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BASIC FRAMEWORK effectively serves as an upgrade to the framework of Dianetics and Scientology. If you do not know much about Dianetics and Scientology, you can just skip the sections “Dianetics Upgraded” and “Scientology Upgraded” [presented on a separate page] and still fully benefit from all the material and slides presented on this page.
The segment below is a continuation after the section – MIND – on BASIC FRAMEWORK page.
Connect the above to Ron Hubbard’s description of how the mind works: he was describing a neural network but with using a computer analogy. This is quite impressive considering that Hubbard first published Dianetics in 1950 long before the advance of personal computers and when the concept of a “neural network” was still in its infancy (link / archival screenshot).
The following text has been extracted from Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health (ISBN: 0-88404-000-3; 1976 printing).
Note, the italicized text in square brackets was inserted for information purposes; it does not appear in the original text.
There is a good visual in 2010 DVD: How to Use Dianetics (Chapter 11). Below is a video composite that was created for demonstration purposes:
Kathryn Hess Bellwald (from the YouTube video)
You are looking at the brain after a stimulus and it has this activity pattern and somehow it should be encoding information about what came in and then coming to some sort of decision about what to do next.
From: Advanced Procedure and Axioms (1951) by L. Ron Hubbard:
Postulates are made because of evaluations. Postulates ordinarily do not lift unless the reason why is also contacted. This is brief but very important.
Drawing an analogy between a computer and human mind may have provided a workable model allowing for Dianetic therapy to develop, but the model may nevertheless be flawed because the human mind is not a computer. While a computer can surely record and store data with exactitude, this may not exactly be the case with the human mind. There is no evidence to support this notion, and there is really not even a need to record everything exactly as it is. The human mind collects and utilizes information to allow an organism to operate effectively in the world so information processing needs to be workable and practical, usable for survival but not necessarily “exact.” In fact, one of the difficulties in emulating human intelligence with a computer is precisely this difference – that a computer cannot easily “generalize” but must deal with exactitudes which requires much more resources, processing power and programming.
Plus, the very basis of perception construction by the mind is TRANSLATING one thing into another such as in translating sensed waves of electromagnetic radiation into colors or sensed vibrations of air particles into sounds, and then combinations of sounds into words such as the case with verbal language. That is, the mind GENERATES INFORMATION about the world, not just “records.” This, it seems, was never fully considered by Ron Hubbard in his model – the fact that everything the mind perceived to be reality is created or constructed by the mind through complex processes of information processing. The quality of that INFORMATION PROCESSING must be taken into account for a proper view of what ends up being stored in the mind as a final result. It is the very reason that different people with different information processing capabilities, can “recall” the same event in different ways – because whatever information that was “stored” by the mind about some given event is the information that was generated by the mind itself. In such a way, someone who was suffering with delusions, for example, or some other form of mental aberration could end up “recalling” things that were not actually there or in a way that is not aligned with the actual reality.
Also, there is an assertion that the mind files events according to time on the TIME TRACK as if, like a computer, it somehow has a timing module built in to stamp “data files” with “time of creation.” This view is yet another huge flaw in Dianetic theory. Time tracking in general is an arbitrary practice that has changed throughout human history in very significant ways. And more specifically with respect to constructing perception of time such as in determining a time of day, the human mind needs external cues such as the amount of light, position of the sun, one’s “position” in the sleep / wake cycle, etc. Simple experiments exist with humans getting isolated in a room with no windows – easily loosing a sense of time within just a few days of such sensory deprivation. Here is but one example:
In January 2008, the BBC aired a Horizon special entitled “Total Isolation”. The premise of the show centered on six individuals, four men and two women, agreeing to be shut in a cell inside a nuclear bunker, alone and in complete darkness for 48 hours. Prior to isolation, the volunteers underwent tests of visual memory, information processing, verbal fluency and suggestibility.
After the two days and two nights, the subjects noted that their inability to sense time, as well as hallucinations, made the experience difficult. Of the six volunteers, three experienced auditory and visual hallucinations—snakes, oysters, tiny cars and zebras. One was convinced their sheets were wet. Two seemed to cope well.
The segment below is a continuation after the section – PERCEPTION – on BASIC FRAMEWORK page.
Obviously, anyone familiar with Hubbard’s book Science of Survival will recognize the striking parallels between some of the concepts in that book and some of the ideas expressed by Anil Seth in his video. Particularly, Anil mentions the concept of a life force, “elan vital,” which is at the core of Hubbard’s “Theta-MEST” theory.
