In October 1971, forty seven year old Silesian born electronics engineer L. George Lawrence, came with his field assistant into Oak Grove Park. Oak Grove Park was near Temecula, a tiny Californian village, near the Pechenga Indian Reservation. This desert like area was not far from the Mount Palomar Observatory. The two men had come to this isolated place to record signals from wild growing oak trees, yuccas and cacti, using his specialized scientific equipment. The spot was chosen because it was an electromagnetic deep fringe area, without any man made interferences. This would allow Lawrence to uncontaminated plant reactions.
Lawrence’s equipment was specially made with a temperature controlled bath, living vegetal tissue shielded behind a Faraday tube that screens out electromagnetic interference. Living vegetal tissue perceives signals more sensitively than electronic sensors. Biological radiations transmitted by living things are clearly received by a biological conduit. Lawrence’s living tissue can pick up signals from one mile away. In order to stimulate his plants into reactions Lawrence, triggered small electrical impulse into the plants, activating the stimulus by remote control, using a timer that allowed him to walk, or drive back to the sensing station. Lawrence conducted his experiments during the colder seasons, at this time most vegetation is dormant, this was done to make sure that signals from other plants were not interfering with his measurements.
In the living tissues of his recorder, distinct pulses were detected when it was disturbed by signals from a plant. On the day of Lawrence’s experiments at Oak Grove Park in 1974, Lawrence was taking a lunch break with his assistant, they were sitting ten yards from the instrument, which was left pointing at the sky randomly.
The whistling sound from Lawrence’s equipment was suddenly interrupted by a series of clear pulsations. As he checked his instrumentation, the audio signal continued to produce a distinct chain of pulses, this carried on for half an hour before the original whistling sound returned, telling Lawrence that nothing more was being received. Lawrence realized the signals must be coming from somewhere, and as the equipment had been pointing upwards towards the sky, he deduced that something, or someone from outer space was transmitting.
The magnitude of what was taking place was at first beyond the comprehension of Lawrence and his partner, they wisely decided not to make their finding public until they could be sure what had actually happened. Lawrence was sure he had picked up an intelligent signal from trillions of miles away from Earth, through a plant tissue. He then spent several months improving his equipment, he came up with a “biodynamic field station designed for interstellar signal reception.”
In April 1972, Lawrence’s equipment was ready for him to attempt once again to point it skywards. Lawrence was a laser expert, he wrote a technical book on the subject which was published in Europe. Lawrence had noted the direction his apparatus had been pointed when it picked up the signals. He was certain that it was aligned on Ursa Major, which is a seven star constellation in the region of the north celestial pole, otherwise known as the Big Dipper. Lawrence drove to the Pisgah Crater, which was located far away from life forms, it had a twenty three hundred feet elevation and was located in the middle of the Mojave Desert. Thirty square miles of flat lava beds, with no vegetation surround the crater. Lawrence aligned his telescope, along with the Faraday tube, a camera, an electromagnetic interference monitor, and the tissue chamber to celestial coordinates 10 hours, 40 minutes plus 56 degrees. This gave him the general direction for Ursa Major, Lawrence then switched on his equipment. After ninety minutes, Lawrence’s equipment again picked up a recognizable pattern of signals. He recorded pulses, the periods between a rapid series of pulses ranged from approximately three to ten minutes over a stretch of several hours, as he monitored a single spot in the cosmos.
Lawrence had no idea where the signals were coming from, who or what was sending them, he contemplated that galactic drift had something to do with the origin. Lawrence said, “the signals might be spilling over from the galactic equator, which has a dense star population.” He thought it was possible that this could be the area the signals were coming from, rather than the Big Dipper.
Lawrence continued tests after his Mojave Desert confirmation of his first observations. He carried on tests from his home-laboratory, he pointed his machine at the same coordinates, leaving it on twenty-four hours a day. It took some weeks for the signals to again come through, this time the reception of something could not be mistaken. With one signal came a brr-r-r-r-r beep-beep-beep type of audio pulse, Lawrence concluded that no earthly entity had achieved this type of signal.
