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Science of Survival reviewed (Part 5)


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


(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.?

"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.

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

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?


Patron with Honors
At the time S.O.S. was conceived and being written (August 1950), LRH was "working on a technology of psychological warfare to present to the Defense Department" and was researching "narcosynthesis and physical torture" and "obtaining confessions" as was said to be practiced at that time by Communists, according to a letter LRH wrote to the USA Attorney General.

This corresponds to LRH's writing in S.O.S. that "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).

The timeline also corresponds to allegations of physical abuse and of drug abuse inflicted in October 1950 upon the "2nd wife that he never had" Sara Northrup, according to her divorce filing of April 1951.

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Clay Pigeon

Gold Meritorious Patron
Very interesting.

I just glanced over the article and this fellow has a very different take on the material of SOS than i do but it is interesting the way he connects lower toe commentary to the Affirmations and other Hubbard writings

If one looks at lower tones with a Judeochristian compassion the book is better read.

I love it

There's some flaws to it but tinkering them out I consider what's left to be the finest basic handbook of human psychology ever written.

This author is TSTO examining SOS with extreme prejudice...


Patron with Honors
Further information regarding an alternative view of the "tone scale" will appear soon.