During a recent discussion on this blog, I came across a technical bulletin written by L. Ron Hubbard in 1956. It goes to show how he not only exaggerated his own work and put down other works – but that he engaged in outright lying.
I will quote parts of this bulletin here in fair use and ask the reader what you make of this. Here goes:
” TECHNICAL BULLETIN OF 22 JULY 1956
I feel the urge to communicate to you the best news since 1950.
I have whipped the problems of the whole track and memory of the past and can resolve the worst cases we have ever had. That is a huge statement but I have solved and can untangle in an intensive the problems of the vacuum and havingness plus memory and health and have just done so. Hence the exuberance.”
“We are now capable of solving Book One style cases to the extreme level of clear. No wild burst of enthusiasm is here intended. I have to put the finishing touches on a lot of things and the process is still slow—25 to 75 hours. But I’ve now done it and seen it done to worse cases than any you’ve had. And that’s fact!
Okay. It’s not simple. It requires a minute understanding of Book One. It would take me 50 pages to explain all I’ve lately found about vacuums. You haven’t seen the last of me or of study, but you will have seen the last of unsuccessful cases providing only that we have time and environment in which to audit them.
We can make homo novis. (AND give a grin to those who kept standing around bleating, “Where are the clears?”)
We know more about life now than life does—for a fact, since it was reaching, we can communicate about the reactions.”
“This is true—
1. We have created the permanent stable clear.
2. In creating him we have a homo novis in the full sense, not just an Operating Thetan.
3. We now know more than life. An oddity indeed!
4. We now know more about psychiatry than psychiatrists. We can brainwash faster than the Russians (20 secs to total amnesia against three years to slightly confused loyalty).
5. We can undo whatever psychiatrists do, even the tougher grade from away back. We can therefore undo a brainwash in 25 to 75 hours.
6. We can create something better than that outlined and promised in Book One.
1. We need to know more and be more accurate than ever before about the time track and auditing. I have not given a thousandth of what I know about this.
2. We have a new game but also new responsibilities amongst men.
3. This data in the wrong hands before we are fully prepared could raise the Devil literally.
4. Because we know more than the Insanity Gang, we’re not fighting them.
5. Because we can undo what we do, we must retain a fine moral sense, tougher by far than any of the past.
6. We can create better than in Book One now only if we know Book One and know our full subject.
AND WE DO NOT YET KNOW ALL THE SAFETY PRECAUTION TO BE USED.”
“I have given you this data in this bulletin at this time because now I know I know and I want you to share in seeing the surge of vision which will be our future.
L. RON HUBBARD”
For reference, here is what Hubbard says about a Clear in the book “Dianetics – the modern science of mental health”:
“A clear can be tested for any and all psychoses, neuroses, compulsions and repressions (all aberrations) and can be examined for any autogenic (self-generated) diseases referred to as psycho-somatic ills. These tests confirm the clear to be entirely without such ills or aberrations. Additional tests of his intelligence indicate it to be high above the current norm. Observation of his activity demonstrates that he pursues existence with vigor and satisfaction.”
“Clears do not get colds.”
“What this means to gerontology, the study of longevity in life, cannot at this time be estimated, but it can be predicted with confidence that the deletion of engrams from the reactive bank has a marked effect upon the extension of life. A hundred years or so from now this data will be available, but no clears have lived that long as yet.”
“A clear, for instance, has complete recall of everything which has ever happened to him or anything he has ever studied. He does mental computations, such as those of chess, for example, which a normal would do in a half an hour, in ten or fifteen seconds.”
Looking over the comments on this blog post, I have a reflection to share.
When Hubbard said he had produced Clears in 1956 that in fact had TOTAL recall of every single moment of his current life, I believe few people understand what that really means.
It would mean that out of nowhere we would get this normal guy who after few hours of auditing all of a sudden has this super-human ability to recall on every one of the 50+ senses every detail of every impression every 25th of a second from his birth till present time. That means every word uttered by every contact, remember every telephone number, every word of every book read. He would glance over 100000 decimals of the number pi and be able to recite every digit without fault – even if he had only seen the numbers for one second. He would be able to retake all the exams from his education in record time without any error. He would be able to earn millions of dollars per year in many trades with this unheard-of ability and could perform on stage snatching all memory records from the Guinness Book of records at his very first attempt. He would go down in history as the most remarkable person to ever walk the face of Earth. He would by these incredible feats forever prove Dianetics right – something he would obviously want to do given that this methodology saved him and made him superhuman – and there is no reason at all he wouldn’t want other to have similar gains as him.
No such person has ever surfaced.
Can we then safely assume Hubbard was lying?