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Earth Directed CME’s: Studies Show Space Weather Impacts Humans

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The Earth’s magnetic field is currently being impacted by two coronal mass ejections (large eruptions of solar wind and magnetized plasma).   According to SpaceWeather.com and NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center, strong to severe geomagnetic storms are possible today and tomorrow as a result of the consecutive impacts.  The two CMEs are expected to ignite the northern lights, and may be visible as far south as northern Indiana.

On Tuesday, Sept 9, the magnetic canopy of sunspot AR2158 erupted, producing an explosion that lasted more than 6 hours.  Coronagraphs onboard the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory observed the first CME racing out of the blast site at nearly 1,000 km/s (2.2 million mph).  Billion-ton clouds of magnetized plasma take a day or more to cross the Sun-Earth divide. On Wednesday’s the same sunspot spit out an intense X1.6-class flare  Both are geoeffective (earth directed).

The first eruption was an M4-class flare and slammed into the Earth’s magnetic field over night.  The second X-Flare  will impact us later today.  Video showing both eruptions.  (27 seconds)

 

A flash of ultraviolet radiation from the explosion ionized the upper layers of Earth’s atmosphere, disturbing HF (high frequencies) radio communications for more than an hour.  (33 seconds)

 

What it looks like when a CME impacts Earth  (41 seconds)

 

From SpaceWeather.com

A solar flare is an explosion on the Sun that happens when energy stored in twisted magnetic fields (usually above sunspots) is suddenly released. Flares produce a burst of radiation across the electromagnetic spectrum, from radio waves to x-rays and gamma-rays. Scientists classify solar flares according to their x-ray brightness.

There are 3 categories: X-class flares are big; they are major events that can trigger planet-wide radio blackouts and long-lasting radiation storms. M-class flares are medium-sized; they can cause brief radio blackouts that affect Earth’s polar regions.   Minor radiation storms sometimes follow an M-class flare. Compared to X- and M-class events, C-class flares are small with few noticeable consequences here on Earth.

More about CMEs  and geomagnetic activity.  4 minute video

 

As some of you may know, since 2007, I’ve been doing independent research on space weather, solar cycles and its impact on Earth,  physiology and behavior. From NASA:

“Two years ago, Earth experienced a close shave just as perilous, but most newspapers didn’t mention it. The “impactor” was an extreme solar storm, the most powerful in as much as 150+ years. “If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces,” says Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado.

“I have come away from our recent studies more convinced than ever that Earth and its inhabitants were incredibly fortunate that the 2012 eruption happened when it did,” says Baker.  “If the eruption had occurred only one week earlier, Earth would have been in the line of fire.”

“According to a study by the National Academy of Sciences, the total economic impact could exceed $2 trillion or 20 times greater than the costs of a Hurricane Katrina. Multi-ton transformers damaged by such a storm might take years to repair.

Analysts believe that a direct hit by an extreme CME such as the one that missed Earth in July 2012 could cause widespread power blackouts, disabling everything that plugs into a wall socket.  Most people wouldn’t even be able to flush their toilet because urban water supplies largely rely on electric pumps. ”

Photo credit: Spacegrant.montana.edu/msiproject/spaceweather

Not only do studies show that an extreme, Earth directed X-class flare could put us in the dark and disrupt communication for years, but studies also show that space weather affects humans in a clinically meaningful way.  Every day, 24/7, NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center (part of the National Weather Service), monitors and sends out space weather alerts, watches, warnings. and forecasts about solar and geophysical events which impact satellites, power grids, communications, navigation, and many other technological systems.

What I hope to see in the very near future are space weather alerts, watches, warnings, and forecasts sent out to inform the human population of potential health hazards.  As noted in the  Journal of the Balkan Geophysical Society, the results of these studies impose the necessity of systematic investigations in this field.  Medical professionals should also be educated.

