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Subject: Origins of Scientology (was Re: Scientology debunking help!) Summary: Sci-Fi bar bet? Yes! Keywords: deprogramming and cults > (6) Did L.Ron Hubbard create Scientology on a bet made at a science fiction > conference? I took a class with Joe Haldeman back at Tech and got the story first-hand. Several sci-fi writers, including Joe and L. Ron, were sitting around drinking at a Con. Someone mentioned that any science fiction writer worth his/her salt should be able to create a religion that people would follow en masse. Much drunken raving ensued, the upshot of which was that if L. Ron hadn't made one million dollars within ten years, he'd pay Joe $10. In fact it only took around three years. I've always wanted to mention that to the poor Con dupes who stand on the sidewalk and ask you to take their personality test. . DEATH . .. You eat a lot of acid, Miller, . . . back in the hippie days? . . . . . .. . . . . - Otto Maddox . . . . . .. . . . . . . . ------------------------------------------------------------ Subject: Re: Scientology debunking help! Keywords: Scientology Dianetics debunking Date: 12 Jan 90 17:12:06 GMT In article <> (Pablo R Alvarez) writes: > I'M LOOKING FOR SOME SERIOUS CONSISTENT AND CLEAR >ANTI-SCIENTOLOGY EVIDENCE (if such a thing exists) Reportedly, the book by L. Ron Hubbard's son, "Bare Faced Messiah", is a must-read. I, for one, want to read it. Another book is "Mind Game", by Norman Spinrad, Jove Books, copyright 1980. This is a roman a clef, about an author whose wife joins the "Transformationalism" cult. Yes, the cult is led by a pulp-era science-fiction writer. He even says things like, "We're developing the Atomic Age of the mind." Gee, any guesses? One of the revelations was that the cult ordered members to make various career moves, and then gave them "life directives" to steer business to enterprises that were secretly cult-owned. As for Scientologists being arrested for wiretapping: yes, it's true. Hubbard's wife was arrested: she ran a security group (Guardians?) within the "church", and they planted one of their people in an FBI field office to act as a spy. It made the news, at the time. In the earlier days, there were also entirely too many stories about members suiciding. Not good. I also recall a claim about a summer camp surrounded by barbed wire and guard dogs. Hmmm. Then there's the IRS judgement that it wasn't a church for tax purposes, because of a contract Hubbard had with the group which gave him (personally) half of some category of gross revenues. Then there's the "fair game" doctrine, whereby members are encouraged to dispense with ethics when dealing with ex-members. There's also the price: one (satisfied) member told me that he'd paid $8,000. Consulting "The Science Fiction Encyclopedia" (Peter Nicholls, copyright 1979, Doubleday), I find: "Hubbard also taught that traumas could be pre-natal, and eventually that they could have been suffered during previous incarnations. A "clear", one who had successfully rid himself of aberrations, would possess, according to Hubbard, radically increased intelligence, powers of telepathy, the ability to move outside his body, the ability to control such somatic processes as growing new teeth, and a photographic memory. ... In 1952, after an organizational rift, Hubbard left the Dianetic Foundation, and soon advertised his new advance on Dianetics, Scientology." ... "The worst setback scientology received was the result of the Board of Inquiry set up in the state of Victoria, Australia, in 1963. The Anderson report which followed in 1965 found that "Scientology is evil: its techniques are evil: its practice a serious threat to the community, medically, morally, and socially: and its adherents sadly deluded and often mentally ill." 151 witnesses had been examined before this conclusion was reached. Scientology was then banned in Victoria. A later disaster was the deportation of L. Ron Hubbard from the UK as an undesirable alien in 1968. Scientolgy has since been directed from the ships of Hubbard's fleet, usually found in the Mediterranean. In 1978 he was sentenced, in his absence, to four years' imprisonment in Paris after being found guilty of obtaining money under false pretences through scientology." I saw his ship in Hamilton Harbour when it berthed in Bermuda. It was barely short of being a cruise liner. My next pieces of evidence came off the net in Nov 85. It's long, and ripe, and I will post it as the next message. -- Don D.C.Lindsay Carnegie Mellon Computer Science ------------------------------------------------------------ Subject: Re: Scientology debunking help! Keywords: Scientology Dianetics debunking Message-ID: <> Date: 12 Jan 90 17:13:31 GMT In article <> (Pablo R Alvarez) writes: > I'M LOOKING FOR SOME SERIOUS CONSISTENT AND CLEAR >ANTI-SCIENTOLOGY EVIDENCE (if such a thing exists) Subject: Attack of the Thetans from the Planet Teegeeach! Date: 07 Nov 85 10:45:18 PST (Thu) From: [from the Los Angeles Times, via the San Francisco Chronicle] SCIENTOLOGISTS SCRAMBLE TO KEEP SECRETS Los Angeles Documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times