A Skeptical Scrutiny of the Works and Theories of WILHELM REICH

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By Roger M. Wilcox

Last modified 15-November-2005

Reich first described his cloudbusters in his Orgone Energy Bulletin magazine, volume 4, number 4, published in October 1952.  Unfortunately, the various periodicals Reich published are much more difficult to get hold of than his books.  Fortunately, the cloudbuster article from this magazine was reprinted posthumously in the book Selected Writings: An Introduction to Orgonomy, in the first section of chapter VII (pp. 435-447, 1973 edition).

A cloudbuster was a device consisting of a few hollow metal pipes 9 to 12 feet long and an inch-and-a-half in diameter, all lined up and pointing in the same direction.  To one end, the "back" end, of each of these metal pipes was attached a BX cable (similar to a garden hose) long enough to be submerged in a deep well or river nearby.  A photo of one of Reich's cloudbusters can be found at http://www.orgone.org/requipment/cbuster/x7c-cbust1.jpg.  Reich claimed that, when the "front" ends of the hollow metal pipes were pointed at a patch of sky for a long enough period of time, the device would draw both orgone energy and DOR from the atmosphere and deposit these energies in the water in which the BX cables were submerged.  Reich also claimed that pointing the cloudbuster at a cloud would cause the cloud to disperse, and that pointing it near, but not at, a cloud would cause the cloud to grow.

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