Archive Message - 1995

Since some of the materials which describe the $cientology cult could be considered to be copywritten materials, I have censored myself and The Skeptic Tank by deleting any and all possible text files which describes the cult's hidden mythologies. I have elected to quote just a bit of the questionable text according to the "Fair Use" legal findings afforded to those who report. - Fredric L. Rice, The Skeptic Tank, 09/Sep/95 -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- From!!!!!unlisys!usenet Wed Jul 12 09:50:42 1995 Path:!!!!!unlisys!usenet From: (Tilman Hausherr) Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology Subject: Re: Hubbard = Gobbledygook (read it and laugh) Date: Tue, 11 Jul 1995 16:14:38 GMT Organization: Xenu's Ranch Lines: 80 Message-ID: <3tu836$> References: <3th62b$> Reply-To: NNTP-Posting-Host: X-Newsreader: Forte Agent .99.82 (TarlaStar) wrote: >"It is a mechanism of thinkingness, whether one is postulating or >receiving information, that one retain one's ability to know. It is >equally important that one retain one's ability to not-know. Thought >consists entirely of knowing and not-knowing and the shades of gray in >between." This shows *his* version of "double-think". For those who missed it, here it is again: --- Here's the explanation how the loyal OSA member thinks. Both quotes here apply very good to Milne, Pouw, Goodman, etc., but also to footsoldiers like Dan Sigal, Michael Dunn, etc.. It also answers why Chris Miller continues to post here, although his nose is already so long that he could use it to dry his laundry. [schnip] "_Crimestop_ means the faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of any dangerous thought. It includes the power of not grasping analogies, of failing to perceive logical errors, of misunderstanding the simplest arguments if they are inimical to Ingsoc [known as English Socialism in old-speak], and of being bored or repelled by any train of thought which is capable of leading in a heretical direction. _Crimestop_, in short, means protective stupidity. But stupidity is not enough. On the contrary, orthodoxy in the full sense demands a control of one's own mental processes as complete as that of a contortionist over his body. Oceanic society rests ultimately on the belief that Big Brother is omnipotent and that the Party is infallible. But since in reality Big Brother is not omnipotent and the Party is not infallible, there is need for an unwearying, moment-to-moment flexibility in the treatment of facts. The key word here is _blackwhite_. Like so many Newspeak words, this word has two mutually contradictory meanings. Applied to an opponent, it means the habit of impudently claiming that black is white, in contradiction of the plain facts. Applied to a Party member, it means a loyal willingness to say that black is white when Party discipline demands this. But it means also the ability to _believe_ that black is white, and more, to _know_ that black is white, and to forget that one has ever believed the contrary. This demands a continuous alteration of the past, made possible by the system of thought which really embraces all the rest, and which is known in Newspeak as _doublethink_." About "doublethink": "_Doublethink_ means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them. The Party intellectual knows in which direction his memories must be altered; he therefore knows that the is playing tricks with reality; but by the exercise of _doublethink_ he also satisfies himself that reality is not violated. The process has to be conscious, or it would not be carried out with sufficient precision, but it also has to be unconscious, or it would bring with it a feeling of falsity and hence guilt. _Doublethink_ lies at the very heart of Ingsoc [formerly known as 'English Socialism' in Old Speak], since the essential act of the Party is to use conscious deception while retaining the firmness of purpose that goes with complete honesty. To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies -- all this is indispensably necessary. Even in using the word _doublethink_ it is necessary to exercise _doublethink_. For by using the word one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of _doublethink_ one erases this knowledge; and so on indefinitely, with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth." [From George Orwell, "1984". The 2nd quote is 1st in the book. Both can be found in the "Immanuel Goldstein" chapter] --- Tilman Hausherr [Awards: KoX, DB, Koos "seal of approval"] biz: <> <URL:> (company page) home: <> <URL:> Praise Xenu, Mozilla and "Bob"! (and say "Hi" to Warren McShane !)


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