66 years ago, L. Ron Hubbard transubstantiated from pulp writer to god among men - 2016-05-09
In 2013, we read Dianetics from cover to cover with the help of former church member Vance Woodward, and we produced a blog series that we hope you will use as a companion as you slog through the book yourself. Or spare yourself the trouble and just read our summaries.
Dianetics is truly a vile book. We're not even going to pretend that L. Ron Hubbard had something useful or true to say in it. He was clearly a crank — announcing that his nonexistent "research" had led him to discoveries that rivaled man's taming of fire, for example — and then he proceeded to describe a "science" of the mind which has no science in it of any kind. But it's not just that he was catastrophically wrong when he applied a Reader's Digest understanding of early computers to an occult fantasy about how the human mind works. Even worse, this book is one of the most misogynistic we've read, even taking into account the era during which it was published.