Does Earth Have a Heartbeat?
What Do You Think?
Does Earth Have a Heart?
Earth and the Gaia Theory
Many people feel intuitively that Earth is somehow a living being. How can a dead thing sustain life? Wouldn't that be an ultimate contradiction?
Many native people, like the Indians, knew that Earth is a living organism.
The Gaia theory (James Lovelock) proposes that organisms like plants, bacteria, animals, fish, etcetera form together with the inorganic substances a self-regulating system. All parts in this system work together to maintain the habitability on Earth.
All lifeforms on Earth are considered to be part of one single living planetary being, called Gaia. The Gaia theory is not something vague or woolly. It is mathematical and scientific.
The energy produced by the Sun, for example, has increased with 30% since the solar system was formed 4.5 billion years ago, but the temperature on Earth didn't rise with 30%. How did mother Earth managed to keep the temperature on Earth steady? There must a very complex active feedback loop at work on Earth, but no one really knows how this exactly works.
What follows from the Gaia theory is that if Earth would work together with all the organisms on it, Earth would be an intelligent organism itself. How can a dead thing interact with life? And if Earth is an organism, it would have a heartbeat like all other organisms. Isn't it?
As above, so below - as below, so above.
However, the Earth as a unit does not match one of the generally accepted biological criteria for life: there is no evidence to suggest that "Gaia" has reproduced yet.— Wikipedia about Gaia
The Schumann Resonance
Schumann resonances are global electromagnetic resonances, initiated and maintained by lightning discharges in the space between the Earth's surface and the ionosphere. Schumann predicted this phenomenon mathematically in 1952.
Schumann resonances occur because the space between the surface of the Earth and the conductive ionosphere acts as a 'closed waveguide'.
A closed waveguide is a phenomenon that is comparable with how fata morgana's can occur. Light is then reflected between several air layers of different densities (temperature) and therefore able to transport images over longer distances, seemingly ignoring the curvature of the earth.
The Schumann frequency of 7.83 is a standing wave which wavelength equals the circumference of the Earth. The standing wave causes the resonance that is the strongest at 7.83 Hz. There are other less strong waves of higher frequencies, which are not dominant. Because lightnings occur everywhere on Earth this standing Schumann waves becomes a complicated pattern of waves.
That Schumann resonance must influence life on Earth is obvious. There is evidence that hippocampal rhythm of animals (and humans) is influenced by the Schumann resonance, because they seem to adapt to this frequency quite strongly.
To claim that it would be Earth's heartbeat is premature and illogical, because there appears to be clear relations between heartbeat rates and size of organisms. So, when Earth is a living organism this couldn't be its heartbeat. The Schumann resonance has to be something else, like the frequency of its brain. Does Earth have a brain then? Why not?
Heartbeat in Relation to the Size of Animals
The heartbeat of animals is depending of its size, weight, and metabolism. This all boils down to the same thing. Little animals have a high metabolism and low weight. Large animals have a low metabolism and high weight.
There is a distinct relation between the two characteristics weight and heart rates.
If we assert that Earth is a living organism, like the Gaia theory says, Earth would have a heartbeat. That heartbeat would then depend of its weight.
Heartbeat Rates From Small to Large
Average Heart Rate (beats per minute)
Graphical Representation of the Above Table
Extrapolation to Earth
Let's continue with the adoption that Earth is an organism similar like us, but much larger and therefore much slower and hardly capable to move, because of its enormous weight.
The extrapolation below would some scientists raise their eyebrows. But this mathematical miracle delivers a very interesting explanation for phenomena like earthquakes, and also other curious phenomena, like the Hallstattzeit cycles of the Sun.
The formula that is derived from the graph above is used to calculate the heartbeat of planet Earth, and also that of the Moon and the Sun.
The formula: heartbeat(n/min) = 213.7 × weight(kg)-0.271
In the table below you see the resulting heartbeats of the Moon, Earth and Sun. They are translated into the amount of years per heartbeat.
Heartbeat of Moon, Earth and Sun
Years per Heartbeat
The Electrocardiogram of Earth
The heartbeat of Earth has clear similarities with its earthquake history. Note that when you're looking at an electrocardiogram, you're actual looking at the energy patterns of a heart.
The first thing that had to be done is to recalculate all significant earthquakes from 1900 into energy releases, similar as with the electrocardiogram, and group them in periods of 10 years. What you'll see might be amazing. This appears to be close to the calculated heartbeat. With a deviation of just 4% this looks quite precise. Coincidence?
Both peaks appear to be at the opposite locations of eachother (Chile 1960 vs. Sumatra 2004). Has Earth heartbeats at more than one place? Could be. Regarding its size this would be logical.
As with an electrocardiogram of a human, that has minor ripples before and after every major peak, so has Earth minor ripples before and after every major earthquake. The larger peaks seem to concentrate around the major peak, like in an ordinary electrocardiogram.
Coincidence? What reason would there be for coincidence? As above, so below works everywhere. Look at the similarities between weather patterns and galaxies. There is no sufficient reason why the superb second Hermetic Law (the Principle of Correspondence) would stop to work, because a subspecies (scientists) of Homo Sapiens considers Earth to be a rock?
Is This Earth's Heartbeat?
What About the Heartbeat of 1916 Then?
You would probably ask the question: 'why is there no peak around 1916 in the graph above?' There is actually a peak around this period, but not (graphical) noticeable between the two immense violent peaks of 1960 and 2004.
The energy of earthquakes is exponential compared to the Richter scale. A quake of 8.0 is 10 times stronger than one of 7.0. That is one of the reasons why the period of 1916 is hardly noticeable in the graph.
