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.
No, I’m not talking about extraterrestrial life. I’m referring to the solution to the source(s) of the Worldwide Hum.
We are alone in solving this scientific mystery. Even though there has been media coverage (as an example, Al Jazeera is about to publish a brief but comprehensive and close-up documentary with me in my home in BC, Canada), fundraising is not covering the full cost of getting to the bottom of what we experience. Those experiences, documented in detail on the World Hum Map and Database (www.thehum.info), point toward a crucial conclusion: we are all experiencing the same thing.
Private scientific laboratories – and, tragically, university labs – will not pick up this challenge because there is no financial incentive to do so. Transnational corporations and pseudo-government/military groups – from GE to Monsanto, have a strong physical presence in the academic world, from MIT to your local college. They are not interested in research that does not service corporate goals. The reason why such university-corporate relationships need to exist at all is because the universities themselves have been scandalously underfunded. They therefore need such corporate relationships for survival and to maintain relevancy. Any prospective university president must bring an impressive record of fundraising to the table. And they need to raise tuition fees as well. Therefore today’s university graduates are saddled with breathtaking levels of student debt, which forces them back into the type of work that precludes them from spending their careers helping people in ways that do not generate a lot of profit.
So we will do it ourselves.
I write this in particular to the people who hear the Worldwide Hum but have not come forward yet, but also to those who have become interested but not yet involved. We are only responsible for what we do and what we can do. There is no abstract entity that solves these problems; it’s people like you and me who are in a position to do something about it. I’ve written a number of times on this blog about specific steps that you can take to help bring a solution to the suffering of vast numbers of people worldwide.
You can act today.
Over the past 36 hours there have been lengthy outages at thehum.info. The hosting company is investigating. I hope to be up and running soon.
A few serious readers of this blog have opined that my efforts to avoid any appearance of censorship have resulted in some very weak and ridiculous commentary to appear in the comments sections. I hope it’s clear that in no way do I endorse everything that people write here. In fact, I spend little time with the comments unless I feel the need to correct the record on something or if somebody asks me a direct question.
I’ve allowed the so-called Targeted Individuals (TIs) to have their say, and I think there is overwhelming evidence that their claims surrounding electronic persecution are complete nonsense. In genuine scientific inquiry, we adjust our theories and approaches when we are faced with repeatable and established experimental results that contradict what we think might be true. But not the TIs – nothing can make a dent in their conclusions (or personally received wisdom). When specific elements of their belief system are demonstrably refuted, they either change the subject or reply with more false science and non-sequiturs.
So I’m done with the topic, and may I respectfully suggest that those who are interested in pursuing the matter do so in forums that are better suited for that purpose. I won’t be approving any further posts relating to this issue.
Let’s recall that many readers are fairly new to this. So let’s summarize and bring them up to speed.
I don’t think any serious scholar of the Worldwide Hum claims that the clear answer has been found. I think there is a consensus developing that there may two or more independent factors that can cause people to hear/perceive low frequency sounds that have certain characteristics. Those properties are discussed at length elsewhere in this blog.
I identified four hypotheses that pass the most trivial examination. Each has difficulties. One or more of these may only be prerequisite factors, activated by some other condition or conditions.
- VLF Radio (3 kHz- 30 kHz) is the culprit. When I entered the VLF-Radio Blocking unit, which out of respect for the author of the concept I named the Deming Box, the Hum was loud and clear. Once my physics of skin depth are confirmed, and once a VLF meter proves the box does what I say it does, then this theory can be discarded if my result are replicated. Note that ELF radio (f < 3 kHz) must be ruled out as well.
- The Hum is the result of massive and widespread human activity that creates colossal levels of low frequency sound and infrasound. Busy freeways, for example, can generate sounds and vibrations that can travels for many miles, even further over water. Europe was the first place on Earth to have high density, high speed traffic through high densities of human population. The Hum started there, if the currently accepted history is correct. Soviet research noted that the sounds of surface mining can travel more than 10 km horizontally and at least three km deep. All manner of human activity generates these sounds, and there is the possibility that we have reached some type of acoustic critical mass of sound energy in some regions that can be detected by a subset of the population.
- Recent historical research and newspaper analysis (a fancy term for me reading on the internet) finds that there are reports from 19th century England of early seismologists hearing from witnesses who reported acoustic precursors as well as concomitant sounds associated with earthquakes and seismic activity. The Hum may be connected to such a geological or terrestrial process. There is a subset of the population which is profoundly more sensitive to low frequency sounds and infrasound. Members of many animal species have this sensitivity, and they act as a warning alarm for earthquakes.
- The Hum is internally generated, as are tinnitus and otoacoustic emissions. If acoustic and electromagnetic prerequisites can be ruled out, and if I find convincing historical evidence for the Worldwide Hum, then I think this becomes a very solid theory. As to why only a small proportion of the population can hear the Hum, these hearers may share an anatomical variation in the auditory system, for example. There is also the possibility that the Hum is indeed a relatively recent phenomenon but results from anthropogenic environmental factors, medication, and so on.
Because the World Hum Map and Database project works on a tiny budget, I can’t conduct the simple experiments that I’ve suggested on this blog. They can be conducted by amateurs who have the resources and motivation to do so. A serious university or private lab could unlock all this in a few months, but for years now we have moved along, inch by inch. Apart from some very rudimentary experimental results, one thing we have accomplished is widespread, mainstream media exposure and some degree of normalization.
- Conduct historical research at a site such as http://gdc.galegroup.com/gdc/artemis/?p=GDCS&u=bcptstothepast and look for historical evidence of the Hum. You may need to get creative in your search terms. Keep track of what you find out.
- Write a letter to the editor of your local paper, explaining what the Hum is, what our project does, and what we are doing. Ask for local hearers to come forward.
- Write to any of the following people and get them emotionally involved in the scientific mystery: a research audiologist (like Dr. Alec Salt), a radio physicist or engineer, a seismic geologist, an ear-nose-throat specialist, and so on. Explain our project. Refer them to me at email@example.com.
- Borrow a sensitive infrasound microphone and take nighttime recordings in your home. Send me the mp3 file.
I welcome other ideas that are accessible to non-specialists.