Babylon Surmising: Dianetics Rights an Ancient Wrong - 2013-05-16
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 now reached the longest chapter so far in this book, "Emotion and the Life Force." We have to admit to being rather disappointed that L. Ron Hubbard, after finally tantalizing us with some specifics about dianetic therapy in the previous two chapters, chooses at this point to go back into theory with such a long digression.
And especially about something as vague as "life force." Not only is life force unquantifiable ("Let us assume that the entire being is possessed of 1000 arbitrary units of life force"), but at least three times in this chapter, Hubbard once again admits that he's really just guessing about how things work: "recall it is just a theory and dianetics can stand without it."