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Michael Persinger is a cognitive neuroscience researcher with over 200 peer-reviewed publications.  He states that very small changes in the activity of the Earth’s magnetic field, due to alterations in solar activity, can affect all human beings.

“These direct effects are primarily upon the subtle but complex electromagnetic fields that interact with everyone’s consciousness, due to the marked similarity of the characteristics of our brains and our genetic history.  Solar activity can change consciousness without our awareness.”

People with health issues, such as those with depression, neurological disorders, cardiovascular and stroke patients, those wearing pacemakers, etc., should especially pay attention to the space weather forecast.  Here’s why:

A large number of studies have identified significant physical, biological and health effects associated with changes in Solar and Geomagnetic Activity (S-GMA). Variations in solar activity, geomagnetic activity and ionospheric ion/electron concentrations are all mutually highly correlated and strongly linked by geophysical processes.  Source

There is an increasing amount of evidence linking biological effects to solar and geomagnetic disturbances. A series of studies is published referring to the changes in human physiological responses at different levels of geomagnetic activity.  Source

 

 

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CARDIOVASCULAR, CELLULAR DAMAGE, ATHEROTHROMBOSIS:

During the past decades, many studies were published considering cosmo-terrestrial influences on different sites of human homeostasis.  Conclusion:  Cosmic Ray Activity is predominant in plaque disruption, cellular damage and electrical instability; the GMA (Geomagnetic Activity) in the activation of coagulation and inflammation.

A significant relation was found between the level of GMA (geomagnetic activity) (I-IV) and blood coagulation parameters,”   Source

SUICIDES:

The relationship between Ap indices of geomagnetic storm activity and national suicide statistics for Australia from 1968 to 2002 was studied. Suicide data was a national tally of daily male and female death figures where suicide had been documented as the cause of death. A total of 51 845 males and 16 327 females were included. The average number of suicides was greatest in spring for males and females, and lowest in autumn for males and summer for females.

Suicide amongst females increased significantly in autumn during concurrent periods of geomagnetic storm activity (P = .01). This pattern was not observed in males (P = .16).   This suggests that perturbations in ambient electromagnetic field activity impact behaviour in a clinically meaningful manner.   Source

HEART FAILURE, SEIZURES, PSYCHIATRIC ADMISSIONS:

Presumably unrelated behaviors (e.g.  psychiatric admissions, seizures, heart failures) have been correlated with increased global geomagnetic activity. We have suggested that all of these behaviors share a common source of variance.

They are evoked by transient, dopamine-mediated paroxysmal electrical patterns that are generated within the amygdala and the hippocampus of the temporal lobes. Both the probability and the propagation of these discharges to distal brain regions are facilitated when nocturnal melatonin levels are suppressed by increased geomagnetic activity.  Source

 CONVULSIVE SEIZURES:

The annual percentage of patients with convulsive seizures in the Neurological Department of the Bangur Institute of Neurology, Calcutta, is found to be significantly correlated with the annual values of sunspot numbers and geomagnetic activity indices for the period 1955–1971. For a particular (GMA) geomagnetic activity index the correlation coefficient is significant at a 99% confidence level.  Source

EPILEPTIC SEIZURES & DIZZINESS:

Admissions of 762 patients for epileptic seizures and 1553 for dizziness were studied for the connection with the level of monthly and yearly solar activity in the 11-year solar cycle and with four levels of daily geomagnetic activity levels (400 epileptic patients and 802 patients suffering with dizziness). Conclusion: Admission of patients with epileptic seizures and dizziness  are related to geomagnetic and solar activity.  Source

SLEEP DISTURBANCES, ALTERED MOOD, ANXIETY

Geomagnetic variations of solar origin correlate with appearance of physiological problems, enhanced anxiety, sleep disturbances, altered moods, and greater incidences of psychiatric admissions.

