Lecture: Symbols And Group Processing Demo
The Old Man's Case Book
Hubbard tells a story about hitting a horse in the head with a leaded quirt when he was six years old and getting in trouble with the SPCA about it.
I used to write western stories many, many
years ago and my name was W. R. Colt. You will still find me in the library.
And the funny part of it was, was all the time I was writing western stories, I
was really interested in yachting. I never had anything much to do with the
west and, and as a matter of fact, tried not to close terminals with it because
of my early boyhood misadventures with mustangs, which I do not consider very
They are very bad transportation but they work
if you hit them hard enough in the head with a leaded quirt. The SPCA and I
have never seen eye to eye (laughing) on the subject of horses which would buck
you off and tromp on you. I always… I asked… when I was six, by the way, I
remembered this the other day when I was talking about this to Congress. I had
an argument with the SPCA when I was six. I had managed to bring to curb by
running him into a brick wall, a 1200 pound Kentucky saddler and somebody had
placed it off as a riding horse and I couldn’t stop him. And, he was going
places and he wasn’t bright enough to climb the wall or do anything imaginative
like that so he merely ran into it. Of course he fell down so I sat on him
waiting for him to more or less come to and shake himself out of it. This lady
came up, and lo and behold, it was the SPCA because this happened within half a
block of the capitol of Helena, Montana and they had quarters right in that
vicinity in those days. And she started to sound off about cruelty to horses
and I don’t know where she got off bawling out a six year old boy who had just
almost lost to a 1200 pound horse but we had quite an argument which almost put
me in police court. Which was to the effect, I said rather profanely, that she
ought to engage herself in forming a society for the prevention of cruelty to
children by horses (laughing). And that she belonged to the wrong gang. She
didn’t appreciate this. She went and told some of my relatives and they of
course told me off. She was a very influential person. I think her husband was
the Treasurer of the state of Montana, or something you know, I mean something
influential. They had money, had the state’s money anyway.
— L. Ron Hubbard
Lecture 6 January 1954: Symbols And Group Processing Demo
Lecture: Spacation, Anchor Points and Attention
The Old Man's Case Book
Hubbard remarks on cases whose attention units are too fixed or too scattered.
Tells a story about parting a drunken sailor's hair with a pistol shot, which hypnotized him. Later the sailor apparently became very ill. Hubbard took a chartered cruise with a bunch of college students on the Doris Hamlin in 1932
Now, ridges are points where attention is too fixed. There
are too many anchor points per unit of space if the ridge
is a painful or unwanted ridge. So, what do you do? You
just got too many anchor points in the same unit of space...
Now, let's take where we have no attention; I mean, it's
just all over the place. You really have a condition there
of unable to fix on any anchor point. And you'll find that
there's a near vacuum around this person. There's just —
there's just no attention units in it at all, no anchor
points in it.
So, these two conditions are the two conditions of a case.
But both of the conditions change as the spiral is unwound
backwards or as it proceeds down through life.
You find this girl who is scattering her attention here and
there will eventually get into a situation where her - oh,
something happens - life and some young fellow marries her
or something and leaves her or something happens like that.
All of a sudden her attention goes bong and fixes. This is
how you hypnotize somebody. You lead him into dispersing
his anchor points all around, see, and then making him
suddenly fix on one anchor point.
This is very curious. I had this happen a few times. One
notable time I noticed this was - I was just a kid and it was
a situation which had a little bit of - a lot more drama than
is permissible on this planet.
Down along the docks and this - I had a ship, the old Doris
Hamlin, and a sailor who was wobbling around and pretty,
pretty darned drunk took out a knife and started in my
general direction and I planted a shot exactly to part his
hair, just exactly and that's exactly what happened. That's
very dramatic. This doesn't happen very often on this
planet. You don't get this opportunity unless you're young
and don't care what the police say.
The guy went into a complete hypnotic trance. His attention
unit was completely dispersed all over the place, you see,
and then all of a sudden this slug and a sudden noise takes
a few of the hairs out of the top of his crown of his head
and it was no impact there or anything like that; it
knocked his hat off He went into a complete hypnotic
trance. He just stood there and his eyes dilated from the
relatively small point they were in, completely out! They
just went zzrooomm. There he was!
Anyway, I said to him, seeing something had happened to him
with regard to this - I says, "You will now be a model sailor
and will be very obedient to your captain." And he was.
For years, though, I wondered why he got sick after he left that ship. He got real sick.
— L. Ron Hubbard
Lecture 29 October 1953: Spacation, Anchor Points and Attention
Book review: The Couch and the Tree
The Couch and the Tree: Dialogues in Psychoanalysis and Buddhism: Anthony Molino. London: Constable. 1999. Pp. 361.
