"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
-Arthur C. Clarke

When I was a young hacker during the mid 1980s, I was blessed to have come across a book titled Report on Planet Three and Other Speculations, by Arthur C. Clarke. Report on Planet Three was a collection of speculative essays by Clarke published in 1972, and reprinted in 1985. I was becoming interested in parapsychology as well as radio/electronics at the time. There were two essays in that book that struck a chord with me: "More than Five Senses" and "The World We Cannot See". I was 16 and living in Putnam County, New York. That part of the Hudson Valley region is well known among paranormal enthusiasts for its mysterious stone chambers that predate the Native American inhabitants of the area. During that time, the region was also experiencing a significant amount of "UFO" activity. This is all detailed in the book Night Siege: The Hudson Valley UFO Sightings, by J. Allen Hynek, Philip J. Imbrogno, & Bob Pratt, and the book Celtic Mysteries in New England, by Philip J. Imbrogno, & Marianne Horrigan for those who are interested.

Arthur Clarke is also responsible for saying one other thing that has had an influence on my explorations. The quote in question is reproduced at the beginning of this chapter. Consider what an average person from the Middle Ages would conclude about a cellular phone or the Alinco DX-70 HF transceiver that's in my ham shack. Someone from that era would think most of what we take for granted in the Twenty-first century as "magic". Now consider the average person today who uses a cellular phone or television. Chances are they are not familiar with the scientific and electronic principles of how those devices operate, but that does not make them incapable of using them. You should also consider the field of quantum physics. Scientists are still not too sure about it, but it's not discouraging them or causing them to disregard what they've already observed. For our purposes, this is all relevant because there are many in the new age and conspiracy theory scenes that dismiss and discourage the use of technology to investigate claims and rumors. I always laugh when one of these bozos mention some type of electromagnetic super weapon of the "New World Order", and get all bent out of shape when they are told about all the ways one could detect such a device and reproduce its function to be used against totalitarians. Scientia est Potentia.

The focus of this work is to attempt to raise your consciousness level through technical education, and hopefully instill a sense of investigative exploration into your psyche. This is important because the world needs more people who have the urge to ask questions and have the proper education to find out the answers. There are a lot of entities out there that wish to obscure the truth to further their own ends; whatever they may be. Human beings are encouraged way too often to be sheeple; instead of the curious simian descendents that the gods had designed us to be. It is beyond the scope of this work to teach you the metaphysical aspects of consciousness-raising, but you'll cross that bridge when the time is right for you. What I will try to do is start you in the right direction via technological education, much the same way I went when I was younger. Remember the Arthur Clarke quote from the beginning of this chapter.

Humans are endowed with six senses. The first five are quantifiable, and the sixth is somewhat subjective in nature. We have sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste. The existence and potential nature of the sixth sense, also occasionally known as "Extra Sensory Perception", is subject to debate. Some believe it is the analytical function of the mind using input from the five physical senses. Others believe it is the ability to sense low frequency electromagnetic fields such as brain waves, much like an EEG. Still others believe the sixth sense detects some form of ethereal phenomena/stimuli that has yet to be quantified. Some just simply refer to it as "common intuition" and offer that some people are better at it than others. At any rate, there is enough data out there to confirm the existence of a sixth sense; it's just that we're not sure exactly what it is. The relevant senses for this discussion are sight and hearing, and potentially sixth sense.

For all they're worth to us, our sight and hearing are pretty limited. We can only see what is referred to as "the visible spectrum". We cannot see infrared (or near infrared), ultraviolet, RF, or nuclear radiation. Our vision is pretty lousy for the most part, if there is not a sufficient amount of ambient visible light. Our hearing is limited to the general range of 20 to 20,000 hertz (Hz.). Many people cannot hear as high as 20 kHz. We cannot hear ultrasonic sound or RF waves, although some people claim that they can "feel" electromagnetic fields. Just because we cannot sense certain phenomena however, doesn't mean they can't affect us. Gamma rays can cause cancer. Ultraviolet light causes sunburn and eye cataracts. High power microwaves are known for their ability to cook food, and the U.S. Military is experimenting with microwave "pain field" weaponry, and ultra- and sub-sonic "crowd control" systems.

Fortunately, those humans with the education, common sense, and right test equipment can extend the range of their senses. Off-the-shelf equipment exists to detect nuclear radiation, radio, microwaves, (near-) infrared, and ultrasound. This opens up all sorts of exploratory and investigative possibilities. Consider the following excerpt from a NASA Technical Report on microwave hearing:
"A decoy and deception concept presently being considered is to remotely create the perception of noise in the heads of personnel by exposing them to low power, pulsed microwaves. When people are illuminated with properly modulated low power microwaves the sensation is reported as a buzzing, clicking, or hissing which seems to originate (regardless of the person's position in the field) within or just behind the head…By proper choice of pulse characteristics, intelligible speech may be created."

The previous excerpt was not science fiction, nor someone's conspiracy rant. This is something NASA has done work on with some success, and is based upon the "Frey Effect", discovered in 1961 by Allan H. Frey while he was working for the General Electric Advanced Electronics Center and Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Generating a pulsed RF signal at frequencies of 400 MHz. to 3 GHz. is an easy enough task. There are ham bands at 430/440 MHz., 900 MHz., 1.2 GHz, and 2.4 GHz. The 900 MHz. and 2.4 GHz. regions are also license-free ISM bands. Microwave oven magnetrons put out a pretty hefty signal at 2.4 GHz., and there is plenty of cellular and PCS equipment out there on the 800 MHz, and 1.9 GHz. bands. How much experimentation might be needed in order to determine the "proper choice of pulse characteristics" to get you to hear the "voices"?

Personally, if something like this could help a deaf person hear or otherwise help a fellow human, I'm all for it. Stuff like this makes you wonder though. Is that "crazy" person hearing voices in their head really "mentally ill"? Maybe they're getting a little too close to the leaky microwave oven in their kitchen? Maybe their neighbor's kid is doing an extracurricular science project? Maybe that generic-looking office building across the street is an R&D facility for the latest generation of surround-sound home theater or hearing aids? Are some people more sensitive to RF fields than others? I knew this guy who once claimed that when he got "too close" to the front of his microwave oven, he could feel a sensation on the hairs of his arm. How would you know? If I turned on the HP 612A signal generator in the lab and my ears started ringing, I'd probably put two and two together. How about your average technically ignorant person? How about his or her psychologist or psychiatrist? Does the average person have access to something like a spectrum analyzer or even a frequency counter?

Now add to this concern the fact that our society is becoming more electromagnetic every day. The computer I typed this text with emits electromagnetic energy. Wireless computer networks (802.11) emit electromagnetic energy. Baby monitors, "nanny cams", cordless phones, cellular/PCS phones, FRS radios, microwave ovens, utility meters, burglar alarms, wireless doorbells, and remote car starters are commonly encountered "consumer electronics" devices that emit electromagnetic energy in very detectable levels. I haven't even begun to mention the increasing number of "hobbyists" who are experimenting with what amount to electromagnetic weapons built from parts from those very same consumer devices. You are not able to sense any of this except in a very basic way, yet it is most likely going through your body as you read this. If you do not wish to be blind to all of this, you will need to gain an understanding of the technologies involved, and equip yourself accordingly. This entails learning about electronics (and other scientific subjects), and acquiring the necessary test equipment so you can identify what is floating around you in the ether. As you become more comfortable in this netherworld, you may wish to explore its more esoteric, suppressed, paranormal realm. What might you find? Only the gods know for sure, but is certain that the truth will at least be enlightening, if not liberating.