In a message dated 9/2/05 11:29:08 AM GMT Daylight Time,
Marc Steurbaut wrote:
> I think Mike's questions are the bare
minimum if one wants to find out
> if the magnetic guy is 'genuine' or
I agree, Marc. Just thought the whole thing was a hoot that added
a minute amount to the possibility that 'energy lines' were magnetic
nature and that some people who were magnetically sensitive could
recognize them, either as inner experiences or via unconsciously created
Can I explore with a few statements of
Magnetic lines of force (flux) _are_ lines
of energy - that is electro-magnetic energy.
There's nothing especially spooky about this
Very sensitive instruments have been developed
that can detect changes in the magnetic field, supplying
limited information of underground structures.
It is plausible that some people (and animals)
are sensitive to magnetic energy - but very simple experimental tests
appear not to support such claims (for people - I have a vague memory of
a study where someone messed homing pigeons up with
For people who are unaware of the physical nature of magnetic forces, or
who misunderstand them, it would be very natural to assume any such
experiences were something 'supernatural' and/or 'sacred'.
I've seen no claims - let alone evidence - that the alignments apparent in
historical buildings and landscapes have any associated magnetic aspect.
There are many claims that such alignments are associated with non-specific
'energies' that are interpretated by some as 'spiritual' in nature. I have
seen no evidence that the 'energies' these people claim to detect are anything
other than purely imaginary. There are very simple tests that could
confirm or disproove their claims.
On the other hand, a number of sound rationales for deliberate alignments,
totally unconnected to any conception of 'non-specific energies' have been
This kind of rationalisation is threatening to the worldview of those who
believe such 'non-specific energies' to be real, and for whom they are an
inherent part of their belief-system. They tend to react by labelling
people like myself 'debunkers' and 'skeptics'.