Feel the love, fam.
- Apes can tell when we believe something that isn't true, and take pity on us.
- Japanese scientists reconstruct space history with ancient texts.
- Are UFOs interrupting your radio and television broadcasts?
- The Missing Time and Hypnotic Regression of Alan Godfrey. Was it an alien abduction?
- The smallest biggest landmarks ever.
- Can't afford entheogen tourism? Meditation is just as good as ayahuasca.
- Occult-obsessed student vanishes
- Evidence pertaining to the evolution of penguins has been discovered!
- Forever alone, no more! Chinese engineer marries robot after failing to find real woman.
- What makes a good landing site on Mars? Smooth, flat, and boring. Sounds like my ex-wife.
- Cryptocurrencies will be your cash on the red planet.
- Hey Putin, come at me, bro.
Quotes of the Day:
Therefore the death of man, and of beasts is one, and the condition of them both is equal: as man dieth, so they also die: all things breathe alike, and man hath nothing more than beast: all things are subject to vanity.
Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist Brian Josephson is one of the most high-profile academics to have voiced support for the 'heretical' science of parapsychology. So I was thrilled to see that the always excellent Closer to Truth had interviewed him about the topic, and uploaded some of the chat - titled "Is ESP a Window on a Larger Reality?" - to YouTube (embedded above).
If ESP can claim some kind of truth, the implications would be profound. The confirmation of any ESP, no matter how minor, would challenge the materialism-physicalism structure of the world, built over centuries by science. Reality itself would expand.
Closer to Truth also asked theoretical physicist Fred Alan Wolf, and psychologist/skeptic Bruce Hood, the same question - I've embedded their interviews below.
To download episodes and complete seasons of Closer To Truth, head over to their website where you'll find information on each season, and links for purchasing. Some fantastic discussions in there!
- Fresh clues to mystery of King Solomon's mines.
- Climate change incited wars among the Classic Maya.
- Archaeologists in China believe they have found ancient Silk Road capital.
- The Indiana Jones of low-Earth orbit, space archaeologist Sarah Parcak.
- Four unknown objects being investigated in search for Planet 9.
- Answering the question of how Titan's dunes got their weird shapes: electric sand. I would also have accepted sandworms as an explanation.
- Eating people is wrong - but it's also widespread and sacred.
- Settling the Loch Ness Monstery mystery once and for all...using DNA testing.
- The 'Ozendadnook Tiger' photo has been revealed as a hoax.
- Burn marks add to mystery of Tasmania's shamanic past.
- Precognition researcher Daryl Bem responds to criticism of his famous experiments.
- A retiree discovered an elusive math proof - and nobody noticed.
- Scientists find that older fish live longer if they eat the poo of younger fish. I look forward to seeing what Peter Thiel does with this cutting-edge research...
- Companies have started implanting microchips into worker's bodies.
- Image(s) of the Day: Sea slugs, or David Bowie?
Quote of the Day:
Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Movie From a Parallel Universe: Found Footage of 'Non-Existent' Film "Shazaam" Puts the Mandela Effect Front and CenterPosted by Greg at 02:37, 05 Apr 2017
Remember when Nelson Mandela died back in the 1980s? Or your favourite children's book was the Berenstein Bears, and you loved that 90s movie with the comedian Sinbad in it, titled Shazaam? If you do, you might be a victim of the 'Mandela Effect', the strange phenomenon where you clearly remember a certain thing, but it turns out you are incorrect. Because Nelson Mandela died just a few years back, in 2013; that book series was actually the Berenstain Bears, and Sinbad never was in a movie titled Shazaam.
Well, that's how it is in this version of the multiverse at least - because one suggested explanation for the Mandela Effect is that we are experiencing memories that have somehow crossed over from timelines in parallel universes.
So imagine everyone's surprise when just a few days ago, footage turned up on YouTube of a portion of Sinbad's supposedly non-existent movie Shazaam!
Before anyone starts worrying about whether reality is beginning to collapse and parallel universes are becoming confused with ours, I should point out that "a few days ago" was of course April 1st, and the clip of Shazaam (featuring a distinctly older Sinbad) was posted by College Humor...
There's a lot to love about the spoofed clip though, as the creators put some real effort into paying homage to the Mandela Effect. From the dialogue ("We have our memories, they're real, no-one can take that from us"), to the various props (including a newspaper report on Nelson Mandela dying, and a Berenstein Bears book), there's a bunch of easter eggs in there for those Mandela Effect aficionados who want to have some fun hunting all the references down (I haven't mentioned all of them). Feel free to post what you find in the comments!
- Netflix's new series The Discovery is built around the question: "What if the afterlife was proved?" (In the real world, all we can say is there probably is an afterlife...)
