Handbook for Preclears is a self-processing book and at its core are 15 different procedures that when done will improve self-confidence, decision-makHandbook for Preclears is a self-processing book and at its core are 15 different procedures that when done will improve self-confidence, decision-making and a better understanding of the mind.
When you look at this book it seems imposing enough. But with some study and working on it, you can achieve what the book claims. There are several points that I was really impressed with on this volume.
First, the idea that what you decide is LAW. You don't need others to tell you what to do. In fact the definition of self-confidence is nothing more than the belief in one's ability to decide in one's decisions. This is a pretty heavy concept when you get right down to it.
The complete list of Scientology Axioms and Logics (self-evident truths) are listed in the back, along with an extensive glossary and index in only 423 pages.
Other areas of interest include the cause of homosexuality and its cure. Another is the idea that you carry around with you attitudes and qualities that are actually the qualities of those long dead or you felt sympathy for. Accepting the evil of the world may seem noble, but it really messes you up. The solutions to handling this are in this book.
There are many concepts in this book that Hubbard wrote of in his research as he expanded from Dianetics into Scientology. Handbook for Preclears is a companion book to Advanced Procedures and Axioms, a book heavy with practical philosophy. Most people think of philosophy as mediating or "wow, that's deep" but these books are far beyond that.
What is practical? How can you use and apply this in your life? All it costs is the price of a book.
**spoiler alert** Even though I still have not seen the film, I thought I'd explore Harris' world when I discovered a paperback very cheap at a local**spoiler alert** Even though I still have not seen the film, I thought I'd explore Harris' world when I discovered a paperback very cheap at a local book swap. Though the book is marketed as all about Hannibal Lecter "the ultimate villain," it's really about the minds of criminals and the people who wish to stop them.
It's interesting that each side is set in pairs -- the criminal side and the justice side of the equation.
At one end of the spectrum we have Clarice Starling, an FBI agent who is learning the ropes. I mean, she hasn't even finished school yet! She runs into prejudice all the time -- "how long have you been at the FBI Ms. Starling?" to which she quickly changes the subject. Her mentor and confidant Jack Crawford is in his own world. Struggling with his wife's terminal illness, he yet makes an effort to teach Starling the ropes -- and an ulterior motive to use her to get into Lecter's mind -- the only man who may have the clue to find Buffalo Bill -- the mad serial killer who is skinning women and leaving them floating in rivers.
The other end of the spectrum is Dr. Lecter, an expert of the mind and behavior, but also rather insane -- he literally will bite the hands that feeds him! His sense of smell is startling. His ability to see deep into Starling's core is also a bit unsettling -- for Starling as well as the reader! Lecter's pair is Buffalo Bill himself whom we meet as he prepares to skin a senator's daughter!
Will Clarice find the killer in time, despite the arrogance of bureaucrats and the curtains everyone of the characters seems to hide behind? And is she willing to give up a bit of herself to Lecter in return for some information?
**Spoiler - Fascinating pace of story, especially at the climax when she actually meets the killer and has no idea who this guy is -- but then does and man, you can't turn the page fast enough! ** End Spoiler
I am mighty impressed with Thomas Harris bit of crime fiction here. I may pick up his earlier work, Red Dragon [Red Dragon.
It's been some years since I read this novel, but I do recall the general tale: about a group of boys in some future world that is being terrorized byIt's been some years since I read this novel, but I do recall the general tale: about a group of boys in some future world that is being terrorized by alien invaders, akin to the insect aliens from Heinlein's Starship Troopers.
These boys are gathered for their skill in games. They get into competitions where they play for domination of Earth. The story revolves around Ender, a boy who is a bit of a runt but very smart. He deals with his gang and others who want to see him fail.
Orson Scott Card has a way with describing his characters and interactions that is quite attractive and interesting. Ender is fleshed out at the end and the surprise ending (well, at least I didn't see it coming) really grabs you.
Orson's sequels are not so interesting, such as Speaker for the Dead. The insectoids have a fascinating civilization and the story is "OK" in regards Ender's involvement but I couldn't finish it. Still, I want to check his next book in these series, I believe it's Ender's Shadow, Battle School. The Ender's Shadow Series Box Set: Ender's Shadow, Shadow of the Hegemon, Shadow Puppets, Shadow of the Giant
In July 2009 Marvel Comics has published the comics versions of these books and I can't wait to pick these up.Orson Scot Card Ender's Game: Battle School #1
I was hoping for another Foundation Asimov trilogy but still, quite an entertaining read.
Recommended Card Books:
Another book Orson wrote is called Pastwatch; The Redemption of Christopher Columbus. Great time-travel tale that has some pretty gruesome physical aspects, such as a sharp object being thrust through some male anatomy. Ouch! A very R-rated time travel tale. Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus
He's taken a stab at the Stephen King-like genre with such books as Homebody, a book I have yet to read, which I may review as well. Homebody: A Novel ...more
Well, Self Analysis and I are old buddies going back about thirty years. There are so many principles that I had forgotten about or had re-discoveredWell, Self Analysis and I are old buddies going back about thirty years. There are so many principles that I had forgotten about or had re-discovered in reading the book and doing the exercises.
