Blog: The Data Series as Revisionist History - 2018-03-07
A part of another project we're working on here at JohnPCapitalist.com, I've been taking a dive into one of the more esoteric bits of Scientology "tech": the "Data Series" in the Management Series, Volume 1. Volume One also contains the Organizing Series and the Personnel Series. The Management Series or "Green Volumes" are an extensive set of works that cover every permutation within the organizational domain of Scientology management.
Written over several years starting in 1970, the Data Series is defined as "a series of policy letters written by L. Ron Hubbard which deal with logic, illogic, proper evaluation of data and how to detect and handle the causes of good and bad situations within groups and organizations." Hubbard felt that Scientology management was failing in certain areas of understanding and leadership, and in writing the Data Series. He created a highly prescriptive set of policies, procedures and instructions in dealing with every conceivable challenge those in management might face on a daily basis. Starting with "The Anatomy of Thought" (HCO PL 26 April 1970R), Hubbard pontificates on "Logic," "Breakthroughs," "Data and Situational Analyzing'" and "Information Collection" among other topics, all in his uniquely bloviating and paradoxical fashion. However, what struck me most while reading through this "guidance," was not only his convoluted, typically tortured syntax, but more so, the abundance of nonsensical historical analogies and examples he alludes to throughout as a means of "illustrating" his points.
Hubbard begins by offering his definition of "sanity," derived from his unpublished work Excalibur, which apparently included a "fundamental truth," which was his definition of "sanity." Hubbard defined sanity as "the ability to recognize differences, similarities, and identities;" he further goes on to state that "this is also intelligence." Aside from the usual Hubbardian bluster, none of this is even remotely close to the universally accepted definition of both "sanity" and "intelligence." If anything, it may vaguely resemble "cognition," which is "the process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses."