50, 100 and 150 Years Ago; January 2001; Scientific American Magazine; by Staff Editor; 1 Page(s)
HUMAN BODY IN SPACE-"How will the human explorer fare in his spaceship? Weightlessness evokes a pleasant picture-to float freely in space under no stress at all seems a comfortable and even profitable arrangement. But it will not be as carefree as it seems. Most probably nature will make us pay for the free ride. There is no experience on the Earth that can tell us what it will be like. It appears that we need not anticipate any serious difficulties in the functions of blood circulation and breathing. It is in the nervous system of man, his sense organs and his mind, that we can expect trouble when the body becomes weightless."
DIANETICS-[Book Review] "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, by L. Ron Hubbard. Hermitage House ($4.00). This volume probably contains more promises and less evidence per page than has any publication since the invention of printing. Briefly, its thesis is that man is intrinsically good, has a perfect memory for every event of his life, and is a good deal more intelligent than he appears to be. However, something called the engram prevents these characteristics from being realized in man's behavior.... By a process called dianetic revery, which resembles hypnosis and which may apparently be practiced by anyone trained in dianetics, these engrams may be recalled. Once thoroughly recalled, they are 'refiled,' and the patient becomes a 'clear'.... The system is presented without qualification and without evidence."