Subject Clearing a Book

Reference: Course on Subject Clearing

As you subject clear your schooling by arranging the key concepts from the earliest to the latest, you become aware of the gaps in your knowledge that you would like to fill. The most important gaps to fill are in the fundamentals of any subject. So you find the most comprehensive books or articles in that subject and study them.



As you study a book or an article, your purpose is to grasp it fully. The data contained in the material can be quite complicated. So, you comment on it honestly as if you are having a conversation with the author. You may comment on what really makes sense. You may also comment on the anomalies you observe. You may comment to simply summarize the thoughts of a long paragraph.

As you study the book, comment on one paragraph at a time. When you get to the end of a chapter, you may comment on the chapter, by summarizing earlier comments. Here is an example of a book with comments: Hubbard 1948: The Original Thesis.



At the end of your comments on each chapter you may list the KEY WORDS used in that chapter. Write the definition for each key word as given in that chapter, book or subject. You may also add your own comment to that definition noting it as such. The comment may include some anomaly you may have observed, and/or your proposed definition for that concept. Here is an example: Hubbard 1952: A History of Man.

When you have completed the study of the book, you may prepare your own GLOSSARY for that book by copying all those key words with their definitions in one place. List just the KEY WORDS at the top in the sequence you encountered them in the book. In the next section, list all the key words alphabetically with their definitions.

Go back to the key-word list in the top section and start arranging the key words in the logical sequence in which the concepts developed in that subject. The postulated concepts should appear first in the beginning of the list followed by secondary derived concepts. For additional data on this procedure please see: Key Word List & Glossary. Here is an example: Subject: Dianetics Basics.

After you have subject cleared many books on a subject, you may consolidate their key-word list and glossary in one place. Here is an example of a consolidated glossary: KHTK Glossary (Metaphysics).

Note: You may not get it all perfectly the first time. As your knowledge base increases, keep reviewing and updating your earlier work.


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