By Wilhelm Reich
A brand new autobiographical paintings by way of probably the most unique and debatable thinkers of our time.
"I regarded up each day from in the back of the bars to the Statue of Liberty in long island Harbor. Her mild shone brightly right into a darkish night." With those phrases, Wilhelm Reich defined his event as an "enemy alien" imprisoned on Ellis Island within the aftermath of the japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.
American Odyssey, compiled from his correspondence and journals, chronicles Reich's first years in the United States. They have been years of prodigious accomplishment within which he constructed the orgone power accumulator-the so-called orgone field; released his first books in English; made breakthroughs in his research of orgone strength in social pathology, physics, astronomy, and melanoma; and none except Albert Einstein in trying out his theories. the United States introduced a brand new marriage, a brand new son, a brand new staff of scholars, and a brand new laboratory. yet those have been years of fierce fight besides: the denial of an American clinical license, the refusal of a patent at the orgone accumulator, and, ultimately, a slanderous article that will incite the meals and Drug management to the dogged assault on Reich that might proceed until eventually his dying in one other legal cellphone ten years later.
American Odyssey finds greater than a interval within the lifetime of an embattled scientist. It discloses the social and highbrow lifetime of a rustic in a tumultuous time in historical past.
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I hope this letter reaches you soon. Write as soon as you can. All my love. November 1940 Before undertaking a great and difficult task one must set one's own house in order, find clarity within oneself. We have—without exception—so much dirt, filth, and sickness within us that we must first give ourselves a thorough airing out before making a decision on how to handle a certain truth. I was just reading about the dispute over abiogenesis. Both sides were equally influenced by emotionalism and irrationalism.
There is still the puzzle why heated air becomes lighter! When I took the scales with the balloon into the adjoining ventilated room, the balloon suddenly became about three times lighter. m. 85 g. 3 g and the balloon hasn't shrunk, so loss of air would not account for the difference in weight. m. Experiment repeated. a. 2 g. b. 5 g. 3 g of air. c. m. (1 hr. 10 min. ) Again, balloon has risen over the center of orgone accumulator 1. 1 g. d. 01 g occurred. So radiation pressure doesn't explain it.
We parted with a firm handshake. Refutation of the argument advanced by Einstein that the rate of discharge of the electroscope depends on the movement of air. An electroscope set up indoors and in the open air, with and without a fan, yielded the same final result. 58 ] W I L H E L M R E I C H Slept for four hours—during the day—depression. I cannot do it by myself, without money and help. , field energy could be measured. Idea for a test to eliminate gravity by using an orgone field acting in the opposite direction to the earth's gravitational pull.