Jon Atack on Scientology's fundamental feature: the thousand-yard stare - 2014-01-18
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 on Saturdays he's 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.
Once again, Jon takes apart a bedrock concept of L. Ron Hubbard's cabal. Take it away, Jon...
JON: Scientologists will correct you, should you suggest that in Training Routine 0 you stare. 'No,' you will be assured, 'You confront.' Taxed on the difference between 'confronting' and 'staring' little of use is forthcoming. The difference, it seems, is too subtle for words.