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- 50-year-old family secret hints at more Lascaux prehistoric cave art.
- Are the underwater Zakynthos ruins a lost Greek city?
- Afghans defy the Taliban by saving their ancient past.
- The Doomsday Clock is still poised at 5 minutes to midnight.
- Does Ariel Sharon's death herald 1000 years of peace?
- Join the brouhaha over the reincarnation research of Dr Jim Tucker.
- Do animals have lucid dreams? (Amazon US/UK).
- Creating animal spirit altars & how to work with them.
- Green spaces are good medicine for city dwellers.
- And green spaces with pubs are even better.
- A pre-Viking alcoholic beverage has a surprising recipe that tastes great.
- It looks like GLaDOS, but this glass sphere will revolutionise solar power.
- The Island of Dr Mao: China is cloning on an industrial scale.
- Your home could look like Pandora with auto-luminescent plants.
- Rejection letters that burned everyone, from George Orwell to clowns.
Thanks to April.
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It's been almost seven years since the death of Dr. Ian Stevenson, well-known for his extensive and detailed research into apparent cases of reincarnation. Stevenson was very much the 'public face' of this research strand, but one of his proteges at the University of Virginia, Dr. Jim Tucker, has also spent many years investigating the same topic, and has recently released a new book on his own research titled Return to Life: Extraordinary Cases of Children Who Remember Past Lives. Tucker was recently on NPR discussing his work, for those interested in taking a listen (transcript here):
As might be expected, Tucker's seven-minute appearance on NPR has engendered a comments thread with more than 230 entries, with no shortage of bickering between people horrified that NPR would cover such an 'unscientific' topic and others defending the discussion - reminiscent of last year's blow-up after the University of Virginia's own magazine printed a piece on his reincarnation research.
Get your psychedelic groove on with the Rose Window's Native Dreams, and set off into the uncharted lands of today's Grail news...
- This Stone Age mural may be the oldest map ever.
- A ritual burial site in Wales may have been in use 10,000 years ago - almost twice as far back as expected.
- Also: From cromlechs to cairns - ancient burial sites in Wales, in pictures.
- Zeus? In China?!
- New evidence that plants get their energy using quantum entanglement.
- Brain performance can be boosted by directing ultrasound to specific brain areas.
- Musician records hallucinated music.
- 90 academics and scientists co-sign letter calling for support for open, informed study of psi effects like telepathy.
- Parapsychology journal includes an article on post-traumatic stress disorder in people who have been murdered.
- Meditation transforms roughest San Francisco schools.
- Ten books that will change the way you understand the mind.
- How far can a Buddhist approach to biology take us?
- New study dramatically changes where we believe aliens might live.
- A plurality of Chupacabras.
- Meet the landmine-hunting giant rats of Mozambique.
- Man requests police assistance after a number of Bigfoot sightings.
- Were Mothman sightings actually parachuting green berets?
- The historical background to zombie mythology.
- Taking vitamin supplements is a waste of time and money.
- What scientific idea is ready for retirement?
- Living with a cargo cult.
- Journalist spends two hours talking with the NSA's bigwigs. Here's what has them mad.
- Don't believe the (marijuana) hype: What most people think they know about marijuana is just years of unscientific, paranoid, and even racist government propaganda.
- Personalised jewellery made from sound waves.
- Time-traveling photographer adds herself into her childhood pictures.
- Image of the Day: The Gathering.
Quote of the Day:
Information is not knowledge.
Alternative history author Graham Hancock is currently traveling the globe, researching the 'sequel' to his bestselling book Fingerprints of the Gods, which has the working title of Magicians of the Gods. Last October he discussed a number of topics relating to the book in a 90 minute lecture he gave in Johannesburg, the video of which has just been posted to YouTube (embedded above). The sound is taken from a hall mic, rather than from the soundboard, so it's rather murkily soaked in hall reverb, but it's still good enough to make out what everyone is saying.
