Blog: Critical Q&A 206 - 2019-04-07

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F0.png Critical Q&A #206 April 7, 2019, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

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

(1) When I was a kid there was a story in a major magazine that talked about how our skin was covered with little bacteria. I remember my Mom and Dad talking about the fact that there was no way to scrub these bacteria off and they were freaking out. Of course since then, science has realize that these bacteria actually help us. Companies are beginning to realize the importance of this microbiome and are selling products that protect these bacteria, but at the time this first came out, we were all very uncomfortable with the whole idea.

Jumping ahead to Scientology and "body thetans," I've watched a ton of critics and only heard this touched on briefly. Some Scientologists, after being told they're covered with little disembodied entities that they can't break free of, lose it. I could see how this might send somebody straight off a cliff since it's so similar to the microbiome thing. From what I gather, Lisa McPherson may have even had this problem. I'm not a psychiatrist but if somebody gets out of their car, gets completely naked and walks around on the street in traffic, it would make sense that they were trying to get rid of something that's attached all over their body.