Falsifiable Aspects of Scientology
...Do we have any Scientologists frequenting this board?
The funny thing about Scientology and Dianetics, in comparison to - say - judeo-Christianity, is that it's modern nature allows us to take a view of it in much high resolution. We know, for example, exactly who the authorship of stories that bind it together belongs to (L. Ron Hubbard), we know the overall history of the organization in great detail and we know that we're properly interpreting what we read when we read it (it was all originally written in English, so nothing can be really 'lost in translation' because, well, there isn't any translating to be done.
What I find so damn amusing is that 'Incident II' (the Xenu account) - which is absolutely central to the religion (without this incident, Dianetics loses all merit, since otherwise there wouldn't be Body Thetans all over the place clinging to us and causing us all manner of psychological maladies) - presents so much sci-fi that we can actually test and falsify.
- The planet Venus is alleged to be another fully-fledged 'prison planet' of sorts, teeming with life and cities. Hubbard himself claimed to have went there and nearly been hit by a train.
- Most (all?) of Earth's major volcanoes had hyrdogen bombs detonated inside of them to kill-off the insurgents of the Confederacy.
- A planet named 'Coltice' orbits one of the stars in the Polaris tri-star system. Again, this is alleged to be teeming with life and civilization.
- There are alien complexes on mars.
- Aliens had an epic battle in the Himalayas, and some attempted to land a complex of some kind within the mountain range.
- There are alien complexes here, on Earth, somewhere in Africa and in the Pyrenees mountains.
- There are alien complexes on Earth's moon.
- The Marcab confederacy is all over the stars that comprise the Big Dipper, and represent one of the most advanced civilizations currently active in the known galaxy.
- An entire civilization of humans, in a modern-day culture with modern cities and technology, lived on Earth (or 'Teegeeack') 75 million years ago. They were presumably annihilated with everyone Xenu vaporized in the volcanoes when the bombs went off (...and, incidentally, this is actually something that encompasses what I think is one of the most striking symbolic descriptions I've ever read in sci-fi, "...A skyscraper, tall and arrow-straight, bent over to form a question mark to the very idea of humanity before crumbling into the screaming city below." Hubbard, if nothing else, you were a damn good wordsmith).
So? These are all readily examinable claims - what does the evidence say?
To Scientology's credit, at least it bothered being falsifiable in the first place...
"Natasha has just come up to the window from the courtyard and opened it wider so that the air may enter more freely into my room. I can see the bright green strip of grass beneath the wall, and the clear blue sky above the wall, and sunlight everywhere. Life is beautiful. Let the future generations cleanse it of all evil, oppression and violence, and enjoy it to the full."
- Leon Trotsky, Last Will & Testament
February 27, 1940