The Fictitious 1899 Interview with Tesla

The internet is abuzz with re-posts of a supposed 1899 interview with Nikola Tesla, by a journalist ‘John Smith.’

As much as we may like this to be real, it is not. Rather, it is a poorly translated excerpt from a play, ‘Tesla: Or Customisation of an Angel’ (meaning, “customisation of” Tesla) by Stevan Pešić, a Serbian playwright.

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Although I understand that people are hungry for Tesla’s wisdom on spirituality (his relationship with Swami Vivekananda attests to this), I am dismayed that so many people, and supposedly credible sites, have not seen it reasonable to check their sources.
The interview text was appropriated and misrepresented by someone who wanted to feed on people’s hopes and adoration of Tesla’s genius. Unethical, and against the law, given that the original is copyrighted material.
The play started out as a radio drama in Serbia. It became very popular and was made into a theatre play, first performed in Belgrade in 1995. Since then, the play has been performed 270 times (as at writing this article) at the National Theatre in Belgrade, as well as on tour in the cities of Serbia and abroad. The play was made into a film twice—In 2001 by director Slobodana Ž. Jovanović, and by Dušan Mihailović in 2014, both of which aired on RTV NS.
The creative liberty of the play takes this ‘interview’ way beyond facts, and the many inconsistencies attest to that. For instance, Einstein was only 20 years old during this supposed interview. His Theory of Relativity didn’t begin development until 1905, and he published his theory of general relativity in 1915. Tesla didn’t begin criticising the theory until later in his life. The word “radar” was not coined until the late 1930s. Black holes were not yet dreamt of. Mark Twain had not yet completed the ‘Mysterious Stranger’. Also, Tesla did not meet and care for his beloved pigeon until far later in his years. And there has never existed a publication called ‘Immortality’ in Colorado, in the US—the title was chosen as a symbol of Tesla’s legacy. Oh, and Tesla was not on his death bed in 1899—He died in 1943.
This story, as poignant as it is, does not represent the truth. It’s a philosophical fairy-tale of man and hope, of the soul, the light, and the universe.
Sadly, misrepresentation/misquotation seems to be the way of the internet. Ironically, this blind perpetuation not only discredits the message but serves to diminish, in this instance, the genius of Nikola Tesla by reducing him to a New Age Guru. Tesla was so much more than that.

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Lilyana Millutin is an Australian screenwriter and author. Be social with Lilyana on Twitter or on Facebook.



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Ladies and Gentlemen,

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the power of the crowd

“A network is non hierarchical. It is a web of connections among equals. What holds it together is not force, obligation, material incentive, or social contract, but rather shared values and the understanding that some tasks can be accomplished together that could never be accomplished separately.”

[Dr Dana Meadows. Beyond the Limits (MIT)]

CROWDSOURCING: Formed by gathering or collecting; gathered into a mass, sum, or body; congregated or aggregated; as, the collective body of a nation.

The inherent intelligence of swarms has inspired many social and political philosophers, in that the collective movements of an aggregate often derive from independent decision making on the part of a single individual. A common example is how the unaided decision of a person in a crowd to start clapping will often encourage others to follow suit, culminating in widespread applause.

Such knowledge, an individualist advocate might argue, should encourage individual decision making (however mundane) as an effective tool in bringing about widespread social change.

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