... What do you guys think? Am I helping myself with Hubbard's material? Or am I just brainwashed, as David Touretzky insists? Touretzky is so dead set against Study Tech, just because it was taken from Scn... I think he's being way too extreme.
And I think you are right. There is much within the subject of scientology that is practical & useful. You are also correct in your conclusions concerning the church; it is a cult and a dangerous one at that.
Nowadays what I recommend to most people is that a study of the subject should be based on a study of the alternate Clearbird materials. They do the best job of presenting the subject of scientology without giving in to the cultic iconization of hubbard. They are also available for free download on the internet, as per the above link.
Mark A. Baker