Tony Ortega is formerly editor of The Village Voice. He has written about Scientology since 1995. He’s currently working from an undisclosed location in an underground bunker (a term which began as a running joke at the Voice, and continues in all seriousness at his blog). His blog at The Underground Bunker is the most up-to-date and relevant reporting source available for all things Scientology. In this recent post, he concludes an interview with Jon Atack, a former Scientologist and author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. In this segment Jon describes how Scientologists…
…internalize L. Ron Hubbard’s toxic policies of Disconnection and Fair Game.”
Scientology is a system of thought reform. It addicts adherents, so that they become willing to sacrifice everything to it, in the hope of supernatural powers and the risible belief that they will otherwise lose their immortality. While boasting of their liberation, members become ever more dependent. Phobias are induced against any other belief system, and, most of all, against the scientific exploration of the mind. While pretending to be scientific, Dianetics and Scientology have produced not a single proof of their many exaggerated claims. No proof that cancer can be cured, that IQ can be raised or that paranormal powers can be achieved. Indeed, the only study conducted by Hubbard, in 1951, failed to recover a single “engram.” He speaks of the use of “pain drug hypnosis” in this attempt in Science of Survival.
As it is, Scientology induces a “reactive mind.” Adherents become incapable of analysing problems, instead resorting to “thought terminating cliches” (in the words of Robert Jay Lifton). Rather than considering evidence, they will spout slogans. The engrams that populate this reactive mind are Hubbard’s own notions: “The way out is the way through,” “the speed of the particle flow alone determines the power,” “what you fear you become,” “absolutes are unobtainable,” “make it go right.” On and on, these unconsidered maxims pour forth, until no original thought is possible, because it would be “unethical” to disagree with the Great OT, and he has pronounced on almost every subject from running an intergalactic organization to cleaning windows. Suffice it to say that experience shows that smearing printers’ ink from newspapers onto glass is not an effective cleaning method. So much for the Technology.
Check out Tony’s blog and catch the rest of this great post here.
For more information, listen to this recent audio interview (September 2013) with Jon Atack at ABC’s Australian affiliate here.