My reaction when my Buddhist cousin showed me the new tattoo he got made to symbolize 'Impermanence'...
- Probable carcinogenic chemical found in Monsanto weed killer. Shouldn't we re-name them Mondiablo by now?
- The genetic code of 'an entire nation' effectively deduced, claim Icelandic researchers.
- The American MDs' suicide epidemic no-one is talking about.
- Loren Coleman examines the twilight language involved in the latest Germanwings Flight 9525 tragedy.
- Could remote viewing help you become rich in the stock market? The Paracast interviews precognition authority Marty Rosenblatt.
- Large, boomerang-shaped UFO 'cloaked itself' in front of Florida witness.
- Are drones to become the 'swamp gas' of the XXIst century for the UFO phenomenon?
- The Victorians' obsession with fairies is approached in Robert Means Lawrence's new book [Amazon US & UK]
- The football fairies of Ireland.
- The Irish monk Macarius and his concept of the universal soul.
- 1st photo of the legendary albino tapir.
- The Ili pika, world's cutest (endangered) animal, photographed for the 1st time.
- 7-year-old Bigfoot photo gains new footing.
- Dinosaurs: 'Terrible lizards' or just plain terrible?
- Seems the Russians haven't tired of building crazy-ass cargo planes --Antonov's dream lives on!
- Red Pill of the Day: Fan-made Star Wars anime short that took 4 years in the making, and was *totally* worth it.
Thanks to the a-hole who scraped my car last night, for teaching me the concept of car paint impermanence.
Quote of the Day:
“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.”
~ Rabindranath Tagore
Will the elves save us from the robots?
- The X-Files: The next mind-bending chapter.
- MI5 records reveal gerbil spycatcher plan.
- Quantum experiment verifies Einstein's 'spooky action at a distance'.
- "Computers are going to take over from humans": Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
- Everyone has the right to challenge "scientific experts".
- In Iceland, 'respect the elves – or else'.
- Were Martians wiped out by a nuclear bomb?
- Landmark study proves that magnets can control heat and sound.
- Mini black holes could be the key to parallel universes.
- Argentine archaeologists probe 'Nazi hide-out' for clues.
- World's largest asteroid impacts found in central Australia.
- Is Madonna the Kabbalistic Queen of the New World Order?.
- Boeing's force field could save soldiers from brain injuries.
- 20 images of Jesus and other religious figures seen in strange things and places.
- Universe may be on the brink of collapse (on the cosmological timescale.
- Prehistoric hunt suggests humans arrived in North America earlier than previously thought.
- Have researchers discovered the sound of the stars?
- Curiosity Rover finds biologically useful nitrogen on Mars.
Quote of the day:
Elves are wonderful. They provoke wonder.
Elves are marvellous. They cause marvels.
Elves are fantastic. They create fantasies.
Elves are glamorous. They project glamour.
Elves are enchanting. They weave enchantment.
Elves are terrific. They beget terror.
The thing about words is that meanings can twist just like a snake, and if you want to find snakes look for them behind words that have changed their meaning.
No one ever said elves are nice.
Elves are bad.
Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies
The video below seems like the usual playful moment between a loving mother and her 4-year-old daughter; making funny faces at the camera, sharing hugs and kisses, and talking about the woman's grandmother, who "went to heaven" last November at the age of 93.
Then, right at the end, the girl delivers quite the bombshell:
From Jaime Primak Sullivan's Facebook page:
I am freaking out - I can't even find words. I don't know what to think or say or do- there is no way Charlie could know this. My grandmother called me this name growing up- there is NO WAY Charlie could know. I am shaking.
Of course, skeptics would say the whole thing was staged, and it's true there's no way we can verify whether little Charlie didn't know her great-granny called her mom by the name 'Jamila' --or if the girl was queued as it's the opinion of some members in the comments below. But if true, then this little incident might be another confirmation that little children, still untouched by the 'social conditioning' we all grow up with, are more sensitive and still in touch with "the other side."
Now, whether this 'other side' is another dimension of existence in which our dearly departed still live in some immaterial form, or is rather a state of consciousness in which the Time is non-existent and all things and beings remain in a state of interconnectedness, that's something for which we don't really have any answers... yet.
Have your children shown similar 'mediumnistic' abilities? Share your stories on the comments below
[H/T Above Top Secret]
The end is n.........ot nigh.
