Joe Cell

An Analysis of the "Joe Cell" from a Biodynamics Perspective

by Guy McCarthy

Copyright 1998 by Guy McCarthy

Note: The "Joe Cell" (described in NEXUS magazine, Aug-Sep'98, pp. 43-46) is an electrical device attached to the carburetor of an ordinary automobile engine which allegedly enables it to run for extended periods with the fuel line disconnected.

Biodynamics is a science of natural forces and agriculture inspired by the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner. It pre-dates "Organics" as the original alternative to chemical/industrial agriculture. Biodynamics has achieved limited recognition in the United States and Canada, but is widely practiced in Europe, New Zealand, and Australia.

Water as a Storage Medium "Implosion" as a Motive Reaction An Enhanced Orgone Accumulator Transfer of Energy to the Carburetor


Water as a Storage Medium

The Joe Cell uses water as a storage medium, which, when charged above a certain threshold, collects additional energy as needed by the engine. The initial charge is not depleted as the engine runs, but will dissipate under certain conditions. This matches a key attribute of the biodynamic ether, which attracts more ether to itself once the local concentration reaches a certain threshold. Without adequate boundaries (or storage conditions) the etheric charge build-up will dissipate.

"Implosion" as a Motive Reaction

The motive reaction in the engine seems to be *implosion*, since the ignition timing must be advanced so far into the compression stroke. (Note that 80 degrees is nearly 2/3 of a typical compression cycle, which totals about 135 degrees in a 4 stroke engine.) Implosion may be considered equivalent to "a sudden condensation of the ether" which is also thought to be the motive reaction that creates lightning and thunder in the atmosphere. According to Biodynamic researchers, condensation is a state change from a more rarefied ether into a less ratified one, releasing energy in the process.

Biodynamics deals with four states of ether which are equivalent to the four elements intuited by ancient philosophers:

Warmth Ether corresponds to the Fire element
Light Ether corresponds to the Air element
Tone Ether (or "Chemical Ether") corresponds to the Water element
Life Ether corresponds to the Earth element

In the physical world, substance tends to flow from a high potential to a low potential. This is what the concept of "entropy" and the Second Law of Thermodynamics are based on. But in the etheric world of living energies, the inverse is true. Ether is naturally attracted to itself and flows from low potential to high potential. This is why living organisms continue to draw nutrients and life forces into themselves while the rest of the world is supposedly running down. Ether penetrates substance, and substance influences ether. This dynamic interplay is essential to life on the physical plane.

Under favorable conditions, the following etheric condensations will occur:

Warmth Ether -> Light Ether, releasing energy as lightning
Light Ether -> Tone Ether, releasing energy as thunder
Tone Ether -> Life Ether, releasing energy as biological manifestation

Recall that lightning and thunder sometimes occur independently of each other (as in "heat lightning" and "rolling thunder"), while at other times they are closely linked. Clearly any reasonable explanation for these phenomena must allow for both cases. The common notion that lightning and thunder are caused by static discharge between air masses is clearly untenable. A buildup of static charge in such magnitudes could only occur under extremely dry conditions; the typical thunderstorm is certainly not dry.

The biodynamic researcher points to a well-defined cumulus cloud in mid-summer as the ideal collector of etheric energy. Hour by hour it grows, drawing abundant warmth ether from the atmosphere into itself as well as particles of dust and moisture. The cloud builds itself taller and taller, its boundaries sharply distinct from the rest of the sky. Eventually the cloud becomes saturated, turning darker and forming a mighty thunderhead. At this point, anyone who is familiar with weather patterns in open country is headed for shelter. They know that a violent thunderstorm could be unleased at any moment.

Just a few months ago the author observed such a phenomena in central Maryland. The top of the cloud was puffy and brilliant white, illuminated by the late afternoon sun. In contrast, the bottom was flat and dark, laden with moisture. Great bolts of lightning began to crackle about its upper regions. The air felt clear and energized while all around trees were bending and twisting in sudden gusts of wind. When the storm finally broke it was both fearsome and beautiful, a mighty discharge of lightning, thunder, and rain.

We can surmise that the Joe Cell becomes highly charged with etheric energy and that this charge is transferred through the carburetor to the air entering each cylinder. As the compression stroke begins the volume of air is compressed, causing a further concentration of etheric charge. Soon the air becomes saturated with ether. At this point conditions in the cylinder are similar to those within the thunderhead. The ignition spark, far advanced into the compression stroke, serves to catalyze a condensation reaction of the compressed ether. This sudden change of state causes the air mixture to contract sharply, generating power through the remainder of the compression stroke. Therefore the air mixture in each cylinder undergoes a structural change, not a chemical one, and the flywheel is driven by *suction* rather than combustion. With the exception of small amounts of vapor from engine oil and perhaps trace elements from the engine and muffler, the exhaust should be of substantially the same quality as the air intake.

Since warmth ether is the most rarefied ether, condensation will have the effect of reducing or consuming warmth. Therefore implosion is a cool process, which tends to absorb heat rather than release it. This matches observations of the Joe Cell in which the engine runs cold. Unlike combustion, implosion is a "living" process, and as such produces no waste heat or by-products.

An Enhanced Orgone Accumulator

All three styles of Joe Cell are based on concentric, insulated cylinders. This is similar to the classic "orgone accumulator" discovered by Wilhelm Reich. Reich found that metals tended to conduct ether while organic materials tended to absorb it. By layering the two types of materials together, Reich caused a directional flow of ether to occur. The orgone accumulator was a six-sided box constructed with alternating layers of metal and non-metallic materials.

The inclusion of a 1.5 volt battery to maintain the charged condition (and a 12 volt battery to create it) is an interesting variation on the orgone accumulator design. There is precedent for this idea in electrogravity documentation that has become available in recent years. (See the USAF report "Electrogravitic Systems" that was released in 1995 as well as patents by T. Townsend Brown.) The basic idea is that a charged condenser exhibits a tendency to move towards its positive terminal. This is thought to result from a net movement of ether in the opposite direction (from positive to negative). Therefore a static electric charge stimulates a directional flow of ether.

The Joe Cell design implies a net movement of ether from positive to negatively charged terminals (i.e. towards the center of the cell and towards the engine).

Transfer of Energy to the Carburetor

The transfer of energy to the carburetor is accomplished by several different conductors including plastic, copper, aluminum and rubber tubing. The common material in all of these configurations is the *air* inside the tubing. This is consistent with the biodynamic view that oxygen is an excellent carrier of etheric forces. (Fertile soils are said to contain 50% air for just this reason.) The metallic carburetor housing would conduct the etheric energy to its interior surfaces, where incoming air would absorb it and carry it into the cylinders.


In conclusion, the Joe Cell offers a compelling view of how ordinary combustion engines might be modified to run on natural etheric energy. This could be an important direction for future research. Validation of the concept could be approached in three phases:

1. Collecting a high concentration of etheric charge. For some ideas on how to accomplish this, see Geometric Energy Fields which includes specific instructions for building resonant etheric devices.

2. Stimulating a sudden condensation of ether by means of electric spark and measuring the implosion effect in a pressurized container.

3. Achieving reproducible evidence of successive implosion events within a small engine mounted for laboratory testing.

See Also

Celestial Sympathetic Radiation
Life Force
Orgone Accumulator
Orgone Energy

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