Sunday, December 5, 2021

The Sea Org versus the Singularity


The Sea Org is all about the promise of transcendence. By its very existence, it claims that this promise has already been achieved - but there is always a but: Something as valuable as the ultimate release the Sea Org claims to deliver should naturally be expected to have a very high price. That price is the lifelong labor demanded of almost all Sea Org members. They will be reimbursed for their tireless efforts after they die, at the end of this or a future lifetime. Until then they they are expected to pay the bill for this service in advance.

A similar "star high" promise is sometimes felt by fans and believers of the upcoming Technological Singularity. But here there is no promise of a guaranteed solution, or the solution being what we would want it to be now. When you see how bad computers are today, how often they freeze and crash and just don't work, you have to worry about any technology invented by creatures as indifferent and often evil as humans. There are dangers we can't fathom yet.

And that is what my ongoing novel is about:
* Singularity Soon

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Never give in to blackmail


At this blog, we've always been interested in the subject of blackmail and extortion, both real and implied.
It has long been claimed by Sea Org watchers that Auditing and Sec Check records are kept to gather embarrassing data about their members and others. At least that's part of the reason these records are kept.
The threat of misusing this data helps to control Scientologists and keeps them in line.
You are also required to reveal all your embarrassing secrets before you're allowed to join the Sea Org.

As far as I can tell, Auditing secrets are rarely leaked to the media/public, but Sec Check records can be freely used in Fair Game attacks.
And also to collect Freeloader debt; and even more when someone Blows and starts condemning life in the Sea Org or the larger Church. Their personal auditing data can then be used to "Dead Agent" the former member.

Which brings us to a blackmail problem in the real world:
There have recently been many "ransomware" attacks.
Hackers use software to infiltrate large and small computer systems, and systematically encrypt all the data they can access.
The owners of the data are then "blackmailed" into paying millions for the codes needed to decrypt and recover their data. They should have backed it up instead, but that can be surprisingly difficult.
If the ransomware victims won't pay, they can't decrypt their data themselves because the codes use one-way "trapdoor" functions.

Some say you should never give in to blackmailers. I would go further than that:

You may recall a common theme of this blog is to complain about software design.
Most computer program interfaces are so bad they can reasonably be described as evil. That extends to every level, from program design down to file management.
Ransomware hacks shouldn't even be possible! (I certainly don't expect Biden to understand such a thing.)
Ransom should never be paid. In fact, the hackers should be paid for exposing the horrible design flaws of today's software.

That doesn't mean ex-Sea Orgers should give more money to the Church, though. They have already given plenty.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

There is a new Dune movie out


Frank Herbert's Dune universe is a brilliant fantasy precisely because it's non-falsifiable.
Technically, it's all made-up pseudoscience. But so remote and advanced it feels absolutely real.
Who knows how advanced science and culture and human evolution might appear to us? Things you can't understand would really feel that strange.
Now imagine the Sea Org as one of the many generational hyper-conspiracies in that distant future. They would have to radically change first. All current Scientology groups have an extreme short-term focus.
Real hyper-conspiracies like the Bene Gesserit in the Dune universe require intense skepticism and constant evaluation to survive.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

I'm just like Indiana Jones, only more so


I have a truly incapacitating fear of snakes. It's unbelievably intense and affects my life severely.
Except it's not snakes I'm afraid of, but something else. And I'm not so much afraid of it as that I hate it with burning intensity.
This world is full of evil machinery that is not talked about: By that I mean interface tortures.
They appear anywhere you need to interact with any system to get anything done. Many interfaces seem designed to cause maximum pain, every step obscured to make it maximally torturous (that's not quite what happened though).
The clearest example is software, followed by tech support. My most common business interactions involve asking corporations to give me back my money for defective products, and each instance has ruined a day of my life. Scott Adams calls them confusopolies.
That is how the masses want things to be, as indicated by their unprotesting acceptance (everyone but me of course).
The clearest way I can put it is to point out how difficult it is to just GIVE people money in return for a service.

* = Scientology and the Sea Org also have many painful traps and barriers, but those are the result of meticulous planning instead of brutal indifference. A quite different issue.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

About the recent rise in UFO reports


I've successfully avoided reading almost anything about these military and air traffic-related UFO claims and blurry videos.
My impression is there's nothing there but supreme vagueness. It almost sounds like Space Opera doesn't it. Perhaps they're Marcabian invaders?
The correct response is to "refuse this communication". I believe that is the correct response to most supernatural originations and assertions.

