Crossposting latest project update summary from ESMB:http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.p ... post904078
I had accidentally missed crossposting the release of Vol VI last summer from RFTTP:http://forum.reachingforthetippingpoint.net/index.php/topic,7973.msg32426.html#msg32426Scientology Religiosity? Volume VI
Description: An intermediate level comparative analysis catalog of research materials on Scientology vs. Indic Religions.Scribd
See the RFTTP link for synopsis and major highlights featured in Vol6. I also did some more copyediting in my Tech Dictionary terminology comparison document to correspond with that release: http://www.scribd.com/doc/136449275/Scientology-Tech-Dictionary-Definition-Comparisons
Additionally, as I explained on the other thread at the time, the thrust of my project changed while working on the Vol6 compilation. I decide to shift a major from a comparative NRM study to a propaganda study. And after spending approx. 6 months studying propaganda techniques, I am truly floored at how prevalent they are in ALL of Scientology's teachings. It's almost like Hubbard was channeling Joseph Goebbels and the saturation of propaganda techniques was built up over time in such thick layers it's no wonder the persuasion bubble is so hard to break free from. As the say, "what has been seen cannot be unseen" and that truly applies to my efforts of revisiting all my research catalog publications and looking at things through the lens of identifying common propaganda techniques as they apply to spinning logical fallacies. And Goebbels said it best in regards to his responsibilities as the chancellor of Nazi office of propaganda...
More to come on the propaganda angle later, after I finish the remaining volumes in the series, and start writing up the findings of my independent study in essay form.
So after regrouping from ^^That major gear shift in my project, I finally got the next volume released in January 2014 (see below), and spent the last month re-doing the publication templates and released volumes to reflect the new "propaganda" theme in the front/back matter pages.
From: http://forum.reachingforthetippingpoint.net/index.php/topic,7973.msg33926.html#msg33926Scientology Religiosity? Volume VII (NEW)
Description: An intermediate level comparative analysis catalog of research materials on Scientology doctrine in the areas of LRH Philosophy, Vedic Hymns and Hymn of Asia.Scribd
See the RFTTP link above for the synopsis and major highlights featured in this volume. Of particular interest to ESMB'rs will likely be the last item in Subsection v7.01.016 where Nancy Many graciously allowed me to excerpt a lengthy portion of the "Messiah Project" chapter of her book starting on page 262 in my Vol7 publication. (Somewhere up here is a thread asking if there was any further info available on Hubbard's Messiah Project aside from Nancy's book and Hugh Urban's summary of that same material. Since nothing further every came out in the public domain on this effort, Nancy agreed with me that he first hand account of the matter was due to be made public. And now it is.)
The whole series of research catalog publications as a collection is available here:Scribd
Moving on, here's what lies ahead in this project (from my most recent post on the RFTTP thread):
: Since this is the final volume dealing with Eastern Beliefs comparison, the hard parts are done. The remaining three volumes center around various forms of miscellaneous supernatural woo, fringe history and murdered mythology. I hope to crank those publications out one per month over the next three months, and then get down to real business of writing academic quality essays & publishing about my findings from these past few years of independent research.
My game plan for the writing phase of this project is as follows. I also hope to develop a series of propaganda debunking essays that tears into all hot air fallacies Scientology bases their so-called "applied philosophy" on. I've been doing a fairly significant amount of study and research into propaganda techniques, and I have crafted the following matrix as an outline of the all of the commonly found tactics that Hubbard used extensively in his lectures and publications.Propaganda Identification Rubric: TOP 100 Techniques Found in Scientology Doctrine (FINAL DRAFT)https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9hwLoP07dRxdDA0RTVraG9RU1E/edit?usp=sharing
So my series of essays for my propaganda study will start out with 1 or 2 opening articles on basic critical thinking, logic/reasoning skills and why those skills are so important for people who exited the cult. Chris Shelton, former Sea Org member who has been featured in Karen's interview video series and on the X-Women internet radio show, has graciously agreed to collaborate with me on the opening segments. Our co-authored article(s) will then serve as the backgrounder info for my series of propaganda essays where I will run through the 100 technique indexed in the above rubric, featuring a short list of related techniques in a given article, and show multiple examples from over decades taken from the materials in my research catalog publications and elsewhere.
The end result will likely be in 1-2 dozen academic-style articles that makes the argument that Scientology's religiosity claims is ALL based on propaganda in a big way. I expect publish this series in 2 places: As web2.0 media infused version on my HubPages profile. And as a plain text document on my Academia.edu profile where I have myself setup under a "independent researcher" smack dab in the middle of the new sandbox for apologists. (Who have been having a grand ol' time slapping up all their written works that were never published in peer-reviewed journal. So WTH - if they can do it, then dagnabbit so can I).
Relevant publication venue links for future written works:http://anonlover.hubpages.com/https://independent.academia.edu/HeidiMacavoy