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“Criticism is ... as preferred by the best writers and speakers and as carrying no derogatory connotations. The proper aim and the content of a criticism have never been definitely fixed, and are still subjects of controversy, but the term usually implies an author who is expected to have expert knowledge in his field, a clear definition of his standards of judgment, and an intent to evaluate the work under consideration”
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     An introduction
  The situation regarding the common anti-Scientology activist ...
Attacks and critical responses received from anti-Scientologists overturned
  Attacks received from anti-Scientologists
             - (attack 1) “Michel Snoeck has been known to shade the truth and hold moonbat opinions long after he's been shown to be incorrect.”
- (attack 2) “Snoeck is quite well known for his obfuscation of the facts”
- (attack 3) “‘WiseOldGoat’ will take references from ‘What is Scientology?’ and use them as historical facts to make conclusions about L Ron Hubbard and Scientology history, completely ignoring non-Scientology approved sources and facts.”
- (attack 4) “This writer is looking for a pony in all the Hubbard horse$%!*”
- (attack 5) “It's probably a good idea to use Michel Snoeck ...'s site carefully. Sometimes I've known him to tailor the facts to fit his conclusions”
- (attack 6) “probably a scn site so proxy up”
  Critique received from anti-Scientologists
      - (sequence 1) About making up or not making up your mind?!?
- (sequence 2) The ‘“(un)conscious”’ or the ‘(un)conscious’ mind? (an example of illiteracy)
Additional critique received
  Critique received (1) from churchgoing Scientologists  (on separate page)
  Critique received (2) from out-of-church Scientologists  (on separate page)

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The critiques that I received here were in part a result of me going around on forums, newsgroups, bloggs and so on. Other responses that I listed are from people that were directed to or found my Scientology pages and started a discussion about it with other persons, or they just forwarded a general critique (as in opinion) at some place on the Internet.
I copied here a selection of these attacks and critiques that fold out a very common development of these discussions and show the general pattern as you find them on these forums and places. They pretty much all follow this very same pattern.
Which is, that (1) if no adequate counterargument can be given, the claimer will either disappear or ignore (which is convenient), or (2) come with various opinionated generalities (and then disappear), or (3) they will get highly aggressive and accusative. Those that silently disappeared from that discussion will habitually return on some other thread or discussion repeating their original claim, and will attempt to get away with it this time. Of course they figure that they have right, but enjoy or crave being patted on the shoulder by their fellow plotters. Mind here that generally the level of intelligence of these persons does appear to be a bit inadequate. Then the one's that may appear intelligent seem to suffer from a pixilated parrot syndrome. They can't take in information that clashes with their claims. There is seldom found any depth in their arguments, and so all they can do is just repeat their claim. These particular people are thus no critics in the right sense.

There is a simple reality about these things. If you show your head, someone will shoot at it. And so, I am being shot at. So, let the fun fair begin!

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Back to Main Index The situation regarding the common anti-Scientology activist ...

It has to be said front up that a far majority of these persons that are posting on forums, newsgroups and the likes have no firsthand knowledge or even any personal experience at all! They don't know or can/will not understand that the Scientology organization since its initiation in 1950 had developed itself to following a very precise structure of how internal and external matters were to be dealt with. The instructions for example for organizational matters were published in so-called policy letters (HCO PL's). Any of these sought to forward a solution to a problem faced at a particular time. Here you find the information how this once was successfully dealt with. That's all these policy letters are.
At a time when the organization was still in its development phase they could change, get cancelled, and so on. Either way these writings were very precise. The organization had very dedicated and intelligent persons as its staff and public and they were interested in it all because of the results that this technology of Dianetics and Scientology could achieve. And these dedicated persons, in particularly during the first 20 years of its existence, were in fact highly educated individuals. They were not persons that could be lead behind the curtain so easily. They worked with the technology and even helped to form and develop it in various ways.

And so, if it was all lies and cheat as many of these forum posters/outsiders try to tell us, all these persons would have left or would have never even have been there. I personally have worked with and have met rather many of these dedicated persons from these early days. These policy letters were to be abided by pretty much to the letter. If one was cancelled, it meant it was not in use. The place where these policy letters and any other printed materials were kept, printed and could be gotten, was the Mimeograph Section. I have been active for a while in this section of the organization (located at Flag, Clearwater, Fl), and the rules are indeed very exact and strict. Or at least they were when I was there which was during the late 80's.
So, if anyone would come forward with some ‘hidden’ instruction or something, it would have been considered if it would not be in violation of some other policy letter or writing. After we had all sorts of references widely accessible such as for example HCO PL 16 Apr 65 I “The ‘Hidden Data Line’”, HCO PL 15 Dec 69 “Orders, Query of” and HCO PL 9 Feb 79R II “How to defeat Verbal Tech Checklist” that advocated how to go about your defence. So if it did clash with anything else it was generally not abided by and accordingly queried, i.e. if it was an intelligent person. But of course you have things that slipped through, in particular since the early 80's, but these I have discussed at great length on my pages as well.

