Letters to the Editor -  L. Ron Hubbard's View

To the Editor:

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ould you please ask Rollo May, who reviewed Dianetics, to read the book? Publishing such a review gives to the public a very lopsided idea of what the professional world thinks of Dianetics. Men less emotional than Rollo May have examined the tested Dianetics....

      Professors of biology, political science, sociology, psychology and physics have given Dianetics a fair and impartial survey and have discovered in it some of the answers for which they have long sought. But their opinions, as should be the case with men of science, were based on a sound investigation and applications of the science and were not warped by emotionalisms about their own economics....

[Picture]       The most glaring evidence that May did not study his subject before he wrote his review lies in his confusion of Dianetics with a mechanical conception of the human mind. Nowhere in the handbook of Dianetics does anyone label the human mind a machine. I fear here that May...is not aware of the ridicule Dianetics has thrown upon those who always believe the human mind was too complex to be understood. A statement that the subject of one’s profession is too complex to be understood is an admission that one does not have any comprehension of his subject and it seems to me that in his review May declares himself and psychology incapable of understanding or helping in the field of humanities. Those who operate on the basic tenet that the subject of their profession cannot be understood, are operating upon a defeatist psychology....

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n a subject as carefully formulated and as widely tested as Dianetics a scientific man would normally be expected to make an inquiry before expressing opinions. If he cannot bring himself to do so, then he is operating upon an emotionalism which in itself invalidates his scientific accuracy.

      From medical doctors, psychiatrists and laymen the Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation is receiving thousands upon thousands of letters which state that Dianetics has been tested and found valid, that it does precisely what it says it does. The derogatory letters are in the ratio of 1 to 505 letters of approval. Diseases and mental aberrations hitherto untouched by any past art are reported as surrendering to Dianetics techniques. Should you care to inspect the matter you will find that not one single person indulging in capricious and superficial opinionation has read fully, studied carefully or applied Dianetics....

L. Ron Hubbard
Elizabeth, N.J.