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FREE BOOKLET SENT TO NEW ENQUIRERS
We realise that it is possibly too much to expect of newcomers to orgonomy to ask you to pay for booklets without being able to look at them first. We have decided to offer a free copy of An Introduction to Orgonomy to anyone enquiring of C O R E for the first time. This will allow you to orientate yourself in orgonomy and to decide whether you wish to investigate further. If you have a particular interest, for example, childbirth, gardening, or science, please ask for a booklet on your chosen topic. If you are a younger learner, we will send you a copy of the Young Reader's version of our Introduction. This will include a separate copy of the glossary of new/unusal words occurring in the text. Please contact C O R E in the normal way, at email@example.com giving us your name and address. We will not pass these on to anyone else under any circumstances without your consent. (PS Added November, 2014. It is beyond belief, but, alas, all too true, that only nine visitors to this site have taken advantage of this offer of a free booklet - seven visitors out of about 50,000 since I first posted the offer! I sent the Introduction to Orgonomy off to the first enquirer and threw in another booklet that I thought would interest her from the information she enclosed in her e-mail. I have not heard a word from her since. None of the other recipients sent so much as a 'thank you'!) Correction 10. 1. 14. The sixth recipient of a free copy of our Introduction to Orgonomy booklet acknowledged it with thanks and said he found the booklet format helpful.
New Booklets on D H Lawrence and Orgonomy
I have written two new booklets on the English writer D H Lawrence. When I was first reading my way through the orgonomic literature in the nineteen sixties, I had also just come across the novels and poetry of Lawrence and immediately noticed the connection between the two writers. Recently I watched a film on YouTube of Lawrence's notorious novel Lady Chatterley's Lover. There so many distortions and omissions in the film that I dug out the book again and ended up re-reading it, not to mention several others by Lawrence. This Lawrence binge has produced two new booklets, D H Lawrence Poet of the Life Energy and D H Lawrence and Julian Huxley The Conflict between Vitalism and Positivism. These are available in the usual way from C O R E at £3:00 each plus 50p postage in the UK and £1:00 anywhere else. (13. 05. 17.)
Forthcoming Publication - C OR E's Booklets in One Volume
If you are thinking of ordering any of C O R E's booklets, you may like to know that you will soon be able to buy them all in book form for the price of £21:00. After Bions for Beginners, which should be available by the end of May or shortly after, this collected item, title as yet uncertain, will be our next publication, and probably the last for some time as the cost of all this publishing will more or less empty C O R E's precarious bank account. The volume will be quite an item, consisting of about 800 pages. (18. 5. 16.) PS 31. 7. 16. Bions for Beginners is now available from C O R E, £7:50 plus £1:20 postage in UK.
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C O R E's early booklets are clearly written summaries of Wilhelm Reich's discoveries and theories. The later ones branch out as either interpretations of Reich's work or essays on the application of orgonomic knowledge to new areas such as midwifery, history, natural history, vision, or microscopy. They are all thoroughly informed with meticulous references and are good learning resources for new students of orgonomy. I started writing them with the absolute beginner in mind. In fact they have been very well received by knowledgeable students of orgonomy and sell like hot cakes at orgonomic conferences. Please scroll down to the complete list below. We have the more popular titles already printed and will despatch these immediately. Others we 'print-on-demand' and this may take a day or two.
New Booklet - Orgonomy and Architecture
The latest addition to C O R E's list of booklets is Orgonomy and Architecture. This makes the connections between building design and emotional/physiological expansion. If this idea, (physiological expansion), is new to you, take a look at The Function of the Orgasm, chapter VII, 6. I connect these orgonomic ideas and observations with the work of a British architect, Christopher Alexander, who worked in the USA for many years, but who has returned to the UK on retirement. As far as I know there are no orgonomic architects anywhere, but Alexander gets close to orgonomy with his observation that certain configurations in buildings 'make people feel better'. Surely 'feeling better' can only be a mild sense of expansion? These ideas with many beautiful examples are explained in his book, The Timeless Way of Building, Oxford University Press. (10. 2. 16.)
C O R E's Next Publication - Bions for Beginners
I am making good progress with our next publication, Bions for Beginners, a very short introduction to the practical side of basic bion research. This is an amalgam of three of C O R E's booklets on microscopy and the bion experiments and is written with younger students and/or complete beginners in mind. It is only 90 pages long and will cost £7:50. The whole text has been radically revised and expanded and contains many more references and much more information on the practicalities of bion work. I have been hard at work on it, in the hope of having it ready for C O R E's bion study week at Easter, (see Events Page). It should be ready in good time for Easter. Even though all those from the UK who have expressed an interest in that event have since withdrawn, a Spanish student has registered and so it will now take place. As always, orgonomic events in the UK teeter on the verge of cancellation and are often cancelled in the end. This one is, fortunately, going to survive. (5. 2. 16.)
New Title - Textbook on Orgonomic Midwifery
This title is at last available after many problems. (The printers printed the original batch of 100 copies without the all-important illustrations!) They have made amends and we now have 100 copies beautifully printed with Govi Asano's lovely drawings where they should be. This introductory textbook costs £10:00 and second-class UK postage is £1:50. You can order a copy via our PayPal page for Artificers of Fraud. Just add a message explaining that you want OMTB and not AF. You can also send a cheque, payable to C O R E, at Orgonomy UK, PO Box 1331, Preston, PR2 0SZ (28. 4. 15.)
While our website has been stranded I have been very busy getting this book ready for printing and publication in time, I hope, for our Easter midwifery study week. It is actually being printed at this very moment and should be here by at the latest next week. I am very pleased by the way things have gone. It has been a very positive change to have the help of someone to re-design the cover and an artist who has done the all-important drawings for the therapeutic procedures and the massage techniques. My heartfelt thanks to both of you, Shon and Govi. I am getting an appetite for publishing now. It has been a lot easier the second time round and I hope to get a couple of other titles out this year, in particular the collected text of my orgonomic booklets and a book on the bion experiments for young scientists. (24. 3. 15.)
Publication of this book is moving ahead slowly and with the usual hiccups and minor scares, but it is definitely moving ahead. We now have an ISBN for it, which is 978-0-9574850-1-3. Provisional publication date is March 30th, 2015, but if you really can't wait it, may be available a few days before that. Price is £10:00 and you can order it via our Artificers of Fraud PayPal page, simply mention the title in the accompanying message. Postage within the UK will be (second class) £1:50, the same as Artificers. For more information on this book and a full table of contents, please go to our Birth Page. (16. 2. 15.)
