A strange assortment to get you through the week...
- Gordon Rutter gives a round up of this year's GhostFest for Fortean Times (free registration may be necessary).
- Over at AMNAP, Matthew Cromer looks at "Irrational Beliefs". Matthew also has another interesting piece worth reading available, "Materialism as a Reaction to Religion".
- An oldie but a goodie: Jay Kinney asks "Is Freemasonry Afraid of its own Shadow?"
- Loren Coleman asks "Are Peru's Ica Stones Safe?", over at Cryptomundo.com.
- Randi gets word from his Geller spies within NBC in his latest newsletter.
- Greg Bishop wants to know: "Who Keeps the UFO Secrets?"
- UFO Casebook #269 is now available.
- Anthony North looks at "Psychic Detectives" at Beyond the Blog.
- UFO Area investigates the Shroud of Turin.
- The Biblical Archaeology Society has a photo essay on the debate over the authenticity of the Ivory Pomegranate Inscription.
Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.
Coast to Coast AM: On Monday Kelly Snyder, founder of 'Find Me', will discuss how his group assists law enforcement using a pool of 32 psychics and experts. During the evening, he'll be joined by forensic astrologer Dave Campbell, spiritual teacher Sunny Dawn Johnston, and Search & Rescue facilitator Kristi Smith. Tuesday's guest is filmmaker and writer Kenny Ausubel who takes listeners on a mind-bending journey into the magic and mystery of environmental solutions drawn from nature. Wednesday remains TBA, while on Thursday Maj. Ed Dames will discuss how his agency (Matrix Intelligence Agency) is in the process of locating Osama bin Laden, and he'll disclose the location.
More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website.
Rain here today. It's been so long, such a beautiful sound...
- Space shuttle Endeavour undocks early from the ISS to try and beat Hurricane Dean to Houston.
- We are the Blade Runner generation. Except for Harrison Ford, he's a bit too old...
- Also: artificial life likely in 3 to 10 years. Michael Prescott comments on his blog.
- Double also: the return of Philip K. Dick.
- Spooks in space: what are the chances that an everyday object could suddenly appear out of thin air? Teaser available, but subscription to New Scientist needed for full access.
- Woman hears voices - with a speech impediment.
- Were earthquake lights recorded on video during the recent Peruvian quake?
- And were UFOs flying around as far back as 1897?
- More cool CG UFO hoaxing. Nice eye candy.
- Can fat be fit?
- Surviving immortality: just getting to the Singularity is the hard part.
- Robot wars are a reality.
- Probably confirming what many of us think, it appears that paedophiles have less grey matter. The discovery could have legal implications.
- NASA off by 64 years on hottest year claim.
- 'Volcano cure' for Global Warming? Not so fast...
- Hunting the elusive Tasmanian Tiger.
- Darker fruits may fight cancer.
- A Minnesota mystery: the Kensington Runestone.
- Underwater archaeologists search for mythical city off coast of India.
- Student finds Neolithic chewing gum.
- Meet the devil worshippers of Iraq - the Yezidi.
- Napoleon's death mask not his. You mean...Napoleon's alive!?!
Thanks Kat and Ross.
Quote of the Day:
The deadliest enemies of nations are not their foreign foes; they always dwell within their borders. And from these internal enemies civilization is always in need of being saved. The nation blest above all nations is she in whom the civic genius of the people does the saving day by day, by acts without external picturesqueness; by speaking, writing, voting reasonably; by smiting corruption swiftly; by good temper between parties; by the people knowing true men when they see them, and preferring them as leaders to rabid partisans or empty quacks.
The first issue of the new online journal Antimatters is now online, and there's some wonderful reading inside. Antimatters is an open-access journal addressing issues in science and the humanities from nonmaterialistic perspectives. The articles are available in PDF format, and there's some high-class contributions (the link takes you to the table of contents). From Neal Grossman discussing how material science seems to be afraid of the afterlife issue, to Stephen Braude discussing alternative theories of memory, I recommend everyone have a weekend read of at least a few of these articles. A wonderful resource.
A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...
- Andy Letcher (author of Shroom) recounts the differences of opinion in his recent discussion with Daniel Pinchbeck.
- Paul Kimball announces this year's inductees into the Other Side of Truth ufological Halls of Shame and Fame.
- Dean Radin responds to recent criticism of his research from George Hansen.
- Speaking of, George Hansen also has a new post on his blog investigating the decline of the ASPR (and the paradoxically good wage of its executive director).
- The Societe Perillos investigates the life of Berenger Sauniere while in Lyons.
- Jeff Wells covers everything from conspiracy to Glastonbury and Dion Fortune in his latest post at Rigorous Intuition, "No Need to be Nervous".
- George Dvorsky asks whether it's really a good idea to be sending out messages to ET at Sentient Developments.
- Filer's Files #33 has the latest weekly ufological roundup.
- Anthony North talks "Saucer Recovery" at Beyond the Blog.
- Filip Coppens takes you on a tour of "The Nubian Pyramids".
- Meanwhile, Philip Gardiner has some words about "The Great Pyramid" at Paranormal News.
