In the book of sentences of the Toulouse Inquisition for 1308-1323 there is a record of the case of the girl Claire Michelet, who “saw with her hands.” The case itself and other details have not been preserved.
In the protocol of the Ghent court of the Inquisition of March 15, 1379 accused Catherine Tauftag reportedly “boasted in front of neighbors that can distinguish between embroidered patterns with fingers without looking eyes and not touching the canvas. “The investigation made sure that this is a gift of the devil, for which Catherine was deprived of the patronage of the church and betrayed by the fire.
In September 1962, on the ability of Rosa Kuleshov to recognize all Soviet newspapers wrote blind-skinned colors. Specially the created commission of the USSR Academy of Sciences did not confirm the reliability of the facts, but the possibility of an alternative view was not refuted.
Unreliability of expertise
Photo from open source how much easier it is to do physical or chemical experiments! He dripped the acid – hissed, boiled – gurgled. Regardless of the stars, nor the weather, nor the mood test tubes. It is a different matter to explore the unique abilities of not herself smart in the world of a girl, pretty freaky, chatting incessantly about his genius and at the same time prone to hoaxes.
She wants to show herself in the best light, and as luck would have it, “not in the voice today.” And she begins to “improve performance”, peeping, cheating. And as a result, she is declared a charlatan, and further work with her – unpromising.
However, research has not stopped. They were engaged in special services different countries.
The main problem was the search for objects of study. Who to look for? Where? How? Go there – not sure where …
It is not even known how unique such abilities are. No one because of us “does not look closely” at what, perhaps, we see skin. Even if such an ability exists, then catch it through the stream of footage that hits us through the ordinary vision is as difficult as hearing a whisper next to a take-off by plane. In addition, as it turned out, for a clear perception Signals of skin vision require long preparation. Yes our suspiciousness, imagination …
Dozens of people, squinting, rushed to feel the colorful balls wool and, “feeling” something, announced that they possess such for nothing. Most of them did not even pass the preliminary testing. A small group was selected, considered the best 11-year-old Vera Petrova from Ulyanovsk. Abilities of Rosa Kuleshov to that time weakened, and soon she died of a brain tumor.
After the time period specified by laws of different countries preliminary development has been declassified. Some were revealed trends. Firstly, alternative vision appears and optimized by the exercise machine is best for children 9-12 years old. Secondly in the vast majority of possessors of such abilities are women. Probably their skin’s sensitivity to light is stronger than that of men. Perhaps, by the way, that’s why women tan better.
But more interesting facts came to light.
First of all, it was proved that there are no “rods and cones” with which our eyes perceive video images. The nature of the perception of light and color by the skin is probably unrelated. with optics eyes.
The acuity of color perception depends little on the brightness objects. Some subjects distinguished four working colors. (black, green, blue and red) in total darkness.
Not only fingers and palms turned out to be effective, but also other skin areas: auricles, feet and other places of accumulation of points acupuncture. This explains the introduction of the term “dermal “vision and increased interest in the research of Chinese scientists.
Computers to help
Photo from open source Chinese acupuncture still remains zone of uncertainty. The points themselves are easily identified using the simplest ohmmeter (probe), but the connection points are not among themselves, neither with the brain nor with diseased organs can be detected in any way. Similarly with skin vision.
The skin reacts to light, at least ultraviolet. The result is known to everyone – a tan. His chemistry is known – black pigment melanin is produced. But what makes the body it is not known to produce it!
Research accelerated when Taiwanese scientist Xi Chang-Li suggested using electrical and magnetic in experiments Encephalographs (EEG and MEG). It was found that the EEG of the brain, not occupied the recognition of what he saw, like looking into the void, is markedly different from an EEG brain trying to see something. By the way, similar EEG with skin vision form a third group, which confirms its other nature that does not duplicate the optical images obtained by the brain with using the eyes.
Long scientific work with children is always painful. Scatter The data received from them is horrific. Then they run rampant fantasy then fetters the urge to say “as it should.” Objective EEG data greatly simplified the work, allowed to use powerful computer technology, but the answer to the question “how is it working? “did not give.
The idea of a tactile mechanism of perception arose first. Any the dye stain at least 0.1-0.3 mm protrudes on a flat surface. In Braille, used for blind readers, embossing height does not exceed 0.5 mm. That is, with acute perception can be detected and lower height. However, the first this hypothesis was rejected because it did not explain the difference color recognition. More fruitful are hypotheses related with the radiation of all objects of nature. Microscopic radiation different frequencies produce everything and everyone.
We see the world with the help of light in a certain frequency range. The ultraviolet and infrared parts of the spectrum, our eyes do not recognize. Skin vision perceives a wider spectrum. It is noted that there is some shift to the infrared zone. Other in words, with skin we can see that which is inaccessible to the eye. That’s why color perception, in principle, is different, not like usual Feel. The brain receives signals in the skin “in a different encoding.”
It’s like recording the same sound using different alphabets: Cyrillic, Latin, Arabic script, Georgian and so further – up to the Morse code. And the brain needs to adapt (pre-training) to “recognize” the color as a set sensations that do not resemble perception through the eyes. Some feel for example, red as heat, others as convex surface, the third – as a combination of these features.
But what is the source of radiation that provides skin vision? Possible options. Space can radiate, the sun, stars. The objects themselves can “glow”, at least the same multi-colored ones balls of wool. But the skin itself can also emit, capturing the reflected rays and acting as a kind of “visual echo sounder”.
Research is ongoing. The main thing is that they objectively proved reality skin vision. It remains to understand its nature, to learn use it. Having achieved this, mankind could very help a fairly large part of it – people who are deprived of vision. Till experiments are encouraging.