The following text is an excerpt from Blueprint for Immortality: The Electric Patterns of Life by Harold Saxton Burr.
Antennae to the Universe
It was logical to deduce from the Field Theory that external electrical fields would affect the fields of living organisms. For just as the overall L-field [i.e., life-field] of the organism embraces and controls its subsidiary fields, the electrical environment of the earth includes—and can be expected to influence—the fields of the living forms on this planet.
This was something we could not easily check with human or animal subjects because each organism is not only unique but also constantly changing, as our experiments had shown. With the rapidly fluctuating voltage variations in humans and animals, it is extremely difficult to arrive at a steady baseline or norm from which to measure the influence of external forces, which are often slow in their cyclical variations.
It was most important, however, to try to detect the effects of any external forces for three reasons. First, if we could demonstrate experimentally a logical deduction from the Field Theory, this would offer the Theory additional support. Second, if the electrical environment does affect the living organism, the more we could find out about those effects the better. Third, if we could establish that living forms are affected by their electrical environment, this would show that man is an integral part of the Universe and subject to the great forces that act across space, just as the earth itself is.
For these reasons we decided to carry out a long-term study of a living system which would be its own control, with the changes in internal and external factors to be supplied by Nature. Our aim was to examine, over a very long period of time, the electrical properties of the system and their relationship to environmental phenomena. The latter included, of course, temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, sunshine and dark and any other factors that we might be able to detect, measure and describe.
We chose a tree as the most suitable subject for this investigation because, in many ways, a tree has enormous advantages. It always stays put in a particular place; it requires no special feeding; it does not have to be anaesthetized when making the measurements; and there is no problem of cleaning up after the experiments, as there is with animals in the laboratory.
We hoped, then, that trees would not only offer a steady and reliable baseline from which to measure ordinary environmental influences but would also serve as antennae-so to speak-to pick up any extraterrestrial or Universal forces that might influence the living forms of this planet.
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