The Logics

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Reference: A Critique of Scientology Philosophy

The Logics were written by L. Ron Hubbard from a summary of information which began in November of 1938 and were published in 1951. They have never varied since that time.

The following are my comments on these logics and my proposed revisions.

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LOGIC 1: Knowledge is a whole group or subdivision of a group of data or speculations or conclusions on data or methods of gaining data.

Logic 1 (revised): Knowledge is a matrix of interconnected data that has the characteristics of awareness.

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LOGIC 2: A body of knowledge is a body of data, aligned or unaligned, or methods of gaining data.

Logic 2 (revised): A body of knowledge is complete, and has nothing missing, when it is well-aligned.

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LOGIC 3: Any knowledge which can be sensed, measured or experienced by any entity is capable of influencing that entity.

COROLLARY: That knowledge which cannot be sensed, measured or experienced by any entity or type of entity cannot influence that entity or type of entity.

Logic 3 (revised): The body of knowledge contains within it the activities of sensing, measuring and experiencing.

COROLLARY: The body of knowledge contains both the observer and the observed.

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LOGIC 4: A datum is a symbol of matter, energy, space or time, or any combination thereof, in any universe, or the matter, energy, space or time itself, or any combination thereof, in any universe.

Logic 4 (revised): Data symbolizes the evolution of space-awareness to energy-consciousness to matter-identity as time condenses.

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LOGIC 5: A definition of terms is necessary to the alignment, statement and resolution of suppositions, observations, problems and solutions and their communication.

DEFINITION: Descriptive definition: one which classifies by characteristics, by describing existing states of being.

DEFINITION: Differentiative definition: one which compares unlikeness to existing states of being or not-being.

DEFINITION: Associative definition: one which declares likeness to existing states of being or not-being.

DEFINITION: Action definition: one which delineates cause and potential change of state of being by cause of existence, inexistence, action, inaction, purpose or lack of purpose.

There are doubts and perplexities associated with knowledge. These are things that do not make sense. To start making sense out of these things one must start with defining the terms associated with that area. Such terms may be defined through their description, differentiation, association and action.

Logic 5 (revised): A definition of terms is necessary to resolve doubts and perplexities.

DEFINITION: The terms may be defined through description, differentiation, association or action.

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LOGIC 6: Absolutes are unobtainable.

The existence of things in this universe can go from very little to a great amount. This can be represented by a scale where a value becomes less and lesser in one direction, and great and greater in the other direction. The scale keeps on extending itself in either direction without limits; but it never arrives at absolute values of nothing and everything.

Logic 6 (revised): Absolute values of nothing and everything do not exist in reality.

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LOGIC 7: Gradient scales are necessary to the evaluation of problems and their data.

This is the tool of infinity-valued logic: Absolutes are unobtainable. Terms such as good and bad, alive and dead, right and wrong are used only in conjunction with gradient scales. On the scale of right and wrong, everything above zero or center would be more and more right, approaching an infinite rightness, and everything below center would be more and more wrong, approaching infinite wrongness. All things assisting the survival of the survivor are considered to be right for the survivor. All things inhibiting survival from the viewpoint of the survivor can be considered wrong for the survivor. The more a thing assists survival, the more it can be considered right for the survivor; the more a thing or action inhibits survival, the more it is wrong from the viewpoint of the intended survivor.

COROLLARY: Any datum has only relative truth.

COROLLARY: Truth is relative to environments, experience and truth.

The universe is a vast continuous system. Any changes in the universe occur in a harmonious manner. Events in the universe occur in consistent patterns that are comprehensible through careful, systematic study. The universal reality forms a fabric that is continuous at every point in all directions. Thus, knowledge too is logically and intuitively consistent at every point in all directions.

The gradient scales are the result of continuity, harmony and consistency among data. Any value may be plotted on a scale on which that value is varying in a continuous manner.

Logic 7 (revised): Knowledge is a vast system that is continuous, harmonious and consistent at every point in all directions.

COROLLARY: Objective truth consists of consistency in the perception of reality in a universal context.

COROLLARY: The resolution of inconsistency reestablishes the missing truth.

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LOGIC 8: A datum can be evaluated only by a datum of comparable magnitude.

The value of a datum cannot be established by referencing it to itself. For that the datum must be compared to a similar datum. This may be done by plotting the two data on a common scale. The largest common denominator of the two data shall form the reference point. As more data is plotted on this scale, the scale may be recalibrated for a unit that is the largest common denominator of all data.

