Hubbard's Mushroom wrote:
God lives in a trunk with a leopard skin. That's right,
that's - that is the full story on it.
+++++++++Sacred Cult Scripture++++++++++++++++
And then although a lot of people will say carelessly "Well,
God is everywhere," remember that this was an idea which
was introduced rather latterly in Christian religion. The God
of which they speak, of whom they speak continually, is
Yahweh. Lord knows how it's pronounced because it is so
secret that nobody really is supposed to be able to pronounce
it, so they omitted all of the vowels in the word. And they
spell it only with its consonants. So, Lord knows how this word
is to be pronounced. But more agreed upon pronunciation
amongst scholars so they can talk about it is "Yahweh." An-
and this is the Christian God. But he lives in a trunk with a
leopard skin. That's right, that's - that is the full story on it.
— L. Ron Hubbard
Lecture 9 December 1954: Communication Formula
lol! That's Hubbard alright. And I bet that nobody dared to question him at the time, even though I'm sure that it sounded batshit crazy to some of the folk that were there live.
There is a reason for tossing out total nonsense like that. There is a hypnotizing effect because it has a way of fixing people's attention.
Back in the early 80's, I worked briefly in a fone room in Hollywood CA selling advertising specialties, known in the biz as "ad specs". The pitch was ALWAYS a gift pitch, and the handle on objections was always to feed the poor guy on the other end of the fone the objection you wanted to handle. "You're telling me you want to think about weather or not you want to buy pens, right?" (buyer agrees) (salesman laughs) I didn't call you from 2000 miles away to sell you PENS, John, I called you because of the PROMOTION! Now you can't get ANY of these four gift items for less than 2000 dollars John, so take the gift for 2 HUNDRED dollars, and I'll toss the pens in ABSOLUTELY FREE. Is that fair?"
The pitch worked like a charm, but that's not the punchline. Most of us got 200 dollar orders, which was the minimum. But there was one particular salesman who would consistently get the max 400 dollar orders. Instead of "We offer the big box for the big businessman, then there is the medium sized box for the average businessman, and then there is the small box for the small businessman, which size would work best for you?" his line was "We have the big box for the big penis man, the medium box for the average penis man, and the small box for the small penis man. What size penis man are you?" No shit, this guy would out write everyone in the room. The reply would come back "I'm a BIG businessman!" They HEARD ""penis man" but probably doubted their own ears, causing a fixation of attention. This salesman, by the end of the call, was saying "congratulations, Mr. Penis!" Most of us were simply too hungry and too shy to pull this one off, but Bob Seaman (no shit, this was the guy's fone name) simply didn't care. I listened to him pitch day in and day out for a week, AND NOBODY CALLED HIM ON BEING CALLED A PENIS MAN.
I have caught this technique a few more times since (not the penis man thing) and it goes like this ... the speaker is built up to be an AUTHORITY on (whatever subject) Not immediately, but fairly early on, some totally obvious horseshit is tossed out. The speaker is not questioned, because he is an AUTHORITY on (whatever it is) and nobody wants to look stupid by questioning the AUTHORITY on what should clearly be obvious crap to anybody with half a brain.
If you ever spot this technique being used, notice that just past the point of horseshit insertion is when eyes glaze over, attention is fixated, etc. If you do call the AUTHORITY out on whatever the point is, expect shuck, jive, eloquent non answers, further shifts of attention, and perhaps some levity tossed in, at your expense, of course.