|Lecture: How To Present Scientology To The World|
|Ron the Brainwasher|
Hubbard says he knows processes which can wipe out people's memory in twenty seconds. Discusses the ease of brainwashing people. Says any brainwashing and any therapy will work on 22 percent of the people.
Now, I am particularly interested in the fact that people keep following this Tone Scale. I don't know, they've heard a rumor or something of the sort, and it's fashionable or something, but they do follow it. And a process is a good process which raises people on this scale, and it is a bad process when it doesn't. I don't know any process which depresses them. It's quite interesting. I really don't. I know processes by which their total memory could be wiped out in twenty seconds.
The second I started studying brainwashing, this one fell out of the hamper. I mean it became one of those easy things. There's nothing to that. Brainwashing — the whole subject is insufficiently complicated for the Pavlovian school to have grasped, don't you see. It's not complicated enough. So there's really nothing to brainwashing somebody. All you have to do is take away all his mental image pictures at once, quickly, suddenly, and so forth, and if he depends on these utterly, of course you wipe him out. That's all you have to do and you've brainwashed him thoroughly. 1
You can do a limited job of this by giving him some additional pictures he doesn't want. But that, of course, is very limited and very arduous. The Pavlovian school didn't even do that. The people brainwashed in Korea were... Well, I guess they were brainwashed, I don't know. It's a technical name, but it's just the technical name of it.
A tremendous amount of duress was used and the mechanisms to produce hallucination were interesting, but they didn't work.
By the way, the Korean is still working somewhere in the range of the 22 percent. You've heard me talk about 22 percent. I mean, any therapy will do good work with 22 percent of the people. And it's interesting that brainwashing is apparently right in that band, too. In other words, there are 22 percent of the people with which you can do anything. All right.
— L. Ron Hubbard
Lecture 01 November 1956: How To Present Scientology To The World
1 Clears in Scientology no longer have their own reactive minds. The pictures they see are not their own. (Ref. HCOB 15 September 1978 NOTs Series 1)
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