The NOTs Scholars Home Page (Scientology)
NOTs (New Era Dianetics for Operating Thetans) are part of the
formerly secret "Advanced Technology" of Scientology, the New Age
religion founded in the 1950s by the creepy pulp fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.
Scope and Purpose
This web site was created to promote the scholarly study of the NOTs
documents as both religious literature and historical texts. In particular, I
am interested in exploring the following issues:
- Scientology's view of the structure of the mind as expressed
in NOTs and its supporting materials, such as OT III and the Philadelphia
Doctorate Course. Are there similarities between the body thetan
interactions described in NOTs and the
Society of Mind theory proposed by artificial intelligence
pioneer Marvin Minsky of MIT?
- The spiritual phenomena and processes described in NOTs, and
their equivalents in other religions. How does belief in body thetans
compare with belief in demonic possession? In what ways does auditing out
BTs resemble exorcism?
- Origins and history of the NOTs issues: who wrote them, who
revised them, and what earlier source materials were drawn upon in their
preparation? Although supposedly written by Hubbard himself, David Mayo is
said to be the real author of some NOTs issues. What was the extent of
- The role of NOTs in the contemporary practice of the Scientology
religion. How are these documents understood and used by Hubbard's
followers today? Is NOTs being promoted as a cure for physical ailments?
This is currently being debated in
Religious Technology Center v H. Keith Henson.
Call for Contributions
Contributions to this web site are eagerly requested. Information,
commentary, and criticism of any aspect of NOTs may be submitted to Dave Touretzky. The appearance of any
essay on this site is not an endorsement of the views expressed therein.
It reflects only my editorial judgement that the material is relevant to
fostering scholarly discussion.
Anonymous contributions are welcome. However, materials that clearly
violate US copyright law will not be accepted. Of course, quotations are
often allowable under the "fair use" provision of the copyright code.
Potential contributors should note that since I am not a lawyer, I cannot
advise them on what they should or should not say here.
Given that the NOTs documents have been published on the Internet, both by
posting to Usenet (including multiple news servers here in Pennsylvania)
and by archiving on web sites at Alta Vista and Deja News, it is my
understanding that public discussion of these materials is not a violation
of Pennsylvania trade secret law. Readers in other jurisdictions may wish
to consult local laws before downloading material from this site.
Church of Scientology Recognizes NOTs Scholars Page
Prerequisites for Beginning NOTs Scholars
Readers new to the study of Hubbard's thought will find the following
starting points essential:
David Carter's essay on the basics of the Scientology belief system.
- Summary of OT III by
Karin Spaink. Covers Xenu, the volcanos, the origin of body thetans,
and the first level of confidential auditing procedures used to remove them.
- OT III Scholarship Page: see
the Xenu story in Hubbard's own handwriting.
- Secrets of the E-Meter
explains how an E-meter works and how it is used in auditing.
- Perry Scott gives a humorous
overview of how NOTs auditing differs from OT III.
The Origin of NOTs
- Excerpt from Bare-Faced Messiah by
Russell Miller. David Mayo is called in to audit a sick L. Ron Hubbard.
- Excerpt from Messiah or Madman by
Bent Corydon. Hubbard introduces the concept of "body thetans" in 1978.
- Excerpts from A Piece of Blue Sky by
Jon Atack. Mayo looks for "misconceptions" in Hubbard's auditing folders. Hubbard
later shifts the emphasis to body thetans.
- Excerpt from a 1996 letter
from David Mayo describing the origin of NOTs.
- Page 3 of NOTs 34,
masked, as filed with the copyright office. Notice at the bottom
of the page, the initials after "LRH" are blacked out. This was done for all 55
NOTs issues. In the Vorlon pack this line reads "LRH:dm:kjm". The "dm" stands
for David Mayo.
Provenance and Structure of the Vorlon NOTs Pack
The Vorlon NOTs pack was first posted to alt.religion.scientology on May 6,
1996, through the anonymous remailer service at Hacktic.nl. It was
reposted twice more within the week, via other hosts.
- Where did the Vorlon NOTs pack come
from? An anonymous writer claims that several versions of NOTs were
floating around outside of Scientology's control; that what appeared on the
Internet as the Vorlon pack was originally the "Larry West" pack; and that
for strategic reasons, RTC chose to ignore its circulation.
- The theft in Denmark by Robin Scott et al.,
described by Jon Atack in A Piece of Blue Sky.
- Decision in Religious
Technology Center et al. v Scott et al. discusses the role of Mayo in
developing NOTs, and contains some quotes that appear to authenticate the
Vorlon pack. More info in Scientology and
- Table of contents for the Vorlon NOTs pack.
- Notes on the structure of the Vorlon NOTs pack.
- NOTs on the Internet. Modemac has put together a concise
history of NOTs on the Net.
- "Vorlon Jr." debuts at XS4ALL. On August 18, 1996,
announces that NOTs will reposted.
On August 19, posts
ned7, and two versions of the NOTs
Then confirms the reposting,
promising a key later. Posts some bogus keys, including
Morden. But Karin Spaink guesses the true
Finally, cancels his own postings
(a futile gesture) when it becomes clear his anonymity is not going to last long.
- Zenon Pannousis posted NOTs twice from Sweden. His ongoing battle with the
the Church is chronicled at this
site in Sweden.
The NOTs Dictionary
A dictionary of acronyms and technical terms found in NOTs.
Remember to never go past a misunderstood word!
Demonic Possession in Scientology
Why Are There So Many Levels of NOTs?
