Here's another free e-book which TDG readers may be interested in - God's Debris, by Scott Adams (the creator of Dilbert):
Imagine that you meet a very old man who—you eventually realize—knows literally everything. Imagine that he explains for you the great mysteries of life—quantum physics, evolution, God, gravity, light, psychic phenomenon, and probability—in a way so simple, so novel, and so compelling that it all fits together and makes perfect sense. What does it feel like to suddenly understand everything? God's Debris isn’t the final answer to the Big Questions. But it might be the most compelling vision of reality you will ever read. The thought experiment is this: Try to figure out what’s wrong with the old man’s explanation of reality. Share the book with your smart friends then discuss it later while enjoying a beverage.
I submit it here on the basis that Adams says "The target audience for God’s Debris is people who enjoy having their brains spun around inside their skulls." Certainly sounds like you guys to me (link found via Clifford Pickover's new blog 'Godlorica', which is worth checking out itself).
Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week:
Coast to Coast AM: On Monday parapsychology researcher Albert Taylor will talk about spirit entities and recent research developments in out-of-body experiences. On Tuesday Dr Gary Schwartz will share amazing stories about the real Allison DuBois from his 'afterlife experiments', while on Wednesday Bible prophecy expert Hal Lindsey will be discussing how current events are shaping up to what looks like 'end times.' Thursday's guest is Bart Kosko who will be talking about the latest breakthroughs in nanotechnology and Fuzzy Logic.
More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website. Also C2C can be listened to through KOGO.
The observant among you would have noticed today a new link added to the navigation bar (beneath the logo), to something called 'The Red Pill' (redpill.dailygrail.com). This is the first of our new additions to the site - in this case, a Wiki devoted to all subjects on the stranger side of reality (hence the Matrix-referenced title).
A Wiki is, by definition, a community driven knowledge base - so whether this is a useful resource is completely up to you guys. Get in there and contribute articles on any topics, people or places which interest you. For those new to the Wiki process, take a quick browse of our help file and jump right in (alternately, click the 'Edit this page' tab on something like my article on The Solomon Key and see the basics).
There is no such thing as a small contribution - even a three word description is a start to an article, and one which others are likely to build upon. So get in there, and add your two cents. I'll be adding things regularly, so help me out!
Edit: For those wondering why we decided to start this Wiki, instead of adding our articles to Wikipedia - The Red Pill is a direct result of Wikipedia's stated desire to not list theories which have not been peer-reviewed, or articles on 'non-notables' (a truly subjective term). We thought we'd offer all those rogue ideas and individuals a home...
I looked for sleep in today's news, but couldn't find any. If you have any sleep, naps or precious spare time to contribute, please use the contact function.
- Remember I posted news of an Australian man who claimed to have shot a panther or leopard near my hometown? DNA tests have confirmed it's nothing but a feral domestic cat.
- What lurks in the depths of Belize's Blue Hole? Perhaps it has something to do with this.
- The world's largest primate, a 10-foot-tall giant with inch-wide teeth, lived in southeast Asia for many centuries alongside human beings, according to a leading researcher. No wonder Bigfoot has never smiled for the camera.
- The Spaniards who settled New Mexico at the beginning of the colonial era brought with them their Old World notions of monsters and mythical beings.
- Ancient tools found at a site overlooking the Mojave Valley River could be as old as 135'000 years.
- Seven sacred Native American stones are to be moved to make way for a road.
- From Malta, the difficulties and conflicts that arise when developers want to build on or near historic sites.
- An archaeological project seeks to find the beginnings of Chinese civilisation, in the largely unknown period between 4500 and 3500 BC.
- Ruins reveal the chilling massacre of Mayan Royalty. Considering how many common-folk were sacrificed to avert the end of the world, one could say they got their comeuppance.
- Heavy rain is eroding the foundations of the Acropolis. Will our grandchildren get to see these ancient monuments? Greece's deputy Culture Minister says there is no danger of the Parthenon collapsing. Here's a photo of the Parthenon after heavy rain.
- 12000-year-old flints found on Cyprus may be the earliest evidence of sea-faring in the eastern Mediterranean. Yarr.
