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The Secrets of Pigeons

Telepathic communication could also play a role. Sheldrake has demonstrated this in the case of termites. When a termite nest is partially destroyed, the insects immediately get to work repairing the damage. This process appears to follow a pre-determined plan. When a steel plate is placed in the hole preventing the two ‘repair crews’ from having contact with one another, each half still manages to fit seamlessly with the other. It is clear that the queen plays a major role in this process; all activity stops if she is killed. If, however, she is taken from her nest or separated from the workers, their activities will continue uninterrupted.

There is a lovely example of a pigeon that finds its owner, a 12-year-old boy from Summersville, West Virginia. One day the racing pigeon, carrying number 167, flew into the boy’s life and, concerned for the pigeon’s welfare, he adopted the bird as his pet. Some time later the boy was admitted to Myers Memorial Hospital in Philippi, some 170 kilometres from the boy’s home. A week or so later he heard wings flapping outside his hospital room window. It was the pigeon.

There is also an unbelievable story about a man whose finger was amputated. He kept his severed finger in a jar. A few years later the man complained to his doctor about a feeling of extreme cold where his finger had been amputated. The man said the finger was being kept in his mother’s heated basement. The doctor asked the mother to have a look at the jar. It turned out that a window had broken right next to the finger exposing it to cold air from the outside. As soon as the finger was warmed up again, the man’s pain disappeared.

Sheldrake has seen his theory on morphogenetic fields proven many times over in practice, but wasn’t able to formulate a scientific explanation. Now that the Zero Point Field has been (re)discovered, his theory gains a scientific base.

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4:44AM PDT on Jun 15, 2011

Interesting article, buy why spin the pigeons around and sever their nerves?

4:30PM PDT on Sep 9, 2010

And morphogenetic’ field reminds me of animal magnetism that got mesmer thrown out of austria back in the day... Good movie, Alan Rickman, watch it.

4:29PM PDT on Sep 9, 2010

over all, a very cool article. The finger thing reminded me of how for 'no reason' my dad photocopied only his left hand, printed a bunch of copies, doodled even on the ring finger (he likes to draw) and a few days later popped that finger off "like a cartoon cigar" he said.

4:26PM PDT on Sep 9, 2010

wait.. spun in a box at 90 revolutions a minute ? Who the feck does that to a bird just to see what happens?? Oh wait, MONKEYS. smh

5:41AM PDT on Jul 17, 2010

How fabulous! The Zero Point Field, must look that up. It's good to know that scientists are becoming more open-minded!

10:18AM PDT on Jun 28, 2010

this is wonderful, its lovely to read up on positive information about pigeons as opposed to the usual drissle that people reckon about pigeons. animals have a lot more going on than people realise.

10:35AM PDT on Jun 14, 2010

You are so welcome, Joy!!!!! Many Hugs************~Laurie~

12:01PM PDT on Jun 6, 2010

Zero Point Field. Fascinating. I've known these things for a long time but not that there was scientific evidence. I also found the information about the termite queen fascinating.
Ha ha even my Mom's dog has apparently tuned into my frequency. Whenever I stop by her place she tells me she knew I was coming because her dog was going crazy. The lil mutt loves me, go figure.
I would add spiders to the list as well. When I rescue them from my bathtub they usually try to scurry away until I start reassuring them that I'm just trying to save them. Then they stop and climb onto my hand. They may not understand the words but they always understand my intent.

5:49AM PDT on May 26, 2010

Very interesting indeed. Thanks for sharing.

4:25PM PDT on May 24, 2010

My father loved wild birds and doves would perch on his shoulder I had beautiful phots but at least some were taken by intruders into my home

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