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December 01, 2016

Famous bar bets

"It is widely believed that the creation of Scientology was the result of a bar bet between L. Ron Hubbard and Robert A. Heinlein. The story says L. Ron Hubbard dared that he could create a religion all by himself. According to Scientology critic Lindsay this is 'definitely not true', no such bet was ever made, it would have been 'uncharacteristic of Heinlein' to make such a bet, and 'there's no supporting evidence'. However, several of Heinlein's autobiographical pieces, as well as biographical pieces written by his wife, claim repeatedly that the bet did indeed occur. Heinlein's novel Stranger in a Strange Land is sometimes claimed to be his attempt at winning the bet."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 1, 2016 05:43 PM