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This answer contains spoilers [ 'This is a simple book that any two reasonably intelligent people can use to help each other overcome emotional pain and trauma without prior 'This is a simple book that any two reasonably intelligent people can use to help each other overcome emotional pain and trauma without prior professional training' Goes over how the author found out how the mind actually works. There are two parts of the mind and while many philosophers and luminaries throughout the world have talked about the same thing he actually proved it conclusively. Pain, impact, emotional shock, losses, grief, injuries in life and those that occurred before the full development of your body, have all shaped your personality. In fact it was proven that most of the injuries you have experienced in your life occurred before the age of 2 years old. Most people cannot remember before 3 which makes for an interesting coincidence right?

This is a simple book that any two people can use to help each other overcome emotional pain and trauma. What is cool is that you don't need any formal training and a friend is probably someone you trust more than someone you don't know and all you need is the book.

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You can pick up a copy from any year, however I recommend you get a copy with copyright after 2007 as that is when it was updated with a bigger glossary and it uses medical and other terms (not as complicated as a medical textbook but definitely wordy). Strolling through Barnes and Noble, I saw this book on the used rack, and picked it up out of curiosity. Funniest thing I have ever skimmed. I love how L. Ron felt the need to define words throughout the book. Words like idyllic, procreate, tome, pallid and testosterone.

What does he think of his readers to have to define such challenging words? Perhaps they are not intelligent enough to use a dictionary. I laughed out loud at this: Coitus Chain, lover. First incident, embryo. All painful b Strolling through Barnes and Noble, I saw this book on the used rack, and picked it up out of curiosity.

Funniest thing I have ever skimmed. I love how L. Ron felt the need to define words throughout the book. Words like idyllic, procreate, tome, pallid and testosterone. What does he think of his readers to have to define such challenging words?

Perhaps they are not intelligent enough to use a dictionary. I laughed out loud at this: Coitus Chain, lover. First incident, embryo. All painful because of enthusiasm of lover.

Constipation chain. Firsts incident, zygote. Each incident building high pressure on child. Masturbation chain. First incident, embryo. Eighty succeeding incidents.

Mother masturbating with fingers, jolting child and injuring child with orgasm. No wonder the world is so screwed up. And no wonder this was in the used section.

I certainly would not want this rubbish on my shelves. One word you don't need to define for your readers, L. I would recommend this book to someone who enjoys writings like: 'The potential value of an individual or a group may be expressed by the equation PV = ID^x where I is Intelligence and D is Dynamic.

The worth of an individual is computed in terms of the alignment, on any dynamic, of his potential value with optimum survival along that dynamic. A high PV may, by reversed vector, result in a negative worth as in some severely aberrated persons. A high PV on any dynamic assures a high worth only in th I would recommend this book to someone who enjoys writings like: 'The potential value of an individual or a group may be expressed by the equation PV = ID^x where I is Intelligence and D is Dynamic. The worth of an individual is computed in terms of the alignment, on any dynamic, of his potential value with optimum survival along that dynamic. A high PV may, by reversed vector, result in a negative worth as in some severely aberrated persons. A high PV on any dynamic assures a high worth only in the unaberrated person.'

To better fight the enemy, know the enemy. The funniest blend of hypnosis and psychoanalysis to come along in a good long while. Hey guys, it's a science! And by science we mean a collection of information about a thing.

To explain the workings of the brain we've made up some anthropomorphic devices that remove any blame for misdeeds committed. You can see more concepts being invented in the author's mind as the book goes on, as if the whole work were a stream of consciousness exercise. It's har To better fight the enemy, know the enemy. The funniest blend of hypnosis and psychoanalysis to come along in a good long while.

Hey guys, it's a science! And by science we mean a collection of information about a thing. To explain the workings of the brain we've made up some anthropomorphic devices that remove any blame for misdeeds committed. You can see more concepts being invented in the author's mind as the book goes on, as if the whole work were a stream of consciousness exercise. It's hard to imagine this crazed pseudo-science being the seed for such a twisted and deranged enterprise like Scientology. The reviews here are largely based on the bipolar division into the scientology apologists, on the one hand, and the anti-scientology bigots, on the other hand.

