I was doing some research on something else, you know how that goes, next thing I know I landed on this interesting little article that came out BEFORE the Dianetics book was actually released.
The article is from The Daily Reporter, Wednesday March 29th, 1950 –
Discovery of a sub-mind is claimed in a new book entitled “Dianetics.”
This mind is quite different from your sub-conscious mind, which is brain cells that remain active when you are asleep, or that work on something you are not consciously aware of when you are awake.
The sub-mind is not a memory, but a recording of some sort on tissue cells of your body. Anything that happens, especially painful experiences, leaves its trace on the cells somewhere, according to the new idea. “Dianetics” is being published by Hermitage House.
The recording works like the grooves in a phonograph record, says the book, except that these sub-mind recordings can be played only once. They are played only once. They are played by putting yourself into a quiet frame of mind in which a recording of past pain that you never knew about suddenly comes into your memory. Once in the memory, the recording is wiped out in the tissue cells.
Why the cell records are wiped out by the act of consciously remembering is not explained.
Under this theory a sub-mind exists before birth. It remembers nothing But it carries the cell recordings of prenatal experiences, of birth and of all subsequent life.
This sub-mind never sleeps, never is unconscious. When you are unconscious, the conversations of people around you make sub-mind recordings in your brain – patterns in grey matter. So also pain during unconsciousness is recorded on cells somewhere in your body.
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Ron Hubbard, author of “Dianetics,” claims this sub-mind can be put to work to cure many of the most difficult mental and bodily ills. He is supported in this by J.A. Winter, M.D., a physician who writes a preface afte trying the Hubbard sub-mind methods.
Their explanation is that the sub-mind is responsible for our irrational conduct. Things we don’t remember, but which happened sometime in our lives, frequently very painful experiences, comes out of the sub-mind recording to influence our thinking, conduct and frequently to irritate our nerves.
Conscious recalling of the sub-mind recordings robs them of their ability to upset us. When they are transferred to the real mind, which is able to reason about them, they no longer dominate our actions.
The author of the book says that even birth experiences such as pain or exposure to cold may exist in a sub-mind and account for unreasonable reactions. These same sub-mind recordings may make us more susceptible to attacks of infections, like common colds. This they seem to do by robbing the conscious mind of its usual watchfulness and we give an infectious disease a better chance to get started.
Clearly Hubbard was in complete lockstep from a Biological Psychiatry perspective, but what I find fascinating about this early article is that it discusses things from that perspective – like the one-time play aspect – that appear to have never made it into the book itself!
It’s also funny, that Time magazine still shows the exact same predilection as Hubbard did – trying to prove that memories are nicely stored in brain tissue.
Of course, these are electro-shock “memories” in MICE, but hey, why quibble.
Time – Scientists Figure Out How to Retrieve ‘Lost’ Memories, May 28, 2015
The mice were trained to remember getting a shock in a certain chamber. The scientists then used protein labels to tag the specific cells in the hippocampus of the brain that were activated and responsible for making that memory. According to Tomas Ryan, lead author of the paper, anywhere from 3% to 5% of the cells in a portion of the hippocampus are recruited to form a memory. When these mice were then placed into the same room again, they froze, recalling and anticipating the shock. But when the animals were given a drug that interrupts the memory-making process immediately after the shock, they no longer remembered the shock and didn’t freeze if placed in the room.
Then the researchers tried to retrieve the lost memory by simply activating just the circuit of cells that were responsible for the memory — without the shock. They did this using a technique called optogenetics, in which laser lights stimulate the tagged cells in the hippocampus. When the circuit was activated, the animals froze again, even if they were in a neutral room that they didn’t associate with the shock. The results suggest, says Ryan, that “this type of amnesia in general is due to inaccessibility of a memory; the memory itself is still present.”
They only know the mice froze up. One wonders if it ever occurred to them that perhaps shorting their brain might have something to do with that.
Ah well – monkey science is still ruling the roost, I see.
The mice – their memories are in their hippocampus, I’m sure of it!