- This week's Skeptico podcast features an interview with Tom Clark, naturalism proponent, who explores the lack of evidence for parapsychology, near-death experience and the survival of consciousness after death
Norwegian author Harald Boehlke emailed yesterday to let me know that he now has an official website to go along with the English-language release of his book The Viking Serpent (Amazon US and UK). Sub Rosa readers will know about the topics in the book (download Issue 2 for Harald's SR contribution), but for the neophytes out there, the website has a short introduction:
"The Viking Serpent" or "The Norwegian Pentagram" as it was called before being translated reveals a hitherto unknown and occult side to the Viking and early Middle Age in Norway. From approx. 935 CE heathen Viking Norway was introduced to a form of Christianity peculiar to a certain branch of the Gnostic Celtic Church of the British Isles, where the serpent had a 'leading role' and which, according to historians and archaeologists, has a pronounced Syrian and Egyptian character.
Comparing old legends and historical facts the author has unravelled a fascinating story and found a holy geometry constructed by the Celts that the famous co-author of Holy Blood, Holy Grail, Henry Lincoln has deemed "the Norwegian extension of this extraordinary business." The clandestine plan of the Celtic Church erecting cities and monasteries as markers in such a fashion that one with the use of The Golden Section was able to construct a gigantic pentagram across Southern Norway is also revealed. The geometry is illustrated by the author in easy to follow step-by-step diagrams.
You can find more details at the website, and as mentioned Harald's piece in Sub Rosa #2 gives an excellent summary of the 'hidden history' of this Gnostic Celtic Church offshoot.
So much of interest to learn about, so little time on this Earth...
- It's life Jim, but not as we know it - scientist find 'life-like' attributes to dustclouds in space.
- German physicists claim to have broken the speed of light, violating Einstein's theories.
- First genome transplant turns one species into another.
- William Gibson talks about the future past.
- Is dying star with comet-like tail laying seeds for planets?
- As the 'Wow' signal turns 30, SETI's Seth Shostak says (say that 3 times quickly) the Allen Telescope Array will reinvestigate the 'signal'.
- Jerry Bruckheimer to go treasure hunting in new series for CBS.
- Efforts continue to secure the future of the Miami Circle.
- Excavating the tomb of King Midas.
- First churches of the Jesus cult.
- Lunar Ark proposed in case of deadly impact on Earth.
- Sharks found to have genes for fingers and toes. In their stomach perhaps...
- Ice cap meltdown could cause 22ft floods.
- Fickle ocean current foils climate modellers.
- 'Elixir of life' could soon be available by injection.
- Ten unsolved mysteries of the brain.
- Newton scooped by subcontinent scholars: key mathematical concept for one part of calculus was identified by scholars in southwest India in around 1350. Dr. Joseph's book The Crest of the Peacock: the Non-European Roots of Mathematics is available at Amazon US & UK.
- If you're looking for God, you might like to check your egg-plants. Those sneaky deities sure find good places to hide...
- Sasquatch hunter hit and killed by automobile.
- It's not just cats that have the skill - 'Grim reaper' dog senses nursing home deaths.
- Pwnage news: surveillance cameras plus high-tech facial recognition software to track suspects in China.
- Stranger than fiction, funnier than home videos: A look at the Annals of Improbable Research.
- Are giant octopi eating swimmers in Oklahoma's lakes?
Thanks Kat and Ross.
Quote of the Day:
Only puny secrets need protection. Big discoveries are protected by public incredulity.
Visionary scientist Freeman Dyson has written an interesting article for Edge, titled "Heretical Thoughts About Science and Society". The 83-year-old scientist, perhaps best known in futurist circles for his idea of Dyson spheres, argues generally for the need for dissenting voices in science, and in more detail on the topic of climate change:
The prevailing dogmas may be right, but they still need to be challenged. I am proud to be a heretic. The world always needs heretics to challenge the prevailing orthodoxies. Since I am heretic, I am accustomed to being in the minority. If I could persuade everyone to agree with me, I would not be a heretic.
As Dyson mentions, he is indeed a heretic - he has previously argued for the likelihood of paranormal phenomena, to the chagrin of media skeptic Michael Shermer. And I'd agree with him that voices like his are a necessity. For those who find the article interesting, note that there is also >a response from science media 'giant' Alun Anderson (Nature, Science and New Scientist) newly posted on the Edge website.
Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:
Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: No update at time of posting, check the link for updates.
Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines. Early show Saturday is ' Art Bell- Somewhere in Time', which returns to 1/27/97 for a conversation with Timothy O'Reilly about Near Death Experiences. Afterwards, Ian talks to investment advisor Catherine Austin Fitts about the current crisis in the housing and mortgage markets, how it was engineered and what you can do to navigate it. On Sunday Maurice Cotterell will discuss ancient secret knowledge about the Sun and how it relates to almost all of life's deepest questions.
More details including relevant websites are available at the linked pages above. Remember also that while Coast to Coast is subscription, Dreamland is free. Dreamland also now offers a podcast of the most recent show.
The 2007 MUFON 2007 conference was held last weekend, with high-profile speakers including Richard Dolan, George Knapp, Stanton Friedman and Timothy Good. The conference gained plenty of press coverage (see here and here, for example), but the biggest news for those who know the UFO topic has been Brad Spark's presentation on the origins of MJ12.
Brad revealed controversial new information, based on tapes secretly recorded by the late Robert Pratt of his conversations with Roswell investigator, William L. Moore, in
which they discussed Moore’s recent meetings with AFOSI Staff Sgt. Richard C. Doty. The information found on the "Pratt tapes" calls into question the authenticity of the Majestic Twelve (MJ12) documents - although to be fair, there was already plenty of doubt in the eyes of most researchers. Due to the high level of interest in this new research by Brad Sparks, the MUFON website is offering the paper (titled "The Secret Pratt Tapes and the Origins of MJ-12"), as a free PDF download.