l. ron hubbard

Religion

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
2.8.19
Tech Audit

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.
Daniel Oberhaus
7.19.18
Holidays

A Very Scientology Christmas: Inside L. Ron Hubbard's Winter Wonderland

Since 1983, the Church of Scientology has ran a Santa Claus photo-op on Hollywood Boulevard, where they hand out their founder's writings to visitors, but they deny using it to attract new members.
Mitchell Sunderland
12.22.16
Stuff

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.
Peter Holslin
1.15.16
Stuff

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.
River Donaghey
8.4.15
vice meets

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.
VICE Staff
3.29.15
Stuff

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
3.25.15
Stuff

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.
Mike Pearl
3.23.15
Stuff

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.
David Whelan
3.2.15
Features

The Occult Rocket Scientist Who Conjured Spirits with L. Ron Hubbard

Born 100 years ago, Jack Parsons seemed devoted to reconciling opposites, smashing together the technical and the spiritual.
George Pendle
1.2.15
Travel

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
Nick Hilton
9.30.14
Motherboard Blog

Scientology's Super Bowl Ad Preached to the Cult of Apple

The cult understands what inspires devotion these days: whatever device a tech company is selling.
DJ Pangburn
2.3.14
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