Now, organization wise matters started to change particularly since1982. Prior to that things were still fairly easy going, but the year 1982 marked a difference as a new management was put in place. Particularly the years 1982-84 were chaotic.Then it calmed down a bit again. During the late 80's matters were still largely dealt with per the old standard. Then since 1989-90 this was in for many reorganizations again, new organization boards, new this, and new that.
The local organizations were also not independent anymore as they had been before. Orders relayed from top Scientology International Management had to be abided by, no matter what. By then it was all micromanaged. And so the status quo that is found today in the organization is a very different one indeed! In addition to that we find that the Scientology public had since the earlier days changed from highly educated individuals to much lesser intellectual ones. More correctly said, the Scientology parishioners had predominantly become followers that listened to authorities, mostly lacking any investigative mind at all. With other words, one can not judge the organization or more importantly, the actual validity of the original technology, on present day criteria alone!

Nonetheless the common anti-Scientology critic chooses not to discriminate, and he does not find out about matters either. They too generally do not belong to the intelligentsia, far from it.

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Attacks and critical responses received from anti-Scientologists overturned

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(attack 1) “Michel Snoeck has been known to shade the truth and hold moonbat opinions long after he's been shown to be incorrect.”
Some person (username ‘Dott’) on some forum (in February 2012) made a reference to my Scientology pages and then the person wrote:
“lots more at the Wise Old Goat link”
A response which was followed up by another person (username ‘DeathHamster’) saying:
“Take with a grain of salt. Michel Snoeck has been known to shade the truth and hold moonbat opinions long after he's been shown to be incorrect.”
The ‘Dott’ person than responded back:
“Yes, I know. But he is also pretty good at finding and naming really obscure old dox. I normally treat his site like a FZ site - its useful for digging up info, but its still tinged with Koolaid hangover.”
I responded to ‘DeathHamster’:
“You are kindly requested to keep with facts and that which can be evidenced to be correct. If you fail to support your person attack with such information then we all know that what you claim would be a falsity. You make an accusation for opinion, when all you can give here is exactly that... opinion.  Roadrunner”
But ‘DeathHamster’ was not heard of again in this thread.
I did respond to ‘Dott’ asking this individual “Care to elaborate upon this opinion of yours?”, as he agreed with ‘DeathHamster’. The person answered:
“RR, I'm not going to get into a pissing match or an endless argument with you. We've gone round and round before.
The Wise Old Goat web site is a wonderful resource for obscure documents, I don't know of any other web site quite like it. I do not, however, agree with some of the conclusions you draw on the web site.
WOG web site has a large and useful repository of off-the-beaten-path dox, but the opinions expressed can sometimes be too FZish tinged for my liking.
Please note that I have no personal grudge against you. But I still stand by what I wrote above -”
(RR = Roadrunner (me);  FZ = Free Zone (those that practice Scientology outside of the official Church)
To which I responded:
“I ask you to present facts and pure logic reasoning. The conclusions on that site, as I perceive it, are just a presentation of the available options. This got absolutely nothing to do with opinion. If you have queries against that logic, then you present these, or you leave. But you don't go around spouting opinions, person attack like utterings if you are not willing to get into detail. You see, that is just bad manners.  Roadrunner”
But ‘Dott’ was not seen again. Instead we have another Anonymous person posting: “Res ipsa loquitur”. To which I responded:
“Nothing in this universe speaks for itself. You have an opinion, and an accusative one as such, and that's all you got.  Roadrunner”
And after some forths and backs, and intermediate responses from some more individuals, we then got into an Anonymous person posting:
“Problems with Wise Old Goat / Indy proclamations about Fair Game and Disconnection:
1) Hubbard public policy is full of ‘acceptable truths’. Some easy examples are the industrial quantities of horseshit in ‘What Your Fees Buy’, the claims that he wasn't in charge, etc. Therefore saying Fair Game was cancelled just because a policy that says so exists is unsound. Ex public holding this position may just be naive but those who had access to Flag Orders, GO / OSA orders, etc. are likely being dishonest.
2) Ample evidence exists that both practices continued throughout the 70s. CoS lawyers admitted Fair Game was ongoing in the GO trials. SP / PTS doctrine was never suspended and disconnection is a key part of this.
3) The policy trail itself is incomplete and subject to different interpretation but this isn't really needed.”
(GO = Guardian Office;  OSA = Office of SpecialAffairs (this replaced GO since 1983);  SP = suppressive person;  PTS = potential trouble source (those persons that go effect of SP's);  CoS = Church of Scientology)
And here we are then stuck again with exceedingly opinionated utterances, about persons that have claimed so and so. With no interest to get to the actual bottom of matters, and no person identifying any exact source or why's. And so I was “shown to be incorrect” because of, ah well ... opinion. When all I ever did was collecting and presenting the available information and then subject it to the various options of interpretation and evaluation.

