PZ Myers Helps Us Plunder the Riches of L. Ron Hubbard's Book of Scientology Evolution! - 2013-08-09
In 1952, L. Ron Hubbard published What to Audit, a slim volume he later renamed A History of Man, to help guide the participants of Scientology through their explorations into the vast stretches of time experienced by their immortal souls. It's a remarkable piece of work with a bold agenda and page after page of startling discoveries. Inexplicably, Hubbard's biographer, Russell Miller, called it "possibly the most absurd book ever written."
Earlier, we read through the entire length of Hubbard's 1950 masterpiece, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health with former Scientologist and author Vance Woodward. But because A History of Man describes the evolution of life on earth, we thought it would be helpful to read it with one of the Internet's best-known scientists, University of Minnesota Morris professor of biology, PZ Myers. If you aren't reading Paul's daily musings at his science blog and his freethought blog, well, what's wrong with you? Also, we want to thank Kate Bornstein for the lovely illustration of PZ gnawing on the 1960s cover of Hubbard's remarkable book. So let's dive in!
THE BUNKER: Thanks for reading this book with us, Paul. We know it's probably not the kind of thing you read every day. Take the first sentence in the book, for example...