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Artificers in Demand at Bulgarian Water Conference
My contribution to this conference came early on, fortunately, so I was able to make my presentation and then relax and enjoy the rest of the meeting. It was the first time I had given a talk in a large hall standing at a desk and speaking into a microphone. It all seemed to go fairly well. I would not say the reception was rapturous or anything like that, but quite a few of the participants approached me afterwards, bought copies of Artificers, usually adding a donation to the sum I said it would cost. We had many passionate and interesting discussions about the theme of the book and the bion experiments and several people expressed a wish to buy a microscope and to get on with the experiments themselves. Short of raising thousands for our much needed teaching and research centre, this is exactly what I want the book to do, to inspire people to get down to practical work, so this conference was another very satisfying experience. I took ten copies and could have sold a good few more. The enthusaism and committment of these (mostly) young students is really inspiring and I look forward to some interesting collaboration. There was also some opposition and some easy explaining away by a couple of people. Actually these easy explainings away help to further the work as they inspire deeper thought and further experimentation to test the bion model to destruction. I shall be getting on with some of these further experiments shortly.
In the meantime there have also been a few more orders for Artificers, but always from people already in touch with orgonomy. As yet, as far as I know, there have still been no orders from people who are new to orgonomy and who have just heard about the book by word of mouth or seen it in a library and decided it is worth buying. The book is not out in any bookshops, as far as I know, and so at present there are not going to be any random buyers who see the book, pick it up and find it interesting, as people do in bookshops.Thanks to James DeMeo for circulating information about Artificers to people on his mailing list. This has already produced an order from someone in the UK. (Updated 5. 11. 13.)
Some Comments on Rome and Artificers' Progress (if Any!)
Well, yes, there has been some, believe it or not! I had the idea of publishing Artificers after two huge blows in one week in 2010 made me realise that if I was going to do anything to advance orgonomy in the UK, I would have to do it alone and unassisted. Along with the decision to publish was a faint hope that the book might just interest the general public and earn some money towards the financing of a bricks-and-mortar centre for orgonomy in this country. Well, as far as earning money goes, it has been more than a flop, it has been a fiasco double plus to use Orwell's gradings. But in one way it is succeeding. I also hoped that it would inspire young students of orgonomy to buy microscopes and to get down to repeating the bion experiments. The first person to do so was actually not a young student at all, he appears to be retired, but is obviously alive enough still to have the enthusiasm to renovate a neglected microscope and get down to the experiments. Congratulations on your work and committment, Larry. They are truly inspiring.
A young couple that I met at the Rome conference plan to visit for a few days soon for instruction in orgonomic microscopy, after hearing my talk on the bion experiments. This request was bliss to my ears. At last some active interest, even if it's from Italy and not the UK. A couple of other people said they were going to buy a microscope and have a go themselves. Participants at the conference bought 20 copies of the book, possibly more. And I came home to find three orders for Artificers waiting on my computer and have had four more since, all, bar one, from outside the UK and the one from the UK is from a psycho-therapist known to me, but not a 'Reichian' or orgonomist. So the book has still not been bought by a single newcomer outside orgonomy and the tiny world of those in this country who know of Reich and his work. One day, maybe? How about buying one for a friend for Christmas who is interested in the history of science? It's a good story, even if you have never heard of Reich or Brown. There have also been about 15 orders for copies from libraries, which is encouraging, though we will never know if anyone is reading them, unless readers, contact me by e-mail after reading the book. (13. 10. 13.)
First Review for Artificers - if only they hadn't bothered!
To see Peter Jone's white blood cells, please go to http://youtu.be/8dLMvzpdsYo
There is a review of Artificers in next month's issue of ForteanTimes, a journal traditionally and originally interested in fringe and alternative science and sympathetic towards it. The review is a real hatchet job and the writer is clearly out to demolish my efforts without the least bit of thoughtful attention to anything I have written. He claims that I have mistaken the white blood cells in my eyes for the bions that I saw down my microscope! These blood cells were so real and outside my eyes that it was possible to film them and show them in real time on a TV monitor via an analogue CCTV camera, not to mention magnify them by swinging in an objective with a higher magnification. In other words, the review is typical UK crap, the writer flinging the first simplistic, moronic objection at serious, carefully carried out research. This is what we are up against in the UK and there is no end to it. You just cannot get anyone to take orgonomy seriously. I don't mind intelligent, thoughtful criticism, in fact look forward to it, but that is what you certainly won't get in this country. I'll post a link to the review when the magazine comes out. Anyone who is seriously interested in my research is welcome to visit C O R E by arrangement to see with their own eyes the items described in the book and also filmed on C O R E's various YouTube videos. Several people have done this over the last few years.
