A summary of all the stories and news briefs posted on The Daily Grail over the past week. Feel free to share anything interesting!
- Lone Man Has Spent More Than a Half Century Building a Cathedral By Hand
- News Briefs 18-07-2016 (Monday)
- Pokémon App, or Alan Moore's Idea Space Directly Imaged?
- News Briefs 19-07-2016 (Tuesday)
- Walkers Between Worlds
- News Briefs 20-07-2016 (Wednesday)
- A Robot Car Just Saved the Life of a Human, No Big Deal
- News Briefs 21-07-2016 (Thursday)
- This 1980s Police Training Video on Satanic Cults Features a Join-the-Dots Guide to Ritual Sacrifice
- News Briefs 22-07-2016 (Friday)
Have a good weekend!
”Confucius and you are both dreams, and I who say you are dreams am a dream myself.”
- Dark matter remains elusive.
- The speed of tectonic drift, measured.
- Mapping the cerebral cortex.
- Watching Earth from space for 365 days.
- That fish is looking at you.
- If the moon disappeared.
- When rivers run dry.
- How the man in the moon got his eye.
- Re-inventing the wheel.
- Battery plant, redefined.
- Russia & U.S plan return trip to the Moon.
- The missing history of global warming.
- The consolidated history of Antarctica.
- This week’s evidence of the looming robot uprising… Brat-bot.
Quote of the Day:
“This is a paradox. Tomorrow a wise man may explain it; that tomorrow will not be for ten thousand generations.”
This 1980s Police Training Video on Satanic Cults Features a Join-the-Dots Guide to Ritual SacrificePosted by Greg at 05:08, 22 Jul 2016
Okay kids, gather around and let me tell you about the '80s. There was gated snare drums, great fantasy movies with puppets in them, and the ever-present threat of a nuclear apocalypse. But we also made sure we had time for the odd Satanic panic. So much so that the video below, "Law Enforcement Guide to Satanic Cults", is an actual, honest-to-Lucifer genuine training video for police!
Featuring “occult experts” with mullets that would put Billy Ray Cyrus to shame, interviews with alleged victims of satanic rituals, and dusty old men who dare to ponder how far America’s freedom of religion should extend, the 73-minute VHS tape is a glimpse into the Satanic Panic era that’s as frightening as it is hilarious.
You can watch the whole video below, and if you watch it to the end, you’ll be treated with a cringe-inducing clip of a woman in a bikini being preened over by a weird old dude demonstrating a ritual sacrifice, complete with dotted lines showing where to slice and dice your victims.
Head on over to Week in Weird for Greg's full post about the video.
She just went full Dr. Strangelove. Never go full Strangelove...
- Behind Hollywood's closed doors, A-list stars are playing Dungeons and Dragons.
- Augmented reality technology means we are now all 'walkers between worlds'.
- Turns out Area 51 is crawling with beasties from a separate plane of reality.
- Google cuts energy bill by putting Deep Mind AI in charge of its data centres.
- A robot car just saved the life of a human, no big deal.
- If you're a truck or bus driver, Tesla's newly unveiled plans might encourage you to start retraining for a new career.
- Embark on an interstellar, operative adventure with the Voyager spacecrafts.
- Physicists stretch quantum superposition from Chicago to Minnesota.
- 'Witch' prison revealed in 15th-century Scottish chapel. (Not an Abbott and Costello routine)
- Martian colonists could be genetically engineered for democracy.
- Seismic data suggests the Sun and the Moon are behind mysterious earthquakes around the San Andreas fault line.
- More than half of Brits think the moon landings were FAKED and two thirds don't believe dinosaurs ever existed.
- The oldest known calendar in Europe is based on the Orion constellation.
- Image(s) of the Day: Tour the submerged ruins of Atlit Yam, a Neolithic coastal settlement, where houses, wells, graves and skeletons have been unearthed.
Quote of the Day:
HERE MEN FROM THE PLANET EARTH
FIRST SET FOOT UPON THE MOON
JULY 1969, A.D.
