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 [...]
I know, it’s fashionable for the newspapers to say I never went to college, and there are several colleges at this particular time that are wishing that I hadn’t gone there. But I can also assure you that you give them another decade or so, those colleges I haven’t even done more than go to [...]
Now, if you know education – and you know our technology of education now – you will see at once exactly what must have happened. Way back here in kindergarten or someplace the Communist love of the reevaluation of words caught him. The favorite trick of the Communist is not to change anybody’s vocabulary but [...]
Now, sympathy, empathy, all of these things come into this, and it becomes one of these very broad subjects. And the word affinity is not an adequate word to discuss these things because the word has not existed in actual fact in any language. Because this concept has not been well embraced by any language. [...]
Well, oddly enough the bank wasn’t laid in in English. I don’t know if that ever occurred to you or not, but you haven’t been speaking English very long. And what you are doing is approximating in English just thetan – thought concept which exists without semantics. So much for Hayakawa and Korzybski. Semantics isn’t [...]
“Well,” they said, “seeing you’re just using some offhanded trickery or … It’s your writing background showing up, you know, just using semantic trickery, or . . . “
Hubbard, L. R. (1962, 11 October). 3GA Goals Finding, Part 1. Saint Hill Special Briefing Course, (6210C11A). Lecture conducted from East Grinstead, Sussex.
PAB: Rudiments and Goals [...]
You’d said, “Since you have been living with X, is there anything that you have failed to reveal?” No reaction. But, “Since you have been living with X, is there anything X didn’t know about?” Oh, man! Volcanic action. See, but on the same question, is there—”Since you’ve been living with X, is there anything [...]
Now, Aristotle said that everything was black and white and nonAristotelian logic is the favorite logic of semantics and modern science. And of course, it insists that they’re fantastic numbers of shades of gray. And that there are no positives and no negatives. Well, that sounds to me like an awful big Goals Problem Mass1. [...]
So in a child, the first thing that one can expect to establish is communication. And by establishing sympathetic communication with the child one will be delivering more therapy per square inch than may be needed to release the case.
The next area is that of semantics. When all else fails on a child, when one [...]
All you need to clear up if somebody is having too much trouble trying to locate or isolate a problem is to clear up the semantics of a problem—what does he mean by a problem? I got this rich one off a preclear one day doing this quite fascinating thing. What was a problem, I [...]