L. Ron Hubbard had an interesting habit. He casually mentioned paranormal things as if they were completely ordinary occurrences. As if he had to deal with these things so often he'd gotten super bored with them. That also discouraged others from asking him questions.

In reality there are absolutely no paranormal anomalies of any sort whatsoever.
None, nada, zilch. And that includes the claims of all religions.
There ARE many illusionary anomalies, however. These are mostly statistical garbage and epiphenomena:

* 1) Near coincidences - the law of large numbers predicts that unlikely events DO happen. So many things of all types are going on that unusual combinations are inevitable. Like when you meet someone you know at a remote place. Mostly, such events are too random to make for good stories.

* 2) Confabulatory enhancements - Unlikely coincidences tend to be (sub)consciously embellished in the telling to make for better stories. Like a dream came true exactly as predicted, while the actual dream was very vague.

* 3) Unknown new effects - these are small and subtle side effects of known physics and unknown psychology that sometimes create the illusion of paranormal forces. They may include false memory effects. A Sea Org auditing session may recover amazingly detailed "recollections" matching the vague records of a deceased former member working at the same Advanced Org thirty years ago.

And now for something really bizarre:
The events described in the OT-III materials really happened! And not just once, but an infinite number of times across the multiverse!
At least according to the Tegmark multiverse theory and the philosophical principle of plenitude, which I believe to be unfortunately true.

Singularity Soon

Thursday, August 5, 2021

L. Ron Hubbard hated psychiatrists


He said they were to blame for most of the world's ills. Everyone in the Sea Org is required to avoid and beware of them.
To me psychiatrists seem more reactive than proactive. Certainly, no one chooses or even wants to buy their services.
I "agree" with Ron that they haven't made nearly enough progress. Occasionally they don't even seem to try. Social and behavioral sciences are also filled with political taboos about what can and cannot be researched and said.
Maybe everyone is to blame for all the world's suffering, but surely some parties must be more responsible?
Personally, I have it in for computer programmers.

Specifically the developers of software that you are forced to use to get what you really want. Like Windows and Firefox.
These are filled with parasitic bloatware that keeps getting worse year after year.
In my decades of experience, computers are so bad that malevolence must be involved. They are fantastically slow, perpetually freezing, and hatefully obscure in their interface design. When you need them to work, they won't. What should be simple functions are impossible (like spellchecjking this very entry for example).
Computers are deliberately made not to work in ways to cause maximum frustration.
That seems absurd, but maximum frustration simply means the worst they can get away with.

Programmers are the real devils, not psychiatrists.

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Some recent links of interest to Sea Org graduates:


Schizopolis (1996)
A Lynchian/Monty Python-esque experimental comedy film by Steven Soderbergh, about an office employee working for the leader of a self-help company known as "Eventualism". This fictional movement is inspired by Scientology.
* https://www.criterion.com/films/740-schizopolis
* https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFoOSVDzgGE

Jason (Jessy/Jesse) Remmers, a Scientologist who used to be head of Dutch Criminon, is in prison for drug murders in Amsterdam.
He has been writing Scientology-inspired books in English called "Beyond the Truth of Life". In each book, a fictional story introduces Scientology concepts on a gradient. The third book is a space opera story about the inhabitants of the planet Paneirina. It suggests the only logical conclusion of Scientology is to annihilate all life in the universe and start over.
* http://beyondthetruthoflife.com/

Disconnection mentions:
* https://www.mikerindersblog.org/episode-45-activist-and-author-dr-brian-sheen/
* https://www.mikerindersblog.org/scientology-journalists-are-fair-game/

An introduction article about COS:
* https://sites.google.com/pride.hofstra.edu/jrnl231minicapstonejeffreypalm/home?authuser=1

Holy crap does this book suck!!!


