In our fall season, we continue to explore, along with our cinefile friends and follower groups, the nature of persuasion in our midst.
Our September movie investigates Scientology, a religious organization that has persuaded numbers of people to apply their rules, principles, creeds, and codes using a method called "Dianetics."
Applying the ideas in Dianetics, The Modern Science of Mental Health (Hubbard, 2007), Scientologists believe that a person can achieve a new state of mind called “Clear.”
According to the Scientology website,
thousands upon thousands of people have achieved the state of Clear, a living tribute to the workability of L. Ron Hubbard’s discoveries.
"Clears" are self-confident, happy and generally successful in both careers and interpersonal relationships.
Will you be persuaded to join?
Gibney, A. [Director]. (2015). Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief [Motion Picture].
Hubbard, L. R. (2007). Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. Bridge Publications.
Wright, L. (2013). Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief. New York: Vintage Books.
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