What Scientology itself says about the way it's going to change how your mind works - 2017-08-19
Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. 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.
Scientology's advocates believe fervently that it is a system for positive behavioral transformation. However, there are many former practitioners who believe it is a negative system of behavioral transformation. And there are people – real people – who simply don't care: They believe that there are far more serious things going on in the world than the psychological benefit or damage caused by Scientology.
I continue to care, because Scientology is a packed microcosm of social behavior – just about anything you can find in a group can be found here, from the positive and caring aspects to the negative and destructive. Hubbard said, "We have ways of making slaves here." He also added "Let's make sure that none are made," but there are some of us who believe that he was disingenuous. He offered to sell his "brainwashing" to JFK. The letter went unanswered, but the thought is worth investigating: If Scientology is, indeed, a system for brainwashing, then how would those subjected to brainwashing know that they'd been subjected to brainwashing?