Inspired by the interest being shown in our orgonomic midwifery study week next Easter, I have already written the first draft of a basic textbook on a practitioner's textbook on orgone-therapeutic midwifery. I am now revising it and adding references and generally improving it, as one does after writing a draft rather quickly. A colleague in Germany is already proof-reading the first draft. In the meantime I have found a local artist who has agreed to do the handful of line drawings that the book needs and I have compiled the index, always a big job.. I'll be posting the contents page and more information on the book on the birth page shortly. This book includes the text of the Beginner's Practical Guide. (See below.) I hope to be able to hand out copies to students at Easter. (24. 10. 14, updated, 16. 1. 15.)
Orgone Therapy in Midwifery: A Beginner's Practical Guide
The text of this guide-book, slightly revised, is included in our forthcoming publication Orgonomic Midwifery an Introductory Textbook. (See above.)
This guide, a spiral-bound 'how to do it' guide-book, was first published in 1997 and might win a prize for the smallest publishing run in the universe. I doubt if even six copies have been sold. But, at last, I have definitely got one student coming to learn about OT in childbirth next spring and am hoping to 'head-hunt' a few more students, so I have remembered this old text and plan to up-date it and print a new edition in time for the study week. The original text has vanished from my hard-drive and so I have had to re-type the whole work from the only surviving copy that I possess. I have just finished that job now and will set to revising it in the light of almost twenty more years' experience of midwifery and getting it ready to publish as a new edition. This spiral-bound work has been designed specially for beginners who may need to refer to the text as they go along. Hence, large A4 format, large type, generous line-spacing, and the binding, which allows users to lay it out flat on the floor as they work from it. It would also be useful to anyone wanting to try out a few basic OT techniques as a learning experience, though the text is obviously heavily slanted towards pregnancy and birth. (9. 9. 14.)
Two New Booklets from C O R E
We have just got ready for printing and publication two further booklets -
Standing Up for Wilhelm Reich
Intelligent Design, Evolution, and Orgonomy
The first is a summary of my experience of repeating some of Reich's experiments and demonstrations of the effects of the orgone. It is more or less a continuation of my review of the Orgasmatron book, which did so much to damage orgonomy and which took no notice whatever of the many replications of Reich's major experiments, all of which have been confirmed by other workers in orgonomy, most of them still living and still active. No-one reading that dreadful book would ever guess that that is the case. Turner, the author, deliberately ignored all these findings. I describe my experience of many of the basic orgonomic experiments and orgone therapy.
The second title is a small contribution to the endless debate on evolution. There is fierce argument all the time between the advocates of 'intelligent design', all fundamentalist Christians, and the neo-Darwinians. Orgonomy, which has much to contribute to the debate, is, of course, completely ignored by all the participants in the debate, because they don't know of its existence. This is an important topic and orgonomy's voice should be heard. As usual, the booklets cost £2:50 each plus 50p for postage and packing.
C O R E's Book Publication
Artificers of Fraud has now been printed and is available to buy. Please see our Artificers page for ordering details. You can also order it from any bookshop, though C O R E's building fund won't benefit so much from sales from bookshops. (Waterstone's have already listed it in their on-line catalogue, but are not stocking it in their local Preston bookshop, alas. As far as I know, it is not on the shelves of any ordinary bookshop.) The ISBN is 9 780957 4850 06. There is now a PayPal link on the Artificers of Fraud links at the top of our site pages.
More good news! The provisional cost of the printing of Artificers of Fraud turns out to be much less than I thought it would be. This means that I will be able to pay for a further printing soon after Artificers. I shall get my short book for young learners printed next. (It's provisional new title is Life-Energy for Young Learners.) I wrote this with younger readers in mind, by which I was thinking of younger teenagers of around 12-14, though it is difficult to know exactly who is the 'perfect reader' of a book that one has written. I have in mind the fact that once teenagers become obsessed with being seen as 'cool', they will not let themselves get interested in orgonomy. So I assume that any interested younger readers will be at the younger end of the teenage years. I'll be posting full details about this book as soon as the printing of Artificers isunderway. That won't be long now, possibly only a couple of weeks. PS 4. 2. 13. There is now a new web-page on my two forthcoming books, Life-Energy for Young Learners and Orgonomic Midwifery and Baby-Care. The midwifery book has already been translated into Greek, Italian, and Portuguese, all by devoted supporters of orgonomy and natural birth, without payment. It seemed a pointless thing to do, to spend a lot of energy and money publishing a book on a topic that no-one is interested in, but it is surely better to leave the knowledge behind on earth, if only in book form, than to take it with me to the grave, which is what I was expecting to do, given the complete lack of interest in orgonomy in the UK. So, with help from someone with the illustrations, which are a very important part of this book, that book may see the light of day by the end of the year. (11. 3. 13.)
C O R E's Unpublished Writings
An accident has made me realise how many written but unpublished books I have got gathering dust on my hard drive. A young relative is apparently asking his parents questions about orgonomy that they cannot answer. He has discovered C O R E's website! I knew that some millenia ago, before written records started, that I had written a book on orgonomy for the younger reader. I had no idea what I had called it or where it was in my computer. It proved fairly easy to find and I have dug it out and started to tidy it up and get into a printable condition. It's about 120 pages long and I could just about afford to get it printed, if Artificers of Fraud starts to produce some income. (It turns out that I wrote the book in 2002.)
The large number of illustrations needed for this book is a daunting prospect. If there were no pictures in it, I could send it to the printers in a week. But there are about 40 illustrations needed to make it understandable. We desperately need the help of someone competent in illustrating and computer graphics. I am sure there is only a few hours work for someone competent in the field. I have been issuing this cri de coeur for years now and still no-one offers their services. Well... Here it is again, in the hope that someone with the necessary skills might just notice.
Here is a list of all my unpublished books. I am willing to make the text of these available to serious students who need them for their own study.
