The Bookseller is reporting that publisher Free Press has bought the U.S. rights to Richard Dawkins’ next book, "for a reported $3.5m" and UK rights have gone to Transworld for a "substantial sum" (I think I'm converting to atheism before writing my next book...). The new book from Dawkins is said to explore creationism and the evidence for evolution:
The as-yet-untitled volume will be published in 2009, a year that will feature a double anniversary for Charles Darwin—the 200th anniversary of his birth in February, and the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species in November.
Gaminara said: "He is arguably the science writer most closely associated with Darwin and in my view it would be strange not to have a book by Richard Dawkins in this anniversary year.
"He feels that never in his lifetime has there been such a belief in creationism, in the US and also creeping into the school curriculum in this country, and as the Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford, he feels it is his duty to write a book that sets the record straight on the evidence for evolution."
Should be another good read from Mr Dawkins, who certainly isn't shy of expressing his opinion...
For the first time in 3 years (or is it 4 years?) as a Grail editor, I managed to accidentally delete my news before posting it. Don't let me down, memory...
- Illegal trade of tiger parts and poaching is rampant in Indonesia.
- In Montana, a rare albino moose has been shot... by a photographer.
- A white stag that passes between worlds in celtic mythology is roaming the Scottish highlands.
- Gorgeous Celtic-French musician Cecile Corbel is touring Australia (Amazon).
- Brittany's ancient menhirs; erected by giants and haunted by faeries?
- Please don't look at fairy tales like a hardcore scientist, just enjoy them as the entertaining Jungian archetypes and moral allegories they are.
- Artifacts found in a 2000-year-old burial could be the first archaeological evidence of Druids.
- One of the world's oldest and widely feared superstitions is the evil eye. A new angle to the Greek myth of the Cyclops?
- Amazing photo of the world's largest statue of Jesus Christ in Brazil struck by lightning. It's raining here so I won't make a joke.
- There's a resurgence of exorcisms in Poland. A poll told me that.
- Catholic officials plan a retreat center for exorcisms. They also host discounted wedding receptions and Bar Mitzvahs.
- The Pope backs exorcism squads to fight the Devil. Who ya gonna call?
- From exorcisms to the jail cell of a hillbilly serial killer, it's America's fringe that fascinates Professor Michael Cuneo. American Exorcism: Expelling Demons in the Land of Plenty (Amazon US).
- Mindblowing video of a lecture on the CIA's psychological torture techniques.
- Controversial new book claims media is a puppet of shadowy intelligence agencies. Flat Earth News by Nick Davies (Amazon UK, out of stock).
- Speech by Davies at last November's War, Truth and the Media Today conference. And another review of his book.
- Broadcasting the third kind: a big bite of the reality sandwich that is the Stephenville UFO controversy.
- Billy Cox needs more data on the Stephenville UFO media brouhaha.
- Dr Michael Salla's eloquent letter to the Stephenville Herald-Tribune.
- Guillermo Del Toro to make a Doctor Strange movie? It'll be a marvel if nobody reports it's Dr Strangelove.
- Yar, raising the wreck of Queen Anne's Revenge, flagship of Blackbeard.
- Next week the USA and Canada will witness a total lunar eclipse, most unaware that an eclipse saved Columbus.
- 85-year-old Loch Ness Monster doyen Robert Rines thinks Nessie is gone. Gone like the dolphins in a Douglas Adams novel?
Quote of the Day:
Love is a friendship set to music.
A new Associated Press story doing the rounds attempts to debunk some of the hype and conspiracy theories which surround (literally, see the image!) the Great Seal of the United States. I wrote about the seal in my book The Guide to Dan Brown's The Solomon Key, as Dan Brown had indicated that the emblem would be a part of the plotline of his next book. For those interested, I've excerpted some of it beneath...just a small part of a lot of fascinating 'hidden history' of the United States which you'll find in my book (which you can pick up from Amazon US and Amazon UK):
HISTORY OF THE GREAT SEAL
Before adjourning on the ground-breaking day of July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress passed a resolution that a committee be formed to design a seal for the newly independent United States. The members of that committee were Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson – three of the five men who worked on the Declaration of Independence, two of whom would go on to become President. However, it would take another six years before the Great Seal of the United States came into being, with two more committees and fourteen men eventually employed to establish the icon.
The first committee of Franklin, Adams and Jefferson initially worked on Biblical and classical themes, including the ‘Children of Israel in the Wilderness’, but with little success. They then employed the talents of French portrait artist, Pierre Eugene du Simitiere, who had some experience in designing seals. However, the du Simitiere-influenced design was rejected by Congress on August 20th 1776, although a couple of the features later became a part of the official seal – the infamous Eye of Providence within a triangle, and the motto E Pluribus Unum
Thanks for all the entries in our competition involving Robert Schoch's new book. The winner was TDG reader Pascal, from Canada, who will be receiving a complimentary copy of The Parapsychology Revolution courtesy of TDG and Tarcher Penguin. For all those who missed out, I can only point you towards Amazon US. I'll see what else I can organise in the way of book competitions in the coming months, just to keep things interesting around here (because we do cover such boring topics).
From Aesop to Aesop.
- Aesop's translators have had varied agendas.
- Self-cleaning wool and silk developed using nanotechnology.
- X-rays betray giant electrical particle accelerator in the sky.
- With climate swing a culture bloomed in the Americas.
- Computer simulations strongly support new theory of Earth's core.
- 2,500 years ago, a city bigger than Athens in Orissa.
- Organic molecules found on alien world for first time.
- New cosmic theory unites dark forces. Sounds like the aether to me.
