SCN 8-8008: The Factors

Reference: SCIENTOLOGY 8-8008

This paper presents Section 2 from the book SCIENTOLOGY 8-8008 by L. RON HUBBARD. The contents are from the original publication of this book by The Church of Scientology (1952).

The paragraphs of the original material (in black) are accompanied by brief comments (in color) based on the present understanding.  Feedback on these comments is appreciated.

The heading below is linked to the original materials.


The Factors

(Summation of the considerations and examinations of the human spirit and the material universe completed between A.D. 1923 and 1953.)

These comments are meant to bring alignment between Scientology and Buddhism.


1. Before the beginning was a Cause and the entire purpose of the Cause was the creation of effect.

The universe is simply there. Its beginning, or basis, cannot be ascertained with certainty. So we start with the unbiased basis of emptiness.

2. In the beginning and forever is the decision and the decision is TO BE.

The universe is evolving but its beingness is always consistent, harmonious and continuous.

3. The first action of beingness is to assume a viewpoint.

The natural aspect of beingness is its viewpoint. The universal viewpoint sees things as they are. This is objectivity.

4. The second action of beingness is to extend from the viewpoint, points to view, which are dimension points.

The universal beingness is a matrix of infinite dimensions. Each dimension contains infinity of dimensions points to view.

5. Thus there is space created, for the definition of space is: viewpoint of dimension. And the purpose of a dimension point is space and a point of view.

Space is the extent of dimension point. Viewpoint is how narrowly or broadly the dimensions are being considered in viewing the dimension point.

6. The action of a dimension point is reaching and withdrawing.

The dimension points come in and go out of view, bringing awareness that there are dimension points missing from view.

7. And from the viewpoint to the dimension points there are connection and interchange. Thus new dimension points are made. Thus there is communication.

There are interchanges between different viewpoints to make connections between dimension points to fully grasp the scope of universal beingness.

8. And thus there is light.

And thus there is perception, understanding, and enlightenment.

9. And thus there is energy.

And thus there is purposeful activity.

10. And thus there is life.

And thus life evolves.

11. But there are other viewpoints and these viewpoints out-thrust points to view. And there comes about an interchange amongst viewpoints; but the interchange is never otherwise than in terms of exchanging dimension points.

There is the objective viewpoint that is universally shared. A departure from it generates multiplicity of subjective viewpoints. Thus comes about an interchange of opinions about what is there.

12. The dimension point can be moved by the viewpoint, for the viewpoint, in addition to creative ability and consideration, possesses volition and potential independence of action; and the viewpoint, viewing dimension points, can change in relation to its own or other dimension points or viewpoints. Thus comes about all the fundamentals there are to motion.

A sudden new perspective may expand the viewpoint; and an expanded viewpoint may acquire a new perspective of all dimension points. There is continuity, harmony and consistency in equilibrium. This is motion.

13. The dimension points are each and every one, whether large or small, solid. And they are solid solely because the viewpoints say they are solid.

The dimension points are each and every one, whether large or small, are all real, continuous, harmonious and consistent. But they acquire a different appearance depending on the subjectivity of the viewpoint.

14. Many dimension points combine into larger gases, fluids or solids. Thus there is matter. But the most valued point is admiration, and admiration is so strong its absence alone permits persistence.

The dimension points combine to generate more complex forms. But these forms are pure to the degree they are viewed as they are. This is admiration. Lack of admiration results in persistence of impurity.

15. The dimension point can be different from other dimension points and thus can possess an individual quality. And many dimension points can possess a similar quality, and others can possess a similar quality unto themselves. Thus comes about the quality of classes of matter.

The dimension points are different because of their unique qualities, while they have many similarities. Thus comes about the quality of classes of matter.

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 dimension points combine into forms that are capable of motion, and so there is motion among parts of complex forms. Thus comes about self-animation.

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.

The forms evolve from inanimate minerals to growing plants to animated animals. Beauty lies in the continuity, harmony and consistency of the stillness and motion of these forms. These criteria alone are art.

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

The forms continually endeavor toward attaining greater continuity, harmony and consistency. Thus there is evolution.