The weighted average of 3 of the 20 heaviest earthquakes in recorded history (since 1900), appear to group exactly around 1916. Does that mean that the heartbeat of Earth was calm at that time? Maybe. It shows in any case that patterns of a heartbeat are clear, also around 1916.
The atomic tests all around the world during the fifties and sixties might have caused mother Earth a kind of a heart attack. And indeed 4 of the 10 heaviest earthquakes recorded are between 1952 and 1960. The heaviest of all times was in 1960. Most of the underground atomic tests were conducted between 1951 and 1963. Does this look like coincidence too? Again? How would you react when they stick a tiny explosive needle under your skin?
The Dotted Distribution on Richter's Scale (Squared to Stretch)
The Pattern Continues Before 1900
Before 1900 there are no official records of magnitudes. But based upon the recorded damage reports, are seismologists able to estimate the magnitude on Richter's scale. Each locality for which information is available is assigned a score on the so called Mercalli Scale.
Based on the heaviest pre-1900 earthquakes the heartbeat rhythm appears to continue according to the prediction:
- year 1868 - Chile magn. 9.0 ([1916 - 1868] ÷ 42.2 ≈ 1.1 heartbeat)
- year 1700 - Pacific Ocean magn. 9.0 ([1868 - 1700] ÷ 42.2 ≈ 4.0 heartbeats)
- year 1611 - Japan magn. 8.9 ([1868 - 1611] ÷ 42.2 ≈ 6.1 heartbeats)
There were unregistered very heavy earthquakes (>8.5) around:
- 1653 ±2 years
- 1695 ±2 years
- 1737 ±2 years
- 1779 ±2 years
- 1821 ±2 years
The strongest earthquakes follow clearly the pattern of the heartbeat rhythm of about 44 years. The less stronger earthquakes don't follow this pattern.
Compare this with a human heartbeat - between the beats the heart 'rumbles'. That is what Earth's heart is doing as well.
Stupidity is an elemental force for which no earthquake is a match.— Karl Kraus
Is Mother Earth Heartless?
When we look at the disasters that Earthquakes caused over our entire history, what about the argument that Earth would be a living and intelligent organism?
Consider this: Would you notice if your heartbeat would kill a few million of the trillions of viruses on your body? This is also what results from as above, so below.
Virus ∝ Human = Human ∝ Earth. It means that a Virus is proportional to a Human in the same way a Human is proportional to Earth. Too many harmful viruses are devastating for the host. But there are also useful viruses. Which kind do you want to be?
Did Earth ask for all mutilations it has to endure for the economical profit and comfort of Homo Sapiens? Should mother Earth stop her heartbeat because people want to live in poorly constructed buildings in cities? Would that be wise of mother Earth?
Shall we take a look at the Moon and the Sun?
The Heartbeat of the Moon
There are no data available of moonquakes that correspond with the predicted heartbeat of the moon of 12.8 years. So, there appears no way to verify this outcome.
Wanna take a bet how the strongest moonquake cycles look like?
There are cycles though, called the Metonic cycles of 19 years, with subcycles of 3, 6, 8, 11, 14 and 17 years. But these cycles are about the displacement of the moon through space, and have no (direct) relation with a heartbeat of the moon.
The Hallstattzeit cycles of the Sun
The Heartbeat of the Sun
The calculations above predicted a heartbeat of the Sun every 1323 years. What do we see? Scientists discovered a solar cycle, called the Hallstattzeit cycle of 2400 years. This cycle shows very clear peaks every 1200 years. Coincidence? Again?
So, one Hallstattzeit cycle contains two heartbeats.
The cosmic extrapolation shows a deviation of only 10%, and that's eery precise on this scale.
How About Reproduction?
Does Earth reproduce itself? According to science that seems to be the definition of life. So, if a woman gets no children in her life, she is supposed not to be alive? What about a man then?
Strange definition of life forms, isn't it? It seems more logical to posit that the higher the life form, the less reproductive.
How does science want to observe the birth of a new baby planet? This is not the kind of event you want to hang around with. But according to the same logic of as below, so above, a baby planet could be born every few billion years. Maybe every 15 billion years. Maybe never.
Earth has a heartbeat, and Earth has therefore a heart. Earth is a living being. How this heart is constructed is unknown to me. The mathematics shows clear heartbeat patterns, that cannot be argued with. Similar like anyone can't argue with the fact that 1+1=2.
The chance that all 6 heartbeats (1611, 1700, 1868, 1916, 1960, 2004) would fit coincidental into the same pattern, with a deviation between 4% and 15%, is less than 0.1%. Meaning that it is 99.9% sure that Earth's heartbeat recurs every 42.2 ±2 years.
Earth's heartbeat rhythm is predicted from the heartbeat rates of animals, and then confirmed by the strongest earthquake patterns. Who wants to argue about coincidence?
It is now up to science to find out how Earth's heart actually works and for everyone to acknowledge that Earth is an enormous living organism, and should be treated in accordance with this fact.
Earth is a living being. The patterns are clear. When earthquake activity goes up, the metabolism goes equally up, similar like we're having fever. That seems to be part of the feedback loop of Gaia.
By the way, what kind of a virus do you want to be?
Well, that's it folks!
© 2015 by Buildreps
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The Used Data File
- Earthquakes 1900-2014
This spreadsheet file contains all the data about earthquakes from 1900 up to 2014. The column that is added contains the energy values in Joules. The formula used to convert Richter into Joules= 6.3*10^4*10.3^(M/2). M is the magn on Richter's scale.