When asked about his experiments and the results, he said that he didn’t believe the signals were meant for earthlings. Lawrence believed they were transmission between alien peer groups, and as humans know nothing about biological communications, they are excluded from the conversations. He stated that the energy transmitted was astoundingly high and earth instrumentation is not at all sophisticated. He said it would take an enormous amount of power to create any response from such vast distances. Lawrence was sure the signals were of an emergency nature, and that something was happening to other entities on their world, and they were desperate and calling for help.
Believing his findings to be crucial to the world, and the beginning of an unimagined system of communication, Lawrence sent a copy of his October 1971 tape, together with a seven page report, to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. It is preserved there as a historical scientific document and reads;
An apparent train of interstellar communication signals of unknown origin and destination has been observed. Since interception was made by biological sensors, a biological type signal transmission must be assumed. Test experiments were conducted in an electromagnetic deep fringe area. The equipment itself being impervious to electromagnetic radiation. Follow up tests revealed no equipment defects. Because interstellar listening experiments are not conducted on a routine basis, the suggestion is advanced that verification tests should be conducted elsewhere, possibly on a global scale. The phenomenon is too important to be ignored.
Lawrence said the audio presentation is unpleasant to listen to, but the consensus is that, “a fascinating degree of enchantment,” emerges after the tape has been played several times, over a period of weeks.
Within the tape there are short incremental deep harmonious oscillations, resembling nonsense chatter, or background noise. Spacing patterns reveal an intelligent character of the overall pulse train. There are repetitious sequences and highly accentuated electromagnetic noise.
If the signals are of a personal nature, no known modern computer technology will be able to decipher what they are. A bionic computer, which could collect random data and come up with a concise readout would be needed. Lawrence, realized that biological sensors would be needed to intercept biological signals, particularly if these signals are from outer space. Since bio-signals reside outside the known electromagnetic spectrum, standard electronics would be useless.
Lawrence did mention that in the 1950′s, scientists, after careful celestial observations, that we may not be alone, and that our planet is not unique in the universe. Scientists began to consider the possibility of the existence of extraterrestrials, and conceded their development would be far in advance of that on planet earth.
In the early nineteenth century Karl Friedrich Gauss, a German mathematician and physicist, whom an electromagnetic unit of magnetic flux density is named, thought that man could make his presence on earth known to cosmic beings. He believed this could be done by cutting huge swaths hundreds of miles long in the Siberian taiga to form a right angle. Following Gauss’s idea came the Austrian astronomer J. J. von Littrow, that geometric canals be dug in the Sahara, filled with kerosene and set aflame at night. French scientist Charles Gros, suggested an enormous mirror be built to reflect sunlight directly at Mars.
In 1927 radio observations were made which attested to the theory that earth could be under scrutiny of communications satellites from extraterrestrials. A Norwegian radio engineer, Jorgen Hals, was listening to a short wave radio station transmitting from Eindhoven in the Netherlands, heard strange echoes he was unable to understand or gauge where they were originating from. A number of British and Dutch professors and technicians carried out a series of experiments to confirm Hal’s findings, and could find no answer to what they were hearing, at least no logical answer.
Nothing more was heard about this until the early 1950′s, at this time a variety of specialists began to subscribe to the theory of extraterrestrial interference, to explain what had taken place as Jorgen Hal’s listened to his short wave radio. The theorists considered the existence of an interstellar communications probe designed to monitor solar systems for intelligent life, then retransmit radio frequency emanations from such life, including earthlings, back to distant worlds.
C. W. Bradley of London picked up the call letters of the American station KLEE TV, in Houston Texas, on his living room television in September 1953. Over several months the same letters were seen on TV screens in the offices of Atlantic Electronic Ltd, in Lancaster England. The strangeness of this event was the fact that the signal had been sent from so far away, not only that but it had been sent three years prior to the time of its reception. The call letters KLEE, were changed in 1950 to KPRC. Researchers realized that only one possible wavelength could reach such distant targets, being the much shorter and more penetrating one emitted by neutral galactic hydrogen.
Dr. Frank Drake initiated Project Ozma in 1960, it used a circular radio telescope eighty five feet in diameter at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory near Greenbank, West Virginia. Drake and his colleagues were attempting to detect intelligent extraterrestrial Etidani. Epsilon Eridani is an enormous planet six times the weight of Jupiter, largest of the nine planets known to revolve around the Sun. Communication with extraterrestrial intelligences, became known as CETI.
