The discovery of orgone energy
As a psychoanalyst, Wilhelm Reich had already conceived the plan to physically prove the psycho-physical energy that Freud had called "libido" and initially researched bio-electricity.
On the bion cultures, which had been created from sea sand, he noticed peculiar radiation phenomena: when observing them under the microscope, he and his co-workers got conjunctivitis in the respective eye. The skin was also reddened by bions. In the dark, a bluish radiation was seen around them. Rubber gloves were electrostatically charged by them.
Reich tried to isolate the supposed radiation and placed the preparations in an externally insulated metal box, a Faraday cage. Inside, however, the phenomena became stronger, indeed he saw them even when there were no preparations inside. Next to the blue swathes, he saw rapidly circling flashes of light. The phenomena seemed to be both subjective and objective. He could magnify them with a magnifying glass and see them even with his eyes closed. It was only when he saw the swathes on the ground at night and the spinning waves also in the blue sky that he understood that it must be an energy that is present both in the organism and in the atmosphere and can therefore be perceived objectively and subjectively.
Gradually Reich succeeded in proving this energy, which he called ORGONE, also with physical methods, i.e. with thermometer, electroscope and Geiger counter. In an orgone accumulator, compared to a control box, one can observe a constantly increased temperature and prolonged discharge times on the electroscope. These two very simple experiments challenge the prevailing physical world view because they contradict the law of thermodynamics, an axiom of physics.