III 5. Brain Imaging, Metabolic Aspects and Electromagnetic Signatures in RV
Posted: November 15, 2003
1. Brain Oxygen Uptake during Target Contact
Background: In Matti Pitkanen's TGD-based model of remote viewing, the generation of quantum bound states involves the liberation of the binding energy as usable energy (see Pitkanen 2003a, section 4.2). Given the fact that oxidative metabolism is abnormally low during synchrony, Pitkanen has argued that entanglement (both between neuron groups of the same brain, and between viewer/target) provides a new kind of metabolic mechanism. This seems to be supported by another interesting hypothesis put forth by Peter Fox (Hameroff), regarding the oxygen requirements of consciousness itself: based on evidence from brain-imaging techniques which show large increases in blood flow accompanied by little or no increase in oxygen uptake in areas of high cognitive activity, the theory suggests that the normal stream of consciousness is in fact phasic, consisting of rapidly alternating aerobic and anaerobic processes; the aerobic, dissipative phase involves extero-/proprioceptive/output interactions, while the act of consciousness itself represents the anaerobic, non-dissipative phase.
It is also interesting to mention, at this point, a very rare but dramatic phenomenon that has been described by a number of professional remote viewers (and, even more rarely, by some beginners): that is the so-called bilocation - a situation in which the viewer, instead of acquiring his data piecemeal, seems to suddenly "find himself at the target" - perceiving everything very distinctly and intensely, as if he were inside the target and almost unable to re-connect with his real environment or protocol procedure (CRV manual; Mars p 76, 136 Morehouse p 136, 146, 153; McMoneagle 2002 p 121)
Proposal: In light of these observations, we would like to suggest that the RV process consists of a very rapid cycling between entanglement (anaerobic consciousness/ shared mental images/ identification with the target) and the state preparation process (aerobic /analytical interpretation of the signal perception). What may happen then in bilocation is that for some reason one experiences an unusually massive q-coherence (timescale is massive compared to the norm) so that it takes much longer for the viewer to naturally disentangle from the signal and return to an analytical mode where he can record impressions. Possibly the same is true for out-of-body experiences and for the Bigu phenomenon in Qigong (2). A very interesting test would be to use functional magnetic resonance (fMR) imaging to compare the brain oxygen uptake during bi-location to that in normal RV function and to that of control, non-RV states.
It is also worth asking whether the meditative emphasis on reducing the breathing rate and prolonging the relative duration of expiration not only quiets the firing activity of the brain (as Austin shows in "Zen and the brain"), but actually produces a shift in the balance of aerobic/anaerobic processes. Could it be that the act of pure consciousness (entanglement with the meditation object or with a higher level spacetime surface) is, under normal circumstances, infinitesimally short-lasting, acting more like a ligand between the moments of stimulus processing? And in that case, could meditation be the process by which one learns to increase the macrotemporal coherence of entanglement, allowing these split-second, undetectable moments of pure consciousness to coalesce into an experience that is now perceivable? In this context, it is interesting to recall those rare but persistent accounts (see Varela; Murphy and Donovan) of yogis being able to suspend their breath for 8-9 minutes or even more at a time - presumably to enhance the depth of absorption. There is also a meditative practice parallel to the notion of energy pumping/"many-sheeted laser" discussed by Pitkanen - and that is the process of going from constantly reinforcing attention to sudden, effortless absorption into a state of stable, high energy, very low breathing rate and non-discoursive, non-imagistic mentation (samadhi). Although this could be simply a matter of chaotic behavior and shifting into a new neural configuration equilibrium, the possibility that perhaps we are witnessing some sort of quantum tunneling into a large scale, coherent entanglement state is certainly intriguing and warrants further study of the metabolic picture involved in such states of consciousness.
2. Could we measure electromagnetic signatures associated with RV "entanglement bridges"?
Background: We know that both local and distant mental interactions have in the past been shown to produce unusual biophoton and magnetic signals. For example, unusually high static charges (up to 221 volts) from the bodies of healers and psi-gifted people have been reported by Watkins, Hochenegg, Shallis and Green (Benor p157-8). Nakamura measured a drop in surface temperature and an increase in biophoton emission intensity from the hands of practitioners in the qigong state, and Wallace found that human biophoton emissions could be increased by subjects at will (Sidorov 2002a). Chen & al. found that the Laogong point temperature of distant Qi receivers increased during transmission (Chen & al). Adamenko reported that one of his PK subjects (Vinogradova) was able to distantly induce an electric charge on objects, prior to moving them (IEEE Symposia p 218) Reports of high surges in the magnetic field surrounding healers, or significant effects on distant magnetic sensors, have been published by Ullman, Watkins, Puthoff and Targ, Zimmerman and Ostrander and Schroeder, and Sergeyev (IEEE Symposia p 220, Benor p 168-9, Sidorov 2001). Photographic film exposure in association with healing or clairvoyance experiments has been demonstrated in independent studies by Watkins, Turner and Zhao Yong-Jie (Benor p 157, 169). Water previously held by healers has been shown to expose photographic film sensitive only to the high ultraviolet range (Benor p 78). Finally, the intentional production of images on photographic film by mental projection has been documented by Eisenbud (Benor p 171)
The problem of course is that the interpretation of any energy measurements involving a human target would be complicated by their own neurophysiological processes: while the distant effects on receiver's EEG and GRS (galvanic skin response) are clear indications of a subconscious information transfer, it is still difficult to say whether this involves any kind of electromagnetic transaction signatures, as posited by TGD.