This way a gradient among various data may be established. The scale then provides the context for the data. One looks at data within that context that do not make sense to come out of confusion and inaction,. Projections may then be made to discover more data that establishes better continuity, harmony and consistency.

Logic 8 (revised): A datum can best be evaluated by plotting it on a scale.

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LOGIC 9: A datum is as valuable as it has been evaluated.

A datum may appear on many different scales for a comparison of its various properties. All these scales must share the same reference point of zero for a consistent evaluation of all properties. For example, both physical and metaphysical properties must share the same reference point of zero to be evaluated correctly. An unevaluated datum has no value in resolving a doubt or perplexity.

Logic 9 (revised): A datum is as valuable as it has been evaluated from a common reference point.

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LOGIC 10: The value of a datum is established by the amount of alignment (relationship) it imparts to other data.

Alignment comes about with the establishment of continuity, harmony and consistency. As alignment takes place data gets simplified. This makes it easier to understand a new datum.  One can then swiftly resolve any doubts and perplexities.

The more alignment a datum imparts to other data the more basic and valuable it is. The ultimate static, or nirvana, when fully realized brings complete alignment to self and the whole universe. Thus, nirvana is most valuable of all data when it is realized.

Logic 10 (revised): The more alignment a datum brings to other data the more valuable it is.

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LOGIC 11: The value of a datum or field of data can be established by its degree of assistance in survival or its inhibition to survival.

The idea of survival is subjective. It applies only to a part of the universe that can begin, continue and end its formation. The idea of survival does not apply to the whole universe. The universe is simply there. It has neither beginning nor end.

From an objective universal viewpoint, there is only change. In a change the previous form ends and a new form takes its place. The universe is changing continually all the time.

“Survival” shall then refer to a relative fixation of some form. The Scientology logic comes from a viewpoint that is fixated on survival.

Logic 11 (revised): The value of a datum or field of data is established by the alignment it brings, rather than survival.

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LOGIC 12: The value of a datum or a field of data is modified by the viewpoint of the observer.

The narrower is the viewpoint, the more subjective it is. The broader is the viewpoint, the more objective it is. The completely objective viewpoint considers alignment in a universal context. Any lesser context used for alignment introduces subjectivity or a filter.

Thus, a viewpoint limited to a beingness within the universe shall be subjective. That limited beingness shall act as a filter.

Logic 12 (revised): With narrowing of the viewpoint, the value of a datum or field of data becomes subjective and less valuable.

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LOGIC 13: Problems are resolved by compartmenting them into areas of similar magnitude and data, comparing them to data already known or partially known, and resolving each area. Data which cannot be known immediately may be resolved by addressing what is known and using its solution to resolve the remainder.

Problems are resolved by bringing all related data into alignment. This is easier to do in smaller compartments first; and then aligning the compartments of increasing sizes.

One resolves each misalignment, as it becomes visible, by establishing continuity, harmony and consistency among data using data already known.

Logic 13 (revised): Problems are resolved by compartmenting them and bringing related data into alignment; and then bringing compartmented areas into alignment. Misalignments are resolved by establishing continuity, harmony and consistency among data.

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LOGIC 14: Factors introduced into a problem or solution which do not derive from natural law but only from authoritarian command aberrate that problem or solution.

Natural laws are patterns derived from aligned data. Problems are resolved by aligning data per natural laws. Authoritarian command introduces factors that are arbitrary and which do not align with the natural laws. Such factors may force a resolution for that authority in a narrow context only. However, such resolution is superficial only, and it is likely to worsen the problem in a broader sense.

This Logic stands as it is.

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LOGIC 15: The introduction of an arbitrary into a problem or solution invites the further introduction of arbitraries into problems and solutions.

With the introduction of an arbitrary the pattern of natural law is not only violated, but the violation is authorized to be there. Since this violation cannot be reverted, further alignment of data must be continued in spite of it. This would then require compromises in terms of allowing further arbitraries in order to have some semblance of alignment.

This Logic stands as it is.

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LOGIC 16: An abstract postulate must be compared to the universe to which it applies and brought into the category of things which can be sensed, measured or experienced in that universe before such postulate can be considered workable.

Abstraction refers to the patterns underlying the concrete universe. It is sensed, measured or experienced by mental perception. To be valuable, an abstract postulate must bring greater alignment to the abstraction underlying the universe.

Logic 16 (revised): An abstract postulate is sensed, measured or experienced mentally. Such postulates must bring greater alignment to abstraction of problems to be workable.

