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Science of Survival


DM: But returning to our theme tonight, as you no doubt have also realized, this too was a dictated book…

According to the original description of Science of Survival, this book was WRITTEN by L. Ron Hubbard, and the first edition was a facsimile (copy) of the original TYPED MANUSCRIPT. [Technical Bulletins Volume I / First Printing 1976 / ISBN-0-88404-041-0]




Note, I worked on these videos to the point of having a clear and complete presentation to get the point across in a professional manner. I know there is room for improvement, but I only have so much time to dedicate to such production which takes a LOT of work. I think the best way to view these videos is to download them to your computer so you can have better control of making pauses or going back if you need to. You should be able to right-click on the video and choose “Save Video As…” In Firefox that option appears only when the video is playing.






I produced 32 slides for the above video, but I only managed to produce recordings for the first 11 slides and I have no intention for making any more recordings. Here are all the slides that I made for this video:

Note, there are more slides and information about alterations in Science of Survival in earlier report at



Once I finished making recordings on the subject of punctuation, I decided to build on my noted observation of similarity in sentence composition and punctuation from one book to the next and look for specific pattern commonalities across a number of books. I started from the point I made in a segment on OTHER BOOKS:

Usually, an adverb like THEREFORE should be punctuated with a comma; but, as we have seen, it seems to be a reoccurring trend in the original text across different books that such conjunctive adverbs or transitional phrases are not always punctuated with a comma.

This is an example of a kind of observation I was talking about that indicates toward the fact that the text for these different books was essentially produced by the same person, obviously the author of these materials L. Ron Hubbard, who also made the same type of choices when it comes to punctuation.


Dependent Clause
I looked back in Science of Survival to see if I could find similarly unpunctuated dependent clauses – especially those starting with “When” – as was the case in the above example in The Problems of Work, and I definitely found plenty!
But I also found ones that were punctuated.

And that seemed to be the overall patters across different publications – some dependent clauses were punctuated and some were not, in particular when they started with “When.”

Notice, how the second slide for Science of Survival, slide for Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health and slide for Scientology 8-8008 all share a similar example in bottom right where one sentence with “When” is punctuated and the next sentence with “When” is not punctuated. It’s a similar pattern that is present in different books.


Conjunctive Adverbs

Then I specifically looked for conjunctive adverbs THEREFORE and THUS that I noticed were often not punctuated, and it was a similar pattern as with a dependent clause starting with “When” – some were not punctuated and some were. Note, I also have conjunctive adverbs highlighted in the slides above.


Semicolon Use

There was never any dispute regarding the fact that Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health was typed by L. Ron Hubbard and so I also looked specifically into this book for the use of a SEMICOLON, and there was plenty, just as expected. I also highlighted some instances of the use of a COLON:

Another good example of the liberal use of SEMICOLON in Scientology 8-8008:


Another view of similarity in sentence composition and punctuation across different publications:



There was something very satisfying about going through this exercise. I started with a LOGICAL THOUGHT of how Hubbard would make the same type of choices when it came to sentence composition and punctuation, and this is exactly what I found across different publications – repeating pattern / style. It was yet another kind of proof that all these publications were written by one and the same person which is consistent with information in the original descriptions for many of these books that they were written / typed by L. Ron Hubbard.

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