by Ingo Swann
12 September 1996
following is a reworked version of a paper I was invited
to present on 21 March 1994 at the United Nations
on behalf of the Society for Enlightenment and
Transformation (SEAT) - UNSRC Enlightenment Society -
P.O.Box 20, Room S-1552, Grand Central Station, New
York, NY 10017.
SEAT is a reformulation
and enlargement of the former unofficial UN
Parapsychology Association. SEAT, however, has been
granted Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status and
now occupies a meaningful place within the greater U. N.
For further information regarding SEAT and its
purposes, please be in touch with Mr. Mohammad A.
Ramadan, Room S-1755, GCPO Box 20, NY, NY, 10017 (fax
212 - 963-4879).
The original title of the
paper was YOUR SEVENTEEN SENSES - THE CRUMBLING
MAINSTREAM RESISTANCE OF THE PARANORMAL AND NEW
SCIENTIFIC CONFIRMATION REGARDING THE EXISTENCE OF
CERTAIN PSI FACULTIES.
This original paper
consisted of two major topics:
(1) the major
characteristics of 20th century mainstream
resistance to psi faculties
(2) recent scientific
advances which now substantiate the existence of
For the purpose of this
document I have separated the two topics and will
integrate the substance of the first one in a
forthcoming essay regarding the anti-psychic mindsets of
the twentieth century. This present document focuses on
new scientific confirmation regarding the existence
of certain psi faculties.
The elements presented in
the 1994 paper are germane in today's larger picture of
human consciousness development and have increased in
meaning regarding the near future.
NEW SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES REGARDING
THE EXISTENCE OF CERTAIN PSI FACULTIES
Synopsis of a paper
presented on 21 March 1994 at the United Nations
to members of the Society for Enlightenment and Transformation
by Ingo Swann
How many of you here today would like to
know you have at least SEVENTEEN senses rather than just five
How many think that seventeen would be better than just
How many of you here already know that you have more than five
When Mohammed Ramadan and Clarence Robins asked me to
come here and talk about something, we had a little difficulty
deciding upon a topic worthy of your interest.
Finally it dawned on
me that there exists what we might call a Particular Situation
regarding psychic or metaphysical perceptions and it was decided
that the nature of this Situation should be presented.
This Particular Situation consists of three aspects or parts.
FIRST: During the modern past, the
real existence of psi faculties was rejected within
science, psychology and psychiatry. The rejection was based in a
number of factors which seemed rational and logical in the
scientific past and thus achieved wide acceptance in scientific,
academic and media mainstreams of the twentieth century.
SECOND: Those factors which seemed
rational and logical in the past have now been superseded by
significant scientific discoveries and advances which
substantiate the real existence of at least certain psi
faculties. Some of these discoveries are now fifty years
old. These new discoveries absolutely require a swift and
large-scale reevaluation not only regarding psi faculties
in particular, but with regard to the larger scope and subtle
functions and transformation of human consciousness.
THIRD: However, in spite of the
notable scientific advances which affirm the real existence of
psi faculties, this necessary and advisable reevaluation
is NOT underway in the three important mainstreams - and which
mainstreams continue to support, adhere to, and proliferate the
now out-dated concepts which, in a broad cultural sense,
permitted the past, absolute rejection of psi faculties.
There is one outcome of this
Particular Situation, and which can be described by a term
frequently used within United Nations parlance, a term familiar to
me as a past employee of the Secretariat. It is used in many United
The outcome referred to is that if the past rationales which
permitted the rejection of psi continue to be proliferated by
mainstream pressures, then the scientific advances which
substantiate the real existence of certain psi faculties must be
ignored or pushed into the shadow of unawareness.
Thus, the discoveries CANNOT and WILL NOT be integrated into
advancing scientific thought, academic tutoring and fair media
representation. And in this suppressed or hidden state,
the discoveries cannot be integrated into the overall goals of the
Society for Enlightenment and Transformation which I have the
honor of addressing today.