- Can billions of dollars make death optional? Silicon Valley's quest to live forever.
- Elon Musk's billion-dollar crusade to stop the A.I. apocalypse.
- Does dark matter exist? Or is gravity wrong?
- Here is NASA's plan for a space station that orbits the Moon.
- From living inside asteroids to solar arks, a scientist designs the space colonies of the future.
- Are aliens trying to contact Earth? Mysterious energy signals really are coming from space, scientists confirm.
- Five numbers that will define our next 100 years.
- This new amber discovery is like the start of Jurassic Park, but with a tick filled with ancient monkey blood. Sounds more like a superhero origin story to me.
- Egypt finds remains of a 3700-year-old pyramid.
- Legendary lost city of Ucetia has been found - and its remains are breathtaking.
- Everyone's a winner baby, that's for sure...at least, in a quantum race.
- Tackling the kraken: unique dolphin strategy for hunting and eating dangerous octopus.
- Why do the trees in Poland's mysterious Crooked Forest have a strange bend in their trunks?
Quote of the Day:
I'll tell you a secret. Something they don't teach you in your temple. The gods envy us. They envy us because we're mortal, because any moment might be our last. Everything is more beautiful because we're doomed... We'll never be here again.
Achilles, in the movie 'Troy'
Last month the Chronicle for Higher Education published an exposé of sorts on Brian Wansink, director of Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab and bestselling author on eating habits. Towards the end of the article, the author of the piece pointed out that this controversy wasn't the first to deal "a blow to Cornell's research reputation":
In 2011, Daryl Bem, an emeritus professor of psychology, published a paper in which he showed, or seemed to show, that subjects could anticipate pornographic images before they appeared on a computer screen. If true, Bem’s finding would upend what we understand about the nature of time and causation. It would be a big deal. That paper, "Feeling the Future," was widely ridiculed and failed to replicate, though Bem himself has stood by his results.
Bem, however, could be dismissed as a quirky psychologist poking at conventional wisdom. He wasn’t in charge of a major lab. Cornell’s business school uses Wansink’s face to illustrate its faculty and research webpage."
Long-time readers will know the research being referred to here as we were covering it way back in 2010, well before it became big news. In short, highly respected researcher Daryl Bem and his team ran nine experiments, involving more than 1,000 participants, that tested for "retroactive influence" (that is, effects before cause) by “timereversing” well-established psychological tests so that individuals' responses were obtained before the stimulus events occurred. The result: statistically significant positive results suggesting 'presentiment' of future unknown events was an actual thing.
Bem's paper was (predictably) slammed by CSICOPian skeptics (including James Randi and Michael Shermer), but for the most part it was relatively well-accepted, and made headline news around the world. Addionally, although there was one high-profile failed replication of the experiments, there were also a number of positive replications of the research results, resulting in a meta-analysis supporting the original results.
So it's difficult to see how the author of the Chronicle of Higher Education piece came to the conclusion that Bem's paper "was widely ridiculed and failed to replicate". For his part, Daryl Bem has written a letter of reply that has just been posted on the Chronicel for Higher Education website:
To the Editor:
In "Spoiled Science" (March 31), Tom Bartlett briefly refers to a 2011 publication of mine that appeared in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. It presented the results of nine experiments claiming to demonstrate the existence of precognition, a form of ESP. The Journal is one of the most strongly refereed journals in psychology, with a rejection rate of approximately 80 percent. Four referees and two editors approved the article for publication.
Bartlett asserts that my experiments failed to replicate. He is incorrect: In 2015, three colleagues and I published a follow-up meta-analysis of 90 such experiments conducted by 33 laboratories in 14 countries. The results strongly support my original findings. In particular, the independent replications are robust and highly significant statistically.
Bartlett further asserts that this research was widely ridiculed and constituted a blow to Cornell’s research reputation. But it was Cornell’s own public-affairs office that was proactively instrumental in setting up interviews with the press and other media following the publication of the original article. New Scientist, Discover, Wired, New York Magazine, and Cornell’s own in-house publications all described the research findings seriously and without ridicule.
Daryl J. Bem
Professor Emeritus of Psychology
To learn more about Bem's controversial research - both the science, and the history, see the links below.
- Feeling the Future
- The Future of Psi
- Slippery Skepticism
- I Always Expect the ESP Inquisition
- Replicating Psi
- Feeling the Future, Round Two
- Randi Goes Round the Bem
- Not Feeling the Future: New Bem Replication Fails to Find Evidence of Psi
- Is Precognition Real? Positive Replications of Daryl Bem's Controversial Findings
- Scientific Research Suggests We Unconsciously React to Events Up to 10 Seconds Before They Happen
- Do Humans Have the Ability to Sense the Future? This Survey of Experiments So Far Says....Yes!
