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You cannot get to our videos via these links at the moment. I am sorry about that. It seems to be something to do with the change-over from our old PC to a new one, but how that should affect an external link to Youtube, God alone knows. I can only suggest that for the moment visitors select the links with your mouse and paste it into a browser window. They seem to work then and the videos are definitely still there. (30. 9. 14.)
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Next Video - Seed Germination in an Orgone Accumulator
When I have got the Rome and Sofia conferences behind me, I have plans for a new video, a seed-germination experiment, where two seed-trays of seeds, probably cress, are allowed to germinate in identical conditions, except that one spends some significant time in our small experimental accumulator and the control seeds do not. There is always a marked difference in favour of the orgone-treated seeds. This is a classic orgonomic experiment that has been repeated by many different researchers in different countries. It is also one whose findings it is difficult to explain away with the first moronic 'get-out' clause that one can find, which is what people do with the bions, as we have seen with the recent ForteanTimes review of my book, Artificers. I'm sorry to keep you waiting for this, but these conferences make a lot of work and I am busy for weeks beforehand printing booklets and preparing DVDs and overhead transparencies. It would all take a lot less time, if I had another pair of hands occasionally, especially if they belonged to someone who is competent with computers, which I am definitely not. It takes me hours to manage jobs that it takes a competent person minutes. Sometimes I can't manage the job at all and just have to manage without the item in question.
I have several ideas for further videos, but they all need the help of at least one other person, a camera(wo)man. You don't necessarily need any expertise or experience to do this job. The camera sits securely on a tripod and you just maneouvre it and focus in and out as needed. Obviously the finished product will be more 'professional' if someone with some training in the field volunteers, but I will be quite happy with anyone who can just do the basics. Please contact me at email@example.com, if you would like to help. The lack of help explains why all the videos so far have been filmed down a microscope. You don't need a camera(wo)man to make those. The camera is attached to the microscope. (5. 11. 13.)
C O R E's YouTube Videos to Date
These are the titles in chronological order of posting, with the first at the top and the last at the bottom of the list. Please see below for more information. If you want more detailed information about equipment or facilities used, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org . There is also a lot of information on these experiments on our Bion Experiments page.
As the number of C O R E's videos on YouTube slowly increases and I receive occasional comments and enquiries about them, it occurs to that some background information might be of interest and help to the few serious learners who watch them and visit C O R E's website. So here we are - here's a list with some notes on each one and information on how the investigations were carried out and filmed. This is all in the hope that learners will have a go at the experiments themselves. A lot of the information included here is also on our Bions Page in more detail. Please go to that page for further information.
This is, of course, the crux of the research. You can't get anywhere without a usable microscope and camera. C O R E's Olympus BX50 is far better than the minimum needed and far more expensive, too, so I will assume that you are working with much more ordinary equipment. I speak from experience here. All the experiments filmed and shown on these videos have also been repeated on our cheaper Brunel models, namely their SP100 and SP150, both of which are available as trincocular models. That means that they have a third ocular on the top of the viewing head to which a camera can be added. If you already have a microscope and it is not a trinocular model, you can also film down one of the eyepieces with a digital camera. This is in fact the cheapest way of filming down a microscope, though the quality is nowhere near as good as on the sort of CCTV analogue camera that I used for these videos. On the other hand you don't absolutely have to film your work. Doing it and confirming the findings is what matters, though if you want to demonstrate to others what you have found, you will eventually want to film your findings. If you are planning to buy a microscope from scratch, I very much recommend a trinocular model. A big advantage of a trinoc model is that eventually when money permits, you can link your microscope up to a TV monitor and then show what you can see to a roomful of people. This is a huge advantage and I cannot tell you how easy this makes life for you, the demonstrator, and your viewers. I use our TV monitor all the time to show things on the microscope to vistors and it makes life so easy for me and for them. If someone has never looked down a microscope before, it takes a while to show them how to use it and how to get used to 'seeing' down a microsocope, a skill that does not come immediately to everyone. To enable, say, six people to see a bion culture in turn is a laborious and time-consuming process, whereas they can all see them at the same time on screen without dificulty. You can show the enthusiasts how to use your microscope later at leisure.