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(attack 2) “Snoeck is quite well known for his obfuscation of the facts”
On a forum in February 2012 some discussion about the matter of Disconnection was ongoing and some Anonymous person put out a link to my study that I had made about that. Then we have this user ‘DeathHamster’ responding to that with:
“Can that be verified with other sources? That site belongs to old ARS troll/spammer/ronbot Michel Snoeck (and dozens of sock accounts).”
As if verification would be necessary. After all I provide for exact reference materials. Then we have this thing about “ARS troll”, ARS is this newsgroup which has become a meeting point where anti-Scientologists like to pat each other on their shoulders. And troll, ah well ... Then “spammer”, also not true. And then “ronbot”, this is a sort of an acronym. Compare with robot, then exchange ro with ron (Ron), meaning thus a blind follower of L. Ron Hubbard. That is of course nicely said. Have never been one, sorry guys! Then “dozens of sock accounts”. No sorry, I only used a very limited amount of usernames. Thus no sock accounts.
Then we see the response of another Anonymous person to that posting of ‘DeathHamster’ responding:
Mod's, can you ditch my OP with that link? Snoeck is quite well known for his obfuscation of the facts and I don't particularly want his site riding the coat-tails of WWP's glorious Google indexing
Thanks DH for the heads up”
Here I am thus accused of “obfuscation of the facts”. But as it always goes, never any argumentation is forwarded to support that claim. Mind also that the bulk of the posters are hiding behind their anonymity. Some persons at least think up an username to use (they are still anonymous though), but this person did not even do that.
Also this posting makes it rather clear that I am feared (at least I interpret it that way), because this anonymous person does not want my researches to appear in “Google indexing”. Isn't it so that people should be able to make up their own mind? Besides that are actual researches not welcomed? After all I am one of the very few that actually has performed research about these matters.
He says that I am “quite well known” for that critique. Ah, well, and who are they?  So, by whom is this “quite well known”?  Such generalities are often added by such persons in an attempt to win credibility by statement alone.

Now, do you see how this one goes?

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(attack 3) “‘WiseOldGoat’ will take references from ‘What is Scientology?’ and use them as historical facts to make conclusions about L Ron Hubbard and Scientology history, completely ignoring non-Scientology approved sources and facts.”
Here we have another person (username ‘Alanzo’) originating the following on some forum in December 2011:
“For instance, I have seen where ‘WiseOldGoat’ will take references from ‘What is Scientology?’ and use them as historical facts to make conclusions about L Ron Hubbard and Scientology history, completely ignoring non-Scientology approved sources and facts. And then other Scientologists will focus on ‘WiseOldGoat's’ data and conclusions because it validates their present worldview – it's ‘safe’ for them to think with.
I believe that this is a mistake that should be avoided.”
This evaluation is not quite true. Just because I at times make reference to this book ‘What Is Scientology?’ (which indeed is published by the Church of Scientology), it does not mean that I take or present that information as established fact. The book contains information and as such this itself should be evaluated, and thus can and/or should be forwarded.
And where have I ever been “ignoring non-Scientology approved sources and facts”?  The same rule applies here, this information as well has to be evaluated for its correctness. I find that regularly decisions of some court judge are being presented as if ‘established fact’ by persons like this ‘Alanzo’. They make the mistake here that the court house is not a scientific or research facility. It is also not a fact finding entity, all it basically does is attempting to win a case through using these phrases of text that we find collected in these many thick volumes of books that make up this so-called ‘law’. All this data, from all these places, if it be from court procedures, statements from authorities or witnesses, assumed findings popping up here and there, or Church of Scientology publications and their presentatives, are all treated by me in the very same way.
And indeed if people do as ‘Alanzo’ notes, then this definitely “is a mistake that should be avoided”. But I am not making that mistake, people do! I have made my position very clear indeed on my site, you have to figure out yourself how to take on the information found on my pages. And I insist that no person adopts anything I say as I only forward research. Think for yourself folks!
We have a ‘Marildi’ responding to this ‘Alanzo’ as follows:
“Secondly, you made some generalizations about WiseOldGoat that, from what I have observed of his writings, are in fact misrepresentations of him. You did the same once before but at least that time you stated specifics that could then be contrasted with what he actually said and were then shown to be your own biased interpretation and opinion – and perhaps it was your wish to ‘validate your present world view,’ as you so well phrased it above.”
Which should speak for itself. Thank you kindly ‘Marildi’!
Every time thus that someone makes such an opinionated claim, one has to get to the bottom of it, ask and demand for clarification. Where did this person do what he is being accused of doing? Get exact information. Compare, from what background is the person coming from, etc., ...

