OBRL Quarterly #16, September
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#16, September 2007
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1. Forthcoming Lectures and Seminars: Paris, Valencia, and
2. Report on Completed Lectures & Seminars of
3. New Article on "The Suppression of
4. Abstracts of Presented
Papers, from the 2007 Orgonomy Today Conference
5. My Recent Letter to
New Scientist Magazine
6. New Book: Wilhelm Reich and the Healing of
7. Work In Progress At
8. About the Growing "Orgone"
Nonsense on Global Internet
9. Please review our on-line Fundraising Letter...
10. Due to the high costs of printing and mailing...email
is today our primary notification method.
1. Forthcoming Lectures and Seminars by James
DeMeo, Ph.D.: Paris, Valencia, and Berlin.
* Paris, France: 26-28 October 2007
Friday evening lecture and Saturday-Sunday seminars with James
DeMeo. English with French translation.
Friday PM Lecture: "Wilhelm Reich's
Discoveries, with new research findings from the USA regarding the
current global climate situation", presented by James DeMeo,
Director of OBRL.
Saturday: Sex-economy, Origins of Violence, Early Peaceful Societies,
Sunday: Orgone (Life) Energy, the Accumulator, Orgone Field
Meter, Cosmic Superimposition, Drought and Dor, Cloudbusting.
The Friday evening Lecture will be free of charge, but a fee will
be charged for the Saturday-Sunday seminars. More details to be
provided at the weblink below in the near future.
* Valencia, Spain: 2-5 November 2007
Conference: 50 YEARS AFTER REICH. A LIFE MOVEMENT. James DeMeo
will present one major lecture on Saturday morning, Nov.3rd, in
English with Spanish translations, as part of this larger event. A
special 6-hour seminar will also be given by James DeMeo, on Sunday
Evening and Monday Morning, Nov.4-5. Other speakers include
Morton Herskowitz and Michel Odent.
For more details, see here:
* Berlin, Germany: 7-8 November 2007
Wednesday PM Lecture: Neue
experimentelle Bestätigungen der Reichschen Orgonphysik (New
experimental corroborations of Reichian Orgone Physics) by James
Thursday PM Lecture:
Historische Entstehung und Ausbreitung von Gewalt: Die
Saharasia-These (Historical Origins and Diffusion of Violence:
The Saharasia Thesis), by James DeMeo
Times: 18.00 - 21.15 Uhr, in der Fachhochschule für
Badensche Str. 50/51, 10825 Berlin-Schöneberg
Nähe U-Bahnhof Bayerischer Platz
Admission is free, look for the room-number signs in the entrance
2. Report on Completed Lectures & Seminars
This year saw increased educational activity, with Dr. DeMeo
giving seminars and lectures at a number of places and conferences.
Firstly there was the OBRL Summer Guided Independent Study Program
on General Orgonomy held at the Greensprings Center in early
July. About 8 students attended that lively event, one all the
way from Norway. Thanks to all who attended. A description
of that event is still posted to the OBRL website, for those who might
wish to attend next year, 2008:
Secondly, Dr. DeMeo was also one of many invited speakers at the
Conference in Rangeley Maine, hosted by the Wilhelm Reich Museum.
That event, which lasted 4 days over late July and early August, was
entitled Wilhelm Reich in the 21st Century: 2007 International
Conference on Orgonomy. A list of the presenters and
description of that event, which drew around 100 participants from all
over the world, is given here:
A big thanks to Kevin Hinchey, Mary Higgins, and other WR Museum
friends and volunteers, for their gracious hospitality and
Thirdly, another major Conference, entitled Orgonomy Today was held in Chipping
Village, Lancashire, United Kingdom, as organized by Peter Jones and
his CORE (Centre for Orgonomic Research & Education)
organization. This 7-day event allowed speaker's presentations
mixed with demonstrations of apparatus and experimental orgonomic
principles. A full-sized orgone accumulator was available, along
with magnificent optics for viewing orgone energy movement in the
atmosphere, as well as a microscope for viewing of simple bion
preparations, and living blood. Seed charging in the orgone
accumulator was demonstrated (with about a 30% boost in the
orgone-charged group as compared to the control), along with the
Life-Energy Meter, a To-T apparatus, darkroom visualization of orgone
energy lumination, and other essentials. The last two days were
devoted to a special session on New Research In Orgonomy, with
a more compressed lineup of speakers, A booklet of
Abstracts of presented papers was made available, and also is now
posted to internet as a PDF download:
A big thanks to Peter Jones for his warm hospitality, and
apparently single-handed effort in organizing this Conference.
