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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 702 pages
  • Publisher: Bridge Publications, Inc.; English Language edition (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088404632X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0884046325
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (259 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,983 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..."
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"...the wave of interest in the subject of Dianetics which has swept the country." Publisher's Weekly
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About the Author

No more fitting statement typifies L. Ron Hubbard than 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." With over two hundred million copies of his works in circulation and dozens of international bestsellers, he has inspired a movement spanning every continent on Earth. All told, those works comprise some 5,000 writings and 3,000 recorded lectures and, as such, stand as the single most embracive statement on the human mind and spirit. Yet the greatest testament to L. Ron Hubbard are the miracles of his technology, and the millions of friends who carry forth that technology. Both continue to grow with each passing day.

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418 of 480 people found the following review helpful By Simon Drake on February 11, 2008
I read this when I was young, before I had a real capacity for critical thought, and found it deceptively engaging in a rebellious "anti-establishment" kind of way. Unfortunately, close scrutiny of the text reveals hollow, unproven arguments (with citations desperately needed) leaving one walking away from the book with serious cognitive dissonance.

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174 of 205 people found the following review helpful By W. Jones on January 13, 2009
This book makes many leaps, which require an unbelievable suspense of disbelief in order to stomach. It is a self-serving pat on the back to cultists who follow this guy. And the volcano on the front cover doesn't make much sense
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34 of 42 people found the following review helpful By MondoGuy on September 30, 2010
My sister used to have this book on our family bookshelf. I read it once when I was young, and again recently. I still cannot find anything worthwhile here, not even in the sexy bits. Hubbard assumes that if he can make the reader think that he's more intelligent than they are, that they'll believe his pseudoscience without question. Unfortunately, his underhanded method is often successful.
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56 of 74 people found the following review helpful By brentbent on February 4, 2008
While this book might have been a useful resource during the nascent self-help field of the 50's at this point it is regressive garbage. I read this book several years ago while in college when it was given to me and I was exploring several other self-help books that don't require you to learn a new dianetics dictionary to understand the concepts. If Amazon existed in the the 50's I would have given the book three or four stars but for today with thousands of better written, more coherent books available there is no point in wasting your time on this.
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33 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Deep Midnight on November 6, 2010
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.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Albert Sr. on January 11, 2013
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This book starts out well, but if you just stop and think about what Hubbard is saying, it is foolish.Don't get sucked in by this or the "religion" it spawned. Save your money.
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25 of 33 people found the following review helpful By James on December 3, 2011
It all starts out at a mall you are walking though and a zoned out man or women at a book stand speaks up to get you interested in this book. Its a slippery slop from here. You waste your money on the tapes and soon enough they have your bank account. l Rom Hubbard the author of the book and the church of Scientology has been able to make one of the largest scam cults in history.

If you need self help, see a real religion that is not after your money, there are many free ones out there, and work is not forced.
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30 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Barta on September 30, 2010
I always wondered how people could take a fiction book and make a religion out of it and after reading this, I still don't get it. Anyone who looks at this book as anything other than fiction deserves their life ruined by these cult weirdos. Even with an open mind, this book is laughably bad.

Total Literary Garbage. It's joining the kindling in my fireplace this winter.
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