WE CAME IN PEACE FOR ALL MANKIND
Words on a plaque left on the Moon by the Apollo 11 mission
While we joke plenty here about the coming robot revolution/Skynet becoming self-aware, it's also important to note that advances in robotic technology do not necessarily mean a malevolent future. Case in point: with computer/robot reaction times being much faster than our outdated biological capabilities, the move to robotic/automated vehicles will likely lead to far fewer traffic accidents. And today, Tesla's Elon Musk shared an instance that shows this is already beginning to happen:
Autopilot prevents serious injury or death of a pedestrian in NY (owner anecdote confirmed by vehicle logs) pic.twitter.com/NceuqckqCK
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 21, 2016
Of course, it shouuld be acknowledged that this is a nice piece of counter-publicity to last week's news of a fatality that occurred while using Tesla's autopilot function. But it also shows - along with Tesla's announcement today about moving into the transportation sector - that driving, as we know it, is going to be transformed in coming decades.
- Smoke and soot after an asteroid strike could have choked dinosaurs to death.
- What if the asteroid that finished the dinosaurs had fallen into the ocean?
- Here’s what ‘free will’ looks like in your brain.
- New technology to explore mysterious DMT realms.
- Time travelling to the mother tongue.
- Robot war and the future of perceptual deception.
- Scientists say ‘undead’ genes switch on after death.
- Planet Nine may have tilted entire solar system except the sun.
- No individual identities for traveling neutrinos.
- Could dark energy just be frozen neutrinos?
- The secret history of X-ray specs.
- Time travelling to the mother tongue.
- People can sense single photons.
Quote of the Day:
Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
Throughout history, humans have have believed in, and sometimes hunted for, creatures that are not of this world. From medieval occultists who attempted to invoke angels and demons via magick circles, invocations and amulets, to modern-day ghosthunters with their electronic devices, invisible, incorporeal entities have sometimes been as much a part of the landscape as the everyday physical objects surrounding us that we can touch and see.
The modern, scientific view has these entities as products of the imagination; our pattern-seeking minds combining with our evolutionary survival instincts and desire to feel in control, to create phantoms out of nothing. The 'other world' does not exist; its imaginary denizens therefore cannot invade our own world and affect us, as they don't exist in the first place.
How ironic, then, that the modern scientific world has now created its own 'other world' - the world of computer-generated, virtual realities - and the creatures that populate any of those worlds can now manifest within our own plane through augmented/mixed reality. For those with phones to see...
This month, the infernal gates to this other world were thrown open. Within a week of its release, the game Pokémon Go amassed a similar number of active users to that of Twitter - with all those players running about their neighbourhoods, seeking the incorporeal monsters now inhabiting our environment, that can only be seen through a special, magical scrying device.
Unlike the rare and much-sought-after occult tools of yesteryear, however, this scrying device is a near-ubiquitous piece of equipment that lives in most people’s pockets or handbags. And while the augmented reality of Pokémon Go may be a reasonably crude first step (though that is of course, relative to what the future holds), as new devices are created and eventually offered to the mass market - such as Microsoft’s ‘HoloLens’, and the much-discussed upcoming product from Magic Leap - the other planes of ‘reality’ available to us will become more and more ‘real’ in their fidelity and detail.
In effect, we are all going to become ‘walkers between worlds’...
Move the dial one way, and you get reality. Move the dial the other way, and you get virtual reality. Now imagine dialling your entire environment between virtual, and real worlds.
I would imagine those people who have undertaken serious practice of ritual magick, or shamanic journeys via psychedelics, would find the way technology can now overlay other realities on our own rather intriguing, in multiple ways.
Firstly, on a philosophical level: if these coherent realities can emerge simply from within the 1s and 0s of a computer chip, could it be argued that the worlds occultists and shamans visit - sometimes elsewhere, sometimes overlaid on our own reality - are also coherent planes of information, only able to be accessed via certain technologies? Could DMT visions be considered, rather than a nonsense hallucination, actually an overlay of the same type, allowing us to see things that do exist, but are not visible without the necessary equipment?
What is the ontological status of even computer-generated holograms? They are not physically there, but you could eventually set them up to ‘augment’ your senses and show what is there but you can’t see (outside of your umwelt) - e.g. an overlay of the magnetic fields you are walking through. And if a scary VR experience can affect your body - from making you sweat, to raising your heart rate (or perhaps even causing a heart attack?) - can we really describe it as ‘imaginary’, and with no real-world effects?
Philosopher David Chalmers addressed this question in a recent video interview posted at Aeon:
I’m inclined to think that if we’re in a virtual reality and that’s been our environment for a long time, and we’re interacting with it, it’s not clear to me whether that’s any less real…more and more of the interactions we actually have are becoming virtual. I can at least imagine the day when, once we have so many virtual interactions, that life in this virtual world begins to seem at least as appealing as, say, a trip to Mars. It’s going to be a new destination, it’s going to be different from our old reality, but it’s nevertheless, a reality.
