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Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health [Paperback]

L. Ron Hubbard
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Dianetics can remove the aberrations which make man a selfish and anti-social creature.... It holds hope that man may at last dispense with the ugly institution of war, because wars are the end product of social aberrations at the national level... Dianetics can rectify the mental short circuits which bring accidental death, can increase longevity, minimize the pain of child-bearing and present mankind with vast new intellectual vistas... Los Angeles Daily News --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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L. Ron Hubbard

There are only two tests of a life well lived L. Ron Hubbard once remarked: Did one do as one intended? And were people glad one lived? In testament to the first stands the full body of his life's work, including some 12,000 writings and 3,000 tape-recorded lectures of Dianetics and Scientology. In evidence of the second are the hundreds of millions of individuals whose lives have been demonstrably bettered because he lived. They are the more than 28 million students now reading superlatively owing to L. Ron Hubbard's educational discoveries; they are the millions of men and women freed from substance abuse through L. Ron Hubbard's breakthroughs in drug rehabilitation; they are the near 100 million who have been touched by his nonreligious moral code: and they are the many millions more who hold his work to be the spiritual cornerstone of their lives.

Although best known for Dianetics and Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard cannot be so simply categorized. If nothing else, his life was too varied, his influence too broad. There are tribesmen in Southern Africa, for example, who know nothing of Dianetics and Scientology, but they know L. Ron Hubbard the educator. Likewise, there are factory workers in Albania who know him only for his administrative discoveries; children in China who know him only as the author of their moral code, and readers in dozens of languages who know him only for his novels. So, no, L. Ron Hubbard is not an easy man to categorize and certainly does not fit popular misconceptions of "religious founder" as an aloof and contemplative figure. Yet the more one comes to know this man and his achievements, the more one comes to realize he was precisely the sort of person to have brought us Scientology, the only major religion to have been founded in the twentieth century.

What Scientology offers is likewise what one would expect of a man such as L. Ron Hubbard. For not only does it provide a fully unique approach to our most fundamental questions--Who are we? From where did we come and what is our destiny? But it further provides an equally unique technology for greater spiritual awareness. So how would we expect to characterize the founder of such a religion? Clearly, he would have to be larger than life, attracted to people, liked by people, dynamic, charismatic and immensely capable in a dozen fields--all exactly L. Ron Hubbard.

The fact is, if Mr. Hubbard had stopped after only one of his many accomplishments he would still be celebrated today. For example, with 46 million works of fiction in circulation, including such monumental bestsellers as Battlefield Earth, Fear and the Mission Earth series, Mr. Hubbard is unquestionably one of the most acclaimed and widely read authors of all time. His novels have earned some of the world's most prestigious literary awards, and he has very genuinely been described as "one of the most prolific and influential writers of the twentieth century."

His earlier accomplishments are similarly impressive. As a barnstorming aviator through the 1930s he was known as "Flash" and broke local records for sustained glider flight. As a leader of expeditions, he is credited with conducting the first complete Puerto Rican mineralogical survey under United States protectorship and his navigational annotations still influence the maritime guides for British Columbia. His experimentation with early radio direction finding further became the basis for the Long Range Navigational system (Loran). And, as a lifelong photographer, his works have been displayed in galleries on two continents, with the definitive body of his photographs in traveling and permanent exhibits still drawing tens of thousands every year.

Among other avenues of research, Mr. Hubbard developed and codified an administrative technology that is utilized by more than 200,000 organizations worldwide, including multinational corporations, charitable bodies, political parties, schools, youth clubs and every imaginable small business. Likewise Mr. Hubbard's internationally acclaimed educational methods are utilized by more than a hundred thousand educators, while his equally acclaimed drug rehabilitation program has proven at least five times more effective than similarly aimed programs. Yet, however impressive these figures, no measure of L. Ron Hubbard is complete without some appreciation of what became his life's work: Dianetics and Scientology. The world's most effective force for positive change, the Church of Scientology represents spiritual freedom for millions of people the world over. They come from every walk of life, every culture and every strata of society. Moreover, when one is speaking of L. Ron Hubbard's discoveries relating to the human mind and spirit, one is ultimately speaking of the philosophic foundation of all he accomplished: better education, crime-free cities, drug-free campuses, stable and ethical organizations and cultural revitalization through the arts--all this and more is made possible because of the breakthroughs in Dianetics and Scientology.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read it! June 21 2014
By Big Bill TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars The Mein Kampf of $cientology Jan. 8 2014
By Michael
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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1.0 out of 5 stars I am sorry....no. 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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1.0 out of 5 stars So bad, it really couldn't be worse June 11 2012
Format:Paperback
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Cook book. March 18 2004
Format:Paperback
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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