Orgonomic Midwifery has been translated into Italian and Greek. The publisher of Reich's books in Greece has actually offered to publish it, though that offer was made a year ago and I do not know if it still stands, given Greece's precarious economic state at the moment. Someone else is translating it into Portuguese (in Brazil, not Portugal). A Beginner's Practical Guide, written for midwives and expectant mothers, has been available in a spiral-bound home-printed edition for some years and a few copies are out in the world. I think it may have already been translated into Italian. I lose track of Francesco's heroic efforts. I published it in that format so that it will lie open on the floor while you are working and using it and you can look at it as you go along. Yet again, heartfelt thanks to these translators, all of whom have done this demanding work without receiving or asking for any payment. The ratio of time given to supporting C O R E from other countries and time given from the UK must be at least 1,000 to 1, if not 10,000 to 1. Funny that, eh? It must be that stuff in the water again. mustn't it? (3. 1. 13.)
Complete Text of C O R E Booklets on This Site
The complete text of five of our booklets - Orgonomy and Organic Farming, Spiral Cultures, How to Build and Use Your Own Orgone Accumulator, The Bio-Energetics of Breast-Feeding, and Everyday Orgone Therapy are now attached to the appropriate pages on this site. This is because we hoped, against hope, that we would get a few visitors from the organic movement or from breast-feeding mothers. These two areas are very important orgonomically and it seemd vital to tell people about the orgonomic understanding of these two areas, if they were visiting this site. As you will see, if you visit the appropriate page, we have already received an important enquiry from a mother about a breast-feeding problem. (23. 9. 12. edited 4. 10. 12.)
Orgonomic Functionalism Soon Available in German
Our indefatigable colleague in Germany, Oliver Gerlach, has been discussing orgonomic functionalism with fellow students of orgonomy there and decided that it would be useful to have this booklet available in German. He plans to translate it as soon as he has the time. If you want a copy of this in German please contact C O R E in a few weeks for details - firstname.lastname@example.org . (23. 9. 12.)
Further New Booklets
I have been working on two new booklets, Wilhelm Reich's Bio-Electrical Investigation of Sexuality and Anxiety, and Eyes, Armouring, and Orgone Energy. Both these titles are now ready and available. I have added them to the list of titles below. (26. 11. 12.)
Another recent addition to C O R E's list of booklets is H C Bastian's Plastide Particles and Wilhelm Reich's Bions. This is a revised version of an article I wrote in about 2004/5, which has had scarcely any circulation and which lists the similarities in observation and theory in the work of H C Bastian and Wilhelm Reich. This was an important chapter in my work following the thread backwards from Reich to various predecessors in biology who had postulated either a theory of life energy or the preliminary units of life such as bions, plastide particles, active molecules, and organic molecules. A book covering this ground in more detail - Bastian and Reich: the Origin of Life and Scientific Death - is one of several dormant on my hard drive and awaiting publication. Bastian's main work, The Beginnings of Life, has recently been reprinted by www.forgottenbooks.com and is now easily obtainable through normal book-trade channels.
We also hope to set up facilities for ON-LINE PAYMENT soon. (You can now pay on line via our PayPal page for Artificers. Just go that page and add a message saying what you want and how many copies, etc. If you send us an e-mail enquiry first, we can let you know what postage costs will be. )
New title for our booklets list.
As you may know if you have visited our news page, I have written a very short version of my book, Artificers of Fraud, about the misuse science has made of Robert Brown's discovery of 'Brownian motion.' You will be surprised to learn that Brown was actually describing the bions and bionous motility in his famour 1828 paper on Active Molecules. A further new title is Everyday Orgone Therapy, an explanation of the principles of orgone therapy through our experience of everyday life and other people.
C O R E has been publishing these booklets ever since we set up the organisation in 1995. There are now over forty titles available. They cost £2:50 each, except for Orgone Therapy with Babies, which is much shorter than the others. This costs £1:00. Postage and packing is 50p for a single booklet and £1:00 for more than one. C O R E now has facility for on-line payment. You can still send us a cheque, if you prefer to. You can also click on an Artificers of Fraud link and this will bring up our PayPal page. We get occasional grumpy enquiries from people who seem to expect us to provide them with the text of the booklets for nothing and refusing to order them, if they have got to pay for them. This is, of course, an expectation of many people used to on-line availability.
C O R E does not make any money from selling these booklets. In fact printing them on a domestic system is a chore demanding a great deal of time and expense. We prefer to send out orgonomic information in this form because there is much more chance that it will be seen by random browsers on your coffee-table or floor than it will if the text is on your hard-drive. And even if you think the contents are utter rubbish, you can still dispose of the booklet at your local Oxfam shop or give it to someone else. The survival of orgonomy in this country is so precarious at the moment that it is vital that more people find out about its existence.
In practice about half of these booklets sent out are given away, as we send copies to anyone who writes something publicly which comes close to orgonomy, in the hope that they might realise orgonomy exists and might just show an interest in it. So far this innocent hope has never been realised. There just does not seem to be any interest in orgonomy in this country or even the emotional potential for an interest in it. Whatever the reasons may be, this country is a complete desert, as far as orgonomy is concerned. All the more reason, therefore, for our booklets to be seen lying around in homes, studies, and laboratories.
Just to prove the point, here's an interesting story. An American e-mail contact, one of the very few people who have contacted C O R E via our website, told me that he had learnt of C O R E's existence by coming across a copy of our booklet on Self-Regulation and the Continuum Concept in a second-hand bookshop in London. God knows where it had been in the meantime, between it's journey from C O R E to the bookshop. Presumably someone had discarded it as not worth keeping. But it was still there to speak to another reader, not to mention many other readers, if it was on the shelves in a bookshop.
At the moment, January, 2015, the list of titles is as follows:
Titles marked * are available in Greek, those marked + in Italian. The number of booklets being translated into Greek and Italian is increasing slowly all the time. Orgonomic Functionalism is being translated into German. Those marked (wp) are available on this site on the relevant webpage. (Please contact C O R E directly for information on how to obtain these titles in other languages.) The latest additions to C O R E's booklets are Everyday Orgone Therapy, Artificers of Fraud, H C Bastian's Plastide Particles and Wilhelm Reich's Bions, and The Natural History of the Bion. The first is a simple exposition of the principles of orgone therapy through everyday experiences that we all share, simply by virtue of the fact that we are human beings and relate to other human beings. It is available to read on the Muscular Armouring page.
Sample Pages from C O R E's Booklets
We hope to post a page from each of our booklets eventually and the Glossary that we provide with our booklet, An Introduction to Orgonomy for the Younger Reader
from Demonstrations of the Orgone (page 9)
...see in the dark-room is an orgonotic effect, and not an after-effect brought about by the light outside. He brought out the tube and stroked it gently. Immediately it flashed blue inside. He carefully passed it to me to hold and I stroked it myself. It also flashed blue immediately.