Let me not be mad: my story of unraveling minds
by A. K. Benjamin (2019)

This non-fiction book is highly praised by the UK media establishment. It includes a series of subjective anonymized case reports about various brain damaged patients.
Despite the title, it is NOT about madness/insanity, or eccentric behavior, or what Hubbard would call Type 3 PTS behavior.
He criticized all psychiatric treatments for being diabolical, but this book unintentionally implies they just prolong suffering.
Supposedly, it is about problems in neuropsychology and the "treatment" of brain diseases. These conditions seem to be worse than death, but that is not discussed in the book. It also doesn't disuss the biological or clinical or philosophical nature of these horrors. Any solution would require extremely advanced insights and technology not yet invented.
I'm sorry to say it appears to be worse than useless. Hubbard has been criticized for making grandiose promises and for his endless false optimism. This book is the other extreme. It just wallows in ennui covered with literary erudition.
This is the face of the current mainstream, the Midwit System.
* https://www.amazon.com/Let-Me-Not-Mad-Unraveling/dp/1524744387

Sunday, July 4, 2021

New Scientology novel: "Yankee Dawn" by Michael Cumiskey


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B097YZB9R7/

ISNOINews reports the book is about a wealthy American Scientologist with the goal of forcibly "converting" Britain via his criminal empire. So it's sort of an action-adventure novel with scifi elements.
He is opposed by two UK policemen and a Scientology boss in America. All sides resort to extreme measures.
https://exscn2.net/threads/the-novel-yankee-dawn-by-michael-cumiskey-is-about-scientology-the-book-will-be-published-6-28-21.3461/

Friday, June 4, 2021

NEW SF NOVEL STARTED!


A science fiction novel about the Singularity happening much sooner than expected. Just how strange can things get?
Singularity Soon
So far, seven chapters are up, with more to come.

What is religion


Does God exist?
That depends.
Are there exactly as many even numbers as there are odd numbers?
If yes, then no.

The problem of religion:
At first, religion rejects nature as it really is.
There is nothing I would support more.
However, religion is then used to perpetuate the human power structures that support it.

ISNOINews found a new novel set in the world of Scientology:


"The Packet Dancer (Xenu's Minions Book 1)", by J.J. Davitt
Redux thread, and Amazon

Also more about
Relentless, Rescuing My Daughter from Scientology, An Illustrated Book
Website, YouTube 1, YouTube 2, and YouTube 3

Why aren't there big public celebrations anymore?

https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/q3JY4iRzjq56FyjGF/why-haven-t-we-celebrated-any-major-achievements-lately
From watching Miscavige videos, we've learned that Scientology is organized around huge celebratory events, which imply they are a fantastically successful organization. These events are all planned and managed by Sea Org members. In the last days before a Miscavige celebration, the Sea Orgers typically work around the clock.
In society at large, such celebrations have become rare or nonexistent. Like the huge festivities after the polio vaccine was developed, or the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883. Why is that?
I will gladly answer that question. It's because, compared to these earlier events, human progress has almost stopped.
In the extremely unlikely event that the scientists will get around to inventing a vaccine for heart disease, cancer, or degenerative brain diseases, THEN there will be a big public celebration again.
We seem barely closer to that happening than we were when the Brooklyn Bridge was originally opened.

Before you're allowed to make movies . . .


Scientology films are made at Golden Era Productions on the high-security Gold Base facility in Hemet, CA; and at the more visible but equally locked-down Scientology Media Productions center in Hollywood, CA. These are both believed to be Sea Org bases.
The extras used in their films are NOT Scientologists, but paid outsider actors. They used to cast their own members in their movies, but their films had to be reshot if even a single cast member left Scientology.
When they advertise for actors, they make it clear it's a "non-union" (SAG-AFTRA) production.
SAG-AFTRA is a cartel that decides who is and isn't allowed to make movies.
With their government and showbiz connections, Scientology is exempt from having to use them, but other businesses are not so lucky.
For example:
https://www.sagindie.org/signatory/
SAG only allows students at "accredited" colleges or universities to make student films.
"Diversity-in-Casting Incentive":
Low budget projects are allowed to increase their production cost from $700k to $950k if they give over 50% of roles and cast work days to "protected groups" (non-whites, women, socially disadvantaged).

Are we living in one of the most boring periods in human history?


We're stuck in a false stability. Basically, all real news has stopped for now. This might be a permanent fade-out, a rising nothingness to oblivion.
9/11 was so devastating because it was an ending not a beginning. People sensed it was the end of news as they knew it, right from the start.
Progress is actually incredibly slow, due to human decisions rather than human limitations (no one or nothing is more evil than the people at Microsoft, but that's another story). All the amazing breakthroughs that were hyped are real, but these things already existed in simpler forms surprisingly long ago, like how deep learning is based on layered perceptrons, and high speed robots aren't necessarily faster than mass production assembly lines a century ago.
Change, however, does not have to be slow. Right now, all efforts are made to prevent change at the top by destabilizing the bottom of society. So far it seems to be working.
Scientology media organs like Freedom magazine pretend to condemn the symptoms of this trend that are permitted to be criticized (opiod addiction, rising crime, rising ethnic/racial/religious activism among whites) to increase donations from those who are least affected. They make sure all their criticism is politically correct and maximally conformist, but their secret purpose is to cause total change.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Space Opera: is there life "out there"?