Update: Graham himself has suggested viewing this video instead, which has better sound:
Is there safety in numbers when it comes to science? Some 90 scientists and academics have co-signed a letter, written by Etzel Cardeña of Lund University and published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, that calls for more mainstream support of open and honest investigation of parapsychological topics, and related mysteries of human consciousness. Cardeña stresses six points in support of his call:
1) Research on parapsychological phenomena (psi) is being carried out in various accredited universities and research centers throughout the world by academics in different disciplines trained in the scientific method (e.g., circa 80 Ph.D.s have been awarded in psi-related topics in the UK in recent years). This research has continued for over a century despite the taboo against investigating the topic, almost complete lack of funding, and professional and personal attacks. The Parapsychological Association has been an affiliate of the AAAS since 1969, and more than 20 Nobel prizewinners and many other eminent scientists have supported the study of psi or even conducted research themselves.
2) Despite a negative attitude by some editors and reviewers, results supporting the validity of psi phenomena continue to be published in peer-reviewed, academic journals in relevant fields, from psychology to neuroscience to physics.
3) Increased experimental controls have not eliminated or even decreased significant support for the existence of psi phenomena, as suggested by various recent meta-analyses.
4) These meta-analyses and other studies17 suggest that data supportive of psi phenomena cannot reasonably be accounted for by chance or by a “file drawer” effect. Indeed, contrary to most disciplines, parapsychology journals have for decades encouraged publication of null results and of papers critical of a psi explanation. A psi trial registry has been established to improve research practice.
5) The effect sizes reported in most meta-analyses are relatively small and the phenomena cannot be produced on demand, but this also characterizes various phenomena found in other disciplines that focus on complex human behavior and performance such as psychology and medicine.
6) Although more conclusive explanations for psi phenomena await further theoretical and research development, they do not prima facie violate known laws of nature given modern theories in physics that transcend classical restrictions of time and space, combined with growing evidence for quantum effects in biological systems.
Cardeña notes that though the 90 co-signers of the letter "differ in the extent to which we are convinced that the case for psi phenomena has already been made", they are united in their view of science "as a non-dogmatic, open, critical but respectful process that requires thorough consideration of all evidence as well as skepticism towards both the assumptions we already hold and those that challenge them".
You can view the full letter, and list of co-signers, at Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
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A summary of all the stories and news briefs posted on The Daily Grail over the past week - check 'em out if you missed any:
- Researchers Levitate Objects and Move Them Around Using Ultrasonic Sound Waves
- News Briefs 05-01-2014 (Sunday)
- Did Roger Ebert Have a Deathbed Vision?
- News Briefs 06-01-2014 (Monday)
- Weird London, Mapped!
- If You Weren't Paranoid Before, You Will Be After Watching This Video
- News Briefs 07-01-2014 (Tuesday)
- Man Flies Through a Mountain. Literally.
- New Study Finds Pattern in Reports of Earthquake Lights
- News Briefs 08-01-2014 (Wednesday)
- Spectacular Image of Aurora Illuminating Ancient Megaliths
- To the Mountain of Madness: A Fortean Road-Trip in Search of Lovecraft, Crowley, and an Alien Abduction
- News Briefs 09-01-2014 (Thursday)
- Amazeballs! Iceballs!
- News Briefs 10-01-2014 (Friday)
- The Temple: A Short Film About Ritual, Place, and Letting Go, Filmed at Burning Man
- Evolver Learning Lab: 'Discovering Your Psychic Potential'
Have a good weekend!
We talk about psi research a lot here on TDG, but how many of us proactively work on trying to bring this mysterious/controversial 'latent ability' to the fore in our own lives? If you're interested in doing so, Evolver Learning Labs have a course starting this week that is sure to be fascinating: "Everybody's Psychic: Discovering Your Psychic Potential and What To Do with It". Hosted by one of our own admins, David Metcalfe, along with Craig Weiler, the course is made up of 5 weekly sessions featuring some of the world's leading experts on a number of psi-related topics.
Despite what debunkers would have you believe, many respected scholars, scientists and researchers feel that we’ve moved beyond proving that psi exists. Now it's time to start thinking about how to integrate psychic functioning into our daily lives. Are you ready to learn to live with psi?
In this unique course, you will reach a deeper understanding of your own psychic potential, discover what makes the psychic experience distinct, and benefit from the experiences of researchers and high functioning psychics who have paved the way for a new paradigm in consciousness.
Craig Weiler, of the Weiler Psi Blog, and David Metcalfe, Reality Sandwich contributing editor and “Psi in the News” columnist, have gathered together some of the leading thinkers in the field of of Parapsychology and Anomalistic Science to help you understand, integrate and learn to use the most recent research in this new frontier of psi. They include:
- James Carpenter, president of the Parapsychological Association and author of the groundbreaking theory of psi, First Sight.