- The bad news: Physicists find that the collapse of the universe may be imminent. The good news: 'imminent' to these guys is "a few tens of billions of years"...
- Big Bang Theory could be debunked by the Large Hadron Collider.
- Largest ever asteroid impact found in Australia.
- Lava tubes on the Moon could be huge enough to hold cities.
- Boeing patents Star Wars-style force fields.
- 10-year-old boy remembers past life as 1930s Hollywood actor.
- Family 'gobsmacked' as four mysterious objects zoomed across the sky during BBQ, chased by 'MOD helicopter'.
- The Hampstead Cult that wasn't: revisiting the Satanic panic.
- SETI is giving you a chance to name Plutonian surface features.
- Here's how this ancient Mayan pyramid makes bird calls.
- 'Monster salamanders' found in fossilised mass grave.
- Pope Francis credited with performing miracle as Saint's blood liquifies.
- Aboriginal god is Wikipedia's longest running hoax.
- Video of the Day: Tour one of the world's largest caves on the back of a drone.
Quote of the Day:
Knowing that you are going to die is, I suspect, the beginning of wisdom.
We've featured a number of Jason Silva's wonderful monologues here on the Grail over the past few years, and counterculture writer Erik Davis is one of our long time favourites (he's also a Darklore contributor). So I'm sure many readers will enjoy this long-form, sit-down chat between them both on 'Techgnosis: Technology and human imagination'.
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Mysteries. Today's flavour: historical.
- Mysterious jade object may have been an Olmec offering to ancient gods.
- Argentine archaeologists find secret Nazi lair in jungle.
- Engraved ring found in Sweden suggests contact between Viking Age Scandinavians and Islamic civilisation.
- Red Lady cave burial reveals Stone Age secrets.
- Islamic State wants Egypt's pyramids and Sphinx destroyed.
- To understand the pyramids and Stonehenge, look up - not down.
- Though historians are looking down on a Stonehenge tunnel plan.
- Coral pyramids in Micronesia date back to the Middle Ages.
- Did Atlantis exist on the Moroccan coast?
- Neanderthal jewelry.
- Did divination bones found in an abandoned village in Armenia predict the demise of the town's rulers?
- Large Hadron Collider to search for parallel universes.
- DEA approves study using MDMA (Ecstasy) for anxiety in seriously ill patients.
- What was Lee Harvey Oswald doing in Mexico, weeks before the assassination of JFK?
- Options, live and dead.
- Image of the Day: Great Wall to the Moon.
Quote of the Day:
All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
This is a clip from the highly-recommended film My Dinner with Andre (1981), which you can actually watch complete on Youtube. Incredible how after more than 30 years, this discussion seems more relevant than ever.
The movie mentions Findhorn repeatedly, which is a famous spiritual community and education center founded in Scotland in the early 1960s, based on the mutual cooperation between Man and the spirits of Nature. Robert Ogilvie Crombie (a.k.a. Roc), the illustrious Scottish mathematician is also mentioned in the film; Crombie was one of the original founders of Findhorn, and used to be hardcore materialist until they day when he allegedly had an ecounter with a faun, at which point his life experienced a dramatic shift toward Mysticism, magickal practices and communication with elemental entities --The book The Gentleman and the Faun [Amazon US & UK] is based on those encounters.
“Life is a pure flame, and we live by an invisible Sun within us.”
- My god, it’s full of stars.
- Watch the eclipse…
- An overview of the NDE.
- The ‘hydro-canoes’ of Ceres?
- Dusted by the Milky Way.
- Martian ’northern lights’.
- The forbidden symmetry of a 4.5 billion year-old meteorite.
- Meteor… or flare from a sinking ship?
- Terminator 2 inspires 3D printer.
- Astronomy: The great detective.
- Newly revealed land-dwelling croc tapped for nightmare fodder.
- To sleep like your pre-industrial ancestors.
- This week’s evidence of the looming robot uprising… Sawyer.
Quote of the Day:
“…Every man is a Microcosm, and carries the whole world about him.”
Before they became an empire, the Mexica --aka the Aztecs-- were a nomadic tribe looking for a place to settle. On their way to Mexico's central valley they passed through the ruins of a monumental city; so impressed were they with the majesty and sophistication of the ancient metropolis, they concluded no mortal men could have been able to build it.
They named the place Teotihuacán: The city where Men became Gods.
