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Dec 5, 1950 Dianetics: Science or Hoax? — Look
Aug 21, 1950 Books industry: Best seller — Newsweek More: link
The first book since Thomas Merton's "The Seven Storey Mountain" to show signs of becoming a runaway best seller is a 452-page work, published May 15 by Hermitage House, that projects a new science of mental health. Called "Dianetics," it is the work of L. (for Lafayette) Ron Hubbard, a 39-year-old civil engineer, radio and film writer, veteran of the armed services, and successful author of scientific fiction. According to Hubbard, memory is not a faculty of the mind alone, but ...
Aug 14, 1950 Letters // Dianetics: Believe it or not — TIME Magazine More: link
[...] Sir: We think, even though your description of the mechanics of Ron Hubbard's
Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health
TIME, July 24
] is fair and accurate enough, that as a whole your treatment is . . . unduly derisive. While it is probable that there are people who make a cult of dianetics, that fact is irrelevant. The only issue is whether or not it works toward making people more happy and more sane . . . Sane ...
Aug 14, 1950 The Dianetics craze — The New Republic More: link
The New Republic
It is not so much the content of this book which deserves analysis as its effect on the average reader's mind.
Dianetics has been steadily climbing on the best-seller list since its publication, and, next to the spectacular success of the Velikovsky book, its popularity is the most frightening proof of the confusion of the contemporary mind and its tendency to fall prey to pseudo-scientific concepts. The book opens with the statement: "The creation of dianetics is a milestone for Man ... Jul 24, 1950 Of Two Minds — TIME Magazine
A new cult is smoldering through the U.S. underbrush. Its name: dianetics. Last week its bible, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, was steadily climbing the U.S. bestseller lists. Demand was especially heavy on the West Coast. Bookstores in Los Angeles were selling Dianetics on an under-the-counter basis. Armed with the manual, which they called simply "The Book," fanatical converts overflowed Saturday night meetings in Hollywood, held dianetics parties, formed clubs, and "audited" (treated) each other. In many ways, dianetics-("the ...
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