(PS Added July, 2013. Throughout my work with the bions I have been looking for the simplest and cheapest way of replicating these vitally important experiments of Reich's. The people most able to replicate them, academics with access to well-equipped labs and high-quality research microscopes, are the least likely to do this. It seems clear to me that those most likely to have a try at it are going to be enthusiastic, open-minded amateurs and even teen-age school students. So we need to get down to the very cheapest reliable options for these experiments. I have recently met on line a Canadian student of orgonomy who has done the bion experiments on a microscope that he found in a waste bin at the hospital where he used to work. This is what they do in places like that, throw obsolete equipment out that an impecunious amateur could carry on using for years. Anyway, Larry has already repeated many of the bion experiments and has been inspired, he says, by a reading of Artificers to expand his work. He is already buying new sundries and components for his microscope. So...if you work or are studying in a university, hospital, or public health establishment of some sort and they use microscopes there, take a regular look in the rubbish. You never know what you may find.
Until I heard this story, the cheapest microscope that I had found that was suitable for the bion experiments was a 'secondhand' model on ebay that cost £150. It was in practice new, but couldn't be sold as 'new' because it had been unpacked once and the packing seals had been broken. I bought it and passed it on to a supporter of C O R E's work.
These videos are all recorded on a DVD and during the orgonomic seminar last Christmas in Cyprus I discovered quite by accident, as we played one of these DVDs on an HD monitor in the hotel's conference centre, how much is lost during an upload to YouTube. I had not watched the DVDs played before on such equipment and saw details I had not seen myself. Obviously our Sony CCTV camera is extremely 'observant' and picks up many details that are invisible when played on low-quality equipment. If visitors to our site or people watching the videos on YouTube want a DVD of their own, I can easily burn one for you. In particular if you are teaching orgonomy and giving public presentations, I think you will find the DVDs much better teaching material than the videos as seen on YouTube.
Robert Brown and Wilhelm Reich - http://youtu.be/8dLMvzpdsYo
This video has now been watched by more than 8,000 viewers. This sounds impressive, until you look at the statistics in more detail and find out that the average viewing time is less than three minutes. In other words, most people watch for a short while, decide the video is not interesting enough to hold their attention, and either switch off or move on to another video. (The whole video lasts ten minutes.) Doubtless amongst these figures there must be the occasional person who watches the whole video, but these must be very few indeed. This number is actually relatively high for such a fringe subject. Some videos on fringe topics atttract only a few hundred viewers over three or four years, so we aren't doing too badly. BUT, and it's a big 'but', this video is dynamite for mainstream science and it hardly produces any reactions or enquiries at all from viewers. (Added 26. 5. 13.)
This video is the contents of my book Artificers of Fraud in a nutshell. (This book is now available.) It shows you Reich's basic bions and explains how Brown must have also been seeing bions, simply from a close reading fo his original 1828 text on Active Molecules. ( We can send you the text of this article on line of you wish. It is not available at the moment on paper anywhere, as far as I know.) This video is dynamite for mainstream science, but since it was posted more than three years ago, I have not received a single e-mail or enquiry from a scientist. There are video clips of bions emerging from pollen sacs, as described by Brown. Although they require some forethought and care, these experiments do not demand a detailed background knowledge of microscopy or microbiology. If I can do them, you can do them. The experiment just needs care and perseverance. Pollen is easily obtained, either from flower shops or directly from wild flowers in the countryside or a garden. The book contains much advice and information on how to carry out these experiments. Go to Artificers of Fraud to order the book. For further details on content, etc, please go to Artificers Info Page.
This video has been posted for well over 3 years now and has had over 8,000 viewers. One would think that that would be enough for knowledge of these findings to begin to seep out into the wider world. Apparently not! As usual, I am left wondering just what I need to do to get the world to pay attention to orgonomy, if a video like this attracts no attention at all.
The sources for this video are Reich's two books, The Bion Experiments on the Origin of Life and The Cancer Biopathy. Although it is quite possible to do this experiment using these two books by Reich as 'recipe books', you will probably find it easier to do them using C O R E's two booklets on the subject, Three Experiments with the Microscope for the Amateur Orgonomist and Further Experiments with the Microscope for the Amateur Orgonomist. These are written with the learner in mind and give some tips on possible problems to expect and so on. To obtain these please contact C O R E at email@example.com .