We do not have an orgone dark-room at C O R E, but we do have a vacuum tube, thanks to James DeMeo’s informing members of the Orgonomic Science e-group that there was a tube for sale on ebay. I bid for it and won it. It was the first and, I hope, the last item I have bid for on this system and finding out how to make payment nearly killed me. If this item had not been so important for C O R E’s research, I would have given up the chase. It was despatched all the way from Australia.
When it first arrived it would not flash at all. However much one stimulated it with one’s hand. After a couple of weeks inside our small experimental accumulator placed inside a large accumulator, (8 layers in all, and for some of that time, wrapped in an orgone blanket sent by a friend (another 3 layers), it soon luminated fairly easily, but not by any means as easily as the tube did in Oregon.
One has to rub it quite vigorously to get it to start flashing and the colour is different to that which I observed in the OBRL dark-room. It is much greyer or whiter. I am not sure of the significance of this, as so few people have repeated this demonstration of Reich’s. As far as I know it has never been repeated in this country. There is a photograph of this luminating orgone energy within a vacuum tube in the original and later hard-back editions of his books, Ether, God and Devil and Cosmic Superimposition, (published as one volume). Unfortunately this picture is not included in the currently available paper-back edition of these two texts.
At C O R E’s fiftieth anniversary conference in the summer of 2007 we happened by a great stroke of luck to have an improvised dark-room in the venue at Chipping Village Hall. This was the furniture store-room, quite a large room with no windows. I took the vacuum tube in with a handful of conference participants and showed them the luminating process. It was, to use a cliché, a show-stopper. People were at first speechless and then voluble as first one and then another person asked an interesting pertinent question or made a suggestion for further experimental work exploiting this effect. Although this demonstration was completely informal and unplanned, it ended up being more a seminar on the lumination effect than a mere replication of Reich’s experiment. This is typical of orgonomy. One is all the time opening doors to a flood of experimental treasures and possibilities. One never gets stuck, up against it, scratching one’s head, wondering how to move ahead. Natural processes and functions give of themselves to you in abundance. The only problems are finding the time to...
from Everyday Orgone Therapy (page 2)
armouring by referring to people’s own everyday experience rather than to clinical and scientific writings.
So…how does our own experience of other people help to explain muscular armouring? Let us start with a simple thought experiment. Imagine I have recruited 12 experimental subjects. Of the twelve six are easily able to cry and all tell me that they have cried within the last week and that when moved by a painful or sad experience or an upsetting memory they easily cry. The other six are completely unable to cry and cannot remember when they last cried. It was probably sometime in their childhood some years ago. These twelve people are in the same room as you, socialising, chatting, drinking tea or coffee, mixing. Would you feel able to pick out those able to cry and those who were unable to?
Most people without any formal training in orgone therapy agree that they would probably be able to tell the difference between those who could cry and those who could not. I think this thought-experiment makes the point that most people acknowledge that ‘psychology’ is not merely something that goes on inside people’s heads, even though academic and clinical psychology still behave as if it was. I don’t know and haven’t asked people how they would recognise those who can cry and those who cannot. I imagine they would probably mentions a certain softness and aliveness in the eyes of those who can cry and a deadness or hardness or emptiness in those who cannot cry. I immediately think of the psychotic face of a dangerous criminal when a violent crime has been committed. The police search for the perpetrator and have his portrait published in the newspapers. I see the dry, hardened, and expressionless eyes, the dead cheeks, the unsmiling mouth, the rigidly held jaw. You do not need to be an orgone therapist to recognise these aspects of a face, even if we only do it unawares.
What will you do to stop yourself crying or experiencing some deep, painful feeling? That you will tense something up to hold out against the painful feeling will not be a strange idea to most people, I think.
Obviously, deciding to stop oneself crying is a fairly extreme example. What other things might a person do to themselves to avoid the awareness of emotional pain? People talk of gritting their teeth and getting on with something unpleasant. Presumably this gritting the teeth refers to a setting of the jaw to control an urge to cry out in pain or protest. People recognise a rigidly held jaw as a sign of determination or deliberate courage. It goes with these attributes because to be grimly determined or courageous we have to suppress fear. The opposite to this attitude is a trembling chin and a bursting into tears. Again, these physical defences are readily recognised by most people and are the routine meat of comedy, cartoons, and jokes. An unconscious awareness of armouring and character defences is the very stuff of comedy and cartoons, both in the creator and the audience.
From Armouring, Orgone Energy, and Physiology (pages 5 and 6)
Readers new to orgonomic concepts may think that as pleasure is presumably preferable to pain and expansion to contraction, therefore a healthy, happy person is in a perpetually parasympathetically stimulated state. This obviously cannot be so. In a state of health the organs and systems must oscillate between the two to perform the body’s necessary tasks, though most common illnesses with a psycho-physiological basis stem from a chronically overstimulated sympathetic state, a contraction that bespeaks anxiety. Eventually Reich concluded that the process of charge and discharge, which is so obvious in sexuality, is the life-formula itself and that the energy-metabolism of all organs and organisms, from protozoa to mammals, from bladders to babies, follows this formula. He called it the orgasm formula and finally the life-formula – a four-beat cycle of mechanical tension - energy charge - energy discharge -mechanical relaxation. The capacity to function according to this formula throughout the organism without disturbance from armouring is the orgonomic definition of health. (Obviously other things can disturb the capacity for pulsation – acute illness, injury, and the sequelae of illness.) The armouring that Reich discovered is the superficial layer of this process of contraction and the most accessible to therapeutic intervention. It is the way in which psychological and physiological damage is anchored and through which a person’s traumatising past continues to affect them. If we release the armouring therapeutically, we see marked physiological changes, changes that occur within minutes or even seconds in some cases. This is particularly visible when doing orgone therapy with babies.
