This book showed how the instinctive human desire for love and fulfillment can eventually overcome and triumph over the most pernicious and psychotic brainwashing ever conceived by sociopathic morons.
The level of detail that Jenna remembered about her experiences. It made it all the more vivid and painful.
After listening to the painful chapters of systematic child abuse and exploitation at the hands of demented cult bullies it was so cathartic to hear Jenna in a perfect gesture of supreme definance take the phoney e-meter soup cans from her voyeuristic auditor and crush them under her foot.
When she was willing to sacrifice her life by jumping out the window unless the cult bullies produced her boyfriend, Dallas, whom they had imprisoned to brainwash and turn against her.
Listen to the dispassionate but no less shocking account of Scientology, Going Clear, by Lawrence Wright in addition to this book. This helps clarify some of the background shennanigans that were going on with David Miscaivage during and after LRH and the other cast of looneys that make up this sci-fi horror story. As Jenna points out you can't tell someone they are in a cult. They have to grasp it on their own.
As both a Vipassana meditator and student of modern physics and cosmology through several of the excellent Audible books on these topics I was really hoping for more documented research and less new age speculation. Scientists such as Henry Stapp from Lawrence Berkely Laboratory have published scientific studies attempting to describe the neural correlates of consciousness (NCC) in terms of quantum processes occuring at the neuronal level. The German philosopher Thomas Mettizinger in his book, The Ego Tunnel provided a very interesting section on how long term meditation may penetrate the illusion of the self . This level of information would have better than the quasi-scientific musings of the author.
Every since Bohr and Wigner developed the Coppenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics postulating the collapse of the probability wave through an act of observation it has been exploited as the bridge between the dualest worlds of the physical and the mental. I don't believe such a bridge is actually necessary since consciousness simply emerges from the underlying physical processes that adaptively evolved in the human species. In other words its all ultimately physical. The point Buddha was trying to make was that by following his prescription you didn't have to experience the suffering that inevitably comes with the software. He didn't get bogged down in natural philosophy (what we call science) since he didn't trust what he didn't personally experience. This would probably include atomic and quantum effects that occur at scales beyond our senses. The
More real research and less pseudo-analysis.
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