|Lecture: Talk for Associates|
Hubbard gives the sources for his "enormous data bank of data," including Snake Thompson who supposedly brought psychoanalysis into America for the United States Navy.
In each case, since the first Foundation was founded, I have had just one interest, and that has been the development of Dianetics and its dissemination. The dissemination, as far as I’m concerned, is writing and lectures. The development is in terms of very intense investigation, testing on preclears and an effort to keep the investigation in the field as codified as possible, and to keep the public furnished with information concerning the reliability of techniques.
I have tested, during this time, a great many techniques which have come in. Practically every technique which is now afloat in the field is either found in my early work or has been thoroughly tested by myself or someone working with me and has been thrown in the wastebasket—for a good reason: is these techniques were never tested in their development.
Be something like somebody coming in and putting stuff on the drugstore counter and saying, “Now, I tested this on twenty preclears,” when, as a matter of fact, he’d given a spoonful of it to the cat.
Now, this state of affairs has continued for a long time for this particular reason: Anyone who has worked in a subject of this character for twenty-two years has an enormous data bank, an enormous data bank; he can’t help but have it. That data on the subject of the human mind is immediately backed up before those twenty-two years by an education in nuclear physics— energy. And before that, with association with my very good friend Commander Thompson, who studied with Sigmund Freud himself in Vienna. And Commander Thompson brought psychoanalysis into America for the United States Navy.
The result has been an accumulation—an enormous accumulation—of data. And many, many techniques which have been developed are developed out of no knowledge of what has been developed and tested, and a very faint knowledge of the subject.
— L. Ron Hubbard
Lecture 28 August 1952: Talk for Associates
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