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Cognition Magazine Statistics, Chicago Org

TAS : Stats : Local Org Mags : Chicago Cognition : Cognition Magazine Statistics, Chicago Org


As part of my ongoing project of compiling and analyzing Scientology's statistics, I am collecting statistics from Cognition, the magazine of the Church of Scientology of Chicago.

As I get more data, I plan to analyze the statistics for each org. In addition, I plan to compile data from old issues of Auditor magazine, which used to list completions for each local org, and compare that to more recent data. (In the meantime, you may be interested in analysis I have done on data from Advance, Celebrity, and Freewinds.)

Issues

1993

IssueApproximate DateIncludes completions?
Cognition (no number)November 1993yes

1998

IssueApproximate DateIncludes completions?
Cognition 315yes
Cognition 316yes
Cognition 319yes

1999

IssueApproximate DateIncludes completions?
Cognition 327yes
Cognition 329yes
Cognition 330yes
Cognition 331yes
Cognition 332
Cognition 333yes
Cognition 334

2000

IssueApproximate DateIncludes completions?
Cognition 335yes
Cognition 336
Cognition 337
Cognition 338
Cognition 339
Cognition 340
Cognition 341yes
Cognition 342
Cognition 343yes

2001

IssueApproximate DateIncludes completions?
Cognition 352yes

2002

IssueApproximate DateIncludes completions?
Cognition 355yes
Cognition 356Minor
Cognition 356yes
Cognition 357yes
Cognition 358
Cognition 359
Cognition 360yes

2003

IssueApproximate DateIncludes completions?
Cognition 364yes
Cognition 365
Cognition 366yes
Cognition 367
Cognition 368yes
Cognition 369
Cognition 370yes
Cognition 371
Cognition 372yes

2004

IssueApproximate DateIncludes completions?
Cognition 374yes

About the Magazine

Per policy, org magazines are supposed to come out every month in alternating Major and Minor issues. Major issues are supposed to include completions lists, and are supposed to be mailed to people who have done a service or at least bought a book; Minors are not supposed to include completions lists, and are to go to everyone on the mailing list, even people who haven't spent any money on Scn.

However, not all orgs have adhered closely to this policy. It's not uncommon to find Minor issues with completions listed and Major issues with no completions listed.

In recent years, org mags have been produced centrally. Issues from different orgs look nearly identical and contain nearly identical content. Only a few pages - indeed, usually only parts of those pages - contain information related to the local org. Often there will be a message from the local executive director; sometimes there will be a half page or a page of local org news; and, if there are completions listed, those reflect completions from the local org only. However, even many success stories are duplicated across the country, rather than originating from the local org.

Older org mags (from the 1970s) contain a great deal of local information, including interviews with local Scientologists, articles written by local staff members, and sometimes poetry or artwork contributed by local members.

I am very interested in receiving copies of, or information from, all issues of all org magazines, even the ones I already have.

Many, many people have contributed to the statistics project by sending in tallies, completions lists, or old magazines. The contribution page tells more about how you can help. I thank all those who have contributed so far!


This page was last updated on December 21, 2006 by Kristi Wachter.