The Tone Scale: Background data

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  1. Caroline

    Caroline Patron Meritorious

    Hubbard's tone scale tech is one of the most fundamental of Scientology basics. Science of Survival (1951) and its "Hubbard Chart of Human Evaluation" provides the criteria with which Scientologists evaluate each other's relative worth, psychiatric range, truth factor, how they handle other people, etc. [Scientology definition: Tone scale]

    As a Scientologist, I would have been shocked to discover that the psychs were using emotional tone scales before Hubbard. It's still a bit of a shocker. A current discussion about sociopathy led me to Hervey Cleckley's 1941 The Mask of Sanity in which mention was made of an emotional scale. I'll repost that quote for convenience:

    The idea of an emotional scale with positive and negative polarity also preceded Hubbard.

    Hubbard described his own mental state in terms of scales or graphs in a letter to Robert Heinlein dated 24 November 1948. Hubbard said he was "dizzily going daffy trying to solve [his] problems in existence" and that he was "not yet retired, and so am roller coastering up and down the graphs." [CORR306-02:007] Heinlein didn't ask Hubbard what he meant by "rollercoastering up and down the graphs." Heinlein wished Hubbard and Sara good luck and hoped that they would "stick the tax payers for plenty."

    Hubbard sent Heinlein a lengthy explanation of his tone scale theory in his 31 March 1949 letter, which he introduced by saying "... At first glance this business is a trifle involved unless it is derived from its keys. But this much can be said: [four typed pages of garbled but still recognizable tone scale theory.]"

    Hubbard's scale went to Tone 10, but "when you get to about Tone 6 you levitate and live forever."

    While talking about "hauling it to Tone 4" Hubbard interjected that "the Navy grading is accidental as it was computed on its own." [CORR-306-02:024] When Heinlein replied, he didn't ask what "Navy grading" Hubbard was talking about.

    Heinlein replied to Hubbard on 24 April 1949 expressing his intrigue about Hubbard's "method, system or whatever it is." Heinlein had earlier been asking for galley proofs of the book Hubbard said he was writing (Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.) Now he didn't want to wait for the galley proofs but instead wanted to know how soon he could see the carbons, complaining to Hubbard, "you talked a great deal about it but damn it you don't tell me anything." [CORR-306-02:033]

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