I shall cite examples from my own work, both with infants and adults. (It is difficult to convince people of the truth of the orgonomic concept of health. People with no experience of orgone therapy cannot believe that such major changes in physiology can come about without any intervention via medication.) The most startling example that I have seen was in a baby of a few months of age who came to one of my baby-therapy workshops with his parents. His condition seemed so severe that my first reaction to seeing and holding him was that he might be suffering from some syndrome or other. His parents assured me that he had had extensive paediatric investigations. They had been repeatedly reassured that there was ‘nothing wrong’ with him. He was alternatively floppy and tense, had a tendency to turn his head rigidly to one side, was crying and unsettled nearly all the time, in short was thoroughly unhappy and inconsolable. His skin was also rather pale. In view of the rather unusual head and neck attitudes, I assumed that he was quite severely armoured in that area. I asked the parents all about his history and what problems they had in caring for him, but could find nothing obvious that could account for his unhappy state. (I should point out here that the finer points of emotional contact, pulsation, and the new-born’s primary needs are so foreign to most people that a discussion with parents will rarely immediately disclose the background to an infant’s difficulties. Often, during a baby-therapy workshop, when I have talked about these matters, parents may readily see that they have in fact been having major difficulties with their baby without realising it. They have often just assumed that ‘that’s how babies are.’)
What does an unarmoured baby look and feel like, when we pick her up? How does she respond, even to a stranger? An unarmoured baby looks attentive and responsive and seems to be thinking about the world in an observant, serious way. Reich wrote of the ‘earnest’ expression of the unarmoured new-born. We can see this expression in a maternity ward in the few babies whose need for lively bio-energetic contact with their mother is satisfied. Even though new-born infants are said to be able to focus only at 8-10 inches, she appears to be looking round and taking the world in. She also seems aware when the person holding her is ‘new’ or may show signs of recognition, if she has met this person before, especially if we talk to her. Neonates recognize sounds well. Her muscle tone is good, firm but not tense or resistant to movement from outside. If we put our hands under her buttocks and shoulders and rock them up and down, her body undulates freely without resistance. She finds this rocking pleasurable. She expresses a sense of quiet contentment, physical comfort, and interest in the world. When hungry and offered the breast, she moves towards it actively and enthusiastically. All these signs were absent in our unhappy child described above. My usual therapeutic examination confirmed my impression that he was very tense and obviously uncomfortable. Infants seem very aware of their armouring and its disturbing effects. This is a marked difference from adults whose armouring has been present for years. Armouring obliterates awareness and memory of the situation that led to the armouring in the first place. A severely armoured person has little or no memory of their early childhood. It was quite possible that our infant’s obvious frustration and irritation were an effect of his armouring and sense of disturbance. Having located his extensive and severe armouring, I tried every way I knew to release it, without success. At one point I had just gently massaged his neck musculature, especially the muscles that support the head at the back of the neck. I then tried to take the weight of his head and get it to ‘float’ in my hands, so that I was carrying the weight of his head and his neck muscles could relax. This is a technique that we use in therapy with adults. Many people find it very difficult to ‘go with’ this. They cannot give their head and its weight to another person. This is common with people who feel that they must always maintain control of themselves. The baby seemed to have the same difficulty, unusual in such a young infant. As I continued to gently rock his head through a minute angle in many different planes, so as to avoid any resistance to response, his head suddenly felt heavy in my hands. To everyone’s amazement, all his tension and grumblesome irritation had suddenly vanished.
The Bio-Energetics of Breast-Feeding
Two highly-charged beings experience a strong mutual attraction and move towards each other. The baby moves decisively and urgently towards the breast, and, if the mother is not too severely armoured, her nipple moves towards the infant, erecting vigorously, that is, reaches out towards the infant. Alas, because of the presence of armouring, or possibly the depressing effects of the bad experience of birth, few mothers’ nipples do erect in this way, and not many babies show this decisive movement towards the breast. Yet again, this situation is one in which the bio-energetic movement and attraction is tacitly acknowledged by those helping new mothers to breast-feed. We talk of babies who ‘jump on’. The new-born baby, supposedly incapable of almost any voluntary directed movement, in the right circumstances, can make this complex, active, and motivated movement. We never see a baby jump on a bottle and teat in the same excited way. Babies in a bio-energetically contracted state feel no urge towards the breast. This lack of response from the baby is an extremely dispiriting experience for a new mother and possibly the most difficult of breast-feeding problems to deal with. It would be a great deal easier to help mothers and babies in this unfortunate predicament, if the baby’s bio-energetic state were acknowledged and made a vital part of care in labour and after.
The new-born baby needs this mutual excitation to maintain her capacity for expansion in the early weeks and months of her life. No-one who has observed many babies at the breast can deny the enormous power of the infant’s drive to embrace the breast with his mouth and the complete bliss that he expresses as he falls asleep, replete, at the breast, completely relaxed in his mother’s arms. It is not difficult to imagine that a baby who experiences this deep satisfaction again and again and feels that it will reliably be there whenever he needs it is going to grow up with a deeply trusting feeling about life, that life is alright and will give him what he needs when he needs it.
Artificers of Fraud - a summary in booklet form of my forthcoming book on the history of Robert Brown, Brownian motion, and Reich's discovery of the bions.
keep it in focus, as it is being pushed up and down in the fluid, as well as from side to side. A slide full of particles in this way has a particular visual feel to it which is completely recognisable, once you have seen it a few times. There are several video films of it on YouTube along with the conventional explanations of modern physics.
So what does original Brownian motion look like? It is, needless to say, our old friend, bionous motility.[i] The tiny particles, his active molecules/bions, dance about in a giratory pattern and if you can observe an asymmetrical one you will see that it is spinning vigorously. Also you will notice pairs cavorting round each other in what appears to be a dance of mutual attraction and repulsion.[ii] You will also see agglomerations of the molecules, again exactly as described by both Brown and Reich.[iii] As Brown points out very accurately, the agglomerations bend and he describes this movement as vermicular, ie, worm-like. There is no possible way in which later Brownian motion can be described as pulsatory in the way that a worm’s movement is pulsatory.
In many of the substances examined, especially those of a fibrous structure, as asbestos, actinolite, tremolite, zeolite, and even steatite, along with the spherical molecules, other corpuscles were found, like short fibres somewhat moniliform, whose transverse diameter appeared not to exceed that of the molecule, of which they seemed to be primary combinations. These fibrils, when of such length as to be probably composed of not more than four or five molecules, and still more cvidently when formed of two or three only, were generally in motion, at least as vivid as that of the simple molecule itself, and which from the fibril often changing its position in the fluid, and from its occasional bending, might be said to be somewhat vermicular.[iv]
Brown’s first interpretation of his findings is to assume that he has hit upon the basic element of life, as assumed to exist and described by his two well-known predecessors, De Buffon[v] and Needham.[vi] By citing the work of these two he irrevocably joins the camp of those who accept the theory of spontaneous generation, as it would have been called in Brown’s day.
