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ALTERATIONS IN THE MATERIALS OF DIANETICS AND SCIENTOLOGY

SCIENTOLOGY: THE FUNDAMENTALS OF THOUGHT


Comparing 1973 edition (17th printing - 1976) copyrighted under L. Ron Hubbard [ISBN 0-88404-018-6] to 2007 edition copyrighted under “L. Ron Hubbard Library” [ISBN 978-1-4031-4420-1]


Keep in mind what David Miscavige said about "Fundamentals of Thought" during the Basics release event in 2007:

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"...because when it came to a secretarial malfunction, the one responsible for this is a gold star standard. However, as with the previous books, Fundamentals of Thought has been brought back to source with authority from its introductory chapters straight through to the end. Indeed, the restoration work here was so extensive, it hardly matters how many times you've previously read this book, you are now going to get it for the first time and with ease."

You can see the full version of this video on the official Church of Scientology website at this address:
http://www.scientology.org/david-miscavige/basic-books-and-lectures.html
The segment on The Fundamentals of Thought starts at 2:13:20 time marker of the video.


1976 Printing 2007 Edition


8 x 5 1/16 x 1/2 (8.9 oz) 9 1/4 x 6 1/8 x 11/16 (1 lb 0.9 oz)


The very first (1956) edition of The Fundamentals of Thought was also available for this review and was found to be basically the same as 1973 publication used in this report.


BASIC HIGHLIGHTS

The very definition of Scientology as a subject was altered, and nearly all direct references to Scientology being a SCIENCE were removed and in many instances replaced with a word RELIGION. Except for a standard declaimer at the beginning of the book defining Scientology as “an applied religious philosophy,” there is no single mention of Scientology as a “religion” in the original text of The Fundamentals of Thought. On the other hand, Ron Hubbard used the word “religion” throughout the book to refer to traditional religions as it is commonly understood. Examples:

“There is no argument whatsoever with the tenets of faith since it is not precisely stated, uniformly, by religions that one immediately goes to a heaven or hell.”
(page 66 in 1973 edition or altered version of this sentence on page 77 in 2007 edition)

“One protests against the physical universe only when he feels that he can have no part of it or does not belong in it or, as in religion, is not looked upon kindly by what he conceives to be the Creator of the physical universe.”
(page 74 in 1973 edition or page 88 in 2007 edition)

Fundamentals of Thought Alterations    Fundamentals of Thought Alterations    Fundamentals of Thought Alterations


Note!
Bold formatting in citations was added to highlight key areas of alteration.
Square brackets - [ ] - were used to insert notes where needed.

1973: pages 13–14 [source doc] 2007: pages 5–6
What is Scientology?

Scientology is that branch of psychology which treats of (embraces) human ability. It is an extension of DIANETICS which is in itself an extension of old-time faculty-psychology of 400 years ago. More acceptable and normal psychology such as that begun by St. Thomas Aquinas and extended by many later authors was, in 1879, interrupted severely by one Professor Wundt, a Marxist at Leipzig University in Germany. This man conceived that man was an animal without soul and based all of his work on the principle that there was no “psyche” (a Greek word meaning “spirit”).

Psychology, the study of the spirit (or mind) then came into the peculiar position of being “a study of the spirit which denied the spirit”. For the subsequent decades, Wundtian “psychology” was taught broadly throughout the world. It taught that man was an animal. It taught that man could not be bettered. It taught that intelligence never changed. This subject, Wundtian psychology, became standard, mainly because of the indifference or lack of knowledge of people in charge of universities.

Scientology is actually a new but very basic psychology in the most exact meaning of the word. It can and does change behavior and intelligence, and it can and does assist people to study life. Unlike Wundtian pseudo-psychology, it has no political aspiration. Scientology is not teaching dialectical materialism under the heading of “psychology”.

The term SCIENTOLOGY is taken from the Latin word SCIO (knowing in the fullest meaning of the word) and the Greek word LOGOS (study).

