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March 07, 2008

Beware the Ides of March

Scientologie, published in 1934 by Dr. Anastasius Nordenholz* appears to have provided some inspiration to L. Ron Hubbard's later cult of the same name. Enturbulation has scanned images from the book. Comment at Enturbulation suggests Nordenholz was not the first to use the term.

The English-language term "Scientology" originated neither with Hubbard nor Nordenholz, but with philologist Allen Upward, who coined the term in 1907 to ridicule pseudoscientific theories.

Related: A Secret Lives documentary on the life of LRH (hat tip to Agent Bedhead).** Flea-readers who do not share my interest in the Scientology organization into hatred and contempt might nevertheless be interested in the part one. This features an interview with literary agent Forrest Ackerman on LRH, hypnotism and much else. Particularly interesting is Excalibur: The Dark Sword, a book written by LRH after a nitrous oxide experience at the dentist and reputed to drive readers to suicide. Think the Necronomicon meets Battlefield Earth.

The next Anonymous action is due March 15 in recognition of L. Ron Hubbard's birthday.

* Whose name sounds like it comes straight from central casting.
** This linked by an ex-Scientologist. He links an excellent documentary about Anonymous. I am beginning to admire the children of Generation X.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 7, 2008 07:23 AM