Jon Atack

Right-Wing Extremist Terrorists Target Humanists Who Teach Critical Thinking

By |2018-09-20T12:10:08+00:00September 16th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Rationalists under threat, Photo by NewsClick Indian Activists Advocate the Use of Scientific, Analytical Thinking, Not Just Superstition This week's blog features an interview with my friend Narendra Nayak who is the President of the Federation of Indian Rationalist Associations (FIRA). His organization consists of eighty constituent groups who together seek to promote scientific [...]

A Response to Academics Who Say There Is No Undue Influence in Destructive Cults

By |2018-10-01T19:15:57+00:00June 28th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

June 28, 2018 This Influence Continuum graphic describes my model for evaluating influence–from the healthy to the unhealthy. My BITE model offers a list of concerning practices that represent unhealthy mind control: Behavior, Information, Thought and Emotional control designed to create dependent and obedient slaves to a person or ideology. One example of many is the lack [...]

Book Review – opening minds: the secret world of manipulation, undue influence and brainwashing

By |2017-03-21T10:45:01+00:00December 29th, 2016|Categories: Media Reviews, Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

opening minds: the secret world of manipulation, undue influence and brainwashing is the newest book written by Jon Atack, ex-Scientologist and author of the best book on Scientology.  This masterfully written primer on undue influence is the first project of the newly formed non-profit organization Open Minds Foundation (OMF).   Of course, you might expect I [...]

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath

By |2017-03-21T10:45:45+00:00December 2nd, 2016|Categories: Media Reviews, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

  When I first heard that Leah Remini planned to make a show about Scientology, I was cautiously optimistic.  Not that many celebrities have been brave enough to share their stories, much less want to really go further than the HBO Going Clear documentary.  After watching the first episode, I am happy to say that Leah [...]

An Invitation from Jon Atack to a Course and Conference on Scientology in Toronto!

By |2017-03-04T16:28:19+00:00April 29th, 2015|Categories: News and Updates, Blog|Tags: , , |

From June 22 through 26th Tyndale University College and Seminary, in Toronto, will host a course and conference on Scientology, planned and directed by Professor James Beverley and me. Jim and I have been friends for four years and have worked toward this event for some time. Our course and conference promises to be the most [...]

Jon Atack’s Book, “Let’s Sell these People A Piece of Blue Sky: Hubbard, Dianetics and Scientology”

By |2017-02-06T12:33:32+00:00February 8th, 2013|Categories: Media Reviews, Blog|Tags: , |

Jon encouraged me to post the introduction I wrote for this book, A Piece of Blue Sky in order to help frame the importance of Jon's return to activism and the importance of his book which so many people have yet to read, or read it when it first came out. -------- Must read! This book [...]