The Three Apples

The Three Apples

The notion of apple to be a forbidden fruit has been a source of debate throughout the age. Questionably, apple has changed the world, although this claim may still not accurate. The story is explained and evolved from the initial existence of mankind began on earth and relationship to God. Then a fruit that become an influence of a great scientific theory, until become a telecommunication brand that change the way people communicate. Therefore, the dispute of its verity is remarkably obligatory to be discussed and clarified.

  1. Adam and Eve

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The story of Adam and Eve is one of the most well-known story told in various Holy Scriptures; mainly in The Al-Quran, The Bible and The Torah. Although some important main beliefs are diverge.

But did Adam and Eve really eat an apple from the forbidden tree? And why human thought it was an apple?

It is impossible to say it was an apple. None of those Holy Scriptures explicitly says that it was an apple. There is also no confirmation of what particular tree it was. The story is loaded with symbolic representation that we could have been misinterpreted.

However, the most plausible explanation of this confusion is that the apple idea may be due to the similarity of the two words in the Latin translation of the Bible. The word evil on the tree’s name in Latin is mali (Genesis 2:17), and the word apple in other places is mala (Proverbs 25:11) or malum (Song of Salomon 2:3).

After all, the story did give an essential lesson for mankind. It demonstrated human free will and depicted Satan is the real enemy to mankind. If God only gave them the good path choice means that would not be a choice at all.

2. Sir Isaac Newton

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Sir Isaac Newton describes the theory of gravitation, the three laws of motion and the field of optics

Sir Isaac Newton is considered as one of the most influential scientist we ever know today.

We are also familiar with his anecdote in the history of science in the past 250 years, while complete with embellishments and twists of historical facts.

But what evidence is there that Newton was really inspired by a falling apple? Unfortunately, he never mentioned the apple in any of his own journals and notebooks, and there is no explicit evidence to suggest that the apple hit him on the head.

One of the most notable revelations and strongest evidence for Newton’s apple come from William Stukeley, published in 1752, a quarter centuries after Newton’s death, who published Memoirs of Sir Isaac Newton’s life.

“Newton cleverly honed this anecdote over time…The story was certainly true, but let’s says it got better with the telling. The story of the apple fitted with the idea of an Earth-shaped object being attracted to the Earth. It also had a resonance with the Biblical account of the tree of knowledge, and Newton was known to have extreme religious views”. Mr Keith Moore.

Therefore, the Newton apple’s story may be just  a myth and he used it as an example to explain his theory. Arguably, many of his invention had great influence of the works of Ibn al-Haytham (Alhazen). Perhaps, we would never know the full truth behind Newton’s apple. After all, Newton went on to develop his theory of gravity in the end.

3. Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, a visionary behind the success of Apple Macintosh. These inventions changed the way we communicate and how we access information.

But why did he choose an apple as the logo?

Arguably, the main reason for its design and product are its simplicity, beauty, appealing design, and great performance in mind. Steve jobs think differently, and he thinks to change the world through technology.

What was the story behind it? Is there any connection with the forbidden tree?

 

First apple logo, designed by Ronald Wayne in 1976
First apple logo, designed by Ronald Wayne in 1976

Its featured depicts Newton is sitting under an apple tree; Inspired by a quotation by William Wordsworth that was also engraved into the logo that said: “Newton…A mind forever voyaging through strange seas of thought…Alone”

And other theories mention the connection to the idea of Adam and Eve story of the forbidden tree. Surely, Steve Jobs may have well-aware on this idea.

The rainbow apple, the second logo designed by Robert Janoff.
The rainbow apple, the second logo designed by Robert Janoff.

The second logo of Apple, designed by Robert Janoff

The logo was arguably tribute to Alan Turning, considered by many to be the father of the modern computer. A brilliant and closeted mathematician who killed himself by biting into an apple he’d laced with cyanide.

“One of the deep mysteries to me is our logo, the symbol of lust and knowledge, bitten into, all crossed with the colors of the rainbow in the wrong order. You couldn’t dream of a more appropriate logo: lust, knowledge, hope and anarchy”.

Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997, then he replaced the multicolored logo with a more modern monochromatic look. However, he did not change the shape from its original. As a result, Apple’s logo becomes one of the most recognizable logos in the world today.

Apple logo from 1976 until present
Apple logo from 1976 until present

 

 

 

 

 

The Weatherman: Legacy of Wilhelm Reich

The Weatherman: Legacy of Wilhelm Reich

Who is Wilhelm Reich?

Dr. Wilhelm Reich, an Austrian psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, a student and a protégé of Dr. Sigmund Freud. Began his career in 1919, and working alongside him. Dr. Wilhelm Reich is the pioneering to the discovery of a ‘vital energy’ which he called ‘Orgone energy’ (a name given to the cosmic life energy) by investigation into human sexual functioning. He believed that the discovery of the Orgone energy to identify it permanently with life, organic functioning and with the orgasm, which may be termed the root of physical life. Consequently, he became a controversial social theorist and researcher.

What is Orgone energy?

Orgone energy demonstrably exists in everything living as a pulsatory, specific biological Energy of non-electric character. Externally, in nature, Orgone energy exists as primordial mass-free energy in the soil, water and atmosphere of the earth.

How did he apply the Orgone energy?

In 1940, he constructed devices intended to concentrate and focuses the Orgone energy, called Orgone accumulators, and claimed that they could be used to cure cancer and other illnesses. And also in the latter medium, it is accessible to, and manipulable by extremely simple mechanical contrivances known as cloud buster (CLBs).

Therefore, it is a legacy of Wilhelm Reich, who believed that orgasmic energy could control the weather. A Cloud buster is a pseudoscientific devices designed by Wilhelm Reich, which Reich said could produce rain by manipulating ‘Orgone energy’ present in the atmosphere.

A Cloud buster was intended to be used in a way similar to lighting rod. The Cloud buster Consist of an array of parallel hollow metal tubes which are connected at the rear of flexible metal hoses which are equal or slightly smaller in diameter to the parallel tubes. The open ends of the hose are placed in the water, to draw the Orgone energy out of the atmosphere, Reich believed to be natural Orgone absorber.  And the pipes can be aimed into areas of the sky to draw energy to the ground, causing the formation of clouds and rain. Reich had conducted dozens of experiments with the cloud buster, calling the research ‘Cosmic Orgone Engineering’. The remains of one of Reich’s Cloud buster can be found in Rangeley, Maine.

How did he use the cloud buster?

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In 1953, Blueberry farmers in Maine offered to pay Reich if he could end a drought that threatened the crop. Reich set up his cloud buster and operated it just for just over an hour; the next morning it started rain and the crop was saved. Although, sceptics suggest this was coincidence.

What happened to his scientific theory?

In 1956, Dr. Wilhelm Reich was condemned for unscientific claims by the FDA because of his theories about sexual freedom and his discovery of an alleged ‘Orgone energy’. FDA ordered the destruction of Reich’s accumulator, pamphlets and books in his experimental laboratory. Then, Reich was received sentences for two years for continuing to market the Orgone accumulator as a cancer cure. He died of a heart attack in prison, just one day before he was due to apply for parole. No scientific printed an obituary, but TIME magazine printed the following.

Died. Wilhelm Reich, 60, once-famed psychoanalyst, associate, and follower of Sigmund Freud, founder of the Wilhelm Reich Foundation, lately better known for unorthodox sex and energy theories; of a heart attack in Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary, Pa; where he was serving a two-year term for distributing his invention, the “orgone energy accumulator” (in violation of the Food and Drug Act), a telephone-booth-size device which supposedly gathered energy from the atmosphere, and could cure, while the patient sat inside, common colds, cancer and impotence.

Since then, many disapprove of this unconstitutional way of silencing heresy; Dr. Wilhelm Reich which has remained a center of controversy.  Later in life, Science still rejects his ideas, however, Reich’s influence still strongly felt in psychotherapy today.

My discovery of the Life Energy is today widely known nearly all over the globe, in hundreds of institutions, whether acclaimed or cursed. It can no longer be stopped by anyone, no matter what happens to me– Dr. Wilhelm Reich