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Dianetics: The Original Thesis Hardcover – 14 Jul 2007

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  • Hardcover: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Bridge Publications Inc (14 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403144869
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403144867
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 16.1 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,470,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author, humanitarian and Founder of Dianetics and Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard is one of the most acclaimed figures of the modern age.

In a writing career spanning more than half a century, he was both a leading light of American fiction and the author of more than 35 million words of nonfiction--the single most embracive statement on the human mind and spirit, providing the only road to total spiritual freedom.

To date, more than 250 million copies of his works are in circulation worldwide, in 71 languages. All told, those works comprise over 3,000 recorded lectures and some 5,000 writings, including nineteen New York Times bestsellers.

Accordingly, and in testament to the magnitude of his literary legacy, there are his four Guinness World Records: most published author, most translated author, the author with the most audiobook titles and the single most translated non-religious work.

Yet the essence of L. Ron Hubbard's legacy is perhaps best expressed in his simple declaration:

"I like to help others and count it as my greatest pleasure in life to see a person free himself of the shadows which darken his days.

"These shadows look so thick to him and weigh him down so that when he finds they are shadows and that he can see through them, walk through them and be again in the sun, he is enormously delighted. And I am afraid I am just as delighted as he is."

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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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Format: Hardcover
Here is an example of nonsensical gibberish:

"Once an auditor has worked a prenatal engram and has seen its influence upon the engramic chain and the awake life of the adult, no question will remain in his mind concerning the actuality of the experience. That the foetus does record is attributable to a phenomenon of the extension of perceptions during moments of pain and the absence of the analytical mind."

If you don't understand that, it's because you haven't bought Hubbard's other books! You should whip out your credit card and purchase those, IMMEDIATELY (!) Whilst your at it, you really should spend a few grand on courses and auditing(!)

The thing that I found most unsettling about this book, was Elron's obsession with abortion:
"The attempted abortion human being is often struck unconscious by the earliest part of each attempt since the head is so available to the knitting needles, hat pins, orange-wood sticks, buttonhooks, and so forth which are employed."

"The attempted abortion is the most serious aberration producer."
What the distinguished Elron is saying, is that you are having mental health problems, it's very likely that someone attempted to abort you as a fetus. Naturally, that makes perfect sense. Why wouldn't it?

"There were many loops in the basic chain caused by the similarity of incident and the confusion of coitus with abortion attempts. The basic incident was at last discovered and exhausted. It was found to lie about twenty days after conception, when the mother first discovered her pregnancy."

"Abortion attempts are easy to recognize when an auditor has had some experience.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Harry on 30 Jan. 2011
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The writing is this book is like diarrhoea. Hubbard must have been smoking crack when he write this. If you enjoyed this book, and think it will help you with science or mental health, then I'm a Nigerian price who can make you a millionaire -- just send me your bank details
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6 of 15 people found the following review helpful By P. Tajc on 17 Feb. 2009
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If you buy this book, make sure you get ONLY book issued in 2007 and later. That is the new and corrected issue. The older issues - no matter how cheap - contain mistakes and are not worth it.
This book is not science-fiction.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Why didn't I read this 10 years ago?? 7 Jan. 2014
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I've heard, read and studied a lot about the mind, how it works,
and why it plagues us with negativity from time to time.
The information in this book made sense of it all.
It's easy to read and boils it down to undeniable terms that anyone can understand and benefit from so doing.

It explains the otherwise unexplainable and I can't believe this information is not common place the author so obviously hits the nail on the head.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
I Just Reread This Book 11 Mar. 2010
By Betsy Poulin - Published on
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I had read this book years ago and realized I actually had some confusions on it. I remember enjoying it, but to be honest couldn't remember the specifics in it -- or really what a person reading it for the first time would get out of it.

First, I decided to take the advice of the author and actually make sure I understood the words he used. Mr. Hubbard's vocabulary is much larger than mine! But,they're all readily available in a good dictionary. And so I started my venture back into this adventure.

Yes, this time I understood it much better! I'd attribute that increased understanding to two things --- actually understanding the words (as above) and also the fact that I have read other related material. This book is a beginning. It gives the basics upon which a much broader, yet simpler, technology is derived.

But overall the thing that really struck me is -- something can be done about it! About what? About how you can help a miserable person be happy and productive. About how you can actually get rid of psychosomatic ills. About how you can actually (and without drugs....another subject in itself) handle "depression". You'd think people would be all over this science rather than continuing to wonder what to do about the ills you see around you. I do know that taking a pill isn't the answer -- and I truly believe most of us do believe that. Yes, I think highly of people and agree totally that man is basically good and, given the chance can all become very productive, happy individuals who can and do attain their dreams.

The thing is -- this, along with other books on the subject have the answer. And the cool thing? The author himself tells you not to just "believe" the data. He encourages you to actually USE the data and see for yourself. Nothing is true unless it's true for you.

So - I'm very happy I reread the book. Now I'm going to use it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Very well worth the read 25 Sept. 2014
By R. Pickering - Published on
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I would actually have to rate this as possibly my favorite Hubbard book after Creation of Human Ability.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I thought this book was great. 3 Mar. 2010
By Andy Wilson - Published on
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I have read the book and thought it was compelling and thought provoking. I think it is worth reading. By the way, it is very well-written, and it raised my respect for the author.

I think you can use the information in the book in everyday life to understand people better, and be able to forgive them more easily when you follow the train of thought and theory about how people do what they do.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
not for beginners. should be called, "Dianetics: the unedited first rough draft" 2 Dec. 2010
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it's only around 150pp so you might think this little book will be a quick way into dianetics. but as i attempt to read carefully, i found it punishing work. "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health" contains many more pages, but explains the same principles clearly and without the problems of The Original Thesis.

as the book's introduction states, this was originally a first rough draft or working paper, and underwent little to no editing. thus, it has many errors which were cleared up in the later/larger book.

i would not recommend this book to a beginner in dianetics, because of several problems. the book is very unclear. LRH coins his own new terms without defining them. he also coins his own use/meaning for previously existing English words. for both types, the reader will a) not know what they mean but also b) not be able to look them up in any standard dictionary. this makes the book very VERY hard going for a first timer into the field. ironically, the book's obfuscation of the topic undermines its very purpose: illumination for all.

also the book contains spelling errors and the chapters are poorly organized and tend to wander, lacking cohesion. besides all this there is a lot of repetition. like i say: it badly needs editing, and LRH most likely knew it, which -- as alluded to in the introduction -- is probably why he resisted for so long its publication.

HOWEVER, it may be of interest to Scientologists (whether in the Church of Scientology or in the FreeZone) who ALREADY have a working knowledge of these concepts and can thus "fill in the gaps" in LRH's writing here. for these people, it may be interesting to go back and read what must be considered a "rough draft" or at best an early working paper.

for beginners i would start with Hubbard's "Self Analysis" or maybe "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health". on that 2nd book, i'd recommend an early (pre 1980's) copy, so you get LRH's original writing, unaltered by the later CofS.
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