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Technology The E-Meter sees all knows all It is never wrong -L Ron Hubbard Electropsychometric Auditing Operators Manual 195378 The Hubbard Electro-psychometer or E-Meter has become an indispensable part of Scientology The E-meter is a device which measures the changes in electrical conductivity of the skin that occur at moments of even slight excitement or emotional stress79 It is similar to the machine used in giving lie detector tests The rather crude device consists of two tin cans held by the subject or preclear80 The cans are attached to an apparatus with several dials and a small window in which a needle moves indicating responses by registering the change in electrical resistance of the subjects skin Scientologists claim the E-meter allows people to see a thought81 Originally invented by early Dianetics enthusiast and chiropractor Volney Mathison Hubbard eventually patented the device which proved to be quite a profitable venture82 Every Scientologist wanted to have his own E-meter and the only place to buy them was from the Hubbard Association of Scientologists The little gadget would later prove to be an essential tool in Scientology processing Scientology processing or auditing is a central element of the cults practices Auditing usually involves two people an auditor and a preclear An auditor is someone trained in applying Scientology techniques and has been through Dianetics processing themselves The preclear pays to be guided by the auditor through a series of techniques involving the E-meter which are used to uncover areas of mental distress The auditor asks questions of the subject and the movement of the meters needle is apparently used as a check of the emotional reaction to the questions According to complex rules and procedures set out in Scientology publications the auditor can interpret the movements of the needle after certain prescribed questions are asked These reactions are then used in diagnosing the mental and spiritual condition of the subject83 During the auditing session
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