Dianetics and Scientology
In 1950, the pulp magazine, “Astounding Science Fiction” featured an article by one of its occasional freelance writers, Lafayette Ronald Hubbard. It was entitled, “Dianetics” A new science of the mind” (see the bottom left of the cover image).
The article consisted of extracts from Hubbard’s recent book, “Dianetics”, which made some suitably astounding claims – readers were promised that they would be able to correct defective eyesight, grow new teeth, develop total recall – all by ‘re-living’ past experiences during ‘therapeutic’ sessions.
Hubbard later incorporated Dianetics into his new creation – Scientology (which formally extended the therapy to previous lives, as well as to past experiences).
This controversial organisation survived Hubbard, and continues today in the form of The Church of Scientology.
This site provides information which tells the truth about Hubbard, Dianetics and Scientology. As you can see from the menus above, this includes books, periodicals, documentary films, features films, website, internal Scientology documents… and more.
Ongoing is a series of posts (Understanding the Scientology Mindset) which uses concepts from psychology &/or social science to try to explain the most puzzling thing about Scientologists – why they believe, and defend, and work hard for a doctrine that is so bizarre and incoherent.
We created this site (and made the first entry) on Christmas Eve 2013. Since then, it has grown to the point that is becoming increasingly difficult to find good material for posts. Suggestions are welcome and I would be grateful for new ideas.
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