The well-used, sometimes over-used United Nations term for this kind
of situation is "deplorable" - and so the Particular Situation
I have outlined above is, well, deplorable. After all,
advances in scientific discovery are supposed to vitalize
enlightenment and transformation if they are made openly accessible.
But when such discoveries are ignored, they cannot contribute to
much of anything.
Because of the Particular Situation I've outlined above, most
people are not aware that significant scientific advances HAVE been
made regarding substantive support for the real existence of a
number of psi faculties.
Many scientific papers have been published regarding the
discoveries. But because of the Particular Situation these remain
ignominiously dispersed through the various literatures and their
implications are not enthusiastically reviewed or endorsed in formal
scientific, academic or media forums.
Messieurs Mohammad Ramadan and Clarence Robins, both indefatigable
workers on behalf of enlightenment and transformation, agreed that I
should attempt to present at least a nut-shell overview of the
developments which have not at all yet been socially permitted to
reach down into transformative social consciousness.
To enter into this overview, it is first necessary to set the stage
as to why psi faculties were rejected in the scientific past.
A historical review of the phenomena of rejection of psi shows that
there were multiple reasons for it. In their modern sense, some of
these reasons reach back at least three centuries.
Some of the reasons had to do with simple matters of tolerance and
intolerance both at the individual and social levels. But others had
to do with what was to be established as acceptable or unacceptable
knowledge at politico-social levels. Others had to do with what was
to be accepted as normal or abnormal social and mental behavior,
especially as regards the first six decades of the twentieth
The larger historical overview of the rejection thus presents a
fairly complicated picture, one which is difficult to negotiate.
In modern scientific terms, however, the major thrust of the
rejection was early consolidated within the concepts of
philosophical materialism which came to govern early modern
scientific overviews and expectations.
As a philosophical commitment, then, the early modern sciences held
that whatever constituted scientific reality had to have a physical
basis in matter, in the material. And so the consolidation of the
rejection of psi was straightforward and simple: That psi could not
be accepted until a quantifiable, material-physical basis for it, or
any part of it, was identified.
What this meant in simple terms was that the human could ONLY access
information for which physical receptors could be shown to exist.
The five physical senses were based in the physical tactile
mechanisms which resulted in the sensations of sight, hearing,
tasting, smelling, and touch. But psychic information could not be
attributed to any of these, since all of them functioned only within
the local environments of the physical body.
As a general result, the existence of additional senses was denied,
both scientifically and philosophically, and it was this denial
which resulted in the Five-Senses-ONLY theory which was pervasively
proliferated throughout modernist societies.
This scientific principle, for it indeed functioned as one, thus
served as the rationale and logic for the rejection of psi
faculties. i.e., no physical receptors for those faculties were
expected to be scientifically discovered. So the on-going rejection
of psi faculties was considered justified.
It is worth pointing up something here which has dropped out of
modernist thinking. Anthropologists have established that in general
pre-modern societies did not think in terms of having SENSES. As we
might put it in today's computer lingo, they thought more in terms
of accessing information or knowledge and achieving perception
appropriate to them.
The conversion of the concept of accessing information to the
concept of having senses appears to have occurred only AFTER the
European Renaissance period. Indeed, it can quite easily be shown
that most of the major thinkers of the Renaissance were profoundly
preoccupied regarding HOW to increase and stimulate the accessing of
Thus, the concept that we are dependent on our physical senses
rather than dependent on accessing information dates from AFTER the
seventeenth century - while the concept of accessing information is
at least 6,000 years old.
In this light, the idea that we access information only via our five
physical senses IS modern. The concept that we are completely
limited to what we perceive by the physical five dates from only
about 1845, and was from the outset solely a scientific hypothesis
which has never been demonstrated by conclusive scientific fact.
Nevertheless, the hypothesis that human awareness is limited to the
five physical senses has been a very powerful one within modernist
philosophical and scientific contexts. So powerful, indeed, that
early modern scientists never expected to discover the existence of
bio-physical receptors additional to the famous five.
