Thanks to the help of Colin Andrews, our crop circle tour group this summer will be visiting the UFO “hotspot” in the Radnor Forest, Wales. This area has seen frequent UFO activity plus small crop circles in grass and farm fields. The soil beneath the crop circles appears to have been heated to a very high temperature and the soil itself has become like crystallized clay. More information at Crop Circle Tours
New research in the mathematics of randomness gives more support for the idea that universe is based on fundamental underlying patterns of order. One type of research looking at random matrix networks shows that even completely random patterns give rise to coherent waves, called “open channels,” that can pass through opaque surfaces more than would be expected from randomized light.
Another outcome of this research is that it can be shown even completely randomized data sets give rise to statistical correlations. This is known as the “curse of dimensionality.” It seems to particularly affect economics by creating the illusion of patterns in long-range historical data.
The larger implication of this research is that even quantum structures can be approximated very accurately with random numbers suggesting that there are deep, underlying patterns in nature that are hidden from view. See New Scientist, 10 April 2010.
Another similar type of research recently mentioned in the magazine Science suggests a related idea. Randomly arranged networks of materials seem to be able to create organized patterns of energy called “Anderson-localizations.” Even the highly disordered materials create coherent photon waves including infinite-range correlations. The authors refer to this phenomena as a type of “engineered disorder.” These phenomena suggest that spontaneous ordered energy systems are the norm in our universe, rather than the exception. See Science, 12 March 2010.
This research, taken together, provides more evidence for the type of phenomena we continue to see around crop circles and remote viewing: spontaneously organized information arising out of seemingly random patterns.
Read more about randomness and Black Swan events here.
For the last century or so, technology has been a great driving force behind much global economic growth. Businesses have seen technology as a pathway to success and profits. The recent unexplained behavior of some Toyota cars with electronic throttle controls calls this belief into question. While many of us see technology as something that brings predictability and comfort into our lives and have a great deal of faith in it, there is also another side to technology: that of unexpected consequences and uncertainty.
The sociologist Charles Perrow pointed out several decades ago that “tightly-coupled” systems were prone to unanticipated failures as the result of the close proximity of many sensitive and interactive parts. Examples include Chernobyl, Three-Mile Island, and the Space Shuttle Challenger disasters. Then, in the ’80s and ’90s, chaos theory and fractal geometry showed us that highly complex systems are likely to experience unintended consequences as a result of the non-linear interactions that erupt in many types of “non-equilibrium” systems (i.e., weather, living things). In certainly could be argued that modern automobiles, while not quite living things, are also tightly-coupled systems that are sometimes subject to non-linear behavior.
The incidents of Toyota cars with unintended acceleration events seem to confirm both chaos theory and Perrow’s ideas. Mainly, that as systems get more complex, new unexpected interactions are likely to occur. GM engineers originally snubbed the idea of making their own hybrid vehicle on account of the many extra thousands of parts and miles of wire needed beyond that of a conventional car. They just thought it was too complicated and instead aimed for a fuel-cell car (which is still in the design stage, by the way).
No one now seems to know exactly what is causing these acceleration issues and Toyota claims that the software is fine. And that is precisely the point. As electronic systems are created in ever new and complex ways, unintended consequences are increasingly likely to happen. One is reminded of the crash of several U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopters in Germany in the 1990s that were allegedly caused by them getting too close to radio towers. And the Airbus plane has had its share of automated mishaps; crashes that some suspect could have been avoided if the plane were not run by computerized “fly by wire” systems which can sometimes override pilots own flight control. New Scientist magazine recently suggested that the Toyota incidents were a product of electrical interference from the likes of cell phones and similar devices.
