Join Dr. Susan Raine as she discusses some of the ways that several dominant themes from the early science fiction tradition—namely, colonialism, empire, and masculinity—manifest in L. Ron Hubbard’s narratives and doctrines in the development of Scientology.
Charting and conquering the nefarious thetan colonization of the human citizens of planet Earth became one of the central goals of L. Ron Hubbard’s early Scientology philosophy. Certainly, ‘clearing the planet,’ was, and remains, a vital directive for Scientologists. The process of planetary clearing involves removing engrams (painful memory traces from previous intergalactic lives), and ultimately the intrusive thetan presence that causes them, thus releasing humans from the emotional and physical constraints imposed by these invasive cosmic entities.
Hubbard claimed to have accessed an alternate dimension where he alone had acquired knowledge about the true nature of galactic history and the human condition. From this revelation, Hubbard planned to explore and conquer the uncharted territory of the mind—what Hubbard identified as Terra Incognita—in order to address all human problems and limitations. Over several decades, he developed strategies to colonize both the material and immaterial dimensions of human existence.
Presented by: Dr. Susan Raine, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Dr. Susan Raine’s research interests focus primarily on alternative and new religious movements. Recently, she has begun the process of researching the socio-cultural dimensions of conspiracy narratives and paranormal beliefs (and sometimes the two intersect) in Canadian contexts.
Dr. Raine is happy to supervise students who are looking to develop research projects either on traditional/mainstream religions, alternative religious groups, high demand movements or other alternative/marginal belief systems including conspiracy theories and the paranormal. She is able to assist with a range of qualitative research projects.
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