Blog: Critical Q&A 87 - 2016-12-11

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F0.png Critical Q&A #87 December 11, 2016, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

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

(1) I have always viewed high school's most important job as teaching critical thinking skills, but I feel that they have been farther and farther from that as they concentrate on teaching to take a test successfully. What are you feelings on this and do you think that it is or should be part of public schools mandate to teach such skills?

(2) Recently we were re-watching your What is Wrong with Scientology series. In, I believe the first one, you state that your focus and disagreement is with the abusive practices of the CoS and not with the dogma, or, technology. I'm wondering, now a few years later, if your view point on that has changed? As I understand it from a lot of things I've read, the technology is the primary instrument of indoctrination which creates the mental state where mind control is possible. One example: Boring, repetitive tasks such as word clearing a passage over and over again because one disagrees with the content can create enough mental discomfort that one will accept a disagreeable, dogmatic statement in order to end the boredom.