reply to post by Ev0lveUp
Unfortunately, without laboratory testing and controls - it's difficult to draw any kind of conclusions.
Then, there is always the issue of subjectivity... if you expect something to have significance, it will - even in some rather strange ways. I recall
a research paper where a group of researchers were given a survey to distribute to people, and told that only about 40% would respond in a certain
way. Lo-and-behold, those who responded to the survey responded as predicted with about 40% answering in a specific way (IE "yes" in a yes/no
question). Another group of researchers was given the same survey and told that 60% would respond in that same way (IE "yes" in a yes/no question;
same answer as the previous group). Once again - this group of people responded in the 'predicted' range of 60%.
How this worked, or why is not really addressed in the paper. The fact is that the bias was somehow able to communicate into the results.
Presuming, though, that your experiences are not some kind of observational bias; there are several things I can think of to explain them.
The first is that each magnet is somehow unique in its magnetic properties. No natural (or even man-made) magnet is completely uniform in structure.
Little variances in the molecular structure influence the dynamics of the magnetic field. These then produce unique and repeatable effects on the
brain. IE - the magnet would prompt a range of thoughts/emotions in all people equally - the fact that the "owner" seems to be imprinted on the
magnet is a causal error, as the owner was simply the first to be imprinted upon by the magnet.
The other would be that tiny electromagnetic fields emitted by synapses are somehow able to 'record' onto the magnet, and then be communicated at a
Although both seem rather unlikely as brain function is an emergent node-based behavior, and therefor the patterns that make up thought and reasoning
would vary from person to person. The other is that neurosynaptic activity is very weak in terms of electromagnetic fields - the relatively low-power
magnetic recording/reading devices of hard-drives and other magnetic media are orders of magnitude stronger. While the magnets necessary to induce
various sensations of paranoia and even illusions are orders of magnitude larger than most magnets people will ever come into contact with.
Of course, since we are already dealing with fringe concepts, we can also consider another possibility. I've had experiences that can only be
described as 'telepathic' in nature. Whether it was just a case of my imagination being able to pull relevant knowledge from the recesses of my
mind and make an accurate guess, or really the work of some 'supernatural' phenomena is not something I can honestly conclude.
However - presuming such phenomena do exist, the magnet could simply be the catalyst or 'trigger' for such phenomena from a psychological
perspective. For one friend and I, it was empathy that would be a 'trigger' for such phenomena. If she was sick, I could 'link' and draw her a
picture of where she was, what she was wearing, etc. When we would talk about family get-togethers (hers in a country I've never been to) - I could
draw her a picture of a 'memory' I seemed to pull up out of nowhere of walking down a road to her grandmother's house.
And I'd be fairly accurate.
I couldn't do it on a regular or an 'at will' basis... and not really with many other people. We have some eerily similar personality traits - and
I call her my sister from another mister. Not sure if it's just because we have a lot in common, or what. We really became pretty close after her
e-boyfriend broke up with her - she and I were like fire and gasoline, before - I -really- didn't like that guy. Now, when we talk, it's almost
like we have the same brain.
In either case - you could be using these magnets as a form of connection or 'trigger' for these phenomena.
Or we could all just be nuttier than squirrel feces.