Gareth Furby, from BBC TV News London, would like to hear from any Hum Hearers in the London area. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The latest upload is complete and things are looking good. I’m scanning for any obvious problems. If you notice anything askew, or if you use this upload to compute fresh statistics, please keep me informed. Glen.
It’s the raw live data feed of everything ever entered into the World Hum Database: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1yKop08_qF7f0c8qFJUZnLGpl1pATnmawJk_k0U7rsbA/edit?usp=sharing
Notice I didn’t include the word “Map” with that. Roughly 72% of database entries make it to the World Hum Map. The World Hum Map is what you get when I impose my filters upon the raw database. Repeat entries, people who didn’t read the introductory paragraph on the website, reports of high frequency sounds or “booms”, spam, frivolous commentary or verbal attacks, talk of sky “trumpets”, aliens, religious prophecy, extreme politics and almost everything in between can be found in it. The reason I want to make this public and to have it downloaded to many machines is that there is the possibility that inside this database there might be important data regarding some other phenomenon. The Database updates automatically with every entry, without any input from me.
I think there is overwhelming evidence that once we eliminate all reasonable explanations for environmental sound, a very large number of people on Earth are experiencing the same thing – we call it the Worldwide Hum. The questions are: what’s causing it? Is it an environmental medical condition, brought on by some combination of factors in modern life? Is is rooted in EM energies? Is it a grand accumulation of low frequency sound and infrasound?
If you look through this blog, you’ll see a number of places where I have written about what individuals can do to move the research forward. I have also suggested specific experiments that could be conducted in short order, funding permitting. Contact me first if you are thinking about conducting any of those experiments.
This morning I took a phone call from somebody with serious academic credentials who is taking an extended stay in the Puerto Vallarta area of Mexico. I asked him/her a number of probing questions, first establishing the s/he was hearing the Worldwide Hum in western Canada. I was told that the Hum was non-existent where s/he was staying in Mexico. I asked the usual questions about sources of night-time noise, and so on, and I am now taking this report quite seriously. I know that roughly 1.5 million people from the United States and Canada visit the Puerto Vallarta region every year. Surely there are a good number of Hum hearers among them. (Please keep in mind that air travel typically disrupts the Hum for three or four days). I am very much looking forward to hearing from readers of this blog who travel to this region and report on their findings. If this area is indeed a Quiet Zone, then this would be a big discovery, and might change the direction of research, or at least open up new lines for it.
In 1987 I finished a minor in Russian language from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The only times I ever used it included once at the at the U of M. I happened to be at the Arena when Russian old-timers were playing against the U of M Bison hockey team. I facilitated a very brief translation of a simple request from one of the Russian players. I forgot who won the game.
I intend to penetrate the Russian media regarding the Worldwide Hum, and if you have native fluency in Russian, then I need your help (in two ways). I searched for information about the Worldwide Hum in the Russian Language. I found a number of results, but it was pretty clear that the documents were translations from English, and sometimes subtleties were lost. One of the articles tells me that my first name is “Sam” (сам) , rather than Glen. Well, we learn something new everyday.
If you can read Russian well, then I would appreciate your summary of what now appears about the Worldwide Hum on the Russian internet – is it being written about seriously? Are there any verified quotes from Russian scientists or universities? Is it all translated from English or is there original writing? How far back do their reports go? If it’s the 1960s or after, then that would be a very important finding.
I’ve been working to get back to bilingual status, and I think it’s very important to make inroads into the Russian media, the way that we have in the English speaking world. Alongside entering China media, I think this an important thing that we can focus on right now that doesn’t cost a dime. If you can write well in Russian, then may I encourage you to start forwarding translated items and links from Al Jazeera and BBC, and so on to Russian popular media. If the Hum is not prevalent in Russia, then that would obviously be a huge finding. If it is, then that would confirm what I suspect: which is that the Hum is a worldwide condition that correlates with population density. If so, this points to a medical condition that might have environmental prerequisites. It is possible that some elements or combination of elements of modern life may be causing the auditory system to receive signals from the brain, just as the brain sends false signals in tinnitus.
I would prefer that a Canadian lab solve this, but if ends up that Russian, Chinese, or American scientists find the answer, that’s also fine with me. Again I encourage readers to look through this blog and notice the postings regarding what concrete things can be done to help solve this scientific mystery.
Al Jazeera sent a crew to my home on the Sunshine Coast in late August to do a piece on the Worldwide Hum. Here is the video: http://video.aljazeera.com/channels/eng/videos/what-is-causing-the-mysterious-%E2%80%98worldwide-hum%3F/5261804387001;jsessionid=5278B873F00FA0F1A682525C2D59E8DE
Many families have a holiday tradition which involves writing a (usually) terse and rambling accounting of the various events and travels of the year. Anyone who follows this blog regularly likely won’t need it, and anyone who doesn’t probably won’t extract much substance from it. But here it is.
The Word Hum Map and Database now has more than 13,000 entries, and the form is now available in Chinese.
After many months of stalling and false starts, I finally entered the Deming (VLF radio blocking) Box, and it did not diminish the Hum for me at all. I’m waiting for follow up evidence before abandoning the VLF radio theory in favour of the other hypotheses.
I was finally able to have a piece published about the Hum in my own words, which has been read roughly 640,000 times. With that article, and coverage from BBC, BBC4, Irish National Radio, Global News, Coast to Coast AM, and many smaller outlets, I estimate that at least 5 million people have had a bit of education about the Worldwide Hum. I hope that readers will help educate others and involve their local media. Bernie Hutchins, an actual scientist who has made serious contributions to this blog, wrote a piece for us which has been read by large numbers of people and it has generated much commentary.
A grand total of just under $200.00 (CDN) was collected in fundraising. This just covers the costs of website and blog hosting.
My expectation all along is that an ambitious graduate student at a major university or private lab will pick up this mystery, solve it in a few months using one of theories we’ve proposed, and then take the credit for all of it. After that happens, I can withdraw to my previous quiet and private life, and focus more on my family, playing music and badminton, hiking, and causes that are important to me.
For those of you who are suffering from the Worldwide Hum, all I can say is that we are closer than ever to solving this. Our task is to educate non-hearers – calmly and rationally – about our situation, and we can wear down the walls of ignorance and incredulity. In the quiet of the forest here, I can hear it loudly every night, and it’s a reminder to me to keep working at it.