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LOGIC 17: Those fields which most depend upon authoritative opinion for their data least contain known natural law.

People holding authoritative opinions do not care about natural laws or about the alignment of data to natural laws. They may even consider those statements, which actually align with natural laws, to be arbitrary and reject them. An area of knowledge that is replete with authoritative opinions is the area of religion and spirituality.

This Logic stands as it is.

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LOGIC 18: A postulate is as valuable as it is workable.

A postulate is something taken as self-evident or assumed without proof as a basis for reasoning. To be valuable, a postulate must impart alignment to other data and be consistent with the natural laws of the universe. Only then the postulate could be considered workable.

Logic 18 (revised): A postulate is as valuable as it can align other data with known natural laws.

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LOGIC 19: The workability of a postulate is established by the degree to which it explains existing phenomena already known, by the degree that it predicts new phenomena which when looked for will be found to exist, and by the degree that it does not require that phenomena which do not exist in fact be called into existence for its explanation.

Many Scientology postulates do require that phenomena which do not exist in fact be called into existence for its explanation. For example, the postulate, “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.”

This Logic stands as it is.

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LOGIC 20: A science may be considered to be a large body of aligned data which has similarity in application and which has been deduced or induced from basic postulates.

Scientific theories are postulated to explain existing phenomenon and to predict new phenomenon. These theories are continually updated when contradicting phenomena is observed. There are no basic postulates independent of the existing phenomena.

Logic 20 (revised): A science consists of a large body of aligned data and natural laws gained through observation and experimentation to help explain existing phenomena.

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LOGIC 21: Mathematics are methods of postulating or resolving real or abstract data in any universe and integrating by symbolization of data, postulates and resolutions.

Logic 21 (revised): Mathematics are methods of postulating abstract patterns to help align observed and experimental data.

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LOGIC 22: The human mind* is an observer, postulator, creator and storage place of knowledge.

*The human mind by definition includes the awareness unit of the living organism, the observer, the computer of data, the spirit, the memory storage, the life force and the individual motivator of the living organism. It is used as distinct from the brain which can be considered to be motivated by the mind.

The human mind is a well-indexed matrix of experience that is programmed into the hardware of brain. The observer aspect of the mind is in resonance with what is there. The postulating aspect of the mind is free association of the observations to grasp the underlying patterns. The creator aspect of the mind is to make projections to bridge any gaps in alignment, and to construct memory and conclusions upon demand.

Logic 22 (revised): The human mind consists of a well-indexed experiential matrix that resonates with what is there, freely associates what it recognizes, and makes projections to better align the associations.

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LOGIC 23: The human mind is a servomechanism to any mathematics evolved or employed by the human mind.

POSTULATE: The human mind and inventions of the human mind are capable of resolving any and all problems which can be sensed, measured or experienced directly or indirectly.

COROLLARY: The human mind is capable of resolving the problem of the human mind. The borderline of solution of this science lies between why life is surviving and how life is surviving. It is possible to resolve how life is surviving without resolving why life is surviving.

Logic 23 (revised): The human mind is a matrix that uses self-created mathematics to keep the data well-aligned within the matrix as it interacts with the environment.

COROLLARY: Thus, the human mind is capable of resolving the problems of the human mind.

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LOGIC 24: The resolution of the philosophical, scientific and human studies (such as economics, politics, sociology, medicine, criminology, etc.) depends primarily upon the resolution of the problems of the human mind.

Note:

The primary step in resolving the broad activities of man could be considered to be the resolving of the activities of the mind itself. Hence, the Logics carry to this point and then proceed as axioms concerning the human mind, such axioms being substantiated as relative truths by much newly discovered phenomena. The ensuing axioms, from Logic 24, apply no less to the various “ologies” than they do to de-aberrating or improving the operation of the mind. It should not be thought that the following axioms are devoted to the construction of anything as limited as a therapy, which is only incidental to the resolution of human aberration and such things as psychosomatic illnesses. These axioms are capable of such solution, as has been demonstrated, but such a narrow application would indicate a very narrow scope of view.

Philosophy, science and human studies are different areas of knowledge. All these areas align with each other per Logic 7. All misalignments among these areas can be resolved from an objective viewpoint. The problem of the human mind is subjectivity due to narrowness of the viewpoint.  Once the subjectivity of the human mind is resolved, all misalignments in and among the various areas of knowledge can also be resolved.

This Logic stands as it is.

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