Oh, so you thought meetings at the Royal Society, with all those scientific types would be boring, sterile affairs? Not so! Look at the raunchy subject matter those lascivious lab-coats are drooling over at the moment:
New genome sequences from two extinct human relatives suggest that these ‘archaic’ groups bred with humans and with each other more extensively than was previously known.
The ancient genomes, one from a Neanderthal and one from a different archaic human group, the Denisovans, were presented on 18 November at a meeting at the Royal Society in London. They suggest that interbreeding went on between the members of several ancient human-like groups living in Europe and Asia more than 30,000 years ago, including an as-yet unknown human ancestor from Asia.
“What it begins to suggest is that we’re looking at a ‘Lord of the Rings’-type world — that there were many hominid populations,” says Mark Thomas, an evolutionary geneticist at University College London who was at the meeting but was not involved in the work.
Pretty sure the Lord of the Rings comment isn't meant to imply that the Flores hobbits were the 'mystery humans' that joined in the pants-less free-for-all, though it does conjure up some imagery...
A couple of weeks ago I attended a rather eclectic event called Bonus Creative Week MX, which invited a couple of pretty big names in the alt-thinking community --people like Daniel Pinchbeck, Douglas Rushkoff & Erik Davis. But my reason for attending was because I was seeking to meet Jasun Horsley, author of Matrix Warrior [Amazon US / UK], whose work I've been following ever since he was interviewed by Mike Clelland for his Hidden Experience audio conversations.
The original title of his presentation was "The Smallest Particle in Creation," and if you're someone like me, who thinks the acts of Creativity & Artistic Expression are processes with a lot of mystical --even magickal!-- undertones, then I'm sure you'll get to enjoy Jasun's words, which were marvelously emphasized by his wife Lucinda Horan's paintings.
And here's Jasun's own recap of the highlights of his trip to Mexico:
- The Shadow of My Shining
- The Eye of the Other: A Sort-Of Chronicle of My Mexican Odyssey.
- Coming in from the Cold (A Sort-Of Chronicle of My Mexican Odyssey, Part 2)
PS: That giggling cameraman who made a lousy job keeping the camcorder steady? That was yours truly.
The latest issue (Vol 4, Number 4) of the free PDF journal Paranthropology ("anthropological approaches to the paranormal") is now available to download (or you can read it online via Scribd). Here's the complete rundown of features in the latest issue:
- "Harry Potter and All That: Children’s Understanding of Magic" - Simon Dein
- "Divination Systems Within Archaic Shamanic Traditions of Central and Eastern Europe" - Henry Dosedla
- "Art and Transpersonal Experience: Anthropology of Spiritual Symbolism and Tibetan Tantric Buddhist Visualization Practice" - Charles D. Laughlin
- "Experiences of Synchronicity and Anthropological Endeavours: An Anthropologist Goes Weird" - Christel Mattheeuws
- "Invoking the Rational in Acknowledging the Irrational: A Haunting in Malta" - John Micallef
- "Anthropology and the Paranormal: Report on a Symposium at the Esalen Institute" - Fiona Bowie
And in case you haven't read this great resource before, all of the previous issues remain available to download from the site as well. I know from experience the work that goes into doing something like this, so if you get something out of the journal make it your mission to throw some money their way with a PayPal donation.
- Archae-orgy-ly: Genome analysis suggests interbreeding between modern humans, Neanderthals, Denisovans and a mysterious archaic population.
- Genetic inheritance craziness: Mice found to inherit the fears of their fathers - even though they've never met them.
- Does this new paper save free will?
- Podcast explores the taboo of parapsychology with Dr. Dean Radin.
- The science of magic mushrooms.
- How life-bearing rocks from the Chicxulub asteroid impact must have spread through the Solar System.
- The largest discovered structure in the Universe contradicts Big-Bang Theory cosmology.
- Quantum physics proves that there is an afterlife, claims scientist. Scientist in question claims he didn't say that at all.
- Quantum mechanics: experiments on universal consciousness and the afterlife.
- Why does a brush with death make people turn to religion?
