groups, etc.)
which says there are no rules except that ethics can hold you
responsible if you mess up somebody's case.

Sometime in the 1970s, a Flag Order came out forbidding extra-marital
sex by SO members.  This was probably issued originally for reasons
of PR, but since they are under these restrictions, they try
and use this flag order on non-SO Scientologists.  The result
is a confusing mixture of the Flag Order, the 1965 policy, and the
1967 policy (which was never canceled but tends to be hidden
from the membership).

Interestingly enough, when they started pushing strict sexual
mores, an LRH technical bulletin came out called "Pain and Sex".
This is actually from the 1952 tapes (see the technique 88
lectures) and is out of context.  Pain and sex were indeed
bundled up together by implants and thetans have committed many
overts in the area, but Ron's advise at that time was not to
abandon sex but simply to run out the incidents.


WHAT IS:  The E-meter (a sort of lie detector) is used to do
security checks on Scientologists.  These "sec checks" are lists
of possible overts (crimes etc.) which are called off while watching
the meter for reactions so as to discover anything the person is
withholding.

WHAT ISN'T:  This wasn't designed to gain blackmailing material or
to find out what a bad guy the PC was so as to bar him from further
services.  It was actually indented as a means of finding out the
guy's overts and processing them to relieve the mental charge and
free him from the overt/motivate sequence (the Scientology
equivalent of Karma).  Even in modern times they try to clean up
the charge rather than simply finding out what he's done.  On
this basis, this could be considered to be a positive auditing
action meant to better the person.

I personally had an extremely big gain while being run on a
sec check once.  The topic that produced the big result was
implanting others.  All of the current OT levels are highly
motivatorish (a motivate is what happens to you as a result
of the overts you have committed - a sort of karma).  They address
what has been done to the person instead of what he has done
and this was known to be a mistake as early as 1952.
A thetan could never have been implanted in the first
place unless he had intentions to implant others sometime
in the past (perhaps to make others good or keep them under control).
The smart thing to do would be to have the PC run something like
"Recall implanting another" somewhere on the OT levels.  Since
this is not done, the deficiency is to some slight degree remedied
by means of sec checking.  But its going the long way around.
There are much better processes on grade 2 for handling guilt and
overts.  Instead, they hound people endlessly with these sec checks.


WHAT IS:  In the 1960s, the sanctity of the confessional and the
confidentiality of PC folders and the idea that whatever had been run
out was therefore gone and should not be held against the person or
even considered were all pushed as being of absolute importance.
In ancient times, priests have let themselves be shot and their
churches burned down rather than ever reveal or use anything told
in a confessional.  In the old days, we saw this as being more
important than the survival of any Scientology organization because
it was a key point in the survival of the entire subject.  You
would let an org collapse rather than using anything revealed
in PC folders because if you did violate this, it would become
unsafe for the PCs to run out their overts and it would permanently
block the entire subject.

WHAT ISN'T:  This has been grossly violated in modern Scientology.
The first mistake was the idea of looking over the PC folders of
someone who was being declared suppressive to see if he had made
any gains (because no case gain was a suppressive trait).  This
evolved into checking the folder's of declared SPs for overts and
withholds (this was considered acceptable because of the Fair
Game law).  It kept getting worse.  Eventually, even the registrars
(the org's salesmen) began looking through folders, supposedly with
the excuse that they were double checking that the person had
gotten all the hours of auditing they had paid for but really
to get buttons to push on the person to get them to buy their next
service.  If there was ever a justifiable reason for declaring
someone a suppressive, this would be it (just kidding, I really
think you should straighten people out instead of throwing them out).


WHAT IS:  Sec checks are often mis-audited, mis-used, and overrun
endlessly when they are not the correct case action for the PC.
There are times when they can do somebody some good, but not when
they are run unnecessarily (especially at high prices) or audited
in an accusative manner (which seems to be popular these days),
and most especially not if you then send the person to ethics and
"handle" the overts that have already been erased (that almost
guarantees that the person will start committing overts).
Because of this, the technology itself is unpopular and keeps
being renamed, being called, at various times, Hubbard Confessionals,
Integrity Processing, and the False Purpose Rundown.

