This article was spotted and shared by Ms. M.W., and it has a lot of "high octane speculation" potential, so much so, in fact, that I want to advance two very different high octane speculations today (we're running a two-for-one special this week). According to a recent study, magnetitites, that special magnetic-field-sensing material in organisms that allows them to sense minute environmental change, has come under study in humans. This is unusual, in a sense, for normally it has been studied in other organisms. Birds, for example, have concentrations in their beaks and brains that allow them to migrate long distances with great accuracy, or so the hypothesis runs. But attempts to document it in humans has met with indeterminate results, until now:
It's worth citing most of the three paragraphs of the Abstract here, for they bear on my twin high octane speculations:
Magnetoreception, the perception of the geomagnetic field, is a sensory modality well-established across all major groups of vertebrates and some invertebrates, but its presence in humans has been tested rarely, yielding inconclusive results. We report here a strong, specific human brain response to ecologically-relevant rotations of Earth-strength magnetic fields. Following geomagnetic stimulation, a drop in amplitude of EEG alpha oscillations (8-13 Hz) occurred in a repeatable manner. Termed alpha event-related desynchronization (alpha-ERD), such a response has been associated previously with sensory and cognitive processing of external stimuli including vision, auditory and somatosensory cues. Alpha-ERD in response to the geomagnetic field was triggered only by horizontal rotations when the static vertical magnetic field was directed downwards, as it is in the Northern Hemisphere; no brain responses were elicited by the same horizontal rotations when the static vertical component was directed upwards. This implicates a biological response tuned to the ecology of the local human population, rather than a generic physical effect.
Biophysical tests showed that the neural response was sensitive to static components of the magnetic field. This rules out all forms of electrical induction (including artifacts from the electrodes) which are determined solely on dynamic components of the field. The neural response was also sensitive to the polarity of the magnetic field. This rules out free-radical 'quantum compass' mechanisms like the cryptochrome hypothesis, which can detect only axial alignment. Ferromagnetism remains a viable biophysical mechanism for sensory transduction and provides a basis to start the behavioral exploration of human magnetoreception.
Significance Statement Although many migrating and homing animals are sensitive to Earth’s magnetic field, most humans are not consciously aware of the geomagnetic stimuli that we encounter in everyday life. Either we have lost a shared, ancestral magnetosensory system, or the system lacks a conscious component with detectable neural activity but no apparent perceptual awareness by us. (Emphasis added)
It's that last statement - "the system lacks a conscious component with detectable neural activity but no apparent perceptual awareness by us" - that has me wondering if, in fact, that is true. Most of us are familiar with the phenomenon of the "sixth sense," either by direct experience, or by having read about strange things in books on paranormal research, or perhaps, both. What is intriguing to note is that California materials science professor, Dr. William Tiller, conducted intentionality experiments with humans trying to manipulate physical systems through mere thought alone, by utilizing a specified and explicit "formal group intention" which was them "embodied" or "focused" into a material object. (I wrote about these experiments in my recent book Microcosm and Medium, and also did a webinar in the members' area about them). The results were astonishing, for physical systems appeared to have been altered in two significant and measurable ways: (1) the Ph of chemical systems was altered and (2) the gestation of fruit flies was altered. Additionally, Tiller and his experimenters also discovered that the objects with the "imprinted" intentionality altered the local physical space.
Trying to account for all this, Tiller posited the existence of some sort of magnetic wave that was creating an information field or template of action within a space, and that, of course, brings us back to this recent experiment: could the experience of "sixth sense" be something welling up into consciousness from neural activity that senses minute fluctuations in local magnetic environment? or to put that whole speculation differently, would the magnetic field of the planet be an information field, a kind of "Akashic record" of individuals, animals, and so on? Tiller's work, if expanded to a planetary scale, might suggest that it is possible (and if one stops and thinks about it, that's a rather scary proposition, for imagine large groups with formally spelled out and explicit intentionality...)
And that last idea leads me to my second high octane speculation of the day: is all the nuttiness and craziness we're seeing the result of natural planetary geomagnetic changes, and its aggregate effect on some people, or, is it the result of some bizarre and planetary-scaled intentionality experiment? I suspect it's a bit of both, quite frankly. And if to any degree it's the latter, it's time for some careful though on formally explicit counter-intentionality...
See you on the flip side...