show that the members of the Church of Scientology believe that mankind's ills were caused by an evil ruler named Xemu who lived 75 million years ago. Scientologists have been trying to prevent the release of the documents, which they consider secret and sacred, and about 1500 church members crammed three floors of the Los Angeles County Courthouse on Monday, effectively blocking public access to documents. Nevertheless, the Los Angeles Times had already obtained access to the documents, which were submitted as part of a civil case brought by former Scientologist Larry Wollersheim, before lawyers for the Scientologists requested they be sealed. Wollersheim charges that the organization defrauded him by promising him higher intelligence and greater business success through Scientology courses that cost thousands of dollars. In arguing to keep the court documents sealed, the church has told its members that it could be physically and spiritually harmful for them to learn about the upper levels of Scientology before they have mastered the preparatory courses. Scientology attorneys have argued that disclosure of the material violates the group's religous freedom. Scientology is widely known for its use of "auditing", a form of one-to-one counselling in which a lie-detector-like instrument called an E-meter is used to help a person erase negative experiences, supposedly freeing him to achieve his full potential. The group bases its beliefs on the writings of L. Ron Hubbard, the reclusive science-fiction author who in the early 1950's published the best-seller "Dianetics: the Modern Science of Mental Health." What is rarely discussed, however, is Hubbard's secret teachings, which disclose his thoughts on why mankind has been plagued by problems through history, the topic of the disputed documents. Generally, the documents suggest that a major cause of mankind's problems began 75 million years ago, when the planet Earth, then called Teegeeach, was part of a confederation of 90 planets under the leadership of a tyrannical ruler named Xemu. Then, as now, the materials state, the chief problem was overpopulation. Xemu, the documents state, decided to take radical measures to overcome the overpopulation problem. Beings were captured on Earth and on other planets and flown to at least 10 volcanoes on Earth. The documents state that H-bombs far more powerful than any in existence today were dropped on the volcanoes, destroying the people but freeing their spirits, called "thetans," which attached themselves to one another in clusters. After the nuclear explosions, according to the documents, the thetans were trapped in a compound of frozen alcohol and glycol and, during a 36-day period, Xemu "implanted" in them the seeds of aberrant behavior for generations to come. When people die, those clusters attach to to other humans and keep perpetuating themselves. Before a Scientologist can learn about thetans and how to eradicate them, he must go through a progression of costly programs. For hours on Monday, Scientologists swamped workers in the clerk's office with hundreds of requests to photocopy the documents. Superior Court Judge Alfred L. Margolis, over strong objections, had issued an order Friday making the documents public at 9 a.m. Monday - on a first-come, first-served basis. Scientologists, by snaking the line through three courthouse hallways, made sure that they were the only ones to buy copies of the materials. Shortly before noon, Margolis, at the request of Scientology lawyers, resealed the materials, pending a hearing later this week. Jeff Pomerantz, a Scientology spokesman, said the strategy was intended to "keep the materials secure ... Religion is not supposed to be disseminated from the courtroom." -- Don D.C.Lindsay Carnegie Mellon Computer Science ------------------------------------------------------------ Subject: Bare-Faced Messiah: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard Message-ID: <> Date: 13 Jan 90 22:58:40 GMT Donald Lindsay writes: >In article <> > (Pablo R Alvarez) writes: >> I'M LOOKING FOR SOME SERIOUS CONSISTENT AND CLEAR >>ANTI-SCIENTOLOGY EVIDENCE (if such a thing exists) > >Reportedly, the book by L. Ron Hubbard's son, "Bare Faced Messiah", >is a must-read. I, for one, want to read it. > _Bare-Faced Messiah_ was actually written by the British journalist Russell Miller, but it is indeed a must-read. I became interested in this book because of the Church of Scientology's (actually their publishing arm, New Era Publications) attempts in court to prevent its publication -- naturally, if it was bad enough for them to suppress, it was good enough for me to read! New Era's lawsuits in Britain and Canada were unsuccessful, and their suit in Australia was withdrawn, and the book was published in those countries. However, when the New York publisher Henry Holt & Co. tried to publish it, the courts of America, the land of the free and the home of the First Amendment, had a different reaction: It turns out that in two of the earlier chapters of the book, Miller draws upon some early unpublished diaries and writings of the young L. Ron Hubbard, writings