Two cool music releases in the past fortnight, my ears are in heaven: Younger Brother (Simon Posford from Shongle/Hallucinogen, and Benji from Prometheus) have released their second album, The Last Days of Gravity. You can sample the entire album at their MySpace page (use the Beatport player), and also buy the album as mp3 through Beatport (or grab the CD direct from Twisted Records). As is usual from any Posford creation, the soundscapes are just incredible, and every listen reveals more. Well worth purchasing (as I say, support good music!).
Sci Fi Channel has a feature on their website titled "Roswell Confessions: New Witness Testimony", which provides a bunch of videos from 'witnesses' (to varying degrees) to the original happenings at Roswell back in 1947. Most readers here will know I'm not a huge fan of Roswell (I agree there could well be a mystery, but I'm of the opinion that it is government related, not ET). But the testimony is certainly interesting, perhaps most especially the story told by retired Army intelligence officer Jack Trowbridge, who speaks about how he personally handled the "memory material" taken from the wreck site.
On a slightly related note, Blair Blake (our good friend from the TOOL website who knows both ufology and the occult/paranormal inside out) contributed a fascinating piece on his own Roswell 'journey' to our anthology Darklore, which I'm sure many of you will enjoy reading. It takes on many of the most well known aspects of the Roswell case, as well as some very interesting lesser known facts (if anything about Roswell could be described with the word 'facts'!).
It's a sign of the times when even light is bent the wrong way.
- A severe case of mistaken consensus.
- What the fuck?
- Police could not find fingerprints on Dr. Kelly's 'suicide' knife.
- Weird weather makes waves in Iowa.
- Volcanic moon's gassy mystery solved.
- Light bent the wrong way.
- Brightest known supernova detected.
- From sky flivver to hyrdopolis.
- Democracy, GDP and natural disasters.
- Brain imaging shows similarities and differences in thoughts of chimps and humans.
- Titan's strange atmosphere.
- Human sequences cropping up in Neanderthal genome.
- The most horrific EVP ever recorded.
- The importance of knowing your history.
- Huge dinosaur skeleton unearthed.
Quote of the Day:
There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
Sir Francis Bacon
A strange assortment to get you through the week...
- Jeff Nisbet fills you in on what the mainstream media didn't tell you about the 'Rosslyn cubes' (originally printed in Atlantis Rising #65).
- Dean Radin gives a summary on a new paper he has co-authored. Full text here (PDF): "Toward Understanding the Placebo Effect: Investigating a Possible Retrocausal Factor".
- Forgetomori takes you back to "Operation Saucer, and discusses some new revelations.
- Filer's Files #41 has the latest ufological roundup.
- The latest MAPS email news update is now available.
- Brian Josephson gives a (cynical, tongue-in-cheek) report on a failure to replicate the Pons-Fleischmann 'sustained fire' claim.
- Nick Redern gives his thoughts on "Britain's Fox Mulder", Nick Pope.( I can't see Nick Pope doing Californication though...)
- Michael Shermer embraces "Weirdonomics and Quirkology" in his latest 'Skeptic' column for Scientific American.
- Michael Prescott crunches the numbers in a poll on atheism vs theism.
- Cabinet of Wonders (#2) titillates with "Merkins and Kotekas and Codpieces, Oh My!"
- The Societe Perillos investigates "The Coumesourde Stone which is often discussed in the Rennes le Chateau mystery.
- At Rigorous Intuition, Jeff Wells has posted part two of "Blow'd Up Real Good" (part one is here).
- Anthony North looks at ESP in "Sympathy of Souls" at Beyond the Blog.
- Filip Coppens fills you in on "Mitterand's Great - Unknown - Work".
I've just added a new documentary to the TDG videos section (which will also be in the front page video box for a few days as well), which is definitely worth a look. The doco, titled Other Worlds, is one I've heard a lot about, and so was very keen to see. Directed by Jan Kounen as a companion piece of sorts to his 2004 'cowboy-shaman film' Blueberry (also titled Renegade), the film has real impact because it not only shows the journey into shamanism, but uses plenty of CGI to try and show what the visionary shamanic experience is like (as opposed to many documentaries which simply show the experiencer puking).
