Life Meter Commentary
(c) Robert Neil Boyd

I never conceived that someone would develop something like this [measurement instrument].

I wish they had tested the unit with an orgone accumulator as a reference. They could easily have developed a base-line for standardization of their measurements using the capacitor-like relationship of surface area to orgone intensity which occurs in an orgone accumulator. There is also a relationship something like the dielectric constant of the material, which we might call the orgonic constant of the material.

They could have built an accumulator of a given size from which the surface areas in contact could be calculated, then taken measurements of that accumulator, relative to accumulators of the same design, in smaller and larger sizes. Then they might be able to say they really had something.

It seems to be based on Reich's researches, but the qualifying statement, "The instrument does not measure orgone charge in the open air (this yields a zero reading)..." implies that it may not do well in certain applications (obviously). Inquiry could be made as to what calibration techniques were used, and as to whether or not the calibration could be adjusted so that it could measure orgone density in the atmosphere.

Overall, I'd say that it would work, but I'd want a demo before I purchased the unit. (It is encouraging that they use high voltage, because there is a relationship between voltage and orgone which enabled Reich to demonstrate an orgone motor, built along the lines of an electric motor. The motor had a 25 VDC potential applied to it, and it produced more power than could be accounted for by electrical engineering standards. But, the motor would not work if it was real cloudy, or raining.)

I had in mind constructions of a purely orgonic nature. Maybe this instrument is a short-cut? It looks like it is constructed by rather conventional means. I'd really like to take one apart and see how they had constructed it. Perhaps I could apply what they have done to my own constructions.