which are very revealing and embarrassing to the Church. So New Era sued for breach of copyright. U.S. District Court Judge Pierre Leval found that the First Amendment interest in having these important facts and words of a controversial religious figure made public outweighed New Era's flimsy copyright interests (because you just _know_ New Era is never going to publish these writings itself), and so by the "fair use" doctrine, Holt could go ahead and publish the book. However, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals strongly disapproved Leval's First Amendment reasoning. It held that publication of _Bare-Faced Messiah_ was NOT "fair use" and that New Era WOULD have the legal right to suppress its publication. Though they affirmed Leval's decision not to suppress the book, they made clear the ONLY reason for this was that New Era had waited too long before bringing its suit (the doctrine of "laches"). I find this current state of fair use law in America very frightening, since if any representative of a public figure brings its lawsuit soon enough, potentially important unpublished writings can be withheld from the public. In fact, the sequel has already begun: the former Scientologist who showed Russell Miller the secret Hubbard writings, Jon Atack, is now writing his own expose on the Church. New Era has ALREADY brought a lawsuit against the Atack manuscript, so this time "laches" does not stand in the way of their mission to suppress embarrassing information on the Church. Time will tell how this one will come out.... In addition to sci.skeptic, I'm also posting this on in case any fellow law students &c are interested or have comments. The case citation is _New Era Publications International, ApS v. Henry Holt & Co., Inc._, 684 F Supp 808 (SD NY 1988), motion denied 695 F Supp 1493 (SD NY 1988), affirmed on other grounds 873 F2d 576 (2d Cir 1989), petition for en banc rehearing denied 884 F2d 659 (2d Cir, August 29, 1989). R.J. Hall Q-Link: Rjhall (:(: DISCLAIMER: The views expressed may not even be my own! :):):) ------------------------------------------------------------ Subject: Scientology: Asimov knew L. Ron Hubbard Date: 15 Jan 90 21:55:38 GMT Here is part of my long posting on Isaac Asimov; he actually knew L. Ron Hubbard in the early days of "Dianetics". This is more about John Campbell, Jr.; an early Dianetics enthusiast. It is evident that Hubbard started out by proposing that the negative experiences that lead to "engrams" occurred when one was a fetus. It is only later that he started to claim that these experiences occurred in past lives. Dianetics/Scientology looks suspiciously like some takeoff of Freudian psychoanalysis. More seriously, he has had to cope with one pseudoscience freak in a position of authority, the late John Campbell, editor of the science fiction magazine _Astounding_, renamed to _Analog_, magazine. It was especially difficult for him since it was to him that Asimov submitted many of his science-fiction stories. In the early 1950's, Campbell sounded off about "dianetics", a theory that L. Ron Hubbard had developed. A fetus could hear and misunderstand everything that goes on around it; and these misunderstandings could cause a great deal of trouble later on. If one removes them, one becomes a "clear" and a very superior being. Campbell complained that Asimov had a "built-in doubter", something Asimov prided himself for having. Eventually, Campbell and Hubbard split up, for reasons Asimov found obvious: "I knew Campbell and I knew Hubbard, and I also knew that no movement can have two Messiahs." Campbell later got enthusiastic about the possibility of levitation, and urged Asimov to write a story about it, called "Upsy-Daisy". But Asimov's story, "Belief" was a bit too rational for Campbell's taste. I don't quite recall what happened to it. Campbell also showed off the "Hieronymus machine", which is a box full of electronics that registers emotional states when one rubs one's hand against a plate. It could work just as well with a diagram of a circuit. When Asimov tried it and his hand got sweaty, Campbell made a momentous discovery: "Negative stickiness!" Later, Campbell would get enthusiastic about the Dean Drive, which supposedly converts angular momentum into linear momentum (the two quantities are actually conserved separately). Campbell would also challenge Asimov with: "Every society but ours has believed in magic. Who is to say we are right and they are wrong?" To which Asimov responded: "Every society but ours has believed that the Sun moves around the Earth. Would you want to settle that matter by majority vote?" ^ Loren Petrich, the Master Blaster \ ^ / \ ^ / One may need to route through any of: \^/ <<<<<<<<+>>>>>>>> /v\ / v \ / v \ v "What do you MEAN it's not in the computer?!?" -- Madonna ------------------------------------------------------------ Subject: Re: Scientology (infiltrates major corporations?) Keywords: scientology, e-meter, dianetics, L. Ron Hubbard >Excerpted from the San Jose Mercury News, Tuesday Morning, May 9, 1989 By Brad Kava Mercury News Staff Writer SCIENTOLOGY ON THE JOB 3 EX-WORKERS FILE GRIEVANCE