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  • Paperback: 677 pages
  • Publisher: Bridge Pubns (Nov. 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140314446X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403144461
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.8 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 HubbardThere 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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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 18 2002
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Dianetics makes laughable attempts to sound "scientific" by using obscure words to express mundane ideas while at the same time completely ignoring the basics of scientific method. The book also contains several frightening examples of cultural bias. Potential readers should be aware of them.
Perhaps the most disturbing example is on page 195, wherein Mr. Hubbard discusses the Zulu tribe of Africa. According to Mr. Hubbard, the Zulu would escape his "reactive data" if he were moved out of his "restimulative" area and taught English. But left in his native habitat, a "Zulu is only outside the bars of a madhouse because there are no madhouses provided by his tribe."
This could be dismissed as an anomaly if there weren't several other examples of this kind of frightening generalization. For example, on page 149 Mr. Hubbard asserts that homosexuals can be shown to have either overdeveloped or underdeveloped genitalia.
The book is ludicrous scientifically, and a nightmare as a piece of social commentary. Avoid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17 2000
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It must have been ten years ago that a well-meaning friend gave me a copy of L. Ron Hubbard's "Dianetics" for my birthday. I felt obliged to read it, as my friend kept asking me every day what I thought of it. So I did.
Shortly after finishing the book, I gave it away to another friend, with the admonishment that "no book ought to be burned, but this one is the exception that proves the rule." As it is not in my possession any longer, I cannot refer to it for specific details, but I remember enough about it overall to offer what I believe is a fair appraisal of the "science" of Dianetics.
First of all, Dianetics claims to be a science. This is demonstrably untrue. Hubbard simply borrowed from the works of other authors, regurgitated a hash of their collective ideas, and tossed in a heavy dose of his own opinions to forge a mockery of science. Nowhere in the book does he offer reliable empirical evidence to support even one of his claims.
Second, the book is filled with embarrassingly obvious pitches for his cult and its "schools" of Scientology. These unfortunate commercials make the book more advertising gimmick than a "handbook for the brain."
Third, and most damaging of all, is Hubbard's near-constant use of and reliance upon clearly outdated notions in psychology. Engrams, for one, is the idea that the human brain forms hard-wired memories starting in infancy that last inerrantly into adulthood, and that these literally control every aspect of your later years. This hypothesis is demonstrably false, as any policeman who has ever interviewed a witness to a crime can attest -- human memories are not inerrant, they are malleable and inherently unreliable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 24 1998
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The rating above is based mainly on the writing done by Hubbard, not so much specifically on what he wrote. Whether a person takes this seriously or not is up to that person, but as a book to sit down and read, it is below average. I read through this book in about a week, cover to cover, and think that I got a very good idea of what Hubbard was trying to say. However, there are certainly a few problems. First of all, the long chapter (200+ pages) on "Mechanisms and Aspects of Therapy" was the most unorganized jumble of information I have ever read in my entire life. If Hubbard really wrote this book within a matter of a few weeks, it shows clearly here, also pointing out that it was not edited well. It was easy to get through and read quickly, certainly a relief as I'm not sure I could have taken too much more of what he wrote.
I think that the best information given in the book falls in the Important Note, actually before the book begins, where Hubbard writes about making sure you understand the meaning to the words you are reading before you go on. It's good advice and it doesn't get any better than that in the rest of the book.
Every once in a while Hubbard made a big mistake in Dianetics. For example, while citing the numerous psychosomatic illnesses, he mentions cancer, even though he admits that it might not be psychosomatic but more research is needed. Anyone with any knowledge of what psychosomatic means and how cancer is caused in the biological regard could easily see how Hubbard had no clue about the biological cause for cancer. He also takes a good deal from Freud in a lot of the parts about psychology, before really discussing Dianetics specifically, yet he always fails to credit Freud, or any other psychologist for that matter, for what he took from them.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By "ernestlouis" on July 18 2002
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Mr. Hubbard asserts that Dianetics is a modern "science" of mental health. But science doesn't put forth theories without presenting empirical evidence. Were Mr. Hubbard's results ever duplicated by an outside source? Were they ever published in a reputable scientific journal? The book doesn't tell us. He DOES provide endless bits of anecdotal evidence. But anecdotes-- no matter what their numbers-- are not scientific evidence.
And while neither debating nor criticizing Mr. Hubbard's socio-political assertions, an awareness of them may be useful in deciding if this is the self-help book for you. To cite two examples from Dianetics, Mr. Hubbard asserts that "any judge or doctor recommending an abortion should be instantly deprived of position and practice, whatever his 'reason'" (page 190). He also asserts that gays and lesbians (or "perverts" as Mr. Hubbard refers to them) can be demonstrated to have either overdeveloped or underdeveloped sexual organs (page 145).
There are better-researched and better-written books out there. Not recommended.
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