Blog: The Most Critical Thing That Scientologists Need - 2014-05-31
The reason that people fall for Scientology or cults like it is not because they are stupid. In fact, it's been said that the smarter someone is, the easier they are to get involved in something like Scientology and the easier it is for them to create the cognitive dissonance (self-justification) necessary to stay involved despite seeing numerous signs and reasons to get out.
What is lacking are critical thinking skills. I've said this in other articles and I thought it was time to give a clear-cut example of what I'm talking about.
Some Scientologists actually think that they are accomplished critical thinkers and that they fully understand logic and reason. They think this because they've looked over or even studied a series of policies which L. Ron Hubbard called the "Data Series". In fact, the Data Series is a very incomplete form of data analysis which gives one just enough know-how to be dangerous but not enough to be effective.