Charles Konia, M.D.
Reprinted from the Journal of Orgonomy, Vol. 42, No. 2
The American College of Orgonomy
The object of Project Protozoa is to attempt replication of one part of Wilhelm Reich’s experiments in biogenesis in which he discovered that protozoa can develop from disintegrating plant tissue, an important step in proving that life can arise from non-life. The significance of this monumental discovery is that it puts to rest the prevailing mechanistic-mystical views of the origin of life. On the one hand, traditional science believes that life originated in a mechanistic way solely from the interaction of materially based mechanical forces. On the other hand, mystics claim that life was created mysteriously by God and its origin is therefore unknowable. Thus, Reich’s discovery is nothing less that a bombshell in natural science.
The person in charge of conducting Project Protozoa, Mr. Steve Dunlap, is a professional research microscopist with decades of experience observing specimens in the living state.1 He has kindly provided the details of the experiment. The study will closely follow Reich’s original protocol of time lapse imaging of the events of biogenesis over a period of days. The rate of the developmental process of protozoa formation will govern the frame interval. During the phase of actual tissue disintegration, the frame interval will be widely spaced, up to hours apart. As the actual development process begins and advances, the frame interval will likely be shortened to only seconds as the process is completed.
A single blade of grass with the center vein removed will be secured on a specially constructed, single-well microscope slide with glass dikes secured around the slide perimeter to ensure adequate water retention around the specimen. A water addition system utilizing a multi-range syringe pump to correct for water evaporation is included in the set-up.
The instrument used in the experiment is a state-of-the-art Zeiss compound microscope with Plan-Neofluar and W Achroplan objectives to provide high resolution images. A magnification changer is incorporated into the system between the objective and the ocular lens thereby keeping the objective working distance as high as possible. This reduces the possibility of interference with the process under observation, which will be performed using 20x and 40x objectives, and a wide range of magnifications between 200x and 1600x.
The actual images will be captured using a Kodak Insight IN1820 digital camera system coupled to a Dell computer using a time-lapse software program. The captured time-lapse streams will be sent to the American College of Orgonomy.
This project is made possible by the generous financial support of our constituency who join with us to bring Wilhelm Reich’s remarkable discovery of orgone energy to the scientific community and the general public. The members of the College want to express their appreciation to these generous contributors for the purchase of the high quality microscope and other equipment that has made it possible for Project Protozoa to move forward.
1 Most if not all microscopic observation of biological specimens today is per- formed under non-living conditions. This is a major reason why this experiment can never be replicated by the traditional biologist.