Simon Collins, lead singer for the progressive rock band SOUND OF CONTACT, recently told me that he is a big fan of my book Planetary Intelligence, and even made a tattoo from it! The page, p. 72 of the book, says “Be Creative” with a drawing of U.K. crop circle from the late 80’s. Simon said that Track 6, “Remote View” on the SOC Dimensionaut album was inspired by the book. (This photo was taken on the rockin’ “Moodies Cruise” with the Moody Blues and other bands, where I met Simon, in early April ’14.) Click here to be notified of my next Planetary Intelligence seminar.
New research in human thought processes has found that humans literally think with their bodies. (“Let Your Body Do the Thinking,” New Scientist, march 27th 2010) This is referred to as “embodied cognition.” Scientists have done a number of well-conducted studies showing that human activity affects what types of thoughts people are likely to have. For example, when creating random numbers, people tend to look downward and to the left when thinking of a small numbers, and up and to the right when thinking of larger ones.
Other studies found that when volunteers moved marbles in an upward fashion, they used more emotionally positively-laden metaphors in their speech. And the opposite was true to for those moving marbles in a downward direction.
Similarly, left-handers tend to identify things on the left more favorable than objects on the right, and visa-versa with right-handers.
These results suggest that our abstract thought is connected with physical movement and does not occur in isolation. This idea directly challenges those held by mainstream cognitive scientists who believe that thought occurs independently of our bodies or spatial settings.
I particularly find these results interesting as they seem to support the ideas espoused in Planetary Intelligence: mainly that intelligence always exists in a physical and ecological context, not in isolation. It also supports mind-body research like that of Candice Pert and Deepak Chopra who argue that thoughts continuously have physical impacts on our bodies.
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.