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What's the story behind the e-meter?

Asked by AstroChuck (37428points) September 13th, 2008

The e-meter is some small machine that Scientologists use on the unfortunate people that stumble upon their booths. It’s supposed to measure something, but I don’t know what. Just what is thing supposed to do? Is there really some science behind this e-machine? I somehow doubt it.

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PupnTaco's avatar

I doubt it, too. The PT Barnum rule applies.

xxporkxsodaxx's avatar

It’s supposed to measure the level of thetans in your body and give you a rating of somewhere between 1–10 or some end number. I have no clue how it works but I guess it just measures something like the electricity you are producing.

augustlan's avatar

Like in scientology? Then it’s definitely a load of crap good science!

bluemukaki's avatar

It measures the resistance in your body by running a small electric current though you. Basically its an Ohmmeter with different things on the gauge, I think it goes from ‘Mildly Gullible’ right up to ‘Tom Cruise Gullible’. I think the idea is to tell when you’re lying by seeing your body’s resistance change.

It’s based on donkey shit real science!

augustlan's avatar

@bluemukaki: I see we’re both busy with the edit button, tonight!

trudacia's avatar

I normally don’t judge people in their choice of religion but Scientilogist=Cuckoo!! Hubbard wrote a sci-fi book and now Scientologists think they can levitate. When Tom Cruise fly’s across Iraq I’ll believe!

AstroChuck's avatar

I don’t equate Scientology to religion. I think of it more as a self-help money making (or draining, depending on who you are in the “church”) scam that has somehow duped the IRS into giving it religion status.

augustlan's avatar

@tru: I will never understand how sci-fi author translates to religious leader! He’s probably laughing his dead ASS off, as he pulled off the best sci-fi prank ever .

cheebdragon's avatar

South Park explained it the best.

cheebdragon's avatar

John trevolta is the highest level anyone can get, I think.

AstroChuck's avatar

cheeb- Was that the episode of South Park what caused Isaac Hayes to quit the show?

cheebdragon's avatar

yes it was.

it was pretty hard to find for awhile because of people complaining about it.

trudacia's avatar

check this out

I read it when it came out…insane!

augustlan's avatar

@tru: I read that, too. It was very interesting.

zarnold's avatar

yeah, its just a device called a wheatstone bridge. we used one in one of our physics labs last year as part of an electricity lesson.

breedmitch's avatar

Icksnay on the ientologyscay. They’ll come get you

JackAdams's avatar

The E-meter is designed to measure just how much horse shit you are willing to swallow.

The more you swallow, the more that “church” will try to empty your bank account.

I believe they have been labeled as a criminal enterprise in Germany, and rightly so. They sure as Hell aren’t any kind of religion.

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