Scientology: fortune of fear and generous servings of psychobabble

Posted: April 25, 2014 in Hubbard
From Publishers Weekly — The farce continues in this fifth installment of Hubbard's 10-series, Mission Earth. Soltan Gris, the focus here, is the Voltarian Empire's spy chief on Earth. Forever plotting, peeping and trying to manipulate others, double agent Gris is himself the eternal dupe. His crazed schemes to subvert his own agent in the field, virtuous Jettero Heller, keep blowing up in his face. The new chapter, a spoof of free market economics, opens with Gris smuggling 12 tons of goldto pay his credit card bills. Fast-talking bankers soon relieve him of the lucre and he fumes to see Heller raising money for his good deeds from mob-run Atlantic City casinos and commodities trading. This leaden satire gets more outrageous in its sexual aspects, which sound suspiciously like a parody of Scientology.

From Publishers Weekly — The farce continues in this fifth installment of Hubbard’s 10-series, Mission Earth. Soltan Gris, the focus here, is the Voltarian Empire’s spy chief on Earth. Forever plotting, peeping and trying to manipulate others, double agent Gris is himself the eternal dupe. His crazed schemes to subvert his own agent in the field, virtuous Jettero Heller, keep blowing up in his face. The new chapter, a spoof of free market economics, opens with Gris smuggling 12 tons of goldto pay his credit card bills. Fast-talking bankers soon relieve him of the lucre and he fumes to see Heller raising money for his good deeds from mob-run Atlantic City casinos and commodities trading. This leaden satire gets more outrageous in its sexual aspects, which sound suspiciously like a parody of Scientology.

Tony Ortega at The Underground Bunker has found a wonderful video featuring L. Ron Hubbard lecturing in 1954 about something referred to as “Opening Procedure by Duplication, Problems and Solutions and Granting of Beingness.” It is described as follows on Scientology’s Bridge Publications web site:

L. Ron Hubbard had delivered five ACCs at a scorching pace: 317 lectures in 147 days. Despite increased auditor skill, none could match his results. Seeking why, Mr. Hubbard made a crucial discovery—Duplication. “Auditors can’t duplicate. What do you mean, duplicate? That’s just, do the same as. That’s all. Can’t do it. What’s the matter with cases? They can’t duplicate.” Not only is duplication the basic action of existence, but its failure is the primary degeneration of a thetan. Thus Mr. Hubbard taught the solution in Procedure 30, comprising three processes: Problems and Solutions, Granting of Beingness and Opening Procedure by Duplication.

L. Ron Hubbard lectures on Duplication

If you’ve never heard of the phrase, “Psychobabble,” then you’re in for a treat because this is Hubbard at his gobbledygook best presenting information that any thinking person would immediately get up and walk out on. And yes … the longer you read this, the more convoluted it becomes.

Hubbard’s transition from writing goofy science fiction to writing goofy psychological analysis may have caught on with folks whose minds were already wired to accept just about any crazy idea coming down the highway, but for the rest of us it’s just nonsense … pure nonsense.

Oh yes, if you’d like a copy of this lecture series that Hubbard delivered to the 6th American Advanced Clinical Course, it will cost you a cool $550.

Duplication is tremendously important. Tremendously important. It just can’t be overemphasized in a case. —L. Ron Hubbard

So ... was he crazy? Well, here's one of the claims he made on the benefits of Scientology.  Leukemia treatments:  “Leukemia is evidently psychosomatic in origin and at least eight cases of leukemia had been treated successfully by Dianetics after medicine had traditionally given up.  The source of leukaemia has been reported to be an engram containing the phrase 'It turns my blood to water.’ ”

So … was he crazy? Well, here’s one of the claims he made on the benefits of Scientology. Leukemia treatments: “Leukemia is evidently psychosomatic in origin and at least eight cases of leukemia had been treated successfully by Dianetics after medicine had traditionally given up. The source of leukaemia has been reported to be an engram containing the phrase ‘It turns my blood to water.’ ”

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