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I always thought Dianetics and Scientology were a bit loopy, but before I criticize something I make a point of understanding it first. I chose to listen to Dianetics on audible instead of reading it because of the length. I am about half way through and I can't take it any more. There is a lot of nonsense talk and the word engram is used so often I swear some one gets a commission each time it's read. The basic premise is that there are two minds in each person, the analytical mind and the reactive mind. The analytical mind is rational and makes decisions based on logic. The reactive mind reacts based on fear and aggression, based on past traumatic experiences. This is not rocket science to most people. This is the problem of this book. It takes this simple premise and reiterates it chapter after chapter, paragraph after paragraph, in such a repetitive and boring manner. To keep you excited (asleep really) the author has thrown in lots of gibberish fake science.
Every time I read something I disagree with I at least see something of merit in the authors work, a point of view. I see some reasoned argument for that persons position and I can learn from it. This book is the first time I have walked away understanding nothing. It is clearly trash designed to take your money and provide you with nothing in return. As Orwell said, it is trying to give solidity to pure wind.
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What would have made Dianetics better?
The book just rambled. I'm hoping it eventually got to a point or some sort of action plan, I just couldn't hang in there. It kept going in circles without giving any kind of real information.
What was most disappointing about L. Ron Hubbard’s story?
There was no story.
What does Lloyd Sherr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I probably wouldn't have made it past the first page if I hadn't been plugged into an audio book and taking a walk.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
27 of 41 people found this review helpful
Other than sometimes stating the obvious this is nothing more than a rambling waste of time. The only scientific fact true of this book is its absolute manure!
6 of 10 people found this review helpful
A really great book to listen to, so much to learn from this. Narrated Perfectly.