The Logics: Methods of Thinking

“And when you’re defining Scientology or you’re writing it down, please remember what I say on that. Give them as much of what you do to cause or cause an effect on this thing you’re defining in the definition as you can and still be brief… get an action definition. I do not know but what the concept of action definition is new – I don’t know this. It might not be, uh… but it… it certainly… it’s certainly something I’ve never before seen stressed in the field of philosophy.

Uh… what is an action definition? Action definition is something which gives the remedy or which gives the method of use or construction. All right, you have to learn how to think in those terms by the way. You ought to have this stuff so that you can deliver it, so that you can remember it without any textbook or anything else, so you can put it all back together again.

This is essentially learning how to think with it. And it’s much more important to know how to think with it than it is to quote it. Very much more important, that’s why I seem to labor some points, and so forth. It’s… it’s just I want them punched up good and hard so that the evaluation line on the thing, if you… if you, all of a sudden one day, if you don’t know this… this subject well, all of a sudden one day you’ll be walking down the street and you, orienting, and all of a sudden whirr click, and the knowledge is yours and you’ve got it in mind and you can suddenly think with it and there’s no strain on it at all. And that’s… that’s just, after that, it’s very easy, very easy.”

PDC Lecture 14 – An excerpt from Page 13 of a Lecture given by L. Ron Hubbard on the 4. December 1952

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  1. LRH had a very sharp mind. He realized early on that English grammar needed some help, and solved the problem of types of definition with this elegant solution.

    “Logic 5. A definition of terms is necessary to the alignment,
    statement and resolution of suppositions, observations, problems and solutions and their communication.

    “Descriptive definition: one which classifies by characteristics, by describing existing states of being.

    “Differentiative definition: one which compares unlikeness to existing states of being or not being.

    “Associative definition: one which declares likeness to existing states of being or not being.

    “Action definition: one which delineates cause and potential change of state of being by cause of existence, inexistence, action, inaction, purpose or lack of purpose.”

    AP&A (The Logics, pg 35)
    Nov 1951

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