- French and Canadian expeditions will explore Iran's mysterious Mazandaran Caves. Sounds like a Harry Potter book.
- The creation of Chile's 7000-year-old Chinchorro infant mummies may have been inspired by lead and arsenic poisoning.
- Two rare coins from the medieval reign of Norwegian King Haraldur were found in Iceland. One day they'll find the remains of an armoured polar bear.
- CS Lewis' Narnia chronicles are often accused of Christian allegory, but is Aslan the lion really Mithraic?
- Was Jesus a successful or failed prophet? Depends if you believe in miracles.
- A Nepalese boy who sits motionless from dawn to dusk may not be the next Buddha, because no one knows what he gets up to at night.
- As the Pope’s astronomer, Guy Consolmagno must reconcile faith and science, then work out what to do if ET phones Rome.
- The Canadian Government is being pressured to hold public hearings on exopolitics.
- It wouldn't happen in Hong Kong, because the people there are skeptical of UFOs.
- This survey however says belief in alien encounters and UFO sightings, along with a fascination for outer space, are alive and strong in Asia.
- Mormon Mesa in Nevada is a hotbed for UFO sightings. Salt Lake City is a hotbed for Mormon sightings.
- National Enquirer journalist and UFOlogist Robert Pratt has passed away, aged 79.
- Are the Earth's computer systems open to Extraterrestrial hackers? They're hanging out with Bill Gibson in Tokyo.
- When the machines revolt, will you be prepared for it? How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion by Daniel H Wilson (Amazon US or UK). I'll buy you a copy for Christmas, Kat.
- An 11-year quest to create disappearing coloured bubbles finally finds success. At last, I can decorate the quarantine bubble I live in.
- Jeremy Harte, who has been away with the fairies, has been presented with this year's Folklore Society's award for the best book about folklore. Explore Fairy Traditions, by Jeremy Harte (Amazon US or UK).
- Colin Andrews' attempt to sell his entire archive of Crop Circle research on Ebay has failed. Let's pass the hat around, Greg.
Quote of the Day:
"... children know such a lot now, they soon don't believe in fairies, and every time a child says, 'I don't believe in fairies,' there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead."
Sir James Matthew Barrie, from Peter Pan
Apologies for site funkiness over the weekend. We've been adding new sections to the site, and we had some 'issues'. All seems well again now, but let us know if your spidey-sense starts tingling when visiting TDG over the next few days.
Umm, the news is late because yesterday I was engaged in a scientific experiment to find out if eating turkey makes you sleepy. ;-)
- Archaeologists say rain is eroding Acropolis foundations.
- Researchers figure out what killed Chile's mystery mummies.
- Earliest animals had human-like genes.
- Former Canadian Minister of Defence asks Parliament to hold hearings on Exopolitics, i.e. relations with ETs, and says, 'UFOs are as real as the airplanes that fly over your head.'
- Scientists, be on guard... ETs might be malicious hackers.
- Huge chunks of the Earth's crust crashed into the edge of the core 2.2bn years ago, possibly changing the speed of rotation and length of the day.
- Japan's space probe to make another attempt at landing on asteroid today.
- Astronauts could just jump: Asteroids, rather than the moon or Mars, should be the next target for manned space flight.
- NASA gets approval to purchase Russian Soyuz spacecraft to transfer astronauts and supplies to the International Space Station.
- Billionaire to launch his brainchild, the Falcon rocket, tonight.
- Dark energy refuses to fade away.
- Theoretical chemists find that electrons quantum-mechanically tunnel through water molecules between nestled proteins, and the proteins seem to guide such electrons from place to place.
- Cells co-opt the machinery that usually repairs broken strands of DNA to protect the integrity of chromosomes.
- Holographic-memory discs are about the same size as DVDs but hold 60 times more data, read and write data 10 times faster, and are set to go on sale in 2006.
- CO2 and methane at highest atmospheric levels in 650,000 years.
- Pacific Atlantis: first (contemporary) climate change refugees lose battle against rising tide.
- New Orleans will be completely surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico in just 90 years.
- Volcano on Antarctic island flips its lid: fire and ice caught on camera.