From Science of Survival (ISBN 0-88404-001-1 / 1975 printing) by L. Ron Hubbard:
Anil also states something about the nature of reality that sounds almost straight out of Science of Survival.
Now, think about this for a minute. If hallucination is a kind of uncontrolled perception, then perception right here and right now is also a kind of hallucination, but a controlled hallucination in which the brain’s predictions are being reined in by sensory information from the world. In fact, we are all hallucinating all the time, including right now. It’s just that when we agree about our hallucinations, we call that reality.
From Science of Survival (ISBN 0-88404-001-1 / 1975 printing) by L. Ron Hubbard:
What we conceive to be reality is actually agreed upon perception of the physical universe. There is an endless philosophic wrangle as to whether or not our perceptions perceive anything, or whether or not our perceptions are merely an illusion themselves. True enough, the physical universe can be reduced down to zero mathematically. Matter, energy, space and time could be said to be the result of certain motions. The moment we go off into the by-road of wondering whether the physical universe is real or not we come rapidly upon many philosophic imponderables. What we know as reality, however, is an agreed-upon conception of the physical universe in which we live. You and I agree that a table exists in the center of the room; we can see it, and feel it, and when we rap it with our knuckles we can hear that something is there. You and I have agreed upon the reality of the table, mainly because each of us agrees that he perceives it via his senses. Should someone come up and say that not a table but a black cat stood there, you and I would consider the man mad. Indeed, by a sort of natural selection we remove such “madnesses” from our society. When someone is in disagreement with the majority as to the sense perceptions of the physical universe, the first reaction of the majority is to have this person pronounced mad and locked up. Locked up, he does not procreate and so breaks the genetic line. This happens often enough to select out of the human race those who do not agree on the nature of the physical universe via sense perceptions. Many amusing and entertaining postulates can be formed on the subject of reality.
Hubbard, of course, took this notion way too far with the subject of Scientology where he asserted that there is not actual existence to reality at all [see quotes from Scientology 8-8008 below].
This is a very dangerous “philosophical road” to travel since “agreement” is not the basis of reality, nor is it even the basis of perception. The basis of reality is something in its actual FORM OF EXISTENCE that can be contacted – such CONTACT then, and INTELLIGENT INFORMATION PROCESSING based on that contact, is the basis of PERCEPTION – which can be generally understood as a vision and understanding of the reality of something formulated by the mind. When contact with reality is lost, and “agreement” is emphasized instead, such as what occurred in Scientology, the development of individual and collective delusions may be the final result – a state of mind which is recognized under the term PSYCHOSIS.
“Thetan” is a Scientology term for the individual as a “unit of consciousness” apart from the body.
From Scientology 8-8008 (1974 printing / no ISBN indicated):
KEY ANALYTICAL POINT: Hubbard conflated PERCEPTION and REALITY. PERCEPTION is a vision and understanding one forms of the reality of something, but REALITY is the actual EXISTENCE that is being contacted in forming perception to begin with: perception is the vision that one forms when looking at something—that something which is being looked at is the actual reality of something.
Scientology 8-8008 was the basis of the practice of Creative Processing where people would practice creating realistic visions/projections/hallucinations – “mock-ups” – of various objects and environments. This exercise in imagination had an effect of improving people’s perception, as Hubbard noted, but it’s not because the “MEST Universe” is itself an illusion, but simply because imagination, or “picturization,” is one of the fundamental components in the process of constructing perception. So when someone improves their skill of imagination, of course it would lead to improvement in perception: as perception itself is a form of specialized imagination – imagination that is based on sensory information.
But since people experienced great advances in ability, at least initially, such advances (“gains” or “wins” in Scientology terminology) served to validate the overall “philosophical construct” which actually worked to disconnect Scientology adherents from contact with reality in the long run especially when later methods were introduced that directly worked to block the development of thought and perception (see: Overts and Withholds).
Some form of Creative Processing can still be very beneficial, if based on the correct theoretical framework presented in this upgrade.
