Science of Survival reviewed (Part 5)

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  1. OSAOPS

    OSAOPS Patron

    Continuing from parts one, two, three and four of a review of "Science of Survival"
    the second Dianetics book from L. Ron Hubbard.

    http://www.forum.exscn.net/threads/science-of-survival-reviewed-part-1.44325/
    http://www.forum.exscn.net/threads/science-of-survival-reviewed-part-2.44437/
    http://www.forum.exscn.net/threads/science-of-survival-reviewed-part-3.44438/
    http://www.forum.exscn.net/threads/science-of-survival-reviewed-part-4.44439/

    (6) Do Scientology controversies arise from mimickry of LRH's thoughts and actions?

    At the most base level of cultic behavior, Scientologists are encouraged to
    adopt LRH's characteristics by "assuming his valence." Within S.O.S. it is said
    that "complete confidence" is a "manifestation of theta" (Chapter 5, Book II).
    This helps explain a seemingly-everpresent smile observed on Scientology members.
    "Valence is an exaggeration of that basic of education, mimickry" according
    to Chapter 15, Book II of S.O.S.

    Continually testing others to see what lies and abuse he could get away with,
    was a noted behavior said of LRH. So can we be surprised, when Scientologists
    and their leaders adopt techniques of violent predators, war-mongering
    naval commanders, mental patients and street-level con-artists?

    RE: PDH, Drugs and Kids

    His son, L Ron Hubbard Jr., was quoted in the Santa Rosa News-Herald in
    July 1982, as saying:

    "...my father used to mix phenobarbital with bubble gum and give it to me
    and my sister — I remember the darn stuff was very bitter.
    Then he would tell us stories, great stories, but I could never remember
    him finishing a lot of them. He would feed us bubble gum, and then try to
    put us in hypnotic trances in order to create what he called a ‘moonchild.’
    This, says DeWolf, stemmed from his father’s continual interest in black
    magic and the occult... He had one of those insane things, especially during
    the ‘30s, of trying to invoke the devil for power and practices. My mother
    told me about him trying out all kinds of various incantations, drugs and
    hypnosis...His initials for it were PDH — pain, drugs, hypnosis. The use
    of PDH, coupled with black magic, was an effective for of brainwashing or
    mind control. You’ll see throughout early Scientology literature, ‘PDH.’"
    These statements can also be supported by claims made LRH's first wife,
    Margaret "Polly" Grubb, who charged LRH with desertion of his family
    and with walking away from court-ordered financial support of his children,
    in divorce lawsuit filings of 1947 and 1951.

    "At 1.1 on the tone scale ... we may also have the use of children for
    sadistic purposes ... we have a long-term general neglect of children,
    with an occasional sporadic interest in them; we have very little thought
    for the child's future or the culture in which the child will grow up."
    (Chapter 18, Book I)

    "The regular intake of sedatives such as phenobarbitol causes the
    individual to walk around in a light hypnotic trance ... pain-drug-hypnosis
    is simply an extension of narcosynthesis, the drug hypnosis used in America
    only during and since the last war" (Chapter 17, Book II).

    Now, controversies are being heard regarding orders for the break-up of
    families, and mis-treatment of children who are pressured to provide under-
    compensated labor within the Church of Scientology. Is this simply another
    reflection of abuse by its founder, LRH?

    RE: Chloral Hydrate

    "By using the method of dropping a heavy sedative such as chloral hydrate
    into an individual's drink, by suddenly muzzling him with a silk scarf from
    behind, and injecting morphine into his arm, or by discovering the individual
    when he is drunk or shortly after he has been operated upon or during an
    operation, or during the administration of electric shock or sedation in an
    insanbe asylum, drug hypnosis can be induced" (Chapter 17, Book II).

    To long-time Scientology watchers, the detail of "chloral hydrate" recalls
    the mistreatment and ultimate death of Lisa McPherson in 1995. Part of her care
    included being prescribed that drug as a sleep medication by Dr. David Minkoff.
    Minkoff's prescription was made without seeing Lisa as a patient, and after
    investigation of her death his medical license was suspended and his office paid
    a malpractice settlement. There were also later claims were made that
    Lisa McPherson's care was overseen by Scientology leader David Miscavige himself.