Secondly, on a practical level: can the development of technologically augmented reality enhance the experience of occultists, shamans and would-be mystics; be used as a tool to take things to the next level? Already, I have seen mention from a few practitioners of magick about the possibility of using computer-generated environments - for example, in conducting a simple Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram:
In a recent interview, Alan Moore mentioned his interest in virtual reality (begins around 39:10) being piqued by the realisation that people can share an experience, "in a space that doesn’t actually exist in this continuum, but yet is a real experience”. His suggestion, rather than thinking about using it to play an adrenaline-pumping 3D shooter, was...
What about spiritual experiences? What about these difficult to reach, transcendent spaces that we hear about from the world’s various religions and mystical systems? Why don’t you do that with virtual reality? Why don’t you see what happens? Because, what is the difference between a ‘real’ mystical experience, and a virtual mystical experience?
A preliminary exploration of this idea can be found in this ‘immersive’ 360° music video made by film-maker Logi Hilmarsson, which is "designed to put the viewer in a mystical state, taking him through visions one can get in a deep meditative or psychedelic state" (made for watching in VR headset, though if you don’t own one, you can still click and drag the video to understand the concept behind it).
On the other hand, is our imagination the crucial ingredient in exploring the ‘other worlds’ of magick and mysticism? Is using augmented reality only going to weaken that fundamental tool, weakening our mystical muscle?
I don’t really have any answers to the questions posed in this article. But I would certainly enjoy hearing all of your thoughts (and own questions) about it, as the topic fascinates me, and as technology progresses things will only get more interesting!
Okay, pretty convinced now that Trump's candidacy is the biggest prank of all time...
- Is Reddit's creepy '_9MOTHER9HORSE9EYES9' a Netflix marketing stunt?
- A secret message written in the sands of Mars.
- New study questions the spiritual aspect of near-death experiences.
- Ghostbusters and the truth of New York's haunting history.
- Can trauma be passed from parent to child?
- Searching for evidence of a Dutch settlement in Australia before James Cook arrived.
- In search of the historical Jesus.
- 90-year-old Spanish dude has spent 53 years building a cathedral by hand.
- The noise at the bottom of the universe.
- 1300 images of Juno spacecraft's approach to Jupiter released for public use.
- 13 alien encounters that will make you believe (in clickbait)...
- Amateur astronomers say Chinese space station could crash to Earth. Are they right?
- Super telescope finds hundreds of previously undetected galaxies.
- These physicists want to send your DNA into space with lasers.
- In a world of wakefulness, can we rekindle our love of sleep?
- Physicists show that gravity isn't affected by the quantum world.
- Should a human-pig chimera be treated as a person?
- Video of the Day: Swimming with a whale shark.
Quote of the Day:
To those who can hear me, I say — do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed — the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people and so long as men die, liberty will never perish.
Charlie Chaplin (The Great Dictator)
— Amber Moore (@Amber_moore) July 15, 2016
Currently awaiting clarification as to whether the Pokémon app was being used, or if this is an actual photo inside Alan Moore's house...
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- Ancient Polynesian trade routes extended for thousands of miles across the ocean, reaching South America and the Carribean.
- Diary of a pyramid builder: Oldest papyrus in existence gives details about shifting of massive stones.
- Laying bare the bones of ancient Maya society.
- David Gilmour live at Pompeii - a photo essay of modern rock in an ancient amphitheatre.
- Archaeologists find evidence of farming in Scotland 10,000 years ago.
- 1.5-million-year-old footprints reveal human ancestors walked like us.
- SETI seeks new ideas to hunt strange alien lifeforms.
- Why do so many Brits believe in ghosts?
- Fossils suggest an enormous marine reptile was taken out by a giant octopus 'Kraken'.
- Microbes from Chernobyl are heading to the International Space Station. If that doesn't end up creating a comic book supervillain, I for one will be disappointed.
- Curious animal behaviour: young lion yanks tranquilizer dart out of lioness.
- Could this be the world's first nuclear-powered airliner?
- Diversity of life across much of Earth has plunged below 'safe' levels.
- Image of the Day: New orchid species contains the face of Satan.
Quote of the Day:
In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men's souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.
Charlie Chaplin (The Great Dictator)