I wonder if anyone noticed that yesterday was the anniversary of Dianetics the Modern Science of Mental Health’s publication in 1950.
It used to be a big event at one time within the Scientology community but like Ron’s Birthday seems to have faded into obscurity.
Doing a random web search I came up with this interesting article that was obviously written by a non-Scientologist about the day which I’ll share with the occasional reader of my blog from Chasing Down Emma dedicated to Emma Hardinge Britten one of the founders of the Spiritualist Movement back in the mid nineteenth century.
Yet strangely enoughI found nothing by the so called Church of Scientology dedicated to this day which seems kind of strange since it was the genus of what would later become Scientology and would become known as “Book One” on the subject.
In fact in the policy Books Are Dissemination he mentions Dianetics the Modern Science of Mental Health a total of fifty times and says:
Without any reservations, I can tell you that Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, based as it is upon mental image pictures and energy masses, those things which are most real to people, is the best forward vanguard in our possession. It was written at a time when I was very interested in bridging the gap between an uninformed public and an informed public, and contains in it most of the arguments necessary to quiet the suspicions of the newly interested person and contains as well most of the answers to that person’s questions.
Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health contains today a perfectly workable therapy. But more importantly it contains a bridge between the unin- formed and the informed public on the subject of Scientology.
If you are not furiously pushing Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health and if you are not insisting that each newly interested person read it as something new, startling and strange in the world, you will be wasting most of your dissemination efforts.
Oddly enough, this book, to this day, sells more copies around the world than the average bestseller in any given year. Where it has been pushed, Scientology is booming. Where it has not been pushed, Scientology is limp.
Back in the eighties a man named Jeff Hawkins headed what was called the Central Marketing Unit who was responsible for this famousDianetics Ad which helped put Dianetics back on the New York Times Bestseller List in the latter part of the decade.
In fact Scientology was expanding so fast during this period that CIA’s main Mockingbird Press outlet Time Magazine (the same magazine that made Herr Hitler “Man of the Year”) wrote a hit piece calling it a “Thriving Cult of Greed and Power” and they should know being one themselves. Originally run by the elitist acid head Henry Luce who was a big fan of Mk Ultra.
An operation that Hubbard and his Dianeticists were beginning to expose with with their Dianetic techniques and mentioned in his second book on the subject Science of Survival he called it “Pain Drug Hypnosis”:
“is a vicious war weapon and may be of considerably more use in conquering a society than the atom bomb. This is no exaggeration. The extensiveness of the use of this form of hypnotism in espionage work is now so widespread that it is long past the time when people should have become alarmed about it… Pain-Drug- Hypnosis is a wicked extension of narcosynthesis, the drug hypnosis used in America only during and since the last war…”
In fact WJ Broward makes note of this is his monograph Operation Mind Control.
But back to Dianetics the Modern Science of Mental Health which celebrated its sixty seventieth birthday yesterday practically unnoticed by the so called “Church of Scientology” which is still as relevant today as it was in 1950.