- China's toxic chemical leak was 100 metric tons. Downstream, pollution fear grips Russian city. Looks like we're all going to get a taste.
- Ocean levels are rising twice as fast today as they were 150 years ago, and human-induced warming appears to be the culprit.
- Scientists discover singing iceberg.
- New ice core studies extend record of Earth's past climate almost 50 percent further, adding another 210,000 years of definitive data.
- CSI Alert: gunshot residue analysis is not as reliable as the prosecution claims.
- Cloning expert resigns, apologises for 'shameful and horrible' ethical lapses.
- Newly declassified documents show Nixon tried to come up with alternative to military's vision of apocalyptic nuclear war.
- America's Army, a hugely popular computer game, is being increasingly used as a training tool by military.
- Harry Potter takes broom-ride to the International Space Station, at the request of ISS Commander Bill McArthur.
- Scatterbrained? You Need a Thought Bouncer.
- Online dating sites accused of deception. I'm shocked - shocked, I tell you!
Quote of the Day:
In one of his books, Terry Pratchett said, the dice play gods with the universe. Magicians load the dice.
Anonymous, on Wicca
Just a few articles for your reading pleasure over the weekend...
- Ian Lawton's been busy lately - here's another essay from him: "Reality and Time".
- This week's eSkeptic newsletter features Richard Dawkins telling us that evolution is a fact, in his essay "The Illusion of Design".
- Also, Skeptic Magazine 12:1 is out (check the current issue page for details), and you can sample some free articles. "Sex, Jealousy and Violence" is a critique of evolutionary psychology by David J. Buller, while "Evolutionary Psychology is Here to Stay", by Frank Miele, is the rebuttal.
- Phenomena Magazine has an interview with Linda Moulton Howe available - Part 1 and Part 2.
- Filer's Files #48 for 2005 has the latest UFO news from around the globe.
- Cryptomundo discusses the New York 'Bigfoot Baby' video.
- Not strictly writing, but the Book of Thoth are having a weekend quiz event if you're interested.
Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:
Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week's guest is Ross Hamilton, who will be detailing his discoveries about the Great Serpent Mount in Ohio. Afterwards, Linda Howe explores a much more modern mystery: what are those strange, hard-packed soils scientists see in the recent Mars lander photos?
Coast to Coast AM: Friday will be a rebroadcast from 2004 of George Noory and his guest Oliver Williams discussing John Titor and time travel. On Saturday Dr. Shelley Kaehr will discuss a virtually unknown tool of divination that sheds light on biblical approaches to discernment, while on Sunday remote viewer Major Ed Dames will alert listeners to things he sees on the 'event horizon,' including a destructive Seattle-Tacoma earthquake and mycotoxin danger (black mold) in the Gulf Coast states.
More details including relevant websites are available at the linked pages above. Remember also that while Coast to Coast is subscription, it can be listened to through KOGO, while Dreamland is free. Dreamland also now offers a podcast of the most recent show.
The TDG/Sub Rosa community continues to grow - here at the Grail we currently get around 7,000 individual visitors each day, and each issue of Sub Rosa has been downloaded by more than 10,000 people. What's more, in the coming weeks we're going to be adding a few new sub-sites to expand the resources of the TDG community even further. All this means server upgrades and long hours, so we welcome anyone out there is interested in advertising their wares to our audience. There are a few ways to do this.
Firstly, you can now sign up for Google Adwords and target TDG directly. In each Google Ad on site here, you'll probably now be seeing "Advertise on this site". This new link allows you to fill out a request to advertise directly on TDG (although you still have to beat out other bids to have your ad on the site). I've had a number of requests to put a banner on the site over the years, so this might be an attractive option to those people.
Secondly, advertising in Sub Rosa Magazine allows you to present large interactive graphical ads to readers of our free online magazine. Our cost per reader is second to none (full page ad to 10,000+ readers for $100), and additionally we offer embedded hyperlinks directly to your website, or interactive video/audio within the ad itself. For authors or publishers on a strict budget, you can also purchase a half-page ad, or check out our 'book spotlight' ad which allows you to place your book within a full-page ad for a fraction of the full-page ad rate.