- Julie Beischel, PhD. Co-Founder and Director of Research at the Windbridge Institute, whose work investigates the therapeutic value of mediumship and the mysteries of discarnate communication
- Dan Booth Cohen and Emily Volden, pioneers of Systemic Constellations, a new form of therapy that assumes that consciousness is nonlocal
- Chris Carter, author of the authoritative book, "Science and Psychic Phenomena: The Fall of the House of Skeptics"
- William Bengston, author of Energy Cure, his memoir of researching hands-on healing in a rigorous, scientific environment
Through in-depth discussions of the latest findings, we’ll clear up the misunderstandings that have arisen due to the skeptical sub-culture’s tenacious efforts to defend an outdated understanding of science. In this course, you will discover what contemporary research has to say about the physiology, psychology and social importance of psi experiences and how that applies directly to you and your daily life!
You’ll gain a better understanding of your own psychic potential by discovering exciting new theories on how psi really works.
You will be part of the discussion, able to ask your questions on camera, just like a Skype call. If you happen to miss a live session, you can view a video recording at any time. These sessions will be filled with provocative information, clear instruction, and practical advice from teachers who are among the world's leading experts in their respective fields.
- Working therapeutic programs that utilize psychic intuition and theories of non-local consciousness
- Fascinating experiments in non-invasive healing techniques
- War stories from the battle to keep research on psi objective to foster scientific progress
- Insights into the characteristics of high functioning psychics
- Research that explores the reality and social function of mediumship.
The course starts in a few days, so head on over to the Evolver site and sign up for the course - should be a real treat.
Recently I've been contemplating the loss in modern culture of authentic sacred rituals and places, so when I came across The Temple - a short film about modern spirituality, looked at through the lens of the Burning Man temple - I was interested to see how it is used to facilitate the 'letting go' of emotional/psychiatric baggage:
Now that many in our society have moved beyond traditional religion, how do we move past tragedy? How do we mark the exciting events in our lives and how do we deal with life's inevitable trials? Some people who face these questions find the answer in the most unlikely of places, Burning Man. "The Temple" explores modern spirituality in a contemplative and personal manner touching on the ideas of self-discovery, letting go, and meaningful human connection that transcends simply a party in the desert.
A beautifully made little film which contemplates fascinating issues relating to our psyche. In our rush to dismiss 'primitive superstitions' from our advanced modern lives, have we lost some important tools?
“The scientific man does not aim at an immediate result…”
- At the edge of eternity.
- Life on Super-Earth?
- Life on Mars-- the shortlist.
- Scratching the surface of extraterrestrial subterranean life.
- El Sol’s fiery finale?
- The universe, in detail.
- ISS’s new lease on life.
- Fifty years of nuclear tests and plutonium skies.
- 40 year search for Thorne-Żytkow objects may finally be over.
- Escape the Milky Way. Or just play Journey’s Escape game from ‘82.
- Time Travelers apply here.
- The first major solar flare of 2014.
- 'Visitations', courtesy of brocken spectre.
- Indonesia’s Mt. Sinabung erupts 220 times in one week.
- Çatalhöyük mural possibly linked to Hasan Dagi eruption.
- Archaeologists accidentally uncover 13th dynasty Abydos sarcophagus.
- Ants and frogs living together… mass hysteria.
- Computer chip, heal thyself.
- Transparent electronics… the invisible wave of the future?
- Unraveling consciousness, one region at a time.
- Pioneer Plaque message counter point?
- Crime, via eye of beholder.
- Building with acoustic levitation.
- Down the Cicada rabbit-hole.
- The bird-eating fish of Africa.
- This week’s evidence of the looming robo-pocalypse… ED 209, circa 2014.
Quote of the Day:
“…He does not expect that his advanced ideas will be readily taken up. His work is like that of the planter — for the future. His duty is to lay the foundation for those who are to come, and point the way. He lives and labors and hopes.”
Ice boulders have returned to Lake Michigan in Glen Arbor. The giant ice balls form in just-below-freezing water and start as small chunks of ice. The boulders grow layer-by-layer, getting shaped by the waves before washing up on Lake Michigan shore