New Energy History and Schoolgirl Still Evolving

Somewhere out there is a bright, strong-minded young woman in her early twenties who more than a decade ago played a role in a new-energy science saga that is still unfolding. She was the school girl for whom an invention, a key device for learning about the new energy paradigm, was nicknamed.

The name School Girl circuit was soon shortened to “SG.” And now an e-book clarifies the invention in straightforward language. Bedini SG: The Complete Beginners’ Handbook, written by Dr. Peter Lindemann and Aaron Murakami, says that in the past 11 years the Bedini SG has become the best known and most replicated machine in the global community of “free energy” seekers—a rite-of-passage for experimenters. “Unless you have built one and learned what it has to teach, the nature of these discoveries will remain a mystery. It is quite simply the project to start with.”

And it’s worth learning. If the electricity grid goes down and batteries are your only source of power, would you want to use a normal charger that relentlessly damages a battery with each successive charge? Or a Bedini technology that charges a battery back to like-new condition?

Another benefit is that such an invention prevents tons of pollutants in dead batteries from being dumped, because it rejuvenates old encrusted batteries and significantly lengthens the life of others. The Bedini SG rebuilds the chemistry of batteries from the inside. Entrepreneurs around the world are starting battery rejuvenation businesses using Bedini SG energizers or the solid state battery chargers that are for sale ( Those chargers use the same principles, but the Bedini SG adds additional mechanical work for free.

Lindemann and Murakami sum it up: the Bedini SG project is a set of plans that allows you to build a model of a patented machine that runs from one battery, turns a wheel, charges a second battery and lights some lights. “Many models of the device have run indefinitely while producing useful outputs. If you build a bigger one, it will do more. But with any new activity, it is always best to start at the beginning.”

The Bedini SG device demonstrates unconventional electromagnetic and energy-recycling principles not found in conventional textbooks, but it’s is not a mere fringe-science toy. It’s a practical machine that demonstrates principles of advanced energy efficiencies. Lindemann and Murakami say it could become one of a person’s most valuable possessions.

The Internet is loaded with conflicting bits of information about the Bedini device, but the beginners’ handbook assembles a clear picture. Between the two of them, Lindemann and Murakami have known inventor John Bedini for more than 40 years and viewed countless mind-opening experiments. This gives them rare insights into how to build Bedini technology and how it works.

The current download of their handbook ( includes how to run the Bedini SG in its high-efficiency mode. They say even advanced experimenters didn’t know how to create that alternative running mode.

These developments will make the Bedini-Lindemann 2013 public conference even more interesting. It’s in Hayden, Idaho, on June 28-30, limited to 150 attendees. ( I’ll have the fun of moderating a panel discussion.


A Schoolgirl’s Evolution

More than a decade ago I wrote about the “school girl”; the article was published in Atlantis Rising and reprinted widely. When I had met Shawnee Baughman near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, she was a rosy-cheeked child who could light up a room with her smile. Some weeks previous, at the age of 10 she had activated her part of the story. A science fair for local grade schools was being planned and Shawnee decided to make something really interesting. Library books gave plans for motors that kids can build, but none of those predictable projects with corks and match boxes excited her.

Her father’s workplace was near that of John and Gary Bedini, so her father stopped by the brothers’ electronics business and asked if John, an internationally known inventor, would assist Shawnee with a science fair project. In my mind that was like asking a virtuoso such as the late Yehudi Menuhin to coach your child for a violin recital.

Luckily, Bedini was interested in teaching youth. He instructed Shawnee for a couple of hours a day until she finished building a small battery energizer based on his designs, and she drew the circuit on a poster for her project table at the science fair.

By the time I interviewed Shawnee, she could casually flick the rotor wheel into motion and describe the operation of the energizer. It had run on a small nine-volt battery while lighting up an LED (light-emitting diode) and spinning the rotor at high speed during the five days of the science fair. The other children had voted her project ‘best of show,’ and judges gave her first-place ribbons.

Adults later told me that local science teachers had been annoyed by her project because those teachers could not explain why the battery was not running down. I wouldn’t have been surprised at such frustration. If a type of energy not found in their textbooks could have been entering into the child’s science-fair circuit, that would have challenged their status. Useful energy from the vacuum, negative energy doing work, Tesla’s “Radiant Energy” are foreign to conventionally-educated teachers.

John Bedini issued a challenge over the Internet. He emailed Jerry Decker of the Keelynet website: “If a ten year old can do this and win, what the **** is wrong with the whole world?”

For the sake of readers new to this column I’ll give more background on the man whom the school girl’s father asked for help.


Bedini: Ahead in Knowledge

John Bedini was motivated by scientific curiosity from the time that he was an eight-year old roaming the hills of southern California and pocketing rocks. Later he would grind up the minerals, measure their characteristics, and eventually start making experimental transistors (devices which amplify and switch electronic signals and electrical power.) Thomas Bearden comments that, because of Bedini’s background of studying nature, he picked up a body of knowledge not imparted by schools.

His experience in making transistors was put to good use. From high school electric shop onward, Bedini has been improving audio equipment.

