Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1950, 20 June
Document title: Analytical Mind
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: Professional Course
Location: Elizabeth, New Jersey
Document ID: 5006C20B
Description: Hubbard discusses mimicry as a method of learning.
Aberration is the thing. The psychiatrist and psychologist are playing right into the hands of the engrams and aberration by crediting aberration itself with enormous strength, and have rendered it less possible for the problem to be solved or for people to be sane by saying that neurosis is the thing which makes a genius. This remarkable misreasoning is second only to the remarkable assumption that all a person can remember is delusion, or the circular reasoning that all insanity is without actual cause except the cause of insanity.
The assignation then to aberration of enormous power and strength has convinced a lot of the society of the great value of being crazy. To be crazy has no value whatsoever. The analytical mind by test, experiment and observation has been shown to work in a number of very precise
One of the first methods it has of learning is mimicry. You have probably seen a little child going around mimicking his elders, or he mimics maybe the dog. Like the little girl that at the age of 2 goes up the steps on all fours to the door and scratches. That’s the way to get in the door. Her friend the dog says so. At Harvard they took a human baby and put him in a cage with a baby ape and the two got along just fine, with the baby ape mimicking the human child. Then the grandparents of the child who had been loaned for the experiment observed the fact that the child was scratching like the ape, and hastily removed him from the care of the university!
So, mimicry is number one in learning. That is coordinating the body as one sees other people coordinating their bodies. The little baby at the age of about three months will open her mouth as she sees other people opening their mouths and hope that some kind of sound is going to come forth that will mimic the sound that she hears from somebody else. This is observable all around us and that is mimicry. But that the mind can mimic is no reason whatsoever to assume that mimicry is complete aberration. It’s not! It is a method of learning and there are a lot of methods of learning like this. 1
Hubbard, L. R. (1950, 20 June). Analytical Mind. Lecture. Professional Course, (5006C20B). Lecture conducted from Elizabeth, New Jersey.
- Mimicry is a feature of some entry level Objective processes in Scientology. E.g., CCHs. ↩