MELBOURNE, Monday - The world director of Scientology, Mr. L. Ron Hubbard, showed paranoid delusions in his claim to have visited Venus and been in the Van Allen radiation belt around the earth, Dr. Ian Holland Martin said today.
In evidence before the in quiry into Scientology, Dr. Martin, a leading Melbourne psychiatrist and honorary Federal secretary of the Aus tralian and New Zealand
College of Psychiatrists, said the "E meter" was dangerous in unqualified hands.
He said the "E meter" used for Scientology tests on stu dents was a psycho-galvano meter and registered changes in the induction of electricity between two electrodes.
It had been thoroughly dis credited as a lie detector, but if it was suggested to possess mysterious powers to a person who did not understand, that person would be suggestible to ideas foisted on him by the operator, Dr. Martin said.
This kind of Influence would heighten latent para noic trends in persons who showed no significant emotional disturbance.
The hearing will continue