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Blog: Critical Q&A 84 - 2016-11-20

F0.png Critical Q&A #84 November 20, 2016, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

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

(1) Thank you so much for your helpful series. I have learned more from you about Scientology than I ever did from reading Hubbard's books.

I have a background in psychology and philosophy, and was excited back in 1987 to read Dianetics for the first time to find out what I was allegedly missing in my study of the human mind. As I read, I remember thinking how shockingly shallow and offensive the book was, and how poorly written (and unedited) it appeared to be. I was getting more insight into Hubbard's personality disorders than I was about any "modern science of mental health." But I always try to give everything a fair shot. I read the entire book, even though it left a horrible taste in my mouth, with the words "charlatan" and "con artist" constantly at the forefront of my critical thoughts.