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Who is behind this project?

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This news and research blog augments the World Hum Database and Mapping Project located http://www.thehum.info

Dr. Glen MacPherson lectured for 16 years at the University of British Columbia (UBC), training mathematics teachers in the Faculty of Education, and now works with UBC Robson Campus with its GMAT and GRE curriculum program. He is also an ethnographic researcher, and high school teacher of physics, mathematics, psychology, general science, and biology. He lives and works on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. His books, articles, and speaking engagements focus primarily on mathematics education.

After first noticing the Hum in spring of 2012 and discovering the Hum community, he sensed the need for a unified, moderated, and serious place for discussions and research surrounding the world Hum. This led to the World Hum Map and Database Project.

The current working theory is that the world Hum is rooted in part in VLF radio transmissions, although recent evidence has cast serious doubt on that.  There are four competing theories.

This is a place for disciplined inquiry, and not for wild speculation and conspiracy. There are many entertaining and interesting websites available for those who want to indulge in those activities.

Contact Glen at glen.macpherson@gmail.com

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271 Comments

  1. Gail Hewitt says:

    There are moble devices that measure these things right down to 11 HZ. Why isn’t anybody using them?

    • Could you post a link to an example of one?

    • Peter Haartsen says:

      Last month on Dutch tv there was a short documentary on the hum. One interviewed civil servant had this handheld mobile device by bruel kjaer. He said that often no low frequency noise could be established when he visited people who had complained about the hum in their neighborhood. He had some device at home, and with that machine he almost always could help people finding the frequency that alarmed them all the time. He said that people most of the time can fixate the noise up to 1hz plus or minus. This convinced him that these people really do hear these specific frequencies, but that it seems not possible to establish the presence of the hum at their place with his handheld.

      The experience of relative quiet in the south of France earlier last summer, gave me reason for a second short stay in Siorac, a village near the river Dordogne. During these six days I experienced the hum mostly like I experience it at home in Middelburg, Holland.
      From the 14th till the 20th of September 2017 the weather in the region of this village was not really inviting to engage in (end-of-summer) outdoor activities. And yes, the hum was there all the time. Or maybe I should say: “I was there all the time”.
      My six day stay in Siorac in September made me think a bit more about the external or internal origin of the perceived hum, pressure or vibration.

      We all accept hearing the hum as a fact.
      If we can find out whether we are hearing the same hum, we will have ground for the next inference: ‘We hear this same specific hum, with these-and-these characteristics which we have been able to confirm independently at this time and location, by using a validated checklist’.
      At that moment we may have found a beginning of an answer to a problem that needs solving. Suppose that a company of three well-prepared persons travels to six locations worldwide to experience the hum as it has been reported to exist there. Their personal experiences with the hum should qualify them to represent the larger community.
      If the documented experiences of these three researchers show significant, if not very convincing similarity, it may bring us to a new inference:’experimental research informs us that at six locations worldwide three well-prepared fieldworkers have established individually to hear a hum with well defined characteristics. Their individual reports give rise to the belief that these three persons have been hearing exactly the same hum.’

      If we can come this far, we will have solved one part of the external vs internal origin of the hum problem. Or maybe we will have narrowed it down.
      We would have gathered convincing clues as to the fact that at least the hum seems to origin from a source outside the body, able to affect the experiences of three researchers in virtually the same way.
      If the hum would be produced independent from incitement from outside the body, it would be very hard to believe that three persons, together in one place, were having almost exactly the same experiences with a hum.

      The production of noise by the brain alone would be a very idiosyncratic, erratic process. Like it has been said on these pages before, no explanation can be excluded before all the missing information has been uncovered.

      Obviously any checklist would need to present qualifications of the hum-experience in a way acceptable to all informed hearers of the hum. Since experiencing the hum is a very individualised event, it may take some time to agree on acceptable general descriptions of various levels or patterns of the hum before a list shows enough quantitative and qualitative potential to be of serious use.

      Personally I think about moving to Siorac, or somewhere near this village. The days without the hum last summer were important enough to extend my stay in that region. If the hum after all turns out to be just as bad as it is in the Netherlands, then I have at least committed myself to this experiment. Nothing lost. And still there is some hope. With the hum I do not believe in coincidence, not after living with it for almost thirty years.
      These two weeks in Siorac were real. It felt good. If that kind of period of quiet repeats itself, whatever reasonable explanation I am lacking, I will have confirmed at least for myself that the hum can still be evaded to some degree.

      • Your suggested experiment would be an important one. It has been suggested many, many times before. In fact, I can probably dig up some 30-year-old references to it. We have already established the checklist you propose. If you search this blog you’ll find it. One obstacle for your experiment is money. There are other, more subtle problems as well. Regarding recordings, I’m not at all convinced that the Worldwide Hum has ever been recorded. Moir’s stuff is still all over the internet, yet every effort to chase down the precise details of his experiment end up with, “I’ll get back to you on that”. The also goes for his claim that the term “hum drum” comes from the Industrial Revolution (it does not, incidentally). If anybody claims that they can record a local acoustic hum, then there is some pretty basic beamforming software that can draw back vectors and triangulate the source. This is what Novak tried to do in Windsor, with mixed results. Within a few days, the Hum Map survey will be available in Dutch and German, and I encourage you and your fellow hearers to add to what we know.

      • George G. says:

        Peter, what you propose is a well thought experiment.
        If you do manage to conduct this exercise may I suggest you exclude hearers who are prone to the Hum constantly.
        From the number of readers who have offered to join Glen in D-Box experiments over the past few years I am confident that you will have no problems with finding suitable volunteers.
        Looking forward to reading your results.
        Cheers,
        G.

  2. Daniel Parks says:

    Hello Dr. MacPherson,

    I’m in the process of writing a novella entitled, “104th Meridian West,” about the strange disappearance of long haul trucks at longitude 104 W. as it passes through New Mexico. While this is a fictional tale, it contains a tremendous amount of truthful information. One of the noted characteristics of the area north of Tucumcari, New Mexico is an eerie low pitched hum in the desolate mountains north of New Mexico Highway 104. I would like to use your descriptions of the phenomena and mention your background as supporting information for the occurrence. My book contains no bad language or sexual innuendos… in other words it’s the kind of story I’d be happy for my grandson to read. I will be glad to send you the chapter that contains your name and background for your approval before publication.

    Thank you for your consideration,
    Daniel Parks

    • As much as it sounds like fun to have one’s name appear in fiction, I distance myself from any and all connections between the Worldwide Hum and fiction/fantasy. Refer to my name and research if it helps your plot, but understand that in no way do I endorse or support such conclusions. Also, note that evidence is piling up that points away from external sources such as military VLF transmissions.

  3. Frank says:

    Interesting that they are having the same issue defining the Cuba “noise” as we are with the Hum. http://nypost.com/2017/10/12/revealed-sound-of-the-sonic-attack-on-americans-in-cuba/ . Wouldn’t it be interesting if they were both related?

  4. Lisa Allen says:

    I think we should have a World Wide Hum conference somewhere. We’d probably have to have at least a few in different locations to get as many people to participate as possible, then put all of our findings together. We could conduct experiments and explore the surrounding area to see who hears the hum and have guest speakers and experts (you, Glen). Maybe we could learn something by bringing our collective experiences together in one place.

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