In case you missed it, Saturday (Nov 3) marked the 50th anniversary of the death of Wilhelm Reich, who passed away in federal prison. He was serving out a two year sentence for ignoring an injunction obtained by the Food and Drug Administration that outlawed his device that accumulated "orgone energy," which he described as a "universal life energy." (Saturday was also the 50th anniversary of the day when the linkurl:first living being; entered orbit, a dog named Laika aboard a Soviet mission. Sadly, she died a few hours into the trip.) This month, archives of Reich's unpublished papers in storage at a Harvard Medical School library were made available for the first time, following Reich's will that his data remain sealed until 50 years after his death. Reich suggested that neurotic disorders may stem from blockages of linkurl:orgone; energy, particularly if people are unable to expel sexual energy. More...

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