Blog: Critical Q&A 110 - 2017-05-28

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F0.png Critical Q&A #110 May 28, 2017, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

The weekly show where I answer viewer questions left in the comment section of my Q&A videos or sent to me by email at This week, the questions I answer are:

(1) Are you familiar with the connection between L. Ron Hubbard and Aleistar Crowley? To what degree did they know each other, communicate and possibly influence one another? My first anti-Scientology book was called Hubbard: Madman or Messiah? by Bent Corydon. I no longer have the book but I recall that Hubbard wanted to emulate Crowley, right down to iconic photograph portrait poses. Hubbard has called Crowley "my good friend." Was he just making that up or was he being truthful or figurative? Do you consider Hubbard a black magician in any sense of the phrase? Also, is the story true that Hubbard was working for an intelligence agency to infiltrate Crowley's operation?

(2) When did you learn that Charlie Manson was a big believer in Scientology? I doubt that the Church trumpets this connection. Chick Corea might be terminally unhip, but at least he doesn't have any facial tattoos. It looks like Charlie took the pieces he liked, added some Dale Carnegie and went out to build a cult. His biggest takeaway from Scientology: find people who are damaged, not broken. Do you think that, in the wrong hands, Dianetics and Scientology can be used as manuals for building a personalized destructive cult?