Chris Shelton - Critical Thinker at Large - YouTube channel

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  1. Chris Shelton

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    I've posted and other people have posted some of my videos here from time to time, but I thought I should probably start a dedicated thread to them so I can keep up on any comments or questions anyone might have about my work in one place and share what I've been up to since leaving Scientology and starting to speak out. I look back at the past year and it's been something else in terms of recovery and change. These videos document some of that, and some of my written articles from my blog also show the changes I've made. At the same time, I look back at some of my original work and even I'm surprised at how much I was looking at so shortly after getting declared an SP. Anyway, I'm going to post all my videos here in sequence, so here we go.
     
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    [video=youtube;4ml9T25oCi0]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ml9T25oCi0[/video]

    Destruction is in its DNA
    Originally posted on YouTube on April 1, 2014

    In this first of a multi-part series, I discuss the overall problem with Scientology and how its operating policies cannot help but bring about its eventual destruction as an organized religion.
     
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    [video=youtube;wOH0ur9zvUc]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOH0ur9zvUc[/video]

    Greed is Good
    Originally posted on YouTube on April 8, 2014

    In this second of a multi-part series, I discuss how Scientology's obsession with money and culture of greed is helping to bring about its eventual destruction as an organized religion.
     
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    [video]https://youtu.be/3nApJb5gEy8[/video]

    Hubbard's Way or the Highway
    Originally posted on YouTube on April 14, 2014


    The third in my series detailing how the Church of Scientology is destroying itself through its toxic policies and the way it enforces those policies. In this video, I discuss how Scientology is a system that enforces black & white thinking (the "false dilemma" fallacy) and how it villifies dissidents and anyone who claims that Hubbard's methods don't work.
     
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    [video]https://youtu.be/Bl4hZFbkDOQ[/video]

    You're Free to Say What We Want You to Say
    Originally posted on YouTube on April 20, 2014

    The fourth in my series detailing how the Church of Scientology is destroying itself through its toxic policies and the way it enforces those policies. In this video, I discuss how Scientology is like "Opposite World" with a creed and methodology that preaches openness and honesty while its policies call for censorship of free thought and are totally intolerant of free speech.
     
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    [video]https://youtu.be/nqalTJWGYj4[/video]

    There's Nothing Fair About This Game
    Originally posted on YouTube on April 27, 2014

    The fifth in my series detailing how the Church of Scientology is destroying itself through its toxic policies and the way it enforces those policies. In this video, I discuss the policy of "Fair Game" which Scientology uses to stalk, harass and otherwise personally ruin ex-member, critics and anyone connected with them, as a sort of revenge for criticizing the Church. Not able to just let people have their own opinions or move on peacefully, Hubbard wrote "justice "policies which call for getting even and 'settling the score' with anyone who dares to speak out against Scientology.
     
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    [video]https://youtu.be/ibxELHcYZFQ[/video]

    Disconnection: The Ultimate Evil
    Originally posted on YouTube on May 11, 2014

    The sixth and final video in my series detailing how the Church of Scientology is destroying itself through its toxic policies and the way it enforces those policies. In this video, I discuss the policy of "Disconnection" which Scientology uses to control its members by threatening to cut all ties with their Scientology friends and family if they leave the Church or speak out against it.
     
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    [video]https://youtu.be/mZLmFKmfBmk[/video]

    I am an Ex-Scientologist
    Originally posted on YouTube on June 1, 2014

    This is my parody of the "I am a Scientologist" campaign which the Church of Scientology has run in the past to try to convince people that Scientologists are regular people with totally normal beliefs just like everyone else.
     
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    [video]https://youtu.be/ooUximeUnyQ[/video]

    Scientology's Office of Special Affairs - Dirty Tricks is What We Do
    Originally posted on YouTube on June 10, 2014

    A response to recent internet cyber attacks by the Office of Special Affairs on Scientology critics. OSA is the covert operations arm of the Church of Scientology, tasked with handling legal affairs and dealing with critics of Scientology. L. Ron Hubbard's policies demand retribution and ruination of anyone who dares to speak out against Scientology.
     
