After a time, he allowed the students to exist the bus, still blindfolded, he asked the group to make their best guess for the direction of the university campus, and point their fingers in that direction. Surprisingly, a significant number of the students pointed in the correct direction.

He replicated the experiment the very next day with the same students. Only this time, he secretly inserted small magnets into their blindfolds. And again, surprisingly, there was a significant reduction in the number of students who pointed in the right direction.

This type of magnetic interference often happens to migrating birds flying near high-tension power lines or microwave towers. They lose their way.

In this episode of The Question podcast, you will hear highlights from Frederick Tamagi’s presentation on “What Guides Your Compass”, as well as the music of Shannon Magee.