by Gerard Fonte
Mr. E. Machine: The
Enigma Machine — Part 4
De-bunking Kirlian Pseudo-science
This is the last part of the Enigma series. In some
ways, it should really be the first because The
Enigma Machine grew out of these high power
observations. It was only after the electrical, physical, and
chemical experiments were performed that enough information became available to design it.
In this article, we won't use The Enigma Machine.
Instead, we'll look at its big brother and see what it can
do. We'll see how Kirlian pseudo-science is just a flawed
and fanciful misinterpretation of actual science. We'll also
discuss ELF (Extremely Low Frequency) effects (usually
from power lines) that have been linked to health
Figure 1. Conventional sparks are made with the switch connected
to ground. Non-current-carrying sparks are un-grounded and
pass to large, lead mass.
problems. Finally, we'll look at some current research that
could have significant practical applications.
Nomenclature and Apparatus
Since the effects are created without the movement
of electrons, there is no electrical current flowing (see
previous articles). It's not really electricity in the
commonly used sense of the word; therefore, I will use the
word "force" to refer to this transfer of an electrical charge
without an electrical current.
I'm not going to describe the high power apparatus in
detail. This is done to prevent unqualified and
inexperienced people from getting hurt. The high power
apparatus does have the potential to give very painful
shocks and burns. (I know from experience.) An experienced and qualified person should be able to recreate the
apparatus from my general descriptions and the previous
articles. I will be happy to provide details to academic
institutions or other research interests upon request.
Anatomy of a Spark
Figure 2. This is a composite photograph that shows the
difference between a non-current-carrying spark (top)
and a conventional current-carrying spark (bottom).
There is a significant difference in sound, as well.
NUTS & VOLTS
An electrical spark of the same length, using the
same electrodes, must be the same, right? That's what I
thought. However, that's wrong. Figure 1 shows the basic
setup, which creates about 3/16 inch sparks. Figure 2 is
a composite photograph showing the difference between
a common current carrying electrical spark to ground
and a force spark under identical conditions. You can
easily see that they are very different.
The photographs do not show exactly what the eye
sees. In real life, the force spark has a lighter blue color
and looks continuous (no break in the middle). There is
also a very significant audible difference. The common
electrical spark is very loud. The force spark can be
nearly inaudible. Both sparks can be drawn to the same
length (> 1/4 inch). The force spark has no current flow
(no deflection with a 50 µA meter). The electrical spark
has significant current flow (slams the meter full scale).
At one time, I found that a very substantial amount of
force was passing through my body without any
sensation. The amount was sufficient to draw sparks
(about the same length as in Figure 2) from the tips of