I consider myself neither. This book contains fabrications, inventions, unsubstantiated claims and outright falsehoods. It is the beginning of what, probably, started out as L.Ron Hubbard's conscious plan to start a cult based on himself, on his grandiose intellectual fantasies, and on his not-inconsiderable skills as a prose writer and ar The reviews here are largely based on the bipolar division into the scientology apologists, on the one hand, and the anti-scientology bigots, on the other hand. I consider myself neither. This book contains fabrications, inventions, unsubstantiated claims and outright falsehoods. It is the beginning of what, probably, started out as L.Ron Hubbard's conscious plan to start a cult based on himself, on his grandiose intellectual fantasies, and on his not-inconsiderable skills as a prose writer and armchair philosopher. This book is an example of all of those things.

Dianetics is the embryo out of which scientology grew. I bought this book because I am reading it for a book club. Now, I am afraid eBay and Half.com are going to recommend things to me based on this purchase. So, on the the review. This book is worthless.

It's poorly written, disorganized, absolutely not science, and a pipe dream of a self-help process. That anyone was enticed to make use of it, not to mention actually got anything out of it is beyond my understanding.

There are no new concepts of 'self-help' or psychology in this book. It is just r I bought this book because I am reading it for a book club. Now, I am afraid eBay and Half.com are going to recommend things to me based on this purchase. So, on the the review. This book is worthless. It's poorly written, disorganized, absolutely not science, and a pipe dream of a self-help process. That anyone was enticed to make use of it, not to mention actually got anything out of it is beyond my understanding.

There are no new concepts of 'self-help' or psychology in this book. It is just repackaged as a new 'science of the mind,' which, again, is no science at all.

This book is ABSOLUTELY NOT science! There is no place in a science book for terms like 'almost,' 'seems,' 'perhaps,' 'wild guess,' etc. When things are asserted as scientific fact, the words above have no place in the discourse. There are many, many examples of this throughout the book. In addition the author makes assertions as 'scientific fact' with no proof or even explanation. It is extremely frustrating to read this as a person with a scientific education and background.

I find it very hard to believe that anything in this book relating to the 'science' of Dianetics is true or to be believed. There is nothing to convince the analytical person of the truth of any of the assertions.

Whether this book has helped anyone I cannot say. I will not speak to that. The first major sections of the book make becoming 'A Clear' sound very desirable. However, to anyone who has an independent thought, it should sound like hogwash and/or a pipe dream. The author is overly fixated on attempted abortion, something that may have been a problem in the first half of the 20th century in America but has ceased to be a serious issue in the 21st century.

Keep in mind that this book was published in 1950! Ron Hubbard was an outcast of society and a failed science fiction writer before he wrote this book.

This is the kind of book that would come from the pen of a person like that. I urge anyone who reads this book to take it from an analytical point of view and asses what you read carefully. Do not take what is presented here at face value. Prompted by the Church of Scientology I passed on the UT Austin campus nearly every day last month, I decided to finally watch Going Clear, Alex Gibney’s excellent documentary on Scientology. While watching the old footage of L. Ron Hubbard on his boat, king in his own self-created reality, I realized that he seemed somehow familiar.

Not his physical body, perhaps, but something about his face, his expressions and mannerisms At one point in the footage, a reporter asks Hubbard, 'has it occurred Prompted by the Church of Scientology I passed on the UT Austin campus nearly every day last month, I decided to finally watch Going Clear, Alex Gibney’s excellent documentary on Scientology. While watching the old footage of L. Ron Hubbard on his boat, king in his own self-created reality, I realized that he seemed somehow familiar.

Not his physical body, perhaps, but something about his face, his expressions and mannerisms At one point in the footage, a reporter asks Hubbard, 'has it occurred to you that you may be quite mad?' Hubbard smiles an insane little smile. That's when it hit me. Of course- L. Ron Hubbard is Donald Trump! Trump University, for example, is not a university, in the same way the Church of Scientology is not a church; they're both bait-and-switch money-making schemes.

Trump and Hubbard both tested out their acts in the realm of entertainment (Trump on TV, Hubbard in science-fiction pulp magazines, where he included in his short fiction many of the ideas that would resurface as doctrine in Scientology) before attempting to present themselves as serious to mass audiences. Trump has applied the sensibility of reality TV to politics; Hubbard applied the sensibility of science-fiction to religion. Both deliberately capitalized on Americans' susceptibility to celebrity (Trump on his own, Hubbard by starting the first church of Scientology in Hollywood and cultivating actors as apostles). Both encourage a nostalgia for a mythical time that never existed (Hubbard 75 million years ago, when humans lived, on another planet, much like 1950s Americans, Trump an undefined time when America was 'great'), and blame the loss of that past prosperity on enemies (Xenu the Galactic Overlord and roaming hordes of illegal immigrants, respectively). Trump’s campaign can be seen (charitably) as a satire of politics, and Scientology can be seen as a satire of religion. Adobe Premiere Could Not Load Any Audio Drivers. I’m genuinely curious, come to think of it, why an organization like Scientology has never fielded a candidate for President (at least as far as I know).