WHAT ISN'T:  Nowadays, they tell the PC "I'm not auditing you" in
a ridiculous attempt to keep the PC from feeling that the safety
of auditing has been violated.  Maybe I'll put on a sign that
says "I'm not really driving" the next time a cop tries to pull
me over for a speeding ticket.

Sometimes something would come up that really would have to be
handled in Ethics.  For example, the PC has a kilo of pot in his
closet and now that we have gotten him to swear off drugs, he's
going to start selling it on the street to pay for his auditing.
In such cases, I would hand carry the PC folder over to the Ethics
officer myself and give him a lecture about maintaining the safety
of auditing.  The PC must not be made wrong or told to make amends.
He should just be talked to in a reasonable way and coaxed into
doing the right thing.  You would expect a good ethics officer to
know this, but often they did not have enough auditor training.


WHAT IS:  Scientology administrative staff are not trained in the
technology of Scientology.  They are trained in organizational policy
instead. An early 70s Policy letter started this.  Sometimes you do get
someone who has trained on both sides of the fence, but its
contrary to the normal way things are done.

WHAT ISN'T:  Most Scientology staff (only a small percentage work
as auditors) have no real idea what Scientology IS except for
some shallow beginner's level stuff and promotional BS.  They are
working on some sort of a vague purpose to save the world without
having much of a clue as to what it is all about.

In the old days, an organization would often boom when they made all
their staff train as auditors.  Of course you can't just take an auditor
who knows nothing else and put him on a management post without any
training in his job.  But knowing the technology of the mind is what
Scientology is all about.  As far as I'm concerned, a Scientology
executive who has not also trained as an auditor isn't really a
Scientologist (in the fullest sense), doesn't have any idea what he
is doing, and tends to screw things up.  On a new staff member, the
lack of training in the subject is understandable, it takes time to
learn things.  But if he isn't studying the technology like mad, then
what is doing there?  The only answers are religious fanaticism
(big Ron in the sky will solve all the guys problems for him?) or
he's hoping to gain money or power or something.


WHAT IS:  The org's registrars are really big league salesmen with
worse behavior than the most extreme of the used car salespeople.
They push buttons endlessly, hound people and threaten them with
ethics, make false promises and try to get people to mortgage their
lives away to raise the money to pay the orgs high prices.  There
are exceptions, especially when you get far away from the Flag
organization (the closer they are to "Source", the worse they get),
but they live on big commissions so that ethical behavior is
invalidated and out-ethics is praised.

WHAT ISN't:  It doesn't have to be this way.  At one time there was
a policy that "Only Accounts Talks Money" and the regs were forbidden
to discuss it.  Also, they did not receive any sales commissions.
This kept them a bit more honest.  The better ones stuck to their
real job which was to explain what services where available and
encourage people to do them.

By the way, standard org finance policy is to never borrow money
but always pay cash (except that you may have to borrow money to
promote with to get a business out of emergency, but you don't
borrow for anything else).  This is a good policy.  Its an overt
to talk people into doing the opposite.


WHAT IS:  To complete a service at the org, you must write a
success story.  If you refuse or write one that is negative,
the standard action is to handle you, either in review or ethics,
to fix what is wrong.  There are cases where this fix up does
indeed correct something that was done wrong and which was
contrary to standard tech.  However, there are cases where the
thing done wrong was correct per standard tech and is therefore
unremediable, and cases where the course or auditing action was
either unnecessary or not of great interest to the person.  In
these situations, a bad success story launches one into endless
unnecessary or upsetting repair or ethics actions.  So you
always find something nice to say and write a PR success story
unless you know that you're on firm ground in complaining that
the auditor or supervisor has violated standard tech.

WHAT ISN'T:  There is no way to evaluate the quality of service
being delivered or even to determine if an action is positive or
detrimental based on these enforced success stories.  You'll
get glowing success stories even on backwards or unnecessary
actions unless the person is so upset that he doesn't give a
damn anymore.  There are real success stories, both unsolicited
ones and ones that are written on completing something which
really did have a magical effect on the person.  But there
is no way to separate out the wheat from the chaff.

