Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1954, 16 December
Document title: Pan-Determinism And One-Way Flows
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: Ninth Advanced Clinical Course
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Document ID: 9ACC-09
Description: In this lecture, Hubbard describes an old (Jesuit?) book on demon exorcism. Compares this with "pan-determinism" and the ability of thetans to "see what they can be" and "be what they can see," including God and the bedpost.
As we look over this field of pan-determinism1, we better have a very, very, very good idea of what we’re talking about. I want to say just a few words about this – and we’ll talk about it again. The pan-determinism is the willingness to exercise control – determinism, same deal – along more than one dynamic. That’s pan-determinism.
It’s the willingness to exercise determination – control along more than one dynamic. And the more a person is willing to control the various dynamics the better he can see them. There’s an old saw: “A thetan can be what he can see; he can see what he can be.” So if he can’t – if he can’t be individually and collectively these various dynamics, of course he can’t see them at all.
I’ll let – I’ll let you in on something that’s very, very funny as a proof of this. This is a very cute proof It’s rather typical, this proof. This proof is not offered as a logical proof; it’s offered simply as something that – it’s offered as something that would have been dreamed up, had they thought of it and had dared release it, by maybe the Jesuits several hundred years ago. I have a book which proves absolutely the presence of demons and demon exorcism and proves completely a priori – oh, the most fascinating reasoning is the bulk of this book. You just feel your brains go creak as you read this thing. They say, “The priest got there and said that he had a demon in him. Then the second priest came and looked at him and found out what had happened up to date – that there was a demon in this fellow – so this proved absolutely that there were demons in the man. Because of the word of the ch—” and then they go on and prove absolutely that the word of the church is law.
And then they prove the fact there was a demon present. Just as I say, you – just – brains go kind of creak. They – it’s got one of these things in practically every column, two columns to the page, quarto-size volume, for about three or four hundred pages.
It’s a very old book and was printed way way back when. Fascinating volume. Well, I want to prove pan-determinism to you on this line now.
Now, a thetan can see what he can be; he can be what he can see. Now, have any of you ever seen God? Well, come on, come on, have any of you ever seen God? All right. You’ve never seen God, huh? Okay. If you have never seen God, this proves conclusively that God is the Supreme Being at the eighth dynamic. Isn’t that right? Oh, yes it does! Because you’ve never seen God and – and you’re being self-determined, which is the first dynamic. So this merely demonstrates to you that individuals are not pan-determinism. You follow this?
Typical Catholic Church reasoning of several centuries ago – or today.
Well, you mean I don’t make my point?
Well, let’s look at the fact that we have an enormous prohibition about pretending we’re God. Look at this. Boy, about the awfullest thing you – that you could possibly level at anybody, “Oh, my God, he thinks he’s God.” See. “He’s real nuts, send for the wagon.” This is synonymous with, “Get a butterfly net!” Well, that’s curious, isn’t it?
Look at the prohibition we have against somebody thinking he’s an object. See, people keep these insane manifestations afloat as warnings. You know this fellow who’s in the insane asylum and he thought he was a bedpost. She thought he – she was a tree. And I notice the comedians on TV and so forth use this quite a bit. It’s quite a mechanism. Don’t be the sixth dynamic, in other words.
Hubbard, L. R. (1954, 16 December). Pan-Determinism And One-Way Flows. Ninth Advanced Clinical Course, (9ACC-09). Lecture conducted from Phoenix, Arizona.