In my book The Giza Death Star Destroyed(pp. 124-127) I mentioned the strange behavior of the Hieronymous Machine, and the investigations of it undertaken by John W. Campbell, Jr., who allegedly discovered that the machine functioned even when it wasn't plugged in. Campbell decided that the machine was producing some other sort of energy than electrical, and evolved a theory:

"'The relationship between the various parts (of the machine) somehow functioned as a thing-in-itself. In other words, it was the relationship between the parts that made the machine work, not the parts themselves.'" (p. 126)

Well, beyond being an obvious truism, it led Campbell to make what most would conclude to be a "pseudo-scientific" conclusion: "Deciding to test his theory, he built a Hieronymous machine 'in which the soldered circuits were replaced by a wiring diagram. The machine worked...'"(Ibid., citing Herbie Brennan, The Secret History of Ancient Egypt, p. 147.)

But that wasn't all. Another experimenter, Harry Stine, fascinated with Campbell's results, reperformed the experiment, using all the parts of the original machine, but inking the circuit connections on a clear white card, and, once again, the machine worked. When eventually it quit working, "all he had to do was re-ink the circuit diagram." (pp. 126-127)

Well, I found this rather interesting article today, that provides a sort of very loose corroboration of these two men's wild theory:

Researchers create rollerball-pen ink to draw circuits

Now, you read that correctly, an ink to draw circuits. Think carefully about that, because it's a sure clue that we're not being told everything here, and here - again from my The Giza Death Star Destroyed, is why:

"While this might suggest that the ink itself was somehow conducting electricity, it is nevertheless difficult to see how a two-dimensional circuit diagram would not simply 'short-out' where the circuit lines would cross on the diagram."(p. 127).

Thank about that... and try to do so without falling into the trap of pseudo-science.

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. Jabrinka on July 11, 2011 at 9:14 am

    It is said that isometric renderings of pyramids on copy paper have the same effects (electrostatic/drying/growth promoting) as 3d models of pyramids.. Also how about Kron’s negative resistor circuits? Similar phenomenon?

  2. Jon Norris on July 8, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Actually, Hieronymous hated what Campbell said about the diagram of his machine – as the patent holder, he wanted to insist that it was the actual machine that worked, not just the diagram.

    And I believe that it was just the battery in the diagram which needed re-inking after the symbolic machine stopped working – as if the original symbolic battery had run down.

    G. Harry Stine, an engineer at White Sands, did extensive experimentation with so-called “mind machines” like the Hieronymous machine and one he called the “Wishing Machine.” He tested them extensively with all kinds of people, and found that, like dowsing rods, only about 80% of people could get them to work (regardless of believing in them or not). He devotes a whole chapter in his book to “symbolic machines” – machines which work with the wiring diagram, and discusses the implications and theories of operation of such things.

    The book is called “Mind Machines You Can Build,” and the Amazon page features a breathtakingly wonderful review (okay, hyperbole) by yours truly, which gives a bit of detail about the book.

    I may probably still have one of the Analog articles Campbell wrote around here someplace. (yes, I’m that old…..) The Hieronymous machine patent was the first bit of real research I did into these machines. I ordered it (this was WAY before the internet) directly from the patent office after reading the article in Analog back in the 60s (or early 70s). I even still have some of the parts I started to collect to build it.

    Cool stuff, people.

  3. HAL838 on July 8, 2011 at 7:24 am

    I know what a pseudo-democracy is; I live in one and there are NO
    real democracies of even real republics anywhere in the world.
    The world is under the control of the insane.
    But what is pseudo-science?
    I think of it as out & out fraud because ‘sincere’ pseudo-science

    (strange indeed and very metaphysics-seemingly inexplicable;
    but truly, ultimately not so)

    does seem to work and falls under the very real science of
    Quantum Physics, which itself can only be explained-understood,
    by the ‘idea’ of a Universal Consciousness. This is also why
    ‘classical’ scientists claim that no one can understand QM;
    certainly as it works with/in the macro and extremely large.

    Does the Universe(s) have a ‘wave function’?

    AH! But I suppose I digress…….

  4. sj smith on July 8, 2011 at 4:40 am

    this is true as well for Radionics. It was discovered in ’60’s that the schematic of the circuitry of the radionic box performed just as well as the the box with dials and tubes.

  5. Citizen Quasar on July 7, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    ‘Seems I remember reading something about the Hieronymous machine in Analog magazine back in the early 1970s.

    Drats; my computer just locked up. I guess that’s what I get for using Windows.

    I just unplugged it and it WON’T go off !!!

    This is creepy…

  6. Michael on July 7, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Dr. Farrell, I assume your inference is that Hieronymous circuits being 2D representations of 3D circuits are analogous to pyramid torsion structures being 3D representations of 4D torsion physics, that both work by means of “gating” energy downward?

    Also interesting to note: the Hieronymous machine is what got Lt. Col Tom Bearden interested in scalar physics. He had hoped to build on the idea to create a gold detecting device.

    Additionally, G. Harry Stine, author of “Mind Machines You Can Build,” which Dr. Farrell references above (I read it when I was just 13 and built several of the devices successfully!) was a close friend of Gene Rodenberry, creator of the Star Trek series.

  7. Michael on July 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    I’ve been using nanosilver PCB paint in my computer repair business for years, in fact last night I opened up an old Apple keyboard and repaired some of the bad connections with it. I gotta wonder why physorg woud think it worth writing a story about.


  8. Robert Totten on July 7, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Intent, will, known to the Wiccan as a spell–to the Christians as a prayer.
    The mind is a form of physics beyond the physical norm.

  9. Nordman on July 7, 2011 at 11:30 am

    This is intresting.
    What if you put Egyptian hieroglyphs in the circuit,
    and use them as active ‘components’ ?

  10. Jay on July 7, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Oops, wrong link.

    Correct link :http://michigantoday.umich.edu/story.php?id=7980

    Note the article’s head line.

  11. Jay on July 7, 2011 at 7:59 am

  12. Dashiell Cabasa on July 7, 2011 at 7:55 am

  13. Dashiell Cabasa on July 7, 2011 at 7:49 am

    a sort of hyper dimensional voodoo?Exceedingly badly put (by me that is)but I believe it alright

  14. Jay on July 7, 2011 at 6:34 am

    I believe that it was T G Hieronymous , not Campbell, who first observed the effects of a simple circuit drawing in place of an actual machine.

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