It would not be a bad idea to have people rate the quality and
effectiveness of the services delivered, like they do at
some restaurants.  Perhaps this should be done by checking
boxes on a slip handed to you by the success officer and then
placed into an anonymous voting box.   Maybe the success officer
should ask the person if he was happy with the service or wants
something handled without pushing at him or insisting on anything.
And then maybe he should ask the person if he feels like writing
a success story, and should also have a big sign posted behind
him saying that people are never required to write success stories.

With this, the success stories you got might really mean something.
And if the voting slips were compiled on a weekly basis and the
averages were computed, you would have a real gauge of what
the public thought of your services.


   * * *

WHAT IS:  Per Scientology Policy, managers must manage exclusively
by statistics.  If the courseroom ceiling has caved in and the students
are bleeding on the floor, the solution is to have them stay late so
that the Scientology Academy will meet its quota of student points
and course completions.  Well, perhaps I am exaggerating.  Most
instructors would indeed put aside their fixed ideas and work like
mad to care for their students in an emergency.  But the stats would
indeed go down and somewhere in upper management, there would be
an executive who would refuse to be reasonable about any justification
for downstats (as per policy) and some heads would roll.

WHAT ISN'T:  Management by statistics alone is basically insane.  It
is a fixed idea that interferes with looking at what you are really
doing.  Its not that you shouldn't watch the stats, every successful
corporation knows that you must keep graphs of production, encourage
the uptrends, and remedy the downtrends.  You can really make an
organization fly by finding out what changed just before a radical
shift in a graph.  But it is only one of many indicators that monitor
the performance of an organization and predict its long range
expectations.  Things such as employee moral, customer satisfaction,
the potential depletion of non-renewable resources, and improving
the product are all highly important.

As a staff member, every problem you can't solve or
situation that you can't confront is handled by getting the stats
(statistics) up with the idea that this will lead to the expansion
of Scientology which in turn will result in the eventual solution
of all problems and social ills.  This is then used to justify
committing overts on public and other staff members and that leads
to the idea becoming fixed because they would have to face the overts
if they let go of it.

The biggest mistake is to force the stats up when they start to
collapse because this hides the real reason the stats are collapsing
and eventually makes it impossible to spot what was messed up.
For example, when the insane idea of harassing the student for
MUs (Misunderstood words) every time he moved an inch while
studying in the course room was put in, the academy stats collapsed.
If they had been able to confront a down stat and tried to find
out what had changed, they could have spotted this error right away
and fixed it.  Instead, supervisors got the stats back up by
making the remaining students stay late etc.  Of course the stat
went into a slow downward collapse anyway so it didn't even work
in the long term.  A cute side note is that Ron used to tap his
foot while studying, so in the Flag courserooms, this was known as
the one body motion you could do without the supervisor hounding you
to death.



WHAT IS: The supervisor isn't supposed to evaluate, interpret,
or explain the course materials to the student.  This is a reasonable
idea.  The student should find out for himself.

WHAT ISN'T:  Per current policy, the supervisor does not need to
be trained on the materials he's supervising.  He often has no idea
what the students are learning.  If the student needs help, all the
supervisor can do is robotically ask for MUs, often on words he himself
does not know the meaning of.  This is pure idiocy.

In the old days, we had instructors who knew their materials
backwards and forwards and who cared about the students.  The
rules kept them from spouting off and overwhelming the student
with too much evaluation but they weren't taken absolutely and the
supervisor could help a lot, finding other references, giving
examples from his experience, explaining lightly about things
that weren't on the students course etc.  If the student is
studying, for example, level I (problems processing), the
instructor should not be telling him the theory of the level
or how to run the processes.  It's in the students materials and
he really should study it for himself.  But the problems
material also mentions GPMs (Goals Problem Masses) and that's
not on the students level and he's not going to be auditing it
without much more study, but he may need a few words of
explanation and a pat on the back to get him going again on
the materials that do pertain to his level.

WHAT IS:  Current Scientology study technology tends to specialize
in handling MUs and doing demonstrations of things in clay.
These are useful techniques.  Sometimes its enough, especially
for adults who already have a great deal of knowledge and are
doing a course with a great deal of enthusiasm.

