Sunday, 19 November 2017

Was Johann Bessler an Undiscovered Genius?

A recent casual comment about Johann Bessler got me thinking; was Bessler a genius?  My first thought was to dismiss the idea because there was no proof that he actually built the perpetual motion machine despite all the evidence in favour.  Then I began to consider the facts and I came to the conclusion that if he wasn't a true genius he came very close and once his machine is verified I think the world will acknowledge that he was one.

Information coming from a variety of sources is suggesting that Johann Bessler was much cleverer than the fact that he was the son of a day-labourer might suggest. It was customary to label such people as peasants, but such inherently negative designations obscure the fact that many of them achieved successful careers in the service of their rulers and many of Bessler’s contemporaries in particular were employed by the State.

Much of the credit for their success in obtaining worthwhile employment must go to their school teacher Christian Weise who is well-known for his remarkable output of plays, novels, political debate, poetry and music as well as his successful career as headmaster of Bessler’s school.  If we are to believe Bessler, Weise regarded Bessler as his most gifted pupil and took a personal interest in his future. Weise’s plan for his charges, most of whom came from the poorer families in the surrounding area, was to equip them with necessary educational tools to obtain careers with the court.  Despite Weise’s high recommendation Bessler was sidetracked into the search for the solution to perpetual motion, and he followed a tortuous path to eventual success.

Øystein has made some remarkable discoveries which seem to indicate that Bessler had studied a number of ancient philosophies including Free Masonry, Euclid’s Elements, the Rosicrucians, plus he spent a considerable time in Prague, in the company of a Catholic priest and a Rabbi - a lethal combination at the time. Prague was a hotbed of esoteric thinking and the home Jewish Kabbalah, the centre of occultism, but also the seat of the Holy Roman Empire.  Johann Bessler absorbed information about these beliefs and adapted them to his own use and opinion.  We know this because evidence of their presence in his writings and the methods he used to hide information are only now surfacing.

When you add to this the various trades he accomplished expertise in, even before he studied the craft of organ building and musical notation, he was something of a polymath!

According to Wikipedia polymath is a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas; such a person is known to draw on complex bodies of knowledge to solve specific problems. That describes Bessler perfectly.  Gottfried Leibniz, a strong supporter of Bessler’s claims is widely regarded as a polymath, as is commander R.R. Gould, original biographer of Johann Bessler and the man who studied and repaired John Harrison’s extraordinary timepieces which won him the British Board of Longitude prize for dividing a means of establishing a ship’s longitudinal position at sea. 


These men were hailed as polymaths and lauded by all, why not Bessler?  Because his claims were and still are, believed to be impossible according to the laws of physics, despite the evidence that supported those claims.


Recent discoveries I have made reveal the extent of Bessler’s ingenuity and I will describe all of his extraordinary work and how the clues provide the information to build his wheel as soon as I have completed the document which will simply explain the design.  I cannot over emphasise the sheer ingenuity of his mind and the games he played with those who seek to decipher his clues.  In my opinion Johann Bessler was an undiscovered genius and I hope to prove it in the next few months.


JC

27 comments:

  1. You're very good at writing, i'll give you that John, but we all know that Johann Bessler was an undiscovered genius.

    Now let's get moving, and give us some actual clues.

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    1. I’ll put up an interesting clue explanation in my next post just to keep you interested.:-)

      JC

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  2. There cannot be any doubt that Bessler was very clever and gifted. The talents that he demonstrated throughout his life leave no doubt of his level of intelligence and mastery of many disciplines. I am looking forward to your disclosures of all things large and small

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  3. Nicely put and well written! Bessler was a true Genius and a Polymath for sure. I am considering making a first public proof of how Bessler applies the Rosicrucian and later Masonic secret formula, and what the first step of the ancient geometric formula actually was and still is. How did they secretly salute Pythagoras (Matth.) in public writings? I would like to show how MT was a "documentation" for the ancient secret tradition, the secret foundation of which the Rose Cross was built. Why is it important to know the tradition, when seeking the secret of machine? Answer: By knowing, you can distinguish between the two! Machine versus tradition. Keep it up!

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  4. Oystein, are you suggesting that Bessler attained his success by means of prior understandings of Rosy Cross discipline/mysticism? Was it not more likely that it materialized from sweat-of-the-brow cut-and-try, instead?

    Just as it is with our own 'Vibrator' here, I am sure, (Who will AFTER the fact of the appearance of the device nicely sitting upon his laboratory bench, best be able TO THEN explain logically/perfectly, how it does square with present-day seance.) is it not more likely the case of afterward such applying, rather than providing any actual physical rise to the tangible working device?

    Bessler - brilliant mechanician FIRST, and possible genius LAST.

    A pregnant example of most vexatious incontestability: The Wright Bros. and their Flier.

    The estimable seance-tists of their day, declared loudly and most proudly, that powered heavier-than-air flight was a thing impossible of doing.

    (And, echo here the distinguished and noble Lord Kelvin's heart-warming "X-rays are a HOAX!!" - arrogant, silly bearded nonsense of finest seance-tist originated face-egg.)

    Well, what happened?

    The high esteemed Ones were proved ASSES, just as they were all along! It flew!

    The brothers of limited education TRUMPED the Grand Ones of very much!

    (And, they did not like it one damned bit! It required our first President Roosevelt to kick their denying seance-tist butts in order to get armed air power going, as soon a WAR was to be happening.)

    While Frenchman Chas. Cros certainly did first describe the phonograph as it was to be built in the future, the less mentally illuminated/distinguished Edison was to reduce it to actual practice. (Add-on the first practical, commercially viable electric torch, too.)

    Edison - brilliant mechanician FIRST - genius SECOND.

