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Nicola Tesla (1856-1943), pioneer of AC electricity, on science and non-material phenomena

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postcard c. 1890, age 34

The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence. – Nikola Tesla

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8 Responses to Nicola Tesla (1856-1943), pioneer of AC electricity, on science and non-material phenomena

  1. Denyse,

    Since you are a resident of Toronto, I am sure you are familiar with the Murdoch Mysteries. In the pilot episode Tesla was featured.

  2. What is the source of that quote??
    It is certainly not in the link you provided!
    It is repeated often on the internet, but still without attribution.

  3. Thanks for the note, Ian Thompson. The quote was forwarded. It seems not to have been disowned. we’ll keep an eye on it.

  4. Here are a few notes I’ve collected on this eccentric genius:

    The Story of Nikola Tesla
    Excerpt: (Nikola Tesla was the most influential inventor to ever live on earth), But what you may not know about Nikola Tesla is that he was the son of a Christian minister.
    http://www.prophecyinthenews.c.....ola-tesla/

    Electrical genius Nicola Tesla was born in Serbia in 1856,,, his father was a clergyman.,,,While walking in Budapest Park, Hungary, Nikola Tesla had seen a vision of a functioning alternating current (AC) electric induction motor. This was one of the most revolutionary inventions in the entire history of the world.
    http://www.reformation.org/nikola-tesla.html

    My Inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla
    Excerpt: At this time, as at many other times in the past, my thoughts turned towards my Mother’s teaching. The gift of mental power comes from God, Divine Being, and if we concentrate our minds on that truth, we become in tune with this great power. My Mother had taught me to seek all truth in the Bible; therefore I devoted the next few months to the study of this work.
    One day, as I was roaming the mountains, I sought shelter from an approaching storm. The sky became overhung with heavy clouds, but somehow the rain was delayed until, all of a sudden, there was a lightening flash and a few moments after, a deluge. This observation set me thinking. It was manifest that the two phenomena were closely related, as cause and effect, and a little reflection led me to the conclusion that the electrical energy involved in the precipitation of the water was inconsiderable, the function of the lightening being much like that of a sensitive trigger. Here was a stupendous possibility of achievement. If we could produce electric effects of the required quality, this whole planet and the conditions of existence on it could be transformed. The sun raises the water of the oceans and winds drive it to distant regions where it remains in a state of most delicate balance. If it were in our power to upset it when and wherever desired, this might life sustaining stream could be at will controlled. We could irrigate arid deserts, create lakes and rivers, and provide motive power in unlimited amounts. This would be the most efficient way of harnessing the sun to the uses of man. The consummation depended on our ability to develop electric forces of the order of those in nature.
    It seemed a hopeless undertaking, but I made up my mind to try it and immediately on my return to the United States in the summer of 1892, after a short visit to my friends in Watford, England; work was begun which was to me all the more attractive, because a means of the same kind was necessary for the successful transmission of energy without wires. At this time I made a further careful study of the Bible, and discovered the key in Revelation. The first gratifying result was obtained in the spring of the succeeding year, when I reaching a tension of about 100,000,000 volts—one hundred million volts — with my conical coil, which I figured was the voltage of a flash of lightening.
    http://www.lucidcafe.com/libra.....uto05.html

    Tesla ‘purely mental’ method of invention was drastically different than Edison’s:

    Game on! A bioinformatician confronts Intelligent Design – VJT – January 2012
    Excerpt: The moment one constructs a device to carry into practise a crude idea he finds himself unavoidably engrossed with the details and defects of the apparatus. As he goes on improving and reconstructing, his force of concentration diminishes and he loses sight of the great underlying principle. Results may be obtained but always at the sacrifice of quality.
    My method is different. I do not rush into actual work. When I get an idea I start at once building it up in my imagination. I change the construction, make improvements and operate the device in my mind. It is absolutely immaterial to me whether I run my turbine in thought or test it in my shop. I even note if it is out of balance. There is no difference whatever, the results are the same. In this way I am able to rapidly develop and perfect a conception without touching anything. When I have gone so far as to embody in the invention every possible improvement I can think of and see no fault anywhere, I put into concrete form this final product of my brain. Invariably my device works as I conceived that it should, and the experiment comes out exactly as I planned it. In twenty years there has not been a single exception. Why should it be otherwise? Engineering, electrical and mechanical, is positive in results. There is scarcely a subject that cannot be mathematically treated and the effects calculated or the results determined beforehand from the available theoretical and practical data. The carrying out into practise of a crude idea as is being generally done is, I hold, nothing but a waste of energy, money and time. – Nikola Tesla
    http://www.uncommondescent.com.....nt-design/

    “Like a flash of lightning and in an instant the truth was revealed. I drew with a stick on the sand the diagrams of my motor. A thousand secrets of nature which I might have stumbled upon accidentally I would have given for that one which I had wrestled from her against all odds and at the peril of my existence.” –
    Nikola Tesla

    Picture – Nicole Tesla sitting under a Tesla coil while it was emitting lightning bolts
    http://s3.amazonaws.com/rapgen.....ronica.jpg

    Marco Tempest: The electric rise and fall of Nikola Tesla – video
    Excerpt: Combining projection mapping and a pop-up book, Marco Tempest tells a visually arresting story about Nikola Tesla — called “the greatest geek who ever lived” — from his triumphant invention of alternating current to his penniless last days.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-WkUKP1l3c

  5. Like most Europeans back in those days some of his stuff is goofy and dumb.
    The electrical stiff is his only claim to fame.
    I don’t think one can study non material things much less progress in it within a few decades.
    People should keep to their subject and be careful about speculation Mr Tesla. The lights are not on in some things here.

  6. The quote is listed by Wikiquote as being suspect:

    http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Talk:Nikola_Tesla

    But hey, why waste the chance to do some materialism bashing even if your data is bogus.

  7. “But hey, why waste the chance to do some materialism bashing even if your data is bogus.”

    Entirely agree, let’s let the evidence itself do the bashing of materialism!

    The Mental Universe – Richard Conn Henry – Professor of Physics John Hopkins University
    Excerpt: The only reality is mind and observations, but observations are not of things. To see the Universe as it really is, we must abandon our tendency to conceptualize observations as things.,,, Physicists shy away from the truth because the truth is so alien to everyday physics. A common way to evade the mental universe is to invoke “decoherence” – the notion that “the physical environment” is sufficient to create reality, independent of the human mind. Yet the idea that any irreversible act of amplification is necessary to collapse the wave function is known to be wrong: in “Renninger-type” experiments, the wave function is collapsed simply by your human mind seeing nothing. The universe is entirely mental,,,, The Universe is immaterial — mental and spiritual. Live, and enjoy.
    http://henry.pha.jhu.edu/The.mental.universe.pdf

    The Renninger Negative Result Experiment – video
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3uzSlh_CV0

  8. News:

    It seems not to have been disowned.

    Tesla has been dead for 70 years.

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