Article: The First Steps to Discovery (continued)
Author: Hubbard, L. R., Church of Scientology International
Document date: n.d.
Document title: The First Steps to Discovery (continued)
Document type: web page
Retrieved on: 19 March 2010
Retrieved from: http://www.lronhubbard.org/philo1/disc4.htm
Description: Scientology discusses Hubbard's "new branch of nuclear physics" research at George Washington University.
“Is it possible,” Ron asked, “that with this new branch of nuclear physics we might be able to locate the energy of life?”
Returning to the United States to further his education, Ron enrolled in the engineering school of George Washington University where he joined the first classes on nuclear physics — then called Atomic and Molecular Phenomena. It was very much a pioneering field at this time and involved the study of the smallest energy units known to man. But while other students in this class were intrigued with the physical possibilities of atomic fission, Ron looked at this subject and saw very different possibilities.
“Is it possible,” Ron asked, “that with this new branch of nuclear physics we might be able to locate the energy of life?” He had been engaged in a search to find out how memory could be stored and was convinced that it was not retained in the brain’s energy units as then “modern” theory held. After extensive calculations, he proved conclusively to leading psychologists and psychiatrists associated with the university that the brain was incapable of housing more than three months of perceptics and memory — and left the authorities dumbfounded. No one, he discovered, had uncovered the secret to memory storage.
Ron was convinced that the answers lay in the field of energy. He knew man stored thought in pictures, but where and how? Existing texts on the subjects and professors had no answers.
Ron knew that the answer lay in man himself. There was something common to all mankind that had not been identified. Man was more than just a body that had emerged from a primordial sea of ammonia. He began to experiment with his fellow students to see if he could find a common denominator.