Anyone read Dianetics?

There has been a lot in the media recently about Scientology. It is well known because it seems to be the “celebrity religion.” I am wondering how a religion that was invented in our lifetime, by a sci-fi author, can get to be so popular. So I am curious. I want to read Dianetics to see what the fuss is about. I’ve heard so many crazy things about Scientology, I want to see if there is any validity to it at all.

I’m not a religious person by any means, but I was raised Catholic. I’ve always been anti-organized religion. But the fact that Scientology has gained so much popularity so fast is really confusing to me. Let me put it this way. Catholicism was founded over 2000 years ago by a man who may or may not have been the son of God. There is a lot of history behind it. Scientology was founded in 1950 by the guy who wrote Battlefield Earth…

So has anyone read the infamous Dianetics? I hope to read it soon and witness the BS firsthand.

You know what confuses me? Why people think just because a religion is xxxx number of years old that makes it more creditable or something. When will people realize that no religion was started by any deity, son of a diety, or second cousin twice removed from a diety. Rather, they are all created by people seeking to bind people to them as well as control them or to gain power or even to gain their own importality in the only way possible- to be remembered by future generations.

Grr, rant. Grr.

I haven’t actually read Dianetics… but there is a huge scientology place downtown that I could go to, maybe they have a copy. I’ll do a paper on it sometime… maybe.

:kissy:

Dianetics itself has little to do with Scientology, its just a psychiatric process. It was immensely popular in the 30’s, but has now been proven to be bogus. Its pretty much just “facing your fears”.

If you want to know more about the bullshit side of scientology, you’ll need to read about the Church of Scientology. Check out operation clambake, or anything else that attacks the church. The CoS is the real bad guy when it comes to scientology, the religion itself isn’t that bad.

It would make no sense to go to a scientology center, unless you want to be brainwashed. You can’t really go to one to “just check it out.” Know what you’re about to get yourself into before you try it out.

Dianetics is not psychiatry. It is considered an area of study in Scientology, which is very anti-psychiatry.

Here, Wikipedia explains better than I do. Funnily enough, this is exactly what I’ve been reading for the last few days.

<a href=“http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianetics”>Dianetics.</a>
<a href=“http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientology”>Scientology.</a>
<a href=“http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientology_controversy”>Controversy surrounding Scientology.</a>
<a href=“http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientology_opposition_to_psychiatry”>Scientology’s history of opposition to psychiatry.</a>

Once you’re familiar with the CoS’s legal history you’ll understand the horrifying ramifications underpinning this <a href=“http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=160346&cid=13422709”>comment I made on Slashdot</a> with regard to the ramifications of <a href=“http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/08/28/1752255&tid=109”>this development in the IT world.</a>

Oh I know, one of my friends did a test of theirs and he STILL gets their letters in the mail.

And no one can brainwash me, I don’t have a brain to wash you see.

:kissy:

More reading:

http://skepdic.com/dianetic.html

It has plenty of links at the bottome, too.

I read the article on the criticism Scientology has faced, and skimmed the others. It’s really interesting reading; I find the concept of a commercial religion to offer a host of emotional responses from intrigue to apprehension.

L. Ron Hubbard’s son is on record saying his father often talked of creating a religion to make money.

I’d like to say it surprises me but if Bill O’Reilly can be considered the premier truth-giver of radio then Hubbard’s life really doesn’t seem so unreal.

Click here to learn about scientology.

People who lived in my house before we bought it were Scientologists. We’re still getting mail from them, TWENTY-FIVE YEARS LATER.