scientology-reviews-logo

NOTICE: This non-commercial website is NOT affiliated with the Church of Scientology (link).

homeWHERE TO GET HELP: There are now two avenues for Scientology services. Find out what to expect and what...
Scientology Books Dianetics: The Evolution of a Science

Dianetics: The Evolution of a Science Hot

http://scientologyreviews.com/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/300x300s/cc/68/3e/97_evolution-of-a-science-1350515797.jpg
October 13, 2012    
 
4.3 (9)
1663   0   1   0   0   0
Write Review

Book Details

Author
L. Ron Hubbard

Dianetics: The Evolution of a Science (1950): Written to coincide with the release of DMSMH, Evolution of a Science gives the story behind the approach that Ron took to develop Dianetics. He describes how he discovered the reactive mind and developed the procedures to handle it. The book first appeared in Astounding Science Fiction magazine to generate interest in DMSMH, released the following month in May 1950.

User reviews

Average user rating from: 9 user(s)

Overall rating 
 
4.3
Wow factor 
 
4.3  (9)
Informative 
 
4.7  (9)
Easy to understand 
 
4.9  (9)
Usefulness 
 
3.3  (9)
Already have an account? or Create an account
This book is an excellent introduction to the subject of Dianetics, and an understanding of the material in it goes a long way in contributing to a more thorough understanding of Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.
First published as a book-length feature in Astounding Science Fiction (19,027 words), Evolution of a Science was written primarily with the scientifically literate public in mind. Much of the material came about through discussions among the scientifically-minded writers of the golden age of science fiction: Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, Arthur J. Burks, Ed Bodin, Willy Lea and the incomparable John W. Campbell, Jr. (author of the footnote removed from current editions of the book).
With that in mind, much of the chosen language and phrasing of the book becomes clear.
First published in the April edition of Astounding, the primary purpose of this book was one of promotion, to whet the appetites of the scifi fanbase for L. Ron Hubbard's soon-to-be-released Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. And it worked, far beyond what anyone had expected, propelling DMSMH into a position as one of the biggest bestsellers of all time.
As for the data the book contains, I personally found that it brought a good degree of clarity to DMSMH. Take, for example, one of the "yardsticks of Dianetics" discussed in DMSMH: The Introduction of an Arbitrary. It isn't expounded upon in DMSMH, but in Evolution of a Science this yardstick is laid out, "Introduce an arbitrary, and if it is only an arbitrary, the whole computation goes out." Aha!
Give the book a chance and read it with an open mind, I really think you'll thank yourself later!
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Wow factor 
 
5.0
Informative 
 
5.0
Easy to understand 
 
5.0
Usefulness 
 
3.0
Reviewed by JohnSChristen April 06, 2013
Top 50 Reviewer  -   View all my reviews (3)

The First LRH Book on Dianetics

This book is an excellent introduction to the subject of Dianetics, and an understanding of the material in it goes a long way in contributing to a more thorough understanding of Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.
First published as a book-length feature in Astounding Science Fiction (19,027 words), Evolution of a Science was written primarily with the scientifically literate public in mind. Much of the material came about through discussions among the scientifically-minded writers of the golden age of science fiction: Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, Arthur J. Burks, Ed Bodin, Willy Lea and the incomparable John W. Campbell, Jr. (author of the footnote removed from current editions of the book).
With that in mind, much of the chosen language and phrasing of the book becomes clear.
First published in the April edition of Astounding, the primary purpose of this book was one of promotion, to whet the appetites of the scifi fanbase for L. Ron Hubbard's soon-to-be-released Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. And it worked, far beyond what anyone had expected, propelling DMSMH into a position as one of the biggest bestsellers of all time.
As for the data the book contains, I personally found that it brought a good degree of clarity to DMSMH. Take, for example, one of the "yardsticks of Dianetics" discussed in DMSMH: The Introduction of an Arbitrary. It isn't expounded upon in DMSMH, but in Evolution of a Science this yardstick is laid out, "Introduce an arbitrary, and if it is only an arbitrary, the whole computation goes out." Aha!
Give the book a chance and read it with an open mind, I really think you'll thank yourself later!

Where I stand

I am a...
Independent Scientologist

Pros and Cons (optional)

Pros
Simple, short, concise, clear
Cons
Densely worded, unusual tone, styled for a now-extinct audience

Bottom line...

