The Electric Universe

January 15, 2013


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ISIS Lecture 14/01/13
Life is Water Electric
Part 1   Electrodynamic Life-Field & Body Electric
Part 2   Quantum Coherent Liquid Crystalline Water Is Life-field & Body Electric

Mae-Wan Ho

Invited keynote lecture at Electric Universe 2013: The Tipping Point conference,
Albuquerque, 3-6 January, 2013


All plants and animals, whether single-celled or multicellular, from egg or seed
to fully developed organism, possess an electrodynamic ‘life-field’ (L-field)
that can be mapped at or close to the surface with appropriate voltmeters and
electrodes. Its pattern changes during growth and development, correlating with
body plan and organisation, as well as physiological and mental states.
However, the source of the L-field is still unknown.

New evidence suggests that the L-field is generated by and embodied in the
quantum-coherent liquid crystalline water that makes up 70-90 % of organisms and
cells and is essential for life.

Water forms quantum coherent domains at ordinary temperatures and pressures.
Within organisms, coherent domains become stabilized as liquid crystalline water
on the vast amount of membrane and macromolecular surfaces, effectively aligning
the entire body electrically to form a single uniaxial crystal.  This liquid
crystalline water makes life possible by enabling proteins and nucleic acids to
act as quantum molecular machines that transform and transfer energy at close to
100% efficiency. It provides excitation energy to split water in photosynthesis,
releasing oxygen for the teaming millions of air-breathing species that colonize
the earth, at the same time generating electricity for intercommunication and
the redox chemistry that powers the entire biosphere.

Living water is the means, medium and message of life.

Part 1   Electrodynamic Life-Field and Body Electric

Life, the universe, and everything

I want to start with a really big question. If the organism is electric, as the
universe is electric, is the universe an organism?

Yes, said English mathematician -philosopher Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947),
who had an enormous influence on me. Writing fresh in the first flowering of
quantum physics, Whitehead showed how the mechanical laws that describe objects
with ‘simple location in space and time’ utterly fail to represent natural
processes, and argued it is only possible to know and understand nature as an

In his book Science and the Modern World [1] first published in 1926, he wrote
(p. 100): “The concrete enduring entities are organisms, so that the plan of the
whole influences the very characters of the various subordinate organisms which
enter into it. In the case of an animal, the mental states enter into the plan
of the total organism and thus modify the plans of the successive subordinate
organisms until the ultimate smallest organisms, such as electrons, are reached
[italics mine].”

Whitehead’s organisms include everything in nature, from the universe to
galaxies, stars, planets, plants, animals, human beings, bacteria, right down to
fundamental particles; they are bundles of electromagnetic activities –
“vibratory organisms” – endowed at least with a kind of primal consciousness
that experience their environment in acts of “prehensile unification”, and most
important of all, evolve as the result of the experience.

I have taken Whitehead’s philosophy to heart, if not the details of his theory.
Not only is nature an (electromagnetic) organism, but the knower must also be an
electromagnetic organism maximally sensitive and responsive, fully engaged in
mind and body, intellect and feeling to other organisms, ultimately to all

The electrodynamic organism attuned to the cosmos

There is substantial evidence that living things are fundamentally organized by
electric fields and electromagnetic activities.  Whitehead’s concept of a “plan
of the body” that modifies the motion of electrons within it anticipates the
discovery of physiologist Harold Saxton Burr at Yale University, who began his
work in the 1930s.

Burr’s book, The Blueprint for Immortality [2], first published in 1972, offers
a grand vision, described on book’s back cover.

“This is a breakthrough book – the first comprehensive account ever published of
one of the most important scientific discoveries of this century. It reveals
that all living things – from men to mice, from trees to seeds – are moulded and
controlled by ‘electrodynamic fields’, which can be measured and mapped with
standard modern volt-meters.

“These ‘fields of life’, or L-fields, are the basic blueprints of all life on
this planet. Their discovery, therefore, is of immense significance to all of

“To every man and woman in this troubled age it gives the comforting certainty
that life is no accident and that all of us are integrated parts of the
Universe, subjected to its laws and sharing in its purpose and destiny…..the
Universe has meaning and so have we.

“Since measurements of L-field voltages can reveal physical and mental
conditions, doctors will be able to use them to diagnose illnesses before the
usual symptoms develop and so will have a better chance of successful

Burr and his many collaborators over a period of forty years documented the
existence of L-fields in diverse organisms including eggs and seeds; and
dramatic changes in L-field potentials closely correlated with growth,
development, and mental states, and key physiological events such as ovulation
and cancer.

Burr attached electrodes to trees and simultaneously recorded electric potential
differences in the atmosphere and in the earth continuously for 25 years. The
records showed that the air and earth potentials fluctuated in phase with the
trees’ potentials. Statistical analysis revealed well-known diurnal rhythms in
all four records, as well as the lunar cycle and the eleven year cycle of solar
activity. These findings leave little doubt that the trees in particular are
sensitive to electric and electromagnetic fields from Earth and outer space,
acting as antennae to the universe. Trees connect us to the universe. This may
be part of the reason why a walk in the woods or being near to woods and forests
is found to be beneficial to health [3].

Earth’s magnetic field comes from the electric current generated in the
conductive layer of molten iron in its outer core moving across the Sun’s
magnetic field, which in turn generates a magnetic field. Birds, bees,
amphibians and other animals are known to depend on Earth’s magnetic field for
navigation. There are reports that animals and humans in environments shielded
from Earth’s magnetic field aged faster, died more readily, suffered stress and
pains, and pathological changes in the liver, kidneys, white blood cells, and
urinary bladder [4].

Earth also has an electromagnetic spectrum or Schumann resonance named after
Winifred Otto Schumann (1888-1974) who predicted them in 1952. Schumann
resonances are standing waves created in the space between the surface of the
earth and the conductive ionosphere, and naturally excited by lightning
discharges. Schumann resonances range between 3 and 60 Hz, appearing as distinct
peaks at 7.83, 14.3, 27.3 and 33.8 Hz. These same frequencies are prominent in
human brain waves and strongly correlated with different mental states. Evidence
suggests that humans and other organisms actually synchronize their biological
rhythms to the Schumann frequencies [5, 6].

Earth’s electromagnetic activities are strongly affected by those of the sun.
The beautiful northern lights are generated during periods of intense solar
activity, or magnetic storms, when the solar wind carrying hot energetic plasmas
of ionized particles from the sun increases in density and speed. The ionized
particles are trapped by Earth’s magnetic field and accelerated towards its
magnetic poles. Collisions between these ions and atmospheric atoms and
molecules (mainly oxygen and nitrogen) cause light to be emitted as the excited
atoms relax back to the ground state. Both higher and lower than average levels
of solar and geomagnetic activities are associated with adverse health and
psychological impacts on humans worldwide, possibly due to the suppression of
the pineal gland secretion of melatonin as biological rhythms are
desynchronized. This is also partly why artificial electromagnetic emissions
from mobile phones, wireless, high tension power lines are having dire effects
on humans and wild life [7-10] (Drowning in a Sea of Microwaves, Cancer Risks
from Microwaves Confirmed, Mobile Phones and Vanishing Bees, Mobile Phones &
Vanishing Birds, SiS 34).

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