Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1954, 24 December
Document title: Pan-Determinism
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: Ninth Advanced Clinical Course
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Document ID: 5412C24
Description: Hubbard lectures on the automaticity of the world and religion, confusion technology, games, mystery and pan-determinism.
We discover immediately a fact which I have known for a very long time but which was too horrible to tell you. That’s right, that’s a fact. I have known this fact for, oh, certainly, two years and have simply stuffed it in my back pocket and skipped it until I could lick it. And that is this: The whole world around you is an automaticity. How can you win? Well, you can’t. You got an automaticity in all directions.
All right. An individual substitutes for pan-determinism, prediction — let’s get this right on the line here very accurately — for pan-determinism he substitutes prediction. When he cannot predict this automaticity in the world around him, he substitutes confusion — non-prediction, confusion, same breed of cat, same thing. Inability to predict leads to a confusion, startlement, amazement, upset. You see that?
All right. Confusion leads to mystery because the individual backs off and will have nothing further to do with it. Well, now, this parallels games. He does not want to predict the other side so the end product of any game played long enough is confusion and mystery and why every society when it goes to hell goes into the hands of a priesthood. And that’s true of Chaldea, it was true of Babylon, it was true of Greece, it’s true of Rome, and it’s true today.
Every time a government — every time a society — let’s go back one step. Every time a society goes into electronics — which is an unpredictability and a confusion of one sort or another, terrific automaticities sitting around — you push a button. When you first start out flying rocket ships, why, you’ve got eighty gadgets you have to set and sixty plotters you have to adjust in order to find out where you’re going and they finally evolve it into a point where you push one button that says Mars or Arcturus or something of this sort and you’re there. Just as simple as this.
And this super — automaticity goes boom, into religion. And there hasn’t been an electronic society anywhere on the track that did not work hand-in-glove with a priesthood and which did not move into the total control of a priesthood and which did not thereafter lose all of its technology and so emerged into another stone age. No go — that’s very high technology-a monkey age.
You can only object to this sort of thing when you enter a monkey age and a-and a priesthood at the same time.
Now, you have government leaders today in the United States and elsewhere using more and more blasphemy in their talk. They’re saying God is this and God is that and we’d better all turn to God and so on. We have the heaviest crowds turned out in Washington, not to hear McCarthy, not to hear the president’s inauguration, but to listen to Billy Graham who sounds off on a biased version of the New Testament in some fashion or another.
And this is — this is big stuff, see.
All right. Now, pan-determinism actually goes into desire for a game which immediately and by postulate cuts out 50 percent of those present, Blues and the Greens, the Dodgers and the Giants. You get the 50 percent.
Hubbard, L. R. (1954, 24 December ). Pan-Determinism. Ninth Advanced Clinical Course, (5412C24). Lecture conducted from Phoenix, Arizona.