Hearing Without Ears: The Neurophone Mystery

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CAPTION: The Flanagans at home with their neurophone in the 1990s.


Some readers may remember my friend Patrick Flanagan’s Neurophone that modulates the nervous system so you can ‘hear without ears.’ There were many strange reports in its time; one being that a person using a Neurophone to listen to music could simply touch another person and that person could then hear the same music. Now, we are told, it is possible to transmit data through your body and into your personal gadgets, without wires, just a skin contact.

The neurophone is a device that, contrary to all present theory and knowledge, will directly “pump the brain” and reproduce sound and information directly in the brain and mind system, without going through the auditory system at all.

The rights to the Neurophone, Patent No. 3,393,279, are owned by Intelectron, Inc. of New York City. The FDA, however, will not permit it to be marketed because it uses a low frequency r-f carrier, and they are very sensitive these days about the biological effects of r-f radiation.

But Dr. Pat Flanagan is the inventor. With his original patent rights in the hands of another company and with an FDA ban on its production, Flanagan has developed a second neurophone device covered by Patent No. 3,647,970 which does not use an r-f carrier and does not involve high voltages. At the behest of the Department of Defense, the Department of Commerce placed Flanagan’s new device under secrecy order No. 756,124 dated August 28, 1968. Flanagan was able to get this secrecy order rescinded in 1972 to permit the patent to be issued.

On July 26, 1979, I sat in Flanagan’s study and listened to the new neurophone. It works even better than the original one. It operates from eight, AA, alkaline, penlight cells. The audio signal is double differentiated and converted to a 60-volt square wave which is then run through a zero crossing detector. The sensor electrodes are one-inch-in-diameter plates made from lead zirconium titanate insulated on one side with epoxy that also seals the attachment of the lead from the neurophone.

With one electrode placed on the soft skin of my calf and the other on my chest, I heard the audio information from the tape recorder input in my head. I listened to both speech and music, and the fidelity was outstanding.

I had a cassette tape recorder running two feet from me while this was going on; there is no evidence of the audio information recorded on the cassette by the recorder; I was the only entity hearing the neurophone, and it was therefore not producing any sound waves that the microphone of the recorder could pick up.

As I knew then, the Flanagan neurophone works. I don’t give a damn about all the bloody experts out there who have sent outraged letters to me. I am forced to repeat the immortal words of Dr. J. C. Warren voiced after performing the first surgery with a patient under ether anesthetic administrated by Dr. William Thomas Green Morton in Boston on October 16, 1846: “Gentlemen, this is no humbug!”

When Flanagan was a teenager in the early 1960s, Life magazine listed him as one of the top scientists in the world. He made the first Neurophone, at age fourteen, out of kitchen junk—his electrodes were scouring pads made of fine copper wire and insulated with plastic bags. He then wired the electrodes to a special transformer attached to a hi-fi amplifier. Holding the pads on his temples, he could “hear,” inside his head, music from the amplifier. Later models automatically adjusted the signal to resonate with the human subject’s skin as part of a complex circuit. Patent officials said it was impossible for a sound to be heard clearly without vibrating bones or going through a crucial nerve of the ear and refused for twelve years to patent it. The file was reopened when a nerve-deaf employee at the patent office did hear with a Neurophone.

At one time Flanagan researched man/dolphin language, on contracts with the U.S. Navy. This led to a 3-D holographic sound system that could “place” sounds in any location in space. He then perfected a Neurophone model that could be used for subliminal learning that would go into the brain’s long-term memory banks. But after he sent in a patent application on a digital Neurophone, the Defense Intelligence Agency slapped on a Secrecy Order and he was unable to work on the device or talk to anyone about it for five years. This was discouraging, since the first patent took twelve years to get.

Having helped certain deaf people to “hear,” Flanagan’s next miracle could be to help the blind to “see.” All we have to do is stimulate the skin with the right signals.

With public acceptance of inventions such as space-energy converters and super-learning devices, perhaps today’s innovators will pull the establishment, kicking and scoffing, into a new worldview before too much longer. However, you can be sure that there will always be experts who say “Forget it: such things are impossible.”

