Sixth Sense, can we really sense it?

Sixth Sense, can we really sense it?

Do we really have the ability to sense things we cannot see? An ability granted to animals and birds including a few mammals that use this ability before migrating from one place to another. Very recently, a geophysicist named Joe Kirschvink from the California Institute of Technology has found the presence of it among humans.

Surprisingly, Kirschvink’s experiment for proving this hypothesis works every time- a type of a sure-shot experiment that scientists previously managed to come up with. Therefore, it is also a verified experiment which the whole world lacked in the past.


Kirschvink stated to the Science Magazine that his speech went great after he submitted his findings to the Royal Institute of Navigation in the UK of April 2016. With utter excitement he said,

“Nailed it. Humans have functioning magnetoreceptors.”

Kirschvink received USD $900,000 in funding for his research collaborating ideas with Japan and New Zealand for establishing the hypothesis. Even though this whole concept was always considered to be false in the past; however the researchers are expressing tremendous interest in this field right now.

Kirschvink’s colleagues and fellow researchers have profound faith in his ideas. Physical chemist Peter Hore from the University of Oxford said,

“Joe’s a very smart man and a very careful experimenter. He wouldn’t have talked about this at [this meeting] if he wasn’t pretty convinced he was right. And you can’t say that about every scientist in this area.”

So how can we feel the presence of invisible magnetic field lines like birds and mammals? To answer the question there are two possible hypothesis.
– One, the magnetic field of the Earth manifest quantum reactions in proteins named cryptochromes. Astonishingly, such proteins are also available in the retinas of various other animals such as birds, dogs, and cats. However, the whole process of retaining all magnetic information in the brain is still unclear.


On the other hand, our body comprises of extremely minute “compass needles” made of magnetic iron minerals named “magnetite” that can automatically align themselves in the presence of earth’s magnetic field lines. These materials are present in the cells of a bird’s beak as well as its trout, but nobody can fully explain what enables them to carry out this ability.

Kirschvink has designed a cage and named it “Faraday Cage” that has the ability to completely reduce the level of background electromagnetic field lines by installing wire coils. People have to sit inside the pitch dark cage filled with magnetic field.

Subjects were also attached to EEG monitors for finding the activities of their brain. The fields were rotated as well as adjusted to match the Earth’s magnetic field lines for pinpointing any brain activity due to those field lines.

“A magnetic field can induce electric currents in the brain that could mimic an EEG signal – but they would show up immediately,”


stated by the Hand.

According to Kirschvinkn,

“It’s part of our evolutionary history, Magnetoreception may be the primal sense.”

There are lots of work to be done before researchers can prove this hypothesis. A Japanese team of researchers have also started following the same path, including a New Zealand lab that have been following the same rules. All the findings will be studied further in the future and TTN will surely present elaborate details regarding this.


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