Blog: (VIDEO) How Critical Thinking Destroys Scientology - 2016-03-24

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F0.png (VIDEO) How Critical Thinking Destroys Scientology March 24, 2016, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

I used to be a Scientologist. I was raised with it and for 25 years I worked for the organization at its highest levels. Scientology is a destructive cult, a high control group that enforces belief and thought patterns on its members. Scientology is not the only group that does this by far, but it has been stated that there are more specific control mechanisms and abusive psychological processes in Scientology than any other destructive cult and I believe it. Recovery from such an experience is a long and sometimes hard road.

In my book, Scientology: A to Xenu, I've told the story of how after I left the Sea Organization, I was treated as a second class citizen by Scientology and how that drove me away from it, ultimately learning the truth about L. Ron Hubbard and its current leader, David Miscavige. What I have not talked about in as much detail is how learning about critical thinking set me on the road to recovery.

Once it was clear to me that Scientology was a sham, the only thing I knew was that I didn't want to jump from one cult to another. I had no idea where to go or what to think or what to do. And then I hit on this from Carl Sagan: "Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge." This was a radically new idea for me. I had thought from all my years in Scientology that science was mostly balderdash and conjecture and that everyone had it wrong, that almost all of the modern scientists, physicists and whatnot didn't know what they were talking about. Of course, I got this from L. Ron Hubbard, who routinely badmouthed anything and everything that could ever contradict his own teachings.