When we employed four-way analysis of variance, the influence of some of the factors on the physiological parameters examined turned out to be statistically significant (p<0.05). Our investigations indicate that most of the persons examined irrespectively to their status could be sensitive to the geomagnetic disturbances and the results impose the necessity of systematic investigations in this field.  Source

PREMATURE BIRTHS:

The monthly number of preterm births showed a significant and direct correlation with solar activity indices (r = .32, p = .0016), and a significant and inverse correlation with cosmic ray activity indices  (r = -0.3, p = .008).  Source

BLOOD PRESSURE:

Arterial bp was found to increase with the increase of the GMA level, and systolic and diastolic bp were found to increase significantly from the day before till the second day after the geomagnetic storm. These effects were present irrespective of sex and medication.  Source

REDUCED MELATONIN:

Geomagnetic disturbances are associated with reduced nocturnal excretion of a melatonin metabolite in humans.  A greater reduction in 6-OHMS excretion was observed when increased geomagnetic activity was combined with elevated 60 Hz MF or reduced ambient light exposures.  Source

 

 

@ Noel — so now you know why I couldn’t sleep last night.  My brain was a buzzin’, but at least I was productive.    😉

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Author: NeuroNotes

Victoria predominately blogs about religion, and the brain's role in religious type experiences.

105 thoughts on “Earth Directed CME’s: Studies Show Space Weather Impacts Humans

  1. This pretty much blew my mind. I had heard of the most recent solar flare and was vaguely aware of us having dodged the bullet back in 2012, but I never knew of the research that was done connecting dots between space weather and how it affects us, physically and by extension emotionally as well. Will check out your links!

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  2. Now I know why I’ve sleep issues. Excellent, informative piece, once again.

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    • Heh — yeah. Well, my sleep isn’t always affected by GMA activity, but when it is, my brain gets very electrical. Sometimes it causes my creative juices to flow. I just don’t like those creative incites flowing in the middle of the night. 😀

      I saw that you were up very late last night, too. It was past 4AM for me. Btw, I plan on doing some future posts, a series, with brainwave entrainment sessions that may assist you with your sleeping issues.

      Have you noticed a pattern or is it an every night thing? Can’t turn off the mind chatter?

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      • Every night. mind chatter and nightmares. Ugh.

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      • It seems somewhat odd to me that I would have my first contact with you through your blog and especially in reference to a deep subject. However, there are times when being brief and to the point are preferable.

        As a retired geophysicist and chronobiologist, I’m very cognizant of space weather research. While my last scientific papers in relation to geomagnetism and biological interactions was back in 2001, I try to stay current with the latest findings in these fields and help out others when opportunity presents itself.

        Your comments about sleep problems offer an opportunity here for such a practical application. Most people don’t realize that geomagnetic activity, especially geomagnetic pulsations create earth currents and induce eddy currents in many species, including humans. These induced electrical charges are well known to dairy farms which discovered that earth currents influence the milk production and mood of cows. There was a very simple solution however to this problem, simply ground the floors the cows were standing on. The induced currents instantly dissipate by shorting to ground.

        This same principle works great for people too. In some schools of thought, it is called “earthing” and simply amounts to putting a conductive pad or sheet on the bed that is grounded to either a metal stake in the ground or into the buildings electrical ground. People who use this method, including myself, note much better sleep quality and longer periods of undisturbed sleep. During daylight hours, if you are lucky enough to have a stone or concrete floor, all you need to do is walk barefoot. Your excess geomagnetically induced charge quickly exits your body through foot to floor contact.

        You can find conductive bed sheets on Amazon.com. They are a bit on the expensive side, but well worth the investment in sweet sleep. Too bad that they self destruct after about 30 washes. I hope someone comes out with a better product.

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  3. Might explain why i was up at 3am this morning.

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  4. We are children of the stars. Our parents get cranky sometimes.

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  5. As some of you may know, since 2007, I’ve been doing independent research on space weather, solar cycles and its impact on Earth, physiology and behavior.

