To the editors:
As an independent scholar with nearly 20 years of research and field work experience investigating the biophysical research findings of the late Dr. Wilhelm Reich, I was outraged to read the incredibly derogatory and twisted statements about Reich, and about myself, in the syndicated column “The Straight Dope,” by Cecil Adams. Adams relied heavily on a previously published attack upon Reich and myself by Martin Gardner (Skeptical Inquirer, Fall 1988), but it is a big mistake to elevate Gardner’s unstudied criticisms to the level of fact, while so completely ignoring and trivializing the decades of solid published experimental evidence on the orgone energy question by Reich, his co-workers, and by younger researchers like myself who have replicated his controversial experiments in more recent times.
For the record, SI magazine refused to publish my rebuttal to Gardner’s attack on Reich, and I later discovered that the parent organization of that magazine, CSICOP (Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal), has a long-standing policy of not doing research, and also of not allowing persons attacked in its pages the right of rebuttal. It is not a scientific organization in the least, and most of its members are professional or amateur magicians. Gardner, himself a card-trick and math game expert, has made a career out of smearing Reich, and his articles are notable for their nasty tone, the highly selective lifting of materials out of context, and most importantly from the perspective of the sciences, the total ignoring of published positive research evidence supporting Reich’s claims. Adams successfully condensed the worst of the journalistic slime from Gardner’s earlier article into his own. Given this fact, I will respond to “Adams’s” article by enclosing a copy of my article “Response to Martin Gardner’s Attack on Reich and Orgone Research in the Skeptical Inquirer,” which I will send free of charge to anyone who mails me a self-addressed stamped envelope (PO Box 1395, El Cerrito, CA 94530).
Given the police-state nature of the continuing nasty assault upon unorthodox scientific and medical research findings in the USA, which has resulted in the burning of scientific books, the harassment and imprisonment of medical pioneers and natural scientists, and the continuing repression and neglect of numerous workable solutions to major social and environmental problems, I demand that your paper reprint my complete letter. I am sick and tired of seeing Reich’s name, and now my name, dragged through the mud by “journalists” or other self-proclaimed “science experts” who are too prejudiced, hostile, and lazy to get their facts straight.
James DeMeo, Ph.D.
Director of Research
Orgone Biophysical Research Laboratory, Inc.
El Cerrito, California