19. And the viewpoint can never perish; but the form can perish.

The universal beingness and viewpoint can never perish; but narrow viewpoints and their opinions of forms can perish.

20. And the many viewpoints, interacting, become dependent upon one another’s forms and do not choose to distinguish completely the ownership of dimension points and so comes about a dependency upon the dimension points and upon the other viewpoints.

And many viewpoints, interacting, come to agree on subjective opinions, assumption, fixed ideas and speculations. And so they become dependent on beliefs thus generated.

21. From this comes a consistency of viewpoint of the interaction of dimension points and this, regulated, is TIME.

From this comes about a system of beliefs that regulates the viewpoints in their perception of reality. Thus TIME acquires a fixed characteristic.

22. And there are universes.

There are as many “universes” as there are subjective viewpoints; but there is only one objective universe.

23. The universes, then, are three in number: the universe created by one viewpoint, the universe created by every other viewpoint, the universe created by the mutual action of viewpoints which is agreed to be upheld—the physical universe.

All created universes are subjective. A common universe created out of agreement is still subjective. Objectively, there is only one universe.

24. And the viewpoints are never seen. And the viewpoints consider more and more that the dimension points are valuable. And the viewpoints try to become the anchor points and forget that they can create more points and space and forms. Thus comes about scarcity. And the dimension points can perish and so the viewpoints assume that they, too, can perish.

When a person’s viewpoint is fixed to the body, it has become subjective. When the body perishes the viewpoint gets absorbed in the universal viewpoint.

25. Thus comes about death.

Thus comes about death of the form and its individual identity.

26. The manifestations of pleasure and pain, of thought, emotion and effort, of thinking, of sensation, of affinity, reality, communication, of behaviour and being are thus derived and the riddles of our universe are apparently contained and answered herein.

Manifestations of pleasure and pain, of thought, emotion and effort, of thinking, of sensation, of affinity, reality, communication, of behavior and being are derived from viewpoints attached to perishable forms. The resolution of such manifestations comes from attaining the objectivity of the universal viewpoint.

27. There is beingness, but Man believes there is only becomingness.

The ultimate beingness is attained by moving beyond the subjective viewpoint attached to the human body, and arriving at the objectivity of the universal viewpoint.

28. The resolution of any problem posed hereby is the establishment of viewpoints and dimension points, the betterment of condition and concourse amongst dimension points, and, thereby, viewpoints, and the remedy of abundance or scarcity in all things, pleasant or ugly, by the rehabilitation of the ability of the viewpoint to assume points of view, and create and uncreate, neglect, start, change and stop dimension points of any kind at the determinism of the viewpoint. Certainty in all three universes must be regained, for certainty, not data, is knowledge.

The resolution of any condition comes when the viewpoint toward that condition attains the objectivity of the universal viewpoint, and establishes continuity, harmony and consistency among the dimension points. This is accomplished by practicing the discipline and exercises of mindfulness.

29. In the opinion of the viewpoint, any beingness, any thing, is better than no thing, any effect is better than no effect, any universe better than no universe, any particle better than no particle, but the particle of admiration is best of all.

There is always beingness with a viewpoint. Both beingness and viewpoint improve as they become more objective. True admiration arises from objectivity.

30. And above these things there might be speculation only. And below these things there is the playing of the game. But these things which are written here Man can experience and know. And some may care to teach these things and some may care to use them to assist those in distress and some may desire to employ them to make individuals and organizations more able and so give to Earth a culture of which we can be proud.

This revision of Hubbard’s pioneering work is an attempt to make it consistent with Vedas and Buddha’s work. It is hoped that this effort shall bring about better understanding and more workable techniques for the resolution of human condition.

Humbly tendered as a gift to Man by
L. Ron Hubbard,
April 23, 1953.



Hubberd’s philosophy is based on the concept of CAUSE, which is same as the Western concept of God. Buddhism is based on the concept of EMPTINESS, which is same as the Vedic concept of Brahma. This makes Scientology diametrically opposite to Buddhism in its goal.

The goal of Buddhism is Nirvana, which is to move beyond one’s worldly self to become one with the universal self. The goal of Scientology, on the other hand, is to gain super abilities for the worldly self.


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