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    [video]https://youtu.be/ruSHCRiKJaE[/video]

    Is Scientology a Cult?
    Originally posted on YouTube on June 24, 2014

    An analysis of Scientology as a cult, using specific points and examples from Scientology's writings and activities which prove this point. Special acknowledgement is made to Janja Lalich, Ph.D. & Michael D. Langone, Ph.D., for article "Characteristics Associated with Cultic Groups - Revised" at http://www.csj.org/infoserv_cult101/checklis.htm
     
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    [video]https://youtu.be/lrbp7L6r_WI[/video]

    Scientology's Organizational Madness
    Originally posted on YouTube on August 22, 2014

    In this video, I explain the unique and unworkable organizational structure behind Scientology and how it creates more trouble than it's worth. But worse than that, control of the entire movement was subverted decades ago by David Miscavige and in this video I show exactly how that occurred.
     
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    My Completely Awesome ALS Challenge
    Originally posted on YouTube on August 23, 2014
     
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    [video]https://youtu.be/BtpvcIsaB88[/video]

    Scientology is Coming Apart at the Seams
    Originally posted on YouTube on December 18, 2014

    The public image and public relations of the Church of Scientology has never been at such a low point as it is now. There are reasons for this and in this video I break down what some of those reasons are. Scientology is literally collapsing right before our eyes and its leader, David Miscavige, is not dealing with this in any kind of effective or reasonable manner.
     
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    [video]https://youtu.be/Yadfszp8Df8[/video]

    Why Conspiracy Theories Suck.
    Originally posted on January 21, 2015

    Global or grand conspiracy theories tend to be full of logic holes. In order to believe them, one must draw inferences or believe coincidences which are, at best, highly unlikely. In this video I describe why five maxims of critical thinking which anyone can and should apply before falling for outlandish conspiracy theories or any kind of claim which sounds too good to be true.
     
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    [video]https://youtu.be/dV_xSZChyxo[/video]

    An Open Letter to Scientology Leader David Miscavige
    Originally posted on YouTube on January 25, 2015

    My personal message to David Miscavige about the most basic hypocrisy of the Church of Scientology and what he could do right now to change it. I don't expect that Mr. Miscavige is going to respond to this video or even watch it, but if I had him in front of me, this is what I would say.
     
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    [video]https://youtu.be/UsZEHs_UOlw[/video]

    Scientology: And Justice for All
    Originally posted on YouTube on February 14, 2015

    Scientology has never been more terrified of exposure as it is now with the upcoming Alex Gibney documentary, called Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, based on Lawrence Wright's bestselling book. There has never been a better time to be a critic of Scientology, nor a more fitting time to speak out against its abuses. This is my call to action to everyone who has ever been part of Scientology to add their voices to the eight brave souls who took part in this film. Together, we can make a huge difference and hopefully reach those still trapped in the cult of Scientology.
     
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    [video]https://youtu.be/uaeK3u0m1uk[/video]

    Critical Q&A #1
    Originally posted on YouTube on February 20, 2015

    This is the first of a new show I am starting to answer questions people have been asking me in the comments section of my YouTube channel. My channel is up to just about 2,000 subscribers now and many have asked me questions in the comments sections of my videos. While I've tried to address some of those by answering them in the comments, I think a video show format will allow me more time to give answers of more complete length.
    Here are the questions answered in this first show:
    (1) How do you repair an organization that has caused so much pain and suffering to otherwise good and caring people? I don't know, I think Scientology has passed the point of no return. And I don't think Miscavige is going to change, not while he's sitting on a billion dollars.
    (2) Great vid. Thanks for making this. Have you heard about Steven Christ and his concave earth cult?
    (3) Chris, love your work & concept of critical thinking. Could you take a minute and explain Cof$ concept of Xenu, when it is introduced to Scientologists, why the secrecy and why Tommy David flat out denied it as a spokesman for the church, I mean CULT?
    (4) Do you get trolls? I always suspect Scientologists just don't use YouTube but can't tell for sure.
     
