In a slightly bizarre experiment, Researchers have managed to establish communication between two rats, one in North Carolina, the other in Natal, Brazil.
(Picture copyright of Duke University)
The neurological signals were records by one rodent, in Duke University, Durham, NC, and then sent over the internet to the other. The receiving rat’s behaviour responded to the signals from the first rat.
Professor Pais-Vieira from Duke University said:
“Even though the animals were on different continents, with the resulting noisy transmission and signal delays they could still communicate. This tells us that we could create a workable network of animal brains distributed in many different locations.”
Eventually numbers of brains could be linked, which may lead to the rats increasing their problem-solving by drawing on other rats’ experiences.
This mind-meld might alarm some people into thinking we are opening ways of rats across the globe combining their thoughts and planning a take-over of the human race. However, rats can’t exist without humans, and in any case the thoughts that are being transmitted are very basic ones.
Time to watch the film Willard and sing the Michael Jackson song “Ben” again?
The study was led by Duke University Medical Center neurobiologist Miguel Nicolelis (pictured below) and was published last week published in Scientific Reports.
Did you notice anything peculiar about your behaviour on 19 and 20 February this year? On those days a massive sunspot expanded and retracted. Over the next few months the sun will enter the peak of sunspot activity, a cycle that occurs every eleven years. But does it really have an effect on human behaviour?
Historically, the best-known research was conducted by the early 20th century Russian scientist, professor A.L. Tchijevsy. He prepared a study of the history of mass human behaviour compared to the 11 year solar cycle. He divided sunspot activity into four parts:
1) Minimum sunspot activity;
2) increasing sunspot activity;
3) maximum sunspot activity; and
4) Decreasing sunspot activity.
He then divided up the agitation of mass human movements into five phases: and these are more difficult to understand:
He compared the two charts to come up with what he called an “Index of mass excitability”. He then applied this for each covering each year from 500 B.C. to 1922 A.D in 72 countries 72 countries in that period. He focused on “unrest” -wars, revolutions, riots, expeditions and migrations. Tchijevsky found that 80% of the most significant events occurred during the years of maximum sunspot activity. He theorised that these “exciting” periods were due to an acute change in the nervous and psychic character of humanity, which takes place when sunspot activity was at a peak, and that when there was very little sunspot activity, humanity became “tired” and less likely to stir itself to undertake large-scale ventures.
Georges Lakhovsky took things further in his book, “The Secret of Life” in which he mixed fact and speculation. The Sun is one of Earth’s primary sources of cosmic radiation. Solar winds capture passing cosmic dust and radiation and blow it into the earth’s atmosphere. He called this the Prana, that Cosmic Breath, which is meant to vitalize man, and be the source for our evolution.
Later, Dr. George Crile, a distinguished American surgeon, studied the sun in light of its radiant energy. He said :
“It is clear that radiation produces the electrical current which operates adaptively the organism as a whole, producing memory, reason, imagination, emotion, the special senses, secretions, muscular action, the response to infection, normal growth, and the growth of benign tumours and cancers, all of which are governed adaptively by the electric charges that are generated by the short wave or ionizing radiation in protoplasm.”
However there is a lack of hard biological evidence to support the theories that sunspots affect human behaviour. In fact some scientists debunk the theory completely, saying that it is more likely that the gravity pull of the moon (seen in the ebb and flow of tides) affects us more than the sun, perhaps giving support to Lycanthropy!
You can find all sorts of activities that occur in 11 year cycles that surely are not caused by sunspot activity: These include ladies fashions (more risque when sunspot activity at a peak), horse racing (outsiders more likely to win during peaks) and thespians forgetting their lines more often during high sunspot activity!
However there has not been any detailed research for some years now. Perhaps the escalation of sunspot activity due this Summer will cause more interest in this field.
Anyone of a certain age will remember there was always some long-haired unhealthy looking guy at the party doling out various varieties of “magic mushrooms” as a change from the bitter weed or booze. Certain species of mushrooms were supposed to unlock repressed of forgotten memories, especially from childhood. A lot sager than LSD and a lot cheaper than hypno-therapy. But did these Magic memory Mushrooms actually work?
One of the problems is that unless you have access top a means to confirm your recovered memory, it may be a false one. So in order to be sure it is a valid, corroborated memory you’ll need a person, a record, a photo or a video to check.
Unless you have a retentive memory, memories are weak and fickle things, and can be re-shaped subconsciously after the event by subsequent events, emotions or people’s testimonies given as fact. Add to the fact that the mushrooms, while unlocking your memories, may be tainting them with their active chemicals and you have a problem.
The first thing to say is that experimenting with mushrooms is really a no-no. Some varieties can only be identified with the aid of a microscope, and some deadly shrooms are very similar in look to edible and/or magic mushrooms.
.Psilocybe mushrooms are the type that can cause hallucinations, or give you the belief that you have uncovered a childhood memory because they contain the psychotropic tryptamines psilocybin and psilocin.
Unlike manufactured psychotropic drugs such as LSD, magic mushrooms have a long history dating back thousands of years as part of religious or spiritual ceremonies. But the bottom line is that in experiements in the 1970s and 80s, in test conditions, controlled amounts of magic mushrooms failed to produce memories that could be corroborated. Some were blatantly wrong, like someone who believed they had a kid brother who disappeared at age 6 months, proved to be false, and some who fell into the alien abduction camp.
Recent UK study has revealed that 12 – 15% of people aged 16 or over have tried magic mushrooms. Mostly rural rather than inner-city. I guess they just don’t travel well.
Oh well, back to the edible and non-hallucigonec varieties- they keep your memories locked away and uncorrupted, and also tase better!
Research and tests involving twins seems to have tailed off in recent years, perhaps because of the disappointment in getting results in test conditions. But this phenomenon happens and happenes quite regularly, and with almost all twins. I hope that more sophisticated equipment can be developed that will be able to reveal and isolate what the ESP link is. That may then uncover a first step towards all of us beginning on a path towards telepathic communication. Now there’s a thought to be shared!
The law of attraction states that anything that we think about and focus on in our minds we draw into our lives. The law of attraction tries to show you how to take control of your thoughts, to focus on them in a positive way, to attract positive things into your life.
Can you imagine being able to focus on something and have it come true, to have something manifest into your life just by changing your thoughts – well this is the basic principle of the law of attraction – whether it is money, physical items, success in business or personal goals, or even attracting a romantic partner into your life.