The Factors # 16 to 18 (old)

Please see A Course on Hubbard’s Factors

Reference: The Factors

Here is a detailed review of Factors # 16 to 18 from the book Scientology 8-8008.

Factor # 16: The viewpoint can combine dimension points into forms and the forms can be simple or complex and can be at different distances from the viewpoints and so there can be combinations of form. And the forms are capable of motion and the viewpoints are capable of motion and so there can be motion of forms.

The elements combine by the free association of their natural properties to form complex compounds. In other words simple dimension points combine to form more complex dimension points. This happens by free association. No other agent, other than the natural properties, is involved.

The viewpoints are represented by the simple and complex identities of these elements and compounds. These identities are made up of the characteristic properties of elements and compounds.

The molecules of complex organic compounds, such as, the DNA molecule, act as molecular computers because they have enough electrons enveloping their nuclei to produce sequenced motion. This introduces self-animation to the identity of DNA molecules. Here we have the beginning of life as we see it.

Factor # 16 (revised): As dimension point evolves into complex forms, the viewpoint evolves into complex properties that bring about self-animation.


Factor # 17: And the opinion of the viewpoint regulates the consideration of the forms, their stillness or their motion, and these considerations consist of assignment of beauty or ugliness to the forms and these considerations alone are art.

Thus, evolution takes place from inanimate minerals to active plant life to animated animal life. The physical form and metaphysical essence develops accordingly and it reaches its pinnacle in the human identity. Art lies in the stillness or motion of these forms in infinite ways. It is the continuity and harmony of the motion involved that determines the beauty of forms.

Factor # 17 (revised): And evolution takes place from inanimate minerals to active plant life to animated animal life. Art studies their stillness or motion. Beauty lies in the continuity and harmony of their movement.


Factor # 18: It is the opinion of the viewpoints that some of these forms should endure. Thus there is survival.

The “opinion of the viewpoints” is actually the alignment of the form, according to their properties within the system of forms. It is the configuration of the forms, despite all complexity, and the continuity and harmony of their properties, which determines their endurance. The whole system of forms survives as one universe.

Factor # 18 (revised): It is the alignment and adjustment of the forms to the continuity and harmony of the whole system that determines their survival.


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