Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1951, 8 October
Document title: The Logics
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: The October Conference
Location: Wichita, Kansas
Document ID: 5110C08B
Description: Hubbard discusses his "infinity-valued logic" and the relationship of General Semantics to Dianetics.
In Dianetics we introduce infinity-valued logic1, and this is our second logical postulate. You have probably seen this before. It is in earlier notes and lectures. I will go over it very briefly in order to give you just a little review.
On one side we have right, on the other we have wrong. On each side we have infinity. On the side of wrong we have succumb, on the side of right we have surmise and in the center we have maybe.
It is not whether something is right or wrong, in Dianetics; it is whether it is righter or wronger than something else. All values of logic are relative to something. Every datum has to be evaluated by another datum. So the mind more or less thinks on this basis: It gets a question and then it compares it to the material universe and it says, “Well, that answer is two units wrong.” Then it gets another datum which is five units right and another datum which makes this solution six units wrong. The mind then adds it up and says, “That’s pretty wrong; we won’t do that.” All data is being evaluated as it comes up to the computer in this fashion.
This is thought. These evaluations are done by the introduction of theta facsimiles of data in the physical universe. Theta facsimiles of data in the physical universe compare, recombine and so forth, and give solutions which are righter or wronger.
Something was really pushed off on us with Hegelian grammars that had absolutes in it. The word correct, the word accurate, the word right, the word wrong–these are all back there and impinged upon our good old Aristotelian logic, to which our old friend Korzybski (God rest his bones) objected so violently but supplanted with so little. Korzybski introduced the data behind axioms of logic of this type. Where General Semantics applies to Dianetics is as a shadow background to these existing axioms on logic, not on thought; it doesn’t go further on thought. It is very valuable, though.
Don’t let anybody tell you that General Semantics and Dianetics are similar; they are just vaguely similar. General Semantics has to do with a word and a thing, and a lot of other things that we are not worried about in Dianetics. We even define words differently. We
have a definition of words: Words are theta facsimiles of physical-universe actions or states of being.
Hubbard, L. R. (1951, 8 October). The Logics. The October Conference, (5110C08B). Wichita, Kansas.