Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Book title: Notes on the Lectures of L. Ron Hubbard
Location: Los Angeles
Publisher: American Saint Hill Organization
Description: Hubbard discusses his new "infinity-valued" logic.
Primitive logic was one-valued. Everything was assumed to be the product of a divine will, and there was no obligation to decide the rightness or wrongness of anything. Most logic added up merely to the propitiation of the gods. Aristotle formulated two-valued logic. A thing was either right or wrong. This type of logic is used by the reactive mind.
In the present day, engineers are using a sort of three-valued logic which contains the values right, wrong, and maybe.
From three-valued logic we jump to an infinity-valued logic – a spectrum which moves from infinite wrongness to infinite rightness.
The computer of the mind by which all data of a problem is summed up works on this principle. Each datum has its own value of rightness or wrongness on the scale. The computer sums up these values and makes a decision. As each new datum is added, the arrow of decision moves according to the value of that particular datum.
When the computer sits at dead centre there is indecision, no action. You can have an engram which keeps the evaluation scale stuck, so you can’t evaluate data. “I’m always right,” “I’m always wrong,” freezes the computer. An “I have to believe it” engram deprives a person of his sense of humour. He takes things too seriously. Realizing that it is socially bad not to have a sense of humour, he laughs when he sees other people laugh. He is suggestible and impressionable. In extreme cases he may be in an amnesia trance or a catatonic state.
To arrive at correct evaluations one has to have the right to make decisions. An engram is fixed data. It does not allow re-evaluation – a forgetter such as “It is not to be thought of” sends intelligence down. A man gets more and more wrong in his decisions. And how wrong can a man get? Dead wrong.
The position on the tone scale of a person continually wrong – no one would let him be right – is ultimate wrongness – finite death. The above graph, turned on end, is the tone scale.
Hubbard, L. R. (1951). Notes on the Lectures of L. Ron Hubbard (sixth ed., pp. 17-19) Los Angeles: American Saint Hill Organization.