Reflecting on all the facts with which I had now become acquainted, I was disposed to believe that the minute spherical particles or Molecules of apparently uniform size, first seen in the the advanced state of the pollen of Onagrariae, and most other Phaenomagous plants, - then in the antherae of Mosses and on the surfaces of bodies regarded as the staminae of Equisetum, - and lastly in the bruised portions of other parts of the same plant, were in reality the supposed constituent or elementary Molecules of
[i] Reich W (1979); op cit, chapter 2, Bions as the Preliminary Stage of Life.
[ii] Reich W (1974); op cit, pages 52-54.
[iv] Brown R; op cit.
[v] De Buffon G L C (1791); Natural History, volume II, chapter VIII, Strahan and Cadell, London.
[vi] Needham J T (1748); A Summary of some late Observations upon the Generation , Composition, and Decomposition of Animal and Vegetable Substances, in Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. Vol 45, 1748, pages 615-667.
Occurring in C O R E’s Booklets
Readers will notice some Latin abbreviations in the references. These are regularly used in references by all writers. Ibid means in the same place (as the previous reference). Op cit stands for opus citatum and means work previously cited by the same author, published in the same year. To find the exact details simply look back in the references until you come across the relevant reference. Words marked with * are specialised orgonomic words that you will probably not find in ordinary dictionaries, reference works, or text-books.
Academics – those who teach at universities or other places of higher education
Amoeba – a very small freshwater organism. Under the microscope it looks like a small blob of transparent jelly that pushes out arms in different directions and withdraws them again.
Anthropology – the study of different human cultures.
Anti-semitism – the organised, political hatred and denigration of Jews (in the past) and now often the hatred of Israel. Anti-semitism was a major plank of the German Nazis before and during the Second World War. It eventually led to the organised murder of about 6 million European Jews during that war.
Armouring* – (also called muscular armouring), permanent muscular tensions that stop the awareness of painful feelings or sometimes just feelings that a child thinks its carers will not accept, even if to the child they are quite pleasant. (See The Function of the Orgasm.) Armouring also interferes with the body’s physiology.
Authoritarian – believing in principle that authority and discipline are good for people, especially children, and that society should be organised with strict rules which should be obeyed by everyone; a person who holds such a belief.
Autoclavation – a commonly used method of sterilising cultures or medical instruments by heating items under pressure to a temperature of 120°C for 30 minutes. Amateur researchers without full laboratory facilities can improvise with a pressure cooker.
Autonomic nervous system (ANS) – the automatic part of our physiology that regulates the body’s basic systems, such as breathing, circulation, digestion and so on. It is working all the time without our being aware of it. It has two sides, the sympathetic and para-sympathetic. These work in opposite directions, stimulation of the first, for example, speeding up the heart-rate, of the second slowing it down. These changes occur freely according to the body’s natural needs but they also occur (speeding up) in anxiety and (slowing down) in pleasure. Lasting disturbances in these opposite functions play an important part in sickness and health. (See also orgonotic pulsation.)
Bio-energy* - see orgone energy
Bions* - tiny vesicles charged with orgone energy, typically obtained from rotting grass, other rotting vegetation in water, or ground solid materials in water.
Bionous disintegration* - the process by which bions come into existence from swelling matter that breaks up in water or nutrient fluid
Bion experiments* - experiments in which Reich observed grass and other, dead materials swelling in water and producing bions and in some cases other organisms. (See The Bion Experiments on the Origin of Life.)
Biopathy* - a pathological condition of the organism’s energyeconomy. This condition will often have led to an illness but not always. (See The Cancer Biopathy.)
Bio-physical* - connected with the biological and the physical. Orgone energy exists in organised form within organisms and in free form in the atmosphere, so that many orgonomic functions are both biological and physical.
Carcinogen – a substance that is likely to cause cancer.
Carcinogenic – tending to cause cancer.
Character defence* – a way of behaving or holding oneself physically that avoids the awareness of some painful or forbidden emotion or sensation. (See Character Analysis.)
Character structure* - the total of character defences that a person has developed to cope with the difficulties presented by their own particular family.
Charge* – the building up of orgoneenergy within the organism or atmosphere.
Circulation – the movement of the blood round the body in the blood vessels. The circulatory system consists of the heart, lungs, blood, and blood vessels.
Cloud-buster* - a device invented by Reich to reduce or increase orgone energy charge in a part of the sky, thus changing the energy dynamics in the locality and possibly the weather. (See Selected Writings.)
Common functioning principle* (CFP) - (See Ether, God and Devil.) An energy function common to a pair or more of processes in nature. This common functioning principle makes them, in orgonomic terms, functionally identical, even though orthodox science might see them as completely different processes. A good example is orgonotic pulsation, seen throughout nature, in particular in the peristalsis of the digestive tract and the movement of a worm.
Core* – the centre of our being, from which emerge all primary impulses. In orgonomy the word describes the unarmoured, healthy centre of a human being.
Diagnosis – the process by which a doctor decides what is wrong with a patient. The doctor makes this decision by assessing the patient’s signs and symptoms.
Digestion – the process by which an animal takes in food and breaks it down into forms that the body can use and excretes unusable parts of the food taken in.
Discharge* - literally unloading, in orgonomy, the unloading of orgone energy via the involuntary muscular contractions of the orgasm. (See The Function of the Orgasm.)
Disintegration – breaking down, coming apart
Distort – to deform the shape of
DOR* – Deadly ORgone energy, orgone energy that has reacted strongly to irritation by radio-activity and become hostile to life. (See Selected Writings.)
Emotional plague* - the name given by Reich to a particular emotional biopathy. A person who has this biopathy has a very high energy level but few outlets for their energy. Such a person feels continually frustrated and angry and commonly becomes very intolerant and persecuting towards any manifestation of life and pleasure in other people, especially children. (See Character Analysis.)
Energy economy* - the internal dynamics of a person’s bio-energy, especially with reference to the amount of energy their organism creates and the amount it can discharge and the level at which it commonly functions, with reference to the level of excitation it can tolerate and enjoy. (See Function of the Orgasm.)
