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Posted: February 15, 2008 in Essentials, Hubbard

soup.jpgThe more you search, the more it looks like Scientology is just the “Alphabet Soup” of religions. A little something for everybody. “Dianetics is actually a sort of hasty pudding made up of ideas taken bald-faced from Freudian psychology, Cybernetics, engineering in general, and flavored liberally with a Chutney sauce of pseudo-scientific verbiage, analogy, metaphor, and the cliches of science fiction fantasy itself.” (From Xenu)

Read on as Jon Atack digs into the actual origins of Hubbards non-original nonsense.

Possible origins for Dianetics and Scientology
by Jon Atack

He [Hubbard] took ideas from earlier authors without proper acknowledgment; repudiated his initial, partial acknowledgment of other authors; and many times took ideas from his followers without acknowledging them. By far the majority of Hubbard’s published work was actually readied for publication by others. Over time, acknowledgment for these co-authors has simply been removed from newer publications.

The key concept in any argument relating to Hubbard’s plagiarism is that of “source”. In the early days, Hubbard expressed a debt to other thinkers. For example, there are a number of references to Freud and Breuer in his 1950 lectures. Hubbard also initially credited U.S. Navy doctor Commander Thompson. The books Science of Survival (1951) and Scientology 8-8008 (1952) both contain acknowledgment lists. However, on 7 February 1965 Hubbard published the Policy Letter “Keeping Scientology Working”, where he said: “Our technology has not been discovered by a group. True, if the group had not supported me in many ways I could not have discovered it either.” This Policy Letter appears in all but introductory Dianetic and Scientology courses. In the Executive Directive “How to Raise Stats” (01), Hubbard said, “I am the source of Dianetic and Scientology tech, know-how and org[anization] form.” In a talk given on 27 January 1986, the then head of the Sea Organization, which governs Scientology, Pat Broeker, said “There is only one source of Scientology and Dianetics tech, and that is L. Ron Hubbard … There is – not ‘was’, is – only one Source … What is it about LRH that made him Source? His technology – the Grades, the OT levels, all of his discoveries. Nobody else – nobody – ever discovered it.”

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