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This meditation system makes some strange claims.
on March 2, 2003
First off, these are some very relaxing cds. Got them as a gift, and i'm very happy with the gift, suited me perfectly. I don't relax well, think too much, etc.
If you're like me, and think too much, don't read the booklet that comes with the cds. They make some strage and false claims.
The most bizzare and glaringly false claim is that, "These recordings also use a nature sound not found anywhere else. In 1989 Dr. Thompson received from NASA recordings of space sounds taken from the Voyager spacecraft as it passed the outer planets of our solar system--Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune."
Well, I'm sure Voyager was recording plenty of stuff, but they sure weren't "sounds". Hollywood movies aside, there is no sound in outer space. There is no air in outer space, so there are no sounds to be recorded. Perhaps Dr. Thompson did receive sound recordings from Voyager, but you don't need a cd to hear silence.
The second odd claim is that, "Research has shown that theta states of mind can be induced through hearing sound pulses that match the speed of theta brainwaves (8-3.5 Hz). Using this scientifically tested principle, Dr. Thompson has built special theta frequency pulses into every sound track."
First off, no humans can hear sounds below 20 Hz, most ears don't even hear that low. So, even if these sounds are on the cds, you aren't hearing them. But, maybe they aren't there to be heard but instead act on your body, like the loud thundering at race car track that you feel vibrating your insides. Perhaps, but you don't have speakers that can produce sounds that low. Even most high-end sub-woofers don't go below 30hz. Some of the huge monsters in movie theaters can get down to 15-20 Hz, but unless you spent 50k on you home theater system, your speakers don't get that low.
Not saying the sounds aren't encoded on the cd, but your speakers aren't reproducing them. And if you know of speakers that make sounds as low as 3.5-8 Hz, i'm impressed.
That said, very chill cds. But obviously false claims like these sorta make me think this Dr. Thompson is a quack.