The Physics of Thought...

The Sixth Sense

Most of us have run into situations were the hair on the back of our necks stands up before something unnerving happens. Are we acutely aware of the inevitable, or is that just another biological pathway that hasn't been discovered? Regardless, the US Military has become keenly aware of Soldiers development of spidey-sense on the battlefield. For those of you whom are laughing, it's a real thing!  According to the U.S. Office of Naval Research, "humans can detect and act on unique patterns without consciously and intentionally analyzing them" (, 2012).

Special Forces

With this, the military hopes to develop this same mindset in Soldiers and Marines who don't have significant combat experience in order to enhance their intuition in austere environments. And by doing so, "A soldier may see, smell or hear something that gets subconsciously organized within hundreds of milliseconds to create the feeling or impression of a solution leading up to a sudden insight about the battlefield situation" (, 2012).