Blog: A Brief History of How Scientology's E-Meter Came Into Existence – Part 8 - 2020-04-21
The 1958 "American Blue" Hubbard Electrometer. This was the first e-meter Ron Hubbard introduced that bore his name. The dial reads "For Use in Scientological Clearing." Thus, the original purpose of the e-meter as conceived of by Hubbard himself was to "clear" people by use of the psycho-political system of Scientology. The implications of "planetary clearing" have been seen and documented by the world since the 1950's.
As discussed in our previous installment, Ron Hubbard claimed that his 1955 discovery of the "comm lag" eliminated the need for the e-meter in Scientology. However, in typical Hubbardian fashion, Scientology's Founder almost immediately made yet another technical discovery which required him to reintroduce the e-meter.
In the Professional Auditors Bulletin Number (PAB) 52 of 13 May 1955, Hubbard casually wrote, "And here come E-Meters back into the picture." He also mentioned that HASI was working on a new and better meter that would be called the Physio-galvanometer or the O-Meter. From PAB 52: