Dr Dean Radin has been perhaps the leading spokesperson and experimentalist in the field of parapsychology over the past two decades. His work has covered many areas, from telepathy to presentiment, but his most recent work has been concerned with possible interactions between human intention and quantum effects. In the fascinating (at times very funny) 'Science and Non-Duality' talk embedded below, he outlines some of the amazing results of this research (you can download a link to a recent scientific paper on the topic by Dean and his colleagues via this post on his blog).
Anecdotal reports of “experiential entanglements” – spontaneous mind-to-mind and mind-to-matter interactions – can be found throughout history, in all cultures, and at all educational levels. For over a century, such experiences have stimulated controlled scientific experiments to explore whether the anecdotes were best explainable as coincidence, confabulation, or genuine anomalies. Based on analysis of thousands of experiments published in peer-reviewed journals, the cumulative evidence is now clear: mind-to-mind and some forms of mind-matter interactions have been demonstrated beyond a reasonable doubt.
For the most part, this evidence is ignored or denied within the academic mainstream, probably because it implies that certain long-held assumptions about the nature of brain, mind and matter – assumptions that are inculcated in universities and repeated as fact in textbooks – are in some cases wrong and in others in need of radical revision. I will review the evidence for these entanglements, the resistance to the evidence, and the implications for a more mature science of the future.
You can read more about Dean's research and thoughts on these topics in his book Entangled Minds.
Slowly picking up steam here at Grail HQ. How's 2015 looking for you?
- The search for starivores: intelligent life that could eat the Sun.
- New research finds that higher levels of solar activity in your year of birth could shorten your life expectancy by five years.
- Shock revelation: Astronomer travels to Pluto aboard the New Horizons spacecraft! (Okay, so not such a shock...headline reads well though don't it?)
- Bent time tips pulsar out of Earth's view.
- Is it possible that the laws of physics are evolving?
- Easter Island's demise may have a surprising new explanation.
- An ancient text that has baffled researchers for more than 200 years: the indecipherable Rohonc Codex.
- Who built the mysterious pyramid of the French Riviera?
- An archaeological guide to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
- Can deaf people hear voices?
- Scientist claims DMT can connect the human brain to a parallel universe.
- Man in 'minimally conscious state' for nearly two years unexpectedly regains full consciousness and the ability to talk.
- Circumcision can double boys' risk of autism.
- Mystery solved: Darwin's 'severed finger' is actually a sea squirt.
- The strange inevitability of evolution.
- Image of the Day: As you watch this robotic tentacle peel a grape, remember that it will be doing it to human eyeballs when the robot revolution arrives...
Quote of the Day:
Enlightenment remains unrealized so long as it is considered as a specific state to be attained, and for which there are standards of success.
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”Even people who claim everything is predetermined and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.”
- Enter the stargate.
- Earth 2.0.
- And when black holes collide…
- When Tattooine’s suns collide…
- The Milky Way’s violent past.
- Is Mercury the last planet standing?
- Invaders from Mars.
- Twenty-five century-old mystery solved by numismatist.
- What did the Dogon know?
- Heavy metal from Atlantis?
- The universal language.
- Testing the vimana’s flight capability.
- Traveling faster than light.
- Two cultures, one story.
- Will super-insulated nano-clothing replace heaters?
- Andromeda Galaxy is ready for its close-up.
- Monkey see, monkey mirror.
- Hacking transcends the interwebs.
- Is one extra second too much time for the inter webs?
- This week’s evidence of the looming robot uprising… Geisha ‘bots.
Quote of the Day:
“We are all different - but we share the same human spirit. Perhaps it's human nature that we adapt - and survive.”
Stephen J. Hawking
It seems the new year will have to deal with the same old $#!t…
- ...Speaking of which, this ingenious machine turns feces into drinking water.
- In 1795 Paul Revere and Samuel Adams laid down a time capsule in Boston Massachussets. What was cointained inside will astound you!
- (Um, sorry about that. Moving on...)
- In a far-away galaxy, two massive black holes dance toward a violent union of cosmic proportions.
- Will 2015 be the year we find Earth 2.0? Maybe we already have…
- Dude, where's my comet lander?
- Why not start the new year by reading the paper submitted by Jacques Vallee during last summer's GEIPAN international workshop?
- You can also find the rest of the workshop's papers here.
- A fireball filmed over California releases 'debris'… or a escape pod.
- Mountain rescue personnel witness strange beings over mount Popocatépetl (Mexico).