    No, I didn’t, and you call yourself a friend? Bite your tongue, Girl! No, better yet, bite mine —

    But serially, if we could see the electromagnetic spectrum, we would see it surrounding all of our electrical appliances – microwaves, toaster-ovens, toasters, electric ranges, refrigerators, electric blankets, cell phones, etc. – we are increasingly surrounding ourselves with electromagnetic radiation – what is it doing to us?

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    • “No, I didn’t, and you call yourself a friend?”

      Heh — clearly my “friend” didn’t read my about page. 😛

      “what is it doing to us?”

      Or my other blog. 😉

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      • Heh — clearly my “friend” didn’t read my about page”. 😛
        Why should I – you’re hot, smart, and female – that may not be all I need to know, but it’s way ahead of whatever’s in second place!

        Great graphics on the video, but my question remains unanswered – what are they doing to us?

        BTW & FYI – not a dig, but if you want your video to be professional, you might want to make one small correction at second #50:
        “Each electrical installation or device emits waves that are capture(d) by our brains and central nervous system”

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  6. A woman is like a pearl, composed of many layers – of course the layer on the outside is the first one observed. Silly goose.

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  7. Update: Here’s what it looked like in Maine (US) last night after the double CME impact sparked strong to severe geomagnetic storms. Simply spectacular.

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  8. I was watching TV at some point yesterday afternoon and I think there was something about solar flares and satellites.
    Now I know why you couldn’t sleep and am sad 😦

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  9. Hmm – looks like your gif didn’t print – must be WordPress! But I got it off the email, I’m getting quite a collection.

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    • Aha! It DIDN’T print, and you surreptitiously deweted it! It WAS WordPress, and you’ve tried to hide that, but you just couldn’t take back my email, could you? Oh what a tangled web we weave – for shame, for shame!

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  10. Being around others who suffer from MH, it does intrigue that many can feel particularly down at the same time. I have often wondered about the atmospheric influence. Solar flares could certainly contribute. Personally, the last couple of days have been stressful, without really understanding why and I can count the amount of sleep in one hand. That’s quite unusual for me, so perhaps those flares have been zapping my brain! As always, an excellent post!

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    • Cat, thank you. I’ve been collecting data from people for several years now. I asked them to send me an email when they had problems sleeping, felt more depressed, had excessive mind chatter, problems falling asleep, or waking up in the middle of the night, increased pain from conditions like arthritis and fibromyalgia, or had seizure activity, etc. Even when they felt a surge of creativity. I would take that and compare it to the data on NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center. http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/forecast.html You can go back 75 days. Let’s just say, it got my attention. I found significant correlations.

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      • That’s intriguing. Over this past 2 years or so, I’ve been attending classes for people in recovery from MH. It always amaze me to hear other people feeling down and agitated around the same time. At first I was comparing it to the moon cycles, weather and possibly atmospheric pressure, but this piece of info sounds more feasible

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        • I agree, Cat. It’s the one scenario that’s gotten little attention, and I’m trying to bring more awareness. When people start checking the 3 day forecast put out by NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center, daily, then they can at least be prepared for the possibility of being effected if they are sensitive. Especially if it affects people who are clinically depressed, or have the propensity to experience depression for unknown reasons, e.g., that it is not situational, as well as those who experience seizures. People have found it to be empowering to have this knowledge.

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          • I wonder what correlation those events would have on the switches that control BiPolar Disorder?

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            • Abstract excerpt

              “The hypothesis that geomagnetic storms may partly account for the seasonal variation in the incidence of depression, by acting as a precipitant of depressive illness in susceptible individuals, is supported by a statistically significant 36.2% increase in male hospital admissions with a diagnosis of depressed phase, manic-depressive illness in the second week following such storms compared with geomagnetically quiet control periods.

