Since the 1960's, scientists have been studying animals' ability to perceive the Earth's magnetic field (known as magnetoreception, or the magnetic sense). Evidence has accumulated that the ability of some animals to navigate long distances and find their way home is due in part to magnetoreception.

Do humans also have the magnetic sense? The current scientific consensus is that either human magnetoreception doesn't exist, or if it does, magnetic sensations are not consciously perceived.

Doug Alderman (aka Harry Magnet) doesn't agree with this consensus. Doug's interest in human magnetoreception began in 2007 as a study of his own unique navigational abilities. The most startling conclusion he has reached is that his magnetoreceptive/navigational abilities are directly connected to his psychiatric problems. The symptoms of his psychiatric disorder give him the ability to perceive whether he is north or south of (magnetic) home.

Read Doug's article about the two mysteries, magnetoreception and psychiatric disorders. Have you wondered if you are sensitive to magnetic fields? Read this article.

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