Information derived from other than the physical five senses was
thought to be impossible, at least in theory. And it was upon this
theory that psychic information, so-called, was scientifically
Indeed, many leading scientists between 1845 and about 1960 let it
be known that there was "one scientific demand" which would never be
fulfilled: the discovery of bio-physical receptors which would
account for psychic information. So, scientific brotherhoods united
around the conviction that until physical receptors for psychic
information were discovered, then the information should be
considered as illusory or psychopathological in origin.
Early psychical researchers and later parapsychologists of course
protested this rejection based solely on this "one demand" of
science. They indicated that if psi faculties were purely
psychological in origin and nature, then no bio-physical receptors
would ever be found.
However, by the same turn-around of the scientific argument against
the real existence of psi, should physical receptors for accessing
so-called psychic "information" be discovered, then science proper
would be obliged to accept that its one demand was fulfilled.
What has just been presented has long been characterized as the
"conflict" between science and parapsychology. This conflict has
often been distorted to include other factors. But the basic factor
clearly and unambiguously hinged on the absence of bio-physical
receptors which would account for the subtle kinds of information
so-called "psychics" deal with.
In parapsychological parlance, this kind of information came to be
called "extra-sensory" or "non-sensory." These two terms
unambiguously demonstrate that psychical researchers and
parapsychologists themselves did not consider that bio-physical
receptors for psychic information would ever be discovered.
And it is from this context that the basic definition of "psychic"
is derived: i.e., lying outside of matter, physicality, the physical
sciences or knowledge of the physical universe.
There is now a very interesting aspect to this conflict which should
be pointed out because it has great bearing on later developments.
If the conflict is dissected carefully, it reveals that scientists,
psychical researchers, or parapsychologists expected that any
bio-physical basis for psi faculties would be discovered.
Indeed, early psychical researchers looked for supernatural
explanations outside of any materialistic basis. By their own name,
paraPSYCHOLOGISTS clearly opted for a psychological explanation, not
a bio-physical one.
And there is no evidence at all in the parapsychological literature that parapsychologists invested any
time either theorizing or researching for a bio-physical
This is to say, that any possible bio-physical explanation was, and
is, just as alien to parapsychology as it was to the material
Here matters rested - until the first electron-microscope was
developed in Germany in 1932, and later evolved in the United States
and Canada. After World WAR II, cellular biology underwent a great
jump in importance because of the electron-microscope and even more
penetrating and precise later technical advances.
Now began the slow process of comprehending that biological cells
were not the simplistic things once thought. Rather, they were
composed of ultra-minute factors which functioned in very remarkable
Also, during the 1930s another development occurred which was to
have enormous importance and impact, an impact which is yet in
The fact that biological organisms have some kind of electromagnetic
substrate was discovered about 300 years ago. But this substrate was
considered weak and unimportant in the face of the chemical
substrate which was thought to be very strong.
During the 1930s, however, researchers in various parts of the
world, and especially in the former Soviet Union, began to realize
that although the electromagnetic substrate was "weak" it
nonetheless played very important roles within the bio-chemical
whole of ALL biological organisms.
Advances in bio-electromagnetism were somewhat delayed, however,
until appropriate technology could be invented to deal more
adequately with subtle bio-energy forms. The technology began to be
available during the 1960s, and by the late 1970s the extraordinary
importance of the bio-electromagnetic substrate could begin to be
A meaningful factor, somewhat amusing, now needs to be introduced,
one with which most people are probably not familiar.
Science and technology are often thought of going hand in hand. But
this is often not the case. The nearly invisible reason is that the
technically-minded and the scientifically-minded don't appear to be
the same kind of thinkers.
Largely speaking, scientists are more likely to be theoreticians.
But technicians are more likely to be engineers.
Scientists theorize and try to test their theories. But technicians
build things, often just to see what the things can do. Indeed,
technical advances can often be several generations AHEAD of
scientific thinking. This is certainly the case with the computer
industry evolved largely by technician-types, not by scientists.
Indeed, many technological advances have been achieved by
technologists who possessed little in the way of legitimate or
conventional scientific backgrounds.
The bottom line of all these developments is that during the last
forty years a very large series of new research disciplines have
come into existence. These new disciplines constitute an intermixing
of science, technology, microscopy, subtle chemical exchanging, and
electromagnetic and bio-electromagnetic expertise.
Ahead I give a partial list of these new disciplines. But the punch
line here is that it was left to these NEW disciplines to
increasingly discover (much to their surprise!) the expanding
bio-organic basis for many faculties once merely thought
There is only one impediment regarding an integration of these new
disciplines with psychical and parapsychological research. This
involves the new nomenclature being evolved with these new
The new nomenclature is as alien to science as it is to
parapsychology, and at present both these venerable institutions are
having difficulty integrating it both conceptually and contextually.
I will show many examples of this ahead.
But beyond this little difficulty, there is no doubt that many of
the advances being made in those new disciplines can be "married" to
many otherwise well-known psychic faculties - as I will demonstrate
at the end of this paper.
At this point, I can't resist making one sardonic comment. Earlier
in this paper I have complained about the lack of scientific and
popular integration of the implications of these new discoveries.
But there is one group that has taken adequate and accurate interest
in these astonishing discoveries and which seems to be more or less
up to date regarding them. This group consists of the producers and
scriptwriters of the TV series STAR TREK and similar offshoots.
The new and now on-going discoveries of biological bases for many
psi faculties is now best expressed, perhaps, as PARABIOLOGY,
meaning "beyond" past conventional concepts of biology.
Or, perhaps, the term PARAPSYCHOBIOLOGY is convenient - which, if
translated into Russian, would become the term translated back into
English as bio-communications or bio-information transfer.
So far, the new discoveries regarding the biological bases for psi
faculties roughly fall into five categories. I have to get a little
technical here, but I'll simplify just ahead.
These five general categories are:
Minute chemical receptors and
Minute chemico-electro receptors
Neural-network exchanges of
information in the bio-internal body substrates
receptors and sensors
networks at the atomic, molecular, and neurological levels
If these new terms are somewhat
confusing, well don't worry too much.
They simply mean that we are FAR BEYOND the five-senses-only
fallacy and that our bio-mind bodies have multitudes of
exceptional senses by way of delicate systems of receptors and
sensors at the cellular, nervous, chemical and bio-electromagnetic
levels and their interfaces.
A nice way to conceive the whole of this is to comprehend that every
cell, possibly every atom, in our bio-physicality is a receptor or
sensor of some kind.
In other words, we are walking, talking, eating, defecating ARRAYS
of exquisitely elegant and sophisticated receptors and sensors. ALL
of these receptors and sensors are busy ACCESSING information - and
knowledge, IF what is accessed can be organized into recognizable
By extended meaning, these delicate systems of receptors can also
integrate with our normal five - and, given adaptive learning
regarding them, can also integrate with our mental cognitive powers
- to result in, yes, what have otherwise generally been called "psi
Now, to give you here some broad idea of the cutting-edge, largely
technical disciplines involved, I'll quickly read through a list of
twenty-one of them:
Hormone and Hormonal
Chemical signal research
Sensory coding research
Bio-electric field detection
Pheromone and pheromone
bio-ultraviolet perception research
At this point, I could adumbrate upon
more than a thousand scientific papers about these discoveries
published in the science literature, even in the esteemed leading
science periodicals such as NATURE, SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN and
The authors of those papers, though, never use the terms psi,
psychic, or parapsychology, etc., since the mere introduction of
them would cause their papers to be rejected.
The editors and peer-review systems of such publications apparently
don't realize, for example, that "bioinformation transfer over
distance" means about the same thing as "telepathy" and/or
"clairvoyance," or "remote viewing." But this is merely part of the
Particular Situation I referred to at the beginning of this talk.
I now hold up in my hand before you, so you can see that it really
exists, a book published in 1984 via Simon & Schuster, by Robert Rivlin and
Karen Gravelle. This book is complete with bibliography
of scientific sources, but is easy to read. It's entitled, somewhat
DECIPHERING THE SENSES: THE EXPANDING WORLD OF
Well, the world of human perception is NOT expanding. Rather,
ignorance of that world is shrinking a little.
The book might have been called something like THE DISCOVERY OF
THE BIOLOGICAL BASIS FOR PSI AND OTHER ANOMALOUS PERCEPTIONS.
The discoveries brought together and presented in this book,
although in popular style, are based on hard scientific discoveries
that have been achieved in other disciplines outside and independent
And, as such, the sum of them clearly fulfills - at least regarding
certain forms of psi - the earlier scientific demand that a
bio-organic basis for psi be discovered.
I'll quote from the book's fly-leaf;
"For centuries we have used an
oversimplified and inaccurate model to explain the human senses.
Even now, high school biology classes still teach the "five
senses'. But recent scientific research has discovered that
there are many more than five senses, and these discoveries have
radically changed our understanding of what the senses are and
how they work. Rivlin and Gravelle redefine for the general
reader the spectrum of human perceptions from the normal to the
newly discovered to the extra-sensory."
As chapter one indicates, the book
discusses "The seventeen senses" additional to our usual five ones,
and then goes on to place the newly-discovered senses in context
with the usual five. The authors consume eight chapters to prepare
the reader - before they reach chapter 9, entitled "Extra-sensory
perception." Probably because of this chapter, the book was now
well-received and is now out of print. But it's well worth tracking
down a copy of it.
Now, lest there be some misunderstanding here, the two authors are
NOT describing psychological or mental functions.
They are discussing the actual existence within our biology of
minute physical-chemical-bioelectromagnetic "receptors" and
"sensors" that interact within networks of the
"information-processing resources of the organism."
It is quite easy to ascertain that five senses are obviously NOT
ENOUGH to account for the huge range of sensory possibilities of
which the human species is capable, while seventeen senses is
probably a more accurate count, with more probably yet to be
No one can survive very well on just five senses. Just ask any
seafarer, mountain climber, football or basketball player, explorer
or inventor, martial arts exert, or even someone seeking sex. The
moment "automatic reflexes" or "intuitive" stuff enters into their
talk, know that you have departed the realm of the physical five and
entered into the realms of additional senses.
As to what these seventeen new senses are. The seventeen new senses
interact with each other to provide a rather extensive list, many of
which have in the past been referred to as "psychic." Since we don't
have time here to go through them, I've brought a few copies of that
list to hand out, along with some copies of this lecture, and all of
which you are free to duplicate.
But, for example, the bio-body is now known to have a functioning
vomeronasal system containing receptors enabling, at the
bio-subliminal level, the detection of minute amounts of chemical
signals that tell us about anther's sexual receptivity, fear, anger,
and other emotions - an aptitude more commonly referred to as
In another category, through the use of a newly invented device
called the SQUID, scientists can and have measured and begun to
the brain's electrical activity outside of the scalp -
which in turn has led to discoveries that bio-electric activity
extends to some distance beyond the skin -
which in turn has led to the discovery of bio-electric sensors not
only in the skin, but in the neuropeptide activity that transmits
all kinds of subtle senses information through the immune system and
into the brain - and back again into the body's extremities and all
its internal organs, including into its surrounding
Now, discovered bio-electromagnetic fields extending outside the
scalp and outside of the skin clearly equate to the "auras" that
many clairvoyants have specialized in "seeing."
Drawing on authoritative scientific sources, Rivlin and Gravelle
even hypothesize that, and I quote,
"thoughts may, indeed, have
wings, and some of us may have the ability to sense what others are
thinking" via these newly discovered bio-electromagnetic
The two authors wonder:
"Do some psychics and mystics have
this ability, vastly magnified, so they can sense the
electricity from considerable distances?"
Well, there would have been no question
of this in antiquity - or even among Arabian or Mongolian nomads
today, as well as "street-smart" New Yorkers.
Actually, this is the same question that those researching
electromagnetism and bio-electromagnetism have been wondering about
for over fifty years.
