The Definition of POSTULATE

Reference: Subject: Scientology Fundamentals

Here are Hubbard’s definitions for POSTULATE. Let’s look at each definition carefully.

“POSTULATE, n. 1. a self-created truth would be simply the consideration generated by self. Well, we just borrow the word which is in seldom use in the English language, we call that postulate. And we mean by postulate, self-created truth. He posts something. He puts something up and that’s what a postulate is.”

The English Dictionary defines POSTULATE as, “something taken as self-evident or assumed without proof as a basis for reasoning.” Hubbard calls it, “a self-created truth.” It is obvious that a postulate, to be successful, must resolve existing anomalies, and not generate new anomalies.

“POSTULATE, n. 2. a postulate is, of course, that thing which is a directed desire or order, or inhibition, or enforcement, on the part of the individual in the form of an idea. 

According to this definition, the postulate is an extension of the individual. This implies that the postulate could be arbitrary. In that case, the postulate itself would be an anomaly in a wider context.

“POSTULATE, n. 3 . that self-determined thought which starts, stops or changes past, present or future efforts.”

The effect of a postulate is to influence effort. A postulate would be as effective in doing to the degree it resolves anomalies.

“POSTULATE, n. 4 . is actually a prediction.”

A prediction cannot be arbitrary. It should be based on existing data. Therefore, a postulate must not be arbitrary.

“POSTULATE, v. 1 . in Scn the word postulate means to cause a thinkingness or consideration. It is a specially applied word and is defined as causative thinkingness.”

What is missing from the definition of postulate is that it is well-considered, and it is far from being arbitrary.

“POSTULATE, v. 2 . to conclude, decide or resolve a problem or to set a pattern for the future or to nullify a pattern of the past.”

Postulating may involve creative and intuitive thing, but its purpose is to resolve past, present or future anomalies.

“POSTULATE, v. 3 . to generate or “thunk” a concept. A postulate infers conditions and actions rather than just plain thinks. It has a dynamic connotation.”

Postulating puts forward a concept that actively resolves anomalies in past, present and future.

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Anomaly

DEFINITION: An anomaly is any violation of the integrity of reality, such as, discontinuity (missing data), inconsistency (contradictory data), or disharmony (arbitrary data). An anomaly flags the presence of a hidden impression on the mind in the form of an assumption. When the assumption is discovered, one becomes aware of the underlying impression. This awareness produces a realization that resolves the anomaly.

The word POSTULATE has an incomplete definition. The purpose of postulating is to resolve anomalies. Therefore, a postulate has to be well-considered. A postulate cannot be arbitrary, otherwise, it may generate more anomalies, while resolving an anomaly.

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Resolution

The following definition of POSTULATE is complete.

A postulate is a self-created truth that actively resolves anomalies in past, present and future.

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