Spaced Out: The Sun, Music and Metacognition


♬ And to hear the Sun, what a thing to believe;
but it’s all around if we could but perceive. ♬
~Moody Blues

I thought this was cool.

Composer Robert Alexander is helping NASA make new discoveries by turning raw data from the sun into music through a process called Data Sonification — rendering complex data sets in sounds.

Robert is a classically trained composer who is fascinated with the sky and enjoys testing the limits of his imagination.

A few facts about the Sun:
→ You could fit 1.3 million Earths inside of it.
→ It accounts for 99.8% of the mass of the Solar System.
→ It causes geomagnetic storms on Earth, which affect the human brain.

michael_persinger“Very small changes in the activity of the Earth’s magnetic field due to alterations in solar activity can affect all human beings. These direct effects are primarily upon the subtle but complex electromagnetic fields that interact with everyone’s consciousness due to the marked similarity of the characteristics of our brains and our genetic history.

This creates the potential for the function of every person’s brain activity to be changed without their awareness.” ~Michael Persinger, Ph.D., Behavioral Neuroscientist

As I became more aware about how the Sun affects humans, I thought it was worth further investigation into numerous studies. Significant evidence suggests that when the Earth experiences a geoeffective (Earth directed) coronal mass ejection (CME), a strong one, there is a likelihood the event will affect parts of our brain with the lowest threshold (the most sensitive), the temporal lobes—the seat of emotions.

The temporal lobes also play an important role in organizing sensory input, auditory perception, language and speech production, as well as memory association and formation. Geoeffective CMEs encourage abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Some people may be more energized, creative, and assertive, while others may experience melancholy memories, flashbacks, depression, disturbed sleep, brain fog, and more.

That’s when metacognition is especially beneficial; “knowing about knowing.” So the next time you’re not feeling your best, or feeling especially frisky, check the space weather forecast.

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13 thoughts on “Spaced Out: The Sun, Music and Metacognition

    • Hi Lisa,
      I appreciate you stopping by and for your thoughtful comment. Just an fyi, but I posted several studies in another post “The Sun Giveth — The Sun Taketh Away.” I do hope that someday soon this information will be common knowledge. It should be.

      I haven’t had much time to catch up on my reader, but I’m looking forward to reading your recent posts. Thanks again. ღ


  1. Hi! I am a HUGE fan of your blog. I am starting mine which is around the arts & politics, but coming from Berklee College of Music, I am a lover of sound and brainwaves. I have already shared your posts & looking fwd to staying up on what you have to share! @Tavaluv

    • Tava Luv, I’m so excited to meet you. I’ve been very busy after being freshly pressed on my other blog, but I promise to visit and read your blog, hopefully over the weekend. I plan on posting much more about brainwaves and entrainment (cortical evoked response). I am a brainwave training/entrainment neurotechnologist.

      I loosely posted a little about entrainment and music (bpm) on my other blog, titled…. “On A good Day — In the Mood“, but lots more to come on this subject in the near future. Thanks so much for sharing my articles. *smiles* Again, so nice to meet you.

      Hope you have a great weekend.


  2. Thanks for posting this – fascinating stuff! i look forward to exploring more on this blog. ^_^ I always thought it was the vitamin D in the sun that made me feel good. I know a fair few ppl with SAD, and it’s about time I figured out just what’s going on… Do you know where I can find out more about that, erm, what did you call it… *copy/paste* “geoeffective (Earth directed) coronal mass ejection” and how it affects the brain?

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