Scientology, part 1

Scientology has been in the news a lot recently. Scientology is a strange cult. It numbers between 50,000 to 200,000 people or so, which is pretty small as far as religions go. The religion was designed by a science-fiction writer, L. Ron Hubbard, who slowly migrated from writer to religious founder and ended his life high on a cocktail of drugs, and in hiding from the IRS and other authorities. Summarizing the whole structure of Scientology is beyond a blog post (or many blog post), but the core of the cult is fairly straightforward: it teaches that each person...

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