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  • Paperback: 677 pages
  • Publisher: Bridge Publications, Inc. (Nov. 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140314446X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403144461
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.2 x 4.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Big Bill TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 21 2014
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This book gives an insight into why people act in an irrational manner. It is accurate in my estimation , and I find the information
very useful. Do you want to understand why people go on killing tantrums and engage in self destructive actions?
Get it. Read it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael on Jan. 8 2014
Format: Paperback
The theory of Dianetics and the subsequent establishment of $cientology can best be understood as a product of its times, the 1950s. The space race was on, the public was regularly being bombarded with scientific terminology, and even the cars were starting to look like spaceships. Considering too the growing interest in pop psychology, the timing could not have been better to launch a new cash cow to exploit this zeitgeist, a new 'scientific' religion, filled with clever-looking, brainy-sounding jargon sure to impress that portion of the population with enough sense to recognize that there's more to life than the daily grind, but sadly lacking the wider vision required to distinguish pseudo-science from an objective work of science, or to consider that a fraudulent science-fiction writer who fabricated an impressive but imaginary record of both military and academic glory was unlikely to come up with a religion that could replace thousands of years of spiritual thought from people like Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu or Krishna.

This book of course laid the groundwork that led to the establishment of that form of amateur regressive psycho- and hypnotherapy using simplified lie detectors that has come to be known as $cientology. Let us not confuse ourselves for one second that this is a religion or has anything to do with spirituality. Members are NOT parishioners, and do NOT worship. A more apt description would be that the members are patients attending amateur, pseudo-scientific psychotherapy sessions. The famed E-meter of course measures physiological reactions, and as criminals are able to learn how to fool lie detectors by being asked and answering the same question enough times, so $cientology essentially trains people not to react physiologically to negative impulses from the past.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jason A. Martin on Nov. 2 2009
Format: Hardcover
Ron, I tried. I bought the first 2 Scientology books, and the first 3 Dianetics books. My objectives were education, research, and scholarship based, along with a healthy dose of curiosity. I think you must have understanding of a topic before criticizing it, so, I read Scientology 1(S1) with an open mind, because who knows, maybe Ron *had* discovered something fundamentally transcendent. Interestingly, I noticed a large amount of references, both overt and non-overt, to other philosophies and schools of thought. There was a healthy dose of Aristotle/Plato, and a hint of Buddhism. Partway through S1, I noticed there was a leap (of faith?) required to continue. Ron states that you should never go past a word you do not understand, and I assume that would include concepts as well. However, so far in my readings/studying of Hubbard's work, objective discussion, exegesis, and clarification are not the business of Scientology.

Undeterred, I read Dianetics: The Original Thesis (D1), and actually found it surprisingly concise. It had a very jovial tone, was rather easy to read, and actually sounded like it *might* have some potential if used solely as a TECHNIQUE for easing suffering, or helping someone "get something off their chest". I mean, all the Auditor is doing, hours of expensive training aside, is listening to a person repeat life secrets. That being said, I was intrigued enough by D1 to continue to the meaty 500 page Modern Science of the Mind (D2). This is where it all fell apart. First off, the language Ron employs is just boggling in its lunacy and inappropriateness. His appropriations, over-citation (sometimes and many as 6 per page) of common words, (Pittsburgh is one)and Naval slang, just bogs the book down tremendously.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Granfalloon on June 11 2012
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Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental HealthAn impressionable person might think that some of what is written in this book is true. If you do happen to buy a copy of this book, use a marker to highlight all the promises Hubbard makes. Then go down to the local "Dianetic Center" which in my town is also known as the Church of Scientology. Ask to meet one of the "clears", the people with perfect memory, 20/20 vision, no colds, no asthma, computer-like minds, and are to a normal what a normal is to an institutionalized person. See if they can demonstrate the claims. Careful though. They will try to sell you more books and courses.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jethro Cricket on March 18 2004
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At ferst i thot it was a cook book. L. Ron is a dam liar and should be takin out and flogged. my 13 kids starved to deth thanx to that a-hole. why wood u name a book dine eticits if it wazent tellin you how 2 deep fry a squirrel? I giv dis book 2 of nine stars cause it jus confused me all to hell. Da book all about dis stupid mental sykology hibity jibity, plus dose dam scientologists r jus buying in2 L. Rons bullcrap, hes a dang fiction writer 4 hevens sake. He rote da dang book on a bet. iv seen dem dere sientolojists in tampa wen i hitchhiked there on vakashin 1 time. dere frikin zombies void of independent thot. i hope L. ron burns in heck.he not even good at starting a cult, dang amature. VIVA LA MANSON!!!
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