Earth is an Alien Planet: The Mysterious Camouflaging Ability of the Cuttlefish

If the cephalopods didn't exist, would any sci-fi or horror writer even have the imagination to invent them? From tentacles to ink to their amazing camouflage abilities, they seem a creature born into the physical world out of the nightmares of fish (see the animated gif above for a prime example).

In the video below, from which the top animation was taken, BBC presenter Richard Hammond puts the cuttlefish's abilities to the test by placing it in an artificial - i.e. human - environment.


News Briefs 12-11-2015

*tap tap tap* Is this thing on?

A tip of the tin-foil cap to Red Pill Junkie and Grail-seeker for his hot tips!

Quote of the Day:

"Living without hallucinations is like breathing with only one nostril." - Weisshaupt, Cerebus the Aardvark #76

Does Homer's Odyssey Include a Story About Poisoning By Plant-Based Hallucinogens?

Are some of the fantastical elements in Homer's Odyssey actually based on hallucinations caused by plant-based psychedelics?

Homer's "Odyssey" recounts the adventures of the Greek hero Odysseus during his journey home from the Trojan War. Though some parts may be based on real events, the encounters with monsters, giants and magicians are considered to be complete fiction. But might there be more to these myths than meets the eye? Matt Kaplan explains why there might be more reality behind the "Odyssey" than many realize.

To learn more about the use of shamanic plants in ancient cultures around the world, grab a copy of Paul Devereux's wonderful book The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia (available from Amazon US and Amazon UK).

News Briefs 11-11-2015

Do you see?

Quote of the Day:

A way of seeing is also a way of not seeing.

Kenneth Burke

Evidence Of Humanity's First Written Language In Australia?


Steven and Evan Strong are unearthing one of the biggest stories on humanity's hidden history. They're the researchers behind the website Forgotten Origin, proposing many maverick theories like "Out-Of-Australia" among others.

Recently they came into possession of some letters from Frederic Slater, President of the Australian Archaeological and Education Research Society, discussing Australia's Stonehenge in New South Wales. When he visited the site, before its destruction, he noted:

So too the existence of carved “letters” or symbols. Some of our group saw markings on the rocks that looked decidedly artificial, but since the women who were responsible for recording the rocks were denied permission to move or even touch them (due to Original custom), more investigation by the men is required, and will take place the next time on site. In the meantime, as it was with the terraces, both academics and the farmer acknowledge seeing many inscriptions on the rocks. Slater often goes into great detail in both identifying individual letters from the Sacred Language, and supplying definitions that resonate to a repeating esoteric theme. “It is the letter k – the 7th letter of the letters alphabet. Means a seed – the germ of life.” For exactly the same reason given when discussing the credentials of terraces, we also accept as fact the existence of an Original alphabet and accompanying symbols.

Evan Strong claims to have evidence regarding the provenance of Slater's findings, and more is forthcoming.

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News Briefs 10-11-2015

Rocks in my head...

Quote of the Day:

We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.

Carl Sagan

Pyramid Scan Identifies an 'Impressive Anomaly' Behind the Blocks of the Great Pyramid

Pyramid Anomaly

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A couple of weeks ago we mentioned a new project that will scan Egypt's pyramids looking for secret chambers. The initial information on the project suggested that the scanning would begin with the pyramids at Dashour (the 'Red Pyramid' and the 'Bent Pyramid'), but in a news conference today Egyptian authorities have revealed that thermal scanning at the Giza Pyramids has already detected possible secret passageways or chambers:

Two weeks of new thermal scanning in Egypt’s Giza pyramids have identified anomalies in the 4,500 year-old burial structures, including a major one in the largest pyramid, the Antiquities Ministry announced Monday.

Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty and technical experts working on the project showed the higher temperature being detected in three specific adjacent stones at the bottom of the pyramid in a live thermal camera presentation to journalists.

The scanning showed “a particularly impressive one (anomaly) located on the Eastern side of the Khufu pyramid at ground level,” the ministry said in a statement.

“The first row of the pyramid’s stones are all uniform, then we come here and find that there’s a difference in the formation,” said el-Damaty, pointing at the three stones showing higher temperatures.

While inspecting the area, el-Damaty said they found “that there is something like a small passage in the ground that you can see, leading up to the pyramids ground, reaching an area with a different temperature. What will be behind it?”

Here's some video of the press conference that has been posted to YouTube:

But is this discovery as exciting as the Egyptian Antiquities Minister would have us believe? An Egyptian Egyptologist who spoke to local news outlet Ahram Online claimed that "nothing would be found behind the blocks except for fractures, as this is the 'mother rock' of the plateau" - no doubt referring to the bedrock mound that the initial blocks of the pyramid were originally built around and upon.

Pyramid plan

I'm not sure this precludes the existence of an ancient 'secret chamber' - any such natural fracture, if large enough, may in fact have been seen as the most sacred chamber possible, enough perhaps even to inspire the building of a pyramid upon. But I'm also a little skeptical of how hard Egyptian officials are pushing this, knowing the problems they are having with their tourism industry (especially after last week's air tragedy).

Nevertheless, I'm really excited to see this technology being used to search for secret locations around the Giza pyramids, which could result in discoveries that rewrite the history books. Presidential hopeful Ben Carson is probably hoping that they find some grain...

Looking forward to seeing more results from this project as they are released - exciting times!


News Briefs 09-11-2015


Quote of the Day:

Rodents Of Unusual Size? I don't think they exist.

Westley ('The Princess Bride')

At the End: A Short Science Fiction Film About the End of the World

At the End is a short (20 min) 2012 science fiction film about the end of the world, and what price we'd pay to escape it:

Earth’s days are numbered when a nearby star goes supernova. Seizing the opportunity, an alien race has offered humanity a deal: Be our slaves or be left to die. As one couple struggles toward the last escaping ship, they grapple with the cost of sacrificing their freedom for their survival.

A little over-wrought, but still an enjoyable short story.