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"The ghost of electricity howls in the bones of her face..." Bob Dylan
"I sing the body electric..."Walt Whitman
The human brain creates electromagnetic vibrations and waves which radiate out from the skull into the surrounding space. A transceiver could be devised that would be able to receive and decode these messages, and transmit like messages to another human. Indeed, two humans so equipped could communicate directly brain to brain. A whole earth of such humans could tune into a planet-wide symphony of celestial music.
It is readily apparent that electromagnetic waves such as these are not destroyed by distance or time; their effects are eternal. Not only could they be used to communicate over long distances between stars and galaxies, but they will remain until the final Omega Point of the universe billions of years from now; we truly are immortal, to the extent that we think.
The electromagnetic waves produced by our brains do not exist in isolation. The frequencies, sequences, durations and rhythms of each individual brain are superimposed on each other. The total effects are so complex that they can only be likened to music; for it is musical sequences of frequency, timing, and rhythm that represent the most complex patterns that the human mind is capable of holding in attention at any given moment.
The brainwaves of one individual overlap with anotherís, with complex feedback loops affected by partial synchronizations caused by language, religion, love, and innumerable other human commonalities. These feedback patterns extend to the ends of the universe, no mater how faint, world without end.
Music and song were early achievements of the human brain, leading indicators of the brainís future powers that initiated feedback loops fostering both the necessity and the means for further intellectual development.
It is both appropriate and beautiful that music and song, which to us perhaps appear to be vestigial capabilities with no more utility than the appendix, are in reality the mainspring of our past intellectual triumphs and pivotal to our future destiny.
Without the capability to hold in mind complex sequences of frequencies and rhythms, our species would never have been able to learn language and other complex mental phenomena. Without these same musical capabilities which allow us to hold in mind multiple perspectives on time, space, and pattern recognition, we would never be able to learn to produce the intimately detailed and resonant feedback loops necessary for the future intellectual destiny of the multiverse.
"Itís all a matter of timing..."
November 15, 1998