Recommend it to a friend?
Yes
Was this review helpful to you? 
This was the first book I read in Dianetics and Scientology. And I was so impressed that I wanted more. I really think this IS the book that should be sold as a beginning book, unfortunately with the state of education there are many that would have a very difficult time with this book let alone Dianetics.
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Wow factor 
 
5.0
Informative 
 
5.0
Easy to understand 
 
5.0
Usefulness 
 
5.0
Reviewed by blaze March 27, 2013
Top 50 Reviewer  -   View all my reviews (3)

First Book I Read

This was the first book I read in Dianetics and Scientology. And I was so impressed that I wanted more. I really think this IS the book that should be sold as a beginning book, unfortunately with the state of education there are many that would have a very difficult time with this book let alone Dianetics.

Where I stand

I am a...
Church of Scientology member

Pros and Cons (optional)

Pros
This book is very easy to understand and I believe should be the first book anyone reads on the subject.
Cons
None

Bottom line...

Recommend it to a friend?
Yes
Was this review helpful to you? 

The book Dianetics The Evolution Of A Science I feel should be a first read and then Self Analysis for beginners to the subject of Dianetics and Scientology. Dianetics The Evolution Of A Science is truly a wonderment regarding the truth on what one man found makes each of us tick. I highly recommend this small phenomenon of a book for everyone to read.
Happy Everything,
Tom Brown
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Wow factor 
 
5.0
Informative 
 
5.0
Easy to understand 
 
5.0
Usefulness 
 
3.0
Reviewed by thetabear January 26, 2013
Top 50 Reviewer  -   View all my reviews (5)

Thetabear


The book Dianetics The Evolution Of A Science I feel should be a first read and then Self Analysis for beginners to the subject of Dianetics and Scientology. Dianetics The Evolution Of A Science is truly a wonderment regarding the truth on what one man found makes each of us tick. I highly recommend this small phenomenon of a book for everyone to read.
Happy Everything,
Tom Brown

Where I stand

I am a...
Independent Scientologist

Pros and Cons (optional)

Pros

Cons
none

Bottom line...

Recommend it to a friend?
Yes
Was this review helpful to you? 
Excellent first book, entertaining, and it introduces the most important concepts in a logical sequence.
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Wow factor 
 
5.0
Informative 
 
4.0
Easy to understand 
 
5.0
Usefulness 
 
3.0
Reviewed by Alael December 03, 2012
Top 10 Reviewer  -   View all my reviews (16)

New Readers Can Start Here

Excellent first book, entertaining, and it introduces the most important concepts in a logical sequence.

Where I stand

I am a...
Independent Scientologist

Pros and Cons (optional)

Pros
Simpler language than Book One. Unlike many other popular science books from sixty years ago, it hasn't dated and remains very readable for 21st century students.

Anyone who's done research will immediately understand that LRH is giving a real, inside account of how he developed the science of Dianetics.
Cons
None, really. Not a practical textbook on auditing, but it makes the reader eager for more.

Bottom line...

Recommend it to a friend?
Yes
Was this review helpful to you? 
This was the 1st book I read and now I have read all the books. In my mind, this is the first book to start with. You will get a clear understanding of the mechanics of the mind and how this whole movement started. The second book to read is Fundamentals of Thought, which is an introduction to Scientology. After reading those 2 books, you should be able to read most any of the other books. When I read these books I said, "Either I am crazy or this is the answer to the universe!" I still believe that statement today.... read them and find out for yourself.

Overall rating 
 
5.0
Wow factor 
 
5.0
Informative 
 
5.0
Easy to understand 
 
5.0
Usefulness 
 
5.0
Reviewed by Robert Almblad November 11, 2012
Top 10 Reviewer  -   View all my reviews (19)

Best book to start with

This was the 1st book I read and now I have read all the books. In my mind, this is the first book to start with. You will get a clear understanding of the mechanics of the mind and how this whole movement started. The second book to read is Fundamentals of Thought, which is an introduction to Scientology. After reading those 2 books, you should be able to read most any of the other books. When I read these books I said, "Either I am crazy or this is the answer to the universe!" I still believe that statement today.... read them and find out for yourself.

