OBRL Quarterly #18, March 2008
OBRL Quarterly Newsletter
This is the infrequent, Quarterly Newsletter from the
Orgone Biophysical Research Lab (OBRL) in Ashland,
Please responsibly re-post and distribute to other interested
persons, groups and websites.
James DeMeo, Ph.D.,
Director of OBRL
1. Wintertime Research at OBRL
2. OBRL Summer Seminar for
3. Seeking Used (or New) Computer Equipment
4. Lectures & Seminars of 2007 & 2008
5. Seeking Volunteers for French, Arabic, Farsi
Translations of Saharasia Article.
6. New DVD Production Available - John Ott: Exploring
7. Once Again, Another 2007 OBRL Publication
8. Note and Warning about Pirate Editions
9. Once More, About the OBRL On-Line Bookstore
10. Please review our Fundraising Letter, from Dec.
11. Due to the high costs of printing and mailing email is
today our primary notification method.
Special Note: One Million Hits on
the OBRL Website. We are not sure what it means
exactly, but without paying much attention, last week the meter for
the OBRL website rolled past the one-million mark.
1. Wintertime Research at OBRL: Director's
Several of our subscribers asked how we could cope with
all the heavy snows this Winter, and how the research program was
developing under such conditions, how the orgone accumulators
Firstly, the Winter snow broke all local records for
Southern Oregon, and the entire West Coast has exceptionally good
rains and snows this rainy season. When the lab roof was being
constructed back in 1995, we considered the local building codes to be
possibly excessively over-cautious, as they were engineered for what
would be a 10' snow load. This year was not so intensive, but
from 5' to 6' of snow, more than 1.5 meters did accumulate at the
Greensprings center, sufficient to reach shoulder-high.
Several of the outbuildings on the property, notably the
Orgone Energy Darkroom, had their roofs propped up from the inside,
with heavy timber, as their construction was nothing sufficient to
withstand such a heavy load. In the end, even the timber props
were not sufficient, and a local worker was hired to shovel them off.
On our private residence, stalactites and stalagmites composed of
solid ice developed along the eaves, merging to make solid pillars of
ice stretching over a 12' vertical drop, being nearly 3' (one meter)
in diameter. An ice-dam also formed along the northern roof
edges, which do not get Winter sunlight, slowlyl drooping down to form
a solid ice sheet which literally blocked the view out one of the
large windows -- it had to be chipped away with a
Since this sounds unbelievable, photos were made, and a
small collection of them are posted here:
One of the unanticipated new construction jobs for this
Spring and Summer will be to repair small damages to the various
Regarding research, for major long-term experimental
projects have been proceeding in the lab, which includes two new ones
1) Our on-going To-T experiment continued, though was
plagued by the power-outages which shut down the automatic temperature
recording computer. More unexpectedly, the To-T shelter was
fully covered over with snow, turning it into an igloo. This
produced some strange effects upon the readings, about which I will
have more to say at a later point.
2) The on-going OR-charged GM/Neutron Counter experiment
continued also, and it continues to yield from 1000 to 3500
3) One new experiment was initiated, investigating the
properties of orgone-charge photovoltaic cells.
4) Another new experiment is a somewhat primitive but
potentially important experiment to attempt detection of the Miller
ether-drift signal in stationary GPS plots of a fixed location.
The presence of an ether-drift would yield a systematic Sidereal-Day
displacement of the exact plot of the fixed location, rather than the
anticipated one of merely random variables. Data plots are being
gathered with a top-line Garmin GPS unit, with USB output to computer
for data gathering each minute over 48 hours, twice a month.
This experiment will continue over a full calendar year, after which
analysis of results can take place.
The first two points of research discussed above have
already been discussed in more detail in prior OBRL internet
postings. See these websites for more details:
Progress on our new book-publishing efforts was diminished
a bit over Winter, given the attention which had to be given towards
snow removal, but this is now overcome and we are now back on
James DeMeo, Ph.D.
Director of OBRL
2. OBRL Summer Seminar for
* A 5-day Laboratory Seminar on
General Orgonomy (Sex-Economy and Orgone Biophysics) led by James
DeMeo, will be held at the OBRL Greensprings Center in Summer 2008,
from 2-6 August, Saturday through the following Wednesday. An
Open House Social will be held on Friday afternoon and evening, August
1st, just before the Seminar, with an optional field trip to Crater
Lake on Thursday August 7th, after the Seminar. The program will consist of a mix of
lectures and open discussions, with demonstrations of apparatus and
orgone energy phenomenon using the facilities of
Topics to be covered
will include (as humanly possible and as time
sex-economic findings, and DeMeo's confirming evaluation study:
experiments and environmental bio-fields.
