Jack Parsons and the Occult Roots of JPL - https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18715733 - Dec 2018 (63 comments)
The Last of the Magicians: On Jack Parsons and JPL - https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8831746 - Jan 2015 (5 comments)
Jack Parsons: Occultist involved in early rocketry - https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=7641580 - April 2014 (97 comments)
Unfortunately it ended (cancelled) just when L Ron Hubbard knocked on the door and things started to get interesting.
The whole trick is setting up a society where strange people can make outsized constructive contributions even if society at large is trying to hit them with all the bullying tools it uses to make people stand in line. That is part of why liberty is so important, and why it is necessary to accept people even if they are just wrong about a belief.
This is a huge generalisations: what "bulling tools" and what "strange"-ness? Social pressure can be used for bad, but it can also be used for good - it binds the fabric of society together.
There's that principle in tech of "not tolerating assholes/toxic people". How does someone strange differ (according to all opinions" from a (perceived) asshole?
Both of those descriptions are metaphorical. I don't know what you mean, and neither do most of the people reading the comment because different people use the words very differently.
So while I do put in an effort to respond to questions in this case I cannot.
It's not like every society is based on well defined unambiguous rules, sometimes (not) sticking to convention is what discriminates the geniuses and serial killers alike.
I would say his own society wasn’t very welcoming of him. As I recall he kept his occult interests mostly under wraps and his career was finished once it no longer was, subsequently dead during the McCarthy era.
That he progressed so far because of his occult roots, but that we don't hear about this sort of thing so much nowadays?
PS I personally find it, erm, disconcerting, that someone with a background in magic was able to reach these sorts of heights.
Per sibling comment, it doesn't seem surprisingly that someone willing the push the bounds of scientific knowledge also pushed the bounds of thought.
And ultimately, that's what experimental science is supposed to be about -- either the thing works or it doesn't. No consideration of the inventor's other qualities.
On the other, non-scientific hand, I would have been surprised if he wasn't rejected for a security clearance though!
> that's what experimental science is supposed to be about
science is supposed to build up knowledge. You shouldn't really be testing things without establishing its basis, otherwise you can't really evaluate the results anyway.
Most of the early principles of gravity, motion, electricity, and magnetism were observed and experimentally tested before having a basis to evaluate them.
Heck, even quantum mechanics was (and arguably, still is, in un-unified form) experimentally characterized before an explanation (see: double-slit results).
How would a ritual dependant on such lore be objective?
Honestly I would love to see a movie about his life!
For example it's the reason I read this article.
Blood and Rockets
He wasn't, apparently, clinically insane. He just got his brain taken over by demanding memes. Not so different from QAnon or Flat Earth sufferers today. (Or, really, lots of religions.)