Cyril Vosper: The mind-bending illogic of Scientology's upper levels - 2018-11-17
This week in our 'Scientology Lit' series we're looking back at a real classic and one of the most fun reads in the genre, 1971's The Mind Benders by Cyril Vosper (1934-2004). It was the first book by a former Scientologist to expose the organization, beating Robert Kaufman's Inside Scientology, which came out the next year. Long out of print, Vosper's book is worth tracking down for its sense of humor as well as its cutting insights into L. Ron Hubbard and his ideas. (Prof. Touretzky at Carnegie Mellon maintains a page with the entire text.) We've chosen Vosper's excellent chapter on Scientology's secret upper levels, which, keep in mind, the outside world truly knew nothing about at the time. We think you'll enjoy it.
One might think that with the production in 1966 of the first true Clear—a never-before imagined state of ability—and with the systematic output of some 3,000 more by mid-1970, Hubbard would rest on his laurels.
This masterly gift to the human race is surely as much as can be expected of any one man. Surely, he would be justified to put down the reins of high office—there can be no higher office imaginable than to be the saviour of the human race—and leave the rest of we poor shuddering humans to make what we will of our destiny.