oh. I thought he was being facetious... I'm about half way through the book. The main first point Urban makes is that Dn/Scn parallel the Cold War mentality of the time, along with the UFO stories going around, as well as bringing in Eastern thought into Western minds. Hubbard created a synthesis that was viewed as Eastern mysticism paired in a new way with Western science. This appealed to the people at the time, looking for ways to make sense of a wolrd when we might blow up at any minute. The old duck and cover of my childhood. The paranoia was deeply embedded in the 50s and 60s culture, with A bombs and bomb shelters. So the paranoia of Hubbard reflected the times. Hubbard's genius was in his synthesis and marketing, and in his chameleon like ability to change the appearance of scientology without changing the substance. The OT powers also reflect the secrecy that took hold in government at the time, in the wake of WWII and then into the Cold War, where Spy v Spy was born. (I loved Mad mag. So subversive.) These OT powers are esoteric and only available to the select few, like other secret societies, Masons or others. And the OT dream is what Urban calls an "adorning possession" one that is valued just because the hoi polloi are not allowed access to it. During my time in, the OTs were accorded special place, and accepted it as a queen might, as her due, with special powers granted only to the elect elite. This is the adorning possession, the adoration and accord granted you by others as acceptance and acknowledgement of your beneficent OT abilities. And it isn't as dense in the body of the book as the introduction was. But I'll bet you head for the dictionary a time or two.