* Microscopical investigations of bions and bion preparations.
* Orgone accumulator construction principles.
* Orgone accumulator seed-sprouting experiments.
* Orgone accumulator physical measurements and demonstrations: To-T,
Electroscopical phenomena, water evaporation and surface tension.
* Observations in the Orgone Energy Accumulator Darkroom (room-sized
accumulator) and of atmospheric orgone energy phenomena.
* Oranur physics and chemistry: Direct work with a cloud-chamber,
studying background and low-level radioactive minerals.
* Orgone-charged vacuum tubes (VACOR) and orgone energy
* The Orgone Energy Field Meter, and similar
* The Orgone Energy
Motor: What is known, and unknown.
* Astronomical and
orgone-energy observations in the OBRL Greensprings Observatory, with
16" Meade Richey-Cretein telescope, 3" aperture
"battleship binoculars", and H-alpha filter Solar telescope
between Reich's authentic biography and orgone energy discovery, and
the various "orgone gadgets" and
* Field Trip on August
7th to Crater Lake National Park (optional, and weather
More details and registration
information is found on the Events page:
3. Seeking Used (or New) Computer
All the experiments noted in point #1, above, use
automatic data-recording computer systems. They run 24 hours a
day, constantly, all year long with only rare periods of shut-down.
They are very reliable devices, mostly Macintosh LapTop portables,
which are oranur-quiet and pretty rugged. However, they do break
down occasionally, so we are always on the look-out for used items in
good repair. We also need a new computer work-station with a
computer of higher processing speed, for digital archive transfers of
our old video and audio tapes. We are also seeking a color laser
printer, and a standard B&W or color photocopy machine to replace
our own aging fleet. If you have working LapTop or DeskTop
computer equipment no longer needed, either Macintosh or Window's
computer systems, and wish to donate them to OBRL, we would be pleased
to know the details. Such donations are tax-deductible for the fair
4. Lectures & Seminars of 2007 and
In the last OBRL Quarterly Newsletter, I reported on a
series of lectures given during 2007. Those conference trips and
lectures were extremely rewarding experiences, but consumed so much
time and expenses, I decided that for 2008, to dramatically limit
lecture travel. This year, I will give the OBRL Summer Seminar,
and there might be one or two other events on the West Coast, but no
more. Research will occupy more time than Educational events
this year. J.D.
5. Seeking Volunteers for French,
Arabic, Farsi, and other World Language Translations of the Saharasia
The discovery of the Saharasian geographical pattern in
human behavior, which was founded upon Wilhelm Reich's sex-economic
theory and discoveries, continues to gather interest. While the
major book on this subject remains available only in English, the
English-language Summary Article (see: http://www.orgonelab.org/saharasia_en.htm) is already translated
into German, Spanish, Greek and Turkish, with a summary-abstract in
French. We are seeking someone to undertake a complete French
translation of the Summary Article, and also to expand the outreach
into Saharasia itself, by translations into Arabic, Farsi (Persian),
and other major world languages. We cannot pay anything
significant for such work, but we can offer a bit of cash, as well as
books and free admissions into OBRL seminars in exchange. Anyone
with such language skills and interests is invited to contact
6. New DVD Production Available - John
Ott: Exploring the Spectrum: The Effects of Natural and Artificial
Light on Living Organisms
Many of you will know of the pioneering work of John Nash
Ott, on the role of light-frequency and low-level radiations on health
and light. His book "Health and Light" was a
best-seller, and most people familiar with Reich's work in orgone
biophysics know that Ott's experiments provide indirect confirmation
of mild oranur effects upon plants and people. Ott's time-lapse
movies showed clear behavior reactions of plants, insects, laboratory
mice and school children to the low-level radiations emitted by
television sets, fluorescent lights and other radiating devices.
