Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1957, 30 December
Document title: Cause and Effect--Education, Unknowing and Unwilling Effect
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: Ability Congress
Location: Washington, DC
Document ID: 5712C30
Description: Hubbard mentions General Semantics in context of his discussion of "association" and "identification."
So what is association? Association is a proximity of thought with matter. It’s a proximity of thought with matter. What’s identification? Well, “thought is matter” is identification.
Now, let’s invert and let’s just go down scale, clear down here at the bottom of the dial and we get dialectic materialism: all thought comes from matter. Now, you’re probably not – don’t realize that but all, I mean, this is a subject that is taught in most universities called psychology – I mean, dialectic materialism. All thought comes from matter. Thought is the product of any two or more – two or more forces, I think states it better than they do. All thought is the product of two or more forces in opposition or something like that.
Of course, reactively you can work with that as a principle providing you don’t believe it. Thought does not come from matter. Thought is thought and matter is matter.
Now, we see here a pillar and that has a shape, so thought has shaped the pillar, but the word “pillar,” the thought “pillar,” the use “pillar” are not “pillar!”
General semantics tried to say something like this. It didn’t do a bad job of it but didn’t have much use for it either because they said that, “two angels could not stand in the same space.” And they can.
Hubbard, L. R. (1957, 30 December). Cause and Effect–Education, Unknowing and Unwilling Effect. Ability Congress, (5712C30). Lecture conducted from Washington, DC.