Scientology: The Fundamentals of Thought

Scientology: The Fundamentals of Thought

Scientology: The Fundamentals of Thought

Designated by L. Ron Hubbard as the Book One of Scientology. After having fully unified and codified the subjects of Dianetics and Scientology came the refinement of their fundamentals.

Originally published as a résumé of Scientology for use in translations into non-English tongues, this book is of inestimable value to both the beginner and advanced student of the mind, spirit and life. Equipped with this book alone, one can begin a practice and perform seeming miracle changes in the states of well-being, ability and intelligence of people.

Contained within are the Conditions of Existence, Eight Dynamics, ARC Triangle, Parts of Man, the full analysis of Life as a Game, and more, including exact processes for individual application of these principles in processing. Here, then, in one book, is the starting point for bringing Scientology to people everywhere.


  • Hardcover: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Bridge Publications, Inc. (July 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403144192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403144195
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
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  1. I have read and reread 8-8008 and will read it again and again. There is so much basic, fundamental truth here that getting just a piece of it produces amazing realizations. It has definitely changed my life for the better.

    L Ron Hubbard found what I have been looking for and at levels I can really appreciate.

  2. I’ve read this book a few years ago and I’m about to read it for the second time. I’m not a scientologist nor do I plan to become one. I’ve never read any other scientology book or pamphlet.

    As far as philosopy is concerned, this book didn’t reveal anything especially new or astounding to me.

    The value of it is in the manner in which it teaches one to control their thoughts instead of allowing their thoughts to control them. If you have a phobia, problems with procrastination, a goal you wish to reach, a tendency to give yourself negative feedback, or if you just wish to change for other reasons, this book effectively teaches you to (to put it as simply as possibly) have your CONSCIOUS mind control your subconscious mind. For too many people, the opposite is true. Do you want to start your own business, but have a nagging voice tell you that you’ve never been successful and shouldn’t expect to be now? Do you consciously say that you will do something important today, and your subconscious tells you it can wait? Why are you allowing your subconscious mind to stop you from what you consciously decided you want to do? This book really helps you in addressing this problem.

    Again, I’m not a scientologist and don’t intend to become one. Wisdom doesn’t come in the vehicle of only one religion, one language, one culture, one philosophy. Don’t allow your mistrust of the religions or cultures of others impede your acceptance of wisdom.

  3. The phsyical universe contains many riddles. The answers lie herein.

    If one has questions regarding: What is life? Who am I? Where am I going? Why is all this happening?

    Then it is imperative that you read this book.

    Ian Shillington

  4. Though this book is not for those new to Scientology nor for those exposed to the subject for the first time, it nevertheless has philosophy and interesting practical developments useful to the man on the street, regardless of ones’ feelings toward the subject.

    I do grow tired of the internet Trolls and their poorly researched opinions regarding this and other Hubbard books and I won’t relay their tired arguments here: why give them publicity? But I will say that there are various aspects of the human condition that it would be wise to read about, whether a student of this subject or not.

    Hubbard’s exploration into the human condition was explored in a series of 52 lectures in 1952 and the response from his students was such that he wrote a book on the subject. Scientology 8-8008 gets its name from the theory that the infinity (8, turned on its side makes the symbol for infinity) of the universe could be reduced to zero and the zero of one’s own universe (sphere of influence, etc.) could be increased to infinity.

    This is an interesting concept. How often have we felt that we could do nothing, after all we are just one person, what could we do about the world? Let’s start with who and what we are. The Beingness of Man chapter lays it out quite well. What I got out of that was the division of a life into 8 areas (Dianetics covered four of these in the original 1950 edition) and what the anatomy of these areas are. One’s self, one’s family, one’s groups and the main group of the species of Man is gone over, as well as others.

    There are many theories regarding our relationship with the physical universe and how we can be causative in it, and why this is very important for our personal development.Read more ›

  5. Attemted to read this strictly to try to understand the thought process behind scientology…my mistake. I absolutely could not make any damn sense of this thing. Regret spending the money on this 🙁 womp womp

  6. Bookworm Speaks!

    Non-fiction Edition.

    Scientology 8-8008: How to Increase Your Spiritual Ability from Zero to Infinity

    by L. Ron Hubbard.


    Note: This Review marks a first for the Bookworm. A nonfiction review. Perhaps a separate category should be made for these but that is a task for another day. Read and enjoy and remember this is all objective.

    Summary: This is the book that lays out the capabilities of a spiritual being. Here is Scientology explained in the broader sphere of existence beyond aberration. This is where L. Ron Hubbard gets down to the fundamentals of a being with his native state capabilities operating in, and in contest with, the physical universe. Here is his discovery of the one factor which exceeds existence itself.
    These are the laws of life stripped from the very fabric of the physical universe and laid down for anyone who wants to regain his true beingness and the ability that is natively his. Scientology 8-8008 begins the road to higher states of existence.

    The Good: Um…uh….the silver and gold cover will look really nice on the shelf and when people see it, they will see how worldly and well-read Bookworm is.

    And thats it. Really nothing more can be said about this book. Bookworm does not have the faintest idea what L. Ron Hubbard was talking about when he wrote this book.

    While reading this book, some people were concerned about Bookworm reading a book about Scientology considering the controversy that surrounds it. They were assured that they have nothing to worry about it. The only reason Bookworm would conceivably wish to join the Church of Scientology is to dive into its secrets and figure it all out.Read more ›

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