#### HelluvaHoax!

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From the 8-8008 book, 1952:

"At the end of 80,000 hours of investigation of beingness in the MEST universe, I have concluded that those processes which make it possible for the preclear to disagree with the MEST universe also make it possible for him to handle the MEST universe . . ."

You'll have to do the math for yourself, but 80,000 hours is 22 years of 70-hour work weeks (x 52). I could never make the math work out to my satisfaction.Maybe someone else could explain it to me. Seems not possible. :confused2:

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There are so many discrepancies in the story I've never been able to resolve. And I've tried over the years. :confused2:

So be it.

**Explanation:**Here is how the figure 80,000 hours was arrived at. You can actually take a calculator and do the steps.

1.

**Get a simple working calculator.**Ensure it has fresh batteries and the numbers are clearly readable.

2.

**Start with the number 80,000.**Enter that number on the calculator. Be sure the decimal place is correctly placed (e.g. don't enter 8000 or 800,000)

3.

**Divide 80,000 by 356.**That is the number of days a year available to research ("investigation"). You should have the number 224.72 (hours per day). Obviously it is not possible to work 224.72 hours a day because a day only has 24 hours. Proceed to the next steps and it will all make sense.

4.

**Determine how many hours a day a person could conceivably work.**Let's assume that a vibrantly industrious person could work

**16**hours a day, 7 days a week.

5.

**Now re-do step number 3 and divide 80,000 by 16.**This will give you the correct number of days that would be required to work to aggregate 80,000 hours of investigation. You should now have the number

**5000**(days).

6.

**Divide 5000 (days) by 356 (days in a year).**This will precisely calculate the number of years that Ron invested in research. You should have come up with 14.04 years. Let's round that off to

**14 years**.

7.

**There you have it.**If he worked 16 hour days, 7 days a week, it would be 14 years. If he worked 8 hours a day, 7 days a week it would be 28 years.

8.

**Actual Hubbard method of calculation.**Ron did not use any of the above methodology to calculate the figures. His method required only

**one step**, using what you might call "advanced math". It is strikingly similar to step #2 above. In fact it is identical except that he did not use a calculator and once he did the

**"Start with the number 80,000"**part he had no need to be DevT'd by additional and unnecessary steps.