Blog: (VIDEO) Critical Q&A 55 - 2016-05-01

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F0.png (VIDEO) Critical Q&A #55 May 1, 2016, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

The weekly show where I answer your questions left for me in the comments section of my Q&A videos or sent by email to AskChrisShelton@gmail.com. This week, the questions I answer are:

(1) I have been seeing some people out there believing in opinions of an "us verses them" kind of mentality, or just that "black and white" view of the world, those who start following cults and become bigots and aggressive exstremist activist where they were not beforehand. Why do so many people believe in stereotypes, have prejudices and agree with things in trust without seemingly giving any effort in critical thinking? Why would people stop thinking and stop using a higher moral ground ... or at least how does that happen in the first place?

(2) I am also interested in anachronisms in the CoS. Due to LRH's written specifications, Scientologists use newspaper to clean glass, send telexes, and use a mimeograph to make more than 10 photocopies of any document. I wonder if you have any interesting anecdotes of anachronisms in Scientology daily life? Also, I have often thought that the CoS presence on the internet is very muted; most of it is either church service and contact information, or else digital editions of their print magazines. I think they could enhance their interaction with the public with much slicker videos and multimedia and other attractants. Their Social Media presence is minimal at best, and the number of pro-Scientology websites are overwhelmed by the anti websites. Do you think that the CoS has not not really taken full advantage of the internet because LRH never envisioned it, so the Church is stuck in a print world?