Blog: Critical Q&A 149 - 2018-02-25

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F0.png Critical Q&A #149 February 25, 2018, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

The weekly show where I answer viewer questions left in the comment sections of my Q&A videos or sent to me by email at This week, the questions I answer are:

(1) On a recent video you did with with Jon Atack, he mentioned that Hubbard didn't actually write most of his books regarding Scientology. I think he said Hubbard only really wrote Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. Can you provide any further elaboration on this? Are Scientologists generally aware of this? Who, besides David Mayo, actually wrote all that gibberish? What about all the policy letters and the other near constant utterances issued before Hubbard's death?

(2) How does a person overcome the anxiety that comes with not being dogmatic? For instance, given your intimate experiences with the subject of Scientology, you can easily and in good faith respond to the two most common retorts of "that's not real Scientology" or "it would work this time if we just changed X." However with other religions, economic systems, ideologies, etc. given their diversity and complexity, it just doesn't seem feasible to be able to answer those same two questions with a good degree of certainty especially given how broad those subjects are and how big their consequences are if true.