A Womb With a View: More Dianetics Just-So Stories - 2013-05-23
Welcome to our ongoing project, where we blog a 1950 first edition of Scientology's bible, Dianetics, with the help of ex-Scientologist, lawyer, and author Vance Woodward. Go here for the first post in the series.
Vance, we've reached a short chapter titled "Some Types of Engrams," and it provides several examples of engrams, which we always find rather entertaining.
Our old friend Jeff Jacobsen has criticized us for not doing more in this series to explain that L. Ron Hubbard inherited many of his ideas from previous writers. And there's no doubt, for example, that the basic notion of your adult life being affected by what happened while you were in your mother's womb was something that had been suggested many years before Hubbard wrote Dianetics in 1950. If you haven't seen it, you really should look at Jeff's 1992 essay, "The Hubbard is Bare," that lays out some of the predecessors to this book.