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(attack 4) “This writer is looking for a pony in all the Hubbard horse$%!*”
Some person with username ‘Don Carlo’ compiled and posted in November 2008 on various forums some sort of an overview of Mary Sue Hubbard and descendents. At the end of the essay he does make reference to my study about Mary Sue Hubbard. But then he adds there the text:
“This writer is looking for a pony in all the Hubbard horse$%!* but the photos are good and new to me.”
Well, thank you very kindly for that! That which is interesting here is that I am the only reference (out of a total of 45), that received such a flattering annotation in the reference area. Noteworthy here as well is that all the other references are sourcing to anti-Scientology sites or sources (which naturally are very reliable sources!), and further a few Free Zone or similar sources. Now, ain't that interesting! Considering that my presentation is one of the most complete and thorough researched overviews of Mary Sue Hubbard around.
So, ‘Don Carlo’ doesn't like my text (I wonder why ...?), but he does like my pictures. Ah well, that's at least something ...

Now, do you see how these people go about matters?

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(attack 5) “It's probably a good idea to use Michel Snoeck ...'s site carefully. Sometimes I've known him to tailor the facts to fit his conclusions”
On Wikipedia the following entry (from July 2006) can be found on one of its discussion (Talk) pages:
‘Cite site with caution’
“It's probably a good idea to use Michel Snoeck / User:Olberon's site carefully. Sometimes I've known him to tailor the facts to fit his conclusions—Not actually changing facts, just ignoring ones that contradict his conclusion. On the other hand, if presented with exhaustive counter-references, he would change his views. In my opinion, trust the facts that he references, but don't assume those are all the facts on the subject. Take the conclusions with a grain of salt.”   AndroidCat
To which another user responded:
“‘Curiouser and curiouser’ said Alice. Do you have a specific ‘fact’ which he did not actually ‘change’ but which you state he ‘ignored’ while he stated a ‘conclusion’, or are you without an actual specific and simply stating a distrust ?”   Terryeo
Thank you user ‘Terryeo’.
At a later date I spotted this entry of user ‘AndroidCat’ and responded the following:
“I just saw this. Firstly AndroidCat does not know who is posting as Olberon. He just assumes and associates. Secondly claims are made by AndroidCat which are not supported by arguments, facts nor documentation. It is just a general make-wrong. What he also forgets to tell is that he himself has propagated that the majority of the fiction written by L. Ron Hubbard would have been Science Fiction. A claim which has been proven to be erroneous. Probably this is why he opposes to the Michel Snoeck website as evidence is found on there that AndroidCat was in error.”   Olberon
I indeed have had past clashes with this entity posting as ‘AndroidCat’ who is in fact an anti-Scientologist. Noteworthy is that at one time he attempted to provide ‘proof’ for the claim that L. Ron Hubbard foremost was a science fiction writer. I had objected already earlier to such blind claims which had then caused my page “L. Ron Hubbard and his works of fiction” to be written back in 2005. As a counteract this ‘AndroidCat’ then surfed the Internet and collected all the entries about fiction stories he could find in where L. Ron Hubbard was noted as the writer. And this he presented as his ‘proof’ that he posted on various forums and sorts. The focus of the Internet entries however was foremost on science fiction, further his main sources were science fiction sites, which of course does not account for the full fiction oeuvre of L. Ron Hubbard by a long shot. Well, he tried ...
But anyway, here he appears on Wikipedia, creating this entry with heading ‘Cite site with caution’, sharing his displeasurements and making an attempt to ‘warn’ people.

