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1.0 out of 5 stars Possibly Dangerous, April 18, 2008
This review is from: Dianetics: The Modern Science Of Mental Health (English) (Paperback)
I found this book to be filled with jargon, half baked theories and bizarre assertions. Hubbard seems to only be guessing; he gives no clue as to how he arrives at any of his fantastic claims- that one can raise one's IQ, avoid accidents, pretty much eradicate any and all issues in one's life, by clearing away "engrams" created by bad experiences, including *prenatal* experiences.

In short, one will become more or less superhuman- and if not, it's because you're not doing it right- and it's this weird circular logic that makes the book impossible to take seriously. He seems to have started with some interesting borrowed ideas (regression therapy, ritual magick, etc.) and gotten extraordinarily carried away. In short, he combines older forms of psychotherapy with magical techniques and his own version of Buddhist mindfulness meditation.

This could be of limited usefulness, but I am very concerned that the book makes claims that homosexuality, infertility, etc., are 'perversions,' actual physical illnesses that can be 'cured' by Dianetics, and that ulcers and other diseases are caused by unsuccessful attempts at abortion. These are just two of the many odd medical assertions hubbard makes which could cause serious harm were one to prefer Hubbard's advice over proper medical or pychological care. Most disturbing of all, critics of Hubbard's methods are, of course, ill themselves, criminals, or worse, a frighteningly convenient idea.
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Initial post: Apr 19, 2008 8:01:19 AM PDT
I agree, I too read this book and was quite disturbed at the lack of scientific evidence; and obviously bigoted intentions by the author. It is clear to us all, who frequent amazon that this controversial book would clearly not score so high unless it's organization-(SCIENTOLOGY) spends time reviewing the book for the general public. I am outraged that a free entity like Amazon, and a PUBLIC forum could be so controlled! Because I have an unsavory view of the text "Dianetics", will anyone ever get a chance to read this?-----

Posted on Apr 19, 2008 8:03:01 AM PDT
I agree, I too read this book and was quite disturbed at the lack of scientific evidence; and obviously bigoted intentions by the author. It is clear to us all, who frequent amazon that this controversial book would clearly not score so high unless it's organization-(SCIENTOLOGY) spends time reviewing the book for the general public. I am outraged that a free entity like Amazon, and a PUBLIC forum could be so controlled! Because I have an unsavory view of the text "Dianetics", will anyone ever get a chance to read this?-----

Posted on Apr 19, 2008 8:09:24 AM PDT
Ender says:
Keep an eye on your review. When it gets deleted, demand an explanation.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2008 9:25:41 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2008 9:31:48 AM PDT
Rob says:
Interesting note. I've noticed that they don't delete (censor) these reviews on the weekends. Only M-F.
Also, if you give it a 3 star or above you can give it a more honest review without it, or a less likelihood of it being
deleted (censored).

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2008 9:52:14 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2008 11:17:05 AM PDT
Rob says:
Glosslip.com did a nice story on it yesterday. It is on her home page.
But it is just not getting the publicity it deserves.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 22, 2008 5:42:49 PM PDT
Get Rational says:
Here is the link for the article at glosslip.com:

http://glosslip.com/2008/04/18/more-scientology-censoring-amazoncom-review-guidelines-disallow-critics-of-authors-or-their-intentions/

I would be happy to speak to you about my experiences for your column. I have emails from amazon.com to back up my claims.

Posted on Jul 22, 2008 11:16:21 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2008 12:16:03 PM PDT
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