So it's worth pointing up here that the existence of extensive
bio-electromagnetism essentially was demonstrated late during the
last century, but its existence has not figured very much either
into scientific psychology or in scientific parapsychology - both of
these two field having managed mutually to ignore it altogether.
Did you know that in addition to yourself being a bio-meat body with
eyes, livers, hearts, and appetites of various kinds, you are also a
bio-electronic one? Have you ever thought of yourself as such? If
you begin to, well, something interesting might begin to happen.
Dr. Robert O. Becker is one of the leading researchers in the
United States regarding electromagnetism and bio-electromagnetism.
With Gary Selden, he published, in 1985, a book entitled,
THE BODY ELECTRIC: ELECTROMAGNETISM AND
THE FOUNDATION OF LIFE
(William Morrow, New York), and
which "tells the story of our bioelectric selves."
A companion book is Harold Saxton
BLUEPRINT FOR IMMORTALITY: THE ELECTRIC
PATTERNS OF LIFE (Neville Spearman, London, 1973,
republished 1988). Burr, by the way, is an American researcher but
could not find an American publisher for this seminal book.
Bob Becker has made many unequivocal statements regarding the
psi implications of bio-electromagnetism.
For example, he published in PSYCHOENERGETIC SYSTEMS, 1977, Vol. 2,
pp. 189-196, an article entitled "An Application of Direct Current
Neural Systems to Psychic Phenomena."
He stated that,
"The concept of
a primitive electronic communication system in all living things can
be a useful tool in understanding both "normal" and "paranormal"
phenomena that have lacked a rational biological explanation.
Indeed, it appears that human beings are tied to the universe in a
web of electromagnetic energy."
At this point, I believe I've now presented for you consideration
the rudiments of the Particular Situation I referred to at the
The Particular Situation consists of three factors:
(1) science demanded that a
bio-organic explanation for psi faculties be found before it
could accept them as real
(2) bio-organic explanations have been found for many kinds of
(3) everyone seems to be ignoring both the facts and the
implications of (2) as just stated
As to more of what our additional senses
Did you know that the soles of your
feet and the palms of your hands contain minute magnetic
receptors and sensors that "recognize" minute and gross changes
in local magnetism?
Here are the rudiments of dowsing,
healing, and various rough forms of psychometry which means
psyching-out what something is by merely holding it.
Alas, though. If you haven't built neural pathways linking these
sensors to your cognitive faculties, you probably won't be able to
sense what the receptors in the soles of your feet picking up.
In bringing this talk to a conclusion, recall that earlier I
mentioned the problem of the nomenclature which is acting as a
barrier between the new discoveries and more recognizable concepts
of psychical and parapsychological research. This same nomenclature
is also acting as a barrier between the new research and the
problems of enlightenment and transformation which are the
objectives of this Society for Enlightenment and Transformation.
To help begin the nomenclature bridge, I'd now like to give some
examples by which the two nomenclatures can be compared.
Discovered Bioorganic Basis for the Following Additional Senses
Receptors in the nose sensing
systems that "smell" emotions, and that can identify
motives, sexual receptivity, antagonism, benevolence, etc.
(All these are formats of what are commonly referred to as
Receptors in the ear sensing
systems that detect and identify differences in pressure and
electromagnetic frequencies (formats of ESP.)
Skin receptors that detect
balance and imbalance regarding what is external to the
bio-body, even external at some astonishing distances
(formats of remote-sensing, a mixed form of ESP and
Skin receptors that detect
motion outside of the body, even when the body is asleep (a
format of subliminal ESP.)
