posted on May, 22 2006 @ 07:56 AM
I've looked around a little and cant seem to find any other research but I had heard this before from somewhere. Isn't your brain wired up to
be buzzing at 12-15khz?
No. Brain waves work around the range of 4-20 Hz or so, not 12-15 kHz. You might have gotten the units mixed up, since they are similar numbers,
only different by a factor of 1000. (I've done that on tests more times than I care to admit...)
I wonder if it really was the EM radiation from the televisions that affected the chipmunks, or whether it was something else, like the stress of
captivity that did them in? Did the researchers have some kind of control group where other chipmunks were kept in the same conditions, except with
no TV present?
There's a lot of debate in the scientific community right now about the effects of EM radiation on living organisms. You've probably heard of
people who have protested when power lines or cellphone towers go up in their neighbourhoods. I'm not aware of any conclusive evidence that proves
that being in the proximity of EM fields is dangerous, at least the tiny fields around things like TVs. I did some calculations once to see what kind
of EM fields a power line generates, and it's pretty small, even if you are standing right under the overhanging wires; the magnetic field, for
example, I calculated was something like 1 or 2% of the earth's magnetic field. I remember when I took an introductory EM class at university, my
prof spent one entire seminar going through article after article that had as its conclusions that EM fields like those I mentioned are harmless.
Even though the EM field generated by stuff like TVs, power lines, and all that, can be proven to be quite small, that doesn't say anything about
whether that small amount is dangerous or not. Take my power line calculation as an example. I found that standing under the lines only exposed you
to about 1 or 2% more EM. Sometimes 2% is a lot, though. If I increased the room temperature in your house by 2%, for example, that would be about 6
degrees Celsius. I guarantee you'd notice that!
We definitely need more research into the effects of EM on living things, especially since EM is everywhere in our modern society...