Fascism – an authoritarian system of government with only one party, no democratic elections, and a strong leader, usually a dictator with absolute power. The first truly fascist government was set up in Italy by Mussolini in 1923. German Nazism was similar but had much stronger elements of racial prejudice in its policies.
Freud, Sigmund (1856-1939) – the originator of psycho-analysis. Reich was a loyal follower of Freud and his methods until he started to break away from his influence and to develop his own methods.
Frustration – the feeling a human being experiences when a strong wish or urge is blocked either by outside persons or forces or by internal inhibitions.
Function* – in orgonomy, an energy process driven by orgone energy, for example, pulsation or superimposition. Orgonomy often sees two processes as having the same function, therefore being functionally identical, even if ordinary science sees them as quite different and unconnected. See common functioning principle. (See Ether, God and Devil.)
Great Depression – a period (1929-1934) in which there was a complete collapse of the world economy, with very high levels of unemployment and social distress.
Harmony – originally a musical term, the sound produced when two or more notes sound together and are pleasing to the ear. Also often used to describe the state in a family or society, when people live together without friction or discord.
Heresy – a belief that disagrees with conventionally accepted beliefs, especially religious ones.
Homoeostasis – see self-regulation
Industrialism – the practice of producing items for human use by mass-production in factories, the economic philosophy that believes this is a good thing.
Ingest – to take in, especially as food.
Inhibit – to hold in, restrict, especially a feeling.
Inhibited – a word now commonly used to describe someone who does not let themselves feel much or express their feelings much.
Inhibition – a holding in, a refusal to allow oneself or someone to do or feel something.
Intellectuals – individuals who work with their brains as opposed to their hands, in particular social thinkers who write, talk, and think about social problems.
Libido – the word used by psycho-analysts for emotional energy, sexual energy, or any exciting energy. It is often used rather loosely with no exact meaning.
Life-energy – a loose word for the orgone
Matriarchy – literally, rule by mothers or women, often used as the name of societies and cultures in which men and women have equal status and power and society is governed by soft, ‘feminine’ values. Adjective – matriarchal.
Medical orgonomist* - a doctor who is also trained in orgone–therapeutics.
Metabolism – the processes by which the body creates what it needs from the food that we eat and the air that we breathe.
Meteorology – the scientific study of the weather and its behaviour.
Mysticism – a state in which one is never seeing or experiencing directly what one is looking at or feeling. In orgonomic psychology, mysticism is an important character defence against contact with one’s internal distress or threatening knowledge. Adjective – mystical, having such feelings, of a perception, suffering from such blinding loss of perception. Some sensations or perceptions are wrongly described as mystical because they cannot be explained by ordinary science. Orgonomy is often derided as mystical. It is exactly the opposite, built on undistorted, testable body perceptions. (See The Mass Psychology of Fascism.)
Nazism – an authoritarian, racist political philosophy similar to fascism, but peculiar to Germany and differing in some ways because of different historical influences in Germany and Italy. The German dictatorship under Hitler from 1933-1945 was the result of a Nazi revolution driven by this philosophy.
Neurosis – an emotional disturbance, not usually severe and not leading to major treatment in hospital. Adjective – neurotic, suffering from such a disturbance.
Oranur experiment* - an experiment described by Reich in Selected Writings, in which he tried to see if orgone energy would protect people against the effects of nuclear radiation. It had the opposite effect to what he had hoped for and caused serious atmospheric disruption and damage to his own health and that of many co-workers. It led to the discovery of DOR – Deadly ORgone energy, orgone energy that has reacted strongly to nuclear radiation and become hostile to life. (See Selected Writings.)
Organ – a part of the body that performs a particular function, for instance the heart, the liver, the kidneys.
Organism – the whole physical body of an animal or human being and its inner parts and workings. You, reading this, are an organism. I, writing this, am an organism. A rabbit, a bug, a snail are all organisms.
Orgone accumulator* – a simple apparatus which, by exploiting the properties of orgone energy, concentrates it for therapeutic or experimental purposes. (See The Cancer Biopathy.)
Orgone* energy – the cosmic energy thought to exist by almost all schools of medicine or philosophy until the coming of modern science in the seventeenth century and after. Adjective - orgonotic* - charged with, driven by orgone energy.
Orgone therapy* – 1) Psychiatric orgone therapy; one-to-one psycho-therapy with an orgone-therapist, the aim of which is to dissolve all the patient’s armouring and to restore their capacity for orgonotic pulsation. 2) Physical orgone therapy, treatment in an orgone accumulator. This simply raised a patient’s energy level, but has no lasting effect on their armouring. (See The Cancer Biopathy and TheOrgone Accumulator Handbook by James DeMeo.)
Orgonomy* - the science or study of the orgone energy: adjective - orgonomic*
Orgonotic* – charged with orgone energy, driven by an orgone energy charge.
Orgonotic pulsation* - the basic life-function discovered by Reich, orgonotic expansion (para-sympathetic stimulation of the ANS) and contraction (sympathetic stimulation) throughout the organism. He considered the undamaged capacity for this pulsation to be a state of health. (See The Cancer Biopathy.)
Pathology – a sick or diseased condition, conventional medicine’s equivalent of biopathy, though not exactly the same. A person can have a biopathic condition long before it produces a recognisable illness. Adjective – pathological.
Patriarchy – literally, rule by men or fathers; like matriarchy, often used as the name for a society or culture in which men rule and social values are commonly ‘masculine’, ie, aggressive, hard, military, and authoritarian. Adjective – patriarchal.
Physiological – as found in the normal healthy workings of the body.
Physiology – the workings of the animal body, also their study.
Plagiarism – the unacknowledged borrowing and using of other worker’s research and results, considered a severe crime in the world of science and at universities.
Primary* - basic, emerging from the core of human beings or other organisms.
Protozoon (plural protozoa) – a small, single-celled organism that usually lives in water or soil. We need a microscope to see protozoa.
Pseudo - (often used in front of another noun), false, pretended, unreal.
Psychiatrist – a doctor specialising in the treatment of mental illnesses.
Psychiatry – the medical specialty that treats disturbances of the mind.
Psycho-analysis – the form of talking psycho-therapy devised and developed by Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) and his followers at the beginning of the twentieth century, the body of knowledge and techniques used in this form of therapy.
Psychology – the study of the mind
Psycho-somatic – showing the link between body and mind, often used dismissively to claim that an illness or injury is imaginary or that a patient is pretending to be ill for hidden reasons of their own. (See The Function of the Orgasm and The Cancer Biopathy.)