Surely Travolta or Cruise could easily get 5%, especially this year? I did a Google search, and unfortunately it does not seem as though the Church of Scientology has endorsed Trump.

Disappointing, but there's still time. By far, one of the most important books that I have ever read in my life.

I would have to say that at first I was a little initimated by it because of its length. However, after I got started I learned a lot more about myself and why I am the way that I am. Anyone who has read this book and has not been changed in some way shape or form, is simply not a normal person. This is one of those books that will change your life. Any Scientologist will tell you that this book is a stepping-stone to many By far, one of the most important books that I have ever read in my life.

I would have to say that at first I was a little initimated by it because of its length. However, after I got started I learned a lot more about myself and why I am the way that I am. Anyone who has read this book and has not been changed in some way shape or form, is simply not a normal person.

This is one of those books that will change your life. Any Scientologist will tell you that this book is a stepping-stone to many greater things, and they are right. As you continue on the Basics, you will gain more knowledge about yourself and others around you than you will ever get from any other book in existance. Truly this book and those that follow will be the most important books you will ever read. In a word: Tripe. In two words: Utter Tripe In three or more: Utter and Complete Tripe A better title would have been 'Dianetics: The Modern Science of the Mentally Unstable' or 'Ways In Which I Show I Have No Idea What I Am Talking About' by L.

His science fiction was and always will be terrible, and I include this bunk in that pile, though to use the word 'science' at all is overly misleading. At no point are the methods for these 'scientific facts' ever mentioned or brought up. This In a word: Tripe. In two words: Utter Tripe In three or more: Utter and Complete Tripe A better title would have been 'Dianetics: The Modern Science of the Mentally Unstable' or 'Ways In Which I Show I Have No Idea What I Am Talking About' by L.

His science fiction was and always will be terrible, and I include this bunk in that pile, though to use the word 'science' at all is overly misleading. At no point are the methods for these 'scientific facts' ever mentioned or brought up.

This Is Fiction. Through and through. Written by probably the only person who's writing I like LESS than Stephenie Meyers'.

Though I am ashamed to admit I even touched this book let alone read it I'm writing this as a heads up to anyone who might be curious: Read it if you're up for a good laugh but be prepaired to lose some braincells. I flipped through it to see what it was about. Here is a good quote by Robert Carroll regarding the book. 'What Hubbard touts as a science of mind lacks one key element that is expected of a science: empirical testing of claims. The key elements of Hubbard's so-called science don't seem testable, yet he repeatedly claims that he is asserting only scientific facts and data from many experiments. It isn't even clear what such 'data' would look like. Most of his data is in the form of anecdotes and I flipped through it to see what it was about.

Here is a good quote by Robert Carroll regarding the book. 'What Hubbard touts as a science of mind lacks one key element that is expected of a science: empirical testing of claims. The key elements of Hubbard's so-called science don't seem testable, yet he repeatedly claims that he is asserting only scientific facts and data from many experiments. It isn't even clear what such 'data' would look like. Most of his data is in the form of anecdotes and speculations.

Such speculation is appropriate in fiction, but not in science.' For a 'religion' that supposedly combines science and spirituality I find their disregard of the scientific process to be rather disturbing. I'm serious: Read this and LAUGH. If you have ever questioned the origin of religion, or the power of brainwashing: READ THIS BOOK! I started to read it out of sheer curiosity, then became fascinated by the number of 'tear-out' sign-up slips that litter every-other chapter. Honestly: cult applications. It's SCARY, but REAL.

There is confirmation that JRR Tolkein and LRonHubbard INVENTED these middle-earths: Elron/LRon.get it? REAL people pay to be CLEARED.

Save yourself from the rest: Re WAIT! I'm serious: Read this and LAUGH.

If you have ever questioned the origin of religion, or the power of brainwashing: READ THIS BOOK! I started to read it out of sheer curiosity, then became fascinated by the number of 'tear-out' sign-up slips that litter every-other chapter. Honestly: cult applications. It's SCARY, but REAL. There is confirmation that JRR Tolkein and LRonHubbard INVENTED these middle-earths: Elron/LRon.get it? REAL people pay to be CLEARED. Save yourself from the rest: Read this and LAUGH.

