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The first time I heard of Tesla

was in my late twenties on a trip to Yugoslavia (as it was called then). This despite my having taken physics in both high school and college - you know, that subject where you learn about electricity, magnetism, light, sound, energy... One of my Yugoslavian friends had mentioned Tesla, to which I replied, "Who?"

"WHO?! TESLA IS ONLY ONE THE GREATEST GENIUSES OF ALL TIME!" He was outright angry. A few things by then had given the appearance of a myopic worldview on my part. He seemed especially bitter over the fact that, over there, they all heard all of our American songs, whereas 'you Americans know nothing about our music.' (It was true, and they had great music, too, in various genres. If you'r interested, two of my favorite rock songs. http ://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBxaEccamak and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqkP4YORpZk)

Okay, fast forwarding a couple decades, I think I next came across Tesla via Jim Jarmusch's great (and whacky) film Coffee & Cigarettes, with vignettes of people just sitting around talking over... a cup of coffee and a cigarette. Jack and Meg, of the White Stripes, are featured in "the Tesla Coil scene." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftT3JKUSygw

More recently I met up with Tesla one journey of my own down the rabbit hole. It had started with my watching some video on 911, and then, well, one thing just kept leading to another! Eventually I was led me to a great tutorial by Nick Begich, author of Angels Don't Play This HAARP, the "go-to" guy where HAARP is concerned. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74b-gA9qq3o

Now, back to my trip to Croatia, what my friend didn't realize is that, at the time, I didn't know much more about American-as-apple pie Thomas Alva Edison than Yugoslavian-as-palačinka Nikola Tesla! And that's a shame! (The same could be said of other scientists and also mathematicians.) WHEN are the $%^& overeducated, underintelligent Ed PhD's who design school curriculum (and see to the so-called training of teachers) going to start covering the biographies and contributions of scientists and mathematicians - DINKY SIDEBARS DON'T COUNT! - and the history of the subject.

These disciplines did not appear and evolve in a VOID but were the product of flesh and blood human beings - warts and all, but nonetheless - intelligent, curious, and resourceful individuals whom, just maybe, SOME (of America's bottom-of-the-barrel) students might actually be inspired by (Ditto for important figures re other subjects, and notably, since I'm here at the DP, American history!), maybe a little more than endless repetition and review, i.e., standardized multiple-choice test prep.

Thank you, fishyculture, for this post. All of what you've come across I find fascinating. I'll be spending some time this weekend with your links. Let the so-called "real" scientists who have commented here pooh-pooh it all. I know someone who's done amazing things with sound vis a vis healing. As it says in the Bible (Matthew 11:15), "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear."

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir