News Briefs 28-11-2007

You call this archaeology?

Quote of the Day:

Marion: You're not the man I knew ten years ago.
Indiana: It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Richard Leigh Dies Aged 64 is reporting that Richard Leigh, co-author with Michael Baigent and Henry Lincoln of Holy Blood, Holy Grail, died last Wednesday, the 21st of November, aged 64. Leigh had been in the news over the past couple of years due to the high profile plagiarism court action against Dan Brown (in regards to copying themes from Holy Blood, Holy Grail for his bestseller The Da Vinci Code). I haven't seen confirmation from official sources of his death, but have heard from a number of people in the alternative community about it (heart attack being blamed) - I will update if/when I hear official word.

Antimatters 1:2

The second issue of the free online journal Antimatters has been released:

Materialism, in one form or another, is still widely accepted as the overarching framework for discussing issues not only in science but also in the humanities. AntiMatters is dedicated to illuminating these issues from nonmaterialistic perspectives.

In the latest issue you'll find writers including Sri Aurobindo, Ulrich J Mohrhoff, Peter Kingsley (amongst many others) discussing topics from spiritualism to prophecy, mysticism and Darwinism. Also included are book reviews of Science As A Spiritual Practice by Imants Baruss, and The Spiritual Brain by Mario Beauregard and Denyse O'Leary. Some excellent reading in there.

News Briefs 27-11-2007

It is only a mistake to scramble the brain if the intention is to make custard. Groan.

Quote of the Day:

Without the capacity to provide its own information, the mind drifts into randomness.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Tuesday Roundup 27-11-2007

A strange assortment to get you through the week...


The Widow's Mite

Michael Tymn (yet another Darklore contributor!) has done a great write-up on his blog of the famous case of "The Widow's Mite". In his 1904 book of the same title, Isaac Funk - of 'Funk and Wagnalls' fame - laid out one of the most impressive pieces of evidence for an afterlife yet recorded:

"This case, certainly, represents one that has very possible claims to supernormal knowledge, to the say the least of it," Dr. James H. Hyslop, the Columbia University professor of logic and ethics turned psychical researcher, wrote when he read Funk's full report of the case. "I see no way to impeach it positively. I could imagine a theory to explain it without supposing the supernormal, but I would have no possible evidence in favor of what I can imagine."

Michael is an expert on the history of mediumship, and his blog is a great place to visit for some fascinating reading. For those interested in reading more on this particular case, you can download The Widow's Mite in its entirety from (PDF and text versions).

Radio 27-11-2007

Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.

Fate Radio: In this week's encore edition of The Hilly Rose Show, guest Pamela Heath discusses her book Suicide: What Really Happens in the Afterlife, a review of channeled material on suicide dating from the 1700's to today (Real Audio or mp3).

Coast to Coast AM: On Monday comparative mythologist Dave Talbott and physicist Wallace Thornhill will discuss the astonishing outburst of Comet Holmes. Tuesday's guest is Ken Klein who will discuss his latest work on the supernatural origins of man and how Earth is set up as a prison planet. On Wednesday Pat Buchanan will discuss his new book Day of Reckoning: How Hubris, Ideology, and Greed Are Tearing America Apart, and on Thursday Steve Quayle will discuss his recent work on climate change and weather manipulation.

More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website. You can listen to C2C live, or to recent archived shows, at

News Briefs 26-11-2007

Tired of that leftover turkey? How about some irony or pwnage for dessert?

Quote of the Day:

A science is said to be useful if its development tends to accentuate the existing inequalities in the distribution of wealth, or more directly promotes the destruction of human life...

G. H. Hardy, A mathematician's apology, 1941.

Home is a Castle

Curious Expeditions has a cool feature up on "The Castle Builders...", presenting the 15 best self built castles in the world:

Scattered throughout the world, there are a small handful of castles made by non-architects, constructed without a team of workers, and with very little money. All the castles presented below were built by a single person, with occasional help from family members or friends. Raised rock by rock from the ground, these castles are the result of unfaltering vision, pure will, and a lifetime effort to make literal the phrase "a man’s home is his castle."

TDG readers are probably familiar with Ed Leedskalnin and Coral Castle - which makes the list - but there are plenty of others that are just stunning (the feature is chock-full of images). And I was surprised to learn that Billy Idol's "Sweet Sixteen" not only referenced Coral Castle, but also had a music video filmed there.

On a related note, the Temple sof Damanhur were in the news over the weekend (h/t Michael Prescott) - another fascinating and absolutely beautiful human construction. Alex Grey's CoSM Press published the book Damanhur: Temples of Humankind (Amazon US and UK) last year about these 'sacred temples' in Italy, "whose stunning murals, sculpture, mosaics, and stained glass draw from all sacred traditions to celebrate universal spirituality."

Weekend Roundup 24-11-2007

A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...