From: goehring@mentor.cc.purdue.edu (Scott Goehring)
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Subject: Re: recent FAQ postings
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Date: 16 Sep 91 14:07:32 GMT
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In-reply-to: bruce@cco.caltech.edu's message of 16 Sep 91 02:10:03 GMT

In article <1991Sep16.021003.2946@cco.caltech.edu>, bruce@cco.caltech.edu (Bruce James Bell) writes:

>I am interested in any book that would provide insight into the >workings and sociology of Scientology, whether a skeptical or >scholarly type or a true-confessions type. Highly slanted books are >less desirable, but could be interesting if only for the reaction of >the person who wrote it.

I would suggest:

1. _A Piece of Blue Sky_, by Jon Atack 2. _The Scandal of Scientology_, by Paulette Cooper 3. _Bare-Faced Messiah_, by Russell Miller (I think) 4. _Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health_, by L. Ron Hubbard 5. The series the LA Times ran about a year ago on Scientology (should be on microfilm in most PLs). 6. The recent front-page article in Time, and the Letters column in the subsequent issues (the Letters are especially interesting).

The Cooper book was highly suppressed and only about one thousand copies were circulated, many of which have been destroyed. It is notable that the Library of Congress does not have a copy of Cooper's book.

Hubbard's book is very interesting, if somewhat difficult, reading. You will laugh (I did when reading the chapter on preventive dianetics). It is essentially the Bible of Scientology, from what I can gather.

>Also, an indication of how to find these books might be useful. I >vaguely remember reading that Scientologists like to find and destroy >library books that show them in a bad light, and there are a number >of Scientology outlets in the area where I live. Can anybody tell me >if this is actually the case (book vandalism) and provide references? >I really hate to propagate inaccurate information...

The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library used to have a copy of Cooper's book (above). They no longer do. I was able to procure a copy via interlibrary loan; it was interesting reading. The IMCPL catalog shows a remarkably high rate of lost books about Scientology, pro or con; most titles have at least one book cataloged as "lost" or as grossly overdue (some as many as three years).

>I did read the recent article in Time and some of the (less recent) >articles in the LA Times (if you don't live in the LA area, you might >want to see if you can find them on microfilm at your local library).

Ah. Ok.

>I am especially interested in any reliable information on how the >Church is shaping up not that LRH has retired to writing bad >science-fiction books :-)

Um, he didn't retire to writing those hideous books; he "dropped his body" for the purpose of furthering his research. In other words, he died. Nice euphonism. -- Rho has made a few mistakes in her postings regarding to this subject. The first one is actually trying to reply. The accepted method is to ignore his [Bruce Woodcock's] posts in hope that they will go away. -- Dirque, in rec.games.mud

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