A New Era for Mankind
The publication of Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health ushered in a new era of hope for mankind, and with it a new phase of
The first indication that he was to be a public figure came immediately after the release of Dianetics. Although Mr. Hubbard had originally planned yet another expedition following the completion of his book, so great was the popular response to his work that he had to change those plans. Thus, instead of exploring islands off Greece, he soon found himself lecturing on Dianetics to packed halls across the nation. It was also at this time that the first Hubbard Dianetics Research Foundation was formed in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and people began arriving in droves to study the new techniques and find out more about the subject.
By late fall of 1950, there were 750 groups across the country applying Dianetics techniques, while newspaper headlines proclaimed, Dianetics Taking US by Storm, and Fastest Growing Movement in America.
Ron’s research continued, and in March 1951 he completed his next book, Science of Survival. In this 500-page work, he further explored the nature of thought and life, offering readers an understanding of, and a new means to predict human behavior. The book is oriented around a chart, the Hubbard Chart of Human Evaluation, which exactly delineates the various emotional tones of individuals, and provides precise procedures to bring anyone to the highest level and thus ultimate survival.
In 1951 he wrote a total of six books, continuing to research and perfect the technologies of Dianetics with which he had resolved the problems of the human mind. But this still left many unanswered questions, questions which man had been pondering since the beginning of recorded history. The further one investigated, he wrote, the more one came to understand that here, in this creature Homo sapiens, were entirely too many unknowns.
And so, within a year and a half of the release of Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health,
Given the inherently religious nature of Mr. Hubbard’s work through these years, it was only natural that those surrounding him would come to see themselves not only as students of a new philosophy but also as students of a new religion. And so, in 1954, Scientologists in Los Angeles established the first Church of Scientology.
As more and more people discovered his breakthroughs, Scientology churches sprang up rapidly around the world. Meanwhile, through his writings and lectures, he continued to make his discoveries available to those who sought answers.