Another excellent aspect of Other Worlds is that many experts , researchers, and commentators are interviewed. Included in the documentary are DMT researcher Rick Strassman, psychedelics researcher Charles Grob, and numerous others including Stan Grof, Jeremy Narby, Alex Grey and Pablo Amaringo. For anyone interested in these topics, this is a must watch (although be advised, there are some disturbing scenes for the faint-hearted, such as the killing of a pig, as well as plenty of puking).
Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.
Fate Radio: This week's encore edition show features Hilly's one hour interview on demonic entities, possessions, and exorcisms with paranormal expert and demonologist John Zaffis (Real Audio or mp3).
Coast to Coast AM: On Tuesday hypnotherapist Yvonne Smith will discuss her research into UFO abductions, including an important multiple witness case. Wednesday's guest is science writer/editor Jessica Snyder Sachs, who will discuss her latest work in the frightening world of drug resistant bacteria. Thursday is TBA at time of posting (check the link for updates).
Kat's away, so we mice can play.
- Illegal in most countries but sacred to Amazonian shaman, ayahuasca is turning into a multi-million dollar business for Peru.
- The Dutch government has banned the sale and use of hallucinatory mushrooms, without consulting common sense.
- Recording the oral traditions of the last Gaelic generation raised without TV or electicity on Scotland's Isle of Skye before it dies out.
- A skeptic complains there are too many paranormal television shows. I guess she doesn't like reality television.
- Norman Mailer's new book On God, expands on his belief in reincarnation, with a unique twist on Heaven and Hell (Amazon US or UK).
- Ordinary people describe their love, and fear, of ghosts that share their homes.
- Anthony North takes us on a trip through ESP research.
- Do Gnostics and indigenous peoples share vital insights into UFOs and extraterrestrial knowledge?
- A review of Strange Company by Keith Chester, exploring military encounters with UFOs in WWII (Amazon US or UK).
- UFO Paradigm discusses dream states and alien abductions, and whether mind control technology is involved.
- Transhumanists see recent advances in medical science as the first step towards uploading the human consciousness onto a computer.
- A researcher claims humans will be marrying robots and having sex with them in the near future. I prefer the Weird Science method of getting a girlfriend.
- Amazingly detailed images from the Cassini-Huygens space probe show the hydrocarbon lakes and seas on the poles of Saturn's moon Titan. Wired has a gallery of stunning images.
- In search of the Con Rit, a sea centipede that grows to 150-feet in length.
- A researcher claims to have recorded Bigfoot chatter. You can listen here, and read a comparison with a similar recording. You should hear the noise Australian possums make, they're demonic.
- Where the Great Old Ones Are: artist Toren Atkinson combines H.P. Lovecraft with Maurice Sendak. For Elder God rock'n'roll, try Toren's band The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets (Amazon). I know what Greg's getting for Christmas.
- French archaeologists have discovered an 11'000-year-old mural in Syria which they believe is the oldest in the world. Palaeolithic cave art doesn't count?
- A mysterious carved stone has been found by archaeologists at Whitby Abbey in North Yorkshire.
- Nuffnuffs have vandalised and damaged precious prehistoric open-air rock carvings in southeastern Norway.
- New research dispels the myth of knuckle-dragging human ancestors, claiming they walked upright. Like the Flores Hobbit, this is big news.
Quote of the Day:
Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.
The British Psychological Society's (BPS) Research Digest blog currently has a feature which asks the question "What's the most important psychology experiment that's Never been done...?" Coming in at #1 is Susan Blackmore's suggestion of "Watching Death":
We know that roughly ten per cent of people who come close to death have “near-death experiences” (NDEs) in which they seem to travel down a dark tunnel towards a bright, warm light; see their body from above; experience vivid memories; and even enter another world or meet gods, angels or spirits. A few have mystical experiences of oneness with the universe, or experience the dissolution of the illusory self.