After he graduated from high school, the U.S. Army recognized his brilliance in electronics and gave him advanced training and assignments. After military service, he worked for big-name companies in stereophonic equipment. One biographer said Bedini’s employers didn’t appreciate his designing equipment that was advanced far ahead of theirs. He and his brother Gary formed their own company in 1972, Bedini Electronics.

Both John and Gary Bedini have well-developed ears for hearing subtle differences in recordings when music is played through various audio equipment. That gift came from exposure to their father Alex Bedini who was a professional musician. The brothers’ fine-tuned hearing allows them to do the listening/testing during construction of amplifiers.

Gary brought management, manufacturing, distribution, and other skills to the brothers’ enterprise and heads up their current business ( Bedini Electronics developed sound processing equipment for recording studios as well as for our homes, and the B.A.S.E. process—the initials standing for Bedini Audio Spatial Environment—was used on movies such as Star Trek and Hunt For Red October.

Bearden once explained that part of Bedini’s innovative electronic circuits “didn’t run in the way that standard electrical theory says it’s supposed to run. An amplifier engineer would open one of his amps and go berserk—‘You’ve got this wired up wrong!’” But the proof is in the quality of sound, and when John Bedini plays music recordings through his amplifiers, a critic falls silent. Bedini also patented a clarifier that reduces electronic distortion in recording and playback. His competitors couldn’t comprehend how it works. Bearden said the patent examiner couldn’t understand it either, because Bedini’s self-oscillating optical-electronics process wasn’t found in textbooks.

Bedini’s audio career is interwoven with his search for the secrets of perfecting a self-running machine, a combined electric motor and electric generator. He gleaned insights from energy pioneers such as Howard Johnson and Floyd Sweet and from a mysterious “insider.” The Energy from the Vacuum series of DVDs gives glimpses of his adventures through the decades.

He had to overcome his 11 years of grounding in conventional electrical theory before he could understand the legendary inventor Nikola Tesla’s electrical circuit designs. Studying Tesla led Bedini to build many models of energizers and develop an invention that taps into what Tesla called “Radiant Energy.”

In 1984, he wrote a booklet, Bedini’s Free Energy Generator, giving out the design for his first self-running machine. (Lindemann and Murakami explain that it combined an electric motor, a flywheel, a rotating switch, a battery and the specially-built electric generator Bedini called an energizer.)

Bedini shared his research with a Colorado man, Jim Watson, who built a version that ran a much larger motor, a powerful eight kilowatts, and a huge flywheel. Watson demonstrated it at the first Tesla Conference at Colorado Springs. Someone obviously knowledgeable stole the batteries that it had charged. Watson and his young family later mysteriously dropped out of contact, so that even his own financial backer—the late distinguished Top Gun pilot Bill Jones, Ph.D.—could not find Watson.

Building toy-size motors is less hassle, Bedini concluded, after being pushed against a wall by thugs who said he’d better not threaten the oil-and-gas industry.

Bedini is the first to say that even if it operates by revolutionary principles, his battery charger can’t be called a free-energy device. It’s an energizer. However, building models of energizers and running them can open up new horizons. In 2004 while sharing his knowledge with longtime researcher Lindemann and realizing that it could revolutionize the thinking of countless engineers, students, and hobbyists, Bedini had begun to release plans for making a basic energizer.

Most experimenters who attempted to replicate the Bedini SG didn’t follow his exact instructions. Often they made slight changes, thinking they had a better way. However, the fiddling often showed that the experimenter didn’t understand the basics of the outside-the-box knowledge. Lindemann says that some people just look at the schematic and get whatever parts they think will work, put them together, and then wonder why they don’t produce spectacular results with the Bedini SG device.


Where Is the Schoolgirl Now?

A search online reveals a Shawnee Baughman who is a graduate student in the communications department at Stanford University. Facebook friending indicates she still has strong ties to north Idaho.

That region’s Spokesman-Review newspaper on June 7, 2008, carried an article about her as the first Lake City High School graduate to get a Stanford University near-full-ride scholarship. Shawnee had been an active member of her high school’s Human Rights Club and played a prominent role in fundraising for causes such as building a school in Sierra Leone, wrote correspondent Jacob Livingston. He quoted Eric Edmonds, the club’s adviser, “She likes to question ideas and the basic assumptions of life, and she does it well without ever being unkind.”

Shawnee’s long-term goals evolved. She told Livingston that she enjoys mathematics and sciences, so as a child she thought she would become an astrophysicist like her older brother.

However, she is now in the honors thesis program in Stanford’s Department of Communications, and she recently co-authored a paper about “virtual reality” experiments. That study showed that participants who experienced having the power to fly like Superman were more helpful in the real world afterward, compared to participants who were only passengers in a helicopter in virtual reality.

High-school advisor Edmonds’ prediction rings true: with a healthy mind and a heart to help others, former “school girl” Baughman will no doubt have an impact on whatever she does.

Aaron Murakami says that our publicity about her science fair success helped to kick off global phenomena—based on building a Bedini SG. And I predict that the Bedini SG e-books will have even more impact.

Jeane Manning’s blog can be found at

By Jeane Manning