Enhancing our Senses: 5 Remarkable Measuring Devices


“Nature’s imagination has proven to be far far greater than our own” — Richard Feynman

This article explores 5 remarkable measuring devices featured in Conceptual Revolutions in Science that are deigned to enhance our perception of nature.

We often have the urge to think our traditional sense are superior to those in the animal kingdom. It makes us feel powerful and endorses our place at top of the food chain. However, after decades of scientific discoveries, we now know many in the animal kingdom have far superior sensory abilities than our own.

We know our eyesight is limited to the colors of the rainbow which is less than 1% of the total light spectrum. And, we even suspect that dolphins can communicate with sonic images. [1] [2] Nature’s imagination has proven to be far far greater than our own. [3]

To make these discoveries, scientific pioneers and cinematographers, such as Louie Schwartzberg, have invented and used measuring devices to provide experimental results that enhance the limitation of our senses so that we can better experience the unseen world that is too fast, too slow, too small and too far. Here are 5 remarkable devices introduced in the book, to go beyond our senses, Conceptual Revolutions in Science by Adam B. Dorfman.

High-Speed Photography

In a blink of the eye, a lot can happen. A lot of remarkable things happen all the time in nature, but are too quick for us to understand. High-speed photography is the science of taking pictures of incredibly fast phenomena. The commonly used photographic flash component provides a flash that lasts around a thousandth of a second. But photographic flash component used in high speed photography much faster, and it creates a flash of light around millionth of a second. This let you to freeze time through pictures that are happening remarkably fast. [4]

Louie Schwartzberg — “Mysteries of the Unseen World”

Time-Lapse Photography

Time-lapse photography is a technique whereby the frequency at which film frames are captured (the frame rate) is much lower than that used to view the sequence. When played at normal speed, time appears to be moving faster and therefore lapsing. For example, an image of a scene may be recorded once every second, then viewed back at 30 frames per second; the result is an apparent 30 times speed increase. [5]

Louie Schwartzberg — Fantastic Fungi: The Forbidden Fruit

The CymaScope

Using the holographic principles of sound a team, led by John Stuart Reid, has developed the CymaScope, a new breed of scientific instrument that imprints sound onto a sensitive water membrane, akin to a fingerprint on glass. Using a technology known as cymatics the process transcribes the periodic vibrations in sounds to periodic wavelets in water, which are then ‘dusted’ with light to reveal the otherwise invisible pattern, therefore making sound visible. Our logo was created with this technology, using a fundamental frequency of 78 Hz. Twin Spirals are commonly seen in pine cones and in many species of flowers and cacti, and even in some vegetables, for example, the beautiful yet humble romanesque. An important question arises out of twin spiral CymaGlyphs: Is the mechanism that underpins phyllotaxis in Nature related to sound?

Credit: CymaScope.com

Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID)

A SQUID (for superconducting quantum interference device) is a very sensitive magnetometer used to measure extremely subtle magnetic fields. To maintain superconductivity, the entire device needs to operate within a few degrees of absolute zero, cooled with liquid helium. The extreme sensitivity of SQUIDs makes them ideal for studies in biology. According to Dr. Rollin McCraty, Director of Research at the HeartMath Research Center, the heart’s magnetic component detected using a SQUID device is about 100 times stronger than the brain’s magnetic field. [6]

Credit: HeartMath.org

Electroencephalography (EEG)

Most Electroencephalography (EEG) devices detect brainwaves by placing sensors on the scalp. The information that is acquired from these spectral content is then subsequently divided into bandwidths. Research has found that not only are brainwaves representative of our emotional state, but they could be simulated to help change a person’s mental condition, which in turn can help with a variety of mental issues. [7] [8]

Credit: Emotiv.com

Conceptual Revolutions in Science can be obtained from Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1942790007?tag=ammbt-20

And, Amazon Kindle:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B014ZW4B94?tag=ammbt-20

Adam B. Dorfman’s web site can be found at:
http://conceptualrevolutions.com

Sources: [1] http://conceptualrevolutions.com/2014/07/10/beyond-our-traditional-5-senses-and-the-mysteries-of-the-unseen-world-film/ [2] SpeakDolphin.com [3] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiZqn6fV-4Y [4] https://www.wikiwand.com/en/High-speed_photography [5] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDkR2HIlEbc [6] https://www.heartmath.org/research/research-library/energetics/energetic-heart-bioelectromagnetic-communication-within-and-between-people/ [7] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6FqZiLxhq4 [8] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdneZ4fIIHE


Originally published at conceptualrevolutions.com on August 9, 2015.

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