Monday, September 17, 2012

Looking at the Human Senses by Nancy DuTertre

This week we’ve decided to share an excerpt from Nancy DuTertre’s Psychic Intuition.  This section specifically discusses the myth of the sixth sense and she delves further into the investigation of human senses finding out that we are already gifted with senses beyond the 5 well-known gifts (sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell).



Psychic Intuition is intended to bridge the gap between skeptics, who can analyze but don't experience psychic phenomena, and believers, who have the experiences but lack the ability to analyze.
Here is an excerpt taken from Chapter 6.

Scientists Identify New Human Senses
Despite the fact we continue to operate on the general assumption that humans have only five senses, the list of other medically accepted, non-traditional senses beyond the normal five senses continues to grow. These new senses include: a sense of pain (nociception); a sense of the body’s location space (proprioception); a sense of balance (equilibrioception); a sense of sex smell based on the VNO organ located in the human nasal septum which disappears after birth but may be related to our ability to “smell” pheromones without conscious awareness (vomeronasal); 5) a sense of temperature or heat (thermoception); a sense of direction perhaps based on the vestigial pineal gland located in the brain behind the eyes which is thought to help with sensing the magnetic orientation of the earth (Interestingly, in some reptiles, the pineal eye is equipped with a lens, vitreous humor and retina just like their normal “eyes”); and a sense of discovery (based on MRI brain scans of a primitive area of the brain known as the ventral striatim which lights up when a person is confronted with risk such as exploration).

Do Humans Share Strange Animal Senses?
In addition to the recent discovery of these new senses in humans, we may share some of the strange and unusual senses that until now have only been attributed to certain types of animals. Ultimately, these may shed light on some psychic abilities in humans which seem so amazing to us now because we cannot explain their origin.

A Sense of Electricity (Electroception).
A number of sea animals, specifically certain types of sharks, eels, fish, and rays, have the sense of electroception. They are able to sense the presence of electrical fields or, in some cases, can generate field patterns of electricity using their bodies. This sense is apparently used not only as a predator’s tool but also to communicate. To me, it is not far-fetched to make a sensory analogy between electroception and the ability of some people to see and feel auras, which are the electrical fields immediately surrounding the human body. The existence of human auras has been shown to exist (not without controversy) in Kirlian photographic techniques (first discovered in 1939) using high voltage electricity of subjects on photographic plates.

Furthermore, as discussed in earlier chapters, we know that a variety of high frequency electromagnetic waves, cosmic, gamma, X-rays, ultraviolet, and even some visible light are ionizing and can cause ionizing in the human body. This results in disturbances of the bioelectromagnetic balance in the body’s molecules and cells by causing the ejection or emissions of negatively charged electrons from the atoms. This effect changes the electrical balance of the cells. This effect when caused by light bouncing off of a metal surface, is called the photoelectric effect. The human body requires about 20 different trace minerals, including iron, zinc, copper, selenium, calcium, potassium, and sodium, and these account for 4 percent of our total body mass. The human body has an enhanced ability not only to conduct electricity, but also to create a photoelectric effect.

Various scientific studies have also proven the human body is indeed surrounded by an electrical field. Moreover, it is common knowledge that the central and peripheral nervous system of the body functions by means of tiny electrical impulses exchanged between neurons. It has been estimated, in the brain alone, there are between 10 and 100 trillion electrical synapses (connections between the neurons) that signal information by means of small electrical pulses! Moreover, our bodies are conductors of static electricity depending on levels of atmospheric humidity and our body movements such as shuffling our feet. Our bodies are thus loaded with electrical activity.

Suddenly, that “crazy” assertion by psychics that they can see a colorful electromagnetic aura surrounding the human body and that it reflects information about the physical health of the individual seems scientifically plausible—well, assuming it can be seen by the human eye.

