Michael A. Persinger
Departments of Psychology and Biology, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada Canada
Director of Laurentian University's Consciousness Research Laboratory. Notable for his work in the field of neurotheology. Michael A. Persinger is a cognitive neuroscience researcher and university professor with over 200 peer-reviewed publications. He is primarily notable for his experimental work in the field of neurotheology, work which has come under increasing fire in recent years. Much of his work focuses on the commonalities that exist between the sciences, and aims to integrate fundamental concepts of various branches of science. In 1974 Persinger proposed that extremely low frequency electromagnetic waves may be able to carry telepathic and clairvoyant information. Persinger has published reports of rudimentary 'telepathic' communication between pairs of subjects in the laboratory. He has also published increases in remote viewing accuracy of remote viewer Ingo Swann. During the 1980s he stimulated people's temporal lobes artificially with a weak magnetic field to see if he could induce a religious state. He claimed that the field could produce the sensation of "an ethereal presence in the room".
Linda S. St-Pierre
Behavioural Neuroscience Program at Laurentian University Canada
The Biophysics at Death: Three Hypotheses With Potential Application to Paranormal Phenomena
Michael A. Persinger, Linda S. St-Pierre
Major explanations for the potential physical changes at death are explored quantitatively. MacDougall’s weight loss measurements of dying patients are examined as an artifact of respiratory burst phenomena and as a potential variant of entanglement. The death flash, when considered as an integrated conversion of membrane potentials into biophoton emissions with intensities above the threshold for detection, is quantitatively compatible with biophysical mechanisms. The modulation of the optimal conditions that produce visibility by local geomagnetic intensities and man-made objects that distort these fields could explain the low frequency incidence of these observations. The release of fields of photons at death even below the threshold for visible detection and in the order of 10-11to 10-13 W/m2 may maintain information that has the potential to be represented in space-time (hyperspace).
clinical death; energy release; weight changes; entanglement; quantitative solutions; geomagnetic field