During the 1970s, Flanagan was a proponent of pyramid power. He wrote several books and promoted it with lectures and seminars. According to Flanagan, pyramids with the exact relative dimensions of Egyptian pyramids act as “an effective resonator of randomly polarized microwave signals which can be converted into electrical energy.” One of his first books, Pyramid Power, was featured in the lyrics of The Alan Parsons Project album, Pyramid.

People still argue over who originated the term “pyramid power.” Author Max Toth has claimed he coined the phrase, as has Flanagan. In the 1970s, both authors released books entitled Pyramid Power. This led to a lawsuit by Flanagan against Toth.

However, the term “pyramid power,” as it is generally used now, first appeared in print in Sheila Ostrander and Lynn Schroeder’s 1970 book Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain. Ostrander and Schroeder claim that “Czechoslovakian researchers” coined the term in the 1960s.

In 1982, Flanagan and his wife, Gael Crystal, were credited with the discovery of a new form of colloidal silica, known as a microcluster, in the glacial water consumed by the Hunza people of northern Pakistan. The Flanagans then sold a product, utilizing the microclusters, called Crystal Energy (the ingredients were water, silica, potassium carbonate, and magnesium sulfate), which they said lowered the surface tension of drinking water.

Since 1981 Flanagan has invented a series of devices and products based on the health benefits of water and specific mineral structures. Several of these have done quite well in the marketplace. His identification of the special properties of the negative hydride ion, once ridiculed got serious attention when the Nobel prize winner Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar proposed it as a major component in far space. Several scientific papers by Flanagan about Silica Hydride have been published in peer-reviewed journals.

Flanagan continues his work as scientist and inventor and philanthropist, promoting the really new science and new approaches to human healing, especially those based on the great traditions of India and Egypt.

For decades, Flanagan has invited strict scrutiny of his research and discoveries by the medical and scientific communities. The effort seems to be bearing fruit, as the scientific community is now validating and even embracing many of his contributions. Academics and researchers in many universities are beginning to study Flanagan’s remarkable discoveries and to teach them to the scientists of the future.

Many years ago, when I was running the Keelynet BBS, I would often receive unsolicited mail. One item was a blue photocopy of a reverse-engineered neurophone, which I was asked to post on Keelynet so everyone could experiment with it. There was no name or return address.

I called Patrick and told him about this, that I would send him a copy and was going to post it in a couple of weeks; he begged me not to post it and I told him I couldn’t not do it because the guy had wanted it shared.

I told Patrick I’d send him a copy and give him six months or so to update his neurophone. He and his wife called me several times, even at work, asking me not to post this.

Since it was not high on my priority list, I waited about eight months; and since my friend Terry Bastian was heavy into neurophone circuits and such, I decided to let him add it to his collection and did not post it on Keelynet at that time, even though Keelynet was also on the net.

After I faxed the circuit to Flanagan, he said it wasn’t a reversal of his neurophone and listed off a few parts that were incorrect, but I got the impression it was spot-on or very, very close, which is why he and Gael were so concerned and wanted me to keep it off the net and BBSes (at the time).

Anyway, I did give them time, so six-to-eight months later, I posted it; and there was no big splash, and I don’t think anyone even noticed, other than us mavericks. If nothing else, it seemed to inspire Flanagan into updating his decades-old technology, hopefully to something better.

I have one of the original neurophones and can’t hear flip now, but I don’t spend hours hooked up to it. As I understood it, being a new information channel, you have to listen to music through your ears and through the neurophone and over time, you can decrease the ear volume as your neurophone connections are established, and eventually you don’t need audio through the ears. ‘Eventually’ is the key word.

The acquiring of desired life attitudes and habits as well as coordinative processes can, I believe, occur in a much shorter time with the neurophone than without.

The frequencies emitted by the original Flanagan Neurophones are universally supportive of your cells, say proponents. They stimulate the neuronal net and improve the expansion and functionality of the cells.

According to the website Taboola, the output signal of the original Flanagan Neurophone always contained all frequency ranges from Delta, Theta, Alpha to Beta. With the support of the neurophone, the organism of the user can amplify the user-desired dominance of the brain waves. The result to be achieved by the neurophone can be seen as a specifically successful meditation event. Thanks to the neurophone this meditation can be achieved casually without additional time.

People experienced in meditation confirm that the neurophone enables them to reach the desired state of consciousness by removing differently shaded obstructions, or blockages, in a much shorter time.

By Jerry Decker