Jon Atack on the Hypnotic History of Scientology Auditing - 2013-05-18
Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. He now has a new edition of the book out, 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.
Jon, we recently pointed out in our reading of a first-edition copy of Dianetics that L. Ron Hubbard's description of a "dianetic reverie" sounded an awful lot like hypnosis. We got an earful from independent Scientologists who didn't appreciate that comparison — Hubbard himself insisted that auditing was not hypnosis.
You've done some research on the relationship of the two. What can you tell us?