To this day, and despite some impressive archeological discoveries in recent years, there's still a lot of mysteries surrounding this Pre-Columbian civilization --our remaining ignorance is best highlighted by the fact that, after all these years, we still don't know the original name of the city, and are forced to identify them with the term given by the Aztecs. We know that by 450 AD Teotihuacán was the most powerful city in all of Mesoamerica, its influence reaching even the remote nation-states of the Maya in the south-east jungles; we also know that its end was not peaceful, given the evidence that its major monuments were burned around 550 AD. But why exactly did Teotihuacán fall into ruin?
Linda Manzanilla, an anthropologist with Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México has published a paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, in which she proposes Teotihuacan's collapse was not due external threats or natural catstrophes, but caused by internal clashes between groups with differing economic interests.
Manzanilla is basing her claims on her examination of parts of the ruins, along with an analysis of human remains and other artifacts that have been found in the area. She suggests that because of volcanic eruptions in the first and fourth centuries, people were forced to move from the southern basin, and wound up in Teotihuacan, which resulted in a mix of ethnicities. Activity markers, nutritional patterns, isotopes and ancient DNA analysis showed that the immigrants (some of whom brought specialized skills along with them) tended to live on the outskirts of the city in different neighborhoods and were given specific jobs by businessmen that helped to bolster the economy. But it also led to rivalries between the neighborhoods. As time passed, she believes that tensions arose between wealthy businessmen, neighborhood leaders and those that were part of the government. The tension was increased, she claims, by the government insisting on retaining control of all natural resources. Eventually, that tension boiled over and the result was an angry mob of people burning down major parts (administration and ritual buildings) of the city and trashing sculptures and other iconic structures, and eventually to total collapse of the city.
Manzanilla's theory supports another separate study --in which she also collaborated-- performed by academics from the Institute of Investigations in Applied Mathematics and Systems (IIMAS), who created a mathematical model which supports the theory that Teotihuacán was not ruled by a centralized authority --i.e. a king or emperor-- but rather was organized in a "co-government" represented in a collective, managerial division of the different neighborhoods conforming the city. This theory IMO might explain why recent attempts to discover the tombs of Teotihuacán's rulers have so far proved unsuccesful.
All these new ideas about Teotihuacán paint their culture more like an economic enterprise than a colonizing army. It's almost as if they were the Templars of ancient Mesoamerica --and just like their European counterparts, they attracted the envy and resentment of too many enemies.
In our modern times in which the 1% think of themselves as living deities, the ancient city where Men became Gods has now become a soberly prescient cuationary tale.
- Anthropologist offers possible explanation for collapse of ancient city of Teotihuacan
- Cooperation and tensions in multiethnic corporate societies using Teotihuacan, Central Mexico, as a case study (PDF)
- Can Government Be Self-Organized? A Mathematical Model of the Collective Social Organization of Ancient Teotihuacan, Central Mexico
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- Tomb of Don Quixote's writer Miguel de Cervantes found.
- Nicholas Roerich, the Shambhala prophecy, and the geopolitical game that it ensued.
- "An ancient Mecca on stilts": Did Stonehenge support a giant, circular platform?
- DNA study shows Celts are not a unique genetic group. Then why are aliens so interested in them?
- Dr. Robert E. Cornish: A real-life Frankenstein scientist.
- Chris Urmson, the director of self-driving cars at Google, wants his 11-year-old son to NEVER have to take a driver's test.
- The biggest solar storm since 2013 caused dazzling auroras world-wide on St. Patrick's day --but I guess everyone was too drunk to notice…
- Did life on Earth emerge from poisonous fumes?
- A color guide to life on other planets.
- UFO POV: A comic-style personal sighting by Barry Windsor-Smith [h/t Hidden Experience].
- UFO over Oklahoma City caught on tape during live TV news broadcast.
- Dr. Tyler Kokjohn, Jeff Ritzmann and Jeremy Vaeni get interviewed on Radio Misterioso to explain Project Core, a maverick new approach to survey paranormal encounters.
- The Patterson-Gimlin film, stabilized.
- Hell on Earth: Fires have been burning under the surface of Jharia, India, for a century --somehow I suspect frankfurters were involved…
- The VICE interview with Alejandro Jodorowsky.
- Red Pill of the Day: Dinosaurs' Notorious E.A.R.L., performing 'Hypnotize'.
Thanks to Cármen Aristegui.
Quote of the Day:
“We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.”