Archive Message - 1995

Since some of the materials which describe the $cientology cult could be considered to be copywritten materials, I have censored myself and The Skeptic Tank by deleting any and all possible text files which describes the cult's hidden mythologies. I have elected to quote just a bit of the questionable text according to the "Fair Use" legal findings afforded to those who report. - Fredric L. Rice, The Skeptic Tank, 09/Sep/95 -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- From!!!!!!luna!council Mon Jul 10 17:00:32 1995 Path:!!!!!!luna!council From: "M. Council" <> Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology Subject: anthropologist's view of auditing Date: Thu, 6 Jul 1995 15:09:33 -0400 Organization: University of South Florida Lines: 74 Message-ID: <Pine.SUN.3.91.950706144402.2692L-100000@luna> NNTP-Posting-Host: Mime-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: TEXT/PLAIN; charset=US-ASCII X-Sender: council@luna Harriet Whitehead is a respected anthropologist who studied Co$ in the alte sixties and early seventies, using the 'participant observer' methodology of early cultural anthropologists who lived among their objects of study, as one of the group. She says of her research: "The research for this book was conducted in the US and UK primarily between 1969 and 1971 under an anthropological field-training grant from the National Institute of Mental Health." [Whitehead, p. 10] "My participation in Scientology at the formal level enbded as the outcome of a review auditiing session in which I admitted to enrolling in a course at the Los Angeles Org without having notified the Org executivews that I was conducting research. THus brought into the matter, these executives asked me to leave. Individual friendships survived this rupture for some times, but knowing that I would eventually publish my research and that my viewpoint would inevitable disagree with that of my firends if only by virtue of being that of an academic and not a committed practitioner, I took my departure from the Org as an occasion to diminish and soon cease my inquiries." [Whitehead, p. 43-44] Her interest lies in the nature of religious experience and the problem of symbolic efficacy, so her book does not come from the perpective of a disgruntled ex-member, nor does it *directly* address the inconsistencies of Scientology[tm] and the life of LRH. Whitehead has a *most* interesting commentary on auditing: "Since in the auditing session the preclear's productions are denied the status of anything other than manifestations of Reactive Mind -- even attempting to leave the session or falling asleep is treated as a dramatization of one sort or another--there is no way in which he or she can fail to conform to the patterm anticipated by Dianetic theory and, in practice, usually little he or she can do to avoid coming up with and running incidnets. Dianetics as a therapy, however, may come to have its validity questioned if the preclear fails to improve or benefit from the funning of incidents. As his suystem developed, Hubbard learned to forestall this potential invalidation by pointing to auditor error and by elaborating more and more nuanced rules for correct auditing. In this way, auditing failure like "ritual failure" could be ascribed to the violation of some minutia of the rules. Such a strategy, like the clever turning of the preclear's objections into engrammic phrases, wwould help to make the particular construction of reality out of which the therapy proceeded proof against any puncture." Whitehead, Harriet Renunciation and Reformation: a study of conversion in an American sect. Cornell University Press, 1987. ISBN 0801418496. This book is part of a series "Anthropology of Contemporary Issues" edited by Roger Sanjek. The book is dispassionate and objective, but full of insights. In the introduction, Whitehead notes that Hubbard ahd dies only a few months previous to publication; she suspected many other books would be published about Scientology[tm] at this time [implying lotsa folks waitin for him to pop his last balloon so they can tell their stories]. SHe used a tone that suggested she thought that Scientology would die with Hubbard, maybe not as quickly, but it woudln't live too much longer, anyway. [insert woody's "expansion" response here] Interesting reading. --------------------------------------m. council, human being Hell, if you understood everything I say, you'd be me. -Miles Davis -------------------------------------------------------------


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