Scientology, used by the trained and untrained person, improves the health, intelligence, ability, behavior, skill and appearance of people.

It is a precise and exact science, designed for an age of exact sciences.

It is employed by an AUDITOR (a Scientology practitioner) upon individuals or small or large groups of people in their presence. ...
What is Scientology?

SCIENTOLOGY EMBRACES and treats of human ability.

The term Scientology is taken from the Latin word scio (knowing, in the fullest meaning of the word) and the Greek word logos (study of). Scientology is further defined as “the study and handling of the spirit in relationship to itself, universes and other life.”

Dianetics is a forerunner and substudy of Scientology. Dianetics comes from the Greek words dia (through) and nous (mind or soul). Dianetics is “what the soul is doing to the body.”

Neither Dianetics nor Scientology should be confused with “modern” psychology. More acceptable and normal psychology, such as that begun by Sain Thomas Aquinas and extended by many later authors, was (in 1879) interrupted severely by one Professor Wundt, a Marxist at Leipzig University in Germany. This man conceived that Man was an animal without soul and based all of his work on the principle that there was no psyche (a Greek word meaning “spirit”). Psychology, “the study of the spirit,” then came into the peculiar position of being “a study of the spirit which denied the spirit”. For the subsequent decades, Wundtian “psychology” was taught broadly throughout the world. It taught that Man was an animal. It taught that Man could not be bettered. It taught that intelligence never changed. This subject, Wundtian psychology, became standard mainly because of the indifference or lack of knowledge of people in charge of universities.

Scientology is actually a new but very basic psychology, in the most exact meaning of the word - “a study of the spirit.” It can and does change behavior and intelligence and it can and does assist people to study life. Unlike Wundtian pseudo-psychology, it has no political aspiration. Scientology is not teaching dialectical materialism under the heading of “psychology”. As has been the tradition for thousand of years, the study of the spirit and all spiritual matter rightfully belong to religion.

Scientology, used by the trained and untrained person, can improve the health, intelligence, ability, behavior, skill and appearance of people.

The Scientology religion is precise and exact, designed for an age of exact sciences.

Scientology is employed by an auditor (a Scientology practitioner). The word auditor means “one who listens, a listener. ...
[alterations continue]

[Alteration highlights: the very definition of the subject was changed, key sentences were removed, new sentences were added, a word “science” replaced with a word “religion,” a word “can” was arbitrarily inserted in “can improve” as opposed to “improves”]


It is noted here that the section defining the subject of Scientology was already severely altered in the first edition of “Fundamentals of Thought” under the new copyright “L. Ron Hubbard Library” in 1988. The text there went as follows:

1988 page 9: [source doc]

“What is Scientology?

Scientology is an applied religious philosophy.

The term Scientology is taken from the Latin word scio (knowing in the fullest meaning of the word) and the Greek word logos (study of). In itself the word means literally “knowing how to know.”

Scientology is further defined as the study and handling of the spirit in relationship to itself, universes and other life. [Nothing of this sort can be found anywhere in 1973 edition.]

Any comparison between Scientology and the subject known as psychology is nonsense. Early psychology such as that begun by St. Thomas Aquinas and extended by many later authors was, in 1879, interrupted severely by one Professor Wundt...” [the text continues...]

You see that already in 1988 it sounded quite convoluted. Even though a detailed comparison was not performed for 1988 edition, on the surface it looks much more in line with 1973 edition in other areas of the book. The word SCIENCE was still preserved in many places in 1988 edition where it was senselessly removed in 2007 edition.



1973: page 22 2007: page 24
LET US BE PRACTICAL. A science is not a science unless it is practical. A theory is no good unless it works. … Let us be practical. A theory is no good unless it works. ...


