On the new Outdoor Channel series, Survival Science, Nick Mundt and Laura Schara set out to answer these questions in remarkable ways. Each week, Nick and Laura put their skills, and their bodies on the line to test the limits of human beings under the most extreme circumstances the outdoors can dish out. From animal attacks to raging storms – blazing heat to frigid cold – impossible terrain to thirst and starvation. On every episode, the adventure, excitement, pyrotechnics and danger are real, as our production team designs and builds amazing experiments to subject Nick Mundt and Laura Schara to grueling tests on Survival Science.
Runtime: 30 minutes
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Science of Survival is a 1951 book by L. Ron Hubbard, extending his earlier writings on Dianetics. Its original subtitle was “simplified, faster dianetic techniques”, although more recent editions have the subtitle “Prediction of human behavior”. It is one of the canonical texts of Scientology. The title of Science of Survival alludes to Science and Sanity, a highly popular work by Alfred Korzybski, the founder of general semantics. Hubbard acknowledged Korzybski's contributions in the book. It has remained perpetually in print over the years, and is currently published by Bridge Publications, Inc. Science of Survival was the follow-up to Hubbard's best-selling Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. It expanded significantly on Dianetics, setting out what Hubbard called the “dynamics of behaviour” and provided descriptions of new techniques of Dianetics processing that Hubbard described as being faster and simpler than those that he had advanced previously. In the book, Hubbard introduced two concepts that were later to become key elements of Scientology: theta and the tone scale. He also endorsed the concept of past lives.
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Although Hubbard had not yet established Scientology, which was overtly presented as a religious practice, and continued to maintain that Dianetics was a scientific subject with techniques aimed towards therapeutic results, the information on “theta” in the book clearly begins to move the subject into a religious direction. Hubbard describes theta as a sort of “life energy”, and contrasts it with “MEST” – “matter, energy, space and time”, the components of the physical universe. He discusses the concept of “entheta”, or enturbulated theta, and “enMEST”, or enturbulated MEST, as being confused or dysfunctional states of being, and describes how at low levels of the tone scale theta and MEST become overwhelmed by entheta and enMEST before ultimately death occurs and only enMEST remains, whilst as the tone scale is ascended theta and MEST act more and more in accord with each other until MEST is entirely overcome and pure theta is attained. This concept of a spiritual life energy entering and purifying the physical universe recalls the ideas of Gnostic religions.
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