DIANETICS: The Analytical Mind and the Standard Memory Banks

Reference: Hubbard 1950: Dianetics TMSMH

These are some comments on the chapter “The Analytical Mind and the Standard Memory Banks” from  DIANETICS: THE MODERN SCIENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH.

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Comments on
The Analytical Mind and the Standard Memory Banks

The mind computes in a wide range—from analytically computing with full differentiation to simply reacting to a stimuli. The resulting signals then influence the activity within the body. Hubbard presents these different functions as the analytical mind, the reactive mind, and the somatic mind respectively.

The “monitor,” or the “person,” is actually the body-mind system operating as a single unit. It refers to itself as the “I”. Later, in Scientology, Hubbard assigned to it the symbol “thetan.”

The “I” is the body-mind system operating as a single unit.

The mind computes by freely associating all relevant data in the desired direction. When there are gaps in data it uses assumptions and projections to maintain consistency, continuity and harmony. 

The mind is as analytical as the data is finely differentiated.

Hubbard’s ideas of different “memory banks” can be replaced more logically by a mental matrix of data elements. The data elements are produced when the incoming perceptions are finely differentiated. These data elements are then assimilated in the mental matrix such that all duplications are purged, and all possible associations among data elements are established. The mind appears to have an infinite capacity for differentiating and assimilating perceptions.

The mental matrix provides the most efficient system of data storage in real time. 

The body perceives, and the mind differentiates and assimilates the perceptions, even when the “I” is unconscious. The capture of data is thus perfect. It is limited only when the sense organs are defective as with blindness or deafness. 

It is rare that the data is missing in the mental matrix.

The mind produces memories, visualizations and computations by establishing association among the data elements. The primary source of error in “rational” computation comes under the headings of insufficient differentiation and incorrect associations.

We have rationality when the associations among data elements are harmonious, continuous and consistent.

At a deeper level, the mind is wired into the body to regulate the mechanical functions of living, such as, the heart beat, the endocrines, selective blood flow, muscles, urine, excreta, etc. These functions may, therefore, be influenced through the mind, or modified through training patterns. Such training patterns may be annulled or updated consciously.

Training patterns are considered rational even when they are very close to being stimulus-response.

Rationality depends on free association among data elements as determined by the dynamics of a situation. When there are fixations (fixed ideas, bias, prejudice, etc.) the free associations are limited, and the ability to differentiate suffers. 

Rationality depends on the ability of the mind to associate data freely. Any fixations lead to “conditioning,” that can interfere with rationality.

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DIANETICS AXIOMS 51 to 60

The next ten axioms of Dianetics are also presented here. These axioms were put together by Hubbard to demonstrate the preciseness of Dianetics. Revisions are proposed based on consistency with Buddhism.

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DN AXIOM 51: The mind can confuse position in space with position in time. (Counter-efforts producing action phrases.)

DN AXIOM 51 (proposed): The mind can confuse a datum valid only in a limited context as being valid in all contexts.

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DN AXIOM 52: An organism proceeding toward survival is directed by the mind of that organism in the accomplishment of survival effort.

DN AXIOM 52 (proposed): An organism proceeding toward evolution is directed by its mind to do so.

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DN AXIOM 53: An organism proceeding toward succumb is directed by the mind of that organism in the accomplishment of death.

DN AXIOM 53 (proposed): An organism unable to evolve is directed by the mind in the accomplishment of death.

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DN AXIOM 54: Survival of an organism is accomplished by the overcoming of efforts opposing its survival. (Note: Corollary for other dynamics.)

DN AXIOM 54 (proposed): Evolution of an organism is accomplished by the overcoming of efforts opposing its survival.

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DN AXIOM 55: Survival effort for an organism includes the dynamic thrust by that organism for the survival of itself, its procreation, its group, its subspecies, its species, all life organisms, material universe, the life static and, possibly, a Supreme Being. (Note: List of dynamics.)

In the list of dynamics, Supreme Being is the ultimate goal of evolution, and life static is the static viewpoint from which all motion can be viewed without alteration. Attainment of a static viewpoint is the immediate goal that makes the ultimate goal possible. Rest of the dynamics provide different dimensions of evolution.

DN AXIOM 55 (proposed): An organism evolves along with its various dynamics.

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DN AXIOM 56: The cycle of an organism, a group of organisms or a species is inception, growth, re-creation, decay and death.

DN AXIOM 56 (proposed): The cycle of inception, growth, re-creation, decay and death applies on all dynamics.

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DN AXIOM 57: The effort of an organism is directed toward the control of the environment for all the dynamics.

DN AXIOM 57 (proposed): The effort of the organism is directed toward the evolution of the environment for all its dynamics.

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DN AXIOM 58: Control of an environment is accomplished by the support of pro-survival factors along any dynamic.

DN AXIOM 58 (proposed): Evolutionary efforts along any dynamic also contribute  to the evolution of the environment.

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DN AXIOM 59: Any type of higher organism is accomplished by the evolution of viruses and cells into forms capable of better efforts to control or live in an environment.

DN AXIOM 59 (proposed): Evolution to higher organisms includes evolution of the environment for compatibility.

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DN AXIOM 60: The usefulness of an organism is determined by its ability to control the environment or to support organisms which control the environment.

DN AXIOM 60 (proposed): An organism is as useful as it is able to synchronize with the environment and other organisms in it.

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Summary of Axioms

An organism evolves by overcoming counter-efforts in its environment to itself and its dynamics. That results in the evolution of the environment as well. Thus, the organism and its environment evolve in sync with each other.

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