Psycho-therapy – any form of treatment that is used to treat mental illness.
Red blood cell – a main part of the blood. It carries haemoglobin which absorbs oxygen in the lungs, transports it around the body and in turn collects carbon dioxide made by the body’s metabolism. The blood circulation returns this to the lungs and it is then breathed out into the air.
Replicate – of a scientific experiment, to repeat according to the reports of the original researcher who did the experiment for the first time.
Resignation – giving up wishing for what one wants in life and doing anything about getting it.
Saharasia* - the desert area stretching from northern Africa through the Middle East to the central Asian countries. The title of an important book on the origins of human armouring and patriarchal society by the US orgonomist James DeMeo.
Secondary* – the second layer of human impulses and behaviour brought about by the distortion of primary impulses by armouring.
Self-regulation* - the ordering of biological processes without the animal having to deliberately do anything to achieve this, homoeostasis in ordinary physiology. Also used by Reich and others to describe the non-authoritarian way of life and child-care of unarmoured people, in which the child’s primary needs are satisfied as they occur. Not to be confused with license, allowing children, already damaged by armouring, to do whatever they like. (See Children of the Future.)
Sex-economy* - the word Reich used for the sum of his psychological findings and concept of life energy and the need for a healthy sexual discharge of excitation and energy, before he had discovered the orgone. (See The Function of the Orgasm.)
Sign(s) – physical item(s) that accompany a particular illness, disease, or injury. To confirm a diagnosis a doctor will always look for these signs. This differs from symptom. A patient may be unaware of a sign, will always be aware of a symptom.
Spontaneous – happening of its own accord.
Spontaneous generation – the origin of new life from dead material. This must have happened at least once in the course of our planet’s history for life to start at all. Biologists now claim that it must have occurred so long ago and in conditions so different to those of today that the event cannot be repeated experimentally in the laboratory. Until the rise of modern science in the eighteenth century and after most people believed in spontaneous generation and a few still believe in its possibility. This belief never quite dies, however much modern science claims to disprove it. Reich was abused and ridiculed for allegedly claiming that he had replicated the process of spontaneous generation in his bion experiments.
Stasis* - standstill, in everyday language, a blockage within the organism. The word is used in ordinary medicine and biology, but in orgonomy has a specific meaning, an immobile state of a person’s energy economy because of the absence of orgastic discharge. (See The Function of the Orgasm.)
Superimposition* - literally, the placing of one thing upon another. In orgonomy, the function in which two energy streams or systems are attracted towards each other and merge. Common examples in nature are the two spiralling streams in a galaxy, the two streams in a hurricane, and less visible but also familiar, sexual attraction resulting in the merging of male and female organisms. See Reich’s text Cosmic Superimposition. This may be difficult for readers with no scientific background, but its many drawings and photographs make the principle clear.
Symptom(s) – the feelings, pain, sense of something being wrong that make a patient turn to a doctor for treatment. Compare with sign.
Tissue – a part of the body made up of many identical cells, eg. skin or muscle.
Thwart – to block, inhibit, stop someone doing something,
Totalitarianism – the political practice in which all political and social power in a country is in the hands of either a single person or a single organisation, usually a political party, but occasionally also a church or religious group.
Vesicle – a bubble or blister containing fluid.
Vital energy – the life-force that was supposed to exist before modern science developed. People believed in its existence intuitively without any evidence for it.
Vitalism – the belief that life is in some way different from non-life and that the ingredients of life cannot be created artificially. It suffered a major blow when chemists managed to make some of the basic materials of life in the laboratory in the early nineteenth century. It is now completely discredited by the fact that it is possible to manufacture many of the chemicals of life in the laboratory or factory.
Using the Public Library System in Your Orgonomic Studies
Younger readers setting out on a journey of orgonomic research may not realise how helpful your local library can be to you in your search for knowledge and books that are not commonly available. Your local library can obtain almost any book you need, if they do not have it in their own stock. They will ask you for the publishing details – title, name of the author, and if possible, date and place of publication – and obtain it for you within a few weeks. If this seems a long time, remember that your study of orgonomy is going to last for the rest of your life and a few weeks is nothing. You can in the meantime get on with other orgonomic work. I have myself requested many books in this way and only twice have I been unable to obtain the books in question. These two were very rare books indeed. C O R E’s library now has copies of both of them, if you wish to consult them. They were both works by the British researcher, H C Bastian (1837-1915), - The Beginnings of Life (1872) and Studies in Heterogenesis (1903).
Your library can obtain photo-copies of journal articles cited in C O R E’s booklets or any others you come across and want to read. This following up of sources is a great way of learning about a new subject: hence the many references in the booklets. In scientific writing it is the custom to give a reference for information that you have obtained from other workers. Pretending that information obtained from other workers is your own work, plagiarism, is a serious crime in the world of science and scholarship. It can also get you expelled from university in the UK.
Warning: the Internet and Reference Works
As you probably realise, if you get seriously interested in orgonomy, you are going to be doing a lot of looking things up. You may be looking for things on the Internet and looking up technical words in science dictionaries and encyclopaedias. For example, you may have found my brief explanation of the Autonomic Nervous System interesting and decide you want know more. If you look it up, the information you find will be accurate, as it is a well-defined topic about which much is known. It is also an accepted topic in mainstream biology and medicine. But if you look up muscular armouring you will find hardly anything in any reference work. If it does get an entry, the information will almost certainly come from someone outside orgonomy who has a very poor understanding of it, perhaps none at all. You will not find any information about the effects of muscular armouring on the autonomic nervous system. Even basic biographical information and simple summaries of Reich’s writings are often hopelessly inaccurate and sometimes maliciously critical and lying. Take everything you find in such books with a pinch of salt and go back to the original orgonomic writings, that is, in most cases, Reich’s own books and articles.
The Internet is even worse, as anyone can post anything on it that they want. You will find hundreds of entries under W Reich or orgonomy in a search. Much of it will be quite useless, coming from fanatics with an axe to grind. Some of these will be very pro-Reich, but from a scientific point of view, they are no more use than very critical information, gushing with mystical enthusiasm for Reich, with no reference at all to the real use or development of his discoveries. In general, individuals or organisations actually working in orgonomy, as opposed to just talking about it, have experience and knowledge that can be trusted.
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