SCN 8-8008: The Factors

Reference: SCIENTOLOGY 8-8008

Project: A Course on Hubbard’s Factors

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).

This section presents Scientology Factors (in black). Each Scientology Factor is followed by a KHTH Factor (in color). The KHTK Factors are a result of the subject clearing of Buddhism, Scientology and philosophy in general. 

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.


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

KHTK FACTOR # 1: The universe is simply there. Cause-effect is a dimension of the universe.


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

KHTK FACTOR # 2: The universe is simply being. It has neither a beginning nor end.


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

KHTK FACTOR # 3: Viewpoint is the integrated awareness of the universe that continues to evolve.


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

KHTK FACTOR # 4: The universe provides infinite dimension points to view.


FACTOR # 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.

KHTK FACTOR # 5: Space denotes the extent of energy of the universe.


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

KHTK FACTOR # 6: Dimension points move in and out of awareness of the viewpoint.


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

KHTK FACTOR # 7: From viewpoint, the dimension points are viewed; and the follow up generates new dimension points. Communication is the contact and interchange of attention at the most basic level.


FACTOR # 8. And thus there is light.

KHTK FACTOR # 8: And thus, there is perception.


FACTOR # 9. And thus there is energy.

KHTK FACTOR # 9: And thus, there is resolution of anomalies.


FACTOR # 10. And thus there is life.

KHTK FACTOR # 10: And thus, there is evolution.


FACTOR # 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.

KHTK FACTOR # 11: Multiplicity of viewpoints come about from a narrowing of the universal viewpoint when dimension points are not viewed as they are. Thus, there are opinions of dimension points, and they are interchanged among viewpoints.


FACTOR # 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.

KHTK FACTOR # 12: The fundamentals of motion come from the innate impulse of energy and its evolution. The viewpoints contribute to this evolution but their volition and potential independence of action is limited by their attachment to considerations and identities.


FACTOR # 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.

KHTK FACTOR # 13: The dimension points, each and every one, constitute of energy and its solidification into mass. But they may be viewed as the viewpoints consider them to be.


FACTOR # 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.

KHTK FACTOR # 14: The dimension points combine to generate more complex forms. Admiration is appreciating these forms for what they are. In absence of admiration an illusion of forms persists.


FACTOR # 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.

KHTK FACTOR # 15: The dimension points and their combinations have similar and different qualities. Thus comes about the quality of classes of matter.


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.

KHTK FACTOR # 16: The dimension points may be combined into simple and complex forms, but only per the natural laws of continuity, harmony and consistency. They can be made capable of self-animation, and that self-animation may be enhanced further.


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.

KHTK FACTOR # 17: The forms have evolved from minerals to plants to animals to humans and their activities. Therein lies the art. But human viewpoints add their colorful considerations of beauty and ugliness to it.


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

KHTK FACTOR # 18: The human viewpoint sees survival and suffering among these forms. It endeavors to make some of these forms endure through evolution.


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

KHTK FACTOR # 19: Neither the viewpoint, nor the energy underlying the dimension points and their forms, can completely perish. But they can change over a wide range.


FACTOR # 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.

KHTK FACTOR # 20: And many viewpoints, interacting, come to agree on their self-generated considerations (fixed ideas, beliefs and prejudices). And so, they become dependent on such agreements with other viewpoints.


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

KHTK FACTOR # 21: TIME is duration of things measured against the infinite duration of the universe. Universal viewpoint, and the agreements among subjective viewpoints, provide a consistent view of time.


FACTOR # 22. And there are universes.

KHTK FACTOR # 22: There is only one objective universe that is continuous, harmonious and consistent; but there are as many subjective universes as there are viewpoints.


FACTOR # 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.

KHTK FACTOR # 23: The universe is not just physical; it is metaphysical too. The universe includes everything whether physical, metaphysical, real, imaginary, postulated or speculated. Nothing is excluded from the universe.


FACTOR # 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.

KHTK FACTOR # 24: The viewpoint is defined by its ability to perceive the dimension points. Absence of clarity leads to dependence on self-generated considerations. Letting go of such considerations may feel like the end of the viewpoint.


FACTOR # 25. Thus comes about death.

KHTK FACTOR # 25: Complete introversion on “self-generated considerations” is equivalent to the death of viewpoint.


FACTOR # 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.

KHTK FACTOR # 26: All human travails and the riddles of the universe derive from the narrow and individualistic viewpoints. They resolve as we broaden our viewpoint to the universal viewpoint.


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

KHTK FACTOR # 27: There is beingness of universal viewpoint, but Man believes only in the becomingness of narrow individual viewpoints.


FACTOR # 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.

KHTK FACTOR # 28: The resolution of any human condition requires the broadening of the individual viewpoint toward the universal viewpoint. This means giving up self-generated considerations that are preventing one from seeing things as they are.


FACTOR # 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.

KHTK FACTOR # 29: The narrow individuality of the viewpoint puts separation between observer and the observed; whereas, admiration brings the observer and the observed closer together. The particle of admiration, therefore, is the best of all.


FACTOR # 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.

KHTK FACTOR # 30: This revision of Hubbard’s pioneering work is an attempt to make it consistent with the objectivity of Vedas and Buddhism. Let’s hope that it inspires new powerful techniques for the resolution of the human condition.


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



Hubbard’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 (Neti neti). This brings up a contradiction that needs to be resolved.

The goal of Scientology is to gain super abilities for the self in this world. The goal of Buddhism, however, is Nirvana, which is to move beyond one’s worldly self to become one with the universal self. Basically, this is attaining the universal viewpoint of objectivity.

Hubbard misunderstood Nirvana to mean “merging with the MEST universe”, which, in other words, means “to become part of a vast machinery”. But this is not what Nirvana is.

Nirvana is the attaining of objectivity of the universal viewpoint so that one may contribute to the natural evolution in a continuous, harmonious and consistent manner.


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