Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Book title: Science of Survival
Publication date: 1951
Location: Los Angeles
Publisher: Bridge Publications, Inc.
Description: Science of Survival was one of the books Scientologists sold me within days of my first contact with them in January 1975.
In SOS Hubbard teaches that a person's survival depends upon predicting the behavior of one's friends, family members and associates with his "Chart of Human Evaluation," a set of linear scales of emotional responses and interrelated physiological and psychiatric manifestations. In accordance with SOS and Hubbard's chart and scales, Scientologists are indoctrinated to suppress their own human emotions and to "mock up" emotional "tones" to achieve rapport with their unwitting human targets to manipulate and control them. Hubbard's "scientific" assertions and methods given in this book are an inextricable component of Scientology's brainwash system.
Dianetics is the science of thought. The scope of Dianetics includes all valid data pertaining to thought. Far simpler than man supposed, the workings of the human mind and knowledge itself became, in Dianetics, a body of knowledge with which any reasonably intelligent individual can work.
No civilization can progress to the stability of continuous survival without certain and sure command of knowledge such as that contained in Dianetics. For Dianetics, skillfully used, can do exactly what it claims. It can, in the realm of the individual, prevent or alleviate insanity, neurosis, compulsions and obsessions and it can bring about physical well-being, removing the basic cause of some seventy percent of man’s illnesses. It can, in the field of the family, bring about better accord and harmony. It can, in the field of nations or smaller groups such as those of industry, improve management to a point where these pitifully inadequate ideologies for which men fight and die with such frightening earnestness, can be laid aside in favor of a workable technology.
Dianetics is pervasive. Human behavior and human thought are the foundation of human endeavor. Once one has an answer to these basic riddles there is almost nothing which will not eventually resolve. – page 1, 2
Where is the society which existed to “cure” (but did not) some dread disease which Dianetics can nullify with ease? – page 2
Dianetics was asked to vindicate itself in 1950. It did. This was very tolerant of Dianetics for no existing ” ology” pertaining to the human mind has ever been validated or has been called upon to validate itself. The entrenched therapies, flatly, do not work. Their results are much the same as those which would have been achieved had no work been done. What sort of a society is this in which we live where pretense is accepted as validity against all opposing facts?
Dianetics works. None who have spent any time around the Foundation can doubt that. It even works in relatively unskilled hands. Daily, it does its miracles. And this is not very strange, for Dianetics is root knowledge of human activity. – page 3
But Dianetics is not a psychotherapy and it is not psychosomatic medicine. Those who want and need these things find Dianetics swiftly efficacious in these fields and so think of it as a psychotherapy. – page 3, 4
Science is, to many people, a sacred cow. Actually, by definition, science is only the organization of apparently disrelated facts into a useful whole. Aligned on certain basic axioms (which can be found in the appendix), Dianetics is a useful body of knowledge by which may be resolved the puzzle of man and his behavior. – page 11
Dianetic processing is directly concerned with increasing the ability of the individual to survive, with increasing his sanity or ability to reason, his physical ability and his general enjoyment of life. – page 26
Psychometry and all tests for aberration demonstrate the Clear to be unaberrated. His recalls are excellent. His mental stability is very good since environmental circumstances cannot cause him to act irrationally by reason of aberrations. His emotion and ability to enjoy life is free. By becoming Clear the individual attains an intelligence quotient far in excess of what he enjoyed before processing.
A Clear does not instantly grow wings or sprout a ten kilowatt aura. He is not superman. But he has his advantages. He has fewer accidents, and none because of his own doing. He is healthy. His education and experience are available for his use as he needs them. He acts on reason and he reasons swiftly. His reaction time is about half the normal. – page 27, 28
Thus we have the current final goal of processing: the Clear. […]
A considerably nearer goal is the Dianetic Release1. The Release has reached a point where he no longer has psychosomatic illnesses, where he has good stability and where he can enjoy life. […] The Dianetic Release is very high above normal and, itself, has not been attained before by any past known methods of therapy. The psychometric testing of the usual Dianetic Release shows him to be in very superior mental condition. – page 30
One attains, in processing, levels one is capable of reaching by reason of genetic endowment, education and current physical potentials. One becomes the best that can be made of what one is natively. Thus, a moron by genetic endowment would reach the level of moron when processed – but he would have been, by reason of aberration around the level of idiot when he started. An average intellect, by processing, reaches a level of stability and capability very high above the average. – page 30, 31
Hubbard, L. R. (1951). Science of Survival (1989 ed.). Los Angeles: Bridge Publications, Inc.