“Your plane looks like a silvery ghost in the moonlight,” Telepathic journal entry Harold
M. Sherman to Hubert Wilkins, December 7, 1937
How does the blind Mexican cave fish keep from crashing into rock walls? What invisible thread draws the catfish directly to its prey? Do their tiny fish brains have room for a sixth sense? Biophysicists at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen have recently solidified their understanding of the fish’s gelatinous “remote sensing system,” but the concept is anything but new.
Seventy years ago, Harold M. Sherman came to a startlingly similar conclusion about the source of human telepathic powers, but no scientists paid attention to the remarkable book, Thoughts Through Space, he co-authored with famed Arctic explorer Sir Hubert Wilkins. The now nearly forgotten 1942 book chronicled a six-month North Pole mission undertaken by Wilkins to rescue the crew of a downed Russian plane. Before embarking Wilkins and Sherman a much published “student of mental powers” agreed to transmit thoughts to Sherman at a certain time several days each week. They both kept journals, and Sherman immediately sent his telepathic impressions by mail to Dr. Gardner Murphy, professor of psychology at Columbia University and to a mutual friend of the co-authors, a skeptic, Samuel Emery as proof of date. Sherman’s success rate and the specificity of many of his hits extraordinary. In his introduction to the Studies in Consciousness reissue of the book, renowned remote viewer Ingo Swann said he’d been “amazed and staggered” by Sherman’s accomplishment, which he originally stumbled upon in a used book bin in 1970.
So, what was Sherman’s theory of the forces behind human telepathy? “It may well be that we all exist in a vast sea of consciousness and that particles of thought can make instant union forming lines of force which carry messages from one sympathetic mind to another. …Mass consciousness is electrical in manifestation and most thoughts have a rate and character of vibration determined by the nature of the individual’s emotion reacting to external experience.”
How does fish telepathy compare? Scientists at Technische Universitaet Muenchen have found that fish have “lateral-line” organs aligned along the left and right sides of their body, around the eyes and mouth consisting of gelatinous flags called “neuromasts” that detect changes in the water’s motion and pressure.
“These changes can arise from various sources: A fish swimming by produces vibrations or waves that are directly conveyed to the lateral-line organ. Schooling fishes can recognize a nearby attacker and synchronize their swimming motion so that they resemble a single large animal. The Mexican cave fish pushes a bow wave ahead of itself, which is reflected from obstacles. The catfish takes advantage of the fact that a swimming fish that beats its tail fin leaves a trail of eddies behind. This so-called “vortex street” persists for more than a minute and can betray the prey.”
My own sixth sense tells me that it won’t be long before scientists discover that human’s too have “neuromasts” most likely residing in our huge gelatinous brains, but shriveled from eons of ignorance. And once “discovered,” ESP will suddenly go from shunned voo-doo to established science. Let’s hope the names on the Noble prize are Wilkins and Sherman.