Hubbard's Science of Survival emphasized concentrating on the pleasure moments in the person and in yourself. In Self Analysis, he gives the way of doing that. Going over the various kinds of recall, such as imagination, general incidents and such to better know ourselves was really a treat to read about and to remember.
The chapter on "On Our Efforts of Immortality" was very interesting as he describes life force as another kind of energy and its purposes and he echoes what he talked about in SOS - that life must procure pleasure and avoid pain. Good advice!
Another principle I enjoyed was the concept that many of our fears are really merely shadows and like the natives who catch fish with shadows, we usually mock up or others mock up these flimsy traps for us. All we really have to do is disagree and get some auditing.
Also the book helped rehabilitate what I liked about Self Analysis and its simple yet effective technique in bringing people up and not having to live with their painful or sorrowful memories....more
The year 2010 marks the Sixtieth year of publication of Dianetics. Clearly, you want the new edition. This entry is Amazon.com's oA Bit of Background:
The year 2010 marks the Sixtieth year of publication of Dianetics. Clearly, you want the new edition. This entry is Amazon.com's older paperback. Get this one instead: Dianetics: The Modern Science Of Mental Health (English); Or better yet, get the book & audio kit: Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health [With Booklet]; Or get the video presentation of how it works: Dianetics Self-Improvement Package; Dianetics: A Visual Guidebook to the Mind - L. Ron Hubbard.
OK, here's my review. I've actually read the book and used it. It is a manual that is meant to be used. Use it to help your friends and family. Joining organizations and such is not necessary. Just read the book, and use it to help your friends.
What's new in the new edition? Well, nothing! The publisher didn't change anything in the book itself other than typos and punctuation errors that were introduced by Hermitage House Publishers back in 1950. In comparing the original manuscript and putting those footnotes in the back of the book, enlarging and darkening the font size, it makes for a more comfortable read.
Dianetics is an alternative to psychology and outlines several basic things that can help a person help themselves (thus the phrase "self-help") as well as help others.
Table of Contents:
Among the chapters in this book we find the following: The Goal of Man; The Dynamic Principle of Existence; The Four Dynamics (a dynamic is a drive upon which life is compartmented); a descriptive graph of survival (which was interesting - I never knew survival was more than "just barely making it" until I read Hubbard's definition); and the discovery and complete anatomy of what Hubbard calls the "Reactive Mind", which commands one to act irrationally against their own wishes and goals. Since I have been known to act irrationally, it's good to see what's causing it and what to do about it.
It's a thick book, 491 pages of actual text, divided into Theory and Practical applications; a 5 page glossary of important terms; a chapter called Dianetics in the 21st Century that brings us up to date from those long-gone days of 1950 (the year Dianetics was published) which has reprints from the LA Star and The Daily News, which did news articles on Hubbard and Dianetics at that time. Lots of photos in this section, too.
It's interesting to see what their view was. And finally, an appendix that briefly lists other self-help books by Hubbard, which are all new 2008 editions!
Oh, and finally, finally, The Editor's Glossary, that gives dictionary definitions to English words as they were used in 1950 as well as specialized Dianetics terms, as they were used at that time of writing. This is real handy and makes reading the book that much more easily read.
Summarizing a Long Book!
It's tough for me not to write a long review on a book that is over 600 pages thick. It has every imaginable area of human relationships clearly delineated and how Dianetics can help problems associated with these: alcoholism, post partum depression, divorces, domestic violence and drug abuse amongst them.
So get this book but use Amazon's latest and greatest 2008 edition of the book, as I've described above. Remember, Dianetics is not Scientology and Dianetics is not a religion. It does not obligate anyone to just pick up a copy and read it. It is also in Tagalog, Spanish, French, German and a few other languages.
Others have already synopsized the storyline but there are other aspects of the story that are quite timeless.
Story and Plot:
Considering the fact theOthers have already synopsized the storyline but there are other aspects of the story that are quite timeless.
Story and Plot:
Considering the fact the author wrote this before World War II suggests an uncanny attempt to ask what would happen if World War I never ended and just ground on for generations. It was an attempt to see what happens to men and women when the horrors of war become a way of life; the only way to live is through strategy rather than being out-gunned. It’s the smart soldier who lives rather than the brave one.
I really liked the characters in this tale. The Lieutenant (we never know his real name) leads a ragtag band of what’s left of regiments and battalions. It’s a mix of different races and countrymen whose real purpose is just survive. Loved the battle with the Russian commander who was outsmarted in a raid. The leaders meet and are quite mannerly and respectful.
Contrast that with the armchair admirals and colonels at GQ (General Headquarters ) in Paris where men are called back from the field to be locked up and stripped of command. These communists want nothing better than to retake Europe and spread their philosophy of death. The Lieutenant has other things to say about that.
Characters: My favorite was the sadist Markey, with his chain covered with spikes, trips up his enemy and laughs about it. It sounds gruesome but was quite hilarious.
The end of the tale takes place in England. Outnumbered and outgunned, their wit gets them through to the main Communist camp. I won’t spoil it for you, but learning of the Americans coming to colonize their land is a bit much.
Great ending, a heroic if sad one.
Conclusion: Final Blackout asks the question that has been asked for hundreds of years. War, what is it good for? We were still asking this in Vietnam, in Iraq and other lands. Final Blackout’s answer is a compelling one.