Last Days of Gravity

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!).

Roswell Confessions

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'!).

News Briefs 16-10-2007

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

Tuesday Roundup 16-10-2007

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

Enjoy!

Other Worlds Documentary

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).

Radio 16-10-2007

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).

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

News Briefs 15-10-2007

Kat's away, so we mice can play.

Quote of the Day:

Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.

Joseph Campbell

Watching Death

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.

Weekend Roundup 12-10-2007

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

Enjoy!

News Briefs 12-10-2007

Did Father Crowleymas visit you this morning? If not, break out your Templar costumes and party like it's 1307 tomorrow...

Thanks Kat.

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