"Right wing" creationists say life is supremely unlikely, statistically speaking.
"Left wing" creationists say almost the exact opposite. They thinks there is abundant life - and it is generally compatible with southern California values (left wing creationists tend to work for Star Trek).
The universe allows life to evolve at least as far as it did on Earth. That implies there must be a VAST amount of less advanced and/or sub-life in the universe.
None of this is mentioned in Hubbard's works. Hubbard could be called a "squirrel" left wing creationist: he made many fantastical claims in passing, as if they were the most mundane things. Ray guns, space buggies, star cruisers; hardly worth mentioning really. Equations fill blackboards the size of barn doors, but they're just squiggles that can be conquered by squinting.
Paradoxically, that made him sound more believable to many of his followers.

* There seems to be a lot of controversy about Scientology social media accounts

Sunday, April 11, 2021

"Relentless", a new book by Brian Sheen


With comic book style illustrations by Aziz Hussein.
It provides additional information about life in the Sea Org, something we want to learn more about at this blog.
"Look Inside" preview

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Mark Rathbun: merchant of chaos


Marty Rathbun is being paid by lawyers, who are being paid by an unidentified sub-church of Scientology (dedicated to counter-intelligence, PR/black propaganda, and psy-ops), to generate criticism against opponents of Scientology. That is his current job and only real source of income, for which he scrupulously files taxes every year. There may also be some auditing income.
A secondary goal of this operation is to create media confusion, to paradoxically make his double defection appear less interesting, and reduce mainstream media coverage. It's explained a few posts below (https://news.sea-org.com/2020/10/mark-rathbun-explained.html).
This brings me to my Rule One for life:
The best way I can put it, is that for all interactions, there should be no "posing". Or what Hubbard might have called "service facsimiles".
Don't pretend to be some type of character who can fit into others' expected social roles. Don't try to please people or gain passive social approval. Often, that means the best thing to say is nothing.
However with "Black Scientology", this rule could be turned around to cause maximum chaos and disruption.
That may also be a good description of the times to come.

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Maybe L. Ron Hubbard was right about one thing:


It seems to me that there is no science or area of human thought that is less inclined to ask "why" than physics.
Based on me having read over a hundred "popular physics books" since the nineteen-eighties, physical science is strictly about what, with some attention given to "how". That makes it as far from philosophy as you can get.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Stranger Theories


If it somehow turned out that the earth was flat (like certain conspiratorial persons claim to be the case), then that fact would be completely unimportant.
It would just be a minor detail - because in that case everything we think we know would be wrong - including things far more important than the shape of the earth.
The easiest way the earth could be something radically other than a sphere would be if it didn't exist at all, except for the small part you can see right now.
And that part would be flat. This is a Boltzmann Brain situation, we're talking hardcore solipsism here.

How Scientology could be somewhat true:
What if the physical universe we live in is not "bottom up"?
That means reductionism would be false. Reality is not created from the simplest possible particles combined into more complex particles.
What if physical reality is created from the "middle"? Both higher and lower complexity levels would originate from the level also occupied by human minds.

Science fiction stories are full of what should be profoundly interesting events, but I think they often still feel boring.
Reality is just the opposite: nothing interesting ever happens, but it's still more meaningful than we can know.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Could software back up your mind?


No one wants to die, least of all yourself, but death seems absolutely inevitable. Like an all-destroying wave, a black wall approaching over the horizon.
It seems so unfair that there is no way to extract, copy, and securely save the information in your brain.
If you don't believe in religion, your only option is some form of cryonics. In the future, advanced technology could then be used to extract the information from your frozen brain. This information could then be used to "bring you back", in the form of a human-level artificial intelligence program.
I believe that program would BE you, and could live a much better life than before.

Not everyone can afford even the most basic cryonics package, though. Having your brain frozen after you die is a lot of hassle involving even more money.
One purpose of this website is to explore an alternative.
Could your mind be reconstructed in a meaningful way if, instead of scanning your entire brain at full detail, you just write down an incomplete description of your mind?
Everyone knows an immense amount of stuff and trivia. Just open an old-school dictionary on any page to see evidence of your past (forgotten) data acquisition efforts. In my case there is also an enormous digital "Lifebox" of scanned papers and files going back decades.

