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Encyclopaedia Britannica

Dear Friends,

The 11th Edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica of 1911 is now our own.

That is just the edition, which was happily owned by LRH. The biggest collection of knowledge in the world (besides the internet ;-).

I could give you copies (scanned pages) of the 29 volumes (about 29.000 pages) in files. This is possible, as these Volumes are in public domain yet.

Why just this 11th Edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica?

Why should one refer in your Scientology study just to this 11. edition of the Britannica? It is from 1911 and does not contain the hottest news? Well, of course you will need an encyclopaedia from today, but there are several reasons, why you should also use this issue of 1911:

I will prove these statements here:  

1. LRH suggests: Valuable Knowledge instead a cheap data collection  

The 11th edition has its emphasis on knowledge compared with the newer editions, which are data collections. Especially the emphasis on the humanities.   LRH wrote:

"Once upon a time people at least could have a human soul, you see. But in modern science when you're dead you're dead, and that's all you are, dead. So I find, for instance, that in the field of the humanities - let's take the Encyclopaedia Britannica again - you will find the articles on the humanities are, in the early editions of the encyclopaedia, long and informative. And in modern editions you'll find them absent or very brief And so, the humanities were losing. Well, they were losing because you couldn't predict what people were going to do with weapons." UNIVERSE: BASIC DEFINITIONS; lrh-lecture give on 7 April 1954

So the especially for the Scientology study important subjects like philosophy, psychology, education, politics, history and sociology were handled much broader and deeper in the older issues.

2. Easy written articles for laymen  

The often dozens of pages of long articles in the older edition are easy to understand for laymen. This ended with the editions after the 11th.  

Ron said in his STUDY-Tape: EVALUATION OF INFORMATION, A lecture given on 11 August 1964:

The latest editions of the Encyclopaedia Britannica require this as a fine art, because all they're doing is showing off to the people of the profession. They've been so criticized by landscape architects for their articles on landscape architecture, that they now have written a professional piece on landscape architecture. Nobody can understand it but a landscape architect.

Well, a landscape architect isn't ever going to look it up in the Encyclopaedia Britannica. And that applies to nearly all of their very professional dissertations. That's why I ... They've changed their style. The modern style is to become incomprehensible and to say, „Somebody else knows about it," and then try to impress it and leave it all skipped and then, you know, say, „Well, if you're not an expert you're nothing—and there are experts around, so we're all perfectly. .." It's all kind of a mishmash—decadence is what you're really looking at.

Now, I use an old 1890 edition. You read about landscape architecture in the old 1890 edition and it knew it was written for some fool that didn't know their nomenclature, see? You can find out what you want to know; but later editions, you can't. Soon that 1890 edition will become so antique, why, it won't be of any use anymore and then I won't have any encyclopedia left, see?

I'll have to do something desperate by that time, by—I don't know, substitute for it with some vast library of stuff. Oh—oh, yes. I know. Quentin's getting a whole bunch of textbooks and I'll keep collecting those. I've just solved it. He's getting all kinds of textbooks: The Boy's Book of Electronics, you know?

The Boy's Book of something or other. You open these things up, it's actually „Integral Calculus Made Easy for 6—Year—Olds," you know. Actually, they're way over his head. I don't know how anybody did that, but he does all right with these things. Crazy business! Yes, they're—they've got a penchant going that it's all right to make it easy for children to understand it, so I can collect a child's library and I'll be all set. That's what I'll do. Maybe the children can't understand it, but I will be able to.

Anyway, sources of information all add up, then, to comprehensibility and words form the woof and warp of any professional or technical area. Specialized words are used for specialized observations. Now, we move off into the field of specialized observations, as a specialist, which is perfectly fine. But where you are lightly tapping some field for just a moment's understanding and you collide with specialist vocabulary, you are lost at once.

In STUDY AND INTENTION, A lecture given on 18 August 1966  LRH says:

The Encyclopaedia Britannica, in its earliest editions, is a rather simple encyclopedia - very interesting. I don't like editions later than the eleventh, because you find all sorts of things in editions up to then. They're rather simply written. They're written on the basis that a person owns an encyclopedia because he doesn't know certain things, and he'll want to look them up and find a quick rundown on them. Well, more recent Encyclopaedia Britannica, I'm sorry to say, publish articles on the subject of landscape gardening that only a landscape gardener could comprehend or be interested in. We've gotten into the world of the expert. Now, the expert, in writing a textbook, very often goes mad.

3. A Base of Knowledge, on which Ron based his own.  

Ron did not always take into consideration in his lecturing and writings that a lot of his readers and listeners don't have the education, which he had acquired. He presumed a very high niveau of scholarliness, which one does not even get in todays high-schools or universities. One should know, that Ron won this refinement essentially through autodidactic efforts as he went just for a few years to school and university. The main source of his knowledge was the Britannica, which he had on his shelf. And no newer one than the edition of 1911.  

Always when you get the idea in your Scientology study, that some background knowledge is missing, which is preassumed by LRH, it will be very helpfull to consult just the encyclopaedia, which Ron used himself. There you will find the knowledge, on which Ron build up.


And I found out psychology was a study of a thing called a brain and it had no relationship to the thing called a mind. And the more I stressed this fact and the more I asked questions concerning it, the more I found that the mind was a totally neglected subject in modern times.

