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The Sixth Sense: Aquatic Ancestors Had Electroreceptive Abilities

In the field of psychic research, there has been long consideration given to the idea of a “sixth sense,” which might constitute an ability to perceive information about people and objects that seems to transcend our general understanding of space-time. On the other hand, those claiming to have actual intuitive abilities sometimes contest this notion of a so-called “sixth sense” altogether.

Robert Cracknell, a man heralded as “Britain’s leading psychic detective” for his numerous exploits in solving murders and disappearances with his intuition alone, has often described such a gift as the result of using the five senses in ways that others don’t; in other words, honing one’s natural abilities in a way that allows the known senses to become sharpened, and thus more sensitive to subtleties that the average person might overlook (hence the often-used term “extra-sensory perception”).

There are, however, other senses that obviously do exist beyond the five major senses of sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste. Abilities such as sensing heat and cold, as well as pressure variations, are among the “lesser” senses that are known and recognized… and looking back to the ancestors of modern life here on planet earth, recent studies have suggested that ancient aquatic life forms may have harnessed even more unique senses than these. reported recently on the study in question, which initially appeared in the Oct. 11 issue of Nature Communications. Spanning 25 years of research, close to “30,000 species of land animals (including humans) and a roughly equal number of ray-finned fishes” all share a common ancestor who, in ancient times, utilized “a well-developed electroreceptive system.” PhysOrg writer Krishna Ramanujan described this creature as follows:

This ancestor was probably a predatory marine fish with good eyesight, jaws and teeth and a lateral line system for detecting water movements, visible as a stripe along the flank of most fishes. It lived around 500 million years ago. The vast majority of the approximately 65,000 living vertebrate species are its descendants.

Though fascinating, it might not be too hard to fathom that creatures existing today–perhaps even humans–might still possess remnants of such abilities. Energy researcher and controversial engineer-of-the-impossible Tom Bearden has in the past referred to apparent psychic abilities as the result of what might be called “scalar interferometry.” This would essentially call into question whether as-yet unrecognized forms of energy, paired along with certain people’s ability to discern these in a sensory way, could form the basis of intuitive abilities… perhaps stemming from bioelectric signals produced by people’s bodies.

One might also take into consideration those who claim to be disoriented or disturbed otherwise by the presence of wireless broadband internet and EM fields produced by cellular phones and their service towers. This is no recent development; as far back as 2009, Fox News had reported that residents of the English town of Glastonbury had reported a number of physical issues they attributed to the presence of WiFi internet being hosted in the area:

Ever since the town’s free [WiFi] network went online in May, people have been complaining of… “headaches, dizziness, nausea, severe tiredness, brain fog, disorientation and loss of appetite, loss of balance, inability to concentrate, loss of creativity” — all ailments an examining physician would find it difficult to prove or disprove.

While “imagined” psychosomatic effects could be one factor here, if there is indeed evidence that could support such people’s argument that electromagnetic fields might influence our bodies in peculiar ways, this indeed might be a hold-over, of sorts, to ancient times, when our fishy ancestors might have used similar abilities to their advantage. Thus, while you might not have gills like those ancestors did (wait, you don’t?!?!), you still might possess remnants of unusual abilities ancient aquatic creatures had close to 500 million years ago. Indeed, some things never change…and even when they do, it looks like they take a damn long time.


Micah Hanks is a writer, podcaster, and researcher whose interests cover a variety of subjects. His areas of focus include history, science, philosophy, current events, cultural studies, technology, unexplained phenomena, and ways the future of humankind may be influenced by science and innovation in the coming decades. In addition to writing, Micah hosts the Middle Theory and Gralien Report podcasts.
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