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News :: Environment
The Neural Clubbing of America Part 2
29 Jan 2006
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R.O. Becker, author of Cross Currents, has contributed a thought-provoking
article on the mechanisms by which humans perceive the cosmos. From the many
stimulating ideas he presented, we select his rationale for believing that
an electromagnetic basis may exist for the reception and processing of psi
signals.

A key concept in Becker's scheme is his belief in the presence, in humans
and other organisms, of a dual system for receiving and
processing information arriving from the environment. The system we are all
aware of and which scientists study in depth is the nerve impulse system,
which transmits digital signals; i.e., 0s and 1s. This system connects to
all our everyday senses and controls our motor functions. The second system
Becker designates as "primitive." It transmits information in analog
(continuously varying) form via electrical currents and magnetic fields,
rather than as impulses along neurons. This second system is not recognized
by mainstream science.

Becker advances the notions that: (1) Psi-type phenomena are actually
handled by the "primitive" analogsystem; (2) The flood of information
normally arriving from our sensory organs via the "modern" digital system
masks the psi-type signals; and (3) These assertions are consistent with the
elusive nature of psi phenomena in both everyday experience and the
parapsychological laboratories. Becker's ideas also jibewith experimental
evidence that the psi faculty is suppressed by electromagnetic storms, which
(presumably) act only upon the "primitive" analog system. Becker readily
admits that the physical basis for the generation, transmission, and
reception of psi signals is unknown.

(Becker. Robert O.; "Electromagnetism and Psi Phenomena," American Society
for Psychical Research, Journal, 86:1, 1992.)

This work is in the public domain