Blog: Why Anecdotes Are Not Proof of Anything. Especially not Scientology Auditing - 2018-02-14
How do you prove that something like Scientology auditing "works?" I've had many discussions with former Scientologists who say that their lives changed for the better because of Scientology auditing, and that I should not treat it with such contempt.
I believe the stories of people who have life-changing "wins" from auditing yet, at the same time, I remain resolute in saying that auditing is not proven to be useful. How do you resolve the apparent paradox in my view?
Auditing, using the e-meter (below) to attempt to divine a member's innermost thoughts, is perhaps the cornerstone of Scientology's self-help practices. The e-meter is a simple century-old electronic circuit dolled up in a fancy package that functions as an oversimplified lie detector. Scientologists pay hundreds of dollars per hour for an "auditor" to interrogate them until the needle shows some indicator that's imagined to be a specific troubling thought or emotion disappearing.