Atack: Contradictions in L. Ron Hubbard's "tech" only increase Scientology discipline - 2016-05-21
Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. He has a new edition of the book for sale, and for more than three years he's been helping us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts about Scientology that tend to get hashed and rehashed in books, articles, and especially on the Internet.
Tony has given us an insightful examination of what may be an admission by L. Ron Hubbard in Monday's story, "Did L. Ron Hubbard believe his own rap?"
Here is my two and a half cents on this Hubbard statement, which comes from the Philadelphia "Doctorate" Course. Hubbard can be heard to say, "Now, all this of course is—I'm just kidding you mostly. I don't believe that you've been in the universe 76 trillion years. I don't believe you have any past before birth. I don't believe that there is any reason whatsoever for this universe to be here except some fellow called the devil or something that built it. And I don't believe any of these things. And I don't want to be agreed with about them. It infuriates me to be agreed with about them. So I'm not asking for anybody to agree with me, but I'm not asking for anybody to disagree with me either."