So I busted out James and an encyclopedia and Locke and Hume and Descartes and all the rest of it and, boy, I read

those guys down to the bone - and they all disagreed to some degree or another.

But the odd part of it is that the older editions of the Encyclopaedia Britannica - I realize now at this line - does carry a list of terms that we use right now in Scientology. It's by accident, see? Our concentration on these terms and subjects was once concentrated on back in the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth century, see? Man was thinking fairly straight along this line and then he went nuts, went crazy, you see? And I found these fellows were simply being pompous. And you only find me getting real cross about one thing. This is a common denominator of what I get cross about, I get real mad about. It's not any individual penchant, I don't think, because I've looked for it in vain. But when something is pretending to be something else than it is, when it is knowingly pretending and when it is knowingly a fraud, I cannot restrain my teeth from meeting. That one drives me nuts, see? Why? Here are a bunch of people who want to know - civilization which is dying for the lack of a knowledge - and here and there in the society we find some men who know positively that they don't know and who are saying to everybody else that they know.

4. Referable Data, to which Ron refered in his lectures.  

In the Britannica of 1911 we find profound articles, which you will miss in newer editions, which inspired Ron to essential breakthroughs in Scientology. For example the theory about Space and Time, which was stated by LRH:

In Number 8 of "Universes and the War between Theta and Mest" cassettes:.UNIVERSE: BASIC DEFINITIONS, A lecture give on 7 April 1954:

I want to talk to you about some of the basic definitions of Scientology. If you will look in the Encyclopaedia Britannica as early, I think, as the ninth edition, certainly in the eleventh and thirteenth editions, you will find an article on time and space. This article is quite important. I do not know who wrote that article. I shall look it up, because it is the wisest observation I know of in the field of physics or psychology.

The article states, in so many words, that space and time are a matter for the psychologist, not for the physicist. It states that in the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Evidently, that statement has been in existence since 1875, 1880, somewhere in that vicinity.

... Well, the years went along and wars went along and a lot of things happened, but most important of these things was the realization that there was something very, very haywire with time - something very, very wrong with time. There is no physicist's definition for time. "Time is rate of change of particles in space," which is the same as saying "Time is time." You're actually defining it by itself. You're saying rate of change. Rate is something that includes the word time. When you define rate you find out you've said the same thing again. It's not an adequate definition, so therefore, if we're to go on in the field of physics at all, we certainly have to go back and pick up the other thing the Encyclopaedia Britannica said, which was simply this: Time and space are the problem of a psychologist. Okay, if they're a problem of a psychologist we'd better go into this.

To the same subject spoke LRH in THE JOURNAL OF SCIENTOLOGY Issue 21-G [ 1953, ca. late October] " The Theory of Communication":

You can readily establish for yourself the correctness of this definition of space.

Space is the viewpoint of dimension.

In the earlier editions of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, one discovers under The heading of "Time and Space" a long article which says bluntly that time and space are matters of psychology, not matters of physics. They must be resolved in the field of the human mind before they can be resolved by the physicists. This proves to be true, for with the introduction of space as a viewpoint of dimension, not only human behavior, but many intricate and complex problems in physics fall apart. Like all things worth knowing, this definition is idiotically simple, but tremendously workable. It is workable to the degree that its direct application in processing can produce, with no other aid, a clear.

5. True Data, still untouched by vested interests  

The SPs of this planet started since the beginning of the 20th century to get all media and opinion leaders under their control, to be the ruler of the whole world.  

One essential aspect of Mind Control is to control the knowledge, which is available to the people. The one who is controlling the availabe knowledge is controlling the conclusions and the thoughts of the people (see data series and PR series). After the 11th edition the Britannica was put under the controll of the special interest groups, like the media before. The deterioriation of the Britannica became obvious and disappointed their customers. A lot of scholars refused to replace their older editions by new ones. Because the wise man is looking for deep knowledge and not for superficial data.  

6. Also for you leisure reading - a lot of fun!  

Last not least: It is not just for Ron's a leisure reading, to browse through the Britannica of 1911 and to find something, where you will have fun to read it.

650518 - Organization and Ethics, A lecture given on 18 May 1965

Some time, by the way, when you haven’t anything else to do, read Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. That’s quite a thing. I undertook that some years ago because I was having trouble sleeping. But I decided I would read it from one end of that many-volumed volumes to the other-read the whole thing. And it was quite an interesting exercise. I hope I never get so ambitious as to start reading the Encyclopaedia Britannica from one end to the other. But, I will say, I am running out of reading matter now that Ian Fleming has picked himself up another body. May have to do it.

How to get the 11th Edition of the Britannica

As I mentioned above, it would be a pleasure for me to share this treasure with others. To finance the necessary work, I calculated a price of EUR 99 for the full set of about 6 GBytes (on 2 DVDs) with the more than 29.000 pages (each one in one TIF-file).

Just EUR 99 plus shipping.

Our first tests show, that OCR text recognition is possible with the scans of the pages. The error rate is about just 7 wrong letters per page. This does not include heavy texts like greek or formulas where we have more errors. But this is good enough to build up full-text-indizes, so that we are able to find everthing in this encyclopaedia. This OCR won text will not be worked over manually, as it is too much work. We sell it as it is: the TIF-files for reading or printing and the text-files for full-text-search.


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