Life from Sterile Hay Infusion? - http://youtu.be/cXickkE3aDU
According to the theories of modern microbiology and sterile precautions normally taken when doing experiments in microbiology, there are some life-forms that can survive boiling (100oC), even autoclaving (120oC) as spores, but once these spores hatch out as complete organisms, they are susceptible to the heat of autoclaving and are killed by it. One form in particular, bacillus subtilis, is associated with hay. Accordingly, I devised an experiment in which I autoclaved a sealed hay-infusion after it had been brought to the boil ten times and simmered at that temperature for 20 minutes or longer. It was autoclaved for 30 minutes at 120oC, the standard treatment, which is generally believed to kill all living forms and which is accepted in western medical practice as producing safe sterility for surgical instruments. I used 30ml vials which are supplied with a metal cap and a rubber seal. These withstand autoclaving well. We bought a wholesale quantity of them and can let you have a dozen, if you want to try this experiment yourself. You can autoclave things safely and reliably in a domestic pressure cooker.
As you can see from watching this video, it is anything but devoid of motile forms. You can read Reich's discussion of these issues in The Cancer Biopathy.
Bions from an Iron Filing (after Wilhelm Reich) - http://youtu.be/8IXIvoBZ9AY
This is another of Reich's bion experiments, but this one is so simple that I thought it would be excellent learning material for students watching my videos. It is described on page 25 of The Cancer Biopathy. This technique, of examining a single particle of a test material, is an excellent way of assessing the potential for bionous growth from any material, not just iron filings, and once I had done this experiment, I repeated it with many other materials. If we get immediate release of bions from a particle, we can be quite certain that the bions are not micro-organisms, as these take much longer than a minute or two to multiply enough to be easily visible in a fluid preparation. I used 0.1N potassium chloride (KCl) for this experiment, but you get similar findings with boiled water. C O R E can supply you with a small amount of KCl powder to make your own KCl solution with or a 100ml bottle of 0.1N KCl if you have no facilities for weighing accurately and preparing your own.
Rock-Dust Bions Seen down a Brunel SP150 Miroscope - http://youtu.be/Epi1-qMj9JU
This video was fortuitous. I was simply testing our new SP150 microscope, examining bions from some SEER centre rock dust, which shows the most active bion growth of all the many materials that I have tested. The film was so good that I thought it would be good learning material for students. If you want to learn to recognise basic bionous motility, this is the video to watch. You can buy a 340g bag of this material from the suppliers listed on the SEER website - www.seercentre.org.uk/ If you are an organic gardener or farmer as well as a student of orgonomy, you can, of course, buy a much larger quantity to improve the vitality of your soil as well. This rock-dust was not in use in Reich's day and there is therefore no mention of it in his works. However he does mention in his autobiographical volume, Passion of Youth, that while he was in Italy during World War I he learnt that the peasant farmers there used to put volcanic rock dust onto their fields as a fertiliser.
Ameobae Seen in a Hay-Infusion http://youtu.be/5VkVYqK0B98
These amoebae were first seen in a hay-infusion in a Petri dish by C O R E's German colleague, Oliver Gerlach, who was visiting at the time and observing this preparation. Students of orgonomy who know Reich's writings well will know that he claimed to have witnessed and filmed the origin of amoebae from bionously disintegrating grass. The obvious objection to this claim is that the culture has been open to the air. But does the air of an indoors room in an urban flat contain numbers of amoeba spores? It seems unlikely and therefore that this finding is circumstantial evidence to support Reich's claim. See Reich's discussion of the air-germ theory in The Cancer Biopathy, if you want to go into this more yourself. In The Microbiology of the Atmosphere by P H Gregory, (1961), there is a citation of an article by B M Pushkarev, (spelt in the references according to German spelling, Puschkarew), (1913), in which he states that he was able to find only 2.5 amoebae cysts per cubic metre of air on the banks of the German river Neckar. He also cites a finding by P Miquel (1883) showing that he had found on an average 0.1 to 0.2 'eggs' (presumably cysts) per cubic metre in air at a Paris observatory. In other words, the air is definitely not teeming with amoeba cysts or spores and these findings are highly significant, though not definitive.
