“The plague was nothing; fear of the plague was much more formidable.”
~ Henri Poincaré, French mathematician and theoretical physicist (1854-1912)
Part 4 of the Series, “Of Monkeys, Mice and Men: From Natural Bodies to Digitized Bots”
Groundhog Day has passed, and regardless of whether or not “Punxsutawney Phil” saw his shadow, I am confronting and integrating shadows of myself in 2020 — a year in which a spell of the highest magnitude in modern history was cast upon global society. In terms of shadow work (and to echo Steve K’s recent spiritually-stirring POM post illuminating wetiko), it seems we have all been called to reconcile the “dark side” in others (the “collective shadow”), and even more crucially, within ourselves. Specifically, I have been reflecting on how I may be inadvertently conveying fear via my body language, my writing, and potentially even unconsciously through chemosignaling, discussed below (see also here and here). Amidst this self-reflection, my locale has been inundated with snow for weeks, and shoveling trails for my short-legged goats has taken a physical toll. Yet, most mornings I wake up to the birds sounding the call of spring. Their signaling serves as a message that the days are getting lighter, and life will look brighter very soon . . .
Speaking of signaling, the third installment in my series received mixed response. While it was a stretch in various regards, I hope that readers can absorb nuggets of information embedded therein, even if not accepting my hypothetical premise that a synthetic protein (encapsulated within a bio-nanotechnology vector termed a “vaccine”) can be horizontally transferred from person-to-person (which can translate as a “positive” via an RT-PCR amplification process), resulting in potentially iatrogenically-induced illness.
That said, I would like to revisit the concept of contagion, coupled with the phenomenon of chemosignaling (a confirmed form of horizontal transfer in humans). One primary inspiration for my reflection came from a regular commenter at POM — Oregon Matt. Recently, he e-mailed me an excerpt from an exchange he had with Jim West (investigative scientific researcher of harvoa.org), where Jim stated as follows:
“I was told by a biologist via email that hormones have all the abilities of the regular nervous system (memory and ability to be affected by other hormones and systems etc, and to affect these other systems) — but hormones are slower and often mobile.”
Jim added his personal feedback:
“They can be transmitted to other persons like ‘germs’ via coughing breathing talking touching. Which may be another reason why Big Bro wants us to be germphobes. And to view touch as a sin. Big Bro is jealous of any lateral communication. Hormones are another means of lateral communication . . . So there is an infectious element here, but ancient and with beneficial potential, related to ‘suggestion’ but with more detail. This could explain why people are innately repulsed by sick people and even lower classes like the ‘untouchables’ . . .
So hormones could be suggesting solutions to illnesses or environmental hazards. Yawning is a purely psychological suggestion, but hormones give the details. Both modes are probably at work to give the impression of suggestion — suggesting specific illness symptoms as remediation behavior or defense behavior when confronting environmental hazards. It is known that cells can change their behavior and physical structure on the fly, and this is claimed to be due to dynamic genetic transfer; bacteria do that. However, this effect might be describing hormonal material, which perhaps is what nucleic acid is in a sense.” (Re-printed herein with Jim’s consent, and his link for further clarification).
Continue reading “Part 4: The Scent of Fear ~ Musings on Fear and Olfaction”