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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: #44,162 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael on Jan. 8 2014
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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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32 of 38 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 Sept. 14 1999
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Having read BARE FACED MESSIAH by Russell Miller, I eagerly read Dianetics... searching for the truth behind Dianetics, and in the end, I did not find any mental enlightenment, only fatigue from trying unsuccessfully to follow the sentence structure. It didn't come off as an insightful, thoughtful work of science, more the writings of a rambling author that loses the reader from the first page. A severe disappointment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Schwartz on Nov. 18 1997
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Reading this book is a painful experience, broken only by occasional gouts of laughter (if one is still capable of it) at the inanity of the ideas contained within, and the tone of the writing. The "scientific" ideas have never been tested, never been subjected to anything more strenuous than a sales-pitch test. Its claims have never been fulfilled, and its logic hardly merits the name.
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26 of 32 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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I remember how I was first offered a copy of Dianetics. I was fifteen years old. I walked by a Scientology building in my hometown. A fellow offered me a pink pamphlet and asked if I would like to come inside and take their personality test. I did. After completing the lengthly test I was told my test revealed a weakness in communications and I should take one of their courses which at the time cost twenty dollars. That was probably a lot for me but as an insecure teenager I was concerned about making a good impression in the world. So I gave them my twenty dollars. I was a little uncomfortable so I didn't schedule an appointment at the time. After a few weeks I got a letter in the mail saying, as I hadn't scheduled a session they were not refunding my money or providing the training but if I would come back into the center they would give me a free copy of Dianetics. That probably soured me on Dianetics at first because I figured if that is the way people who did Dianetics treated you I didn't want to be like that. So I didn't take them up on the book offer.
I was curious so years later I read a good portion of the book. There was a lot of theoretical information about a concept called engrams which get implanted in your brain when bad experiences happen to you. Like getting conked on the noggin when riding your bicyle. They suggest it can leave impressions on you that you misrelate to other events in everyday life. I suppose some of this could be true although a lot of it did not impress me as being useful except as theory. Dianetics is sold as a self-help book, but since using the techniques on yourself really requires an auditor to do properly, I notice a lot of people review the book as experimenting with the techniques on their friends with some success.
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