But let's start with the mind description idea. There is enormous unexplored potential here.
The first step is to write down a list of the most basic elements of your life. It's all explained here:
https://infogalactic.com/info/Mind_backup_lists
You could write different lists in chrological order: all the places you lived, your jobs, your schools, the people you knew, etc. A full life outline in the smallest amount of space.
There should also be descriptions of all "time loop" actions, the repeating habits that form most of our existence.
Later, more details have to be added. Each entry can itself be subdivided. Everyone should write their own biography, but keep it secret of course.

This information could then be used by future Mind Extension software:
https://infogalactic.com/info/Mind_extension_software
It would use the data to help plan and improve your life. More importantly, this software could also record new and deeper data about your mind.

The data could then be used to make a simple digital simulation of your whole life. Or perhaps a never-ending simulation of your future ideal afterlife.
Could such a simple simulation, equivalent to maybe a few thousand neurons in your brain, compare to the inestimable value of your full mind? Being too simple, it would not have even a trace of real awareness.

But what if the simulation is recorded and saved, and more details are added at various later dates?
Eventually, some of these details could be forms of awareness. The simulation would be slightly adjusted to create consistent awareness patterns with the character's actions.
This is a strange notion. It would be a non-causal mind. Normally, awareness emerges as an unpredictable side-effect of interactions with the environment.
It's not clear if a mind could be reverse created, like filling in details about the brain state of a fictional character until they have actual awareness.
In any case, awareness technology will be extremely dangerous due to torture risks, and will have to be hierarchically controlled. People almost as evil as Google could use that technology to perpetrate horrific abuses. This is part of what is known as the AI Alignment Problem.

Friday, December 4, 2020

Killing Xenu: A Scientology Murder Mystery


Psychological thriller by Rick Verde.
An international movie star is brutally murdered. Clearwater police department dispatches Detective Botti to investigate one of the biggest Scientology churches there. Clues lead him to an equally prominent musician. Detective Botti must find his missing daughter, and catch a serial killer whose obsession is to bring down the religious fiction that is Scientology.

https://www.amazon.com/Killing-Xenu-Scientology-Murder-Mystery-ebook/dp/B07GQW1SB4/

The Scientology Murders: A Dead Detective Novel (Dead Detective Mysteries)


A 2017 police procedural novel by William Heffernan, about the Church of Scientology.
Clearwater, Florida, is the spiritual center of Scientology. A senior church leader there employs a young man who will stop at nothing to make sure the church's rules are followed - including mass murder. The cops know who is doing the killings, but are powerless to catch the murderer because the Scientology hierarchy is protecting him.
The detectives are stonewalled at every turn. Harry Doyle gets pulled into the case when his adoptive father is shot while trying to rescue a young woman from Scientology. As the bodies pile up, the Clearwater police become more desperate. When the Scientologists move the killer to Alaska, Harry Doyle and his partner follow . . .

https://www.amazon.com/Scientology-Murders-Dead-Detective-Novel/dp/1617755362/

Thursday, October 29, 2020

On space opera: The problem with Star Trek


Star Trek is an example of what L. Ron Hubbard called "space opera".
The reason the new reboots or resets or reimaginings ("Discovery", "Picard") suck so much is not because they are that bad.
It's because they are buried in their own past. They refuse to go beyond their origin. There are just NO original ideas.
Hubbard would say they are stuck in a past valence. Although Vulcans with sunglasses were sort of cool.

My first complaint with Star Trek is very simple: all these so-called alien worlds are located in our own galaxy (or as Hubbard would say "Guhlaxy").
That's just wrong. There probably is no other human-level civilization within a billion lightyears from Earth, if not much more.
To be more accurate, all these humanoid planets should be located a semi-infinite distance away.

Maybe you can only travel faster than light if you travel infinitely fast and far, entirely outside our light cone, to an onteleologically linked light cone inconceivably far away.
That could also explain the similarity between the humanoid aliens, or even why the aliens speak English, or whatever language the episode is dubbed into.
This was a real opportunity for "The Orville" to set themselves apart from Star Trek (or the space opera series that I have been personally developing for many years).
Unfortunately, producers keep ignoring the letters I write them.

The Sea Org versus the Singularity

The Sea Org is all about the promise of transcendence. By its very existence, it claims that this promise has already been achieved - but th...