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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:
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.