Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1952, 4 December
Document title: The Logics and Methods of Thinking
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: Philadelphia Doctorate Course
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Document ID: PDC-14
Description: Hubbard speaks of schizophrenia, Chestnut Lodge, and St. Elizabeths Hospital. Says three staff came to see him.
This is the most gorgeous, by the way, piece of classification that has ever been done. And it hasn’t any use. Its level of use is demonstrated by the fact that there’s a place by the name of Walnut Lodge1. I… I… They don’t see anything humorous in that, by the way; it’s Walnut Lodge. And that’s a spin bin down the line here. And uh… Walnut Lodge has… has… treats only… only uh… psychiat… oh uh… pardon me I… I said that accidentally, not as a gag, uh… uh… not as a gag.
They… they… they sent three people to see, to… to see me and every one of them was under treatment. And this was their staff. But anyway, very good people there, I’m sure, didn’t happen to meet any. Have some fine patients though. Anyway, they… they treat only schizophrenia. And so they take only schizophrenics. Now how do they get only schizophrenics?
Well, anybody sent to Walnut Lodge is a classified schizophrenic. And they take somebody who is a dementia praecox unclassified or a more modern definition, a mania-depressive and they take him from Saint Elizabeth’s and they take him over to Walnut Lodge and he goes onto the books as a schizophrenic. Why? Because Walnut Lodge takes only schizophrenics.
Now you can look at them and you say, “Now wait a minute, let’s go over this awfully slow,” you say, “What’s a schizophrenic?”
“A schizophrenic? We take schizophrenics here.”
You say, “No, no, no, what is a schizophrenic?”
“You know what a schizophrenic is,” they say, “a schizophrenic is a general type of insanity and so when we take schizophrenics here that ends the whole thing.”
Actually, the modern definition of schizophrenia… actually the American psychiatrist does not define schizophrenia from its root word of shizoid or schizoid, meaning scissors-like, and it means a split personality. And you think that a schizophrenic today is a split personality person? That’s not true. It hasn’t anything to do with… it’s… I don’t know, I don’t know what it is. I go around and I get these guys and I hold them against the wall and I say, “Now look, what… what is this?”
And they say, “Well, uh… we had to go to school for twelve…” “Well, wai… wai… wait a minute now. All I want is a common English definition or a Latin definition or even put it in Sanskrit. I can find a translator, but I want you to tell me what so and so is or why.” And you get the most… it’s… it’s just A=A=A=A explanations.
Well, he rowed a horse because he rode a horse and that’s on down the line — no sense. You get that way by treating psychotics. Don’t ever treat psychotics.
Hubbard, L. R. (1952, 4 December). The Logics and Methods of Thinking. Philadelphia Doctorate Course, (PDC-14). Lecture conducted from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.