Scientology – my main problem

August 2, 2009

It’s been a while since I’ve written or even thought about Scientology, but just today I read a post over on My Scientology Blog, which was actually the response to some questions asked by a reader. One line really jumped out at me when I read it and it was the following:

The tools we have in Scientology don’t require belief in order to work.

My main problem with Scientology has always been that it categorizes itself as a religion and yet claims that you do not need to believe anything to be a part of it. So, how can it be a religion when we get the definition of religion from any dictionary it always contains the aspect of belief.

Religion:

1. beliefs and worship: people’s beliefs and opinions concerning the existence, nature, and worship of a deity or deities, and divine involvement in the universe and human life

2. system: an institutionalized or personal system of beliefs and practices relating to the divine

3. personal beliefs or values: a set of strongly-held beliefs, values, and attitudes that somebody lives by

From Encarta Dictionary.

If Scientology was openly a Self-Help system, a set of products for bettering yourself, or even agreed that it’s comparable to Psychology and Psychiatry I wouldn’t have any qualm with it. The rub comes with it claiming it’s a religion, by this definition Science is a religion and so¬†pharmaceutical companies are religious entities.

I just have to sort out a set of questions I can pose to a Scientology that will make them contradict themselves.


Useful windows shortcuts

August 1, 2009

Im always looking for new Keyboard shortcuts and I found this rather special gem today in my rss feeds.

Quickly position two windows side by side in WinXP.

  1. Ctrl+Shift+Esc: Opens TaskManager (I didn’t know this before, very useful shortcut instead of Alt+Ctrl+Del then ‘t’)
  2. Select two or more windows that you want side by side (can use Ctrl+Space for this plus up, down).
  3. Alt+W which opens the Windows menu.
  4. V to Tile Vertically, H to Tile Horizontally.

Taken from The Old New Thing and I have a bunch of others that I use frequently.

Windows Key + E: Opens Explorer window so you can navigate your hard drives.

Windows Key + D: The first time it shows the desktop, the second time it restores the windows.

Windows Key + M: Minimizes all windows.

Windows Key + Shift + M: Same thing as the second time you press Windows Key + D, restores the minimized windows.

Windows Key + L: Locks the workstation instead of Ctrl+Alt+Del then k.

Windows Key + R: Opens the Run dialog, this can also be useful for navigating to a directory quickly.

Windows Key + Tab: Same thing as Alt+Tab but on the TaskBar, except you have to press space for that application to gain focus.

Alt+PrintScreen: Same thing as PrintScreen except it only copies the currently selected window.

So far this is really it without getting in to application specific shortcuts, hope this helps someone out there.