    Tesla and his conceived-complete, 60hz. poly-phase electrical ENTIRE SYSTEM?

    Both brilliant mechanician and genius SIMULTANEOUSLY. In some very rare times this happens.

    I've numerous examples of conceiving and practice-reduction first, then analyses leading to complete understandings of fundamentals underlying following but, in the big important stuff, that last does not usually come before the first.

    James



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  5. I have not been on the internet for a couple of months due to an injury, I am back now and working on this again, I have been building some Stork's bills, I just feel that they were used in those Bessler motion machines.
    What were they used for ! I made a short video of one I made recently :
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAEppEvI_yg

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    1. Welcome back Derek! The stork’s bills are an essential component according to Bessler, so if anyone is designing wheels without the scissor mechanisms or stork’s bill you may fail. :-)

      JC

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  6. The stork bills provide a lot of movement with a small input and allow for the benefits of gravity and centrifugal force to be used to move the scissor in and out with ease. Thanks to Derek for his video. I have made mine from 1/8 by 3/4 aluminum strips that are available at Home Depot. Notice in the toys page the weights on the end of the handles. I have tripled the length of the lever with the weight on it and only use one weight on the long lever to move things and its really pretty cool, but no runner yet. but almost

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  7. Hello, John et alii.
    In my opinion, the main quality of the scissor mechanism is to allow a weight shifting to one side of the wheel while maintaining rigidity (a rope link cannot do that), rigidity being necessary for pushing the weight.
    Incidentally, may 'scissor mechanism' be considered by Bessler as a particular kind of 'spring' —being able to become longer or shorter— but working in an unusual way?

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    1. I agree with the first part Michel, not sure about the spring. Yes the scissors become longer or shorter as a spring does, but there is not recoverable compression as their is in scissor mechanisms, but I understand what you mean.

      JC

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  8. It was a mere assumption that came through my mind at the moment... If I remember well, didn't Johann Bessler say he used springs but not in the usual way? I was wondering how it could be and if scissor mechanism had something to do with that... (Sorry, it was not really the topic of the day.)

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  9. Bessler never said he uses springs in his wheels. A witness thought he heard a spring snap back when Bessler put a weight back in place. Unfortunately, more and more statements from Bessler and witness descriptions are mixed. It does not rule out that springs played an important role, but Bessler has not mentioned that anywhere.

    ovaron

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    1. In a response to the question of the use of springs he simply wrote, not in the way you mean.

      JC

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    2. John, if you have copies of letters where he does this statement, it would be very interesting to know HOW the question exactly was. Was the question only about a spring, a leaf spring or a clock spring? Here, the context would be very enlightening, because how would Bessler know what the questioner meant by spring, if he answers "not in the way you mean"?
      Can you give a little bit of the context?

      ovaron

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    3. I agree that so-called ‘facts’ get distorted, a bit like Chinese whispers!

      I don’t have the books to hand just now, ovaron, but you could look it up the same way I shall do later- open the book on your computer, open the search tab and put in ‘springs’. It will show every reference for ‘springs’. Of course then you need to make a note of which chapter it’s in and roughly where in that chapter, to get the German version.

      I wouldn’t have thought I’d have explain this to anyone interested in Bessler.

      JC

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  10. :-)) Of course, I searched Bessler's documents in a way you described, which were accessible to me (Apologia poetica, Das Triumphirende, Gründlicher Bericht , Maschinentraktat) , but did not find anything that could correspond to the statement "not in a way you mean". Maybe it's a too free translation? I had guessed that this was from some other document that is not accessible to me.

    ovaron

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    1. I’ll check and get back about this.

      JC

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    2. Well ovaron, first inapologise for my rather scathing response to your question - you have really opened a can of worms! Despite the fact that I remember the comment I am unable to find its source. There is mention of it back in 2003 on the forum and in the ‘portal clues’, where it says “Springs were employed, but not as detractors suggested.” and refers it to Bessler’s words, but I have been unable to find it any of my books! So if anyone can identify the source I would be extremely grateful.

      I feel embarrassed that I cannot find it and yet I seem to recall that it was in answer to questions put to Bessler.

      Any help would be appreciated.

      JC

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    3. I can only conclude that a statement by Bessler which stated something along the lines of, “springs are not employed, as was suggested by my detractors”, has been paraphrased giving the impression that springs were employed but but not in the way his detractors suggested. Two different meanings but you can see how it could happen.

      Bessler states very clearly many times that springs are not used in his wheels. I’m pleased that you raised this issue ovaron.

      JC

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  11. The direct reference to springs might have been in the Wagner responses (Treatises 1 & 2) IINM?

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    1. Yes I checked,but those are written by Wagner and although he mentions springs several times, it has nothing to do with this question, but it was a good idea. I tend to think my suggestion is probably the correct one.

      JC

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  12. John, f you really have the solution,( and I hope this for all Bessler addicts ;-)), then such questions are obsolete anyway. Honestly, I'm just waiting for you to present us the solution. I also have some new ideas myself, but I will only start with them if your wheel does not work as intended. I'm just too lazy to start something again (and again, and again .....), which may be (hopefully!) unnecessary.
    Good luck!

    ovaron

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    1. Thanks ovaron. I will present my design working or not as soon as I can. My older daughter is in hospital being treated with chemo for lymphoma 4th stage and we are taking it in turns to visit her and give her our support, which means that the wheel has to take second place to her needs. But I haven’t stopped working on it, but it will take longer, it all depends on how she deals with the chemo.

      JC

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  13. Absolutely understandable that the wheel and we have to wait. All the best for you and your family. I am sure that all Bessler fanatics wish your daughter all the best.
    Greetings from the warm Colombia

    ovaron

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  14. Medicine technology today is so amazing and almost miraculous. Out thoughts and prayers for all of you John.

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