The Trancendental Engineers – Scientology: a Consensual Delusion Based on Science Fiction

Sci-Fi-Planets-421981 | The Transcendental Engineers | Hugh AD Spencer

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This is a thesis from 1981, which earned its author a masters degree and it is still astonishingly relevant today.

Spencer’s thesis is that the distinctive culture and communal activities of Science Fiction fans allows adults to indulge in healthy imaginative play.

He contrasts this with L Ron Hubbard’s Scientology, which he argues has exploited  SF imagery and technological optimism to create an unhealthy fantasy world. Continue reading