Regarding my interview with Maclean’s Magazine on the US Embassy in Cuba

Every once in a while I need to set the record straight about my scientific credentials. I am not a scientist. I have been teaching mathematics, psychology, physics, biology, general science and other subjects for almost 30 years, as well as having trained mathematics teachers at UBC for 16 years. I also lecture at UBC Robson Square with their GMAT and GRE programs. I clarify this in every interview I give, although this information slips through the cracks sometimes. Several sources have stated that I am a scientist at UBC and that is quite false. My work with the Worldwide Hum has caused me to read very broadly into a large number of scientific topics. In other words, I know a little bit about everything scientific, which is why outfits like Maclean’s talk to me.

I directed the interviewer from Maclean’s to some widely available peer-reviewed research (from PubMed, etc) on vibroacoustic disease and exposure to low-frequency sound and infrasound. I also explained some basics surrounding the use of ultrasonics to generate localized sound at a distance. I obviously don’t have access to classified documents, so my comments regarding the US Embassy in Cuba were sheer speculation – and the reporter correctly reported that.

The Hum Map now has almost 17000 points (

Recall that we had a significant setback in which the Hum Map became corrupted and we had to downgrade to the March 2017 version. The latest upload seems good, but please feel free to examine some points and let me know if anything looks amiss. Also feel free to share any fresh statistics you may compute.

Attention Hum hearers in New York State

Kristen French is putting together an article and would like to hear from people in New York State. Please contact her at

Hum Hearers in the London area. BBC wants to hear from you.

Please contact Gareth Furby at

We’ve located the corrupted data in the Hum Map – Thank you to Lisa Allen

Lisa worked diligently to help track down the point of corruption in the Hum Map. Thank you! I’ve reverted to a previous version and I am rebuilding the Map.  Stay tuned.

We’ve had a setback with the Hum Map

It is with considerable regret, and out of a sense of duty and transparency, that I report that the World Hum Map is not reliable at the present moment. The latest upload of 1000 points has combined and shuffled data between map locations. As such, no statistics should be inferred or computed until I can rectify this problem. I may need to revert to a previous version.

Corrupted data points in the recent upload

A sharp-eyed reader noticed that his data point seems to have combined his data with somebody else’s. If this is endemic in the latest upload, then this is bad news. I may need to roll back the Hum Map to the previous version. I would ask any readers whose map point was included in the recent update to take a good look at their listing and let me know if there are issues. I will audit, by hand, twenty or so random recent points, checking the raw live database against the Hum Map. This may be a single incident or a significant setback. I’ll keep you informed.