The Axioms of Dianetics: L. Ron Hubbard's science-y foundation of Scientology 'tech' - 2019-02-15
Former Scientology 'Sea Org' executive Chris Shelton has been diving into L. Ron Hubbard's "technology" lately, making videos about basic Scientology ideas. In this piece for the Bunker, Chris helps us understand one of Scientology's bedrock concepts — the "Axioms."
Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health took the United States by storm when it was published in May 1950. However, the fantastical claims and promises made by its author, L. Ron Hubbard, were quickly diminished by the uncertain results it produced on only a percentage of its users. Reviews by clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and other science professionals lambasted the work as pure pseudoscience.
On June 31, 1950, the New York Times published psychologist Rollo May's scathing review, which was not at all shy about calling Hubbard out on his nonsense when he wrote, "I believe my review is open to one sound criticism, namely, that of trying to deal with Dianetics as a scientific work."