The Wonder Of Water – Does Water Have A Brain?

“Water is life’s matter and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.”

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, M.D 1893 – 1986 {Nobel Prize Winner}

Does Water Have A Brain?

We were messing around in an outdoor swimming pool under a scorching sun. It was during the summer of 2018 and my son was five years old at the time when he asked “Does Water Have a Brain?”

Stumped for an answer, at least a non-fiction version, and after a few “erms” and “ah’s” I decided to look into something that I was surprised to realise I knew little about. Here’s some of what was found out, from the basics to the incredible. Let’s dive in…

What Is Water?

The formula for water is of course H2O, a seemingly simple formula representing that a water molecule is composed of two parts hydrogen atom and one part oxygen atom. In reality, water is a very sophisticated element with both complex physical and chemical properties.

Origins of Water

There is still some debate as to how water actually came to Planet Earth. Its appearance at or around the same time Earth was formed is deemed unlikely as it is considered that any water would have evaporated due to the Sun’s extreme temperatures at the time.  Comets and Ice from The Late Heavy Bombardment Event thought to have occurred much later around 3.9 billion years ago, were also thought to have been a possible explanation for water on Earth but the dates didn’t fit.

More recent studies like those by Stephen Mojzis and his team of astronomers from The University of Colorado, now date The Late Bombardment Event much earlier at around 4.4 billion years ago, by which time the planet’s surface would have cooled enough to hold our oceans. However ice water samples taken from Comets such as Halley’s and Hale-Bopp from the same event, revealed a different and heavier composition of hydrogen than the hydrogen make-up in Earth’s water, so that doesn’t fit either.

Although there is much more scientific speculation and data available on this subject, the point is that we are still awaiting a definitive explanation from science as to exactly how and when water arrived on Planet Earth.

Oceans 5 Alive

‘Water, Water, Everywhere And Not A Drop To Drink!’

– Samuel Taylor Coleridge

We do know that Water covers about 71% of the Earth’s surface. Perhaps surprisingly, 96.5% of that makes up the Oceans but only 3.5% of it is fresh water and found in streams, some rivers, and frozen water in glaciers and polar ice caps.

Most will recognise at least four of our Planet’s Oceans as The Arctic, The Atlantic, The Indian and The Pacific – right? But what about the lesser mentioned and probably most important Ocean Number Five? The Southern Ocean is responsible for linking all the other Oceans together in a Circumpolar Ring that encircles the whole Globe. Flowing within that is the Antarctic Circumpolar Current which shifts 4.4 BILLION CUBIC FEET of water, PER SECOND and over a distance of 24,000 km! The Southern Ocean is as vital an organ of the planet as a Heart is to a Human.

The biggest Wave ever recorded was 1720 ft tall.

The Abyss – The Weirdest Place On Earth

Measuring the Abyss in the old days was a long and tedious process that involved dropping an object over the side of the boat that was tied to a piece of rope and waiting for it to hit the bottom, The object was then pulled up, the rope measured and the process repeated by hand. It took years. Then Sonar technology came along to help with the process.

In the Abyss Zone there are huge mountain ranges with the highest peak easily out-reaching Mount Everest which makes the mountains of the Abyss, the largest on the planet. The Abyss also serves as an important link in the chain of the cycle of the planet.

A series of trenches exist under the seas and they have a really important function. The deepest is called the Mariana Trench and is measured at 11km in depth. The deposits of earth around the ocean floor are created from the shifts of the tectonic plates. These deposits are slowly moved by the currents at a rate of something like 2cm a year to what are essentially waste deposit areas, the trenches of the deep.

Abyss Critters – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Abyss is a zone in the ocean that officially starts 4000m below sea level and it’s full name is The Abyssopelagic. It’s deep, and weird things live there. Animals that live in the Abyss are essentially blind, else see little. They have had to make all kind of adaptions to live in there environment and most of them look really odd.

These weird and wonderful looking creatures that live in our waters have carved out their own place of existence in the universe albeit in the dark lightless depths of the Abyss. Each fascinating in its own right and worth follow up reading but in the meantime, here are some pictures of our planet’s good, bad, and ugly.

We’re All Full Of It

Human Beings are made up of between 55% and 85% water, depending on age, gender, and weight,

  • New-borns hold the most water and women hold the least
  • Bones contain 31%
  • Skin contains 64%
  • Muscles and Kidneys are each made up of 70%
  • Heart and Brain each contain 73%
  • Lungs are made up of the highest amount of water at 79%

In terms of our health, we are encouraged to drink at least 5 litres a day. Imagine a pond full of stagnant water and muck which has not been refreshed by rain-water for a while, and then think of your body that hasn’t had any H2O for awhile… Drink more water!

Why Do Ice Cubes Float In Your Drink?

Water is classed as an analogous compound but its melting and boiling points are significantly higher than other analogous compounds. When it’s in a solid state, water is less dense than when it’s in a liquid state, which is why ice cubes float and don’t sink in your drink. It’s unusual behaviour amongst analogous compounds which are usually heavier in their solid states. For the most part, it’s all to do with the electronic structure of water molecules and because water molecules are special. They are not linear but bend in an unusual way.

Newton’s Law Of Cooling V The Mpemba Effect

Another curve ball to challenge our understanding of water came from a teenager making ice-cream in Africa in 1969, but first we need to go back to the late 17TH Century and Sir Isaac Newton’s Law of Cooling.