- Like evangelists, astronauts travel far and return with glad tidings. But however high they ascend, they’re only human.
- Are birthmarks connected to violent death in a past life?
- The latest Binnall of America podcast takes a look at after-death communication with guests Bill Guggenheim and Dr. Annie Kagan.
- Vatican to show off the bones of Saint Peter.
- Geneticist aims to teleport Mars life back to Earth.
- The Bigfin Squid is undoubtedly a minion of Cthulhu.
- From the department of inflammatory headlines: Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says NASA.
- Fifty years on from the JFK assassination: the sad story of the forgetful mentalist.
- Five pharaonic statue heads found in Egypt.
- Angels and the dead: reviving occult manuals.
- Poor village woman diving for oysters off of Indonesia discovers ancient treasure chest filled with gold coins washed up by 2004 tsunami.
- If all of world history is a movie, what are its biggest plotholes?
- Alan Moore knows the score: he's just turned 60 years old.
- Image of the Day: Comet ISON, approaching the Sun in all it's glory. More info.
Quote of the Day:
Life isn't divided into genres. It's a horrifying, romantic, tragic, comical, science-fiction cowboy detective novel.
It has begun: on this, the 60th anniversary of the advent of Alan Moore, the minions of Cthulhu have begun coming forth to claim the planet, as shown in the above image!
Actually, the creature was captured on film six years ago in the video below, taken by a Shell ROV (Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle) operating at a depth of some 2400 metres (1.5 miles) - it's a Magnapinna 'Bigfin' Squid:
Magnapinna squids are one of the deep-sea more ethereal creatures. Little is known of these squid as very few have ever been captured, although over the last decade with the increased usage of remotely operated vehicles (ROV) and submersibles more and more video is emerging of them. They are unusual in both that the fins are up to 90% of the length of the body, i.e. the mantle, and the ridiculously long length of the arms. The squid often will hold some of the arms at a 90˚ angles from the side of the body.
(via Deep Sea News)
Happy birthday to Alan Moore - writer of Watchmen, From Hell, V for Vendetta, Promethea, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and much more - who turns 60 today! Why not celebrate by watching the documentary The Mindscape of Alan Moore, in which Alan himself walks you through his early life and influences, his own works, and also his thoughts on storytelling, and other fascinating topics such as art, magick and imagination. It's a film worth having on hand at all times, so grab your own copy of it from Amazon.
If you're looking to learn even more about the man and his work, I'd recommend grabbing a copy of the excellent Storyteller (Amazon US/Amazon UK), or the brand new Magic Words: The Extraordinary Life of Alan Moore (Amazon US/Amazon UK).
Happy birthday good sir, and thanks for sharing your stories!
Robot proves itself
to be to have been self-conscious.
- Do We Live in the Matrix? Tests could reveal whether we are part of a giant computer simulation — but the question is, do we really want to know?
- Planets galore! Saturn probe's big pic finally unveiled. NASA's large-resolution version.
- 3.5 BILLION-year-old remains, uncovered in Australia, are the oldest complete fossil found anywhere on Earth.
- Cave women unearth skull of unknown human ancestor.
- Ability to appreciate music evolved 30m years ago in common ancestor of humans and primates.
- 13,000 years ago, prehistoric humans held wakes for the dead in Carmel caves.
- Scientists stumble on 10,000-year-old cave art while tracking peccaries in the Brazilian rainforest.
- Pyramid-age love story comes to life in Egyptian tomb's vivid color.
- Multi-million dollar renovation planned for Cairo's famed Egyptian Museum.
- When it comes to the JFK assassination, most Americans believe the truth is still out there.
- Former FBI agent reveals who really killed JFK.
- Ragnarok: Viking apocalypse to take place on February 22, 2014, according to Norse mythology experts.
- My, what deep roots you have: How Little Red Riding Hood's tale evolved.
- A cabinet of illegal curiosities: The US National Wildlife Property Repository reveals its macabre collection of goods seized from the illegal trade in endangered species. Check out the photo gallery.
- Fountain-of-youth gene unleashes healing power: A protein naturally expressed in embryos boosts repair capacity in adult tissues.
