Monday, October 29, 2007

Galactic Formation and Cowlicks

I thought this anecdotal evidence regarding the tremendous steering force of magnetic fields may interest you.

I happened to be looking at an old research paper regarding magnetic fields within the human body from 1980. It concluded that hair follicles aligned and hair whorls (cowlicks) were the result of magnetic field alignments.


Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA
Vol. 77, No. 3, pp. 1447-1451, March 1980
Magnetic fields produced by steady currents in the body
(steady magnetic field/direct current/steady potentials/hair follicle)
…”Because the scalp surface is relatively planar, the arrows
of Fig. 2 indicate only source currents (no volume currents). The
source must involve the thriving hair follicles, not only because
this dcMF (DC Magnetic Field) is absent where these follicles are absent, but also
because the general arrow pattern (Fig. 2) was found to coincide
with the common tilt pattern of the hair follicles of the scalp
(15, 16); this includes the occasional whorl (Fig. 2A). Stated
otherwise, the arrows coincide with the projection of the follicles
onto the scalp surface; the arrows point "into" the follicles. The
source associated with each follicle can therefore be considered
as a current dipole pointing along the follicle into the root and
located either within or near the follicle. If within, then this
source could be, for example, equivalent to a polarized layer
lining the follicle, with negative charges on the inside.”…

That is interesting all to itself, but it got me wondering if those who suffer from dyslexia may have different formal patterns of hair follicle whorls in their scalp than non-dyslexics. My son has dyslexia and he has hair whorls that are different from other family members.

It is amazing that the extremely small magnetic field of a human scalp could steer hair growth.

And that brought me to this equally bizarre study;


Excess of counterclockwise scalp hair-whorl
rotation in homosexual men
A M A R J . S . K L A R *
Ijamsville, MD 21754, USA
While most men prefer women as their sexual partners, some are bisexual and others are homosexuals. It has been debated
for a long time whether a person’s sexual preference is innate, learned, or due to a combination of both causes.
It was recently discovered that the human right-versus-left-hand use preference and the direction of scalp hair-whorl
rotation develop from a common genetic mechanism. Such a mechanism controls functional specialization of brain
hemispheres. Whether the same mechanism specifying mental makeup influences sexual preference was determined
here by comparing hair-whorl rotation in groups enriched with homosexual men with that in males at large. Only a
minority of 8.2% (n = 207) unselected ‘control’ group of males had counterclockwise rotation. In contrast, all three
samples enriched with homosexual men exhibited highly significant (P < 0.0001), 3.6-fold excess (29.8%, n = 272)
counterclockwise rotation. These results suggest that sexual preference may be influenced in a significant proportion
of homosexual men by a biological/genetic factor that also controls direction of hair-whorl rotation.
[Klar A. J. S. 2004 Excess of counterclockwise scalp hair-whorl rotation in homosexual men J. Genet. 83, 251–255]

If there is any truth at all to these studies it is interesting to think that magnetic fields not only steer the formation of galaxies, but trickle right down to the pattern your hair follicles grow in.

It would appear that the answer to the ultimate question of; the universe, life and everything is simply magnetic fields.

Magnetic fields have to be reconsidered, for although being weak forces it appears they have tremendous steering power.

If this data is anything more than anecdotal a half dozen or more studies pop to mind.