Whatever the cause turns out to be, it reminds me of the strange phenomena witnessed in the presence of UFOs and crop circles. In the 1970s, Ford motor company even issued a bulletin on the effects of UFOs on cars including failed electrical systems and stalled engines. And I’ve seen a lot of weird electronic events in crop circles in the last few decades including shorted-out cameras and batteries. Even the National Geographic film crew, with which we worked in the summer of 2009, said their professional video camera completely and inexplicably failed while visiting a crop formation that season–it froze up so severely they had to call their London office for instructions how to reboot it. One wonders whether the Toyota experience is similarly related in the sense that new, advanced technologies may engage previously unexplored electronic phenomenon including such possibilities as room-temperature superconductivity or other similarly mysterious quantum effects.
One of the German sociologist Max Weber’s favorite themes was the “irrationality of rationality.” By that, he meant how the very efficiency of modern organizations could make them so cold and depersonalized that they no longer served a human purpose and so had become irrational. However, the same concept can be applied to modern technology: mainly that systems can become so complex, tightly integrated, and precisely controlled that bring forth new quantum or nonlinear properties that previously had no impact or relevance to our level of existence. So in a sense, our efforts to control technology nature necessarily and paradoxically brings forth “Black Swan” events.
I’ve always suspected a link between crop circle anomalies and room-temperature superconductivity. And I’ve argued many times that crop circles may behave like liquid crystals, such as those in your mobile phone or computer flat screen display. New research brings these theoretical connections a bit closer. An article in New Scientist, (January 16, 2010–“Liquid crystal link to superconductor mystery), explains how “electronic liquid crystals” may, in fact, be behind the mystery of high-temperature superconductivity: a heretofore unexplained phenomenon where electrons pair up and electrical resistance in a room-temperature material drops to near zero. In other words, the material spontaneously conducts electricity much more efficiently, a process that usually only happens at extreme cold temperatures. Researchers used a special type of tunneling microscope to actually see the electrons in an iron-based superconductor. When they did, the researchers observed electrons as “faint striped patterns created by quantum effects” that cause the electrons to line up in a particular direction. To me this seems very analogous to the swirled, directional patterns of wheat or other grain materials in a crop formation that makes them look just like layered liquid crystals. Could they actually be liquid crystals? The Nobel laureate Brian Josephson, one of the pioneers in superconductivity, suggested controversially that it may be related to remote viewing and other related phenomena. To me, this recent research, brings us one step closer to understanding how the directional, swirled patterns of crop circle lay is related to the weird battery draining and camera destroying effects that are consistently reported from time to time by visitors, including the author, to crop circles.
This is pretty cool. New techniques have been developed to transmute leaves’ natural chlorophyll into titanium which is then used to generate hydrogen. While the chemical transformation is important in the process, it is the leaves’ natural complex nanostructures which are so efficient in catching light and generating energy. In fact, the leaves do this much better than a commercially available titanium product called P25. (New Scientist, January 9th, 2010)
Brand new research from several universities reveals that green plants use quantum computation to convert light into chemical fuel. An article from New Scientist (February 6th, 2010) shows that plants make use of a principle known as “quantum coherence” to convert light into useable energy. Tiny light-gathering structures known as antennas gathering photons and transfer them to the fuel generating part of the cell. However, the new discovery shows the plants’ green chlorophyll allows the photons to take the form of an excited wave-like “superposition” before being converted into usable energy. Plants absorb many different frequencies of light and use this type of computation to calculate how to extract the most energy from the light. The eight pigment molecules that are part of each chlorophyll structure allow the photons to reach this superposition for a tiny fraction of a second (400 femtoseconds). The superposition then collapses and the photon then follows the path of least resistance creating the most efficient energy production.
It was previously believed that quantum coherence could only be achieved at ultra-cold temperatures and these new experiments show that quantum effects can occur at room temperature. This is a very significant discovery in that it shows the relevance of quantum principles to macroscopic organisms that we can perceive at a human scale. One idea is to use the same quantum mechanisms to dramatically improve the efficiency of solar cells.
This discovery allows makes wonder if these principles are in some way related to the weird energy effects we see in and around crop circles. After all, many crop formations have a macroscopic, shape-based coherency which might be energetically interacting with grain crops in some previously unexplainable way, perhaps with the above principles. It’s food for thought and grist for the mill of planetary intelligence.