              There is a smaller but not statistically significant increase in female psychotic depression and non-psychotic depression admissions following storms. Phase advance in pineal circadian rhythms of melatonin synthesis may be a possible mechanism of causation or be present as a consequence of 5-hydroxytryptamine and adrenergic system dysfunction associated with geomagnetic disturbance. Effects on cell membrane permeability, calcium channel activity and retinal magneto-receptors are suggested as possible underlying biochemical mechanisms.”
              http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8199794

              Abstract excerpt

              “The birth dates of nearly 237,000 unique clients in the Maine Medicaid database collected from 1995 to 2004, inclusive, were related to solar cycle irradiance for the past seventy-one years, encompassing seven solar cycles. The sample was divided into four general categories of disease: mental/behavioral illnesses; metabolic diseases; autoimmune diseases; neoplasms. The birth months for those clients born in any given year were arranged in the form of a winter/summer ratio in order to more clearly appreciate the seasonality inherent in each disease category.

              Solar cycles were separated into chaotic (approximately three times as irradiant) or non-chaotic according to the Gutenberg-Richter power law and the uncertainty inherent in predicting solar storms. The results show that radiation peaks in solar cycles and particularly in chaotic solar cycles (CSCs) are associated with a higher incidence of mental disorders, suggesting the sensitivity of ectodermal embryonic tissues to UVR. Autoimmune diseases have intermediate sensitivity, while the neoplasms in the study, primarily of endoderm, appear suppressed by peak UVR intensity. The ratio of the number of clients born in CSC cycles to non-CSC cycles was highest for the more genetic mental diseases, like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder
              http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16701959

              Abstract excerpt

              “Out of a total of six severe cycles in the past 250 years, four have occurred in the past 55 years, possibly explaining the apparent increase in the incidence of MMI (major mental illness) in recent decades.

              Unsuccessful adaptation to UVR (and possibly other types of radiation) results in mutation, which can produce neuro-chemical abnormalities manifested by MMI. We postulate that the combination of intensity and variation in UVR serves as a global modulator of MMI.”
              http://www.researchgate.net/publication/8693356_Chaotic_solar_cycles_modulate_the_incidence_and_severity_of_mental_illness

              To answer your question, I think it’s certainly a strong possibility.

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          • I will certainly check out the forecast

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  11. Reblogged this on Forever Unlimited and commented:
    Indeed they do! Are you feeling it? -PB

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  12. Goodness, I had trouble sleeping this weekend. Weird. It would be great to see watches and warnings about it.

    I don’t know about you, but there are a lot of bloggers that I follow that update semi-regularly, from weekly to monthly. Quite often, I get notifications of them updating all within a day or two. It usually coincides with me being productive as well, either with my novel or on the blog. I wonder if this is all related.

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    • Madalyn, I have noticed the same pattern. I have noticed it in myself especially. I can feel more sexually energized, more creative, have insights and ideas, feel a strong urge to organize, etc.; but it’s not always positive for me either. I am careful about getting adequate sleep, and acutely aware of the negative side-effects of melatonin abnormalities. These strong GM storms tend to disrupt my sleep and I can also experience brain fog.

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      • Speaking of melatonin, I keep a bottle in my desk drawer, which is near my bed – I’ve noticed that for the past few days, I’ve felt the need to take one, whereas I rarely ever need to open the bottle. And I’m experiencing being “sexually energized” as well, but it’s difficult to see the difference between that and what passes with me for normal. I really need to go through my computer’s “cookies” and delete the ones from porn sites – did I say that out loud –?

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  13. Not intending to rain on anybody’s conceptual parade but even experts in chronobiology and space weather are using simplistic models of epidemiological “proof” to show casual relationships between solar/magnetospheric variables and suspected biological effects of solar related phenomena. For example, the 11.2 year sunspot cycle is often correlated with many suspect effects on both behavior and biology. Most researchers that I have met along the way of my past career never factored in the three-day time period for the physical influences of sunspots to reach our magnetosphere and in turn produce geomagnetic pulsations which induce eddy currents into living systems. This includes everything from plant life to human life. As the geomagnetic pulsation cycle is somewhat similar in length to the sunspot cycle, but only being 10.5 years in length, the correlation between SSN’s (sunspot counts) would diverge enough at times to suggest a minimal effect or no effect during one of the mismatches.s

    Other researchers would focus on geomagnetic storms as these are somewhat easier to time and track but make the big mistake of thinking that the local effects of that GMF disturbance is the same as anywhere else. The truth is that geomagnetic activity can be very localized or globalized depending upon several variables. Unless you have a geophysicist as a consultant on your team, you probably wouldn’t know where to get the important data to properly do a correlation analysis with your data sets.

