A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Monday, February 18th, 2019
Chapter Four: Proof
He experimented on thousands of people, both the living and the dead.
Every single one of his living subjects spent the remainder of their lives in shock and terror, in fear and wonder, as they were slowly peeled apart in the sterile chambers of Jim’s laboratories, an environment that was completely foreign to them, by machines they had no frame of reference for.
The chambers were cold, brightly lit, filled with shining steel, and gravity defying objects.
After tens of thousands of people went under the knife and the microscope, he finally discovered it, a mutation in the genetic profile that allowed for the capture of nanoparticles of magnetite, housing them in the cerebral cortex, a concentration strong enough to allow for a cognitive connection that linked the humans of Earth, one to another, via the planet’s magnetic field, the strength of which formed an organic cynergy, a naturally occurring version of the Collective that the Ancient people and Jim as one of them, had engineered long ago.
The mutation had been a side effect of one of the many that had been devised by the Ancient people on their way to Earth. The capture of the magnetite created a kind of antenna in the human brain, interfacing with the electromagnetic functions of human consciousness.
This had not been intentional, nevertheless…it was real.
Jim’s research led him to believe that similar conditions must have held together on the native planet of the Ancient people, and not found on any other world since they left the place of their ancestral birth.
The natural Collective field fostered creativity and ingenuity at levels which could not be replicated without it. On every other world individuals lived out their lives in complete insularity, relying on artificial networks and data sharing to approximate true community.
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