This review is the usual, frantic, rear-guard reaction that shows the reviewer's desperate fear of reality. To the usual old excuses for dismissal - 'Brownian motion' and 'contamination' we can now add 'white blood cells'. There is another one in the wind, too - 'dipole water molecules'! What will this reviewer say next year when a detailed history of the bion experiments comes out, written by a US professor of the history of science and published by Harvard University Press? I shouldn't have said that, should I? I have given him a whole year in which to devise a new rubber-stamp reason to dismiss that book. (14. 9. 13.)
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Centre for Orgonomic Research and Education
publishing as Orgonomy UK (www.orgonomyuk.org.uk)
by Peter Jones
Paperback, £12:00 Publication date – March 2013
A5 format, 170 + vii pages, B/W photographs and diagrams, glossary, and index.
This book tells the story of how mainstream science has twice denied and concealed the discovery of the origin of life, the until now mysterious step by which non-life moves to become life. Robert Brown, the great botanist and microscopist witnessed the process in 1827 and described it in his famous 1828 paper, A Brief Account of Microscopical Observations…He observed apparently alive, motile bodies emerging from pollen grains in water. These gathered in clumps that spontaneously rolled or bent. He unmistakeably connected his discovery to the earlier work of other pioneers in the same field. A year later, in 1829, he published a strange document, Additional Remarks, in which he denied he had ever made such a claim. His paper has gone down in the history of science as the discovery of ‘Brownian motion.’
In 1936 Wilhelm Reich discovered the process of bionous disintegration. Dead matter, allowed to swell in water or a nutrient fluid, broke down into microscopic vesicles that he named bions. These pulsated, danced around each other in pairs, and often agglomerated into motile proto-organisms. His moving vesicles were dismissed as ‘Brownian motion’ or contamination. He published his findings openly, but no-one made a serious attempt to replicate his experiments and his findings were ridiculed. A press campaign tried to hound him out of Norway, where he was working as a refugee from Nazism. He escaped to the USA just before the outbreak of World War II and continued with his work.
Artificers of Fraud summarises the stories of Browns and Reich’s work, and shows how science’s denial and concealment have continued to this day. It includes the text of Brown’s original two papers and extracts from Reich’s writings on the topic. It includes enough information for students of microscopy and even beginners to repeat these classic experiments themselves, information on buying a microscope, a detailed glossary of relevant terms and names, and an index.
Peter Jones has been a life-long student of orgonomy, the science of the life-energy, and has made a special study of Brown’s experiments and precursors of Reich’s discoveries. He is the founder of C O R E (Centre for Orgonomic Research and Education), the UK’s only life-energy research and teaching organisation, and has contributed to orgonomic conferences and seminars in various countries.
The proceeds from the sales of this book will be devoted entirely to the support of orgonomy, the science of the life energy, in the UK.
As Artificers now exists in the UK book-selling system, here are some extracts for the enlightenment of anyone who wonders whether the book is worth buying. I have omitted the many references here.
As with many discoveries made far before their time, there was no framework at all into which Brown’s discovery could be placed and so it floated in limbo for decades and eventually was assimilated by physics into conventional science as something that it was not. I was going to say that no-one in 1828, when his Active Molecules article was first published, could conceivably have realised that these items were bions and that there was a charge of life energy driving their movement. But that does an injustice to Brown. He, himself, realised this at first, writing that these were possibly the basic elements of life and made connections between the items that he had observed and those hypothesised or observed by earlier scientists. (Chapter 2, Robert Brown, page 13)
I have made it my main interest to repeat Brown’s investigations as best I can and as exactly as I can, and to determine exactly what he did see while he was doing these experiments. I have gone as far as going to the botanical library at the Natural History Museum in London to read his own, original notes. Like his diaries, these do not give a lot away. As I read his slips, (those that are decipherable, that is, as his writing is difficuilt to decipher), I recognised whole sentences which are found almost unaltered in his final article. I came across an expression that figures in the article and which no-one else, as far as I know, has quoted. He describes the motion of some of the particles he is observing as ‘slightly vermicular,’ in plain English, worm-like. This must surely be a reference to the contractile or pulsatory movement that he has noticed in some of the particles, bulges forming on one side and, concavities on the other, and the undulating motion of the agglomerations of the molecules. (Same chapter, page 16.)