Directional finding and locating
receptors in the endocrine and neuropeptide systems (formats
of dowsing, intermixed with formats of cognitive ESP or
Whole-body receptors, including
hair, that identify fluidic motions of horizontal, vertical,
diagonal, even if not visually perceived (as, for example,
in the "psychic" portion of the martial art of
Skin receptors that "recognize"
the temperament of other biological organisms (a format of
Subliminal sensory systems which
locate and identify pitch of sound, a sense of heat across
great distances, a sense of frequencies and waves, either
mechanical or energetic (all being formats of ESP and
vibe-sensing, sometimes also referred to as "shaman
Receptors that identify positive
and negative charged particles at the atomic level. (The
term utilized for this in psychical research is "micro-psi"
but which is rare. However, it has been convincingly
demonstrated, especially in the case of
C. W. Leadbeater who published Occult
Chemistry (1908). Thirty years before the
invention of the electron-microscope he correctly described
sub-atomic particles, many undiscovered at the time, but
discovered since. Micro-psi faculties are mentioned as one
of the ancient Sidhis of ancient India (see, for example,
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali).)
Microsystem transducing of
various forms of mechanical, chemical, and electromagnetic
energy into meaningful nerve impulses (all commonly thought
of as FORMS OF ESP.)
Receptors that sense
gravitational changes (a form of PSYCHIC DOWSING.)
Neurological senses for
interpreting modulated electronic information by converting
it into analog signals for mental storage, interpretation,
and cognition (one of the bio-mind bases for TELEPATHY.)
Bio-electronic receptors for
sensing radiation, including X-rays, cosmic rays, infrared
radiation, and ultraviolet light, all of these receptors
being found in the retina of the eye (part of the basis for
various forms of CLAIRVOYANCE.)
Receptors that respond to
exterior electrical fields and systems (producing forms of
CLAIRVOYANCE and AURA "READING.")
Today, the following highly specialized sensing systems are
referred to in the new sciences as HUMAN SEMAPHORE
Skin receptors for sensing
perceptions of bonding or antagonism (thought of as forms of
Senses for non-verbal "language"
communicating (thought as a form of TELEPATHY or
Combined sensing systems (neural
networks) for making meaning out of at least 130 identified
nonverbal physical gestures and twenty basic kinds of
nonverbal messages (thought of as INTUITIONAL CHARACTER
ASSESSMENT or a particular form of CLAIRVOYANCE.)
Receptors that trigger alarm and
apprehension before their sources are directly perceived (a
particularly valuable type of PSYCHIC FORESIGHT, FORESEEING,
Sensing systems for registering
and identifying nonverbal emotional waves (a form of
INTUITION and/or TELEPATHY or CLAIRVOYANCE.)
The following are now known to be associated with the PINEAL
GLAND if it is healthy and in good working order.
Senses and memory-stores cycles
of light and darkness, anticipating them with accuracy as
the daily motions of the sun and moon change (a kind of
PSYCHIC FORECASTING or FUTURE SEEING.)
Senses and responds to solar and
lunar rhythms, solar disruptions (flares, sunspots) and
moon-caused tidal changes (water or geophysical ones), and
can sense "coming" earthquakes and storms (a form of
PREDICTIVE ESP especially noted in sailors, farmers, but
also in cows, dogs, cats, and snakes.)
If the pineal gland is fully
functional, it acts as a nonvisual photo-receptor (the
psychic equivalent being "X-RAY VISION.")
The following senses or sensing
systems are similar to some already mentioned, but they
appear to function upon a completely different basis and are
additional those senses already mentioned.
It is now thought that this basis is almost certainly the
WATER contained in the bio-body, in the physical components
of the nerve systems, and the physical part of the brain.
It is not yet understood how WATER is used this way to
create a fluidic but elaborate series of interconnected
One of the best guesses, yet to be established, is that the
vibrations of the water molecules link together throughout
the entire bio-body and form the equivalent of radar or
These liquid antenna sensing systems appear to detect the
following categories. Divided by categories, they can be
thought of as individualized and highly refined sensing
systems. All of these categories have been thought of as
PSYCHIC, ESP, CLAIRVOYANT, or INTUITIVE - which is to say,
been thought of as unexplainable and hence impossible.
Sense of non-visual wave
Sense of non-visual oscillating
Sense of magnetic fields.
Sense of infrared radiation.
Sense of electrical energy.