WHAT ISN'T:  This is totally inadequate for use in schools.
The 1950s view was much broader and actually highlights how bad
the current approach is.  The basic Scientology idea on the whole
topic is that understanding comes from affinity, reality, and
communication (ARC).  They still know this, but they have forgotten
how to apply it.  First and foremost, you need to get the students
to like a subject.  An interested student will learn the subject
despite a bad teacher.  You need to promote free and open
communication about the subject, especially between the students
(currently discouraged in the CofS).  You need to see and examine
things and try things out to build reality.  You need to look
through the materials multiple times rather than just working
forward through a checksheet robotically.  As a substitute for
experience, you need to sit and imagine what you're going to do
and how you're going to handle anything that could go wrong.
And you need to decide that you invented the subject to make it
your own and get it fully into your own universe (yes Ron
actually tells students to do this on a 1954 tape).


WHAT IS:  Training people with force makes robots who can't think
with the data they have learned.  This was well known in the 1950s.
Pounding the data into the students head is totally contrary to
all Scientology basics.  But the original Class VIII auditor's
course was taught by tossing the students off the side of the
ship whenever they flubbed.  "The auditor is trying to kill the
PC, OVERBOARD 3 TIMES" was a common CS (Case Supervisor Instructions
after reviewing a session done by the auditor).

WHAT ISN'T:  The impact of these overwhelmed and unthinking CLASS VIIIs
pretty much destroyed the subject within a few months.  The entire
backbone of trained auditors and old timers in the subject was
destroyed.  One org had about 50 trained auditors on staff (both
shifts, including trained auditors who were doing other posts)
just before they arrived (fall 1968) and only had a handful by
mid-1969.

These original Class VIIIs, by the way, were not evil people.  They
all had intentions to help and to save the world.  They had simply
been turned, temporarily, into dramatizing psychotics.  Most of
them regretted it later.  Some of them are busily sacrificing
themselves for the sake of Scientology in a misguided effort to make
amends (Artie Maren for example).  Others started running freezone
splinter groups.  Many of them don't audit anymore.


WHAT IS:  Standard Tech (everybody doing the same thing the
same way without variation) was introduced by the Class VIII course.
It is continually promoted as the ultimate in technical perfection.

WHAT ISN'T:  Standard Technology does not mean the same thing as
either correct technology or high quality technology.  What standard
tech really meant was that the same error was repeated consistently on
everybody.  This does have benefits for research since it makes it
easier to see what is wrong with the tech.  Unfortunately, this
research gain is mostly wasted if you have a fixed idea about the
tech already being perfect.

The introduction of standard tech caused a total collapse of
Scientology in 1969.  Luckily, it did make many of the basic errors
visible so that eventually, when the screw-ups could no longer
be ignored (late 1970), the worst faults were corrected and the
subject rebounded.

They should have put standard tech in carefully and watched it with
an eagle eye.  If we hadn't had the fanaticism and the insistence
on being right and the training by force, we could have spotted
the errors in the tech within a few months and retained our
backbone of sane and experienced auditors and executives.  Instead,
the subject fell into the hands (by and large) of fanatics and
incompetents.

Even as the theory of auditing was getting straightened out and
improving in the early 70s, the skill level of auditors was crashing
because of the disappearance of the old timers, the gross mistakes on
how to run a course, and the heavy threats and invalidation which were
being brought to bear on students and auditors.  The TRs and metering
skills of an old Class IV cannot be found short of Class XII (if at
all) in modern Scientology.

I remember doing the "dating drill" one time in the late 70s.
This drill has nothing to do with picking up girls.  It consists of
the coach writing a complex date on a slip of paper and hiding it and
then you try and find the precise date through e-meter reactions
alone.  I tossed the coach in the chair and pretty much read the
date straight off of her with total accuracy in less than a minute.
The sea org instructor didn't like this.  I looked at the PC
instead of the meter.  I pleasantly asked questions instead of
barking at the PC.  I looked at her with a friendly and confident
manner instead of drilling her with a death stare.  These were all
grievous faults.  It took weeks for my skills to recover after
having one of those incompetents on my back for five minutes.


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Continued in #1B.