Move over, Xenu: Scientology's other great space opera figure, the Duke of Chug - 2017-01-28
There are so many avenues you can go down when you fall into Scientology's rabbit hole. Today we're going to touch on a period we really haven't gone into with much rigor: The early 1980s, and Scientology's ideas about computerization.
If you know Scientology's early history, you know that much of what lies behind "Dianetics" was Hubbard's superficial understanding of computers at the time, the late 1940s. He had read about "memory banks" and data input and imagined that the human mind worked much the same way.
Despite that early interest in computers, Scientology remained famously old fashioned in many ways, valuing paper records over digital ones. Even telephones, Hubbard said, were "psychotic" and should be avoided. But by the early 1980s, it was pretty plain how useful computers really were, and Hubbard finally decided that Scientology should begin catching up.