was published on May 9th, 1950 by the then-39-year-old L.
, which contains Scientology's core principles, was written in 1950 by L.
(44) He fancied himself a kind of guru--someone who had reached Enlightenment, or, as he said, in the language of Dianetics
, a "clear"--someone not unlike Fort himself.
Ron Hubbard, just before he wrote Dianetics
, which was the starting point for his "religion," now so popular.
Drawing on these early writings, Hubbard developed a way of understanding the world he identified as Dianetics
, which became for a while a wildly popular phenomenon.
Ron Hubbard, beginning in 1952 as a successor to his earlier self-help system, Dianetics
In 1984, I asked William Burroughs, "What is the connection between Dianetics
and the cut-ups?" and I have been waiting a long time for someone to explain his answer.
Ron Hubbard, telling in a compelling way how a penny-a-word pulp fiction author wrote a tremendously popular self-help book, Dianetics
, then went on to create one of the most successful new religions of the 20th century.
(Is Batraan Begins a Scientology tract?) The pic's volcano is supposedly the Scientology smoking gun, because a volcano appears on the cover of Hubbard's Dianetics
. But volcanoes were almost always found in illustrations of dinosaurs and primordial Earth.
The entire film, from its use of auditing ("processing") sessions, to Dodd's seduction of the wealthy, to his publication of self-help books that claim to rescue people from trillion-year-long mental fogs--all of this comes directly from Hubbard's career and his publications, principally Dianetics
. More than this, Anderson called in Scientologist luminaries to watch prerelease cuts of his film, ostensibly to get their approval.
The 61-year-old also admitted that it was when her friend encouraged her to read "Dianetics
"- one of the many Scientology "Bibles" written by founder L.