This point “the rehabilitation of one’s ability to perceive the MEST universe is dependent upon his ability to perceive present time and the rehabilitation of that ability” resulted in what eventually became TR’s & Objectives. TR’s (training routines) are communication drills between two people sitting across from each other. Objectives are various drills aimed at interaction with the environment and an exercise in control (being able to give and follow directions). One of the key objective processes was Opening Procedure by Duplication, which seemingly a simple exercise, also produces great benefits for people. The Opening Procedure by Duplication can be found in book The Creation of Human Ability [ISBN 0-88404-011-9 / 1976 printing]:
(p.48) The first part of Opening Procedure by Duplication is to get the preclear to examine, communicate with and own two dissimilar objects. These objects are then placed several feet apart and at a level so that the preclear can pick them up without bending over, but so that he has to walk between them. Once the auditor is entirely satisfied that the preclear has reality on these objects and can own them he then begins Opening Procedure by Duplication with the following commands, supposing that one of the objects was a book and the other was an ash tray, ‘Go over to the book’, ‘Look at it’, ‘Pick it up’, ‘What is its colour?’ At this point the preclear must give an answer. ‘What is its temperature?’, here the preclear must answer again. ‘What is its weight?’, here again the preclear must answer. ‘Put it down in exactly the same place.’ When the preclear has executed, ‘Go over to the ash tray’, ‘Look at it’, ‘Pick it up’, ‘What is its colour?’ the preclear says his answer. ‘What is its temperature?’, the preclear says his answer. ‘What is its weight?’, the preclear says his answer. ‘Put it down exactly in the same place.’ When the preclear has executed, ‘Go over to the book’ and the same words and the same formula are used over and over again until the preclear has had a sufficient number of hours of Opening Procedure by Duplication to enable him to do it without communication lag [note: can be understood as hesitation], without protest, without apathy, but only cheerfulness, each time seeing the items newly. This is a process which is done by the hour. The process is better when done consecutively for so many hours rather than done an hour apiece each day for several days.
This seemingly simple exercise could produce great gains for the very reason that it exercised the perception formula in exercising SENSATION (contact), PICTURIZATION (imagination of realities one is contacting), and CONCEPTUALIZATION (through the use of language) with an added component of COMMUNICATING ABOUT what one was contacting and forming perception of its reality. Exercising CONTACT with reality and COMMUNICATION ABOUT it enhanced people’s ability for constructing perception based on such contact which is the very basis of sanity: being able to form perception of reality based on observations and reasoning. [This is a functional definition of “sanity” developed for this project. See: SANITY AND INSANITY].
There are a great number of different processes in Scientology which need to be evaluated within the new framework described on this page. Obviously, any policy, theory, or method that works to subvert or somehow inhibit the freedom and development of thought and speech (such as by suppressing “critical” thoughts and statements about Scientology or any persons in Scientology), block contact with reality (such as in prohibiting contact with persons and information critical of Scientology), or interfering with person’s ability to form perception through one’s own CHOICE and SELF-DETERMINATION – any such policy, theory, or method should be abandoned.
This is the initial stage of this upgrade. The more advance stage is based on the following understanding extracted from an informal conversation which is yet to be restated for a more formal presentation:
You perceive the physical universe because you CHOOSE to perceive it. There is a CHOICE in the perception of something. It means if you SEE the physical universe as some kind of a barrier to your expansion, you have to recognize that in a way you have to reconsider the CHOICES of perceiving the physical universe in the way that you perceive it.
In other words, your consciousness is not limited by the four walls of a room where you may be located, but it could seem that way if you have formulated such perception that the walls of a room limit your expanse of consciousness and awareness.
Even on a bigger level of “OT” abilities, it comes down to how perception of realities is constructed. [“OT” stands for Operating Thetan: someone who can operate as a consciousness apart from the body.] You see this reality because that’s the reality you choose to perceive and the way you choose to perceive it. You have constructed all kinds of mechanisms of perceiving and interacting with this reality, but there is no reason why you can’t shift in your state of consciousness and transition to perceive a different world that is beyond your current scope of perception.
This is what is called in this project “Inter-Dimensional Consciousness” – when you get to a point where your choices of perception become so liberated that you can perceive other dimensions of reality. [See: CONSCIOUSNESS]
This is why Objective processes such as the Opening Procedure by Duplication and some forms of Creative Processes worked so well as it allowed people to consciously exercise perception construction mechanisms which liberated their CHOICES and SELF-DETERMINATION with respect to forming perception of something.
Note, the notion of “inter-dimensional consciousness” is not at all that “remote” or “theoretical.” For example, some form of inter-dimensional consciousness is already being actively developed by the practitioners of Lucid Dreaming and OBE (out-of-body experience). OBE should NOT be confused with the phenomenon of “exteriorization” in Scientology, but the difference between the two is a subject for another discussion.