organism. What these
scientists have discovered is that the central nervous system is
a biological amplifier whose output as manifested in behavior
provides a highly sensitive litmus of reactivity to
electromagnetic energy. This sensitivity, particularly the
demonstration of the Frey effect, will inevitably give rise to
the question, Are there substantive implications here for
paranormal phenomena especially from the vantage of the Soviet
scientist for whom ESP means "electrosensory" (not
extrasensory) perception? I am not prepared to answer beyond
this caveat: Under optimal experimental conditions, the quantity
of microwave energy that is necessary for direct transfer of
information to a human being is many orders of magnitude
greater, say, than the photic or acoustic energy associated with
a threshold response to visual or auditory stimulation. Perhaps
there are electromagnetic receptor systems in us as yet
undiscovered with sensitivities comparable to or even greater
than that of the visual and auditory systems. This possibility,
however, is bankrupt of operational meaning without a corollary
demonstration of specific electromagnetic radiation by the human
organism. Without a transmitter, a receiver is useless. Except
for an incoherent flux of infrared energies that are broadcast
from our bodies as the residue of metabolism, there are no known
electromagnetic emissions of sufficient energy to warrant more
than the most guarded of speculations, Not at all a cynic, but
very much the skeptic, I conclude:
receivers we are,
A light-wave we can see;
As E-M emitters our wave fronts are weak,
Hardly enough for ESP.
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