Heralded by parents and professionals of more holisitic outlooks, Ott
was largely ignored by mainstream science and medicine. He also
argued forcefully about the health-benefits of natural low-level
ultraviolet radiation, and the problem of
"mal-illumination". This is an all new
digitally-remastered DVD production of the original Ott movie tapes,
which previously were available only in VHS. For more
information, and to order copies, see here:
7. Once Again, Another 2007 OBRL
* WILHELM REICH AND THE HEALING OF ATMOSPHERES:
Modern Techniques for the Abatement of
Desertification, by Roberto Maglione. It can
be purchased from here:
8. Note and Warning About Pirate
Several persons contacted OBRL over the last several
months, complaining that a pirated PDF version of James DeMeo's
Orgone Accumulator Handbook which they downloaded "free"
from internet contained a computer virus. We were quadruply
shocked at this news. Firstly, because we never authorized any
PDF version of any of our publications, secondly that someone had
taken the time and effort to make such a PDF version, third that they
would insert a malicious virus into the PDF, and fourth, that anyone
participating in criminal theft of our books would have the brass to
call us up and complain about their computer being hacked! From
the limited information we have, the virus is a "sleeper"
which lurks in the background and scans your hard drive for credit
card, passwords and other personal information. When you connect to
internet, the virus sends your information off somewhere, to whom we
don't know. For the record: There are no legal or
authorized PDF versions of our books, and anyone who downloads or
shares such a file on-line does so at their own risk.
Additionally, this constitutes criminal theft, no different than if
you walked into our Center, and took copies of books off the shelf
without paying. Since book sales pay for a lot of our bills, we
obviously do not take kindly to this sort of thing, and the specter of
someone taking the time to scan and make such a PDF of our books
suggests yet another "dirty trick" directed against orgone
research, an effort to destroy the financial basis of our existence,
coupled with a thumb in the eye of those who rise to the bait.
We ask that anyone observing a company or individual selling PDF
version of any of our books to kindly let us know about it, as we are
preparing legal complaints against several sources which we were able
to track down.
9. Once More, About the OBRL On-Line
Natural Energy Works, the mail-order and on-line
bookstore for OBRL, has a selection of books on innovative scientific
discoveries & heresies, avoiding the usual mystical mumbo-jumbo,
all by solid research scientist, including works by Wilhelm Reich,
James DeMeo, Harold Burr, Giorgio Piccardi... a "Who's
Who" list of the "banished and nearly
forgotten scientists" of the 20th Century, whose work will
hopefully guide the 21st. Also a great selection of
electromagnetic field meters, the new Experimental Life Energy Meter,
and much more. Come browse at your leisure and get those items
you always wanted.
10. Please review our Fundraising
Letter, from Dec. 2007.
You can also review the following letter at our website,
which contains a lot of interesting photographs of the OBRL facilities
and work, here:
OBRL Funding Request - December 2007
Orgone Biophysical Research Lab
VIEW THE OBRL WEBSITES AT:
Beginning OBRL's Fourth Decade of
Dear Friend of Orgonomy, and of OBRL,
Please Support our Research and Educational
At this time of year, I wish to thank those of you who
have already supported OBRL, and ask those of you who have not to
please consider it now. Please consider the scope of
work-efforts which have been supported and organized through OBRL over
the last 30 years, projects which have made a real
I started OBRL in 1978, as an idea at the time when I was
a university student and young professor, undertaking open
investigations of Wilhelm Reich's pioneering work. A few donors
friendly to my work-efforts, plus my own out-of-pocket contributions
helped with critical equipment purchases. OBRL then existed only
in a suitcase, as a dream, and it followed me, as I changed employment
to other universities, where eventually small laboratory space was
developed and supported through OBRL. With help from interested
donors, I undertook a number of important drought-abatement operations
in the USA, using Reich's CORE methods, and my Saharasia research
project developed, eventually into a major book which today is helping
to bring Reich's sex-economic findings into open discussion within the
academic world. You can get a summary overview of my Saharasia
findings and book by accessing these websites:
In the 1980s, as many of my friends know, I was subject to
a malicious smear campaign by Emotional Plague journalists,
"skeptic club" members, and hostile academics. These
attacks lasted for more than 15 years, and were complete with
malicious hate-mail to family, friends and professional associates,
with terrible smear attacks against my name and work in magazines and
newspapers, and even threats against my life and home. It was
nothing so severe as what Wilhelm Reich suffered, but the result was
to tarnish my work as "too controversial" for the academic
world, where my work had been otherwise exemplary. I was subsequently
excommunicated from full-time academic teaching, and the subject of my
research findings placed into the modern-day Index
Expurgatorius. In some ways, I should thank those
hate-mongers, as this gave me the freedom and inspiration to work
fully independent of the constraints of the universities. That
freedom was necessary to build up OBRL.
