Walter RussellIn existographies, Walter Russell (1871-1963) (CR:1) was an American painter, sculptor, and new age panbioist philosopher noted for his 1926 book The Universal One, his so called ‘master work’ as his followers describe it, wherein he outlines a cyclical expansion-contraction theory of the universe, in which derives an expanded snake-like Mendeleev periodic table, wherein he supposedly predicts the existence of deuterium and tritium as well as all the transuranium elements such as plutonium and neptunium, and in regards to human desires and philosophy of existence, outlines what seems to be a panbioism cyclical ‘sex force’ theory, described in verbal electromagnetic force terms, that extends down to the elements.

The main draw of Russell, as gleaned by resent books on or about him, is that his philosophy seems to provide patch solutions to questions such: "Why am I here? ", "What happens when I die? ", "How are things, Really?" (Robert Mayer, 2007) or "Who am I?" and "Why am I here?" (Christopher Anderson, 2012).

Sex force
The following are a few truncated excerpts of Russell’s sex force theory: [1]

Sex is the apparent division of the father-mother substance of mind into apparent opposites. This division is due to the opposite desires of electricity and magnetism, expressed in the action and reaction of the thinking process. Sex is the active desire of mind for division into opposites, and its reactive desire for unity. Sex is that motive force which demands separability into two, and equally desires union of the apparent two into one. Sex desire is that force in thinking that continues thinking. Existence is continued only through thinking. Sex force is that quality in the electro-magnetic impulse of thinking which continues one impulse of thinking into the next impulse of thinking.”

Here, in regards to his comments on the "desires of electricity and magnetism", we might recall similar Goethean philosophy / human chemical theory views discussed will to power theories of German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, for example in his 1944 The World as Will and Representation, Schopenhauer cites German chemist Justus Liebig's description of the reaction of damp copper Cu in air containing carbonic acid H2CO3, to argue rather cogently that the: [6]

“The will of the copper, claimed and preoccupied by the electrical opposition to the iron, leaves unused the opportunity that presents itself for its chemical affinity for oxygen and carbonic acid, behaves exactly as the will does in a person who abstains from an action to which he would otherwise feel moved, in order to perform another to which he is urged by a stronger motive.”
Russell man-woman relationship model
Russell's male-female relationship model.

The obvious difference between the two philosophies, Russell (1926) and Schopenhauer (1844), is that the former is theistic and anthropmorphic flavored, whereas the latter is atheistic and deanthropomorphized. In any event, Russell continues:

“The material substance of mind cannot evade its materialization into the form desired by mind. This is an immutable law to which there can be no exception. Man’s concept of sex as beginning with organic life is a wrong concept. Sex is as absolute in the elements as in the complexities and compounds of the elements. Man’s concept of the beginning of sex and the beginning of life is a concept founded on conditions of temperature. Sex and life and light and intelligence are in and of all things from the beginning. The sex principle is as much a part of the granite rock or bar of iron as it is of man.

The great hot star called Argo, blazing away at a temperature of thirty thousand degrees, knows sex in its fiery heart, and cannot continue its appearance without it. The Martian ice cap knows sex in its frozen depths, and retains its appearance because of sex. Sex is an electromagnetic equalizer of matter in motion.”

Whatever the case, as we see, it is an interesting philosophy.

University of Science and Philosophy
In 1949, Russell leased American millionaire James Dooley’s vacant mansion Swannanoa, Nelson County, Virginia, shown adjacent, and therein formed what seems to have been a half sex cult half philosophy retreat for men. Writer A.O. Pollard (1983), in retrospect, describes the school as such: [3]

“During this period, the retreat took in a series of feminine acolytes who, to help support the institute, gave tours of the mansion and grounds. It became a right-of-passage for the region's young men to view the lasses, as the diaphanous gowns they wore made quite evident that the mountain top location was often a chilly clime.”

Swannanoa mansion
The Swannanoa mansion, Nelson County, Virginia, leased by Russell and his followers from 1949 to 1998 for his so-called "University of Science and Philosophy", wherein he taught his theories. [3]
The so-called university was supposedly active until 1998, wherein they decided to leave the property and gave up their lease. The location of the project seems to now be confined to the site, whereat many of Russell’s writings and books can be found—along with gallery of his scientific drawings. [3]

Russell, in his work, seems to making an attempt to remold the notion of ‘God’ into what he terms ‘Mind’ (his capital letter); a representative quote: ‘All creating things are but the ideas of divine Mind’, a type of pandeism-materialism theory.

Russell is sometimes classified alongside Austrian-born American psychologist Wilhelm Reich and his 1920s hypothesized sexual energyorgone energy’ theory, although there are significant differences between the two theories. [2] Russell might also be grouped in the same category as Arthur Young (The Reflexive Universe, 1976), Louise Young (The Unfinished Universe, 1986) and possibly even the recent 1988 theory of Louis-Marie Vincent and his theory that the “brain is a machine that obeys the laws of thermodynamics”, that soul is a type of quantum field attached to superluminal particles (Russell also discusses light particles), that love is a form of thermodynamic potential, that may be converted into heat and movement, and how the brain, being comprised of matter and energy, thus obeying the laws of matter and the laws of thermodynamics, may act in a “change of state” of energy at the time of death. Russell’s male-female division of everything in the universe also brings to mind the 1988 ‘molecular relationship’ ideas and theories of Joseph Dewey. See also: Leong Ying.

Russell left formal schooling at the age of 9 or 10 becoming autodidactic thereafter, accumulating a rather vast science library, and becoming a sought-after sculptor and painter. The following are few representative views on Russell's intellect:

“[Russell was] the Leonardo Da Vinci (IQ=205) of our time.”
— Walter Cronkite (1963) [5]

“Even though Walter Russell only had a fourth-grade education, he was a genius.”
— Robert A. Mayer (2007) [5]
Walter Russell (lecturing)
Russell lecturing on his expansion contraction panbioism theory. [7]

In this sense, many of Russell's followers tend to classify him, intellectually, as a polymath and unsung genius. [8] A comparison of his ideas, say as compared to Tesla (IQ=195) or Schopenhauer (IQ=185), show that although Russell may have been in the genius range (IQ=140+) of intellect, he was closer to cutoff than the ceiling.

Russell, in his book Atomic Suicide, commented that met with Nikola Tesla and discussed their respective cosmologies, during which time Tesla, supposedly, told Russell: “bury your ideas in a vault for a thousand years and await the unfolding of human consciousness.” [7]

1. Russell, Walter. (1927). The Universal One: an Exact Science of the One Visible and Invisible Universe of Mind and the Registration of All Idea of Thinking Mind in Light, which in Matter and also Energy (§:The Sex Principle, book one, ch. 8). Brieger Press.
2. Anderson, Christopher A. (2012). Psychotherapy: as If Life Really Mattered (pg. #). First Edition Design Pub.
3. (a) Swannanoa (mansion) – Wikipedia.
(b) Pollard, O.A. (1983). Living in the Shadow of the Waltons: A Nelson County Memoir. Publisher.
4. Walter Russell (scientific drawings) –
5. Mayer, Robert. (2007). The Intrigue of the Possible (§4:Walter Russell, pgs. 19-33). AuthorHouse.
6. Schopenhauer, Arthur. (1844). The World as Will and Representation, Volume II (Goethe, 41+ pgs; Elective Affinity, pgs. 174, 297-98, 386, 396; inorganic will, pg. 297), trans. E.F.J. Payne. Dover, 1969.
7. Walter Russell –
8. Childress, David H. (1990). Antigravity and the Unified Field (pg. 72). Adventures Press.

External links
‚óŹ Walter Russell – Wikipedia.

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