- Strange beings can also be recorded by highway cameras.
- The 'zombie worms' of Monterey bay.
- Need a new car? The pope is raffling off his.
- On episode 4 of Philosophy of Health, Mandy talks to Historian Igor Lukes about why great men sire idiot kids, and the real reason for the French Revolution --Penile dysfunction.
- Something to rave for: Party drug ketamine may be the next big anti-deppressant.
- Red Pill of the Day: No one got murdered for this cartoon --though you may get fired over it.
Thanks to Susan and Kapryan.
Quote of the Day:
"Only weakened and failing states treat these crimes as acts of war. Only they send their leaders diving into bunkers and summoning up ever darker arts of civil control, now even the crudities of revived torture. Such leaders cannot accept that such outrages will always occur, everywhere. They refuse to respect limits to what a free society can do to prevent them."
As we've mentioned previously, our good friend Graham Hancock is working on a new book, Magicians of the Gods, the sequel to Fingerprints of the Gods, to be published in late 2015 or early 2016. This video of a presentation Graham gave at Saint James’s Church, Piccadilly in 2014 reviews some of the key findings in 'Fingerprints' and shares some of the new evidence of the lost civilisation that will go into 'Magicians'. (Graham also gives a short introduction to the video lecture pointing out some of the extra research he's done since this talk was given)
Happy Women's Little Christmas.
- Jesus trial site 'found': Herod's Palace remains discovered near Tower of David in Jerusalem.
- Chinese civilisation's mysterious disappearance solved.
- In search of the legendary 1,000-Foot White Pyramid of Xi'an.
- The Fairy Investigation Society have collected over 400 reports so far.
- The inevitability of life.
- Solar System set for eventual collision with orange dwarf.
- Stars without makeup.
- SCP Foundation: the 'secret foundation' that contains the world's paranormal artefacts.
- Queen Khentakawess III's tomb found in Egypt.
- 'Alien abduction' artist fesses up.
- Monsters in America: A Cryptozoological Map of the United States.
- Robots are starting to break the law and nobody knows what to do about it.
- 'Nearer My God To Thee': CNN's undramatic broadcast to round off armageddon.
- Iconic 'Pillars of Creation' photo goes high definition.
Quote of the Day:
You're not crazy and it's not your fault.
Have you ever gotten directions from a friend, to a place you’ve never been? Of course you have; everyone has. Which means that we’ve all been given, at some point or another, a crudely drawn map, intended to guide us along the landscape to our desired destination.
Now imagine trying to make an accurate map of an entire coast line. Or of entire continents. Or the whole world! It’s a pretty massive undertaking. The map maker doesn’t even have the benefit of ever having travelled those coastlines and country boundaries. He or she is flying blind. So how do they do it?
As discussed previously, mapmaking – or cartography – is a millennium old art. People have been trying to create a visual representation of the areas in which they travel since before the 7th millennium BCE. The oldest surviving maps are the Babylonian World Maps of the 9th century BCE, and, while beautiful, they aren’t exactly known for their accuracy (according to these maps the world consists of only Babylon on the Euphrates and Assyria). But as time went on, mapmakers got better at creating consistently accurate drawings of their surroundings. They developed universal systems for measuring distances, plotting directions, and estimating the shape of coastlines and continents. Those systems are as complicated as they are useful.
But it’s not like every map ever made is truly an original work. Most maps, especially charts out of antiquity, are reproductions or expansions of earlier maps. Experience with a given chart would determine just how accurate it was, and once the most accurate among the available charts was found, it would then be used as the standard for the area it described. From there, cartographers could copy it and use it as a component in a larger chart that included the region it depicted.
There are some famous charts, namely the Piri Re’is and the Dulcert 1339 map. In both cases these are portolan charts, meaning they are nautical maps that use compass bearings as the foundation of their measurement system. The Piri Re’is chart is widely considered to be the most accurate portolan chart of the 16th century. It’s a military world map that was created by an Ottoman admiral and cartographer, after whom the chart was named. It is unique in that it is the earliest chart to show accurate depictions of the coastlines of Africa, as well as the positions of several Caribbean islands, such as the Canary Islands. It also shows an astonishingly accurate depiction of the east coast of South America, even going so far as to position the new world correctly with reference to the west coast of Africa.