By 1988, moving to the West Coast USA, I began
independently writing and teaching, and OBRL grew to become the
vehicle for sustaining my work, and developing the Greensprings Center
near Ashland, Oregon. I was asked by persons in regions
suffering from terrible droughts to come and help out, using Reich's
CORE methods which I had been researching successfully at the
universities, and OBRL became the vehicle for funding of those
operations. When my articles and books on orgonomic life-energy
subjects elicited panic-reactions or scorn from academic reviewers,
they were published through OBRL, and got an even larger circulation
than in the academic journals. While the angry academics banished me
from using their laboratories or getting research funding for
experimental equipment, and blockaded my contact with "their"
students, OBRL helped to construct an important new high-altitude
laboratory and seminar building in the forest at over 4000 ft.
elevation, with exceptionally clean air and excellent orgone-energetic
conditions allowing study of basic life-energetic processes. And
"their" students, the brightest and the best, came to study
at OBRL. Strong orgone energy accumulators and a large Orgone
Energy Darkroom were constructed at the Greensprings Center, something
not possible to do in more contaminated environments given the hazards
of toxic energetic reactions. Many of Reich's most critical
experiments have since been reproduced here, verified with excellent
results, while others are in planning for the future.
The OBRL Greensprings Center also hosted many weekend
seminars and conferences, wherein students and professionals come for
education and direct study of orgone energy phenomenon, for education
on the basics of orgonomy, to see the bions and experience the orgone
accumulator, to get the facts on my Saharasia findings as regarding
the Origins of Armoring or Origins of Violence question
(which matches Reich's findings exactly, but with new aspects), and so
forth. In short, all the functions of some future
"University Department of Orgonomic Research" which was
never allowed so far, is today being carried forward at the OBRL
Greensprings Center in a direct and uncompromised manner -- education,
research, and social applications.
OBRL has published five issues of our small but respected
journal "Pulse of the Planet", as well as my
"Saharasia" and several other books, plus maintaining
informative internet sites and an E-Newsletter, with many materials
available in multiple world languages. OBRL maintains a truly
international correspondence, with the growing number of people
interested in this new knowledge. The OBRL website provides a
listing of my own publications, which also demonstrate an excellent
record of accomplishment, especially in moving Reich's name and
orgonomic science out of the shadows and into more mainstream
scientific venues. See here:
OBRL also hosts an on-line Bibliography on Orgonomy which
I developed starting back in 1985, which allows anyone, world-wide, to
search out Wilhelm Reich's publications, as well as the bulk of
authentic materials devoted to Reich by other scientists and
You can review these and other accomplishments supported
through OBRL, or events in which OBRL helped support, at these
- "Report on OBRL Summer 2003 Educational
- New Research in Orgonomy Conferences, Paper Abstract
- "OBRL Progress Report, Summer
On the eve of OBRL's fourth decade of existence, I have
compiled a summary-list of old and new projects in the works, our
plans for continued expansion of research activity, educational
outreach, and facilities. For example:
* Building Projects at the Greensprings Center:
Since 1995, and almost every year since, the OBRL Greensprings Center
has hosted lively seminars and educational events, including the 2005
New Research in Orgonomy Conference, held outdoors under the trees on
a specially-constructed stage. However, there is a need to
expand our laboratory-seminar building by extending the first-floor to
accommodate a larger group of people, and to thereby make the
Laboratory usable for seminars during the rainy and snowy winter
months. This will also provide more laboratory space.
Already this summer 2007, a small storage-building which doubles as a
student cabin, with a generous sleeping loft, was constructed.
An older storage out-building on the property will also be converted
into a livable workspace.
* Experimental Projects on around-the-clock
automated To-T and Geiger-Muller counter reactions continue, but the
equipment is constantly overtaxed, and in need of periodic maintenance
and replacement. I hope to expand these important experiments to
include automated systems for measuring electroscopical discharge
rates, and other novel experiments pioneered by Reich. Some
preliminary experimental work on the 19th Century "cosmic
ether-drift" question is also under discussion, using modern
equipment and new approaches already published in recent years.
