Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Book title: Scientology The Fundamentals of Thought The Basic Book of the Theory and Practice of Scientology for Beginners
Publication date: 1956
Location: East Grinstead
Publisher: Hubbard College of Scientology
Description: Scientology The Fundamentals of Thought was one of the books that Scientologists sold me very early in my Scientology "career, " probably in the first week. This is considered one of the basic cult books, indeed the book's subtitle is: "The Basic Book of the Theory and Practice of Scientology for Beginners." Here are a few of the claims for the book and Scientology that Hubbard makes for beginners:
No such knowledge has ever before existed and no such results have ever before been attainable by Man as those which can be reached by a study of this brief volume. – page 7
This book is a summation, if brief, of the results of 50,000 years of thinking men. Their materials, researched and capped by a quarter of a century of original search by L. Ron Hubbard, have brought the humanities, so long outdistanced by the “exact sciences”, into a state of equality, if not superiority, to physics, chemistry and mathematics.
What has been attempted by a thousand universities and foundations at a cost of billions has been completed quietly here. – page 7, 8
What is Scientology?
Scientology is that branch of psychology which treats of (embraces) human ability. It is an extension of DIANETICS which is in itself an extension of old-time faculty- psychology of 400 years ago.
Scientology is actually a new but very basic psychology in the most exact meaning of the word. It can and does change behavior and intelligence, and it can and does assist people to study life. – page 13, 14
Scientology, used by the trained and untrained person, improves the health, intelligence, ability, behavior, skill and appearance of people.
It is a precise and exact science, designed for an age of exact sciences. – page 14
It is interesting that people only need to study Scientology to have some small rise in their own intelligence, behavior and competence. The study itself is therapeutic (good medicine) by actual testing. – page 15
Is Scientology Valid?
Tens of thousands of case histories (reports on persons who have been processed, individual records) all sworn to (attested before public officials), are in the possession of the organizations of Scientology. No other subject on earth except physics and chemistry has had such gruelling testing (proofs, exact findings). Scientology in the hands of an expert (Auditor) can restore man’s ability to handle any and all of his problems. Scientology is used by some of the largest companies (business organizations) on Earth. It is valid. It has been tested. It is the only thoroughly tested system of improving human relations, intelligence and character, and is the only one which does. – page 15, 16
What Special Use Does Scientology Have?
Scientology does things for people where nothing has been done before. It restores people’s ability to handle conditions which were once considered hopeless. It increases their intelligence. It changes their competence and betters their behavior. In addition to these it brings them a better understanding of life. – page 17
Who Invented Scientology?
Scientology was discovered (found), not invented (created). It was organized by L. Ron Hubbard, an American, who has many degrees and is very skilled by reason of study. Hubbard was trained in nuclear physics at George Washington University in Washington, D. C., before he started his studies about the mind. This explains the mathematical precision of Scientology. L. Ron Hubbard has been given many honors for his work in the field of the mind. He has been assisted by one o f the largest organizations, numerically speaking, in the field of the mind on Earth today, the organizations of Dianetics and Scientology. Scientology organizations contain more members than all other mental health organizations combined. – page 17
Like engineering, Scientology has certain basic principles. These are necessary to a full understanding of the subject. […] Scientology is very exact. The humanities (human studies) of the past were full of opinions. Scientology is full of facts that work. – page 18
Probably the greatest discovery of Scientology and its most forceful contribution to the knowledge of mankind has been the isolation, description and handling of the human spirit, accomplished in July, 1951, in Phoenix, Arizona. I established along scientific rather than religious or humanitarian lines that that thing which is the person, the personality, is separable from the body and the mind at will and without causing bodily death or mental derangement. – page 54
In Scientology it has been discovered that mental energy is simply a finer, higher level physical energy. The test of this is conclusive in that a thetan “mocking up” (creating) mental image pictures and thrusting them into the body can increase the body mass and, by casting them away again, can decrease the body mass. This test has actually been made and an increase of as much as 30 pounds, actually measured on scales, has been added to, and subtracted from, a body by creating “mental energy”. – page 62
When Scientology established bio-physics, it did so because of the various discoveries which had accumulated concerning mental energy in its reaction against physical energy, and the activities which took place in the body because of these interactions. Bio-physics only became feasible when it was discovered in Scientology that a fixed electrical field existed surrounding a body entirely independent of, but influenceable by, the human mind. – page 63
There are no tenets in Scientology which cannot be demonstrated with entirely scientific procedures. – page 70
Scientology as a science is composed of many axioms (self-evident truths, as in geometry). There are some fifty-eight of these axioms in addition to the two hundred more axioms of Dianetics which preceded the Scientology axioms. – page 71
Scientology is applied in many ways to many fields. One particular and specialized method of application of Scientology is its use on individuals and groups of people in the eradication of physical problems deriving from mental states and the improvement of their abilities and intelligence. By processing is meant the verbal exercising of an individual (preclear) in exact Scientology processes. There is a great deal of terminology and precision in these processes and their use, and they are not combinable with older mental activities such as psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis, yoga, massage, etc. However, these processes are capable of addressing or treating the same ills of the mind as are delineated by older methodology, with the addition that Scientology is alone in its ability to successfully eradicate those psychosomatic problems to which it is addressed. It is the only science or study known which is capable of uniformly producing marked and significant increases in intelligence and general ability.
Scientology processing amongst other things can improve the intelligence quotient of an individual, his ability or desire to communicate, his social attitudes, his capability and domestic harmony, his fertility, his artistic creativity, his reaction time and his health. – page 87
With man now equipped with weapons sufficent to destroy all mankind on Earth, the emergence of a new science capable of handling man is vital. Scientology is such a science. It was born in the same crucible as the atomic bomb. The basic intelligence of Scientology came from nuclear physics, higher mathematics and the understanding of the ancients in the East. Scientology can and does do exactly what it says it can do. In Washington, D.C., there is an enormous file cabinet filled with thousands of case histories, fully validated and sworn to, which attest the scientific thoroughness of Scientology. With Scientology man can prevent insanity, criminality and war. It is for man to use. It is for the betterment of man. The primary race of Earth is not between one nation and another today. The only race that matters at this moment is the one being run between Scientology and the atomic bomb. The history of man, as has been said by well-known authorities, may well depend upon which one wins. – page 111
Hubbard, L. R. (1956). Scientology The Fundamentals of Thought The Basic Book of the Theory and Practice of Scientology for Beginners (6th Printing 1967 ed.). East Grinstead: Hubbard College of Scientology.