Issue 3 of Sub Rosa should be out in just a couple of weeks, so if you're interested in advertising in the magazine, check out the Sub Rosa Advertising page to download our ratecard, or email us with your enquiry.
Today is American Thanksgiving so, no matter where you live, take a turkey to lunch this week. If someone takes you to lunch, well, you figure it out. Gobble, gobble ...........
- The European settlers who were present at the first Thanksgiving in 1621 thought the Native Americans were wild Israelites who had lost their civilized ways.
- The first prehistoric creature that resembles a modern day turtle has been discovered.
- A Bigfoot-sized ape lived alongside humans. They may still live along humans.
- Homo erectus munched on crunchy, brittle and tough foods, while other early humans seemed to favor softer fare.
- Archaeologists find 4,500-year-old fortune-telling instruments.
- Nubia's black Pharaohs.
- Mass grave yields Mayan secrets.
- Ancient campsites on the coast of Cyprus may be the earliest evidence of long-distance, open-water seafaring in the Mediterranean, undermining beliefs that ancient mariners never ventured into open seas.
- Earth's continents most likely were in place soon after the planet was formed, overturning a long-held theory that the early planet was either moon-like or dominated by oceans.
- So which country is the most violent in the world? America, right? Wrong. Strap on your kilt and guess again.
- Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, a U.S. citizen, was convicted by a federal jury of conspiring to assassinate President George W. Bush and providing support to the terrorist organization al-Qaeda.
- A Malaysian man sought help from a medium to rid him of a female ghost whom he said had demanded sex from him every night for the past sixteen years. So what's the problem?
- Its scent has drawn comparisons to garbage and spoiled meat, but that isn't stopping crowds from flocking to see -- and smell the Amorphophallus titanum plant, nicknamed 'corpse plant' for its rank smell.
- What do Aussies do when they're bored and stupid? They destroy a town, of course.
- Newton beats Einstein in a new poll. What's your opinion?
- Psychic researchers under code name ‘The Zener Project’ seek to win $1 million dollar prize offered by the James ‘The Amazing’ Randi. Would you like to join them?
- Understanding bird flu: Origins of bird flu.
- There are those that fear the success of science. Some are fundamentalists; others are regular readers of TDG.
- Mysterious bogs pose lethal danger to Russian mushroom-pickers.
- Mysterious tears of blood that have appeared on a statue of the Virgin Mary at a church in California (with video).
- A place called Mormon Mesa was alleged to be an UFO landing spot before Area 51 existed.
- Angels in UFO's? The Bible's Secret Messages.
- Biologist and blogger PZ Myres speaks out about the war on science, intelligent design, and the sexual habits of giant squid in The Mad Scientist.
- Is the sun heating up?
- A cloning pioneer faces rising controversy.
- A rare eruption has caused an island to grow.
- To the American Indians who hold them sacred, the seven rocks in the way of Paseo del Norte's westward expansion aren't inanimate stones. They're alive. They're connections to their sacred earth that can't be replicated 100 feet away.
- A US physicist has an idea that will make the atom-based quantum computers look passé before anyone has even built a full-size one. He is suggesting that bubbles of electrons in ultra-cold liquid helium could be used to build a quantum computer capable of carrying out 1030 calculations all at once.
- Einstein's dark energy accelerates the universe.
- Britain must spend more on its space industry or risk being left behind and losing vital skills.
- Water could stay liquid on Mars.
- The Hayabusa space probe landed successfully on its asteroid target despite the initial announcement of a failure.
- The launch window is almost open for NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, destined to visit Pluto and and the Kuiper Belt—a distant district of ancient, icy, rocky objects on the solar system’s outer banks.
- The journey to Mars will require astronauts to grow their own food. They probably won't grow a corpse plant.
- Astronauts aboard the ISS will a Thanksgiving meal of pre-sliced and irradiated turkey, freeze-dried mashed potatoes and green beans, and thermostable blueberry cobbler.
Quote of the Day
Once, when my feet were bare, and I had not the means of obtaining shoes I came to the chief of Kufah in a state of much dejection, and saw there a man who had no feet. I returned thanks to God and acknowledged his mercies, and endured my want of shoes with patience.
Sadi the Gulistan