See my article on the Miller ether-drift experiments for mention of
some of these:
An older experiment on Living Water, or
water-structuring inside the orgone accumulator, using surface tension
and spectroscopical parameters, was pushed into the background over
the last several years, without progress. Those experiments will
also be revived and approached with new energy in 2008.
* CORE Research and Applications: With the growth
of political instability in the world's great desert regions, I've
retreated from efforts aimed at desert-greening, being quite content
with the marvelous results from the 1990s work undertaken in Israel,
Namibia and Eritrea. Those experiments generously confirmed
Reich's ideas on the desert-greening abilities of the CORE methods.
You can review a summary of those results here:
Consequently, OBRL is today focusing attention with
CORE-cloudbusting efforts only in the stable democratic nations. All
such efforts continue to be developed in cooperation with the CORE
Network, which today has an international outreach.
* OBRL Publishing Projects in the coming
years: In the planning stages are the following new
- New Research in Orgonomy, Proceedings from
two conferences held in 2005 and 2007, respectively as sponsored by
OBRL at the Greensprings Center, and by CORE in Chipping, Lancashire,
UK. (Pulse of the Planet #6)
- Greening Deserts: my long-delayed book on
CORE-Cloudbusting work, with an overview of modern problems in
- Saharasia Since 1900: A survey of
sex-economic conditions in the modern world, using nation-state data
as gathered by international agencies like the UN or WHO, to address
the relative levels of human armoring and violence-potential around
the world, with new maps, taking up from the anthropological time-line
where the original Saharasia book left off.
- New Experiments on the Cosmic Ether-Drift:
A review of the work of Miller, Michelson-Pease-Pearson, Galaev,
Cahill, and others indicating this is a real and demonstrated ether,
similar to Reich's orgone energy, which has been suppressed by the
politics of science.
- Suppressed and (Nearly) Forgotten Scientific
Innovators of the 20th Century: A chapter-by-chapter review
and theoretical integration of the works of scientists such as Wilhelm
Reich, Frank Brown, Giorgio Piccardi, Dayton Miller, Halton Arp,
Harold Hillman, Royal Rife, Jacques Benveniste, Peter Duesberg, Robert
O. Becker, Immanuel Velikovsky, Hannes Alfven, Louis Kervran, Bjorn
Nordenstrom, Michel Gauquelin, Harold Burr, and others.
* Continuing the Digital Archive Project: Our
collection of old U-matic, VHS and Hi-8 tapes continue to be
transferred into digital format for long-term storage, but this
process was temporarily halted in anticipation of new "Blu-Ray"
high density DVD recording equipment. The research materials
I've gathered over these many years, which also include archival
information from others, are of great importance to history, and they
must be preserved optimally.
These and other experimental efforts will continue at
OBRL, and they all require a constant infusion of funds for equipment
and supplies, as well as for considerable out-of-pocket expenses.
For this, our network of donors is called upon to help out as they
can, as the barriers to full participation of orgonomic research in
the mainstream scientific institutions are still ever-present, with
many prejudices remaining in the "old guard".
Thankfully, however, a younger generation of scientists and
professionals is moving into the scientific and medical institutions,
armed with the facts about Reich's work, educated in part by such
institutions as OBRL.
Your Support is Needed Now
In order for OBRL to remain a thriving enterprise, we
depend on friends and contacts such as you, and this is where you can
make a difference. Please consider helping to fund these ongoing
research and educational projects. Such a donation would make a
meaningful holiday gift. And if you cannot make a donation, then
consider to purchase OBRL's publications, which also provides overall
support to the work-efforts.
Donating online is easy and secure and also keeps our
administrative costs down. To contribute right now, visit http://www.orgonelab.org/donation
You can indicate the amount you wish to contribute.
OBRL is a 501(c)(3) status organization, and your donation
to OBRL is tax-deductible. Please also consider to remember OBRL
in your bequests.
You can also send a check to OBRL:
PO Box 1148
Ashland, Oregon 97520 USA
Thanks once again, and have a wonderful Christmas,
Hannuka, New Year, and holiday,
James DeMeo, PhD
Director and Founder of OBRL
Orgone Biophysical Research Laboratory
Ashland, Oregon, USA
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James DeMeo, Ph.D.
Orgone Biophysical Research Lab
Ashland, Oregon, USA