It’s also thought unique for another rather compelling reason…it apparently shows an accurate depiction of the coast of Queen Maud Land. What is Queen Maud Land, you ask? Well, Queen Maud Land is the northern edge of the Antarctic Peninsula. Now, this wouldn’t be as wondrous as it is, were it not for the fact that the Antarctica Peninsula hadn’t been discovered or explored until 1820 at the earliest. And for the fact that the coastline depicted is currently under a few hundred feet of ice.
So, um…how did an Ottoman admiral know about it, much less accurately draw it on a map in 1513, just twenty-one years following Christopher Columbus’ bumbling discovery of the Americas?
According to scholars, the Dulcert 1339 portolan chart (mentioned above) – which is an early Medieval chart of the Mediterranean ocean and surrounding lands, and which is thought to have been created by a classical Italian cartographer named Angelino Dulcert (known alternately as Angelino de Dalorto and/or Angelino de Dulceto) – seems to show a reasonably accurate representation of Australia, of all things. To remind you, Australia wasn’t discovered, according to our history textbooks, until 1606, but yet, the landmass of Australia was included in this map, drawn by an Italian, and in other early European maps three hundred years before that.
How is that possible?
There are those, namely the famous Finnish-Swedish historian of cartography Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld, who believe that these early maps are not of the medieval period at all, but are copies of charts from much, much older cartographic traditions. He analysed the mathematics of these maps, and others, and came to the conclusion that their content, accuracy, and structure was notably superior to the charts of classical scholars such as Ptolemy and Eratosthenes, but that they employed the same elements in their construction.
Nordenskiöld isn’t alone though, as you might imagine. From his work has sprung strong argument, from people such as Arlington Mallery and Charles Hapgood, that these maps are evidence of an advanced culture having circumnavigated the globe long before Ferdinand Magellan. Of course, with such a fantastical claim comes the scorn of the academic community, and their criticisms are not without merit (especially when you include Erik von Daniken as an ally of Hapgood and Mallery), but none yet have fully refuted Hapgood’s nor Nordenskiöld’s analyses.
So is there a middle ground? Can we not accept that there is more to these maps than modern cartographers want to admit, while not yet asserting that they prove the case for a pre-historic civilization? As mentioned, maps from antiquity are almost always copies of earlier maps, enhanced and expanded, correcting the mistakes of previous generations. Piri Re’is and Dulcert 1339 are no exception…the question is from what older maps did the Ottoman and Italian cartographers copy their greatest works?
 Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld, Facsimile-Atlas to the Early History of Cartography with Reproductions of the Most Important Maps Printed in the XV and XVI Centuries, trans. Johan Adolf Ekelöf (Stockholm, 1889; reprinted, New York: Dover, 1973).
 Charles H. Hapgood. Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings: Evidence of Advanced Civilization in the Ice Age. Illinois 1997, Adventures Unlimited Press (Originally 1966).
Among the treasures found when Pharaoh Tutankhamun's tomb was opened in 1923 were two ornate trumpets, one made of silver and the other of bronze. In 1939, BBC radio broadcast the sound of the trumpets to listeners around the world. And, thanks to the internet, now you can too. Hopefully their sound doesn't summon up any ancient Egyptian demons to enact foul curses upon those listening. Hey, wait a minute, BBC broadcast the sound in 1939...
And we're back for another year! Welcome to 2015, Grailers...
- After decades of searching, the causeway of the Great Pyramid has been found.
- Listen to the 3000-year-old trumpets of Tutankhamun.
- Thousands of ancient coins discovered in Buckinghamshire field.
- Evidence of Viking/Norse metal-working in Arctic Canada.
- Great Blue Hole off Belize yields new clues to fall of Mayan civilisation.
- Ancient Indian 'Vimana' aircraft to be discussed at major scientific conference.
- The world's largest clairvoyance experiment has begun.
- Why there's a shortage of LSD.
- Biologists claim that the leading theory of how memories are stored in the brain is wrong.
- Can we detect life on other worlds through its vibrations?
- Junk science and Russian national security.
- Abandoning doubt in Sedona, Arizona.
- The Anti-Tolkien: Michael Moorcock turns 75.
- Looking back: 2014 in archaeology.
- 2014 in space exploration.
- the most popular weird and wonderful science stories of 2014.
- 2014: the year in UFOs and ETs.
- Looking forward: 2015 will see human trials of DNA nanobots to fight cancer and repair spinal cords.
- Will we find extraterrestrial life in 2015?
- Image of the Day: When you look at the edge of your knife, are you really seeing the edge?
Quote of the Day:
Let our New Year's resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.