Thursday, 28 May 2009

Wilhelm Reich

The object of the (politically motivated) scientific community's opposition of Dr. Reich's work was his 1940 invention the "orgone accumulator". The orgone accumulator, a box large enough for a person to sit in and constructed of alternating layers of organic and inorganic substances, was used to successfully treat his patients for various ailments.

Reich said orgone was the “primordial cosmic energy”, blue in color, which he claimed was omnipresent and responsible for such things as weather, the color of the sky, gravity, the formation of galaxies, and the biological expressions of emotion and sexuality. It was the construction of these boxes that caught the attention of the press, leading to wild rumors that they were “sex boxes” which caused uncontrollable erections.-wikipedia

Reich's experiments with sexuality and neurosis, orgone energy as a treatment for cancer and his oranur experiment which attempted to cure radition sickness led to massive scrutiny in the US. His communist roots didn't help

I would like to plead for my right to investigate natural phenomena without having guns pointed at me. I also ask for the right to be wrong without being hanged for it.
— Wilhelm Reich

In 1956 Reich was arrested when an associate attempted to cross a state line with some of his equipment. Shortly after Reich's arrest, FDA officials traveled to Orgonon, Reich's home in New England, where they smashed the accumulators, and burned many of his books. In March 1957, he was sent to Danbury Federal Prison, where a psychiatrist examined him, recording: “Paranoia manifested by delusions of grandiosity and persecution and ideas of reference.” Reich died in prison shortly afterwards

I still dream of orgonon
I wake up cryin'
You're making rain
And you're just in reach

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