Well, it’s time to put my Monty Hall woes to one side for the moment and get back to some regular blogging. A heartfelt thnaks to everyone who left comments. I’m a bit behind in replying, but all have been read and pondered.
So, while I was busy moping last week Slate posted this interesting article about Scientology. The basic point is that while Scientologists claim to believe some odd assertions of dubious validity, the whole thing isn’t really any sillier than what more mainstream religions claim to believe:
Some Americans may consider Scientology perhaps a cult, maybe a violent sect, and certainly very weird. And, like many, I find the Church of Scientology odd, to say the least. But Scientology is no more bizarre than other religions. And it’s the similarities between Scientology and, say, Christianity and Judaism that make us so uncomfortable. We need to hate Scientology, lest we hate ourselves.
Sounds about right. But here’s the part that really caught my eye:
Does Scientology embrace pseudoscience? Absolutely — but its “engrams” and “E-meter” are no worse than what’s propagated by your average Intelligent Design enthusiast.
As I said, sounds about right.