reply to post by XyZeR
Some would consider me a “Freezone Scientologist” because I am not affiliated with the Church of Scientology, though I myself do not hang with
that crowd. Regarding Xenu, I presume you are referring to the church’s account of ice cubes, hydrogen bomb blasts above volcanoes, and body
thetans. As I am not—and have never been—a part of the Church of Scientology, I suggest that you speak with someone who is or has been. The OT3
incident that the church runs is classified inside the church, but (naturally) you can quite readily find it strewn about the internet.
Regarding how much I spent running Filbert’s bridge (grades + OT levels), I reckon it cost me around $28,000 spread across four years to complete it
and learn how to use an e-meter myself. (Actually, I use a “Clarity Meter” that I bought over the internet from a guy named Hank Levin.)
Am I aware that “the e-meter is a farce”? To give you the benefit of the doubt, I think what you mean to say is that many people’s beliefs about
e-meters are built on misconceptions, exaggerations of fact, and misrepresentations peddled to justify a belief system. GSR meters (GSR = galvanic
skin response) are no more a farce in themselves than EKGs or thermometers; essentially a Wheatstone bridge invented by Samuel Hunter Christie in
1833, they have been around quite awhile, and do nothing else other than measure changes in electrical resistance. The movements of the needle have
been attributed to increased sweat gland activity caused by the arousal of the autonomic nervous system, changes in neuron permeability correlating
with the arousal of the autonomic nervous system, and actual electricity discharging through the body. I have no strong beliefs about this or Xenu to
lay bare before you.
In the interest of scientific scrutiny, you may wish to look for yourself sometime, rather than quote others. However, in the meantime, I will happily
respond to the section you quoted in your post about “Embarrassing E-Meter Facts” as it relates to my own experience:
Who invented it, marketed it, and registered varying versions of it does not determine its efficacy. That some people have faked reads undetected by
the person supposed to be helping them no more disproves the utility of GSR meters than fooling a psychologist with false accounts of what didn't
happen to you disproves psychology. As far as I am concerned, the point of a GSR meter is not to serve as some sort of Ouija board that tells clients
what they secretly believe. Used properly, it is an adjunct to the practitioner, not a crystal ball leading the session.
Psychologists use verbal and body cues along with their training to determine where to direct a client's attention; an auditor (or, as I call myself,
a clearing practitioner) uses an objective measurement of changes in a client's emotional state to more quickly ascertain what to focus on in
session. If an individual has developed the ability to read slight changes in their clients’ emotional arousal (like Cal Lightman in “Lie to
Me”… LOL), they would have no use for an E-meter. Despite what some in his personality cult may attest, this is not all about L. Ron Hubbard. In
1907, Carl Jung reported on his findings using a GSR Meter in "Journal of Abnormal Psychology" article.
There remains a difference between scientology and the Church of Scientology. What the Church of scientology charges for their meters (I do not know
firsthand if they even work), where they are built, and actions that courts have taken against their devices and administration, is of no consequence
[edit on 1-7-2010 by absolutestatic]