    RE: Hitting Style

    "Until Dianetics, the widespread use of this practice was unsuspected,
    simply because there was no means by which one could even detect the
    existence of pain-drug-hypnosis. An individual might be given pain-drug-
    hypnosis on Tuesday Night and wake up Wednesday morning without any
    knowledge of the fact that he had been slugged when he stepped out of his
    car, given an injection, painfully beaten but not so as to leave any marks
    and put quietly into his own bed" (Chapter 17, Book II).

    Another possible link to actions of Scientology leader David Miscavige,
    who was reported to engage in physical violence against his staffers,
    according to reports of the Tampa Bay Times in August 2009 and others.

    RE: Perceptics

    LRH pursued the senses beyond sight-sound-smell-hear-touch, to "perceptics."
    "Just what theta universe perceptics are is a subject at this time so
    diffuse that one cannot even be sure there is a theta universe.
    Such manifestations as extrasensory perception, intuition, clairvoyance,
    clairaudience and others make up a body of quasi-knowledge which is normally
    relagated to the field of psychic phenomena. The existence of God and
    spiritual manifestations could be classified as theta universe; contact
    with these would be considered a use of theta perceptics. Oddly enough,
    in Dianetics considerable evidence, whether we wish it or not, is accumulating
    in favor of not only a theta universe and a theta body but of theta perceptics
    as well" (Chapter 9, book I)

    This passage reads as if it has been cited for design of the 5th floor of
    the "Super Power" building at Scientology headquarters in Clearwater, Florida,
    which has various devices devoted to exploring many different perceptics.

    (7) What is the point of S.O.S.?

    (Affirmation)
    "You like to copy your own material and work with it until it is perfect"

    While it's not unusual for an author to re-visit his earlier works,
    in the context of Scientology we can speculate if LRH felt that repetition
    helped him achieve an expression of "will" (as it does in other fields,
    like hypnotism). The initials of its title alone, and his given descriptions
    and warnings about persons at "1.1" on S.O.S.'s "Tone Scale," suggested S.O.S.
    was another of LRH's cries for psychiatric help. Based on what we can now know
    of his life at that time of its publication, that makes more sense.

    LRH maintained a cyclical pattern of repeating his experiences throughout
    his life.

    Some examples include his private naval expeditions of 1932, 1940, 1967-1974,
    and his return to authorship of science fiction in 1980, among others.

    S.O.S. itself was officially revised in 2007 as part of a new "Basics"
    series of Scientology books, with the stated explanation that the materials
    were re-checked to be more accurate and also easier to read.

    This pattern suggests that looking back to LRH's original works is required
    to better identify their intent. Dianetics of 1950 was said to be based
    on a re-visit to a portion of "Excalibur" which was originally compiled
    in 1938. As a context of his thinking of the time, in October 1938,
    LRH also penned a private letter where he stated "Foolishly perhaps,
    but determined none the less, I have high hopes of smashing my name
    into history so violently that it will take a legendary form even if
    all books are destroyed."

    Ultimately we can also ask if the approach of S.O.S. was a missed opportunity.

    Did upheavals in his life of 1950-1951 cause LRH to miss his mark?
    As fiction, elaborations on moral deliberations followed by detailed
    logistics of selective population control, such as how to quietly dispose
    of 1/8th of a large population would have made it a science-fiction classic.
    Innovative plot devices of notable works like "Soylent Green" with its
    "scoops" for riot control in the streets, and "screening rooms" for
    euthanasia centers, remain memorable.

    Alternately, we can speculate on the significance of S.O.S.'s reference
    to a Greek God:

    "Zeno's Apatheia: A reference to one of the central themes of the school
    of philosophy founded by the Greek philosopher Zeno. It taught that man
    should be free from passion and indifferent to emotion, pleasure and pain,
    but not without rational feelings. It also taught that the universe is
    governed by divine will and happiness lay in conforming to such will.
    Apatheia means without feelings" (Chapter 27, Bk I)

    As "apathy" was a central reference point in the Tone Scale of S.O.S.,
    We can ask if this is the origin of Scientology's ridiculous yet central
    "Xenu" story?

    In the meantime, for the benefit of readers, a far easier reaction,
    would be to just discard LRH's writings in their entirety, including S.O.S.

    (Thread was posted in several sections based on data limitations here).
     
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2017
  2. strativarius

    strativarius Comfortably Numb

    This is a fascinating set of articles, in my humble opinion an excellent piece of work, well-written and free of spelling mistakes, superfluous commas and other grammatical howlers (unlike a lot of the stuff we see here, mine included).

    But what I'd like to know is - who wrote it?
     

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