... He had discovered the muscular armouring. When he started to work on the physical tensions themselves to release them, therapy progressed much faster and more deeply. He also worked to remobilise the patient’s breathing, which was inhibited by the armouring. As patients became able to breathe more fully and their muscular tensions gave way, they would often report to Reich strong sensations of something moving within their bodies. This sensation was always described as if it were water, something flowing in waves, streamings. (Readers who are not too armoured will recognise descriptions of their own sensations at times of great happiness, ecstasy, or joy.)
As he developed his therapeutic techniques, Reich wondered what the ‘something moving’ was and whether the sensations of expansion and contraction that his patients reported and the accompanying movements which he observed were functions common to nature in general. He was already seeing common factors in, for example, human breathing and the pulsatory movements of jellyfish. At first he planned to set up an aquarium so that he could observe common marine invertebrates such as jellyfish, starfish, and echinoderms. He changed his plans and decided to study micro-organisms, amoebae. (Chapter 3, Wilhelm Reich, page 26.)
There is also the relentless, repetitive drip-drip of the conventional models of biology and medicine. Findings and experiments allegedly proving these models and theories are repeated in almost every textbook one cares to look in. These are repeated in a bland, unquestioning way with no suggestion that there might be any differing interpretation of the facts or experiments and theories. Differing interpretations never get a mention in mainstream works. If we study the history of spontaneous generation and vitalism in the nineteenth century, it is clear that nothing is really proved or disproved. It is simply that the faction affirming the occurrence of spontaneous generation lost a political battle and once they had been defeated in this way, no-one new to science dared embrace these theories and models, and the old supporters died off one by one until there were none left. When H C Bastian died in 1915 his obituaries expressed relief that the last, wearisome, obstinate advocate of a dead-and-buried doctrine, the last flat-earther, had finally died. If we think of this history as a conspiracy in a family not to ever mention an embarrassing episode in the family’s history, then Bastian was the last living witness to the crime. He was now dead and everyone could at last sleep peacefully at night. There was no-one left who could spill the beans. (Chapter 4, Dismissing Reich, page 36.)
Given this background in 1828, it is not too fanciful to claim that some influential gentleman-scientist, possibly someone who was not even a scientist, someone interested and socially aware, must have come up to Brown one quiet evening in the late Sir Joseph’s library and pointed out how damaging it would be to his reputation and encouraging to the radicals and the mob to be seen to be advocating such a disreputable, godless doctrine as that of spontaneous generation. To do so would be to give ammunition to one’s enemies. Given Brown’s diffident character, this persuasion would not have needed to be even a slap on the wrist. A hand on the elbow, a few quiet words in his ear, would have been enough. And so we have the strange document, the Additional Remarks. (Chapter 4, Rebellion from Below, page 48.)
What's this book about? Who is the author? Who is Robert Brown? Who is Wilhelm Reich? What is a bion? Acknowledgements.
Robert Brown (1770-1855). His life, work and personality. His 1828 paper on Active Molecules.
Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957). His life and work. The discovery of the bions, bionous disintegration, and of the orgone. The reception of these discoveries and the misuse of 'Brownian motion' to ridicule and dimiss Reich's work.
Dismissing Reich. 'Brownian motion' and contamination. Experimental evidence. The refusal to replicate Reich's experiments. The basic dogmas of mechanistic science.
Rebellion from Below. The ninteenth century fear of the mob and rebellion from below. The conflation of 'spontaneous generation' and work democracy, the masses rising from below and organising their own lives. Brown's shy, fearful personality. Was he warned away from his original theory that he had witnessed the onset of life from dead matter?
Motivations. The Assumptions of Mechanistic Science, Implications and Consequences.
The Drip, Drip, Drip of Deception. How science hands down a neutered version of Brown's discovery and ignores Brown's mention of pulsating particles and spontaneously moving agglomerations. A selection of writers who have over the years connived at this distortion of Brown's findings.
Repeating Reich's and Brown's Experiments. The sort of microscope you will need to do this. Other items needed. Reich's basic bion experiment. Learning to recognise bionous motility. Brown's pollen experiment. Reich's simple iron-filing experiment.
Robert Brown's 1828 paper on Active Molecules - the full original text including the strange AdditionalRemarks.
Extracts from Reich's works relevant to this history and his discovery of the bions and the orgone.
Reich's publications cited in the references. Useful books on microscopy. Suppliers of microscopes, microscope sundries, and work-benches. Microscopes on ebay.
Explanations of orgonomic terms and specialist terminology commonly used in microscopy and biology. This also includes brief biographies of important workers in the fields of orgonomy, microscopy, and the history of science who are relevant to this history.
Peter Jones, Preston, March, 2011.
Posted March, 2011, last updated March 28th, 2014.
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