When you postulate upon a star: L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology's funny made-up words - 2016-06-18
Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. He has a new edition of the book for sale, and 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.
Ron Hubbard surely understood the importance of words: While Shakespeare added over a thousand new definitions to the English language, Hubbard left two 500-page dictionaries. However, where Shakespeare's language is insightful, poetic, and beautiful, Hubbard's is more usually obfuscating, awkward, and ugly.
Hubbard said that conceptual understanding can only come once you understand the words, but by focusing solely on the words, he distracted us from any detailed examination of those concepts. Believers are denied the chance to talk about those concepts, which Hubbard forbade as "verbal technology." So, the words are "cleared" but the concepts remain unexplored. We could not see the concepts for the words, or the wood for the trees.