I originally read this book in 1978. I realized while reading it why I was doing street drugs and completely quit. I also realized why I was having so much trouble with relationships. I am so glad that part of my life is over and I've never regretted it for a second! I've now remained drug free, have been married 26 years to the same wonderful man, have 2 children both now adults and living very well on their own. My quality of life changed so much with this book that I want to share it with oth I originally read this book in 1978. I realized while reading it why I was doing street drugs and completely quit.

I also realized why I was having so much trouble with relationships. I am so glad that part of my life is over and I've never regretted it for a second! I've now remained drug free, have been married 26 years to the same wonderful man, have 2 children both now adults and living very well on their own. My quality of life changed so much with this book that I want to share it with others.

Thus far it makes sense. This is not an easy read considering the plethora of new words that my ESL studies did not cover in the past. Fortunately I found an awesome reference in the Basic Study Manual that helps me speed up my study progress. This book was way ahead its time and half century later the majority of the people still ridicule it like people ridiculed Galileo Galilei who stated the Earth is not flat. The more negative opinion I see about this book the more it reinforces its value to Thus far it makes sense.

This is not an easy read considering the plethora of new words that my ESL studies did not cover in the past. Fortunately I found an awesome reference in the Basic Study Manual that helps me speed up my study progress. This book was way ahead its time and half century later the majority of the people still ridicule it like people ridiculed Galileo Galilei who stated the Earth is not flat. The more negative opinion I see about this book the more it reinforces its value to me. Have you see the Time Magazine top 100 most influential people list lately? Well, take a look at it and there you go, a real good snapshot of the global consciousness as to what popularity is about.

If you are an intelligent reader and do have an educated counterpoint of view, please share it. Thus far I did not meet, nor hear any valid counter argument against any one of the 194 axioms of this book nor any other statement in this or other LRH books. If on the other hand you are also a serious student of Dianetics and looking for a Twin Study Buddy, let me know. I am still searching. This book is worth reading because 1)it's an interesting read, and 2) it's nice to learn about something that is somewhat prevalent in the news (Scientology). I know Scientology has gotten a lot of bad press lately, but I think the book can stand on its own as a good read.

The book claims a lot, especially as it concerns healing the mind to the point where you don't get sick, your vision improves, and your memory jumps through the roof. These claims are a weak part of the book, but at least they This book is worth reading because 1)it's an interesting read, and 2) it's nice to learn about something that is somewhat prevalent in the news (Scientology). I know Scientology has gotten a lot of bad press lately, but I think the book can stand on its own as a good read.

The book claims a lot, especially as it concerns healing the mind to the point where you don't get sick, your vision improves, and your memory jumps through the roof. These claims are a weak part of the book, but at least they keep you interested. There are hundreds of books that relate general health to the power of the mind/brain, and this one is decent. The book claims that only a specialist of Scientology can help clear your mind of the engrams (things in your unconscious that hold you back, make you depressed, etc.). The unfortunate thing is that it seems only the well-off can benefit from this specific therapy. The rest of us can at least think about the mind/body connection, and perhaps discover an alternative route to Scietology to help heal our brains. I swear I tried to read this book.

I plodded through the unnecessary definitions and steps of Dianetics. I learned that we should all be working to achieve 'clear'.

Honestly, at first I thought the book was just going to be a rip off of Eastern religion with some nice buzzwords thrown in for followers to chant as their new mantras. I pretty much laughed my ass off, though, when the book told me that 70% of man's ills are psychosomatic.

I laughed till I cried when I read that we can remove the va I swear I tried to read this book. I plodded through the unnecessary definitions and steps of Dianetics. I learned that we should all be working to achieve 'clear'. Honestly, at first I thought the book was just going to be a rip off of Eastern religion with some nice buzzwords thrown in for followers to chant as their new mantras. I pretty much laughed my ass off, though, when the book told me that 70% of man's ills are psychosomatic. I laughed till I cried when I read that we can remove the vast majority of these ills by working toward 'clear'. I closed the book and walked away when I read that color-blindness is apparently psychosomatic and can be cured through the achievement of clear.

My fiancee is color-blind. I informed him that he needed to work harder because he should have had that color-blindness cleared up by now. The book, from the small amount I could get through (which was still a chore), seems to say that we can eradicate most mental illnesses in ourselves by following the steps of Dianetics and achieving 'clear', like we are clearing up our minds just as we would our skin or some nonsense. HOW THE HELL DID A SCIENCE FICTION WRITER GET A CRAP-TON OF PEOPLE TO READ THIS CRAP AND START TO FOLLOW THE WRITINGS AS A RELIGIOUS TENET? WHY DO SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE SO LITTLE RESPECT AND CONFIDENCE IN THEMSELVES THAT THEY ARE READY TO BELIEVE THAT THEIR DEPRESSION, BIPOLAR DISORDER OR PTSD EXIST BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T TRY HARD ENOUGH TO NOT BE DEPRESSED, BIPOLAR OR FREAKING OUT IN A FLASH BACK? THIS IS CRAP!

I apologize for the yelling. I didn't get far enough into this ridiculous book to find out if schizophrenia was caused by a lack of discipline and motivation.

But next time I meet someone who hears voices in their head, I'll be sure to refer them to counseling and not to some ridiculous piece of crap that does nothing more than plagiarize other religions, destroy the confidence of its readers/followers/sheep and convince people they need to spend their way into debt to fix themselves and be 'clear'. I'm using quotation marks because I think 'clear' is stupid. I would be using air-quotes if this were an actual conversation. I normally give a book at least one star because it's a book and books are good.

This one doesn't deserve a star. NO STARS YOU PIECE OF CRAP! I was raised Roman Catholic as a child. Years of nuns and private schools armed me with ammunition needed to argue the Christian religion with an informed opinion. I make a big deal about this because I CAN'T STAND people who defend OR chastise religion without actually having researched it beyond 'that's what I was told in church.' I was made to read the entire Bible when I was growing up.

Today I don't prescribe to any specific religion. I believe what I believe and that is good enough for me. Th I was raised Roman Catholic as a child. Universal Driver For Usb Gamepad Software.

Years of nuns and private schools armed me with ammunition needed to argue the Christian religion with an informed opinion. I make a big deal about this because I CAN'T STAND people who defend OR chastise religion without actually having researched it beyond 'that's what I was told in church.' I was made to read the entire Bible when I was growing up. Today I don't prescribe to any specific religion. I believe what I believe and that is good enough for me.

That said, Scientology has become THE 'go to' religion for an easy joke about crazy people in our population (with Mormons hitting a close second thanks to South Park.) I have always avoided stating an opinion on Scientology since I had no basis for discussion. Then I decided to read Dianetics. [SPOILER ALERT] Yup. Scientology is Crazy McCrazy. According to this book, all the negativity and stress I carry in life is due to my parents arguing before I was born and because (allegedly) my mother tried to have me aborted.

(I checked with mom and she claims this isn't true. But why would L. Ron lie?) I DO RECOMMEND THIS BOOK if you are (or want to be) in sales. The writing used the assumptive sales method of stating absolutes. A number of times you read the phrase 'this is fact' because, according to the author, it is. If you say something is true enough then people will believe it and (eventually) you will even get your own religion.

Credit where it is due, though: L. Ron Hubbard's explanation of the human mind in comparison to a computer was ahead if its time. Written in the early eighties, he is describing the concept of cleaning and defragging your personal hard drive: the brain. There's some logic there, but it's lost in the message he is trying to feed you with it. I picked up Dianetics in an effort to understand more about American religions. Did I read all 500+ pages? Was I thoroughly fascinated?

Am I ready for my e-meter reading? Yes, yes, and no. This review is mostly about the rhetoric of scientology and why (in my opinion) it is so persuasive.

The actual book looks like a cross between a scientific reference book and scripture. The layout allows for quick reading and contains a glossary of terms and a short section on Dianetics and L. Ron in the news I picked up Dianetics in an effort to understand more about American religions. Did I read all 500+ pages? Was I thoroughly fascinated? Am I ready for my e-meter reading?

Yes, yes, and no. This review is mostly about the rhetoric of scientology and why (in my opinion) it is so persuasive. The actual book looks like a cross between a scientific reference book and scripture. The layout allows for quick reading and contains a glossary of terms and a short section on Dianetics and L. Ron in the news. The books boasts about its spot on the NY Times bestseller list. The book promises that Scientology is eclipsing the known world, converts are pouring in, and that science is confirming every aspect of Dianetics.

