Galileo Galilei has been rightfully called the Father of Modern Science. He broke with the long standing tradition of belief through authority, something he was severely punished for by the Church.
Until Galileo introduced the standard of “proof by experiment”, scientists would believe something to be true because it conformed to the belief of the Church or because enough consensus could be gathered.
By modern scientific standards, a conjecture remains as such until it can be proven by experiment to be true or false. This is aptly summed up in the motto of The Royal Society of London; “Nullius in verba” (take nobody’s word for it)
By Galileo’s standard, nothing is true or false because some authority says so, or because the source of the theory is an honorable fella or because he is a liar. A theory has to be proven true or false by actual experiment.
Now, why should Scientology get a free pass as regards to this scientific standard? Why should we believe L. Ron Hubbard when he says that his Auditing Technology works? We shouldn’t. It must be tested.
Why should we believe a critic of Scientology when he says “it is all crap” because “Hubbard is a liar”? We shouldn’t. Again, it has to be tested.
I remain befuddled as Church staff counters a question with “because Hubbard says so” or a critic tries to “prove” that Scientology is a fake by pointing to Hubbard’s personality or life. It boils down to intellectual dishonesty, emotional knee-jerk reactions and sloppy judgments.