Circle of Noise

S. Tescione tescione at u.washington.edu
Thu Dec 26 01:52:15 EST 1996


Part of what you are describing could be psychological, but part could be
neurological.  For example, there are certain types of dyslexia that are
greatly affected by the type of light.  Certain types of depression (SAD)
are affected by light.  There is quite a lot of research being done on
electro-magnetic fields, and there is great concern about the location of
power lines and generators.  This was a big issue on the campus where I
worked when there was a general outcry from the residents who lived around
campus protested moving major feeder lines to residential areas.

Unfortunately, testing for these kinds of things is very expensive.
However, these are the kinds of things that would probably be wise to
investigate.  Remember that computer screens emit light, and a filter
could be an inexpensive but wise investment for you.  In addition, full
spectrum light could provide some assistance.  Because it is very gloomy
here in Seattle, I have installed three full-specxtrum lights in various
parts of my apartment, and these have been very helpful.  By the way, I
suffer from a learning disability, and have soem of the same symptoms, but
they are completely unrelated to electrical devices.

Susan


On Wed, 25 Dec 1996, BriBear wrote:

> I have recently noted that several apparently unrelated things seem 
> to affect my mental clarity/focus, emotional stability and creativity - 
> "centeredness", if you will. Loosely referring to them all as the "Circle 
> of Noise", I'm seeking perspectives from a wide variety of sources as to 
> cause, connections between them and possible corrective actions. This is 
> no joke - the changes I experience in my mental states can be _very_ 
> dramatic. _Any_ feedback, from psi to science (including skepticism, or 
> downright disbelief) is welcome - and greatly appreciated.
> 
> Here they are...
> 
> 1) Extended use of a computer seems to cause fogged thinking, fatigue & 
> lack of motivation. Occasionally, my face seems to tingle & burn after a 
> long day's work in front of a PC.
> 
> 2) Lengthy automobile travel or _any_ air travel causes the same kind of 
> un-focused state that computers cause
> 
> 3) Microwave ovens "jangle" me; I can actually feel them when they are 
> running. Flourescent lights seem to do the same thing, at a lower level. 
> Large, high voltage devices, such as power filters & unitteruptible power 
> supplies really make my guts crawl but without a doubt, electric blankets 
> are the worst (though tanning beds run a close second; I don't use either 
> of them anymore)
> 
> 4) Large urban areas seem to be psychically "noisy" to the point of 
> distraction & the demarcation can be pretty dramatic - often when I'm 
> driving from one place to another, I suddenly find myself heaving a huge 
> sigh of relief, only then to notice that I have passed beyond the "Circle 
> of Noise" and into a rural and/or heavily wooded area. As an aside to the 
> scientist who might be reading this: I have observed this even when 
> someone else was driving to a place unfamiliar to me and I was riding in 
> the back of a van with no windows.
> 
> 5) Wood, in the form of living trees, real wood (not plywood) sided 
> houses and real wood paneled rooms seem to provide a great deal of 
> filtering/protection/shielding & help me maintain my center
> 
> 6) Water also seems to "shield" me; long showers or time in a pool clear 
> my head
> 
> 7) Heavily overcast days (particulary with fog or rain) or very windy 
> days or very crisp cold days help my clarity
> 
> 8) The same sort of psychological shift that occurs when driving into a 
> rural area happens late at night as well as during holidays, especially 
> ones that are stay-at-home (like Thanksgiving & Christmas) as opposed to 
> party hardy ones like Independence Day
> 
> 




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