Three workers at a prominent Silicon Valley electronics company say they were forced by their superiors to take com- munications courses taught by firms connected with the Church of Scientology - with practices that included star- ing into co-workers' eyes for four hours at a time to "guide and control communication." The workers said they left Applied Materials Inc. of Santa Clara after being harassed over their refusal to take the courses. They filed a civil rights grievance last week with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. A spokesman for Applied Materials said the courses were dropped last October after the employees brought complaints about the training sessions to management. However, the three who left the company said they were expected to use the material taught in the seminars until they left in February. They said they were given bad evaluations and treated unfairly when they complained. Applied Materials, a highly regarded company, makes the machines that produce microchips. Founded 20 years ago, it recorded sales of $363 million last year for a profit of $40 million, up from $336,000 the previous year. It employs 2,000 people in Santa Clara. Last October, during his presidential campaign, George Bush gave a speech at the com- pany. Its chairman is James Morgan, husband of state Sen. Becky Morgan, R-Los Altos . Founded in 1950, the Church of Scientology, which as 10,000 members in the Bay Area, is based on the writings of science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard , who died in 1986. At the core of the religion is the belief that an evil tyrant named Xemu destroyed the inhabitants of 90 planets 75 million years ago and trapped their spirits - called thetans - in a frozen compound. Xemu implanted the thetans with the seeds of aberrant behavior, evil traits that continue to resurface in each generation and plague mankind to this day. At the heart of Scientologists' practices is the use of "auditing," a form of counseling in which a lie detector- like instrument called an "E meter" is used to help a person erase negative experiences and achieve full potential. The religion's critics say the E meter and auditing are used to manipulate members and keep them compliant by focusing on embarassing or troubling events in their lives and eroding their self-confidence. Ford Greene, the San Anselmo attorney representing the three former Applied Materials employees, said the instruc- tion given at the communications seminars was identical to materials in Scientology handbooks. The ex-employees said the seminars they attended with Applied Scholastics included unusual techniques, such as staring into a co-w orker's eyes without "twitching, moving or changing posi- tion" for hours at a time. A textbook given with the course explained that the drill could be used for practical purposes and was designed for situations "where a person wishes to have good communication with another and wants to have his/her total attention on that person." The employ- ees said they weren't told by their bosses that the courses were affiliated with Scientology. Ingrid Gudenas, the president of Applied Scholastics' Bay Area office said that although the company's workshops are based on the works of Hubbard, they do not address reli- gious issues. "Hubbard is well-known as an author of both fiction and non-fiction," Gudenas said, in a written state- ment. Gudenas said participants are told the course is based on Hubbard's teachings before they begin. Many of the course participants, including some from Applied Materials, say they have benefited from the courses, she said. THE COMPANY LISTS PROMINENT CLIENTS FOR COMPANY SEMINARS, INCLUDING APPLIED MATERIALS, BEATRICE, CHEVRON, NATIONAL SEMICONDUCTOR and the U.S. ARMY. [boldface mine - CT]. Schuchmann, [an] ex-employee, said when she learned that Applied Scholastics was linked to the founder of Scientol- ogy, she asked that she not be included in the training. She said her boss put her in another communications course, telling her it was not affiliated with Scientology. But when she took the other course, Schuchmann said, she found it was run by officials from the church's Clearwater, Fla., branch, called WISE - World Institute of Scientology Enter- prises. The course was given in a conference room at Applied Materials. The WISE class often quoted Hubbard 's words and concepts such as: "Bugged targets, " "hat dump- ing" and "permitting dev-t" which are terms for poor busi- ness practices. Religious studies experts say that the use of arcane languages removes followers from the stream of everyday life and helps indoctrinate them into that religion's philosophy. Horace Treadwell, with the EEOC, said he couldn't comment on investigations until they are resolved. Nationwide, the EEOC has had a number of complaints about discrimination by employees who say their companies are using "New Age" tech- niques and training courses. A ruling by the commission's legal department issued last September said that such courses may be discriminatory if they are "explicitly based on religious beliefs."


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