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(attack 6) “probably a scn site so proxy up”
A discussion was ongoing in April 2010 on some forum about Disconnection related matters. Referred here was to BPL “PTS Type A Handling”, then an Anonymous poster wrote:
“The history of this PL is addressed in detail here (probably a scn site so proxy up: [SPOILER]
(PL = policy letter;  scn = Scientology)
Now, why is the assumption made here that this would be a “scn site”?  Would it have said the same if it was a Free Zone site? Not so likely, thus a Church of Scientology site, or rather so to say a site from a churchgoing Scientologist (something)? And this is to be warned for? Why? Are we going to be lied to here? Are we going to find manufactured/twisted data there? Do you see the message and the mindset that is being conveyed here!
Very funny actually as I never ever have seen a site like mine produced by the Church of Scientology or of an obedient faithful churchgoing Scientologist. The Church of Scientology would never approve of that. One may wonder if this Anonymous poster ever has looked around at this site? Thus “probably a scn site”, sure it is!
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(sequence 1)  About making up or not making up your mind?!?
On another forum we had this user ‘wiseoldgoat’ (not me!) posting in a discussion in April 2013:  
“Here you go for a good analysis:”
Then we had another poster by the name of ‘Gottabrain’ respond to that:
Thanks! There's some good, meaty info in there. Luv it.
Objective confirmation like this - when someone I've never met, worked with, spoken to or known, someone with entirely different beliefs than mine - comes up with the SAME observations... that's pretty damning evidence. Lots of specifics here, too. Check out this quote from that link:
[3 paragraphs of text from my pages are quoted]
So there you go.”
When I saw these messages they were just 30 minutes old, I decided to join the conversation. Posting as ‘Roadrunner’ I wrote amongst other:
“Well, glad that at least some persons appreciate my studies!”
A bit later ‘Gottabrain’ directed himself to me writing:
“RR, who do you know that wrote policies that later appeared with Hubturd's name? Stories?”
To which I responded:
“Are you asking if I know some of these persons in person? Yes, some of them. The name is Hubbard, not Hubturd.”
‘Gottabrain’ now replied:
“Yes, I am asking that. With details.
He is Hubturd to me - I was in the SO 9-1/2 years. Call him whatever you wish - I know I will.
As previously stated, we do not share beliefs in common. However, I see a good deal of your information was meticulously researched and accurate. I respect that. I do not respect the dead H man or his abusive practices.”
That I gave the response:
“Apparently not meticulously enough to give you some insight about the source of some abusive practices. I do by the way not operate on beliefs. Scientology is not about beliefs.”
By this time this ‘Gottabrain’ apparently started to change his tune towards me and wrote:
“Thank goodness I'm not in your whacked out head having your whacked out insights.
And speaking of abusers, your reputation precedes you. Unpopular here, much?”
I wondered what had happened here actually. First so positive and now this. So I wrote back:
“You should make up your mind. First you respect my research, and in the next it's all ‘whacked out’...
Over and out.”
This was however not the end of it. A week later this ‘Gottabrain’ took an old message of mine and wrote:
“RR, you really ought to take a proper research class.
Finding facts and stating them is objective. Drawing a conclusion based on those facts is a subjective opinion. Not a fact, nor an insight, not an axiom, not a correlation. An OPINION.
It is not FACT because one study does not possibly include all information from all sources. There may be an avalanche of information to contradict your conclusion, but that information was not presented. Conclusions are not facts. Get it?
When one begins a research project by deciding in advance what the results will be and manipulating tests or information to achieve that result, the research is tainted.
When you research, for example, the changes in Hubbard's writing and search for the source(s) of it, but do not research outside of Scientology (i.e., what other writers or not Scientologists said about Hubbard's writing), your research is then limited, and therefore, flawed.
Research of anything but the most narrow subjects with full attention to controls is nearly always flawed (see above).
You have a natural knack for good research, a good attention to detail. I never said you have a knack for conclusions. Talking down to others who don't agree with your OPINIONS (conclusions) and BELIEFS (unproven data assumed to be true) is not cool.”
It now all started to become rather nonsensical. I wrote back:
“You know what double standards are? You wrote about me in this thread on 17 April:
‘Objective confirmation like this - when someone I've never met, worked with, spoken to or known, someone with entirely different beliefs than mine - comes up with the SAME observations... that's pretty damning evidence. Lots of specifics here, too.’
Why would I care about people who claim to know things but have virtually no personal experiences and/or actual understanding of a particular subject? Now, that really would be flawed...
Did the psychiatrist listen to what Tom Cruise had to say about that ‘Blue Lagoon’ girl debacle? They replied that he had not properly studied psychiatry, so how could he make sense out of it! Now, how is that for a reply? No, you say, I have to include your ‘outsiders’. Ah well, have a nice day... come again if you have something to offer that people can follow up on ...
If you claim that I am involved with beliefs then I say what Bob Dylan said in 1966 when he was attacked: ‘You are lying!’”
‘Gottabrain’ responded:
“You are again twisting facts with beliefs and emotions.
Seriously - take a university research class. Otherwise you just sound snarky and stupid. I'll bet research would be a good career for you that you would enjoy. It certainly pays well in the right area. You have some misguided ideas and a lack of education on what constitutes actual research and it shows. Especially here - with so many Anons with degrees.
I took a research class in Psychology. It was clear afterward that Hubturd never did - there are gaping holes, lack of controls and a definite bias in his research. For example - Hub never acknowledged that the larger proportion of those who join scn leave it and always have and these alone constitute a failure or at the least, ‘nul’ results of the tek.”
By this time had dropped my involvement in this interaction. Anyhow, one may wonder what caused all this to happen? A few observations can be made though. The person claimed to have been in Sea Org for 9½ years, but says today that L. Ron Hubbard and all that were all wrong. Then one would serious wonder why the person stayed on for such a very lone time! I wouldn't have taken a sensible person this long time to determine such a thing.
Another indicator we can get through this rating system that is in use on this forum. You can give thumbs up or a thumbs up, but only those that had earned enough thumbs up thus far. I checked the persons rating, and he had 1,131 thumbs up and 0 thumbs down. As a comparison I checked my own rating, I had 7 thumbs up and 48 thumbs down. I spoke my mind, but does this person actually do that? Many of the thumbs down I actually received from this person. Now, is this person readily adapting himself to the general tune? He sure changed his mind very quickly about me! This balance of these thumbs up and thumbs down for this person I would say are a bit extreme.

