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1.0 out of 5 stars Literary train wreck, February 3, 2008
This review is from: Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health: A Handbook of Dianetics Procedure (Paperback)
Hubbard is attempting to introduce a new system of therapy in this book and as such, it is necessary that he take pains to write in a particularly lucid and precise style; this is not the case. This book rambles on for far too long in many places, introduces concepts out-of-step with their field in a brash manner that is not thoughtful, and does not sufficiently refute its interlocutors. It is also hard to tell how seriously the author himself takes these theses in the course of his writing. As a piece of rhetoric, self-help, or literature, this is a failure. Also, I can only speculate on why there is a bursting volcano on the cover; this makes the book less credible and more sensational in my opinion.

-JAK
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Initial post: Jan 3, 2009 9:48:29 AM PST
Joe says:
"...this makes the book less credible..." Check out "Some Crazy Scientology Stuff" on YouTube for more on the 'credibility' of L. Ron Hubbard, Dianetics and Scientology.

Posted on Jan 3, 2009 1:18:22 PM PST
Reviewer says:
**** SCIENTOLOGY!! You ****ing psychos need to wake up and start living in the real world. It's all about mind control. It's a ****ing cult and sadly it shows just how pathetic and greedy people can be. It reveals the very worst in humanity... when the desire for money and power leads to the creation of yet another useless religion. Yet another lie. Yet another deception. Yet another infuriating attempt to separate people from their money and their common sense. I don't know who I should hate more... the ***holes who started this "religion" or the idiots who continue to sign on. PLEASE, don't let hard times in your life, abuse in your past, poverty, a death of a loved one, or any other stressful event compel you to give up your mind and money to some bloody religion. Not to mention one as DUMB as Scientology... which contains aliens, spacecraft, and other nonsense perfectly suited to the fiction writer L Ron Hubbard was!!!

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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2009 2:54:48 PM PST
Enoch 327 says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2009 9:41:19 PM PST
Joe says:
And, you're no james april.

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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2009 2:01:27 AM PDT
crater says:
i thought scientology was an applied philosophy? you sound kinda bitter. like a islamic extremist. that needs an enema.

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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2009 11:47:52 AM PDT
Peter Reeve says:
For anyone interested in exploring Hubbard's attitude toward Christianity, here is an informative site: http://www.ezlink.com/~perry/CoS/Theology/christian.htm#insult
It includes audio of the great man stating his views.

One item quoted on the site is fairly close to the view expressed by 'Enoch':

"The whole Christian movement is based on the victim. Compulsion of the overt-motivator sequence. They won by appealing to victims. We can win by converting victims. Christianity succeeded by making people into victims. We can succeed by making victims into people.", HCOB 18 July, 1959, under "Historical Note".
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