Well, I'm back. Due to Amaterasu's most reasonable attitude (probably more so than my own), and the fact that not once were uttered the words "troll"
or "shill" or anything like that, I made and tested an "orgone shooter".
I followed the directions posted here:
Originally posted by Amaterasu
1 inch diameter galvanized steel pipe, 8-10" long.
One galvanized steel cap that screws onto the end.
6-8" wide strips of:
Wool cloth - virgin is best, no dyes
Steel mesh - that stuff that is about 3/8" squares is excellent
Take pipe and attach cap. Layer the strips, leaving about 2 1/2-3" of wool at the end sticking out.
Wrap pipe with the layers of wool and mesh, encircling the pipe with the wool first and ensuring the mesh does not touch the pipe.
Wrap 6 or 7 times around the pipe, trim strips and adhere with duct or best, electrical tape.
It took a couple days to gather the materials, none of which I had to pay for, so my total cost of construction was...FREE! (we all like free stuff,
right?) I u2u'd Amaterasu about a question I had concerning thickness of the wool to make sure I was using the right stuff.
So I put it all together as described, and let it "charge" over night.
I should say here that, as is pretty obvious, I went into this little project with the belief that it was surely bunk, and I'd get no result. I don't
know if that would have an effect on the outcome, so I'm putting it right out front as to be honest about my expectations.
Anyway, after it "charged" overnight, I checked to see if I felt anything off of it. I checked it on my hands, my face, and several other areas on my
person, and I have to say I got exactly what I expected. Nothing.
Due to the nature of such things, I had to accept the possibility that I'm just not "sensitive" to things like that. So over the next few days, I had
a lot of fun chasing down friends and shooting them with "orgone", usually accompanied by the obligatory *pew pew pew* noises. This was, as I said,
lots of fun, so a big "thank you" to Amaterasu for that!
All in all, I tested it on an even dozen people, not counting myself. Some believed in "new age" kind of stuff, some didn't, so there was a good
spectrum of personalities.
When asked if they felt anything from it, here's a compilation of responses:
7 people said "no, nothing". That's pretty straightforward.
2 people said "maybe...I'm not sure. Should I?". Kinda ambiguous, but not a definite no.
1 person said "oh yes, I feel sort of a cool tingle". This didn't really surprise me, as this particular gal likes playing with crystals and such, and
is a big believer in these topics. Maybe she's just more sensitive than I am.
1 person said "I feel kinda creeped out that you're pointing that thing at me".
1 person said "If you point that thing at me, I'm gonna smack you". I pointed it at him anyway, and he did, indeed, smack me. Sometimes you have to
suffer for science, I guess.
I also did some "ambush" type tests, sneaking up behind people and pointing it at the back of their necks. Out of the 5 people I did this to, 1 of
them reached back and scratched the spot I was aiming at. Could be a response, could be a coincidence.
As a side note, 9 of my test subjects said "You need to spend less time on that forum. It's messing with your mind".
So that was fun and all, and ended up mostly confirming my previous bias, although there was the one definite "yes" to throw the curve off, and the
To complete my testing, I took the shooter to a friend of mine who is an electrical engineer/2-way radio repair guy. His little shop has cool test
equipment, and I wanted to see if we could get any kind of a reading. When I was in the Air Farce I was trained in radio repair, so I have some small
knowledge as to what his equipment is about.
The first thing we did was point it at a frequency counter, which, when a radio or similar transmitter is activated near it displays the frequency of
the transmission. It picked up nothing, not even a flicker, even at it's most sensitive settings.
After that we checked it with an oscillascope to see if the shooter had any kind of electrical charge to it. We got a reading of a couple microvolts,
but this promptly dropped to zero as soon as the shooter was grounded. This, he assured me, was due to a static charge, which he said wasn't an out of
the ordinary thing, considering the components of the build.
Another thing we did was to hook up the shooter to the o-scope, along with a signal generator. When two signals are sent to the scope, the readout
shows a "rolling circle" (like a spinning coin slowing down) when the two signals match, and various versions of "lazy eights" when the tones
resonate, say on octaves of the signal.
When the signal generator was sending a tone of 1.5 kHz, we got one of the "lazy eights" rolling around on the readout. This surprised me, I admit.
But when my friend turned down the external speaker so the signal was only going into the scope and not making an audible sound, the "lazy eight"
vanished. We figured that the shooter was simply resonating to the sound at that particular frequency, as opposed to producing a tone of it's own.
I understand that orgone isn't electricity, per se, so the test equipment simply might not be designed to pick up on it's "power". However, the fact
that the shooter created a static charge, which we reproduced a half dozen times, indicates to me that that is what people are feeling. Some folks are
more susceptible to the effects of electricity and electro-magnetic energy (some people get distressing feelings when around things like unshielded
wiring and such, as many people know from watching Ghost Hunters and things of similar ilk)
All in all, I had a really good time building the shooter and messing around with it. That in itself makes it a worthwhile project to me. However, I
still maintain that there's really nothing to the whole orgone thing. I think what people are feeling, if anything, is just the static charge built up
in the shooter. The fact that some folks can feel something and others can't doesn't really surprise me as it has been shown that electro-magnetic
energy affects different people in different ways by much better scientists than I.
I remain convinced that orgone is, indeed, "bunk" by my definition of the word. I suppose that there is a possibility that I and most of my friends
just aren't "sensitive" enough to to notice it, but I think it more likely that others are more susceptible to suggestion, unintentional self
delusion, and maybe static electricity, which has pretty much been my position the whole time.
However, none of this should really influence the orgone practitioner to stop. If playing with "orgone" makes you happy, or has any other positive
effect on your life, by all means continue. I'm not here to ruin people's enjoyment, and I'm certainly not what anyone would consider a "qualified
scientist". I just ran a little experiment in the name of open-mindedness, so as not to dismiss the concept without even attempting to experience it
myself, thanks to the urging of Amaterasu.
Thanks again for prodding me into doing this, Amaterasu. The longer I look into topics such as are discussed here at ATS, the more skeptical I seem to
become. It's good to be reminded that an open mind is not something that you can just claim to have, you have to actually use it from time to time.
As for my little orgone shooter, I have passed it on the the gal who said she could feel it, who promptly festooned it with feathers and crystals and
such. She works at a local college and will surely be trying it out on heaps of people there. If she ever comes back with any kind of data about it,
I'll be sure to post an update. She's prety flighty, though, so I'm not holding my breath on that.
*pew pew pew*
edit on 28-2-2011 by subject x because: *pew pew pew*
edit on 28-2-2011 by subject x because: I can't spell "Amaterasu" to
save my life!