Oiy! And the year is not even over yet. See Note #1, above,
for the lectures and seminars still forthcoming in Europe.
3. New Article on "The Suppression
of Dissent..." by J. DeMeo, posted to the OBRL
The following article was written in the 1990s, presented to
several academic societies (without affect), but recently dusted-off
and posted to the OBRL internet site:
The Suppression of Dissent and Innovative Ideas In Science and
by James DeMeo
4. Abstracts of Presented Papers, from the 2007
Orgonomy Today Conference, and New Research In Orgonomy
Session, available as PDF download.
In case you missed the prior announcements, here:
5. My Recent Letter to New Scientist
Regarding their published article "Rainfall Records Could
Warn of War".
Basically this was a confirmation of a part of my
Saharasia findings as made in the early 1980s.
But unlikely they will print the letter, so following is the full
Thank you for publishing the article "Rainfall records could
warn of war" by Jim Giles, in your issue #2606 of 2 June 2007,
but in fact this is not any "new" finding. In the
early 1980s, I produced what was then (and probably still is) the most
comprehensive global cross-cultural and geographically-explicit
analysis of human social violence and war, with an examination of
prevailing climate conditions for the 1170 different societies
evaluated in my study. World maps were made of various social factors,
and contrasted to known climate types. I used a collection of
variables as established by the anthropologists and psychologists, on
violence towards children and women, measures of social hierarchy
demanding violence for their enforcement such as slavery and castes
and low-status for women, the presence of violent sexual mutilations
directed at children and women, arranged marriage and male-dominance
considerations, the existence of violence-advocating High Gods, and
similar factors which usually are overlooked by those interested
mainly in guns, bombs and tanks, but which reasoned opinion suggests
are the foundations upon which the latter and more obvious forms of
social violence and warfare spring forth.
What was most unusual in the findings was, that the most
extremely violent armored patristic cultures identified in my
study were nearly all found within the world's harshest desert
climates. The few others could be explained by migrations out of the
desert regions into moister climates, where violence tended to persist
over generations due to the persistence of desert-formed social
institutions, created within the original desert-homelands of those
societies, and carried with them as they migrated or invaded and
conquered the wetter desert-border regions. A review of
archaeological evidence for warfare, on a time-line, also confirmed
that the earliest evidence for social violence and warfare is found in
those regions where human societies suffered during long epochs where
lush forests and grasslands either slowly or dramatically converted,
by agency of major climate change, into harsh deserts.
The most notable example of this was the creation of the large
Saharasian desert belt (my term for the Sahara + Middle East +
Central Asian deserts) starting around or shortly before c.4000 BCE.
This vast climate change, one of the most dramatic to occur since the
end of the Pleistocene Ice Age, affected developing human societies
across the Fertile Crescent and elsewhere. Before Saharasia
existed, violence on Planet Earth was relatively isolated or
non-existent. After Saharasia formed, violence became a dominant
feature across that large territory, gradually spreading by
outward-directed mass-migrations and invasions into other parts of the
Old World, and farther on from there. But the geographical
analysis demonstrates violence starting firstly and most dramatically
within the desiccating Saharasian desert belt.*
I'm very pleased to learn about the findings of Marc Levy, Dan Esty
and the IBC, but clearly it would not be correct to say that these
issues failed to be appreciated or seriously studied significantly
heretofore. It appears, in fact, that my earlier work has still
not been superceded in its scope or implications. My work on Saharasia
has been around and published in summary articles over 20 years,
including in a major book.* Noteworthy also is, through the late 1980s
when I still held my academic appointments, I repeatedly tried to
bring my findings to the attention of government policy-makers,
suggesting to them the social variables identified in my work which
correlated so well with drought and desertification had a strong
predictive value, allowing us to identify those nations and regions
likely to "go violent" with their weapons, against either
their own people, or other nations. My recommendations were treated
with smug politeness, but never taken seriously. Of course, 9-11
happened since then, and while terribly un-PC given how we are not
supposed to be critical of other cultures (whatever happened to
"National Character Studies" as developed during WW-II?!),
most everyone accepts that peoples from the Saharasian Desert Belt are
the major principles engaged in global terrorism, and Empire-building
through violent means.