Then there was a later interaction in where this ‘Gottabrain’ wrote:
“Everything you've said is irrational. You are on ignore now.
Suggest that everyone interested in the thread topic do the same.”
I responded:
“That is rather ironic, because if anyone knows about that stuff, it is me. Anyway I am glad you find everything I said is irrational, because that confirms it had value. See, it makes for an excuse why you don't have to respond to it or debunk it.”
And you know what? The person shortly after reverted again. I was ok again. I guess this is how things can go?!

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(sequence 2)  The ‘“(un)conscious”’ or the ‘(un)conscious’ mind? (an example of illiteracy)
On an infamous anti-Scientology newsgroup (ARS) we had this occurrence during 16 Jan-3 Feb 2011.  
Earlier editions (but not necessarily the European editions) of the book ‘Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health’ had this pre-chapter called “Synopsis”. On that ARS newsgroup at a point it got into discussing the validity of the book. User ‘Transremaxculver’ suggested that “the fundamental principles of Dianetics which are at fault”.
I had then suggested:
“A simple read of the book Dianetics however will allow you to make up your own mind.”
In reply and to support her notion user ‘Transremaxculver’ posted the following:
“Certainly do, especially if you want a giggle.
‘The source of aberration has been found to be a hitherto unsuspected sub-mind which, complete with its own recordings, underlies what man understands to be his “conscious” mind.’ Dianetics p5 1950.
No acknowledgement of Freuds 1896 or later papers, discussing the unconscious mind and in fact in the next sentence Hubbard attempts to dodge this
‘The concept of the unconscious mind is replaced in dianetics by the discovery that the “unconscious” mind is the only mind which is always conscious.’
Which appart from the contradiction, is also disengenuous since he then goes on in the same paragraph to say,
‘It does not “think”; it selects recordings and impinges them upon the“conscious” mind and the body without the knowledge or consent of the individual. The only information the individual has of such action is his occasional perception that he is not acting rationally about one thing or another and cannot understand why.’
If it is without the knowledge or consent of the individual, how then is it conscious?
If Hubbard acknowledged Freud and argued he was interpreting him in a new way we might be able to take him more seriously, but he doesn't, he just claims it all, as if it jumped into his mind fully formed, his and his alone. His inflated sense of his own importance waving like a flag in the wind.
All in all one is left feeling he just couldn't be bothered acknowledging that he was like all of us standing on the shoulders of giants. (A long used metaphore possibly first used by Bernard of Chartres but more famously by Isaac Newton)
Have a read and a good giggle.”
Well, are we having that giggle here now? I guess I am having it. I perceived here that she could not understand the text. But she also actually leaves out some pieces of text that explain it more.

She reasons thus that “The concept of the unconscious mind is replaced in dianetics by the discovery that the ‘unconscious’ mind is the only mind which is always conscious.” would be a “contradiction”. This is in error because it basically says that it is unconscious to us, the point made is that the unconscious mind records everything nonetheless (which presents a consciousness). Mind that quotation marks (scare quotes) are used here to indicate figure of speech.
She goes on to say it “is also disingenuous”. As I see it, she is simply unable to actually understand the text or simply chooses not to. Anti-Scientology advocates may sometimes appear as if erudite, but I find they are often stuck in details (theorization) and are then unable to identify how the different parts of a text present a concept. A form of illiteracy or rather dyslexia.

Here below I print the full 2 relevant paragraphs as published:  (missed pieces are in purple)
“The source of aberration has been found to be a hitherto unsuspected sub-mind which, complete with its own recordings, underlies what man understands to be his ‘conscious’ mind. The concept of the unconscious mind is replaced in dianetics by the discovery that the ‘unconscious’ mind is the only mind which is always conscious. In dianetics this sub-mind is called the reactive mind. A holdover from an earlier step in Man's evolution, the reactive mind possesses vigor and command power on a cellular level. It does not ‘remember’; it records and uses the recordings only to produce action. It does not ‘think’; it selects recordings and impinges them upon the ‘conscious’ mind and the body without the knowledge or consent of the individual. The only information the individual has of such action is his occasional perception that he is not acting rationally about one thing or another and cannot understand why. There is no Censor.
The reactive mind operates exclusively on physical pain and painful emotion. It is not capable of differentiative thought but acts on the stimulus-response basis. This is the principle on which the animal mind functions. It does not receive its recordings as memory or experience but only as forces to be reactivated. It receives its recordings as cellular engrams when the ‘conscious’ mind is ‘unconscious.’
     (from ‘Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health’; Hermitage House, New York; 1950; page 5, chapter “synopsis”)
Why did she leave out these sections? Even for the casual reader it should now start making some sense and enables to see how things fit together.

