Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1955, 11 January
Document title: Fundamentals of Auditing
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: Ninth Advanced Clinical Course
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Document ID: 9ACC-21
Description: Hubbard explains and justifies his word usage in Scientology; contrasts his definitions with "modern institutions of learning;" says priests who have been trained in the field of religion have been made into walking dictionaries of symbols, not of understanding; says Scientology and Dianetics are "semantic triumphs."
I try to use, by and large, simple English. Very few of these definitions or Axioms in Scientology have complicated words in them. They either have a made-up word out of whole cloth; take some adjective and make a noun out of it, something, just a whole cloth, because there is no place, no hole — there’s been a — there’s a hole there in the language. There is no word that makes up this hole; a phenomenon nobody has observed before so we don’t have a pat word for it.
But you don’t find us using words like telekinesis, or telekinesis is the proper pronunciation of it. It’s a gaudy word, isn’t it; telekinesis. Well, if you were studying philosophy at Georgetown University in order to become a priest, you would not only know that word but you would know the four or five textbooks which go to explain what that word means. And that’s what somebody would expect of you in one of our modern institutions, parenthesis, laughingly referred to as, unparenthesis, learning. It would be getting more symbols of the definitions of more symbols to pile on the top of more symbols. You’d get pretty giddy after a while.
I’ve never seen two priests that couldn’t get into an argument over some such subjects as the one I’ve mentioned. They have observed certain phenomena and then they’ve given them words and the words have become more important than the phenomena. We all know this manifestation in healing, in psychology and so forth. We’ve seen it there. It’s also in religion. A man who was really trained in the field of religion has simply been made a walking dictionary of symbols — not of understanding, just of symbols. You give him one word and he can come out with the other combination of words which explains that one word. See? Now you ask him to explain one of these other words that he used to explain it and he can come out with another regurgitation of words which explains this word. All words explained by all words. You get the idea? We got a word, so we explain it with these words and then we get one of these words and we can explain it over here with these words and then we got a bunch more words and the next thing you know we’ve got the symbol band beautifully hit.
Well, now listen — in Scientology we’re not explaining words by words. We’re explaining words by life behavior and we are unfortunately called upon to explain life behavior by words.
There is another point on our communication line. We have an actual comparison and that comparison is experience in existence.
Now an auditor, because he’s working definitely straight up to and close to – very, very close to – the pattern of life which is the preclear; therefore, has this before him: He has life. He doesn’t have words. So he’d definitely have to have a comprehension of that life manifestation. And the most fantastic thing that has happened here in the last four years, that life in all these various complex manifestations has been described by words. Scientology and Dianetics are semantic triumphs completely aside from doing anything. You get the idea? We can give a simple word description of phenomena occurring in life.
You won’t find very many long words in Dianetics and Scientology mostly because Western scientific thinking has gone over into the hands of the engineer. It no longer belongs in the field of philosophy. The engineer has captured all this ground. Today the psychiatrist and the psychologist is turning more and more toward some scientific explanation. He right now has turned rather interestingly to the electronic brain boys to find out what’s happening – the electronic brain boys just as though – he’s still on the idea that a human being is totally a machine with no other production in it, but a machine. It’s a basic misconception of philosophy. But he’s being forced over into the field of science.
Hubbard, L. R. (1955, 11 January). Fundamentals of Auditing. Ninth Advanced Clinical Course, (9ACC-21). Lecture conducted from Phoenix, Arizona.