In February of 1959, L. Ron Hubbard wrote an article in the Ability magazine called “How to study Scientology”. It’s one of my all time favorites from LRH. In this article he says:
“You are asked to examine the subject of Scientology on a critical basis—a very critical basis.“
I feel it is time to review some Scientology basics and see if they really do hold true. And to do this properly, we would use the method of falsification – if we could find situations where a principle is untrue, we would know that the principle is not a universal truth.
So, how about the very basics of basics in Scientology, the ARC triangle? Is it always true that Affinity, Reality and Communication is interdependent? Is it always true that raising or lowering one of the corners would result in a raising or lowering of the other two? Could we find actual examples that falsify this? Or could we at least formulate instances that could be used to test the ARC triangle to see if it could be falsified. And if we cannot falsify it despite putting the principle to test, we would in fact have strengthened the theory.
Ready for the challenge? Then read the links first and post your comment.
Update (2011-08-20): The task is simply to find situations where a person could have a skewed combination of Affinity, Reality, Communication and Understanding. Could we find a situation where a person was in total agreement but without any significant affinity or communication. Or could there be a situation where the person had great affinity for something he did not understand or completely disagreed with? Or any other combination that would falsify this statement:
“Every point on the ARC triangle is dependent on the other two, and every two are dependent on one. One can’t cut down one without cutting down the other two, and one can’t rehabilitate one without rehabilitating the other two. On the positive side, one can rehabilitate any point on the triangle by rehabilitating any other point on it.“