The continuing discussion on the newsgroup gets a bit weird of which I give below some snippets. It got to the point that I said (because of her misduplication of the text):
“You have serious duplication disabilities.”
To which she replied:
“Or rather Duplication is a disability, leading to blind obedience.”
Excuse me?
Anyway I replied:
“... These are 2 separated situations.
(1) in communication and establishing at both (or more) sides that one has received the message and that it has arrived as put out by its originator.
(2) here it gets weird as you assume that duplication must lead to blind obedience.
Of course I referred to the use as found in (1)”
She then answered:
“1) False assumption: onus is placed on the one recieving the communication to establish clarity, rather than the one sending it. This is a reversal of the true nature of communication, where the onus rests on the one sending the message to confirm that the message recieved was the one sent.
This is particularly true, and one might say of central importance, for an author.
There is an exception to this rule, when one is communicating with children, who are still learning their communications skills, but only when the child is communicating, when the onus is on the parent or adult to ensure that they have recieved the message sent, rather than the one they have recieved.
2) Duplication as you describe it here leads into unequal communication and therefore seeks to engender blind obedience.”
Can you still follow this? I sure can't! Now, how did it all get to this? What is she talking about here? What does this got to do with actually understanding a text in a book? And this can just go on and on like this.
I responded back:
“And you come to that conclusion only because you don't understand what he is writing... whahahahaha...
See, it doesn't answer to your conditional. The simplest answer and first option is that you do not understand the text.”
Then user ‘Transremaxculver’ gets it to:
“And you come to yours because you don't understand what he is writing. Which is to a large extent Hogwash, and where it isn't it's because he plagerised it from someone else. And as a whole he is writing to provide the reader with as many opportunities to ‘buy into the fantasy’ as he can.
To be fair to Hubbard he is pretty clear he intends to try and program his readers,
‘It is suggested that you read straight on through. By the time you get into the appendix, you should have an excellent command of the subject. The book is arranged that way. Every fact related to dianetic therapy is stated in several ways and is introduced again and again. In this way, the important facts have been pointed up to your attention. When you have finished the book you can come back to the beginning and look through it and study what you think you need to know.’ Page 14 paragraph 2.
Another words: don't read critically, just accept the first interpretation that comes into your head and then let me reinforce it multiple times in the text and then come back and reinforce it some more.
Mind here though that is an actual handbook, it teaches you how to learn to use the dianetic procedure and understand fully its principles. And after that you can apply it and see how it works all out. Now, how else are you going to learn the technique? Isn't any therapy book laid up like this? Of course they are.
Earlier in the discussion I also did point at the sales figures of the book. I was asking how this would be possible if it was so incomprehensive and contradictious? Well, I guess that according to her really a lot of people got fooled (programmed) then! It is contradictorily though that the public that was reaching for it were rather highly educated, doctors, engineers, technicians, researchers and so on. Every single one of the old-timer Scientologists that I have personally met have been intelligent and well educated people. It is not the kind of people that would have been fooled so easily. If the book would have been rubbish, they would not have gotten themselves involved with it. This however is for each individual to find out for him or herself.

As far as being contradictive our user ‘Transremaxculver’ also wrote here:
“Which is of course what Hubbard often does in his writing. He leaves big holes so that his readers can project what they like into the gaps, or says two different things at the same time so that for ease of understanding the reader would tend to recognise the bit he agreed with rather than recognise the contradiction inherent in what was said/written.”
So she says the book has “big holes” but also “he intends to try and program his readers”. Ah well ...

In answer to my “The simplest answer and first option is that you do not understand the text.” she answers:
“So do many. You advice people to read dianetics. I have read it. It is horribly written, full of unsupported claims, idiotic statements and obviously written by a wannabe scientists, which resulted in a pseudo-scientific diarrhea of words. Impressive only to the gullible and uneducated.”
With my reply:
“Which of course would explain why it was the educated (above normal) made out the bulk of the Scientology public during at least the first 20 years of its existence...
You are an illiterate and so you will have a problem with any of such books. You however blame others for your miscomprehension.”

