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Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Healthby L Ron Hubbard
Excerpt from Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health
Of what must a science of mind be composed?
1. An answer to the goal of thought.
2. A single source of all insanities, psychoses, neuroses,
compulsions, repressions and social derangements.
3. Invariant scientific evidence as to the basic nature and
functional background of the human mind.
4. Techniques (the art of application) by which the discovered
single source could be invariably cured, ruling out, of course,
the insanities of malformed, deleted or pathologically
injured brains or nervous systems and, particularly,
iatrogenic psychoses (those caused by doctors and involving
the destruction of the living brain itself).
5. Methods of prevention of mental derangement.
6. The cause and cure of all psychosomatic ills, which number,
some say, 70 percent of Man’s listed ailments.
Such a science would exceed the severest terms previously laid
down for it in any age, but any computation on the subject should
discover that a science of mind ought to be able to be and do just
A science of the mind, if it were truly worthy of that name, would
have to rank in experimental precision with physics and chemistry.
There could be no “special cases” to its laws. There could be no
recourse to Authority. The atom bomb bursts whether Einstein
gives it permission or not. Laws native to Nature regulate the
bursting of that bomb. Technicians, applying techniques derived
from discovered natural laws, can make one or a million atom bombs
After the body of axioms and technique was organized and
working as a science of mind, in rank with the physical sciences,
it would be found to have points of agreement with almost every
school of thought about thought which had ever existed. This is
again a virtue and not a fault.
Simple though it is, Dianetics does and is these things:
1. It is an organized science of thought built on definite
axioms: statements of natural laws on the order of those
of the physical sciences.
2. It contains a therapeutic technique with which can
be treated all inorganic mental ills and all organic
psychosomatic ills, with assurance of complete cure in
3. It produces a condition of ability and rationality for Man
well in advance of the current norm, enhancing rather
than destroying his vigor and personality.
4. Dianetics gives a complete insight into the full potentialities
of the mind, discovering them to be well in excess of past
5. The basic nature of Man is discovered in Dianetics, rather
than hazarded or postulated, since that basic nature can
be brought into action in any individual completely. And
that basic nature is discovered to be good.
6. The single source of mental derangement is discovered
and demonstrated on a clinical or laboratory basis by
7. The extent, storage capacity and recallability of the human
memory is finally established by Dianetics.
8. The full recording abilities of the mind are discovered by
Dianetics with the conclusion that they are quite dissimilar
to former suppositions.
9. Dianetics brings forth the non-germ theory of disease,
complementing biochemistry and Pasteur’s work on the
germ theory to embrace the field.
10. With Dianetics ends the “necessity” of destroying the
brain by shock or surgery to effect “tractability” in mental
patients and “adjust” them.
11. A workable explanation of the physiological effects of
drugs and endocrine substances exists in Dianetics and
many problems posed by endocrinology are answered.
12. Various educational, sociological, political, military and
other human studies are enhanced by Dianetics.
13. The field of cytology is aided by Dianetics, as well as other
fields of research.
This, then, is a skeletal sketch of what would be the scope of a
science of mind and of what is the scope of Dianetics
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