A group of American scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Ames Research Center, completed studies for a new Project Cyclops, it proposed a network of ten thousand radio dish telescopes, they formed a collective surface of several square kilometers, to be mounted on rails and spread across one hundred square miles of the New Mexican desert. It required a cybernetic nervous system, of new supercomputers, Cyclops was estimated to cost five billion dollars.
Lawrence dismissed these projects because they assumed that signals must come by radio, as that is the most efficient means of communication scientist on this planet know. He believed that if scientists converted to receiving biological signals just as he did, they would have better results. Joeph F. Goodavage, author, believed that the rigid enforcement of established scientific methods, is the biggest obstacle in the path of direct communication between Homo sapiens and other thriving civilizations throughout space.
Lawrence designed some more sophisticated converters of one type of input energy into another type of output energy, he theorized that a plant had the necessary components built in by nature. In 1963 Lawrence found he was unable to get help from specialists and biologists because they did not know enough about physics and electronics to understand what he was attempting to achieve. Lawrence needed a biological system for radiating and receiving signals, he began going over the experiments made in the 1920′s by the Russian histologist, Alexander Gurwitsch and his wife, who believed all living cells produce an invisible radiation. Gurwitsch believed that due to an unexplained source of energy, the cells in tips of onions roots divided at a definite rhythm, he thought this may come from nearby cells. He conducted an experiment, he placed one root tip in a horizontal thin glass tube to be used as a ray gun, he pointed this at an onion root tip in another tube, the other one had a small area on one side exposed. After three hours of exposure, sections from the target root were put under the microscope. There were 25 percent more cell divisions in the exposed irradiated area. The receiver root had picked up vital energy from its sender plant.
The experiment was repeated with a thin shield of quartz to block the emissions, placed between the roots, the results were the same. When the quartz was coated with gelatin, no enhanced cell division could be seen. Gurwitsch concluded that the rays emitted by the cells of an onion root tip are shorter than ultraviolet, because they increased cell division, he called them “mitogenetic rays.”
Gurwitsch’s finding created an uproar in the scientific world, as the wavelengths of the new rays were more powerful than the ultraviolet frequencies which reach earth from the Sun, what he had attained, seemed incomprehensible. Two scientists at the Siemens and Halske Electric Company and a researcher in Frankfort, concluded that the radiation discovered by Gurwitsch was a fact.
Lawrence was intrigued by Gurwitsch’s system of directing the energy. This was the catalyst to him concluding that there was a psychological factor involved in Gurwitsch’s outlandish work. Using a quarter inch slice of onion attached to a Wheatstone bridge and an electrometer, to see how the onion would react to various stimuli. Lawrence found that the response to something as insignificant as a puff of smoke, or even his mental image of their destruction, in one tenth of a second. Upon further study Lawrence found that people who were naturally psychic elicited stronger responses than the practically minded Lawrence. Lawrence came to the conclusion that plant tissues could pick up human thought and emotion, he believed they had supersensory perceptions.
Lawrence considered the idea that the psyche is a part of a paranormal matrix, this being a communications grid, binding all life together and operating beyond known physical laws. Lawrence believed that achieving interstellar communication in order to contact extraterrestrial life is of long term importance and that plants could play a part in these investigations.
The research division of Anchor College of Truth in San Bernardino, in 1953 began the world’s first biological interstellar communications observatory under the direction of L. George Lawrence, vice president of Anchor. Lawrence designed for the new research program, a Stellartron, combining one three ton instrument, with the features of a radio telescope and the biological signal receiving system of the biodynamic field station. The Anchor president, Ed Johnson decided to back Lawrence’s idea that radio transmission was out of date and that biological communication should be trialed. Lawrence reasoned that even if only one planet in a thousand has intelligent life, this would amount to one billion in just our galaxy, he believed there could be billions of planets capable of sending a signal to Earth. The founder of Anchor, Reverend Alvin M. Harrell, theorized that an explosion of knowledge would be born from contact with a race of extraterrestrials.
Lawrence thought it was possible that plants are extraterrestrials, converted into an early mineral world into a habitat suitable for man, in a process so elaborate, it bordered on magick. If intelligences are communicating instantly across vast distances requiring millions of light years to reach, his biodynamic field station is an opportunity to create and plug into a extraterrestrial, universal phoneline, with plants as the operators.