SCN 8-8008: I Know-I Know Not

This paper presents Section 36 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.


I Know-I Know Not

Epistemology has long been the senior study of philosophy; Scientology is itself the science of knowing how to know.

Scientology acknowledges Buddhism and Vedas as its oldest ancestors.

The study of knowledge is, in essence, in the MEST universe, a study of data. Data in the MEST universe are usually recorded in facsimiles. Thus one can go in two directions toward knowledge. The first is knowing what one is, and the second is knowing what has happened to one in the MEST universe and searching for identity in the MEST universe.

All perceptions are broken down into their elements and assimilated into a mental matrix to minimize duplication. This matrix then provides memories as facsimiles through a recombination of these elements in real time. It also provides conclusions and answers in the form of ideas. The description of this matrix structure is one level of knowledge. The output of facsimiles from this matrix structure is another level of knowledge.

There is no more tragic track than the sordid ransacking of facsimiles to discover TRUTH for all one discovers is what is true for the MEST universe. This wandering and endless trail is bleak with the bones of lost beingness. Earlier explorers have, almost without exception, destroyed themselves in this search for TRUTH in the MEST universe, for all they discovered was further and further agreement and more and more facsimiles and all they achieved as individuals were the traps and snake-pits of implants on the whole track.

Searching for an identity and tracing back its history in this universe simply sinks one into the morass of facsimiles. The truth of what one is does not exist at this level of knowledge.

To stand at last near the heights of discovered beingness has withered the sadness of standing on other men’s bitter and, until now, probably unrewarded search. It was necessary to ransack the facsimiles, which are themselves one’s sole inheritance for travail in the MEST universe, to discover the common denominators of facsimiles and to discover that they were only facsimiles, how they were created and how experience was impressed upon the individual. One might well have the feeling of having narrowly escaped a terrible tragedy when he views the thinness on which he stood to view this brink of oblivion, for it was obviously never intended that anyone should recover from participation or even spectatorship in or of the game called MEST universe. Dante’s inscription above the portals of Hell might very well be written best on the gates of entrance into this universe.

But the discovery of the matrix structure of perceptual elements as the underlying level of knowledge has been worth it. That is closer to what one is.

The common denominator of all difficulty an individual has in the MEST universe may be summed up under the heading “facsimiles.” Originally, in his own universe, he used the mechanism of energy creation to make objects. In the MEST universe this ability reduces to the use of energy solely for the recording of data about the MEST universe so that one can agree with that data. And in this process lies death, not only as a body periodically but as a thetan.

A study of this matrix structure tells us that non-assimilated perceptions exist by themselves as unassimilated nodes. The content of these nodes is not available to the awareness of assimilated matrix. Thus there are holes in awareness. These holes lead to never ending speculations. This is the common denominator of all difficulties.

What has commonly been mistaken for knowledge has been the MEST universe track of seeking agreement with the MEST universe by discovering all possible data about what one should do in order to agree with the MEST universe. The more data one achieved, the more facsimiles he had; the more facsimiles he had, the more MEST he was. It was necessary to win through this trap in order to recognize, isolate and evaluate the common denominators of facsimiles, and to discover that self-created energy has been utilized to enforce agreement upon oneself so as to enslave one’s beingness and lead it to its final destruction.

Discovering of the matrix structure of the mind is similar to a physicist wading through tremendous amount of physical phenomena to come up with physical principles that enable us to fly through air, etc. The level of knowledge based on facsimiles need to be assimilated to come up with the level of knowledge required to understand the mind.

So the two levels of knowledge are: (a) raw unassimilated facsimiles, and (b) assimilated knowledge. When raw unassimilated facsimiles enter unawares into one’s computation, all kinds of difficulties are generated. Unassimilated facsimiles enter computationswhen accidents, shocks and injuries exist as unassimilated nodes.

No adventure in the MEST universe can exceed the adventure of making orderly anatomy from the chaos of commingled matter, energy and space which comprise the planets, galaxies and island universes of this Black Beyond which awaited to devour the universe self-constructed of any thetan or group of thetans. The slaying of a roaring beast of fire held in it, in olden times, less action and danger.

These lines are not written from any self-congratulatory motive, for fame is a rock. But by these lines the auditor may be impressed by the actuality of what he handles, and so that he can appreciate his own gallantry in fronting an, adversary of such insentient brutality.

It is true that the mental research is much trickier than the physical research.

The road to knowledge led through the anatomy of the space and energy masses called the MEST universe. The data did not lie in the MEST universe. The ransacking of facsimiles for data about one’s identity, about one’s “past history” in the MEST universe, should be tolerated by the auditor only insofar as it gives him materials for creative processing. He should never directly begin the direct processing of facsimiles, whether engrams or secondaries, save only in the case of an assist. He needs only to know so much of a preclear’s beingness on the whole track to know what to mock up for the preclear’s running.

The universe is made up of substance and motion. This substance is dense and rigid at material level and its motion follows the laws of mechanics. The substance sheds away much of its density and rigidity at the quantum level and the laws of quantum mechanics become much more complicated. Such research has yet to be done systematically for the thought level. The thought facsimiles must be assimilated to yield the laws of thought mechanics. The auditing of the mind should never focus on raw facsimiles.

The difficulty the preclear is having is not so much the content of various facsimiles but, on this high echelon of Scientology on which we are now operating, the fact that he has facsimiles. The path of better techniques is the path toward permitting the preclear to step away from all his facsimiles.

The path of better techniques is the path toward permitting the person to assimilate these facsimiles more rapidly.

The track to knowledge, then, has two directions. It is possible at this time to take the better path. The essence of true knowledge is the essence of existing so that one can create beingnesses and data to know. All other data are junior to this.

The essence of true knowledge is assimilating the raw data into a consistent and cohesive understanding.

A control operation of some magnitude was once perpetrated in the late 18th century. It was stated with great authority that anything worth knowing would always be beyond the bounds of human experience. This sought, knowingly or unknowingly, further to block the search for beingness. It should never be considered by anyone or under any circumstances that anything which can affect him could be beyond his ability to know the full nature of what he is experiencing. If any lesson is contained in Scientology, it is the lesson that the gates to all knowingness are open.

It is not true that anything worth knowing would always be beyond the bounds of human experience

One should have the knowledge of the composition of the MEST universe as a fox might have use for the knowledge of a trap. It is cruelty to make a theta clear without at the same time educating him so as to permit him to avoid those pitfalls which brought him where he is found—in a MEST body on a planet named Earth (Solar System, Galaxy 13, MEST Universe).

If you want to understand the MEST universe then study Physics and start subject clearing it. Scientology does not provide that knowledge.

Top-scale knowing would be top-scale ability to create beingness. The identity assigned to one by others and the data contained in facsimiles are knowingness not worth having.

The true beingness shall come from a consistent and cohesive understanding of the universal reality.



One knows fully only when one is looking from a universal viewpoint. Any lesser viewpoint adds subjectivity. When one is subjective one may think he knows but he doesn’t.

True knowledge is acquired through assimilation of data. As long as there are inconsistencies, the data associated with those inconsistencies is not assimilated and one doesn’t know fully.


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