Scientology speaker was found “scientifically dishonest” and “grossly negligent”

Scientologists, not fond of actual science, seem pleased to highlight someone who committed scientific misconduct.

Danish neuroscientist Penkowa, found guilty of misconduct, reappears as Scientology group headliner | Retraction Watch.

Milena Penkowa, the Danish neuroscientist who has had four papers retracted and was found to have committed misconduct, is in the news again, this time for speaking at a museum exhibition by a Scientology-founded group.

Titled “Psykiatri – Dödens industri“ — “Psychiatry, Industry of Death” — the exhibition is at the museum of the Commission on Human Rights, which, according to a press release:

“was established in 1969 in the United States of the Church of Scientology and psychiatry professor Thomas Szasz, the world’s most famous psychiatry critics, and in 1972 in Sweden, to investigate and expose abuses of human rights in mental health care and to clean up the field of mental healing.”

Penkowa gave the opening keynote and was titled “physician and professor of neurology”. A Swedish newspaper reported she is actually an ex-professor. She resigned from the University of Copenhagen in December 2010. She had been judged by a Danish oversight committee to have acted in a “scientifically dishonest” and “grossly negligent” manner. Seems just right for the Scientology crowd. Here is more about her actions.

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  5 comments for “Scientology speaker was found “scientifically dishonest” and “grossly negligent”

  1. Bob
    October 16, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    How is this even news, Sharon? It would have been news if Scientology had hosted a REPUTABLE scholar. (oooh, SNAP!)

  2. October 16, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    The “Church of Scientology” found guilty in French High Court of fraud, & had their plea of abuse of their religious freedom thrown out at same time. Facing possible dissolution in France. Scientology Celebrity Centre in Paris fined €200,000 & it’s SEL bookshop €400,000. Five of it’s French leaders fined amounts of €30,000 or less, & got suspended sentences. Been series of court battles here & looks like they could actually be banned in France. http://www.linternaute.com/actualite/depeche/afp/17/1203194/la_scientologie_definitivement_condamnee_pour_escroquerie.shtml

  3. John Nowak
    October 16, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Thomas Szasz — isn’t he the psychologist who spent his career avoiding actually seeing psychotic patients, and decided they didn’t exist?

  4. Adam
    October 17, 2013 at 6:18 AM

    As a general rule, any anti-drugs or mental health event which is emblazoned with swathes of vaguely official sounding “sponsors” you’ve never heard of the more likely it is to be a scientology front operation. And if you’re faintly familiar with scientology then names like Narconon, or Citizens Commission on Human Rights are dead giveaways that it’s a front.

    I would not be surprised if the “Commission on Human Rights” is either CCHR, or whatever the local equivalent is.

  5. October 17, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    “was established in 1969 in the United States of the Church of Scientology”

    I know they run Hollywood and Clearwater today but I’d never realised they were so big in the 60s

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