DIANETICS: Contagion of Aberration

Reference: Hubbard 1950: Dianetics TMSMH

These are some comments on the chapter “Contagion of Aberration” from  DIANETICS: THE MODERN SCIENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH.

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Contagion of Aberration

Aberrations are contagious. They are passed along through dramatizations of engrams just like disease are carried by germs. The common source of contagion is somebody dramatizing his engram around an “unconscious” person; for example, on operating table under anaesthetic, after an accident, or when sick or injured. The father and mother, in dramatizing their own engrams around sick or injured children, pass them along just as certainly as if those engrams were bacteria. This is how misconceptions and poor data also gets manifested in a society’s culture.

Aberration passes from people to other people in a society like a communicable disease does.

Aberration is also passed through the programming recorded on the genes. Birth itself may contribute to contagion as it can be a very painful experience for both mother and child that causes unconsciousness. Mother and child can then become mutually restimulative to each other. If the husband has been aberrated, he will have aberrated or restimulated his wife and children in one way or another, even when he used no physical violence upon them.

Aberration passes from parents to children in a family.

In the larger sphere of society contagion of aberration is extremely dangerous and cannot but be considered as a vital factor in undermining the health of that society. A society which practices punishment of any kind against any of its members is carrying on a contagion of aberration. Contagion of aberration is never more apparent than in that social insanity called war.

Engrams enter from the exterior world into the hidden recesses below rational thinking and prevent rational answers being reached. This is exterior-determinism. Any interference with self-determinism cannot but lead to wrong computations. Forced groups are invariably less efficient than free groups working for the common good. 

In a society, the passing of aberration has much more severe consequences than the passing of misinformation alone.

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DIANETICS AXIOMS 121 to 130

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 121: Every thought has been preceded by physical action.

The actions of a life organism are the result of signals from the mental matrix. The signals are the result of free association in mental matrix of  perceptions being received. Perceptions are the result of the interaction of attention with the environment. Putting attention on the environment is part of action. We do know that the life organism is evolving while bringing order to its environment.

DN AXIOM 121 (Proposed): Thought and actions flow together to bring order and evolution.

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DN AXIOM 122: The mind does with thought as it has done with entities in the physical universe.

The environment consists of random efforts. These random efforts are perceived by the life organisms. The mental matrix assimilates these perceptions bringing alignment to them through free association. The resulting signals are converted by the body into actions that align the efforts in the environment. The whole cycle aligns the random efforts in the environment.

DN AXIOM 122 (Proposed): The life organism aligns efforts in the environment the same way that the mind aligns thoughts.

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DN AXIOM 123: All effort concerned with pain is concerned with loss.
Organisms hold pain and engrams to them as a latent effort to prevent loss of some portion of the organism.
All loss is a loss of motion.

The common denominator between pain and loss is the large amount of misalignment that are preventing the perceptions from being assimilated in the mental matrix. The misalignment and the resulting pain and loss stay in place until resolved. Therefore, the organism is simply facing difficulty in resolving the misalignment; it is not holding on to the pain and engrams.

DN AXIOM 123 (Proposed): All effort concerned with pain and loss is concerned with assimilating misaligned perceptions.

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DN AXIOM 124: The amount of counter-effort the organism can overcome is proportional to the THETA endowment of the organism, modified by the physique of that organism.

The organism overcomes efforts counter to its own efforts by bringing alignments among them. The success of this depends on the past experience in that area, the existing alignment within the mental matrix, and the coordination between the mind and the body.

DN AXIOM 124 (Proposed): The amount of counter-effort the organism can overcome is proportional to the assimilation of its experience and the coordination of the body.

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DN AXIOM 125: Excessive counter-effort to the effort of a life organism produces unconsciousness.

COROLLARY: Unconsciousness gives the suppression of an organism’s control center by counter-effort.

DEFINITION: The control center of the organism can be defined as the contact point between THETA and the physical universe and is that center which is aware of being aware and which has charge of and responsibility for the organism along all its dynamics.