All these experiences can be accounted for, in principle, by disorganised activity in the dying brain. Yet this argument does not convince believers who argue that after all the brain activity stops, the soul or spirit still carries on...
...The most important experiment that’s never been done is to take fMRI or PET scans of people as they die
If you take the time to read the entire article, I think it's worth pointing out the loaded language used throughout. Firstly, it seems that if you are not convinced by Blackmore's (flawed) "disorganised activity" theory, you must be a "believer". Conversely, anyone who is a proponent of materialist explanations for the NDE is given the title of "skeptic" (entirely not the same thing). Lastly, Blackmore tells us that MRI scans would allow for testing of "theories about how NDEs and mystical experiences are generated in the dying brain," when the core question being debated here is whether they are actually being "generated" by the brain.
Good to see scientific research into the near-death experience getting some high-profile coverage anyhow.
A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...
- Mike Jay goes in search of "The Last Cargo Cult".
- Michael Tymn provides some "Words of Wisdom from the Spirit World".
- Michael Prescott discusses how scientific concensus can go wrong.
- Nick Redfern reviews Brad Steiger's Shadow World (Amazon US and UK) at UFO Mystic.
- The Paranormal Report investigates Stigmata.
- The latest blog from Lesley at Binnall of America points you at other handy blogs which are worth a read.
- The Book of Thoth profiles one of the most famous mediums, D. D. Home. Also at TBoT, recent podcasts include interviews with Mac Tonnies and Paul Kimball.
- R.U. Sirius reports on the 2007 Singularity Summit at Reality Sandwich.
- The latest Radio RenneSSence interview is with controversial author Karl Hammer-Kaatee.
- In the latest TOOL newsletter, Blair answers some questions in his own inimitable fashion.
- Anthony North takes you to the stars at Beyond the Blog.
Did Father Crowleymas visit you this morning? If not, break out your Templar costumes and party like it's 1307 tomorrow...
- SETI's new Allen Telescope Array swings into action. And to think they could have just spent $20 for a toke of DMT, and spoken with our mantis overlords face-to-face...
- Sparks fly over Peruvian meteorite.
- Yet another reason to take UFO reports with a grain of salt.
- Is the flying car about to take off?
- Did LDS founder Joseph Smith use psychedelics?
- Church wants Masonic square and compasses removed from historical landmark.
- The neurology of Alice in Wonderland.
- Communicating through the veil of the vegetative state.
- Diet and fat: when scientific concensus is wrong.
- He lived as a feral child after the Nazis sent his mother to a death camp, and his scientific peers thought he didn't have a clue. Now Mario Capecchi has won a Nobel Prize for the medical revolution he has begun.
- NASA asteroid probe tests ion engine.
- Venus, not Mars, may be the best candidate for former life. David Grinspoon has been saying as much for years.
- Pentagon backs plan to beam solar power from space to Earth.
- How baboons think.
- We need a scientific, statistical approach to drugs. And: police chief says legalise (and regulate instead) all drugs.
- But in Amsterdam, the magic may soon be gone from mushrooms.
- Australian doctors save poisoned Italian tourist with a vodka drip. Surely Bundaberg Rum should have been the medicine of choice?
- Long lost text of Archimedes shows he had begun to discover the principles of calculus.
- We have a moral and ethical duty to biologically enhance our children.
- U.S. Navy plans unmanned, heavily armoured fleet.
- Supreme Court dismisses German man's legal challenge to his CIA abduction/rendition, on the basis of a government claim that state secrets would be revealed. Something's rotten in the state of Denmark (and when I say Denmark, I mean the United States).
Quote of the Day:
A new classification system, a 'hierarchy of harm' encompassing all substances of abuse and based upon identified social harms, should, in my opinion, be at the centre of a new substance misuse regime - one based upon evidence, not moralistic dogma.
Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom