With Dianetics, a highly publicized and exciting book while I was growing up (with a pretty volcano on its cover), Ive been forcing myself to remember that it was written in the 50's by a populist. In such a context, its limited contents can be appreciated. And...it worked all through its nonsensical premise that because the main purpose of all the cells in the human body is to survive, so must be the purpose of their sum. Even knowing that if a human beings purpose was to simply survive, he would find cloning more favorable than procreation, I pressed on with the book in agitation until I read the last sentence I will ever read in the book: that homosexuality is a perversion caused by engram linked aberration.
If you don't know anything about the book, the basic sub-premise is that the sum of human experience is recorded on two levels: the mind, and in the cell. The author claims that the mind is the analytical while the cell level is the reactive or emotional. In a highly assumptive sub-conclusion, the author states that the former is the correct storage while the latter is not. But not only that, but also to state that the latter should be eradicated. All normal data is stored in the former, all painful events mis-stored in the latter. Thus, the entire purpose of Scientolology is to eradicate the latter and produce an analytical machine. When such an engram is eradicated, a Clear results. Now, to say that homosexuality is equivalent to an event in magnitude to a car wreck in which your best friends head is chopped off, is an abomination of knowledge, and speaks more of the idiots who once thought homosexuality came about due to sexual abuse than it does anything scientific.
I was able to force myself to remember when this book was written all up until this point...I was able to read the book within the context with which it was written and appreciate the juvenile approach at science, even though I recognized heavy assumptions within its basic premise - which any scientist would know is the sign of ignorance - in science we do not assume and we do not profess to know - we only say there is a very good chance. But when it came to homosexuality being viewed in the Religious context instead of a scientific, that was my breaking point. For a man who claims to be scientific, his religious injections are embarrassing and speak ill of all who partake in his crazy ideas.