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1.27.2004

Heinlein, Hubbard, & Parsons 

Here's an intriguing article suggesting that Robert Heinlein's masterpiece, Stranger in a Strange Land, was heavily influenced by Crowley's Thelema and reflects many of its central themes. Apparently Heinlein associated often with Jack Parsons and L. Ron Hubbard back in the 50's when the two men were highly involved with the O.T.O.'s Agape Lodge in southern California. The author of the article examines the principles of Thelema and compares them with Heinlein's narrative set against the historical backdrop of JPL's rocket program and it's principle scientist, John Whiteside Parsons. Aside from the interesting premise of the article, it's fascinating to examine the relationship between Crowley, Parsons, and Hubbard and the strange intersection of "occult" and "science" that led to the birth of the space program and the genesis of Scientology, both strongly informed by Crowley.

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