Blog: Indirect Proof Auditing Doesn't Work: The Failure of Independent Scientology - 2018-02-21
I recently posted an article showing why success stories are not sufficient to prove that Scientology auditing actually works, even though there are many people who claim to have received life-changing "wins" while using this technique. That's because of the nature of establishing the statistical validity of a hypothesis. The essence of the argument is that "the plural of anecdotes is not data."
But here's another reason that we can be fairly confident that auditing is a relatively ineffective tool for fueling personal growth: "independent Scientology," the practice of L. Ron Hubbard's "tech," should be a much bigger movement than it actually is.
When I first fell down the rabbit hole of Scientology watching in 2011, I read many stories of ex-Scientologists who claimed, in the wake of auditing, to have achieved life-changing results such as deciding to leave a bad marriage, etc. I concluded that auditing techniques, while dubious, could deliver results in some percentage of cases, though the success rate was likely to be far lower than evidence-based psychological techniques like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.