OT III is where students first encounter Xenu and the body thetans
(BTs). After completing OT III, the student thinks that they are rid
of all their BTs. They are in for a surprise when they move on to
NOTs, which consists of levels New OT IV through New OT VII:
- New OT IV is the NOTs Drug Rundown. The pre-OT learns that some
of his BTs were on drugs in their past lives, and so they more messed
up than ordinary BTs -- which is why they weren't found on OT III.
Identifying that they have a drug problem is the first step to getting
them to blow.
- New OT V is Audited NOTs. One learns to deal with BTs that were
messed up for other reasons: they went clear or exterior in a past
life; they were PTS (connected to a Potential Trouble Source); they
were affected by incorrect prior auditing actions, etc.
- New OT VI is Solo NOTs prep. The student is taught how to do
solo NOTs auditing, by holding the two E-meter cans in one hand and
operating the meter themselves. The cans are connected by a plastic
insert to keep them from touching, which would short circuit the path
of the current through the body. Students have already done solo
auditing on OT III, where they first encountered Xenu and the body
thetans, so this level of NOTs goes pretty quickly.
- New OT VII is the Solo NOTs Auditors Course. This level can take
years. The pre-OT examines himself for BTs and clusters, expecting
most of them to blow by inspection. For those that don't, the various
NOTs auditing techniques are applied -- telepathically, of course.
The Practice of NOTs Auditing
Medical Claims in NOTs
"Medicine has long acknowledged that in order to scientifically test the efficacy of a
new medicine, for instance, it must be compared to the effects of a placebo
administered with equal solemnity, ritual and belief. This is because the solemnity
and ritual and belief can themselves heal."
-- from an analysis of Dr. Drown's Homo-Vibra Ray,
another quack technology
Has NOTs Harmed Anyone?
A quote from this affidavit by
Jesse Prince, a former top-level Scientology official, indicates that
NOTs auditing was sometimes used as a substitute for medical care.
The infamous NOTs 34 (discussed below) deals with treatment of
physical ailments. The term "end cycle" means to cause or allow oneself
b) Ted Cormier, a personal friend of mine. He had Parkinson's disease. He
was ordered to leave Gilman Hotsprings and go directly to Flag for NOTS 34,
auditing to cure his cancer. When this failed, Ray Mithoff sent him orders
in his Pre-Clear folder for him to "end cycle." He died.
Summaries / Thumbnail Sketches of NOTs
... if it was defendants' intention to make the technology public, they
could do so without infringing plaintiffs' copyright by creating and
publishing a noninfringing description of the procedure.
-- United States District Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer, in
Religious Technology Center et al. v Robin Scott et al., 1987.
Keith Henson constructed
a fake NOTs 56 using the Travesty program
and some hand editing. (The real NOTs only goes up to 55.) Keith's
effort appears as authentic as any of the real NOTs issues, which has
led Scientology to claim it as a copyright violation.
Commentary on Individual NOTs Documents
Many of the people on alt.religion.scientology first became interested in
Scientology as a result of the Internet war. Several have contributed
commentaries below. However, there is another group of people interested
in NOTs: the members of the FreeZone, who still practice Scientology but
are estranged from the Church. I am especially interested in receiving
FreeZone commentaries on the NOTs scripture.
When Scientology attacked the Internet, it smacked a hornets' nest.
Now it gets to negotiate with each hornet individually.
-- A peeved netizen on alt.religion.scientology
Attention NOTs scholars: multiple commentaries on the same document are
welcome. There are many ways to analyze these writings.
- NOTs 1: NED for OTs RD, Theory Of
Bulletin date: 15 September 1978.
- NOTs 2: Why You Can't Run Engrams After Clear
Bulletin date: 15 September 1978.
- NOTs 4: Word Clearing and Information for Pre-OTs on NED for OTs
Bulletin date: 26 September 1978.
- NOTs 20: How You Operate A Meter
Bulletin date: 28 September 1978.
- NOTs 22: Anaten
Bulletin date: 26 September 1978. Issue IV.
- NOTs 23: Remnant Ridges
Bulletin date: 27 September 1978.
- NOTs 30: Program Departures
Bulletin date: 26 September 1978.
- NOTs 34: The Sequence for Handling a Physical Condition
Bulletin date: 14 November 1978.
- NOTs 36: Rockslams
Bulletin date:: 22 September 1978.
- NOTs 38: Basic Fear
Bulletin date: 7 November 1978.
- NOTs 45: Partially Blown BTs
Bulletin date: 10 February 1979.
- OT III and OT III Attest
Bulletin date: 18 November 1981.
Read the Actual NOTs Documents Yourself
- As of April 2008, WikiLeaks has all the OT materials available in
a 612 page PDF file. You can find out about this compilation at this
- As of January 2008 some NOTs documents were accessible
- As of December 2005, a collection of "upper level files",
including NOTs, were avilable at the web site mentioned in this
posting from alt.religion.scientology.
- Sweden keeps the NOTs public.
News story from June, 1998 about a Swedish supreme court decision.
Unfortunately, the Swedish government later caved in to political
pressure from the US (spearheaded by Sonny Bono, who was Scientology's
pet congressman), and you can no longer order the NOTs from
the Swedish parliament. However, the documents may still be
available from other government agencies in Sweden.
- Operation Clambake, maintained
by Andreas Heldal-Lund in Norway, contains a wealth of information
about Scientology. Andreas suggests this page
[search.freewinds.cx] for advice on how to obtain the NOTs by email.
There is only one released level beyond NOTs. (Other levels are said
to exist but have not yet been released by Scientology.) This level
is New OT8, "Truth Revealed". The contents of New OT8 are not known
for certain; several wildly different versions have appeared on the
Internet, but none has been universally acknowledged as genuine. Here
is one such summary of OT8 with the
actual processes supposedly involved.
David S. Touretzky
Computer Science Department & Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3891