    This does not imply that all the hundreds and perhaps thousands of published articles detailing solar terrestrial interactions are bunk, but merely that the evidence is strongly suggestive of having significant casual relationships. This is also likewise compounded by problems in publishing research papers dealing with space weather. This is still a young science and has little respect from established science and peer reviewed articles can be as disperse as a medical journal or an earth science publication. You almost never see a paper about chronobiology or space weather research in Nature or Science.

    I think in time, this situation will improve as more important and useful discoveries are made, along with better ways of data mining and presentation are employed in research papers. I think the real evidence to many people is to actually see how space weather influences their own biology and behavior. More about that later.

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    • Interesting, David – you sound like you know what you’re talking about. I look forward to more.

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    • “I think the real evidence to many people is to actually see how space weather influences their own biology and behavior.”

      It is precisely for this reason that I started doing independent research on this. I was doing advocacy work for people with epilepsy, and was reading a few forums, where people with seizure disorders were sharing their episodes. Over the course of a year, I started noticing a pattern, where people were having seizures on the same day or week. Even their pet, i.e., dogs, who had epilepsy were having seizures. That’s when I found research about CME and strong geomagnetic activity impacting people with seizure disorders, especially temporal lobe epilepsy.

      David, thanks so much for your input. I apologize that this response is so late. A year late. I get a lot of activity on this blog from time to time, and I end up missing comments. What do you think about Neil Cherry’s and Michael Persinger’s research?

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      • Hi Victoria and thanks for the reply. Interesting to read your comments on why you entered heliobiolgy or space medicine. I’m somewhat familiar with Persinger’s papers but I haven’t read a fraction of all the papers he and his team crank out. If I remember correctly, Neil Cherry was one of the advocates for warning people about low frequency radiation coming from our gadgets, radios, TV, etc It has been awhile since I read up on that as well but I do know that we are surrounded by electric smog and it is more dangerous to kids, than adults. Still, if you don’t already use one, get a remote speaker or ear piece to cut back on cell phone radiation. It’s doing the Cha Cha Cha with your neurons and not in a good way

        David

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        • I really wish there were a way for us to see the electromagnetic fields emanating from our toasters, our microwaves, all of our electronic devices, I think we’d be astonished.

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          • There is a way to see them, Arch. I made this video while I was living in an apartment about 5 years ago, not long after a bill had been introduced to phaseout incandescent light bubs in the US, like they have done in Canada. Thankfully, the bill was canned. Another term for an EMF meter is Gauss meter.

            I took measurements of my laptop, and was stunned. Now, I use an external keyboard and mouse, and remain far enough away from the screen so that I’m not exposed to high EMFs over an extended period of time. I spend many hours a day on my laptop. David also gave good advice about wearing an earpiece while using your cellphone, which I’ve been doing for a few years now. That teeny-tiny print you find in the paperwork that comes with your cellphone states that it should not be making contact with your head.

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  14. Amazing. Actually it’s not illogical that it affects the human psyche as our whole nervous system is built on electricity.

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  15. Thankyou Victoria; this was quite an eye-opener for me. I have not checked your sources, though am sure they are impeccable. I used to study my mental states as against phases of the moon. It was particularly interesting when I lived on the North Cornwall Coast here in England, as I was witnessing an undeniable correlation between tidal variations around the full and new moons. The greatest variations in my mental states came either side of the two, which correlated precisely to the highest and lowest points of tidal variation. Many claim that the moon alters their mental states, yet seem to insist that this only occurs, or occurs to maximum effect, on the day of the full moon – seldom mentioning the new moon. I believe this to be incorrect based upon my own experiences. Thankyou one again, Hariod.