The perceptions of excessive counter-effort cannot be assimilated upon arriving at the mental matrix because the misalignment is too great. Therefore, those perceptions are not available to the mental matrix. This results in lack of consciousness of what is taking place. If this continues, the person may go into a dreamlike state.

DN AXIOM 125 (Proposed): Excessive counter-effort to the effort of a life organism produces unconsciousness because the perceptions of excessive counter-effort cannot be immediately assimilated in the mental matrix.

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DN AXIOM 126: Perceptions are always received in the control center of an organism whether the control center is in control of the organism at the time or not.
This is an explanation for the assumption of valences.

The awareness of the organism lies in the assimilated condition of the mental matrix that interfaces with the body circuits. When the perception of excessive counter-efforts cannot be assimilated, they form their own “alt-mental matrix” and develop their own separate interface with the body circuits. The alt-mental matrix serves as alternate awareness of a valence (alternate personality).

DN AXIOM 126 (Proposed): Misaligned perceptions from excessive counter-efforts may generate an alternate awareness with its own control center. 

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DN AXIOM 127: All perceptions reaching the organism’s sense channels are recorded and stored by THETA FACSIMILE.

DEFINITION: Perception is the process of recording data from the physical universe and storing it as a THETA FACSIMILE.

DEFINITION: Recall is the process of regaining perceptions.

Perception is the process of capturing data from the environment through the sense channels. All perceptions reaching the organism’s sense channels are forwarded to the mental matrix for assimilation. Upon assimilation the perceptions become part of one’s awareness. Those perceptions that are not assimilated remain in their raw recorded form and one is not aware of them. Assimilated perceptions can easily be reconstructed in the mental matrix upon recall. The unassimilated perceptions influence the organism causing aberrations, and they cannot be recalled easily.

DN AXIOM 127 (Proposed): Data from environment is converted into perceptions by the sense channels, which is then assimilated in the mental matrix. Assimilated perceptions are regained through reconstruction upon recall.

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DN AXIOM 128: Any organism can recall everything which it has perceived.

DN AXIOM 128 (Proposed): Assimilated perceptions can easily be reconstructed and regained upon recall.

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DN AXIOM 129: An organism displaced by plus or minus randomity is thereafter remote from the perception recording center.

Increased remoteness brings about occlusions of perceptions. One can perceive things in present time and then, because they are being recorded after they passed THETA perception of the awareness unit, they are recorded but cannot be recalled.

The perceptions are recorded by the sense channels but the organism is not aware of them until they are assimilated in the mental matrix. Perceptions containing plus and minus randomity are difficult to assimilate, and therefore they become “occluded.” Such unassimilated perceptions cannot be recalled.

DN AXIOM 129 (Proposed): Unassimilated perceptions become “occluded,” and they are difficult to recall.

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DN AXIOM 130: THETA FACSIMILES of counter-effort are all that interpose between the control center and its recalls.

DN AXIOM 130 (Proposed): Lack of assimilation is all that interposes between the perceptions of counter-efforts and their recall.

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Summary of Axioms

Ideally thoughts and actions must flow harmoniously to bring order in the environment. The life organism aligns efforts in the environment the same way that the mind aligns thoughts. The amount of counter-effort the organism can overcome is proportional to the assimilation of its experience and coordination of the body.

Data from environment is converted into perceptions by the sense channels, which is then assimilated in the mental matrix. Assimilated perceptions are easily reconstructed upon recall. Unassimilated perceptions are “occluded,” and they are difficult to recall. Excessive counter-effort to the effort of a life organism produces unconsciousness because the perceptions of excessive counter-effort cannot be immediately assimilated in the mental matrix. 

All effort concerned with pain and loss is concerned with assimilating misaligned perceptions. Misaligned perceptions from excessive counter-efforts may generate an alternate awareness with its own control center. Lack of assimilation is all that interposes between the perceptions of counter-efforts and their recall.

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