While informing a friend at the University of Cape Town Medical School about my manuscript his faculty at the time was in some consternation about an article a colleague had brought to their attention the day before.
It was titled Electrophysiological Evidence of Intuition (McCraty et al, 2004) based on a study done at the HeartMath Research Centre in Boulder Creek California. This journal article providing what appears to be conclusive evidence that we have access to intuitive processes, and fascinatingly, that the heart appears to play the primary role in processing this extrasensory information.
Ironically the primary problem for the esteemed scientists was not the validity of the science as the methodology was beyond refuting, but rather the particular finding. The problem was that it was confirming dynamics that scientist until now had not been very comfortable with while additionally proving that a metaphysical reality now cannot be avoided.
Briefly, the methodology of the experiment was based on exposing a group of 26 males and females to emotionally arousing stimuli (such as explicit pictures of accidents and sex) or emotionally calming stimuli (neutral backgrounds). In this experiment it was 30 calming and 15 arousing pictures. Participants were then strapped to a number of sensors that included an Electro-encephalogram (EEG) to measure brain activity and Electrocardiogram (ECG) to measure heart response. The participants were then showed the images in a controlled environment.
However the key was to detect whether any pre-stimulus was discernable.
A pre-stimulus is some physiologically measurable response that indicates that the body had in advance perceived what the stimulus would be.
And the results were conclusive in that:
Both the heart and the brain correctly intuited the stimulus in all individuals based on measuring the associated response before the respective stimulus was actually shown.
Specifically, the heart pre-stimulus was received on average 4.5 seconds before the images were actually shown, while the brain only responded 3.5 seconds before. What is also amazing is that the same sensors detected the exact same response when the respective image was eventually shown. Thus the pre-stimulus perceived by intuitive pathways was the same as that perceived by the eyes.
Besides the fact that future events were correctly perceived before it actually happened, the most amazing conclusion is that the heart seems to have been the primary entity responsible for processing this type of information.
The researchers also made assertions that were based on recent research, that: “the heart’s intrinsic nervous system not only makes adjustments to the heart’s rhythmic activity on a beat-to-beat basis, but can even override inputs from the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems”.
It further concludes that: “intuitive perception involves the body’s connection to a field of information beyond normal conscious awareness”.
One of the primary scepticism with regard to the heart’s possible greater involvement in the higher dynamics of our physiology has always been its physical structure and its apparent specificity of purpose—that it is a pump without the cellular and neurological content for such complicated a task as interpreting the future.
Be that as it may, the experimental results do suggest that much of our being (if not all) resides in a dimension beyond our physical body.
The researchers responsible for the study are in the process of preparing a paper on how this dynamic can be explained. In the research document they have indicated that: “the interaction between the body and the ambient field of energy surrounding it operates as a holographic-like information processing system that informs the body about ‘future’ events.”
While these scientists are looking at this matter technically, the aim of this work however is to use these amazing revelations to interpret its philosophic significance and how it relates to our daily interactions.
© Newton Fortuin 2005
Taken from Understanding Existence.
 Note that life is depicted as an aspect of the logical universe as the henomena referred to as life merely is an aspect perecieved in the physical world animating the physical form perceptable in the physical universe. Thus that the lifeless dead body left behind then is merely the aspect of the logical universe perceived as a intelligent moveableform in the physical universe. Thus the aspect referred to as life is an animating force derived from the deeper forming aspect of the logical universe--the deeper aspect known as spirit which is nebulous, as jello is, seeking form within the physical universe. The body then is the forming tray if one is to follow on with the jello example.