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Miscavige, the God complex and TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading. In 1984 it started out as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader, encompassing such diverse elements as physics and philosophy.

TED Talks are the recorded speeches given at TED conferences.

Apparently one of the cautionary notes that TED puts up about the Ted Talks is this: Let’s never forget that whatever brilliant ideas you have or hear, that the opposite may also be true. TED Talks invites you to LOOK at and examine the premises of the speakers’ talks and not just swallow it wholesale and go preach it from the highest mountain.

This week the Science Channel presented a TED Talks show featuring four of the featured lectures.

And the segment that caught my ear was Tim Harford’s July 2011 18-minute exposition on what he calls the God complex.

(His enumeration of the specifics of the God complex start at the 4:00 offset into the video.)


The reason this caught my ear was I heard Tim Harford talking not about the God complex (although he was), but I heard him talking about David Miscavige and the Ideal Org campaign.

I have already pointed out the fallacy of the Ideal Org campaign in my post about “It’s all been piloted”. In that post, I pointed out that just because Miscavige says it’s all been piloted it isn’t necessarily true.

Most importantly, the Buffalo Ideal Org was built “exactly according to LRH directions” (it wasn’t) and yet it lies fallow, not producing at 15x the level the old awful Buffalo Org produced and certainly not at the 70x production level that Miscavige’s Int Event PowerPoint slides would have you believe.

The problem is that when Miscavige says “It’s all been piloted” the unshakeably devout automatically hear “and it’s been proven to result in explosive expansion and unstoppable production”.

‘Tain’t so, Blanche.

It isn’t true that that dubbed-in phrase is true, and it isn’t true that that dubbed-in phrase is what Miscavige said.

The example that Tim Harford gives in his video presentation about gathering experts in various fields together to create a nozzle is especially applicable to the Ideal Org campaign.

In his example, a detergent manufacturer isn’t getting the results needed from their current detergent manufacturing process. They decide that the crux of the problem is that the nozzle used to create a fine mist in the manufacturing process needs to be redesigned.

So the manufacturer hires various experts who sit down at a drafting table and apply all their expertise to designing a nozzle that will solve the problem.

When it’s tested, it doesn’t solve the problem.

So Tim Harford delves into a more workable way of making a nozzle. It’s more workable because it’s the way they finally ended up designing a working nozzle.

You use your experts and they make ten slightly different prototypes.

You then test the slightly different prototypes.

You take the one that works the best and use it as the basis of making ten new slightly different prototypes.

You test the ten new slightly different prototypes.

You select the one that works the best and use it as the basis of making ten new slightly different prototypes.

Then, after several iterations of this process (Tim says it was forty-five iterations) you have a pretty damn good nozzle.

Tim compares this process to evolution, or natural selection, or “survival of the fittest”.

This is the missing element from the Ideal Org campaign.

Ten slightly different Ideal Org programs should have been generated and stuck to with one of the variables being the city of the Ideal Org. Sticking to it until it can be proven or disproven is one of the most vulnerable facets of the Ideal Org scheme.  Miscavige wants to stick his nose in and micromanage things without adding his meddling micromanagement step to the program. So every Ideal Org starts from scratch with the same old mistakes and oversights in place.

The program resulting in the most successful Ideal Org of the ten should have been adopted, then modified to have different variations and then tested to find the most Ideal Org (oooh!).

And so on, and so on, and so on.

The problem, of course, it that doing it that way takes time. And it has the liability that people involved will make non-Ideal Orgs.

We can’t have that, of course. COB won’t be seen as brilliant if you have to spend $50 million in each iteration for failed Ideal Orgs.

And Miscavige won’t be seen as a miracle-maker in excess of L. Ron Hubbard if only two Ideal Orgs get opened per year.  Miscavige doesn’t have the time. At two Ideal Orgs per year, it’ll take eighty years to achieve total saturation in the Org market. And Miscavige’s body doesn’t have eighty years left. Not with his drinking.

Reminder: LRH says in lecture 14 August 1962 WORLD CLEARING PROGRAM [SHSBC 203] that Your basic source of aberration is time. Since Miscavige is so messed up on time, the logical conclusion is that he’s really, really aberrated.

So the Church of Scientology is stuck with is an idée fixe…a square peg…that Miscavige is obsessed with forcing into a round hole.

It isn’t gonna work, Davey.

Even Scientology policy didn’t come to be in that way.

If you look at and study Scientology policy, you’ll see that it evolved piece by piece. It didn’t spring to existence all at once fully formed. It came to be through trial and error.

That’s what should have happened with the Ideal Org campaign.

But it didn’t.

Because someone manifesting the God complex was in charge of it.

— written by Plain Old Thetan

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