Sunday, September 04, 2005

Today's Sermon: Give Me That
Old Time Infrasound

Do you believe in the power of the dog whistle?

Of course, you do.

Even home schooled kids enter science fairs...

Read Your Dog's Mind
- Find out what your dog is thinking with fun experiments as you observe your pet's eyes, tail, and body language. Give your dog a Personality Interview and you'll know your pet better.

Test Your Dog's Hearing
- Does your pet hear sounds that you can't? You find out with with an ultrasonic whistle and hearing test experiments.

Find Out What Colors a Dog Sees
- Do you know which colors your dog can see? You can find out when you make these glasses to see the same colors your dog sees. Find out if dogs can see blue skies overhead.


Infrasound Causing Strange and Religious Experiences

A source of many strange experiences may have been located - in sound. Frequencies lower than 20 Hertz are largely inaudible to humans, but in controlled experiments scientists have found that such frequencies can be used to instill strange feelings in audiences - sometimes religious in nature, sometimes paranormal. They include an extreme sense of "sorrow, coldness, anxiety and even shivers down the spine."

According to the BBC:

[R]ecent work by some of the scientists involved in this latest study found that hauntings - the feeling that something or someone else unseen is in a room or building - may ... be explained by the presence of infrasound. ...
"It has been suggested that because some organ pipes in churches and cathedrals produce infrasound this could lead to people having weird experiences which they attribute to God," said Professor Richard Wiseman, a psychologist from University of Hertfordshire.

"Some of the experiences in our audience included 'shivering on my wrist', 'an odd feeling in my stomach', 'increased heart rate', 'feeling very anxious', and 'a sudden memory of emotional loss'.
"This was an experiment done under controlled conditions and it shows infrasound does have an impact, and that has implications... in a religious context and some of the unusual experiences people may be having in certain churches."
This is a remarkable bit of scientific research - and it disproves that old idea that there are some things that science cannot and will not ever be able to explain, one of which is often the strange sensations people have in some circumstances. Religious feelings are not immune to careful, scientific investigation - we just need the right sorts of things to look for, first. LINK

Thus endeth today's sermon.

Go forth today, knowing that some people will tell you that they believe because they "just know."

And when you ask how they know, they reply, "I just feel it."

Ask then if they know about infrasound and ultrasound.

I mean it, damn it!

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