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Evanescent coupling may be the energy of the future

Is it really so far-out to assume that information can be mediated through the human energy field, even though we are as yet unable to determine or measure the mechanism?

Now, it seems, "a phenomenon called "evanescent coupling" could allow electronic gadgets to start charging themselves as soon as their owner walks into their home or office."

The phrase isn't referring to a hasty relationship. Rather, evanescent coupling "allows electromagnetic energy "trapped" in a charging device to be tapped by a "drain" mobile device if the two have the same resonant frequency."

It thus differs from use of "electromagnetic induction - passing an electric current through a coil to create a magnetic field that induces a current in a neighbouring coil," but nonetheless creates a wireless transmission of energy.

Isn't energy healing the same--a wireless transmission of information? The difference may be that one is explainable in terms of current scientific theory, and supportable, perhaps even buildable, whereas the other is a bit further in the future.

Increasingly one can find objection with the notion that certain kinds of complementary and alternative medical therapies--such as those involving what the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine calls "frontier medicine," or alternative therapies involving "biofields" (or human energy fields)--lack biological plausibility.

The "lack plausibility" argument has been used in the regulation of at least one state medical board to make a medical doctor's use of a supposedly implausible CAM modality in itself grounds for physician discipline.

"Placing one of these wireless chargers in each room of a home or office could provide coverage throughout the building."

And that could mean no more electric plugs, invisible energy, and lots of futuristic gadgets we'll see in our lifetimes that well may further conflate the line between hypothesized spiritual phenomena and new technological deployment.


Law Offices of Michael H. Cohen offers general corporate legal services, litigation consultation, and expertise in health law, with a unique focus on alternative, complementary, and integrative medical therapies.

Michael H. Cohen is also President of the the Institute for Integrative and Energy Medicine, also known as the Institute for Health, Ethics, Law, Policy & Society. The Institute serves as a reliable forum for investigation and recommendations regarding the legal, regulatory, ethical, and health policy issues involved in the judicious integration of complementary and alternative medical therapies (such as acupuncture and traditional oriental medicine, chiropractic, massage therapy, herbal medicine) and conventional clinical care.

The most recent book written by Michael H. Cohen on health care law, regulation, ethics and policy pertaining to complementary and alternative medicine and related fields is an interdisciplinary collection of essays entitled, Healing at the Borderland of Medicine and Religion. This is the fourth book in a series, the first being Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Legal Boundaries and Regulatory Perspectives (1998).

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