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Microscopic Perceptions

I am considering having a test on the detection of microscopic structures. Such a test would not involve human subjects, and allows for a much larger number of samples. Several of my dowsing perceptions have involved microscopic structures, from bacteria such as Helicobacter pylori and Lactobacillus, to cells such as the red blood cell, viruses such as Hepatitis C virus, as well as molecules and atoms of various kinds.

Microscopic Perceptions
Red blood cell
Diameter 6-8 micrometers, 2 micrometers thick
"much smaller than most human cells" (Source)
Perceived but never tested nor confirmed

When I have a medical perception, it depicts health information on the most relevant level of magnification, usually being on the level of organs and tissue. Some medical perceptions are on the microscopic level, such as information depicted as cells, bacteria, viruses, and chemicals in the body. Other, non-medical, perceptions I experience also occur on the microscopic level. Nutrients and other chemical components in food, the bright vibration of algae, or bacteria on various surfaces or in the soil. Medicines, pills, also vibrate due to their chemicals. This test would involve, not human subjects, but microscopic biological and/or chemical samples in petri dishes.

How small things can the human eye see?

According to one source, the smallest size objects visually detectable to the human eye are 0.1 millimeters (mm), (Source). Or, at the optimal viewing distance of 20 to 25 centimeters (cm) that enables visual detection of the smallest objects, things small as 0.05 mm could be seen and "clearly" - the source does not specify whether the optimal viewing distance is from the eye to the object, or the horizontal distance from the person and to the object (Source). Good eyes would be able to see things small as 0.04 mm, which is the width of a fine human hair, and things 0.02 mm and smaller would not be visible even to the best eyes (Source).
Helicobacter pylori bacterium
0.5 x 3.0 micrometers in size (Source)
Confirmed perception
Anecdotal evidence only

The samples of this test must be much smaller than anything the human eye can see. If using 0.02 mm as the size limit, 0.02 mm is 20 micrometers (um). But we also have to worry about aggregates. If three red blood cells of 8 um each were to cluster they may form an aggregate large enough to see, 24 um across at best.

One Helicobacter pylori bacterium is at best 3 um across. Seven of them would have to get together to produce a width visible to the human eye, yet, the thickness of a linear aggregate would at best be 3 um, so additional ones would need to add thickness to the line to make a cluster visible to the naked eye.

0.02 millimeters is 20,000 nanometers (nm). At 50 nm in diameter at best, four hundred Hepatitis C particles would have to cluster in a line to produce a width of 0.02 mm, still, the thickness of this aggregate would still be 50 nm, so a much larger number of particles would be needed in order to form a visible aggregate.
(Metric conversions)

The question is also whether an aggregate large enough to be visually detectable by the eye as a speck, would have any visible features that allow the identity or structural detail of the sample to be distinguished.
Hepatitis C virus
Between 30 and 38 nanometers across (Source)
or 50 nanometers (Source)
Confirmed perception
Documented evidence

Testing Protocol

A suggestion is to have a variety of different types of microscopic biological and/or chemical samples one each in a petri dish. I would be allowed to look toward the dishes, as my study has found that in order to form a perception of anything, I need to be looking directly toward the source. I should be allowed to pass on particular samples from which I do not have a perception or image.

The paranormal claim is and always has been, "I do not claim to perceive something in everything that I look at", but that "when I do perceive something, I would claim that perception to be accurate". This test has a large enough number of samples to allow me to pass on samples from which I do not perceive something. Passing speaks for the frequency of perceptions, not to their accuracy. Accuracy is then obtained from the submitted perceptions.

What particles to test on?

Obviously pathogens, like the Helicobacter pylori and Hepatitis C virus can not be used due to unsafe handling. I would suggest the following samples:

Some up to 4.0 x 1.1 um (Source)
Two confirmed perceptions
Anecdotal evidence only

  • Lactobacillus (some up to 4.0 x 1.1 micrometer)
  • Red blood cell (max 8 micrometer)
  • Algae (small ones from 0.5 micrometer Source)
  • And others. Submit your suggestions for samples to use brightstar@visionfromfeeling.com

Updates will be added as a test is approached