This book is that thing which James Strachey said did
not exist: a cake made of nothing but currants. It is an anthology of
writings on Buddhism and psychoanalysis, mostly by psychoanalysts of
different schools, but sometimes by Buddhist teachers. There are thirty
pieces in all, including three interviews, between Jung and the Zen
teacher Hisamatsu, between Joyce McDougall and the Dalai Lama and
between Anthony Molino and Nina Coltart. If I say it is composed
entirely of currants, I mean to imply that the shrewd reader will enjoy
it, but will probably choose to consume it more slowly than the driven
Molino has put together a fascinating variety of texts.
He begins with a historical section, stretching back to the 1920s and
the exuberant writing of Joe Tom Sun (also known as the Chicago
psychoanalyst, Joseph Thompson)
, and a splendid period-piece by Franz
Alexander, ‘Buddhistic training as an artificial catatonia’.
Online Scientology bio: 1922-1923
L. Ron Hubbard moves north to Puget Sound in Washington
State. He joins the Boy Scouts of America in April 1923. As a member of
Tacoma Troop 31, he becomes a Second Class Scout on 8 May and two
months later, on 5 July, advances to First Class Scout.
In October, Harry Ross Hubbard receives orders to report to the nation’s capital. Ron and his parents board the USS Ulysses S. Grant on 1 November
1923 and sail to New York from San Francisco through the recently
opened Panama Canal. They then journey to Washington, DC. During this
voyage, Ron meets Commander Joseph “Snake” Thompson, who has recently
returned from Vienna and studies with Sigmund Freud. Through the course
of their friendship, the commander spends many an afternoon in the
Library of Congress teaching Ron what he knows of the human mind.
By 11 December 1923, Ron, now part of Washington’s Boy Scout Troop 10, earns his Carpentry, First Aid and Fireman merit badges.
Online essay: On the Rediscovery of the Human Soul
In this biographical sketch, Scientology characterizes Hubbard's psychoanalytic studies with Commander Thompson in the context of a philosophic search. Also mentioned is Hubbard's discussion(s) with William Alanson White on the subject of Hubbard's so-called memory experiments.
I have been engaged in the investigation of the fundamentals of life, the material universe and human behavior,” wrote L. Ron Hubbard of his larger philosophic journey towards Dianetics and Scientology, and proceeded to reference a search “down many highways, through many byroads, into many back alleys of uncertainty.” In a further explanation of that search is the introduction and first chapter to a retrospective, “The Rediscovery of the Human Soul.”
Begun in 1956, but never completed, the manuscript effectively tells of all that preceded what appears in this publication. As a word of general background, let us add a few salient points: Although events recounted here mark the commencement of Ron’s philosophic search, he had previously spent several years, as he elsewhere put it, “poking an inquisitive mind” into related fields. Of special note, were his early psychoanalytic studies with United States Naval Commander Joseph Cheeseman Thompson, who, incidentally, had been the first United States military officer to study under Freud in Vienna, and among the first to enter Freudian theory into the field of ethnology. Also bearing mention was Ron’s very early friendship with the deeply spiritual Blackfeet tribesmen in and around his home in Montana, and what amounted to folkloric studies with a locally famous medicine man. The point, in both cases: well before his arrival at George Washington University, Ron had pondered much. Finally, and as referenced here, Ron had also spent nearly two years in a prerevolutionary China and, in fact, had been among the first Westerners after Marco Polo to gain entrance into forbidden Tibetan lamaseries scattered through the southern hills of Manchuria.
Regarding “The Rediscovery of the Human Soul,” let us add that in referencing the “formidable and slightly mad” chief of George Washington University’s Psychology Department, he is actually speaking of Dr. Fred August Moss, infamous among students for trick questions and the running of rats through gruesome electrical mazes. Meanwhile the “very famous psychiatrist” who reviews Ron’s calculations on human memory capacity was none other than William Alanson White, then superintendent of Washington, DC’s St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and still celebrated for his outspoken opposition to psychosurgery. Most importantly, however, let us simply understand this: In recalling his work through these years, and particularly his efforts to isolate the repository of human memory, he was factually raising a crucial philosophic question. That is, when we attempt to explain all human memory in terms of purely physical phenomena, we will ultimately find ourselves staring at the singular flaw in the whole of the Western scientific creed. Namely, no diagram of the human brain can account for all we are capable of remembering (much less imagining). It was not for nothing, then, that William Alanson White remarked, in response to Ron’s memory calculations, “You have just laid to waste the entire foundation of psychiatric and neurological theory.”
Today, of course, psychologists, psychiatrists, neurologists et al., continue to turn themselves inside out in an effort to propose theories broad enough to explain human memory in purely physical terms. (One of the latest involves a model of nonlocalized, or scattered memory traces along synaptic contacts so that memories are superimposed upon one another, while another holds that memory is recreated through dynamic neural interplay.) But in either case, questions Ron posed in 1932 are still not answerable within a wholly material context. Hence the increasingly frequent admissions from the scientific community that perhaps, after all, as Ron puts it, “man, as a learned whole, knew damned little about the subject.”