The book is written in a scientific style. Terms are presented, defined, and then used in examples.

Half of the book is an explanation of the scientific background for Dianetics and then second half is a manual for auditing (a type of therapy). As a self-contained work, L. Ron is very convincing.

He is a master of rhetoric, appealing to both the intellect and the emotion. At the end of the book, one feels that L.

Ron has explained life in a revolutionary way. You feel equipped to embark on a career as an auditor. Hubbard constantly urges readers to 'get busy and build a better bridge.'

The tone is uplifting throughout, promotes peace (there is never 'justification for war'), and focuses on the good derived from obtaining 'release' and becoming 'clear.' The 'Auditor's Code' pleads that auditors not judge their applicants, listen thoroughly, not diminish emotional experience, express kindness. The book uses lots of power words, like: war, voyage, chaos, fundamentals. Everything is focused on the emotional experience of the individual. Every problem (from the common cold to bad eyesight) (there is 'no national problem in the world today which cannot be resolved by reason alone' - presumably the reason of Dianetics) is overcome through Dianetics.

Although the idea of engrams is interesting, it has not been confirmed scientifically, despite the repetitive insistence to the contrary from Scientology. Engrams are just the beginning of Mr. Hubbard's inventions.

Just as there is no outside, third-party evidence for transubstantiation, the law of attraction, or that native Americans are really Israelites. The religious have their internal, spiritual confirmations on each of these 'facts' but there is no real world analogue. For my part, I'm skeptical that these are manipulations for praise and profit. Despite the science, the uplifting tone, and purported emotional peace, I felt that Mr. Hubbard was thoroughly manipulating me. In my opinion, our mental and emotional lives are too complex for science.

Religion rushes in to fill those gaps. And the fragility of our emotional lives can lead us to believe in things that are not true, rational, or just. In other words, we are wide open to manipulation and our minds too readily dwell in bias.

As discussed in Thinking Fast and Slow by Kahneman, our minds search for a unified explanation of the world, cherry pick evidence, and reject contradictions. Overcoming these manipulations requires deeper thinking, comparing our ideas/values/religious ideas to reality and conflicting information, and identification of methods of manipulation and bias. One common method of manipulation is maintaining a closed system.

All religions reject information from outside sources. They have the same screed: society hates us because we have the truth, they reject and defame our prophets/leaders, you can't rely on their information. So as a religious convert, you are stuck reading the material sold at your church's bookstore.

From the Scientology perspective, they offer a myriad of texts. One can obtain a doctorate in Dianetics. And judging from reviews of Dianetics, there are some extraordinary intelligent people invested in the cause.

Dianetics states that it is based on 'considerable research' and is scientific fact, not a theory, and is as 'real a discovery as gravity.' Throughout the book, Mr. Hubbard insists that it is based on scientific research but there is never a footnote. A Scientologist can claim that Scientology is good and wholesome, there is nothing destructive or hateful about it (I could almost agree). And whether you believe it as absolute truth doesn't matter; just look at the good that it does/can do in the world.

They could urge you to focus on the positive aspects -- just see the many testimonials, the charitable work, and the magnificent buildings (pictures in the back). A Scientologist friend urged me to keep reading more, keep investigating, open my mind and heart, and it will eventually become clear (no pun intended). But I am troubled by the lack of third-party evidence, the allegations of leader worship and abuse, of high financial contributions, and the thorough defamation of members turned detractors. Scientology, as with all religions, seek the emotionally vulnerable, make a convincing internal arguments, create systematic distrust in the outside world, and require absolute obedience and high financial contributions. Whether this good is worth the high cost, is up to the individual. One of a few books I didn't finish, but feel I read enough of to qualify for this list. (See my 'read-about-half-and-then-quit' bookshelf.) As odd and ultimately pointless as you'd expect any UFO cult's bible to be.

I picked it up out of curiosity in the 1980s, and -- to be fair to the author and his followers -- only read half of it before throwing in the towel. The first half seemed to say that all of my problems could be understood, and then solved, by understanding them as 'ingrams' (do I ha One of a few books I didn't finish, but feel I read enough of to qualify for this list. (See my 'read-about-half-and-then-quit' bookshelf.) As odd and ultimately pointless as you'd expect any UFO cult's bible to be. I picked it up out of curiosity in the 1980s, and -- to be fair to the author and his followers -- only read half of it before throwing in the towel. The first half seemed to say that all of my problems could be understood, and then solved, by understanding them as 'ingrams' (do I have that right?) or imprints inadvertantly made on my unconscious mind during brain surgery.