Proposal: 2a. One observation is that the interpretation of any energy measurements involving a human target would be complicated by their own neurophysiological processes: while the distant effects on receiver's EEG and GRS (galvanic skin response) are clear indications of a subconscious information transfer, it is still difficult to say whether this involves any kind of electromagnetic transaction signatures, as posited by TGD. One possibility would be to choose a non-living RV target in a steel dark chamber where the sample can be maintained at a constant temperature. A low noise photomultiplier in single photon counting mode can then be used to compare target photon emissions at baseline with those during and after (successful) RV sessions. Such set-ups have been used before to detect ultraweak biophoton emissions from living samples (see Musumeci) and have a spectral sensitivity from 200 to 800 nm. Of course, viewer Laogong-point biophoton emissions could also be recorded and compared to energy signatures at the target: is the spectrum the same? Is there a reproducible frequency shift, or time delay between viewer and target photon emission peaks?
2b. Additional information could be gained by using a light pressure button which the viewer would depress as soon as emerging from perceived "target contact", prior to recording each impression. Such a time-oriented record could be used to identify the periods of most likely target contact (data clearly corresponding to target descriptives) then superimposed on the photon emission record to see if unusual energy signatures can be identified. The time lag between "button depressed" and any hypothesized photon emission spike could yield important clues about the pulse form/ temporal spacing of the hypothesized em entanglement signatures. Is the energy signature produced in zero-time, or does it take the 13 - 17 sec observed with EEG alpha entrainment? And what, if any, is the effect of geomagnetic fluctuations/LST on the "computation time"?
2c. Do different tasks/intents produce different energy signatures? This question might be answered by using very sensitive measurement devices (i.e. photomultiplier, bubble chamber) and comparing the effects obtained by having the viewer probe the target in different ways.
2d. Are the EM effects additive? Does the hypothesized photon burst show greater intensity when several viewers focus on the target at the same time?
2e. As we discussed above, the conversion between entanglement-generated EM pulses and noticeable EEG/physiological effects at the target is probably a non-instantaneous process, which makes it difficult to assess the time characteristics of pure EM transactions or the duration of entanglement bridges.
However, it may be possible to link two inert targets as part of an RV protocol, then observe for how long the "activation" of target 1 continues to produce an effect at target 2. For example, we could use two metal samples/photomultiplier set-ups as described above and designate both with the same XYZ target until it is established that the viewer has made contact with both (analogous to creating an entagled photon pair). Then target A could be separated from target B and a new X'Y'Z' coordinate could be assigned to A. Does the viewer continue to report information about both A and B? Are there any abnormal photon emissions at B during this second session? And for how long can such an effect be observed? How long does it take for the photon spike to return to base levels after the viewer re-directs his focus/ends the session? Is there a "phantom" effect noticeable? Is there a persistent change in the spectrum of photons emitted by the target even if photon emission intensity returns to base levels?
3. Pitkanen has proposed that another possible test for TGD would be the detection of unusual ions at the target, as a signature of ion leakage from magnetic flux tubes to atomic spacetime sheets. For example, photographic emulsions could be used under, near, or as remote viewing targets and compared to control films under similar maintenance and development conditions. Are there unusual ions detected in the target emulsion after development? A preliminary experimental report that appears to confirm this hypothesis is described on M. Sue Benford's website at http://www.gizapyramid.com/BIO-Benford-Marino.htm
This set-up could also act as a detector of unexpected energy signatures if the target film shows exposure tracks that do not appear on the control films.
Finally, a bubble chamber could be used to detect signatures of subatomic particles. It is interesting to note here that such effects have been documented before: Olga Worrall, a well-known healer, could produce similar patterns in a bubble chamber by holding her hands over it and also by focusing her attention on it from a distance of many miles [Benor p 152
Replies / References
1. Induction of a Stereotactic Auditory Hallucination by
an Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) Electromagnetic Field
About three years ago I suggested that the Taos Hum, a humming noise heard by certain individuals in the area of Taos, New Mexico, and elsewhere, might be the result of the effect of extremely low frequency (ELF) electromagnetic radiation on the brain ( http://iesk.et.uni-magdeburg.de/~blumsche/M112.html). In the course of investigating this possibility I constructed a crude apparatus for generating ELF radiation and tested the effect of such radiation on myself.
2 RE: Germine's "Induction of a
Stereotactic Auditory Hallucination by an Extremely Low Frequency (ELF)
Mark Germine's experiment is particularly important in light of another study by Dr. Elizabeth Rauscher and William van Bise, which showed that ELF magnetic fields intersecting within the cranial volume of blindfolded subjects could produce visual hallucinations such as circles, ellipses and triangles. In that study (reported by Robert Becker in his 1990 book "Cross Currents", pp. 105) magnetic fields were generated by two coils of wire pulsing at slightly different frequencies such that a third, extremely low "beat" frequency was created at the intersection point, corresponding to the subject's head. The type of image that was evoked could be changed by varying the frequency of one of the coils. However, the coils' magnetic field strength was so small that no nerve impulses could have been triggered by them.
Becker's interpretation is that such ELF currents could interact with the brain via semi-conducting perineural elements and their associated DC current. In effect, we believe this might modulate the "background" electrical activity of the brain or, in Gariaev's genetic terminology, the context which is ultimately responsible for the expression of recognizable patterns. In this scenario, one can ask whether such very weak background currents might subtly alter the topology or energy landscape of the brain and thus play a role in stabilizing/destabilizing neural attractor basins which are ultimately responsible for these visual and auditory hallucinations. Alternatively, we could follow Becker's suggestion that consciousness is more closely associated with the body's weak DC "morphogenetic field" than with digital impulses in the brain and hence that the ELF stimulation acted directly on this interface, or organ of conscious perception. If that is so, we are not far from Pitkanen's magnetic sensory canvas hypothesis.
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