What is Causing the Hum? The Four Hypotheses.

Introducing the new World Hum Map and Research Tool

The Beta versions of the new World Hum Map and Research Tool are located at http://thehum.info/newhum/

A quick video tutorial is found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObQD6GSGYME&feature=youtu.be

One major change that will generate discussion is the elimination of more than half the data points from the previous map (the ones now in red). The conspiracy crowd might go wild over this, and some other people will feel disappointed if not invalidated. I made this decision myself, after months of deliberation and only when the time was right. When I started the Hum Map and Database Project, my initial concern was getting points on the map and spreading awareness about the project. Very early on I even imported points en masse from a few other open-source Hum mapping projects. As time passed, media attention gathered and so did the information posted by Hum hearers. As we learned more about the Worldwide Hum, it became clear that a good number of the data points on the Hum Map did not meet the basic criteria for inclusion. I fully believe the people who report that they hear an unexplained low-frequency noise, but if they have invested little or no effort in tracking down the source of the noise, their report shouldn’t be on the Map (yet). Likewise, if the sound is louder during the day than at night, it is almost certainly the result of daytime industrial and commercial activity. Moreover, if the sound is louder outdoors than indoors, then almost certainly we are not dealing with the Hum. So I eliminated all the points that did not meet these basic criteria. That left about 7600 of the original data points. I admit that I am probably eliminating some valid data by doing this, but the benefit is that we now have a much more valid and rigorous data set.

The second major change is the inclusion of the new and detailed data points (they are in blue). They offer rich detail from Hum hearers, including enhanced information about medication use, family histories of certain conditions, dietary questions, and so on. About 600 points from this set were selected for inclusion on the map.

The third and crucial change is the research search interface, done by Jason Lewis, building upon Derek Edder’s template. Finally, researchers can test their hypothesis against either dataset (or both), looking for correlations that might lead us forward. Please let me know if you encounter any difficulties using it.

The video tutorial will be available shortly.

 

 

 

Why is the Hum Map Update so Delayed?

“When volunteers have poor productivity, double their pay”, goes a sarcastic one-liner. More seriously, when we switched to the new and enhanced survey form, I faced the considerable challenge of showing the new data points – and the existing ones – on the same Google Fusion Table map. That challenge has been overcome by three young programmers from the small town of Gibsons, BC, Canada, and at my first opportunity, I will present the new Hum Map along with the excellent research search tool written by the young men. I am proud of their work.

So, patience; it is on the way.

Glen

The NHK (Japan National Broadcasting) Documentary Filming

 

What a pleasure it was to work with Tomofumi Sakamoto (Director, GEN TV Production) and Takayo Nagasawa (Production Coordinator, Cinemic) today on the documentary they are preparing for NHK, which will air in July 2018. NHK has one of the largest viewing audiences in the world, and this is an excellent opportunity to inform the Japanese public about the Worldwide Hum. From the beginning, I have said that if we maintain a serious, critical, and scientific approach to this topic, we will normalize The Hum and eventually involve a governmental, university, or private laboratory in this investigation, and will we have our answer.

Again, I remind people that progress is slow, but measurable and inexorable. We are closer than ever to solving this scientific mystery and we will find the source of the Worldwide Hum. So let’s stay focused, and let’s reject pseudoscience and ridiculous conspiracies. Let’s stick to the science and the facts.

 

An Exemplary Mainstream Media Article from Rob Waugh at Yahoo UK

Well done, Rob Waugh: https://uk.news.yahoo.com/thousands-people-around-world-hearing-strange-hum-one-scientist-hopes-find-144025258.html

The programmers just released the alpha version of the new research tool

I have been waiting several years for help on this, and it is very close now. I’ll get several testers to start using the tool and get their feedback before releasing it to the public.  At last, we will have a fine-grained, map-based search tool for Hum locations.

2020 UPDATE – A theoretical logic flow map for Worldwide Hum researchers and interested scientists (Author: Henrik)

Here is Henrik’s latest Logic Flow Map for those seriously interested in World Hum research.

I have the pleasure of presenting this work by Henrik, one of our forum contributors with serious scientific credentials. (Henrik, along with Bernie Hutchins, played a major role in developing the new version of our Hum Map Survey). It is a logic flow diagram that sorts out the logic and decision making regarding the source of the Worldwide Hum. It will prove valuable for scientists new to the phenomenon, those who are scientifically literate, and those who have already invested time and energy into this issue.

 

Correcting some things from the Inside Edition piece

The Inside Edition crew shot six hours of video in three locations here on the Sunshine Coast, and that was compressed to about 90 seconds on the “mystery sounds” segment. I very much need to correct some things and educate readers on a few others.

First, I was misquoted about the source of the Hum. Please read this.

Second, the Deming Box was designed to block VLF radio waves (from 3 kHz to 30 kHz), not “low-frequency sound waves”. Having the woman climb into the box made for good tv, however.

Third, I distance myself completely from “sky trumpets”, “apocalypse sounds”, and related silliness, including ridiculous conspiracies and pseudoscience.

Please read through this blog if you are interested in educating yourself about the Worldwide Hum. The language used here is scientifically rigorous but accessible to many readers.

Glen

 

“Inside Edition” is coming up to shoot a story

Al Jazeera was important, as was Coast to Coast AM in some ways, along with BBC (four times), the Conversation (650,000 readers), and numbers of others, but this will be the biggest fish so far. For the first time, the Worldwide Hum will be discussed on a major evening American show in a serious, scientific, and credible way. Their viewership is over four million people per evening, and all it will take is for a single person in that group who has the connections and gravitas to finally push our project into a university or government laboratory. When that happens, this scientific riddle will soon be solved.

There’s a lot riding on this one. Wish me luck.

I’m going on Irish national radio to help educate the public on some recent weak science reporting

I’ve accepted an invitation to record an interview with Jonathan McCrea from Newstalk Radio in Ireland. Recent research published in Geophysical Research Letters – as interesting as it is – has absolutely nothing to do with the more widely discussed phenomenon known as the Worldwide Hum. Alas, the researchers were lazy, or at least poetic, by using the word “hum” to describe some ultra-low frequency oscillations in the Earth. As a result, there has been an avalanche of reporting that the Earth’s “mystery” and “eerie” hum has finally been recorded.

It hasn’t, and nothing has been solved, at least as far as our project is concerned.

So I’ll go on air and, starting from the beginning, educate the listeners about what we experience and how the recently published research has nothing to do with what they think it does. Note carefully: the French research is serious and completely valid – it’s just that their poor choice of words has confused hundreds of thousands of people about what they actually did.

I’ll announce the broadcast date and time when it is made known to me.