James DeMeo, Ph.D.
Ashland, Oregon, USA
(formerly on the faculty of geography, Illinois State University,
University of Miami)
* James DeMeo: "Saharasia: The 4000 BCE Origins of
Child-Abuse, Sex-Repression, Social Violence and War, in the Deserts
of the Old World", Natural Energy, 1998. For details,
citations and purchasing weblinks, see:
2nd Edition of
Saharasia -- If you did not get the word...
If you haven't yet got the 2nd Edition of Saharasia, with
numerous additions to the already-excellent 1st Edition, it can be
obtained via here:
Links are also given there for Amazon.com, which can
provide the book to overseas destinations at shipping rates
substantially lower than what we can offer. However, we do offer
Saharasia at a 40% discount (plus shipping) to individuals and groups,
when ordered in quantities of four or more going to the same
This webpage also provides downloadable PDFs of the 2nd
Edition "Preface" and "Update on Saharasia"
Appendix article, so you don't have to re-purchase the full book
unless you desire. It also provides summary articles about the
Saharasia discovery in English, Spanish, German, Turkish and Greek.
We also seek volunteers who could make French, Polish, Italian and
Arabic translations of this same summary article, for
6. New Book: Wilhelm Reich and the Healing
We are again pleased to announce a new book by Roberto Maglione.
Here's the description as it appears in our on-line catalog:
* WILHELM REICH AND THE HEALING OF ATMOSPHERES: Modern
Techniques for the Abatement of Desertification, by Roberto
Maglione. Translated from the original Italian, with a Foreword by
James DeMeo. A scientific overview of Reich's discovery and
applications of Cosmic Orgone Engineering, or "cloudbusting"
as it is more popularly known. Covers Reich's experiments, and those
of his associates and followers: Richard Blasband, Jerome Eden, and
James DeMeo, among others. Experiments in the USA, Europe, Africa, the
Middle East, all with positive results supportive of Reich's original
claims. Comprehensive with numerous photos, diagrams, graphs and full
citation-lists. 121 pp. $39.00 Softcover
Orders can be placed via this weblink:
7. Work In
Progress At OBRL
... pretty much the same as our last Newsletter, but significant
* Work continues on round-the-clock monitoring of the
thermal anomaly in the orgone accumulator, or To-T. Of special
note is the observation of a definite increase in the To-T readings
starting around mid-March, the time of the Spring Equinox, when the
Earth moves into what appears to be a strong streaming or pulse of
energy in space. We also more recently are observing a slight increase
in these To-T readings during periods of Full and New
* Also with continued monitoring, anomalous readings are
developing from our orgone-charged GM/neutron counter, which soars
episodically to several thousand CPM. A control unit, of
identical construction, but not orgone-charged, gives typical readings
of 0-2 CPM.
* Our archive project continues, with transfers being made
of OBRL's considerable archive of old VHS, U-Matic and Hi-8 videotapes
onto digital DVDs, for long-term storage. The VHS collection is
nearly finished, but much remains to be done. A section of the
laboratory building, in the attic section under the observatory, has
been set aside for this purpose.
* OBRL was organizing for a major cloudbusting project in
Australia, scheduled for a start-up in mid-May of this year.
However, a few weeks before the departure date, natural rains began
falling on their own. The project was then cancelled. We
wish to thank all those who offered to assist on this project,
specifically Mr. Tom DiFerdinando of New York, and Chip Wilkins of
Tennessee, as well as Dean Davidson, Sam Doust, and Stephen Shanahan
of Australia. Likewise a number of presently-unnamed Australian
farmers who offered their facilities to this project. It was an
exciting prospect for us to go "down under", but it is
always best when nature provides on her own. And frankly, we
would have felt a bit funny to arrive in Australia for a
drought-ending project, with rains falling all around as we got off
the airplane. In fact, many areas of Australia experienced mild
flooding, so it really became unnecessary, and a point of relief for
everyone. The meteorologists in Australia were somewhat caught
by surprise by this change, which appeared timed to an unexpected
conversion of the Pacific El Niño back towards more normal
temperature conditions. Australia then experienced quite a cold,
rainy and snowy period, from around mid-May and lasting for several
months. While this did not benefit all the various droughty
regions, it truly made a big difference.
8. About the Growing
"Orgone" Nonsense on Global Internet
Once again, see here: http://www.orgonelab.org/OrgoneNonsense.htm
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