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Dianetics is Published

May 9, 1950

 

Former science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard publishes Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. In Dianetics, Hubbard postulates that the human mind is made up of two parts: the conscious “analytical mind” and the subconscious “reactive mind.” The analytic mind records data and memories from daily life and stores it as “mental image pictures,” much like a video camera. However, negative and painful mental image pictures are stored in the reactive mind. These negative mental image pictures, called “engrams,” are responsible for all human suffering and prevent people from achieving their true potential. Someone achieves their true potential by getting “clear” with help from a trained “auditor.”

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The Festival of the Supreme Being

8 June, 1794


France celebrates its new state religion The Cult of the Supreme Being (Le culte de l’Être suprême) with festivals throughout the country and an especially large event planned in Paris. The Champ de Mars is transformed into a man-mountain, on top of which Maximilien Robespierre announces the new deist religion invented entirely by him but based upon the ideas proposed by Jean-Jacques Rousseau in his treatise The Social Contract. The new religion is a reaction against the atheist members of the revolution who had established the now defunct Cult of Reason. In his speech, Robespierre praises the truth and the social utility of the religion in that it encourages adherents to seek out “virtue” without the corrupting influences of the clergy.

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