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We Gave Bullshit E-Meter Readings to Complete Strangers

It sounds like a bunch of bullshit, and we made this video to prove it.

by Rocco Castoro
19 October 2012, 7:00am

VICE editor-in-chief Rocco Castoro heads out to Union Square to give strangers E-meter readings to determine their spiritual and moral fiber.

The Hubbard Electrometer, more commonly known as the E-meter, is a "religious artifact" used to measure the state of electrical characteristics in the static field surrounding the body. E-meters operate in a similar fashion to lie detectors, relying on a type of electrical circuit called a wheatstone bridge that measures the subject's galvanic skin response. The device produces a small electrical current and measures the subject's electrical resistance to that current. Auditors use the device to measure answers to various questions that can supposedly determine whether or not a person is spiritually pure. Basically, it's what it sounds like: a bunch of bullshit. And we made this video to prove it.