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plural antennae (-tèn´ê)
1. a. Zoology. One of the paired, flexible, segmented sensory appendages on the head of an insect, a myriapod, or a crustacean functioning primarily as an organ of touch. b. Something likened to this sensory appendage, as in function or form: sensitive public relations antennae.
2. plural antennas. A metallic apparatus for sending or receiving electromagnetic waves. In this sense, also called aerial.
[Medieval Latin, from Latin, sail yard, translation of Greek keraia, insect feeler, yardarm.]
- anten´nal adjective
antenna or aerial (âr´ê-el), system of wires or other conductors used to transmit or receive radio or other electromagnetic waves ( RADIO; TELEVISION). In a transmitting antenna, the signal from an ELECTRIC CIRCUIT causes electrons in the antenna to oscillate; these moving electric charges generate ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION, which is then transmitted through space. The distribution pattern of the transmitted wave depends on the design of the antenna; radio broadcast-station antennas are frequently designed to emit waves in all directions, whereas those used for RADAR and for certain communication systems focus the waves in a single direction. In a receiving antenna, electromagnetic waves cause the electrons in the antenna to oscillate, inducing a signal that can be detected by an electric circuit. In general, a longer antenna is used to transmit or receive signals of longer wavelengths. Theoretically, the same antenna can be used both for sending and for receiving signals, but in practice, transmitting antennas are constructed to handle higher power loads than receiving antennas. Phased array antennas, used for long-range radar and radio astronomy, are composed of large groupings of individual antennas that are aimed electronically by changing the relative phase of the signal at each antenna.
to me, the purpose for us, as floating brains, is that of a tranceiver. a two way (at least) communication system that re-interprets chaotic data into an individualized subjective filterstream. transmission on the other hand is a bit mysterious. i like to think that i'm uploading my compiled data while i sleep in the form of dreams. but uploading to where? when? morphogenetic fields? the big database in the sky...? - @Om* 4/27/00
"To the present there has been little systematic clinical study or scientific investigation of the Kundalini phenomena, although certain discrepancies between the classical descriptions of Kundalini experience and modern clinical findings have led Western researchers to propose a 'physio-kundalini' model to account for their observations. This concept has been derived from a model proposed by Itzhak Bentov, an American researcher who approached the problem of altered states of consciousness through studies of the effects of vibration-frequencies on human physiology.
That a sequence of unusually strong physiological reactions accompanies the rise of Kundalini we already know from Tantric texts, from which we also learn to expect a series of unusual psychological changes. Most meditators understand these to be the effect of the meditation process and so are not unduly alarmed. However, among non-meditators or among socio-cultural groups who do not have access toinformation about Kundalini energy, similar reactions may be triggered off by environmental stimuli. The experiements of Bentov show that exposure to certain mechanical vibration, electromagnetic waves or sonic vibration can be responsible. The resultant symptoms, presented for medical attention, have not till recently been fully recongnized or understood for what they are. It is Itzhak Bentov who in his various experiements indicates that far from being a neurotic aberration, these 'kundalini' states indicate an alteration in consciousness linked to alterations in bodily rhythm and bio-magnetic field.
Bentov's observations (using ballistocardiogram) of the seated subject engaged in deep meditation reveal a rhythmic sine wave pattern. He attributes this to the development during the course of meditation of a 'standing wave' in the aorta, the main artery from the heart, that is reflected in rhythmic motion of the body. This resonating oscillator -the heart aorta system- in turn 'entrains' further bio-oscillators -the brain, the cerebral ventricles and the sensory cortex of the brain- which together effect a modification of the cerebral magnetic field.
This co-ordinated system activates a travelling stimulus, an oscillating 'current', in the sensory cortex tissue, which is finally polarized to a point where each hemisphere of the brain produces a pulsating magnetic field. Bentov writes: 'This magnetic field -radiated by the head acting as an antenna -interacts with the electric and magnetic fields already in the environment. We may consider the head as simultaneously a transmitting and receiving antenna, tuned to a particular one of the several resonant frequencies of the brain.'
Bentov suggests that the 'kundalini' effect may be regarded as part of a development of the nervous system: 'We can postulate that our magnetic 'antennae' will bring in information about our extended system -the planet and the sun- and will allow us to interpret geophysical phenomena and signals to better advantage.'"
'Kundalini: The Arousal of the Inner
by Ajit Mookerjee.
Destiny Books, 1982.
"The new age of education is programmed for discovery rather than instruction. Art as radar environment, radar feedback, early warning system: the antennae of the race."
- Marshall McLuhan
track _The Spirit Of Radio_ MP3 by Rush off of _Permanent Waves_
"Invisible airwaves crackle
Bright antenna bristle with the energy
Emotional feedback on timeless wavelength
Bearing a gift beyond price, almost free"
Arecibo Observatory, radio-astronomy facility (completed 1963) located at Arecibo, Puerto Rico; it is operated by Cornell Univ. under contract with the U.S. National Science Foundation. Its fixed antenna of spherical section, 1,000 ft (305 m) in diameter, is the largest radio-telescope antenna in the world.
film _eXistenZ_ (vhs/ntsc) features the videogame of the same name, designed by Allegra Geller (Jennifer Jason Leigh) for Antenna Research. to "jack in" to the game, you plug an organic game controller into your "bioport" located on the lower spine.
release _Time Lapse Antenna_ CDb by Joyce Hinterding