In 2005, a Japanese company, Nippon Telephone and Telegraph Corporation (NTT), actually developed technology that converts this weak human electrical field into what is known as a Human Area Network (HAN) device. The device, called RedTacton, is worn on the body and can transmit data all over the body’s skin. Any area in the body can then be used as a transmitter to trigger other devices in the environment without the use of cables and wires! Thus, you can use your elbow to turn on your cell phone or laptop computer.

Scientists have long known this and have experimented with giving human beings various doses of electricity to alter biological functions and behavior. Around 1945, the United States and the Soviet Union both conducted all kinds of mind control experiments using electrical currents to influence human behavior, emotions, and memory. Certain types of electricity have also been used to promote good health. For example, cranial electrostimulation has been shown to promote better sleeping habits in depressed patients. Electrostimulation using small, pulsing bursts of low-voltage electricity, also promotes tissue and bone healing and reduces swelling, and is commonly used in physical therapy after surgery. It has also been shown to help stroke victims recover motor activity. Certain Far Eastern healing techniques, such as acupuncture, acupressure, Qi Gong, shiatsu, reiki, and so on, involve circulating or eliminating blocks in the life force (qi) energy of the body, which is perceived to operate very much like a kind of bioelectrical force. Chinese medicine operates on the assumption that emotions are stored in various organs, almost like electrical potential. The success of these experiments and techniques merely underscores the importance of our bioelectrical nature.

A Sense of Directional Sound (Echolocation)
Another type of non-human sense is echolocation, which is the ability to sense the environment by means of reflected sound, like sonar. Certain types of animals, such as bats, whales, dolphins, and porpoises, emit clicking noises in order to create a mental map of their environment with echolocation. This mental map contains the size, shape, surface characteristics, distance, and movements of objects. Some can even distinguish between prey and non-prey based on this data. It is really no surprise that these sound maps begin to appear almost as visual maps. Both vision and hearing depend on being able to sense refracted waves of energy. Just as light waves bounce of the surface of an object and are refracted into the eye’s retina creating a visual picture, sound waves bounce off surfaces, creating echos, and corresponding detailed mental landscape imagery. Although some scientists feel echolocation is not a separate sense from hearing, others feel it may differ in our sensing capacity.

In recent years, certain blind individuals have popularized the notion of human echolocation particularly those who have demonstrated that they can see not only the location, but also texture, height, and density of objects in their environment by using clicking noises as a form of echolocation. Thus, echolocation may be a sensory ability or a tool that exists within the human species, but has been left largely unutilized.

A Sense of Magnetic Fields (Magnetoception)
This is another supposedly non-human sense that involves the ability to detect fluctuations in magnetic fields. It has been found to exist in migrating birds and bees. Many animals, such as migratory birds, salamanders, loggerhead turtles, hamsters, dolphins, honey bees, salmon, and even some kinds of bacteria, have been found to be able to sense the earth’s geomagnetic field in order to orient themselves. Scientists have discovered that subterranean Zambian mole rats have a certain collection of nerve cells which enable them to process magnetic information. Researchers at the Universities of Leeds and Princeton discovered that bats are able to navigate using a magnetic substance in their bodies called magnetite as a kind of internal compass. Magnetite has been found in human brain tissue, leading some to conclude that it may account for a human sense of direction. Interestingly, in recent years, more neuroscientists have begun to explore the effects of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) on the human brain. When weak magnetic fields are applied to particular areas of the brain very often sensory perceptions are dramatically, and temporarily, altered.

Clearly, we have sensory capabilities which extend far beyond the traditional five senses of sight, sound, taste, smell, and touch. Scientific research has confirmed we have more than five senses and, in all likelihood, we possess still more senses beyond those that are currently recognized! It is pointless to attribute psychic phenomena to some alleged sixth sense when we don’t even know how to define a sense or even how many we actually have!

Nancy DuTertre is an attorney who became a trained psychic detective, spiritual medium, medical intuitive, and paranormal investigator. A magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University, she is a frequent media guest. DuTertre also lectures to university psychology students and paranormal conventions and hosts her own radio show— Hot Leads Cold Cases—on Para-X and CBS Radio.


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