About L. Ron Hubbard  
The author of Clear Body Clear Mind, L. Ron Hubbard lived an uncloistered life, dedicated to helping men and women achieve true mental and spiritual improvement.

L. Ron HubbardAuthor, philosopher, humanitarian—L. Ron Hubbard is one of the most acclaimed figures of the modern age. His works have inspired millions, primarily because they provide the answers to the most profound questions of human existence—and do so in ways all people can understand.

As Ron said, “One doesn't learn about life sitting in an ivory tower, thinking about it. One learns about life by being part of it.” And that is how he lived.

His quest began at a very early age. By the time he was eight years old, he was already well on his way to being a seasoned traveler and his adventures included then rare voyages to China, Japan and other points in the Orient and South Pacific. In all, he traversed a quarter of a million miles by the age of nineteen. In the course of his travels he became closely acquainted with twenty-one different races and cultures in all parts of the world.

In the fall of 1930, Ron pursued studies of mathematics and engineering at George Washington University, attending one of the first American classes on nuclear physics. Examination of these subjects brought him to the realization that neither the East nor the West contained the full answer to the problems of existence, despite all of mankind's advances in the physical sciences. He observed the mental "technologies" which did exist—psychology and psychiatry—to be barbaric, false subjects and no more workable than the inhuman methods of primitive witch doctors. Ron decided to shoulder the responsibility of filling the gap, knowing man needed to step far beyond the materialistic world in which he was embroiled.

Much of his early research was financed by his career as a fiction writer. He became one of the most highly demanded authors of the L. Ron Hubbardgolden age of popular adventure and science fiction writing during the '30s and '40s—interrupted only by his service in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Partially disabled at the end of the war and recuperating in Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in Oakland, California, Ron applied what he had discovered as a result of his research into the mind to not only recover fully from his own injuries but also to help others to regain the health they lost through the ravages of war. He engaged in a study of the endocrine system and the effect of the mind on the body's ability to absorb and use nutrients which resulted in the brand-new discovery that structure does not monitor function, as medicine believed, but the reverse was true: function (or life) monitors structure.

In 1947, Ron detailed his discoveries in a manuscript which circulated amongst his friends, who copied it and passed it on to others. (This manuscript was formally published in 1951 as Dianetics: The Original Thesis and later republished as The Dynamics of Life.) Floods of inquiries were generated by this material; in response, Ron wrote a comprehensive text on the subject—Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.

Published on May 9, 1950, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health made Ron's revolutionary ideas broadly available for the first time. Public interest spread like wildfire and the book shot to the top of the New York Times bestseller list and remained there week after week. More than 750 Dianetics study groups sprang up coast to coast within a few months of its publication, while newspaper headlines proclaimed: "Dianetics Takes U.S. by Storm."

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