A letter to which I subscribe, LeMetropole Cafe, publishes a daily quotation at the top of each communique. A few days ago, the quote was by Aleister Crowley.
“The conscience of the world is so guilty that it always assumes that people who investigate heresies must be heretics; just as if a doctor who studies leprosy must be a leper. Indeed, it is only recently that science has been allowed to study anything without reproach..” …Aleister Crowley, author ( 1875-1947)
I thought about that and wondered whether Aleister was being sarcastic or was in fact sincere. I wanted to write to the editor MIDAS and tell him about the cold fusion experience, but got busy and didn’t.
The next day’s letter contained a response from a fellow subscriber regarding the “evil nature” of Aleister Crowley, and I was compelled to then respond to the content of the quote.
This is an excerpt of what I wrote to MIDAS published in today’s letter.
“The Quote of Crowley’s”
“Greetings MIDAS, Regarding the Aleister Crowley quote, I was actually going to write you on that, too, but not to say Aleister Crowley was an “evil guy”….
……regarding Mr. Crowley’s point on science: he was living at a time when science in the western world had entered the electric age. Quantum mechanics and relativity both shifted the institutions from which they arose as electric technology altered perceptions………
……..Twenty-one years ago, the discovery of a new kind of nuclear effect was effectively shut down by a newly empowered mass media and a scientific community that rushed to judgment when results didn’t fit the conventional paradigm. Since then, low-energy nuclear reactions, or cold fusion as it has been called, has been completely ignored by scientists organizations and the department of energy…….”
Well, I guess it’s pretty ridiculous to think Aleister Crowley to be sarcastic about science like that.
What’s funny is that I would even think he was joking.