I found a cheap copy of Dianetics at a used book store, so I bought it. I heard so much about it that I figured it was time to give it a read.

I’m only 50 pages in, but this has to be the most bat-shit crazy thing I’ve read in my life. At several points, I actually started laughing out loud. And I feel like my IQ is dropping with each, successive page. I’ve never had that happen before. I’ve been bored, intrigued, etc. But I’ve never read a book that made me feel stupid. There’s a first for everything, I guess.

In short, it’s new-age, mystical, “feel-good” poppycock. I pictured millions of cat ladies and pot heads sitting around, eagerly thumbing through the book for answers. I didn’t realize that it was the basis for Scientology, but now I can’t take Tom Cruise seriously. If he believes in this nonsense…oy vey!

Here’s a typical quote: “The repulsion of pain sources adds to the attraction for pleasure sources to operate as a combined source thrust away from death and towards immortality. The thrust away from death is no more powerful than the thrust toward immortality. In other words, in terms of the survival dynamic, pleasure has as much validity as pain.”


I’ll do a full review when I’m done – if I make it that far.

Wish me luck…I’m going back in!



4 thoughts on “What the Hell am I Reading?

  1. It’s funny you picked that up.

    I TOO picked up Dianetics in a used book store when I was in high school. The cashier — a white slightly older teen girl than me — WARNED me about it.

    It’s good that you’re open-minded though. I think all science fiction writers should start new religions — or at least new mind-systems. (Scientology: the religion; Dianetics: THE SYSTEM *wait for it* OF THE MIND)

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