Except I'd never had brain surgery, and still had problems (which I guess can't be solved since they can't be understood as having been made during brain surgery). Maybe the second half of the book is better; I would read it if I could just overcome the negative ingram made by the first half. Stick to Hubbard's ostensible sci-fi (if you must), and skip this sci-fi disguised as science and used as sham New Age religion for the profit of Hubbard's dubiously gained estate.

I read this because it was free, and I'm always curious about religions and what they're about. So I read this the way I would a religious text. A few bullet points.

Hubbard uses actual terms and beliefs in psychotherapy and psychiatry as the basis of his belief. Instead of starting off by giving the reader or the mystic the unbelievable, he gives them something that they already know and have heard. This religion approaches the reader from a place of pseudoscience instead of from a faith based, I read this because it was free, and I'm always curious about religions and what they're about. So I read this the way I would a religious text. A few bullet points. Hubbard uses actual terms and beliefs in psychotherapy and psychiatry as the basis of his belief.

Instead of starting off by giving the reader or the mystic the unbelievable, he gives them something that they already know and have heard. This religion approaches the reader from a place of pseudoscience instead of from a faith based, spiritual perspective. I didn't like that the subconscious mind is seen as a reactive mind. Which he sees as a problem that must be overcome. As a psych major, and Jungian in the making, I'm going to tell you that the goal of the subconscious mind is to aid the conscious mind, which is pretty reactive if you ask me. This study is a complicated one which people have devoted their lives to observing. Hubbard likes to use confusion and repetition to make the reader chase it's tail.

I think it's very effective, because if you start daydreaming mid paragraph, by the time you focus again Hubbard is repeating the part of Dianetics that makes a lot of sense and rings true. This book reminds me a whole lot of the ideology that the guy in Donnie Darko (You know the character Patrick Swayze played?) had. He had this idea that life was motivated by either love or fear, which doesn't make sense because life and individuals are so much more complicated than that. I thought it was really convenient that it outlined the source of all problems in humanity clearly, and also stated what it means to be clear. Here you have a confused and fearful person: example. And now here you have a chapter on what it means to not be confused and fearful. As a reader, those two chapters really did elicit an emotional response from me.

What I did notice was that there was no How. How can you stop being fearful and confused? The only answer was: We have the technology and the answer. In summary, I was hoping that there would be a cool origin story with aliens, and instead I got bits and pieces of psychotherapy and psychology which were mangled, and used to explain a whole lot of nothing. You ever meet those people at parties, who talk a whole lot and you're into the conversation but when you try to remember what the heck you were talking about, you really can't? That's what this is like. I did't find anything in this book that was outrageous, but I do believe that Hubbard was very intelligent.

I think that Scientology has some cool ideas about parenting, from the surface material I've read, but other than that, this stuff reads like anything from any other organized religion. It talks in circles, it asks and answers it's own questions, it claims to have the answers to all of human suffering, but unlike other religions it states that the power is in your own hands, but they have the technology to help you access your power. I really wish he had written a cool origin story, because this was long winded and a bit boring.

I would recommend if you're curious, and you can get the book for free, there's nothing scandalous here. At the time of my reading I was eighteen and this book really engrossed me. I really liked it. I was not looking for any religion and certainly didn't take away that's what was being pitched. I never attend any indoctrinations and didn't go become a Scientologist after reading it.

In 1972-3 my father was involved in EST and was on a quest to find his center and to shed all of his stored up bullshit. We kids - my two brothers and I - were required to visit a family therapist where all of us - alo At the time of my reading I was eighteen and this book really engrossed me.

I really liked it. I was not looking for any religion and certainly didn't take away that's what was being pitched. I never attend any indoctrinations and didn't go become a Scientologist after reading it. In 1972-3 my father was involved in EST and was on a quest to find his center and to shed all of his stored up bullshit. We kids - my two brothers and I - were required to visit a family therapist where all of us - along with dad and his wife - went. It was largely due to his inability to be happy as a father.

We ended up being introduced to T.A. (transactional analysis) there. Now that was pretty cool. Anyhow, after reading this, I thought that Hubbard was a bit of a genius actually. His postulation about cellular memory is what I remember as super relevant and that has stuck with me all these years.

And although at the time it was pseudo-science and of course still is, I actually believe (call me crazy) that this may be someday found to be true.