l. ron hubbard
This Guy Claims to Be the Reincarnation of L. Ron Hubbard
The 31-year-old has legally changed his name to Lafayette Ron Hubbard, but the official Church of Scientology isn't buying his story.
Jamie Lee Curtis Taete
What’s Inside a $5,000 Scientology E-Meter?
A Swiss maker disassembled a central tool of Scientology, the E-Meter, and finds a remarkably sophisticated and over-engineered device.
Cult Leaders Made a Tonne of Music, Let's Rank It
From Charles Manson to L Ron Hubbard, a look at cult-made music—from the extremely average to the batshit insane.
The Fight to Preserve the House of the Man Who Invented Sci-Fi
Forrest J. Ackerman, the late literary agent to writers like Ray Bradbury and L. Ron Hubbard, held a trove of sci-fi artifacts in his LA home. Now, his fans are vying to save it from being turned into a parking lot.
Meet the Struggling South African Cult That Tried to Kill Demon Hitler
Bernard Poolman tried to fashion himself as the next L. Ron Hubbard and failed gloriously.
Talking to Marty Rathbun, Former Senior Executive of the Church of Scientology
We discuss his Scientology past, auditing, and the harassment techniques allegedly used by the church.
I Took a Tour of Scientology's Los Angeles (and It Was Pretty Creepy)
At one of the places I visited I the cashier called me by my first name, despite the fact that I had never met her in my entire life.
Jamie Lee Curtis Taete
Meet the Hairdresser Who Claims Scientology Is Trying to Ruin Her Business
There's a hair salon 350 feet from the world-famous, sky-blue Scientology building in Los Angeles. Here ex-Scientologist Lynn Campbell helps the shaggy, as well as those who are questioning their faith.
The Harry Potter Fan Fiction Author Who Wants to Make Everyone a Little More Rational
"Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality," by AI specialist Eliezer Yudkowsky, has commanded a sprawling, cult-like international fan base thanks to its message of rational thinking.
Scientology Is Struggling to Crack the UK
Scientology has always been a poor fit for the UK. It’s a phenomenon better suited to wealthy, tanned Americans who’ve spent their entire lives being told they can be anything they want to be if they throw enough money around
Brian Butler and Paz de la Huerta on 'Babalon Working'
Thursday night in LA Brian Butler will be premiering his new film, Babalon Working, at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The film, which features Paz de la Huerta undulating sensually amid what feels like the cinematic manifestation of a...
The Grievous Sins Issue
Scientology Hates Psychology, Especially If You're from Taiwan and Living in Australia
Scientology’s hatred of psychiatry and psychology has been well documented, but what happens when one of their members has a breakdown? I spoke to “John,” an ex-Scientologist to find out more.