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2.4 What's an E-Meter? Is it a religious device or a scientific device?




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This article is from the Scientology and Dianetics FAQ, by scninfo@pcnet.com (Scientology Information Server) with numerous contributions by others.

2.4 What's an E-Meter? Is it a religious device or a scientific device?

The E-Meter is a device that measures fluctuations in electrical resis-
tance, when a tiny current is passed through the body. The fluctuations
show up in needle movements.

The definition that is found in the booklet "The Basic Dictionary of
Dianetics and Scientology" is:

E-Meter: [short for "electropsychometer"]...An electronic
instrument for measuring mental state and change
of state in individuals, as an aid to precision
and speed in auditing. The E-Meter is not intended
or effective for the diagnosis, treatment or preven-
tion of any disease.

The argument comes in, when the question is posed: Is the body the only
thing influencing the resistance?

Scientologists believe that the mind is an energy mechanism, indepen-
dent of the brain, and is capable of influencing the E-Meter. Those who
don't believe that the mind is anything more than the brain, feel that
the body is the only thing influencing the E-Meter.

 

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