1973: page 38 2007: page 39
THE EIGHTH DYNAMIC — is the urge toward existence as Infinity. This is also identified as the Supreme Being. It is carefully observed here that the science of Scientology does not intrude into the Dynamic of the Supreme Being. This is called the Eighth Dynamic because the symbol of infinity stood upright makes the numeral “8”. This can be called the INFINITY or GOD DYNAMIC. THE EIGHTH DYNAMIC — is the urge toward existence as infinity. This is also identified as the Supreme Being. This is called the Eighth Dynamic because the symbol of infinity, ∞, stood upright makes the numeral “8”. This can be called the Infinity or God Dynamic.


1973: page 38 2007: page 39
The earlier science Dianetics included Dynamics One to Four. The earlier subject, Dianetics, included dynamics one to four.

[also note: first letters of words “Dynamics,” “One,” and “Four” were de-capitalized]


1973: page 70 2007: page 80
It should be viewed otherwise, for it is intended as an assistance to life at large, to enable life to make a better civilization and a better game. There are no tenets in Scientology which cannot be demonstrated with entirely scientific procedures.
[the chapter ends here]
It should be viewed otherwise. For it is intended as an assistance to life at large, to enable life to make a better civilization and a better game.
[the chapter ends here]

[The last sentence was dropped, first sentence – broken down into two resulting in poor grammatical structure.]


1973: page 71 2007: page 85
Scientology as a science is composed of many axioms... SCIENTOLOGY IS COMPOSED of many axioms...


1973: page 83 2007: page 96
Any information is valuable to the degree that you can use it. In other words, any information is valuable to the degree that you can make it yours. Scientology, of all the sciences, does not teach you — it only reminds you, for the information was yours in the first place. It is not only the science of life, but it is an account of what you were doing before you forgot what you were doing. Any information is valuable to the degree that you can use it. In other words, any information is valuable to the degree that you can make it yours. Scientology does not teach you. It only reminds you. For the information was yours in the first place. It is not only the science of life, but it is an account of what you were doing before you forgot what you were doing.



1973: page 111 [source doc] 2007: page 169
The Future of Scientology

With man now equipped with weapons sufficient to destroy all mankind on Earth, the emergence of a new science capable of handling man is vital. Scientology is such a science. It was born in the same crucible as the atomic bomb. The basic intelligence of Scientology came from nuclear physics, higher mathematics and the understanding of the ancients in the East. Scientology can and does do exactly what it says it can do. In Washington, D.C., there is an enormous file cabinet filled with thousands of case histories, fully validated and sworn to, which attest the scientific thoroughness of Scientology. With Scientology man can prevent insanity, criminality and war. It is for man to use. It is for the betterment of man. The primary race of Earth is not between one nation and another today. The only race that matters at this moment is the one being run between Scientology and the atomic bomb. The history of man, as has been said by well-known authorities, may well depend upon which one wins.
The Future of Scientology

WITH MAN NOW EQUIPPED with weapons sufficient to destroy all Mankind on Earth, the emergence of a new religion capable of handling Man is vital. Scientology is such a religion. It was born in the same crucible as the atomic bomb. The basic intelligence of Scientology came from nuclear physics, higher mathematics and the understanding of the Ancients in the East. Scientology can do exactly what it says it can do.

With Scientology, Man can prevent insanity, criminality and war. It is for Man to use. It is for the betterment of Man.
 
Today, the primary race of Earth is not between one nation and another. The only race that matters at this moment is the one being run between Scientology and the atomic bomb. The history of Man, as has been said by well-known authorities, may well depend upon which one wins.

[Word “science” was replaced with a word “religion.” The sentence about case history files in Washington D.C. was removed.]


SOME OTHER ALTERATIONS

1973: page 37 2007: page 38
THE SECOND DYNAMIC — is the urge toward existence as a sexual or bisexual activity. This dynamic actually has two divisions. Second Dynamic (a) is the sexual act itself and the Second Dynamic (b) is the family unit, including the rearing of children. This can be called the SEX DYNAMIC. THE SECOND DYNAMIC — is the urge toward existence as a sexual activity. This dynamic actually has two divisions. Second Dynamic (a) is the sexual act itself. And the Second Dynamic (b) is the family unit, including the rearing of children. This can be called the Sex Dynamic.