Let's see if you're whistling by the end of today's news...
- Medieval villagers mutilated the dead to stop them rising as vampires, new archaeological study finds.
- Inventor creates Iron Man-style flying suit, struggles to convince anyone that it wasn't just an April Fool's story.
- The bizarre world of real time machines.
- Simulation suggests 68% of the universe may not exist.
- A mysterious flash from a faraway galaxy.
- What Donald Trump teaches us about the Fermi paradox.
- Meet the mystic who is shaping Russia's future and bringing back the Dark Ages.
- How humans will lose control of artificial intelligence.
- The Doomsday Seed Vault has a new neighbour: the Doomsday Library.
- Scientists predict reading ability from DNA alone.
- Why did Greenland's Vikings vanish?
- Former USGS employee admits making and planting fake 'artifacts' around the underwater formation known as the 'Bimini Road'.
- On the latest Rune Soup podcast, Gordon chats with parapsychologist Dr Dean Radin about psi and magic.
- Video of the Day: Alien-looking wonders of the deep.
Quote of the Day:
Always look on the bright side of life.
Monty Python's The Life of Brian
A summary of all the stories and news briefs posted on The Daily Grail over the past week. Feel free to share anything interesting!
- News Briefs 27-03-2017 (Monday)
- Where Do Superstitions Come From?
- News Briefs 28-03-2017 (Tuesday)
- Seance Through Science: Edison's Ghost Machine
- News Briefs 29-03-2017 (Wednesday)
- Is Harvesting Medicinal Plants for 'Shamanic Tourism' Sustainable?
- News Briefs 30-03-2017 (Thursday)
Have a good weekend!
This wasn't in the brochure!
- New study finds life bounced back ludicrously fast after Dinosaur demise --Mammals: Fastest rebound relationship in History.
- NASA's new searchable library is out of this world!
- This is what a Jeff Bezzo's space vacation would look like.
- ...Speaking of which, what the hell happened to Virgin Galactic? Is Stephen Hawking the only client they have in their waiting list?
- Quantum communicating with extraterrestrial intelligences.
- When it comes to UFO sightings, Cali is where it's at, dawg!
- The Kinks' Dave Davies opens up about his UFO experiences.
- Photographing the UFO believers.
- "It's Bigfoot's fault I crashed my car!!"
- The Mogollon Monster: Arizona's Bigfoot makes for great campfire tales.
- In the wake of the Stronsay 'globster.'
- MSU professor Dennis Waskul: "In the age of information at our fingertips, people have new tools to pursue their paranormal interests."
- Rasputin 2.0: The mystic shaping Russia's future who's bent on bringing back the Dark Ages.
- Renowned Harvard psychologist says ADHD is largely bull$#!t.
- DARPA: The Pentagon's version of Disneyland --I hear their Drones of the Caribbean ride is a scream…
- Red Pill of the Day: This video of a little girl mistaking a water heater for a friendly robot suggests the younger generations are successfully acclimatized for the A.I. uprising *DEPLOY!*
Thanks to my ParaMania homies. See ya in LA next week!
Quote of the Day:
“You simply have to turn your back on a culture that has gone sterile and dead and get with the program of a living world and the imagination.”
In recent years there has been a surge in so-called 'medical' or 'shamanic' tourism, with people from Western countries visiting retreats in foreign locations - such as the Amazon - to partake in indigenous ceremonies involving plant brews. But an overlooked element of such tourism is the question of whether this higher level of plant harvesting is sustainable.
Long-time Grailer Michael Coe, a graduate student working on his PhD in ethnobotany, is conducting research to try and answer this important question. As a recipient of the prestigious Richard Evans Schultes Award he has been able to partially fund his work already, but he is also seeking extra crowd-funding assistance for his research from the community:
Certain plant species are fundamental to the identity and longevity of cultural groups. Culturally important medicinal plants that are used for multiple purposes and have gained global attention are expected to be harvested frequently. I will identify medicinal plants that are culturally irreplaceable for local healers in Peru but that are used in medical tourism, and use mathematical models to investigate if and how harvesting these plants for medical tourism can be sustainable.
Michael's research is endorsed by the likes of Luis Eduardo Luna and Dennis McKenna, who notes that Michael's "important ethnobotanical fieldwork is a major undertaking, to understand the ecological and environmental context for the medicinal complex associated with ayahuasca."
So if you'd like to help out a fellow Grailer doing legit scientific research on an important topic, head over to his page on Experiment.com and help him reach his funding goal!