Where I stand

I am a...
Independent Scientologist

Pros and Cons (optional)

Pros
Easy to read
Cons
None

Bottom line...

Recommend it to a friend?
Yes
Was this review helpful to you? 
The first book I read on Dianetics was"Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health". I got a lot out of that book but I wish I would have known about and read this book first. I feel this book is a good set up for Dianetics because it goes into the history of the research and discovery which led up to this new science of the mind. I feel that reading this book first makes following along with Dianetics a little bit easier.
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Wow factor 
 
3.0
Informative 
 
5.0
Easy to understand 
 
4.0
Usefulness 
 
3.0
Reviewed by Looking4Myself November 10, 2012
Top 50 Reviewer  -   View all my reviews (3)

Dianetics: The evolution of a Science

The first book I read on Dianetics was"Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health". I got a lot out of that book but I wish I would have known about and read this book first. I feel this book is a good set up for Dianetics because it goes into the history of the research and discovery which led up to this new science of the mind. I feel that reading this book first makes following along with Dianetics a little bit easier.

Where I stand

I am a...
Independent Scientologist

Pros and Cons (optional)

Pros
Good introduction to the subject of Dianetics.

Bottom line...

Recommend it to a friend?
Yes
Was this review helpful to you? 
This is a really good book to read if one wants to understand that time, and the excitement around a new discovery. At that time, immense interest was generated among thinkers and philosophers in the area of the human mind, one can actually get a feel of how it was, with people gathering together to talk about it all, and explore new territory. The book is clearly written, aeasy to read and understand, and gives an important contextual backdrop the the development of Dianetics.
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Wow factor 
 
4.0
Informative 
 
5.0
Easy to understand 
 
5.0
Usefulness 
 
4.0
Reviewed by eagle November 10, 2012
Top 10 Reviewer  -   View all my reviews (23)

The understanding of the thinking behind Dianetics

This is a really good book to read if one wants to understand that time, and the excitement around a new discovery. At that time, immense interest was generated among thinkers and philosophers in the area of the human mind, one can actually get a feel of how it was, with people gathering together to talk about it all, and explore new territory. The book is clearly written, aeasy to read and understand, and gives an important contextual backdrop the the development of Dianetics.

Where I stand

I am a...
ex-Scientologist

Pros and Cons (optional)

Pros
Very easy to understand.
Cons
None.

Bottom line...

Recommend it to a friend?
Yes
Was this review helpful to you? 
Would read this before Dianetics.
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Wow factor 
 
3.0
Informative 
 
4.0
Easy to understand 
 
5.0
Usefulness 
 
1.0
Reviewed by mkmrmny November 09, 2012
Top 10 Reviewer  -   View all my reviews (34)

Covers what corrupts ones mind

Would read this before Dianetics.

Where I stand

I am a...
Independent Scientologist

Pros and Cons (optional)

Pros
Very easy to read and understand the various types of minds and what happens to them.

Bottom line...

Recommend it to a friend?
Yes
Was this review helpful to you? 
This is a good book, easy to read and grasp. I find it amazing that it was written in 1948, yet the author explains the mind in terms of computers. How did he know about computers back then? He was obviously on the cutting edge of what was going on, which makes him a very knowledgeable man. I think the very most interesting idea in the book is the fact that the human computer is perfect unless it is fed wrong data. I never knew that before. I think it is a must read especially as an early book.
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Wow factor 
 
4.0
Informative 
 
4.0
Easy to understand 
 
5.0
Usefulness 
 
3.0
Reviewed by Thoughtful November 04, 2012
Last updated: November 09, 2012
Top 50 Reviewer  -   View all my reviews (11)

Easy to grasp

This is a good book, easy to read and grasp. I find it amazing that it was written in 1948, yet the author explains the mind in terms of computers. How did he know about computers back then? He was obviously on the cutting edge of what was going on, which makes him a very knowledgeable man. I think the very most interesting idea in the book is the fact that the human computer is perfect unless it is fed wrong data. I never knew that before. I think it is a must read especially as an early book.

Where I stand

I am a...
Independent Scientologist

Pros and Cons (optional)

Pros
Easy to understand, fun to read, interesting
Cons
Could have more meat on the bones

Bottom line...

Recommend it to a friend?
Yes
Was this review helpful to you? 
 
Powered by JReviews