Lecture: The Role of Earth
Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1952, 30 October
Document title: The Role of Earth
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: Standard Operating Procedures for Theta Clearing Lectures
Document ID: 5210C30
Description: Hubbard discusses the reactive mind, Korzybski, Hayakawa, and General Semantics.
Now, you’re looking at – what I’ve been describing here – you’re looking at the reactive mind. You’re not just looking at something that’s vaguely like the reactive mind of the first book; you’re looking at the reactive mind. The first book1 could be said to be a description of ridges2 and the behavior of ridges.
If you want to know a lot more about how outrageously ridges can behave and so forth, just read about the reactive mind in Book One, and that is actually the ridge. That’s the ridge’s behavior.
So the reactive mind has geographical locations in the body, is found to be energy ridges on which facsimiles have been affixed. And the stimulus-response character of them causes very, very aberrated behavior.
They have an associative quality; that is to say, they’re this absurd logic that’s “one thing mirror another thing” and so forth. But they’re down closer to an identity, A=A=A=A, than they are to thinking, really. And that’s the way you tell what this thing is: it’s reasoning on a A=A=A=A. You can actually ask an entity certain questions and it will give you identity responses.
Korzybski. Korzybski, in his tremendous piece of work there, was trying madly to differentiate over, above, around, under, alongside of – and for God’s sakes, let’s do something about – this A=A=A=A of an electronic ridge to which facsimiles are affixed. Now, you want to know routes out of this trouble, how you get away from this trouble, he points out a route. His route, however…
Although Hayakawa3 and some of the boys in General Semantics believe there’s a therapy involved in it, there isn’t. You can train and train and train and train and train, when you’re training into differentiation, and all you’re doing is training in a secondary circuit response. The fellow starts to identify, and then he gets very carerful and differentiates. Well now, he’s got a circuit set up that differentiates what he started to identify.
And of course, all you’re doing, really, is giving a lot of credit to some ridge. You’re giving the ridge credit of beingness, and the guy will get worse, he won’t get better.
Hubbard, L. R. (1952, 30 October, 30 October). The Role of Earth. Standard Operating Procedures for Theta Clearing Lectures, (5210C30). Lecture conducted from London.