Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology
From: dmr@roadkill.Stanford.EDU (Daniel M. Rosenberg)
Subject: Re: Scientology questions
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eastin@locus.com (Dick Eastin) writes:

>Addressing some questions which have been asked.

[other stuff skipped here]

>E-meter - remotely decended from the GSR, Galvanic Skin Response device >and a distant cousin of the ohmmeter or resistance measuring device. >Original theory of GSR was that it measured the skin resistance and that >variations were a measure of moisture and salinity (saltiness). >The E-meter, or electropsychometer, however works around the skin >factors and measures the density(resistance) of the body circuit >between the hand held electrodes. It is also super sensitive in >magnitude of change and rate of change (time factor). Theoretically...

Some of the other material posted here recently almost made me believe that there was some legitimacy to Scientology, despite the recent weird attacks on _Time_ magazine (a rancid publication to be sure, but the Church's response had little to do with _Time_'s original transgressions), despite the misapplied standard psychometric measures (everyone who gets tested is "desperately sick" and in need of the Church's help, which might indeed be true, except that the tests are supposed to be scored around a median of the general population, so the Scientologists seem to be skewing all the scores in the direction of "sickness,") and despite the glassy-eyed people out in front of headquarters on Hollywood Boulevard who just wouldn't let up despite me polite (really!) protestations....

But. But the description of the E-meter given above. Let's forgive the writer's somewhat suspicious emphasis on just how remotely the E-meter is related to ohmmeters.

Citation 10.17 ---------------------------------------------------------------- AUTHOR: Garrison, Omar V. TITLE: The hidden story of scientology [by] Omar V. Garrison. IMPRINT: Secaucus, N.J., Citadel Press [1975,c1974] 232 p. 22 cm. NOTES: Includes bibliographical references. Language: English Year: Item CSUG2046946-B (Books)

A neat thumb-through to be sure. Perhaps just an unreasonable, bigoted attack by a pissed-off person who couldn't handle the true whatever; HOWEVER, this and a few of the other 72 books retrieved in my search cite several different stories of outsiders getting their hands on E-meters and taking them apart, and finding them filled with:

o Random electronic parts, most all *not* connected. o Wires going nowhere. o Many lights, some connected. o What looks a lot like an ohmmeter.

If this is *not* true (and it may not be true; it could all be persecution, truly) then can we get the specs for this machine? Even if we don't how precisely it works, can someone post the basic theory behind it? How it gets "around" GSR? The schematic? The general principle?

Because I don't believe you. I think it's a crock, because you make it sound like a crock.

(I will gladly eat my words when presented with significant evidence to the contrary.)

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