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    • I’m confused, Hariod – I can certainly see how the proximity of the moon to earth, which varies, could have a gravitational effect on things on our planet, much as it does the tides, but I fail to see how the percentage of the illuminated surface of the moon could possibly have any effect on anyone. Suggestions?

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      • No idea Archie; though it does. I’m no woo merchant, and have been a serious meditator for 25 years; 4-8 hours a day Buddhist dry insight/concentration, so am intimately familiarised with my mental states. The correlation is, as you say, with the gravitational pull of the moon, and the effects that has upon tidal variations. I can only speculate that the brain is also subject to these effects in some subtle way. No one knows what consciousness is of course, aside from neural correlates and certain related functional aspects of brain regions. [Chalmers Hard Problem, if you buy that.] It may be that something like Penrose and Hameroff’s Orch-OR theory holds good, and that the gravitational variations affect collapsing quantum states? I have no idea, though am convinced by the evidence of my own experience over three decades that certain effects obtain in direct correlation to phases of the moon. Note that I am not saying these effects have anything to do with your “percentage of the illuminated surface of the moon”, and that the maximal effects occur either side of the full and new moons, not on the days of their actual occurrence.

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        • Note that I am not saying these effects have anything to do with your ‘percentage of the illuminated surface of the moon’, and that the maximal effects occur either side of the full and new moons, not on the days of their actual occurrence.

          That’s what I was getting at, Hariod – while I, like you, have no comprehension as to how such a mechanism would work, I can agree that the same gravitational attraction that affects the tides, could, and should, affect anything else of a liquid nature, and face it, we are mostly water (some of us having a bit more gas than others). But it’s always the FULL moon you hear so much about, and that has only to do with how much of its surface – from our perspective – is bathed in sunlight.

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    • I thought I would throw a little moon dust your way and give you some insights from a geophysicist and chronobiologist (retired from both), In the case of the so called lunar effect, there are actually several peer reviewed papers in space weather science that relate to the subject. Some of these papers mention the peak effect for the full moon actually happening about 3 days either direction of the exact date. (Radin) so this can give your observations some credibility. The New Moon “effect” doesn’t seem to correlate with much variation in the literature. Is there any physical theories about that offset lunar effect for the full moon?

      Yes. The most likely explanation might be that during that time, the moon physically impacts the the tail of earth’s magnetosphere. This event happens close to the full moon but the timing depends upon the solar wind interacting with the magnetosphere and shaping the teardrop like structure in different ways. The angle of the magnetosphere, will change the location of the tail slightly and may even miss the moon. Someplace there is a NASA paper explaining this. So, what gives about the magnetosphere’s tail? Interrupting it blocks the huge return flow of energy that would normally be headed for the polar regions. This in turn, changes the dynamics of the magnetic field and what are ultra long magnetic waves called geomagnetic pulsations.

      Geomagnetic pulsations are linked to several biological processes and there is even one epidemiological study claims that they influence motivational behavior. (Starbuck,) That ties in with the new moon which being in front of the earth, creates a magnetic shadow that changes the dynamics of the solar wind, and in turn influences what types of geomagnetic pulsations show up and their intensity. Geomagnetic pulsations appear to create eddy currents in neurons and thus, their biological effects?

      I will stop here, as I bet you are sorry you brought this up. hal and have a happy lunar boost.
      Geomagman

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      • David, this is fascinating. Should you run across the NASA paper, it would be great if you linked it here and any others you find. I’ve looked for peer reviewed papers on this subject, but haven’t run across any to date. I know there were some peer reviewed papers in the 70’s or 80’s (I think it was) that lacked evidence that the moon had any impact of humans, but I had not closed my mind to the possibility that it did. Thanks so much for your comment.

