From: derek@mtlion.cs.wisc.edu (Derek Zahn)
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Subject: Two questions
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I don't know much about Scientology -- all I've done is read Hubbard's book (_Dianetics_), which I found to be intriguing.

1) How does religion enter into it? _Dianetics_ seems more like psychology than religion. Is Scientology different from Dianetics? Is it possible to explore Dianetics, which is essentially a theory of how the mind works, without caring about any mystical/moral dogma? Emptying the engram bank seems like a secular idea to me.

2) I'm sure that this question is asked often -- my apologies. How much does it cost to try Dianetics long enough to make an evaluation of its effectiveness? Can poor people like college students (who have little money to spend on what must be considered an experiment) explore Dianetics, or is it only for the rich?


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