- Dizzying heights and forbidden spaces: These beautiful 'place-hacking' photos will give you an adrenaline rush.
- Meet the punk rocker who can liberate your FBI file. Ufologists could benefit from his techniques.
- Internet architects propose encrypting all the world's Web traffic.
Quote of the Day:
F*** these guys. I've spent the last ten years of my life trying to keep Google's users safe and secure from the many diverse threats Google faces. I've seen armies of machines DOS-ing Google. I've seen worms DOS-ing Google to find vulnerabilities in other people's software. I've seen criminal gangs figure out malware.
But after spending all that time helping in my tiny way to protect Google -- one of the greatest things to arise from the internet -- seeing this, well, it's just a little like coming home from War with Sauron, destroying the One Ring, only to discover the NSA is on the front porch of the Shire chopping down the Party Tree and outsourcing all the hobbit farmers with half-orcs and whips.
Google engineer Brandon Downey, as quoted in Google engineers offer the NSA 'a giant F*** You'.
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:
- Review: The Metaphysics of Ping-Pong
- Afterlife Book in Paperback
- Astronaut Chris Hadfield on Belief, Spirituality and Alien Life
- News Briefs 12-11-2013 (Tuesday)
- The Deal: Fabulous Fortean Fanfic
- News Briefs 13-11-2013 (Wednesday)
- WTF? Fruity Fly with 'Painted' Spiders on its Wings
- News Briefs 14-11-2013 (Thursday)
- Graham Hancock on the Joe Rogan Experience
- Stop Worrying: There *Definitely* is a Podcast Interview
- News Briefs 15-11-2013 (Friday)
Have a good weekend!
”What we observe as material bodies and forces are nothing but shapes and variations in the structure of space.”
- Did consciousness create the universe?
- Solar polar reversal on the horizon.
- Jupiter’s Great Red Spot… unraveled?
- Watching 5 billion years on Mars.
- Exploring Phobos.
- Such a cute baby: The infant Milky Way.
- My god, it’s full of… black holes.
- Glimpsing Neptune’s 40-yr. seasons.
- Panpsychismand the birth of consciousness.
- Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest places (if you look at it right).
- This is your brain... on friends.
- How the brain sees the unseen.
- Triangular UFO / UFOs, drones or budding sfx artist?
- MAVEN set to analyze Martian atmosphere.
- Sentenced to life on Earth?
- Mapping today’s forests for the sake of tomorrow.
- Observing photons without obstruction.
- The price of immortality.
- Man’s best friend for the last 18,000 years.
- The last unicorn?
- A rolling glacier gathers no moss.
- “Help me Obi Wan…” hologram at your fingertips… for 95k.
- Changing the shape of technology.
- Blowing the horn of Ragnarok?
- The nightmare fodder of shuttered toy factories.
- Wes Anderson & Jason Schwartzman, circa 1955 Italy.
- When manmade objects swarm.
- Need a keyboard tutorial? Look no further than the White Keys.
- This week’s evidence of the looming robot uprising… Bot shuts down NASDAQ.
Quote of the Day:
“Quantum physics thus reveals a basic oneness of the universe.”
Grailers, rejoice! Our very own Greg Taylor agreed to be interviewed by Mysterious Universe's Ben Grundy & Aaron Wright, to talk about his book Stop Worrying: There Probably is an Afterlife [Amazon US & UK].
During his stellar appearance you'll learn about crisis & deathbed apparitions, veridical NDEs, what quantum mechanics may (or may not) have to do with human consciousness, and even Greg's very own close call with his own mortality during the writing of the book!
If you're a fan of Mysterious Universe --and if you're not, oh boy are you missin' out!-- now is the perfect time to subscribe to the PLUS membership; not only you'll get access to the PLUS extensions in each weekly show & an additional special show every Monday, along with exclusive articles in their website, but their newly-released iPhone app will grant you all sorts of extra goodies --like not having to deal with ads, & the chance to download the episodes with a higher audio quality.
Already they're getting stellar reviews from the fans who've downloaded the app --and your subscription will ensure you Apple lovers won't be the guinea pigs of us Android users for too long ;)