Do We Have the Potential to Act as Our Own Natural Compass?

Hmm. Scientists have revealed that humans may have an internal compass that can tell which way the Earth’s magnetic field is pointing. Do you believe this?

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Per the New York Post, a recent study by the California Institute of Technology has revealed that humans may possess the ability to sense which way the Earth’s magnetic field is pointing.

In essence, it’s like having a compass inside your body. It is common in animals, especially birds, who use it to navigate their way home. While in other instances, cattle use it to align themselves north when standing in a field. And now, humans may be added to that list, but it seems we aren’t aware of it because it is locked away in our subconscious.

“We have not as a species lost the magnetic sensory system that our ancestors [millions of years ago] had,” said Prof Joseph Kirschvink, leader of the research from the California Institute of Technology. “We are part of Earth’s magnetic biosphere.”

A total of 34 volunteers participated in the study. Each volunteer had to sit in a wooden chair in a six-sided aluminum cage, which was shielded from outside fields, and be subjected to an artificial magnetic field.

The researchers were focused on measuring brain waves, and in some experiments, the field was stationed in one direction, while in others, researchers moved the field around. And what they found was a drop in the brain’s alpha waves. Researchers saw marked changes as the magnetic field moved, according to the New York Post, but only when it behaved in the same way as it does in the Northern Hemisphere.

The shifts in the direction of the field “give rise to a brain response that is selective for field direction and rotation with a pattern of neural activity that is measurable at a group level and repeatable in strongly responding individuals,” according to Dr. Kirschvink.

Given that all the participants live above the equator and the study took place in California, the findings are further backed up.

Will we ever find a way to tap into our subconscious and use our internal compass?

“Given the known presence of highly evolved geomagnetic navigation systems across the animal kingdom, it is perhaps not surprising that we might retain at least some functioning components, especially given the nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle of our not-too-distant ancestors,” researchers said. “The full extent of this inheritance remains to be discovered.”

Read more about this on the New York Post.


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Hmm. Scientists have revealed that humans may have an internal compass that can tell which way the Earth’s magnetic field is pointing. Do you believe this?

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