Blog: A Brief History of How Scientology's E-Meter Came Into Existence + the OT Levels – Part 9 - 2020-04-25
Ron Hubbard in his office at St. Hill holding a 1958 American Blue e-meter. This is the same model he used when he audited a tomato plant in the greenhouse at St. Hill.
The Church of Scientology as the Cult of Electropsychometry
Ron Hubbard's great sleight of hand was to superimpose his psychotherapuetic-metaphysical Dianetics model upon a natural phenomenon, i.e. changes in galvanic skin resistance. That he so adroitly superimposed his model upon a natural phenomenon happened because the general public, and the medical community at large, were not familiar with the arcane subject of psychogalvanometry. Volney Mathison had helped by changing the name of the device from a psychogalvanometer to an electropsychometer. Hubbard added a further remove by changing the name to the "e-meter." Thereafter, the e-meter became synonymous with Scientology.