I shall be going over the route that LRH followed to see where he might have slipped. Please be patient with me.
LRH started by postulating the ideal scene of a human mind as follows:
The optimum brain may be limited in its capability to solve problems, but it should have memory recall and the ability to imagine the perceptics. It should be able to differentiate between actuality and imagination with precision. It should be able to think fast, and always be right in its computation.
He was looking at the question: “Minds became aberrated. Why”
He followed the route of narrowing down the target. He reduced his search down to “What we can perceive with no higher level of abstraction.”
He decided to use the electronic calculator as an analogy to the mind. He concluded that
(a) The only test of an organism is survival.
(b) Brain is composed of cells and it has evolved on the same plan as cells.
(c) It resolves problems related to survival.
(d) It thinks in terms of differences, similarities and identities.
(e) All its activities are strictly and solely survival-motivated.
LRH observed that in mental context hypnotism is, more or less, a fundamental but it comes across as an unpredictable variable. With various hypnotic suggestions, one could create the appearance of various neuroses, psychoses, compulsions and repressions, but it worked only occasionally.
LRH theorized that if man is basically evil, one should be able to make him more civilized by planting in him more civilization, using hypnotism. But he found that hypnotism seem to affect people adversely at times. So he postulated, “Maybe man is basically good and casting out evil “demons” will restore him to goodness.”
LRH then found through experimentations using hypnosis (including drug-hypnosis) that something akin to “demons” did exist, and casting it out made a patient better.
LRH then re-postulated the optimum brain as follows:
An optimum brain would be able to visualize in color, hear with all tones and sounds present, recall smells and tactile, all memories necessary to thought. It would think without talking to itself, thinking in concepts and conclusions rather than words. It would be able to imagine with all these perceptics. Finally it would know when it was recalling and know when it was imagining.
LRH then found that a plain circuit could represent optimum brain, and “demons” could be installed as added circuits to explain their affect on the brain. But since mental “demons” could not be isolated as such, he postulated that "demons" were somehow using existing circuits of the optimum brain.
[To be continued...]