It’s a concept that we have long referred to, both from a more practical, scientific perspective or as something fresh out of the pages of a sci-fi novel – the idea of humans processing a ‘sixth sense.’ While it may seem crazy to some, new data reveals that it may be more than just a theory!

Our planet possesses a magnetic field, with its anchor points each located at the North and South pole, the lines of force, representing the magnetic energy that we all experience in our daily lives, arching out throughout space. It’s a concept that we have long known to be true,  supported by governmental studies, and even credited for influencing the migratory patterns of birds, and other animals, providing them with a form of guidance system. However, up to this point, there has been little to no evidence that these magnetic fields have any significant impact on the human population.

However, a study published in the journal ‘Nature Communications’ may reveal that these magnetic fields have a bigger impact on the human population than we ever thought possible. Inspired by the connection between the magnetic fields and migratory birds and animals, Joe Kirschvink, a geophysicist at the California Institute of Technology believed that we, too, may be equipped to sense and use these magnetic fields, even if we weren’t aware of it.

The study pinpointed a protein that is located in the retina of the human eye, a protein that, when placed into the eye of fruit flies, was capable of detecting magnetic fields. Thus, Kirschvink hypothesized, we actually equipped with a biological magnetic sensor – proof of a potential sixth sense in the human body, the ability to sense and read magnetic fields.

Discussing the potential impact of this study, researcher Steven Reppert from the University of Massachusetts Medical School explained, “It poses the question, ‘maybe we should rethink about this sixth sense.’ It is also thought to be very important for how animals migrate. Perhaps, this protein is also fulfilling an essential function for sensing magnetic fields in humans.”

The fruit fly experiment wasn’t the only effort that Kirshvink made to investigate this theory. In one experiment, he actively passed a rotating magnetic field through the participants, measuring their brainwaves and activity. He found that when the rotation was traveling counter-clockwise, some neurons within the brain actually responded to this movement, causing a spike in the brain activity. In this way, the human brain can actually detect this magnetic energy.

While further testing would be required to confirm his theory, Kirshvink hypothesizes that the human brain is capable of detecting and interpreting magnetic fields. This would allow us to naturally navigate the planet, responding its natural magnetic fields similar to the birds. Maybe we do have an impressive sixth sense after all!

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