From: Wade T.Smith (wade_smith@harvard.edu)
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    I'm not aware of anyone claiming that Hubbard invented this term,
    although, from his lack of knowledge of practically any discipline, it is
    likely he heard it from somewhere, liked it, and decided to invent his
    own usage for it.

    Anyway, here is a discussion of his terms found at
    http://www.xenu.net/archive/fischer/Fischer_1.html -


    Dianetic Terms

    Dianetic therapy is a method proposed by Hubbard for curing mental
    disorder by releasing engrams. This therapy is administered by an
    "auditor" who effects the release, freeing the patient from the
    deleterious influence of engrams. An "auditor" is "Any person who is
    intelligent and possessed of average persistency and who is willing to
    read this book (Hubbard's) thoroughly..." However, this study set a more
    rigorous criterion: an "auditor" is a person who has been trained at one
    of the Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundations and is certified by that
    foundation to practice dianetic therapy.

    A "clear" is "The optimum individual; no longer possessed of any engrams."

    "ENGRAM: Any moment of greater or lesser 'unconsciousness' on the part of
    the analytical mind which permits the reactive mind to record; the total
    content of the mind with all perceptics." This is the single source of
    all mental abberations. Unconsciousness is a relative state of awareness,
    its complete loss being suffered only in death. During the relatively
    lower periods of awareness, engendered by painful or emotional stimuli,
    all sensory impressions are recorded as engrams.

    "ANALYTICAL MIND: That mind which computes‹the 'I' and his conscious."
    The "reactive mind" is the recording apparatus of the entire organism
    which is operative during moments of lesser consciousness.

    "PERCEPTIC: Any sense message such as sight, sound smell, etc."

    "ABERRATION: Any deviation or departure from rationality. Used in
    dianetics to include psychosis, neurosis, compulsions and repressions of
    all kinds and classifications."

    "A release is an individual from whom have been released the current or
    chronic mental and physical difficulties and painful emotion." "If a
    person has been less unhappy and above normal, he is to be judged as a

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