Static & Kinetic


Reference: A Critique of Scientology Philosophy

From Scientology 8-8008, section THETA-MEST THEORY

“Scientology is essentially a study of statics and kinetics. If anything, it is more exact than what are called the physical sciences, for it is dealing with a theoretical static and a theoretical kinetic which are at the opposite ends of a spectrum of all motion.”

Hubbard is correct in recognizing that there is a spectrum of motion, one end of which is STATIC and the other end is KINETIC. He is also correct in saying that static is theoretical in the sense that it is not absolute.  The static becomes kinetic the moment it is disturbed. Therefore, the kinetic is actual and not theoretical.

In physical sciences, the basic spectrum of motion is the electromagnetic spectrum. The key characteristic of this spectrum is frequency. This frequency is likely to reduce to zero in the direction of static and increase to infinity in the direction of kinetic. Science does not say anything about the limits at either end of the electromagnetic spectrum.


From Scientology 8-8008, section THETA-MEST THEORY:

“In Scientology, the static is represented by the mathematical symbol theta; the kinetic is called MEST… It is now considered that the origin of MEST lies with theta itself, and that MEST, as we know the physical universe, is a product of theta.”

The above statement from Scientology asserts that MEST is a product of theta. It does not say that theta transforms into MEST. That means, theta remains theta while it produces MEST. In other words, static remains static, while it produces kinetic. But we note that the moment static is disturbed, it transforms into kinetic. In a spectrum one end gradually transforms into the other end.

Therefore, the idea, “MEST is a product of Theta” is inconsistent if Theta and MEST are considered the opposite ends of the spectrum of motion.

Scientology Filter #1: It is an arbitrary assumption in Scientology that the kinetic (MEST) is a product of the static (Theta).

The scientific truth is that static transforms into kinetic the moment it is disturbed. The kinetic then gradually increases across the spectrum of motion.


From Scientology 8-8008, section THETA-MEST THEORY:

“Theta can be the property or beingness of any individual and is, for our purposes, considered to be individualistic for each individual. MEST stands for matter, energy, space and time, and is a composite of the first letter of each. The word MEST appearing all by itself denotes the physical universe. MEST with a designation word after it designates another’s universe.”

In Scientology, Theta (static) is associated with spirituality, and MEST (kinetic) represents the physical universe. It, therefore, implies that spiritual reality produces the physical reality. This parallels the philosophy of Semitic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) that God created the world.

But, then, motion is given both spiritual and physical aspects in Scientology. Motion is implied to be spiritual at lower frequencies and physical at higher frequencies. This is not so.

Scientology Filter #2: It is an arbitrary assumption in Scientology that spiritual (Theta) and physical (MEST) lie in the dimension of motion.

In the scientific view of universal reality, we recognize the physical to be the outward expression and the spiritual to be the inner essence. Spiritual may be seen as the abstraction of the physical as in physical, mathematical, and philosophical principles. Since the universal reality is a single system, we may postulate the following.

POSTULATE 4: Spiritual and physical aspects of universal reality lie in a continuous dimension called abstraction.

This leads to the following corollary.

COROLLARY 6: The metaphysical and physical concepts parallel each other in the dimension of abstraction.

Thus we may postulate continuity of a physical concept in metaphysics, and continuity of a metaphysical concept in physics. This may generate some unique perspectives that may lead to interesting insights.

For example, we express the physical energy as a spectrum of motion. We may then express spiritual energy as a spectrum of emotion. Spiritual emotion develops as physical motion in the dimension of abstraction.

This opens the door to exploring the abstract nature of metaphysics with a scientific precision that has so far been applied to physical reality only.


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