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Blog: The Basics of Scientology: Investigations and the Data Series - 2018-04-05

F0.png The Basics of Scientology: Investigations and the Data Series April 5, 2018, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

This video is the next in my ongoing series breaking down Scientology principles and concepts and showing how the fundamental assumptions and ideas underlying these principles don't hold up to critical thinking. In this video, we are going to take a quick and dirty look at a part of Scientology which doesn't receive a lot of attention, even by all Scientologists, but which determines many of the decisions and activities the Church of Scientology engages in, including its abusive harassment and targeting of Scientology critics. What we are going to be looking at is a collection of guidelines and methods Hubbard wrote to teach Scientologists his own brand of logic and reasoning. The actual body of written issues this is based on is called the Data Series. There will be more videos and podcasts in the near future on this subject which will go into a lot of detail about different aspects of this. The purpose of this video is just to give a short overview and commentary on what this is all about.

Over the years, Hubbard wrote or approved thousands of policies letters which direct Scientology organizations on how to run. Some of these issues were centered around the same subject matter, such as how to handle money and banking. These were collected together, put in order and numbered and then collectively referred to as the Finance Series. There is a Public Relations Series, Executive Series, Personnel Series and many others including the Data Series.

These policies focus on the subject of logic, how to do investigations and how to find the supposed causes of things so that non-optimum situations can be resolved or optimum situations can be reinforced and made even better. Sounds like a good idea, but like everything Hubbard touched, there are so many hidden twists and turns that if you try to use this information for real, you'll find yourself failing more often than succeeding.