And when I uttered:
“If you people can not understand and duplicate a simple paragraph then it is, by fact, your mind that is narrow.”
Then user ‘Transremaxculver’ tells me:  (I posted as ‘Roadrunner’)
“So here roadrunner makes clear that only obediently accepting a single perspective on a text is acceptable, alternate interpretations, and any deconstruction, or critical evaluation is unacceptable in his view.”
This is sort of interesting as it basically implies here that if one properly understands a text that it is thought that one has failed to apply “any deconstruction, or critical evaluation”. But then in order to be able to do a “deconstruction” or a “critical evaluation” it is required that you first actually need to understand the text you are analyzing!
So, on the other hand if you find that there is a “contradiction” and find it “is also disengenuous”, well then, according to user ‘Transremaxculver’ you have successfully stood up against “blind obedience”. As after all she promotes “Duplication is a disability”, it is thus a not-understanding (misduplication) that would be the goal. And in fact when I later in the discussion again said: “you have very serious duplication problems..”, she replied with: “I will take that as a compliment”.
My reply given on the newsgroup:
“Disturbed logic. You probably don't realize it, but your logic and utterance here above is quite insane.
We have 2 angles here, (1) I understand the text in the paragraph, and (2) you don't. That's it! And see what you made of it.”
Her reply back:
“How is the logic in the above in error, you clearly arguing against criticism of the internal logic of Hubbards statement implying that such criticism implies narrowmindedness. You are therefore claiming that critical scrutiny of what Hubbard wrote is not acceptable, that it is narrow minded. This is clearly a logical fallacy, applying critical scrutiny of texts, rather than accepting them on face value is clearly open minded. Whereas accepting on face value is not.”
And here she is adding after my initial 2 given options:
“or 3) the paragraph is contradictory. 4) the paragraph is incomprehensible. 5) the paragraph has a undisclosed agenda 6) the paragraph was not thought through by the writer. 7) the paragraph attempts to pass on material the writer has not correctly understood. 8) the writer made a mistake which was not corrected in the proof before the manuscript went to printing. 9) some theme or flaw not listed here,10) two or more of the other possibilities concurrently, 11) all of the previous possibilities concurrently except 10.”
Well, I figured that it would be a lot easier to simply to just read and understand a text, but that's me.
And so it went on and on, and while all this was ongoing we had this other user that was pretty much copying the statements made by ‘Transremaxculver’ and battering me with that. I guess it is contagious then. We even had Gerry Armstrong dropping by and saying hi (19 Jan).

User ‘Transremaxculver’ stubbornly maintained her position by continue to state:
“So how can it be both conscious and Unconscious at the same time? How is that not a contradiction? How can it be always conscious but not availabel to the individual? These are contradictions.”
It may be so that this person at some point started to realize how awkward it was getting when she persisted with this, refusing to admit to anything, and finding more and more excuses and explain-aways, as I didn't let it go. Here on this newsgroup however it would mean losing face, and these people would just never submit to that. After all this is the place where the topic is attacked vigorously, not however with very much sense as I found out. Here people gather to lavish themselves ridiculing the topic into the extreme and as much as they possibly can! They will look at anything that can be interpreted as being a downer or a bad thing and they then pound on that. Any person saying against will be their immediate target. And how gruesome it can get.

I myself figured this occurrence to be a matter of not understanding the use of figure of speech or rather the meaning of the use of so-called scare quotes. After all in the 2 paragraphs taken from the book we see 7 times that various words are placed in quotation marks (= scare quotes). Indicating special attention, skepticism, irony or even disagreement. To use this is very customary for L. Ron Hubbard. In particular on his tape lectures he uses really a lot of irony, it shouldn't be all taken literally.



Board Policy Letter’. Color flash–green ink on cream paper. These are the issues of the Boards of Directors of the Churches of Scientology and are separate and distinct from HCO Policy Letters written by LRH. Only LRH issues may be printed green on white for policy and only LRH issues may have the prefix HCO. These Board issues are valid as Policy. (BPL 14 Jan 74R I, New Issues).
  This issue-type was established in January 1974. In October 1975 a project was started to cancel HCO PL's not written by L. Ron Hubbard and if still found being of value having them reissued as BPL's. By 1980 all BPL's had been revoked.
     Free Zone:
Free Zone generally is regarded being those groups (as in plural) that practice Scientology outside of the control of the official Church of Scientology. Various of these groups may have their personal approach about how to use the Scientology technology. See also my note here (separate window). 
An usual abbreviation for ‘L. Ron Hubbard’.
Office of Special Affairs’. A network within the Church of Scientology International which plans and supervises the legal affairs of the church, under the board of directors. (What Is Scientology? (1992), p. 649)
     PTS, PTSness:
potential trouble source’.  1. Somebody who is connected with an SP (suppressive person) who is invalidating him, his beingness, his processing, his life. (SH Spec 63, 6506C08)  2. He's here, he's way up today and he's way down tomorrow. (Establishment Officer Lecture 3, 7203C02 SO I)  3. The mechanism of PTS is environmental menace that keeps something continually keyed in. This can be a constant recurring somatic or continual, recurring pressure or a mass. (HCOB 5 Dec 68)

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