[Word “bisexual” was removed and the third sentence was broken into two.]


1973: pages 41–42 2007: pages 47–48
As has already been noted, the triangle is not an equilateral triangle. Affinity and Reality are very much less important than Communication. It might be said that the triangle begins with Communication, which brings into existence Affinity and Reality.

The most primitive Scientology definition of Communication is “Cause-Distance-Effect”. The fundamental manual of Communication is the book,
Dianetics 55!

A-R-C are understanding.
As has already been noted, the triangle is not an equilateral (all sides the same) triangle. Affinity and reality are very much less important than communication. It might be said that the triangle begins with communication, which brings into existence affinity and reality.

A-R-C are UNDERSTANDING.

[The paragraph referring readers to Dianetics 55! to learn about communication was removed and instead a small footnote was added at the bottom of 2007 edition:
“ *The complete manual of communication is Dianetics 55!”]
[First letters of words “Affinity,” “Reality,” and “Communication” were de-capitalized.]




Examples of alterations cited above are by no means a list of ALL alterations that can be found in 2007 Fundamentals of Thought. Alterations not included in the list above include BREAKING DOWN or COMBINING PARAGRAPHS and CHANGING PUNCTUATION which result in a loss of conceptual concentration and disrupt the thought flow of the original author who is L. Ron Hubbard, not any other individual or a corporate entity. Such alterations diffuse the thought and lead to a significant reduction in conceptual understanding, not its improvement.

Example of alterations in punctuation:

1973: page 70 2007: page 80
There is no effort in Scientology to out-create each and every thetan that comes along. It is, of course, possible to conceive Scientology as a creation, and to conceive that it is overwhelming. It should be viewed otherwise, for it is intended as an assistance to life at large, to enable life to make a better civilization and a better game. There is no effort in Scientology to out-create each and every thetan that comes along. It is, of course, possible to conceive Scientology as a creation and to conceive that it is overwhelming. It should be viewed otherwise. For it is intended as an assistance to life at large, to enable life to make a better civilization and a better game.

[Starting a new sentence with “For” which is really a continuation of the thought from the previous sentence is a sign of poor grammar.]

Read the original version with a comma (pause) and a single sentence at the end. Read the “corrected” 2007 version and notice the difference of how a “mere” change in punctuation results in a significant disruption in the flow of author's thought.


The list above also does not include SPLITTING MATERIAL within one chapter into several chapters or moving sections of text into a different chapter. This again leads to disruption in the thought flow of the author and results in a loss of full conceptual understanding on part of the reader.

For example, in the original version a more concentrated explanation of self-determinism and pan-determinism appeared toward the end (pages 50–51) of Chapter Six “The Reason Why” which introduced the concept of life as a game along with its component parts: freedom, barriers, and purposes. The concepts of self- and pan-determinism are lightly introduced mid-way in this chapter and then explained in more concentrated form toward the end of the chapter. In 2007 book, these two sections were taken out of Chapter Six and moved toward the end of the BOOK in its own, separate chapter – Chapter Fifteen – where it does not even belong. This “Chapter Fifteen” was placed within a more general section titled “Part Two Scientology Processing.” There are no processes cited in “Chapter Fifteen”. It is merely a more concentrated definition of self-determinism and pan-determinism, and it belonged where these concepts were first introduced – in Chapter Three “The Reason Why."

Another example of this is Chapter Twelve of 2007 book titled “Beingness, Doingness and Havingness.” In 1973 edition this was originally included in Chapter Three “The Conditions of Existence” (starting on page 27) as a more thorough conceptual understanding of the conditions of existence (be, do, and have) and how this is applied in Scientology processing. Chapter Three in the original 1973 was TEN pages. It is barely two in 2007 version leaving the reader “incomplete” in terms of truly understanding “the conditions of existence” until he reaches Chapter Twelve by which point the flow of conceptual understanding has already been interrupted.



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