Sir Isaac Newton and The Law of Cooling

Newton’s Law of Cooling states that:

 “The rate at which a body cools is proportional to the differential in temperature between that body and its environment”

It is represented by the differential equation:  Rate of cooling ∝ ΔT

Also written as, dT/dt = – k (T-Ts)


Tt = temperature of object at time t

Tm = temperature of the surrounding medium

To = initial temperature of a heated object

K = negative constant

T = time

Although it’s not necessary to fully understand all the Math here, in simple terms Newton’s formula allows us to calculate the temperature of an object as it cools down. Where Heat transfers from an object to its environment, and the change in temperature is relative to the temperature differential between the two.

The Mpemba Effect

However, in 1969, Erasto Bartholmeo Mpemba who was a schoolboy from Tanzania, was making ice-cream during a lesson when he noticed that the boiled milk was freezing faster than the milk at the lower room temperature, and he wanted to know why.

Essentially, this was a revival of a previously proposed realization that Hot water freezes faster than Cold water. This was significant in the scientific arena as some consider it to be in conflict with the longstanding belief and application of Newton’s Law of Cooling. Nevertheless it has since been named and is known as The Mpemba Effect.

Kettle Magic and A Snow State of Matter

How the Mpemba Effect translates in a literal sense can be demonstrated in the experiment where a pot, or cup, of boiling hot water is thrown into extremely cold air and instantly turns to snow, whereas a pot or cup of water at room temperature water would not have the same result.

This is also a great example of how water can change its own state of Matter from a Liquid to a Gas and to a Solid – in an instant.

If you want to try this, please be careful! – The Hot Water should be as close to Boiling at 212°F / 100°C and the Outdoor Temperature needs to be -25°F / -32°C or colder, or it won’t work. And of course be mindful of the direction the wind is blowing in!

Deposition and Sublimation

Liquid Water changes to Vapour or Gas and then those same water particles become Solids as they meet the icy cold air and turn into snow or ice. This is called Deposition.

As ever there is an opposite principle and Deposition’s is called Sublimation. This is all about the reverse process and the change between Solid, to Vapour or Gas states of Matter – like when you take out the ice-cube tray and the ice cubes start to give off smoky looking wisps of vapour. The water is changing from its ice-cube solid state to a gas state. It’s caused by the heat in the air but is noteworthy because it misses the usual middle step of becoming a liquid state in this process.

Is It All Just Pseudoscience Nonsense?

More debates about Water were ignited by Masaru Emoto. Born in a small village in Japan in 1943, Emoto graduated from University in Yokohama and was later recognised as a Doctor of Alternative Medicine by the International Open University. Much of his life was dedicated to his research in a bid to prove that on a molecular level, water has an awareness because it reacts differently to either a positive energetic frequency change, or a negative energetic frequency change that is being applied to its environment.

Emoto was the author of the New York Times Best Seller ‘The Hidden Messages in Water’ published in 2004 and he went on to write more than 20 other books published in over 24 languages. His intentional contribution to the development of uniting science and metaphysics, is significant.

In his first book he uses his research and high exposure photography to visually demonstrate the structure of frozen water molecules after being exposed to changes in their environment, specifically, vibrations through the emotions and sounds of the spoken word and music. Some of the photographic results can be seen below with the related spoken words noted underneath each image:

Because our bodies have so much water content, the inference is that hearing negative words through conversation or music but more specifically the energetic frequency they carry, can actually and significantly impact our health. Condemned by some as a businessman with an agenda and due to the apparent lack of credible and reliable tests, these experiments have been widely dismissed as pseudoscience nonsense in the scientific community and Emoto’s work was never formally accepted or supported by any scientific authority. Instead the theory seems to have been pushed into the realms of myths and legends.

Yet in accordance with Atomic Law, we know that everything is made up of atoms and that atoms change depending on their environment. Water is also made of atoms so it’s form can also be changed by its environment… and well, isn’t that what Emoto was saying too?!

Perhaps it was more an issue of the quality of the tests as opposed to his findings that earnt his work a Pseudoscience title, but most see past this resistance in disguise as cause to debunk this whole concept, and are instead expanding on it along with the much bigger picture of its implications.


The intrinsic vibrational pattern at the atomic level in all matter’      


Bending Water

Whilst Emoto’s visuals and those from similar experiments focused on the results of water molecules after the external forces were applied, others visually demonstrate the effects of external forces on water molecules in real-time.

In 2012 Brusspup made this YouTube Video which visually demonstrates how Water reacts to external conditions, like sound. The conditions might have incurred more than a wrinkled nose or furrowed brow from some in the scientific arena but the results are loud and clear. The video went viral.

So, Does Water Have A Brain?

We know that a physical Form is made up energetically of atoms and that atoms can be changed by their environment. So the same must apply to everything that is made of atoms, which is, well almost everything!…

Water is made up of atoms and so is affected by its environment too. Water sustains our planet, our bodies, and every other living thing on Earth, in a complex and perfectly self-balanced constant flow. Water is made up of the same energy life force that is present and flowing throughout the Universe. It falls from the skies in one state and rises from the seas in another, it’s present in our atmosphere and adapts to all states of matter. Its displacement allows ships to sail on it and a drop can save a life. It dissolves, repels, extinguishes, fuels, moves, and transmutes – and we’re full of it.

There’s a lot more to water than we have realised and that’s already a lot. This is merely a “drop in the ocean” on a subject with so much depth and breadth that it cannot all be covered here in one article. However, none can deny Water’s power and life-giving force, and it should never be demoted and degraded to “it’s just water.” At least at this point in our evolution, water is paramount to sustain the life of every living thing on Planet Earth and for that reason alone, it should be enjoyed in all its forms and treated with the respect it clearly deserves.

So, Does Water Have A Brain? or an Awareness, a Consciousness, or a Memory? – The question should be, How Can It Not?

Research References:;;; The Hidden Messages In WaterMasaru Emoto -2005 ISBN-10- 978-0743289801;,,