Sense receptors for local AND
distant sources of heat. (This is an unnamed PSI faculty,
but one familiar to Amerindians.)
Sense of geo-electromagnetic
pulses, magnetic fields, especially biological ones (psychic
equivalents unidentified and unnamed.)
Although the mechanisms are not
at all understood, the liquidic sensing detectors apparently
are somehow involved in the remote sensing of anything at a
distance, however great. The results, of course, are remote
viewing, remote hearing, remote tasting, and so forth.
Finally (although there is no "finally" here), we come to
sensory systems' receptors spread throughout the entire
bio-body, and which apparently feed information into the
mind-body interface (if "interface" would be the correct
Whole-body receptors (millions
of them) to detect pheromones, sexual receptivity, fear,
love, admiration, danger, pain in others, intentions in
others, etc., (all formerly thought of as inexplicable forms
of ESP or so-called VIBE-SENSING and/or PSYCHIC "READING".)
Please note that the list above is
not complete and is presently in process of being extended.
With the invention of the electron microscope in the early 1930s,
large amounts of data had accumulated by the 1950s which irrevocably
substantiated that the human being possessed very many more senses
than only the infamous physical five.
As of the late 1950s, then, there was no longer any justifiable
reason to continue teaching and emphasizing the five physical
And, as well, there was no longer any justifiable reason to continue
the mainstream debunking of so-called psychic perceptions - because
bio-mind receptors have been located and confirmed for a lot of
During the 1960s and 1970s, the scientific information pool of this
kind of discovery had increased enormously - the sum of which
brought a complete end to the concept of the five physical senses
A "complete end" at least in a scientific sense. But not in a
cultural sense - because the meaning of these sensory discoveries is
still being completely ignored in the cultural and ideological
milieus, even though technical and popular books became available.
One of the better, more easy-to-read technical books was
SENSATION AND PERCEPTION: AN INTEGRATED APPROACH, by H.R.
Schiffman, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1976.
This book is still
invaluable today, and provides an extensive bibliography of sources.
As already noted, perhaps the best popular book, certainly very easy
to read, was
DECIPHERING THE SENSES: THE EXPANDING WORLD OF
HUMAN PERCEPTION, by Robert Rivlin and Karen
Gravelle, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1984. The first chapter
of this book identifies and discusses SEVENTEEN SENSES, and also has
a competent bibliography updating the one found in the Schiffman
Both of these books, as well as others, were almost completely
ignored, and the conviction that we possess only five physical
senses continues to hold sway today.
You see, it is possible to conclude that these books were ignored
because they tended toward encouraging people to take justified
interest in their extended sensory systems, and perhaps to begin
Today there is no justification at all for the continuation of
anti-psychic belief systems. There is no justification to teach that
we have ONLY five physical senses, and there is every justification
to teach that we have very many others.
There is also no justification to continue suggesting that there is
a difference between sensory and extra-sensory perceptions and
information. The discoveries regarding our numerous senses and
sensing systems obliterated the boundaries which, in the uninformed
past, tended to artificially separate them.
Instead, we need to think more basically in terms of INFORMATION. It
is information that is important, regardless of the manner in which
it is acquired, or via which sensory systems are utilized to do so.
To help more fully integrate the information presented in this
paper, I'm obliged to point up something which, to my knowledge, has
not been considered elsewhere.
If we think only in terms of senses and/or sensing systems, then in
very subtle ways we may be distinguishing between them and
ourselves. It is true that we do "have" or "possess" senses and
sensing systems. But something else is also true, and it is very
important that it should be grasped.
We ARE our sensing systems. And what we call "WE" or "US" or "SELF"
is in some full part neither no more nor no less than our sensing
systems are acknowledged, developed, and utilized.
Since we ARE our
sensing systems, the full nature and realization of them must in
some direct sense be completely meaningful to the overall goals of
this important Society for Enlightenment and Transformation.
In closing here, please note that all of the books I have mentioned
contain extensive and excellent bibliographies of published
scientific papers. Please refer to them if you are interested in