So lately I’ve seen a story going around with the headline,“The Truth About Hair and Why Indians Would Keep Their Hair Long”. The story claims that according to an anonymous source whose name needs protecting for some reason that is unclear that the US government once carried out studies involving Native American scouts during the Vietnam War. Perhaps she’s scared the global elite, illuminati reptilians with their split ends will come for her conditioner.
The test basically placed the Native American recruits in the woods to sleep. As they were sleeping an “armed enemy” was supposed to approach. The claim made is that these scouts lost their ability to access extrasensory information and detect the “enemy” shortly after enlisting due to the loss of their hair. The article includes no documents, no names of the scientists involved, etc. The paper goes on to claim that the tests would pair men together, testing them first with their hair intact, after seeing that the men had similar scores one man received a hair cut. Afterwards the man with the long hair is said to have maintained high scores while the man who received the haircut failed to perform as well. Other variations of the test were also employed.
There is nothing in the articles that states how many times they performed these experiments, or how many subjects there were, etc. What kind of statistics performed? Was hair length significantly correlated with performance in the test? What type of experimental controls did they use? Maybe the participants that the article suggests were more psychically in tune because of their long hair were just lighter sleepers. I don’t know about you but sleeping in the woods would put me in a more alert state than usual. Maybe the “armed enemies” made more noise in scenarios where the participants were alerted. Was that controlled for? How did those who were responsible for conducting the experiments eliminate all other possible explanations?
These are the sorts of questions scientists and skeptics consider.
And what do we know about hair. Certainly we know that hairs can detect movement and pressure by way of mechanoreceptors embedded in the skin. These mechanoreceptors, like the Pacinian corpuscles and nerve endings surrounding the hair follicle. The displacement of the hairs on your arm in the form of vibration for example, is transduced by associated receptors into a signal which your brain interprets. Hair follicles are also associated with arrector pili, muscles that cause hairs to stand on end when contracted-also known as goosebumps. But no where is there any evidence that these or any other receptors that can pick up “extrasensory” information. Extrasensory by definition puts that information out of the realm of detection. All sensory modalities have limits. Our eyes dont’ detect infrared our ears don’t detect sounds outside of the range of 12 to 20,000 Hz. That said, information that we are incapable of detecting we have to gather through other means. And those other means are not hair. Hairs are not antennas. They are not like the “feelers” or antenna of insects, for example. Antenna of insects are known to pick up olfactory, gustatory, and other types of information in its environment.
These notions that supernatural or paranormal abilities lie within us in some dormant or impeded state, is just a egocentric desire we have to be special. Often people who like to promote these ideas like to use indigenous cultures to forward their positions. Knowing these cultures are not well understood by the public they can exoticize them and make claims which remain unverified. But even when they aren’t distortions, it is still a fallacy to believe something is true simply because a culture or group has held it to be true for a long time. People make misattributions all the time. This is one of the reasons humanity developed science, to determine the truth about relationships amongst things in the physical world. Myths and long held beliefs don’t prove anything, you must always ask, what is the evidence?