The earliest stages of Dianetics (it might amuse you) came when a study of General Semantics indicated that there was some possibility that words themselves were very aberrative — just words. And the first effort of Dianetics, along the line of going back down the time track and so forth, was to clarify the definitions [...]
You see, most philosophy has deteriorated to some kind of a yip-yap agreement with what they have already got. This is a natural impulse, because all you had to do was open a book of the compound philosophies of the ages that is in the library. And you take it down from the library shelf [...]
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 [...]
In Dianetics we introduce infinity-valued logic1, and this is our second logical postulate. You have probably seen this before. It is in earlier notes and lectures. I will go over it very briefly in order to give you just a little review.
On one side we have right, on the other we have wrong. On each [...]
Now, identification and differentiation are simply this: where the cells have all short-circuited or where a ridge has short-circuited because of too much energy on a subject, all the facsimiles on that subject, so that every facsimile seems like every other facsimile. That is identification. When that energy is discharged, that screen or heavy ridge [...]
Now, there is a secondary axiom: A person does with his thoughts what he normally does with MEST objects. Every action is approximated in his thinking machine. He is trying to do the same thing with his thinking machine that he is doing with MEST. This is very silly.
People think that people think in words. [...]
Communication and Reality
The overall subject of communication covers far more than the exchange of intelligence. Basically, communication could be called the science of perceptions. As general semantics1 is organized on the subject of words and ideas; so can be organized, and so has been organized in Dianetics, the entire subject of perception.
Everything which we [...]
Let’s go into the history of what they laughingly used to call psychotherapy. The first thing that man came up with in this line that was really effective was shock treatment and hypnotism. These are the oldest varieties —sedation, narcosynthesis, shock and, at about the same time, brain operations. These are about two thousand years [...]
People who are slamming against Dianetics don’t realize that they are kicking their favorite philosophers in the teeth. For instance, somebody will stand up to you and tell you, “Now, Korzybski really had some ideas! Korzybski this and Korzybski that…” Fine! AlfredKorzybski’s work contributed an enormous amount to Dianetics. Nobody in Dianetics contests this in [...]
It may be of interest to those interested in General Semantics that the first time these phrases get interpreted in the bank is the one which is liable to be used by the reactive mind.
This is of no great importance to therapy beyond just an observation of how language works. The child is told that [...]