Blog: (VIDEO) Critical Q&A 68 - 2016-07-31

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F0.png (VIDEO) Critical Q&A #68 July 31, 2016, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

The weekly show where I answer your questions based on what is left for me in the comments section of my Q&A videos or sent to me by email at This week, the questions I answer are:

(1) During my time in Scientology, I saw many "high level" public on the top of the bloody Bridge die of cancer or something like that. It gave me the idea that "cause over life" was just a fake promise. How did you justify or view those deaths as a Sea Org member when you were in?

(2) So much of the punishment that goes on at Int Base is classified as voluntary. I have heard you say that most of the people in the RPF are convinced they need the fixing that they can get only in an RPF setting. This visually makes me believe that Scientology is very good at breaking a human being down into a humiliated mass of guilt. I wonder if you could take us through the specific activities and psychological tropes that a new believer might experience in trying to achieve the respective disciplines of a pre-clear/clear/OT. I heard about the ashtray thing, and the staring at each other routine, but there has got to be some kind of magic bullet they are using to keep people on track. I simply cannot believe that the message is that convincing on its own. There have got to be little blackmails and some extortion going on. In some cases would the use of actual physical restraint be employed to keep someone at an org or public Scientology space? Do these restraint techniques intensify as we get closer to the Gold Base? Is there a hierarchy of abuse capacity respective to the increased atmosphere of Hubbardness? I guess what I mean is this: are the Scientologists more insane as we get closer to the Scientology sun? How much time did you yourself spend in the dreaded "Hole"?