The Natural History of the Bion Part 1 http://youtu.be/NC2G-6trVMI
This is the first in what I hope will be a series of four or five videos showing experiments of some of the early pioneers of microscopy and the study of the origin of life. I have a strong interest in the history of science and when I started doing bion research, it seemed only natural to me to go backwards in time to see if any of the pioneers of microscopy might have actually seen bions without realising what they were looking at. Their writings often suggested that they had been observing bions. Before Reich developed his understanding of life energy and bionous disintegration, there would have been no way in which ealier researchers would have thought of a model of bionous disintegration and the bions, even though both van Leeuwenhoek and Robert Brown came close to describing the bions as newly originating particles that they could not identify or explain.
This video shows conclusively, I think, that van L must have seen bions in his pepper-water experiments and he comes close to describing some particles that appeared to him to have originated 'on the spot' and over a short time. See Dobell's famous book on van L, Anton van Leeuwenhoek and his "Little Animals" (1960) for more information.
Bions from Stainless-Steel Filings http://youtu.be/flLHOPNrSaI
This finding seems very important, though I am not sure exactly of its significance. It was a serendipitous finding obtained from that precious scientific activity, playing about with one's materials, exactly what Reich first did when he obtained a microscope in Norway in the nineteen thirties. Some years ago in my early bion investigations I tested copper filings for bion growth. It is very easy to produce copper filings using a file and a bit of scrap copper. I think I used a copper washer. Recently the flats that I live i have had a vast new 'green' heating system installed and the plumbers obligingly left several off-cuts of copper piping, so I now have lots of scrap copper. I made some filings from this metal and placed a filing on a slide in the same way as I had done while repeating Reich's iron-filing experiment. However I had not heated the filing in a flame to sterilise it, which I must have done in my original earlier experiment. If you heat pure copper to red-heat in a flame it turns into copper oxide, a grainy dark material quite different from the shiny pure copper. This pure copper filing produced no bions at all when I added 0.1N KCl to it. I heated it in a flame and it duly turned into black copper oxide and in KCl produced plenty of bions. I wondered if a similarly shiny hard metal like stainless steel would produce bions or not. If the hard, shininess was an important quality, it should, surely, not produce bionous growth. To my amazement it produced bions in huge quantities and an unheated filing produced, apparently, more than a heated one, contrary to Reich's own findings, reported in The Bion Experiments and The Cancer Biopathy, on the effects of heating materials prior to adding them to a fluid. Also I was able to see bions emerging from the side of the filing like soldiers marching out in rows, an amazing sight.
Wood Rot as Bionous Disintegration? http://youtu.be/824xMAm7lpM
This investigation came about from wondering about a comment of Reich's suggesting that wood rot must be a process of bionous disintegration. I am sure I have read this somewhere in Reich's writings, but have not, as yet, been able to track it down. Our US colleague, Maxwell Snyder, whose knowledge of Reich's writings is encyclopaedic, has found a letter to the Orgone Energy Bulletin and sent me a copy of it, which suggests that the writer is responding to something that Reich must have written earlier. The writer is a boat-builder with a long experience of repairing and managing rot in boat timbers and agrees with Reich because he says he has found rot deep inside timbers that cannot possibly have been exposed to the airborne spores of rot fungi, which are conventionally presumed to be the 'cause' of rot in timbers.
Some time ago I confirmed a hunch, that sawdust would produce bions in water. This was easy to test and it did. On a local walk I noticed an old tree-trunk that has been lying on the ground for years and which was absolutely sodden from days of rain. I first examined a few fragments that I had brought home, teased apart with forceps under a low-magnification stereo microscope, and placed on a slide with some boiled water on them. This showed planty of bions. (This operation demonstrated how useful a low-magnification stereoscopic microscope is in an orgonomic laboratory.) Then it occurred to me that if I extracted some wooden fragments and squeezed them in a waterproof bag, without actually handling them, this would be much better evidence. It was still raining heavily, had been on and off for days, and the trunk was still wet-through. The water expressed from the wood has been filmed in this video and shows extensive bionous growth and, surprisingly, little evidence of 'ordinary' micro-organisms. We can see one or two here and there, as they shoot across our field of view. They move so differently from bions that it is not difficult to recognise them as not bions, whatever else they may be.
So... yet more circumstantial, though strong, evidence for another of Reich's claims.
Posted September 30th, 2012. Last revised March 26th, 2015.
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