- Napolean didnt die from arsenic poisoning. But dont worry, he did die.
- Implanting false memories.
- How writing changed the world. How about the change from seeing is believing to reading is believing? Or how about...
Quote of the Day:
Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
Erowid.org has a great announcement:
After several years of consideration and preparation, the first of Alexander Shulgin's lab books has been scanned and put online. The lab books contain detailed experience reports about a wide variety of substances as well as notes on chemical processes, formulas, sketches, and hand-drawn graphs.
When funding appeared for the project, the Shulgins' trusted assistants, gregM and Tania, began the labor intensive process of redacting the names of individuals whose privacy should be protected.
The scanning is being facilitated by Archive.org and performed by gregM and Raj Kumar.
There is nothing more pleasing to me than seeing history preserved and shared, and Alexander 'Sasha' Shulgin's notebooks are certainly worth preserving - no matter what your opinion on drugs/psychedelics. Shulgin's chemical innovation, self-testing and reporting of effects of various chemicals is a legendary piece of the history of exploration of 'inner space' - and to be able to view his hand-written notes is quite a thrill.
Legendary ufologist Jacques Vallee will be appearing on Coast to Coast AM tonight, for two hours, so if you have access to the show make sure you tune in. I'm assuming Jacques will be discussing the reissue of his classic 'Alien Contact Trilogy' by Anomalist Books.
For those that don't get C2C (although it should be pointed out that you can easily listen to C2C live, or to recent archived shows, via CJOB.com), Cabinet of Wonders has provided a timely antidote - Emps has posted a selection of videos featuring Vallee, as well as the audio from JV's previous C2C appearance.
A strange assortment to get you through the week...
- Michael Tymn discusses "The Eager Dead and Undying Love" on his blog.
- At Cabinet of Wonders, Emps asks "Do Immortals Walk Amongst Us?". Replete with a musical interlude from Queen.
- Andy Gough takes you to a new, mysterious locale at his Arcadia blog: Golgotha...England.
- The latest Binnall of America audio podcast is an interview with Larry Flaxman on all things ghostly (mp3/podcast download, or streaming via Flash).
- At What is Enlightenment, Maura R. O'Connor reviews Daniel Pinchbeck's 2012. You can find my own review here on TDG.
- Filip Coppens enters the strange artistic world of Hieronymus Bosch.
- Loren Coleman keeps a look out for "Copycat Rampages" on his Copycat Effect blog.
- Anthony North goes all paparazzi with "Psi-Stars and Sceptics" at Beyond the Blog.
- Skeptic Randi's latest newsletter is online.
- At UFO Mystic, Greg Bishop retells one of the strangest UFO tales ever...which involves a Bigfoot. For more on that topic, see Emperor's article "The Unbelievable Strangeness of Bigfoot" in Darklore Volume 1.
- Michael Prescott lets you know about "A Depressing Book".
- Filer's Files #6 for 2008 has the latest ufological round-up.
- Curious Expeditions looks at the symbology and mythology of the eye in "The Eyes Have It".
- The latest Occult of Personality podcast has Christopher Moors discussing "The Jouney to the East".
- The Societe Perillos has Part 2 of their series "The crypt of Rennes-le-Château" (Part 1 is here).
- UFO Casebook #293 is now available online.
We've been giving regular updates on the claims of an individual named John Lenard Walson, who claims to have invented a telescope attachment which allows him to film craft orbiting the Earth. Some of these images (and video) have been posted over the past few months on Rense.com, in which it is claimed that Walson has found anomalous spacecraft. However, Forgetomori has now posted a skeptical investigation into these claims. Worth noting is Mori's statement that this case has even been labeled a hoax by "the definitely not-debunkers folks at the AboveTopSecret forum."
Arrghhhh! Help! Murphy's after me again.
- Domesday Book makes leap to the internet.
- Peopling the mythical landscape.
- Truly, madly, chemically in love: From that first glance and kiss to the lifelong bonding of soulmates, the mysteries of love, sex and breeding are being unravelled by science.
- Warning: The population of killer jellyfish is exploding. On Tuesday, Febuary 12, Invasion of the Jellyfish will air on UK Channel 5 at 8:00 p.m..
- Customs: All Your Gadgets Are Belong to Us. More.
- 'Invisible' material key to DARPA's dream of see-through displays.
- DARPA Nabs Big Bucks for Mach 6 Planes, Giant Robotic Blimps, Next-Gen Networks.
- Mystery Space Machines - Part 7.
- Satellite spotters glimpse secrets, and tell them.
- Huge rise in British UFO sightings.
- Empire-Tribune reporter who's been covering the Stephenville UFO sightings quits under pressure.
- Linda Moulton Howe: Mysterious Symbols Projected in Night Sky by Aerial Disc Near Stephenville, Texas, Local Airport.
- On Jan. 23, Greg Noory interviewed Linda Moulton Howe about her investigation of the Stephenville UFO sightings: Parts one & two (YouTube, audio only).
- Messenger from the otherworld: Ghost-like white stag spotted in the Scottish Highlands.
- Lisa, the geep -- a cross between a goat and a sheep.
- Cities act like giant contraceptives, which could help curb the Earth's explosive population growth.
- Has college dropout done the impossible and created a perpetual motion machine?
- Ayahuasca: A Strange Brew.
- YouTube: LSD testing on British Troops. Fond memories, anyone?
- My Cortex Made Me Buy It.
- The endless pursuit of unnecessary things. For example.
Quote of the Day:
A world entirely conquered by technology, entirely dominated by industrial processes, entirely occupied by man and machine, would be a world unfit to live in.