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      • That’s great Geo, though it’s been a long while since I looked at Amphidromic Points and all that malarkey. Right now, it’s 1:25 a.m. and I’m full of sherry having just seen the New Year in here in England. I shall return tomorrow, and add what I am able to in respect to my experiential findings and your impressive academic understandings. Happy New Year – Hic!

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      • Fascinating.

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      • This is excellent David, and I greatly appreciate the time and effort given to the matter, as well as the links to articles you kindly provided below, both of which I have now read. Thank you.

        The problem in all this is that we’re reliant upon subjective reporting as to lunar effects, and of course, introspection is an unreliable witness unto itself. Folk psychology and New Age nostrums promulgate ideas about the Full Moon which in turn lead to self-selecting, putative ‘evidence’ of the same. No one can be certain they have escaped the known psychological effects of Confirmation Bias and Confabulation, amongst others, both of which may lead to illusory correlations in the matter. Even should we be clear of such effects, we remain trapped within the gearbox of our own comprehension (so to speak) as regards our introspective reporting. What are we to do, abandon the evidence of experience altogether? That hardly solves the problem as we still remain, even in theoretical analysis alone, within the same cognitive trap – an ape brain/mind attempting to look at itself from the outside, which is impossible, obviously so.

        Then we have the problem of quite who has the capacity to provide experiential evidence in the matter, albeit from the unreliable witnessing of their own subjective states. For example, the (wo)man in the street is not typically sufficiently au fait with their subtler inner states so as to be able to detect variations therein. At the risk of sounding aloof, many of us wander around not even aware that we are in ‘a bit of a mood’ of some kind or another, let alone being able detect variations in concentration levels. And it is concentration levels, I would say, that are what are affected by lunar phases. Another way of putting this would be to say that attention capacities are altered.

        What happens is that the mind becomes ever-so-slightly over-concentrated around the Full and New Moons. This means that attention gets ‘stuck’ slightly longer within the endogram of consciousness – the meta-level representation that we take to be ‘my experience of the world’. Effects can include forgetfulness and mild clumsiness, a tendency to stare a touch more than one would normally do, and a reduction in the capacity to hold trains of thought in the mind prior to verbalisation. It can be as if under the effects of a mild drug or alcohol perhaps, in that we’re slightly ‘behind’ events when we go about our business – slightly out of sync in what can be either an amusing or frustrating way, depending upon our nature.

        I found that these effects begin to materialise up to c.100 hrs. prior to the Full Moon, and endure for c.70 hrs. following it. This seems slightly longer a period than would be indicated from the reports you link to, which suggest a total period of six days i.e. 150 hrs. as against my (up to) 170 hrs. Reason: Solar winds? No idea. Also, the effects vary in duration and intensity from month to month, and only occasionally could I detect them up to 100 hrs. prior to the Full Moon – say, two or three times out of seven or eight perhaps. With the New Moon, the effects could never be detected quite as early, and would materialise up to c.70 hrs. prior to the event itself, yet still would endure for up to c.70 hrs. following it. The intensity of the effects of the New Moon were/are almost always lesser than of those around the Full Moon.

        You say “The New Moon ‘effect’ doesn’t seem to correlate with much variation in the literature.” – does that mean those findings are at odds with my claims? You seem to suggest a difference in the New and Full Moons due to solar winds and the moon’s impact upon the earth’s magnetosphere at the time of the Full Moon only. If I have understood your words correctly, that would correspond with my experiential findings.

        Hariod Brawn

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        • Wow, Hariod that was quite some reply. I’m really not complaining and you didn’t leave me with the meme that “life is a bitch, and then you die” so I will take it as I see it, a very eloquent complement mixed with observations about limits to comprehension due to our wetware and software. May the magnetosphere continue to bless your experience of the cosmic spheres and happy new year to boot

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    • Hariod, did you see David’s recent comment below?

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