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L. Ron Hubbard is the founder of Scientology. He has described his philosophies in more than 5,000 writings, including dozens of books, and three thousand tape recorded lectures. Those who regularly employ his teachings to improve themselves and help their fellows come from all walks of life. The universal acclaim for the man — including thousands of awards and recognitions from individuals and groups and the unprecedented popularity of his works among all people — is but one indicator of the effectiveness of his technologies. More importantly, there are millions of people around the world who consider they have no greater friend.
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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Bridge Publications, Inc.; November 2007 edition (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403151032
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403151032
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #802,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 320 million copies of his works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard is among the most enduring and widely read authors of our time. As a leading light of American Pulp Fiction through the 1930s and '40s, he is further among the most influential authors of the modern age. Indeed, from Ray Bradbury to Stephen King, there is scarcely a master of imaginative tales who has not paid tribute to L. Ron Hubbard.

Then too, of course, there is all L. Ron Hubbard represents as the Founder of Dianetics and Scientology and thus the only major religion born in the 20th century.

While, as such, he presents the culmination of science and spiritual technology as embodied in the religion of Scientology.

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Read it from cover to cover and then maybe reread it!
James F. Garcia
About how you can actually (and without drugs....another subject in itself) handle "depression".
Betsy Poulin
I have read the book and thought it was compelling and thought provoking.
Andy Wilson

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name on January 7, 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.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Betsy Poulin on March 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Pickering on September 24, 2014
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I would actually have to rate this as possibly my favorite Hubbard book after Creation of Human Ability.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Andy Wilson on March 2, 2010
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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.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jeff s on December 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
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.
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12 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 12, 2008
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Wanting to know the history and begining of scientology, I was directed to this audiobook. I found it very intreging and and easy to follow, The paperback book that accompanies it has all of the terminology and definitions. I would recommend it to all.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James Houston on April 24, 2013
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First I'll start by saying that for $.01 new, I could not pass up the opportunity to buy this book. For people that have never read any of Scientology's spiritual literature before, they may have a great deal of trouble understanding the vernacular. I suggest navigating these problems with the help of the online Scientology glossary. It is free to use and I highly recommend it for anyone looking to learn about Scientology and themselves. I suppose the biggest reason for the low rating is the fact that although his assertions are thought provoking, I found this particular book less appealing than "Dianetics". Never the less this book has helped a great deal over the years and I'm now glad that I can call myself a Scientologist. You can use it as toilet paper, burn it, whatever - It's only a penny!
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