GIVING UP THE NEUROMAGNETIC GHOST
WRITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS
In most dogmatic discussions about evil, traditional demons and evil phantoms are brought up that the faithful can blame their misfortunes on. Whether it be Satan, Asmodeus, Abbadon or even Pazuzu, we ignore the new demonic icon that is generating pure chaos and evil in the zeitgeist.
You cannot see it or touch it – many of us are not even aware of its presence. This demon has not been named, which makes it harder to identify and exorcize.
It is a formless demon that feeds on fear and other negativity. It can be said that this demonic energy moves freely through social media.
It has shown itself in suicide games for the young, like the Blue Whale game and it even can have a face like the demonic half-chicken, half-human MOMO that has terrified children and adults by harassing them until they are driven to insanity.
Social media also has given birth to Slender Man – a new vision of the bogeyman that is faceless and powerful enough to leap from the computer screen into the heads of children that lure their friends into traps in order to kill them and drink their blood.
Our cell phones can be seen as Black Mirrors. We gaze into them hypnotically as radiant seductive screens are the first thing we see when we get up and the last thing we see before we sleep. It can be said that we put our souls into these machines or it can be said it sucks our souls out of us. It is a form of technological possession.
We as a people are now in a cultural trance. We are being sent messages that are triggering our tendency to be angry and violent. The demonic spirit is being poured into the zeitgeist, which is being fed not only by social media but the increasingly dark programming being unloaded into the pop culture. It is a bit of an exchange – everything in our phones is an extension of the mind and everything we add into the internet stream of consciousness is active and it transcends all things and moves about like a ghost in the shell. We can say that we are sending part of our soul from our organic container to a technological well of souls.
It is as if we are giving up what can be called the neuromagnetic ghost.
Ray Kurzweil is seen as one of the founding fathers of Transhumanism and he believes that human spirit or the ghost of the departed dead can be uploaded into an electronic network in about 30 years.
Without even considering the ethical, philosophical, social or legal scope of such a statement, it’s important to consider if it actually makes any sense. To try to give an educated guess, we have to move away from computer science and look at what biology and neuroscience can teach us.
It’s essential to know that our bodies are literally covered with sensors – chemical, mechanical, visual, thermal, proprioceptive where we have perception of the body, noniceptive where we feel or perceive pain. All of them inform the brain about the outside world this gives us exteroception.
They also inform the brain of the inner world or interoception, allowing it to regulate the body. The majority of our brain is actually dedicated to the processing of sensory information, and the largest part of that is devoted to visual information, occupying the entire occipital lobe and large parts of the temporal and parietal lobes. We are mostly visual beings who, incidentally, think.
If someone wants to “upload his entire mind to a computer,” the problem of sensors must be solved. A quick and dirty solution could be to not worry about them and just pretend that all sensory neurons would remain silent forever.
This would mean that while we will be able to literally put a ghost in a box – all sensory stimulation will be gone forever. If a ghost was to be put into a box or a computer it may not like it. If you uploaded your consciousness into a computer or a neuronetwork, you would function electronically – every chemical reaction would bubble in the ether but there would be no pleasure or no pain no sensory perception of what a body would feel.
More than 50 years ago, Donald O. Hebb conducted a series of experiments to study the effects of sensory deprivation. He generously paid students to recline 24/7, taking care to deprive them of most of their senses using glasses, helmets, gloves and so on. The majority of the students abandoned the experiment after two or three days because they were no longer able to develop coherent thoughts and began to suffer from auditory and visual hallucinations. The experiences evoked considerable interest from the CIA which financed the original study and they later “improved” the process up to the point where it was transformed into an instrument of psychological torture.
Consequently, if we want to “upload our brain” without going insane, it’s imperative for the uploaded brain to be connected to an artificial body that can perceive the outside world and act on it. But what kind of artificial body do we have today? Robotic bodies where retinas are replaced by cameras and muscles by motors? To some extent, yes, but this solution would be only a pale replica, far from the complexity and intelligence of the human body.
Speaking from a paranormal perspective, we can now understand why ghosts are tortured souls. They are trapped in the earth’s magnetic veil without sensory perception. They may not even be able to see or hear and yet there have been times where they have communicated with ghost investigators with the aid of electronic devices.
Thomas Alva Edison is a man who requires little or no introduction. In his 84 years of life, Edison came up with many, many innovations including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, the stock ticker, the power station, and of course, the light bulb. In fact, Edison is still the fourth most prolific inventor in history, holding 1,093 patents in the USA alone. He also routinely electrocuted numerous animals including an elephant—but with all of that electric know how there was one frontier he wanted to conquer and that was the spirit world. He wanted to disprove the mediums of his day by somehow proving that ghosts were just active electric activity.
He hypothesized that departed souls were electric signals that could be picked up with technology.
It is a weird fact that Edison’s last breath is preserved at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Ford having convinced Edison’s son Charles to seal a glass vacuum tube of air from the inventor’s room shortly after his death in October 1931.
Granted, that seems a bit odd, but memento mori was not so uncommon then, and Ford was a great friend of Edison’s after all. Even so, some might wonder whether it’s something Edison senior would have consented to himself. It does seem rather morbid – superstitious even and surely at odds with the hard scientific logic of a man who was quoted by the New York Times in 1910 as saying he had come to the conclusion that “there is no ‘supernatural,’ or ‘supernormal,’ that all there is can be explained along material lines”.