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    Critical Q&A #2
    Originally posted on YouTube on March 1, 2015

    The second installment of my question-and-answer YouTube show. The questions I answer in this show are:

    (1) (a) Good work Chris, can you explain why so called nice people like Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Will Smith have anything to do with this pretty evil organisation, are they brainwashed? Have they got something on Tom and John I don't get it?
    (b) Do celebrities get special treatment within Scientology? Can you also make a video addressing this topic?

    (2) If Scientology reformed like you spoke of in your first question, would you rejoin??
    (3) Chris, I wish I had your moderate tone and method of rational discussion. It's hard for me to restrain myself to an effective level of volume. When I think about all of these things going on with Scientology and what it has done to people, I just scream and want to punch people. That is really difficult for me because I lean a little Buddhist and wish I could tolerate the shame and degradation CoS imposes upon its victims/followers. My Q: What is your secret for not exploding like the Tasmanian Devil, as I seem to do?
    (4) Chris, did you ever achieve the state of Clear? If so, what did you think of it at the time? What do you think now? Even if the concept of Clear is inherently flawed, do you think there's something beneficial to having gone through all the auditing to get there (e.g. increased neuroplasticity in the brain, a general, more lucid feeling, less negative emotions daily, etc)??
    (5) During your time in the Sea Org, did you notice any change in regards to how long the average teenager lasts after graduating from the EPF versus how long the average teen-aged recruit from your generation lasted?
     
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    #GoingClear: Alex Gibney Clears the World of Scientology
    Originally posted on April 1, 2015

    The HBO Documentary called Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief has impacted the world like few other documentaries and is shaking up the Church of Scientology by exposing its abuses to everyone. Here are some of my thoughts on this and what actions we can all take to get its tax-exempt status reviewed and hopefully revoked for good.
     
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    Critical Q&A #3
    Originally posted on YouTube on March 22, 2015

    The third installment of my question-and-answer video show, where I take up questions subscribers and commenters have asked me in my videos and answer them as best I can. Questions in this video:
    (1) Why just England, just Italy, other than those are the epicenters of Catholicism and the Anglican churches? What about India and central Asia and China??
    (2) Can't we put together a petition to have their religious status revoked? I mean the IRS gave it to them so they have it within their power to take it away?
    (3) Chris thank you so much for being open and honest. I thoroughly enjoy your videos. How far up the Bridge did you get? How far up the Bridge do most Sea Org members achieve? And high ranking officials, like David Miscavige?
    (4) If it is supposed to be a religion, who or what do they actually worship? Do they pray to anything or anyone?
    (5) To what extent do you think Hubbard intended actual harm? Do you think, as some folks do, that he was actively trying to harm people in order to get his name "hammered into history"? Did he write those TRs to create double binds and psychological traps?
    (6) Love your channel! I have a couple of questions: 1) If the Co$ were to rescind the disconnection policy, how would that square with the tech? Doesn't the tech specifically say PTSes and SPs hurt your case? If you associate with your anti-$cino family, you are hurting your case? It seems to me like it's a core part of the doctirne. It would be like christians ditching the ten commandments. 2) Do you ever worry about getting caught up in another cult? I was raised in a cult and I find that I have the type of personality that really latches onto things and gets quite evangelical about it. I am as dogmatic now about my anti-theism as I ever was about my theism. I wonder how other former cult members feel about their own natures and how they might get sucked in to another cult someday.?
    (6) Is the point when initial Scientology indoctrination clashes with reasonable doubt that active scientologists become responsible for the abuse??
    (7) Do you have any ill feelings towards Mike Rinder or Marty Rathbun, or do you feel that they were caught up in the culture of a cult, and not responsible for the harm they caused so many? Also, do you think that Tommy Davis will ever come out publicly against Scientology?
    (8) Love watching your videos Chris well done. I found you due to my somewhat obsession with learning everything there is to know about Scientology. I've never studied LRH or his writing but I find cults very interesting and perplexing. My question is more about faith in general. Do you think organized religion, whatever it may be is helpful or more hurtful to our society? I think spirituality is important for our souls. I'm not going to tell people what they should or shouldn't believe but from my viewpoint organized religions are hypocritical and use faith to further their agendas, and have lead to the death of millions. I'm curious to hear what your opinion might be...?
     

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