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CFI Challenges Scientology’s ‘Superpowers’ Claim

Now that the “Church” of Scientology has opened its new headquarters, complete with a floor where you can develop your “superpowers,” my friend Jim Underdown of CFI-LA and the Independent Investigations Group is offering them $100,000 to demonstrate those powers.

Part of the allure of this new facility is on the fifth floor where Scientologists can participate in the church’s Super Power program. There they can work – for a price—to improve 57 senses (did you think there were only 5?) or “perceptics.”

Among the 57 varieties of powers one can hone are: blood circulation, compass direction, cellular and bacterial position, gravitic (self and other weights), motion of self, motion (exterior), as well as an awareness of importance, unimportance.

Some of these extraordinary abilities would qualify for the IIG $100,000 Challenge. For instance, Scientology’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard, has publicly claimed that one could increase his own body weight by 30 lbs. in a few hours. That would qualify. That, I would like to see…

Scientologists get their Pez in Clearwater now. But I don’t want to hear Hubbardian tales about what the Super Power training can achieve. Why don’t you show the world what your wonderful techniques can do?

I challenge your entire worldwide church to find ONE person who can pony up ONE super power and demonstrate it under scientific testing conditions.

Uh oh, Jim. Prepare to have your phones tapped, house bugged and to be sued.

Comments

  1. timberwoof says

    Watching the $cientologists’ resonses will be fun. They are greedy shysters who will do a whole lot of dishonest things for money, and here someone is offering them money.

    I predict that they will say that the testing apparatus suppresses the powers, the observers cause enturbulation that suppresses the powers, the scientific method is invalid for testing them, or the powers cannot or must not be demonstrated to unbelievers … and claim the prize money.

  2. dmcclean says

    Scientology’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard, has publicly claimed that one could increase his own body weight by 30 lbs. in a few hours.

    Wait, are we talking about Scientology or feruchemy?

  3. says

    100k? Drop in the bucket. No one in $cientologoo is going to bat an eye at that amount. Why would they? They can make that with their super-floor secrets in a day or two easy.

  4. says

    I notice that you call Scientpoopyology a ““Church”” with “scare quotes”.
    Apart from its recent formation, is there anything that distinguishes it from a “Church” without the quotes?

  5. Taz says

    Among the 57 varieties of powers one can hone are: blood circulation, compass direction, cellular and bacterial position, gravitic (self and other weights), motion of self, motion (exterior), as well as an awareness of importance, unimportance.

    I can just picture the most advanced Scientologists on that special floor gathered in a circle chanting “light as a feather, stiff as a board”.

  6. Anthony K says

    100k? Drop in the bucket. No one in $cientologoo is going to bat an eye at that amount. Why would they? They can make that with their super-floor secrets in a day or two easy.

    Seriously. Who came up with this idea? “Hey, Scientologists, agree to help us demonstrate your billion-dollar-per-year industry is a fraud, and if we don’t, we’ll give you $100,000.”

    Using Scientology rates for professional ‘audits’, you can make $100K as a Field Auditor doing two 12.5 hour auditing sessions per week in ~17 weeks, and that’s after the church gets its cut.

  7. jnorris says

    Super Powers:

    cellular and bacterial position

    As in change the position of cells and moving bacteria? Very well, move your lower intestinal bacteria to your cranium. Survive for, say, a week.

    as well as an awareness of importance, unimportance.

    I already know what is unimportant, and what is fraudulent. Care to guess what? Clue: they just opened a new bilking center in Clearwater.

  8. Reginald Selkirk says

    Scientologists get their Pez in Clearwater now.

    What is the Pez reference supposed to mean?

  9. Anthony K says

    I can gain 30 pounds in a couple of hours- just let me at the deep-fried turkey.

    That’s ~30 US pints of beer. At my best I could never drink that many. What I wouldn’t give for some holocaust wings.

  10. Doug Little says

    Scientology’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard, has publicly claimed that one could increase his own body weight by 30 lbs. in a few hours

    This might be possible eating at the Heart Attack Grill in Vegas. I’ve eaten there (Double Bypass Burger with everything on it, chilli cheese fries and butter fat milkshake) and I recon I put on 5 pounds. Of course I won’t be going anywhere near the place again, definitely a once off experience but I don’t regret it.

  11. infraredeyes says

    an awareness of importance

    I bet they’re good at this one. Real good. After all, doesn’t it amount to “ability to spot a mark”?

  12. timberwoof says

    Apart from its recent formation, is there anything that distinguishes it from a “Church” without the quotes?

    Hmmm. It was consciously written as a fraud by a self-avowed practicing writer of fiction on a bet that he could found a new religion? On the other paw, LRH’s morality and pompous self-aggrandisement suggest to me that he was the same sort of person as were Joseph Smith, Mohammed, and Paul.

  13. Artor says

    Scientology’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard, has publicly claimed that one could increase his own body weight by 30 lbs. in a few hours. That would qualify. That, I would like to see…

    Thanksgivukkah is next week, and I’ll be demonstrating that super power. If you pay me the $100,000, you can come watch, and maybe there’ll be some leftovers..

  14. Sastra says

    The very first Amazing Meeting was held in Florida and had a former Sea-Org Scientologist as speaker. He seemed to be a very gentle and unassuming man for someone who had been in the inner core for something like 20 years.

    Randi was apparently indirectly responsible for his escape. The speaker had heard him on a radio show offering what may have been $10,000 at the time and thought “Hey! We could win that money! And what great publicity for Scientology!”

    I can’t remember what the paranormal super power was — walking through walls or levitating, something everyone in Sea Org presumably had first hand experience of — but the guy couldn’t find anyone who was either interested in the challenge OR who could do it themselves. The more he asked, the more dissembling and negative answers he received and he started to wonder. Something didn’t seem right. Didn’t anybody know how to levitate? Why was it all stories and stories of stories, a friend of a friend of a friend can do it, for sur?.

    I still remember the words the speaker used to explain his eventual his exit from Scientology: “I started thinking … and couldn’t stop.”

  15. says

    Scientology is a multi-billion dollar scam enterprise “religion”. $100k is peanuts to them. CFI will get some publicity out of it, but none of Muscavige’s inner circle will get out bed for that amount of money.

  16. steve84 says

    The way Scientology works you probably need to pay several tens of thousands of dollars for each power.

  17. says

    If one is ever cornered and feeling put upon by a Sicentologist, and one wishes out of that conversation or off of the Scienotlogy “mailing list”, the secret words to use in speech and writing are “Xenu” and the two word phrase “body thetans”.

    suggested full sentences that are conversation stoppers, with Scientologists, are:

    “I listened to the YouTube L. Ron Hubbard lecture clip, where Ron explains how Xenu caused the Wall of Fire, and now I understand why it’s so important to do OT levels 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 which today are the exorcism levels of Scientology and where I understand you people get rid of your loads of “body thetans”, which I guess is a tremendous good relief!”

    “I listened to the YouTube lecture clip of Ron explaining the Wall of Fire, and how Xenu had zillions of people implanted with the R6 implants! Have you heard that one? Xenu was quite a bad person, and good thing Xenu’s in that mountain prison today, huh?”

    “I didn’t realize that all the exorcism that Scientologists do on OT levels 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7, all is because Xenu caused the 4th Dynamic Engram. It’s great that LRH explains all this and it’s on YouTube, the lecture where Ron explains it all.”

    If you print these above off, and read these comments off to Scientolgists, or send these clips in emails to them, they will stop pestering you, guaranteed!

    Chuck Beatty
    ex Training Officer for staff, 1975-2003
    866-XSEAORG

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