The October 1920 issue of American Magazine contained an article with the rather attention-grabbing title of “Edison Working on How to Communicate with the Next World” written by one Bertie Charles Forbes the founder of Forbes Magazine. In an interview conducted by Forbes and published in Scientific American soon after, Edison expressed some rather interesting – some might say surprising – opinions concerning no less a subject than life after death:
“If our personality survives, then it is strictly logical and scientific to assume that it retains memory, intellect, and other faculties and knowledge that we acquire on Earth. I am inclined to believe that our personality hereafter will be able to affect matter. If this reasoning be correct, then, if we can evolve an instrument so delicate as to be affected, moved, or manipulated by our personality as it survives in the next life, such an instrument, when made available, ought to record something.”
Furthermore in a private journal entry, again dating from 1920, Edison wrote:
I have been at work for some time building an apparatus to see if it is possible for personalities which have left this earth to communicate with us. I am engaged in the construction of one such apparatus now, and I hope to be able to finish it before very many months pass.
A second Scientific American piece ran in 1921 in which Edison was quoted as saying:
I don’t claim anything, because I don’t know anything for that matter, no human being knows, but I do claim that it is possible to construct an apparatus which will be so delicate that if there are personalities in another existence who wish to get in touch with us this apparatus will at least give them a better opportunity.
By this time it seems it must have been pretty widely known that Thomas Edison, one of the greatest inventors of all time, was working on a machine which might prove the existence of spirits or ghosts. The editor of Scientific American reportedly received more than 600 letters from readers inquiring about the device. This was big. So, what happened next? The answer is nothing. Absolutely nothing. The machine was never mentioned again during Edison’s lifetime and the whole matter seems to have been all but forgotten.
In a 1921 New York Times article Edison was said to be developing a machine that would measure “one hundred trillion life units” in the human body that “may scatter after death.”
The Modern Mechanix article reused much of the material from that earlier piece in explaining what it referred to as Edison’s hypothesis of “immortal units”.
However, a much prosaic explanation was given about ghosts and their natural relationship with the electromagnetic fields. In some haunted locations, researchers have measured magnetic fields that are stronger than normal or exhibit unusual fluctuations. These may be localized phenomena that stem from electronic equipment or geological formations, or they may be part of the Earth’s magnetic field.
Some paranormal investigators think of this as proof of a supernatural presence — the ghosts create the field. Others suggest that these fields can interact with the human brain, causing hallucinations, dizziness or other neurological symptoms. Some researchers have theorized that this is one of the reasons people report more ghostly activity at night. Because of the way the solar wind interacts with the Earth’s magnetosphere, the planet’s magnetic field stretches out on the side that’s in darkness. Some researchers hypothesize that this expanded field interacts more strongly with people’s brains.
Electrical stimulation to the angular gyrus of the brain, for example, can cause the sensation of someone behind you mimicking your movements. Electrical stimulation to different parts of the brain has also caused people to hallucinate or seem to have near-death experiences.
Several experiments have demonstrated that low-frequency sound waves, known as infrasound, can cause phenomena that people typically associate with ghosts. This includes feelings of nervousness and discomfort as well as a sense of a presence in the room. The sound waves may also vibrate the human eye, causing people to see things that are not there. Usually, these waves have frequencies of less than 20 Hz, so they are too low-pitched for people to actually perceive. Rather than noticing the sound itself, people notice its effects.
The most skeptical researchers believe that all ghostly phenomena have rational explanations. Those who try to prove the existence of ghosts, however, claim that while some events have rational explanations, others can only be supernatural in origin. Regardless of whether ghosts are real, many people find them fascinating. This fascination has a number of likely causes, from curiosity about what happens to people after death to the comforting idea that deceased loved ones are still nearby.
It can be said that in order to figure out what ghosts are you must mix Science with Séance.
Ghosts, spirits or souls we are learning can function outside the body. This is why there is a keen interest in taking your neuromagnetic ghost and uploading it to a computer or even a robotic body.
Our cognition depends on the interactions we have with the world, and this interaction is conveyed by both our perceptions and our actions. If you change them, you also change the sensory experience of the world as well as its underlying logic. Cognition is embodied.
Edison spoke of immortal units that are scattered after death – in order for us to preserve any type of cognitive spirit units we would have to consider the 86 billion neurons that our nervous system sends to the brain, and each of these neurons contacts an average of 10,000 other neurons, representing a grand total of approximately 860 billion connections.
Obviously, death is a process and cognition after death may not be as easy as one would think. This may explain a great deal as to why EVP that is detected while using electronic devices is simply broken or one-word sentences – the units of cognition are spread throughout the magnetic ether –and so we detect scattered information that many of us read into as communication.
There have been two-way communications in séances and with Ouija boards but think of all of the vague and ambiguous messages that are left for interpretation by a medium.
As Edison said that if only we had the proper tools to record each of these parameters once – we could try to transfer everything. However, this would require potentially some thousands or even millions of pieces of information for a single neuron.
If you consider just the number of neurons, we would reach a figure in the zetta domain (for your information, the order is kilo, mega, giga, tera, peta, exa and zetta, multiplying by 1,000 at each step.
Can we imagine a world that can function in zetta bytes? It is hard to even think of terabytes but this is 30 years from now.
Research indicates that Moore’s Law suggests that computer power doubles every 18 months – we are reaching our capacity and will have to enable quantum computing if we want to break the barrier between the world we live in and the dimensions that may be occupied by the departed dead.