California Institute of Technology, a review of Dianetics"Counting noses of adherents is not evidence"
American Scientist October 1950 Hubbard: like a "child stamping his foot"
Dr Oscar Sachs from Mt Sinai Hospital in NY "old psychoanalytical concepts"
Journal of Clinical Medicine 1951- Editorial - Dianetics
Milton Sapirstein: Hubbard - "the leader of the inner manipulative clique"
JAMA: nonsensical tomfoolery
AmJournal of Psychiatry: Hubbard's own paranoid delusions
Fails Clinical Test of Dianetics
LIBERTY Magazine 1952 - Review of Dianetics
Sources Hubbard copied his ideas from
"There is always a well-known solution to every
human problem -- neat, plausible, and wrong."
What Ex-members face:
Above, Cover of Astounding Science Fiction Magazine
containing the original announcement of the arrival of Hubbard's "Dianetics"
From the 50 Years Ago section of Scientific American
Scientific American, January 1951
DIANETICS: THE MODERN SCIENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH, BY L. RON HUBBARD. Hermitage House ($4.00).
This volume probably contains more promises and less evidence per page than has any publication since the invention of printing. Briefly, its thesis is that man is intrinsically good, has a perfect memory for every event of his life, and is a good deal more intelligent than he appears to be.
I.I. Rabi, winner of the Nobel prize in physics in 1944, is professor of
His early work was concerned with the magnetic properties of crystals. In 1930 he began studying the magnetic properties of atomic nuclei, developing Stern's molecular beam method to great precision, as a tool for measuring these properties. His apparatus was based on the production of ordinary electromagnetic oscillations of the same frequency as that of the Larmor precession of atomic systems in a magnetic field. By an ingenious application of the resonance principle he succeeded in detecting and measuring single states of rotation of atoms and molecules, and in determining the mechanical and magnetic moments of the nuclei.
Prof. Rabi has published his most important papers in The Physical Review, of which he was an Associate Editor for two periods. In 1939 he received the Prize of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and, in 1942, the Elliott Cresson Medal of the Franklin Institute. He was awarded the Medal for Merit, the highest civilian award in World War II, in 1948, the King's Medal for Service in the Cause of Freedom the same year, and is an Officer of the Legion of Honour.
Introduction to Dianetics and Scientology 1995
And this tidbit from the APA
"Psychologists act against Dianetics", by Lucy Freeman, New York
The American Psychological Association today called on psychologists, "in the public interest," not to use in therapy the techniques "peculiar" to a new approach in mental health called Dianetics. It is outlined in a book of the same name. The action was taken in a resolution adopted by the Council of Representatives, governing body of the association, at its closing season.
The association stated that "in view of the sweeping generalizations and claims regarding psychology and psychotherapy made by L. Ron Hubbard in his recent book "Dianetics," the American Psychological Association adopts the following resolution: "'While suspending judgment concerning the eventual validity of the claims made by the author of "Dianetics," the association calls attention to the fact that these claims are not supported by empirical evidence of the sort required for the establishment of scientific generalizations. In the public interest, the association, in the absence of such evidence, recommends to its members that the use of the techniques peculiar to Dianetics be limited to scientific investigations designed to test the validity of its claims.'." The book, now a best-seller since its publication several months ago, has been the subject of discussion in psychological and psychiatric circles. The psychologists represent the first scientific group to take official action against it and did so only after long deliberations.
In explaining the action of the council, Dr. E. Lowell Kelly, a member of it and of the board of directors, said, "what we have here is a man who claims he has discovered an exact science of the mind and developed a technique of therapy which goes far beyond that known to psychology, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis." He described the technique advanced in the book as "as a hodge-podge of accepted therapeutic techniques with new names." One of the main objections to the book made by psychologists is its contention that anyone, having read it, may practice therapy successfully without danger to the patient.
There is no evidence in support of this view and "considerable evidence against it," Dr. Kelley declared.
Mr. Hubbard is described by his publishers as "a mathematician and theoretical philosopher." The book is titled "Dianetics, the Modern Science of Mental Health, a Handbook of Dianetic Thereapy." The preface states that the author has discovered a technique "which will invariably cure all psychosomatic ills and human aberrations." In another recommendation, the council "strongly urged" the 8,000 members of the association, as individuals, to offer "tangible support, in all possible ways, financial and otherwise, to their collegues whose connections with the University of California at Berkeley have been severed by recent action of the Regents." In New York, neither Mr. Hubbard nor a spokesman for his publisher could be reached last night for comment
From United States Federal Judge Gesell
"An individual processed with the aid of the E-meter was said to reach the intended goal of "clear" and was led to believe there was reliable scientific proof that once cleared many, indeed most illnesses would automatically be cured. Auditing was guaranteed to be successful. All this was and is false -- in short, a fraud. " Federal District Judge Gesell 333 F. Supp. 357; 1971 U.S. Dist
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