A strange assortment to get you through the week...
- Nick Pope documents the famous British UFO case, "The Cosford Incident".
- Michael Shermer investigates the science of happiness in his 'Skeptic' column for Scientific American.
- SurvivalAfterDeath.org makes a welcome return with a new historical essay, "Spiritualism at the Palace", by John Dale.
- Thothweb has "Intelligent Alien Design".
- Binnall of America Audio this week interviews Jerry E. Smith about HAARP and weather manipulation (mp3/podcast or via streaming Flash).
- The Société Périllos have part three of their series "Forgotten Secrets of the Church of Rennes-le-Chateau". For the previous instalments, check the Rennes-le-Chateau summary page on the SP website.
- Skeptic Randi has his own take on the closure of PEAR, in his latest newsletter.
- More afterlife experiments: full text of a scientific paper by Julie Beischel and Gary Schwartz: "Anomalous Information Reception by Research Mediums Demonstrated Using a Novel Triple-Blind Protocol".
- The latest podcast on Nearthwort Obtain is an interview with Siberian shaman Biven Mamonta.
- Wonderful whacky weirdness still does happen, and Jeff Wells has got it covered in his recent blog post, "The Shock of Awe" (Part One).
During Free Speech TV's Fund Raising Drive over the past two weeks, I've ingested such a concentrated dose of great videos (i.e., the sort that are never aired on mainstream networks), that I've developed a rabid case of what Cernig over at Newshog has aptly dubbed Lying Bastard Fatigue. If you're keen to experience L.B.F. for yourself, just expose your eyeballs to 9/11 Mysteries. Here's the whole 90-minute version on YouTube. Not enough bandwidth or time? Just go to YouTube, enter "9/11 Mysteries" in their search window, and you'll find it divided into 9 shorter segments.
- Archaeologists to search remote Scottish beach for lost Jacobite gold.
- The mysterious case of Columbus's silver ore.
- Ancient people in Panama were processing and eating domesticated species of plants like maize, manioc, and arrowroot at least as far back as 7,800 years ago.
- Mud tomb found near Egypt's oldest pyramid.
- Surprises from the Sun's South Pole.
- NASA scientists push small, cheap robotic craft to conduct astronomy from the moon.
- A bionic eye that could help restore the sight of millions of blind people could be available to patients within two years.
- Lab-grown replacement teeth fill the gap.
- Rabbits grow bionic knees.
- It's too bad they're not talking about chocolate: Researchers find that cocoa improves blood flow to the brain. Some evidence suggests cocoa may also be able to prevent and treat high blood pressure and dementia.
- Are you warm-hearted and trusting, or neurotic and impulsive? Swedish researchers have discovered that patterns in your iris reveal the answer.
- Don't believe your eyes: The movie eqivalent of photoshopping has come of age.
- Some 'livestock mutilation' researchers say the evidence they've seen suggests a covert effort to track diseases in livestock. I suspect they're covertly checking radiation levels.
- Saving indigenous languages from extinction is the only way to preserve centuries of traditional knowledge about plants and animals yet to be discovered by Western scientists.
- Enviro-cateclysm of the week: Scientists warn it may be too late to save the ice caps.
- Ocean 'dead zones' spell disaster as wind patterns change.
- Scientists call for halt of deep sea plunder. More.
- As greenhouse gases hit a new high, the American Association for the Advancement of Science declares, "The evidence is clear: global climate change caused by human activities is occurring now and is a growing threat to society."
- Australia becomes first nation to ban traditional light bulbs.
- UK court rules in favor of Greenpeace regarding UK's nuclear power plans. Commentary: This is British Democracy.
- The good intentions of 'ocean engineers' have gone disasterously awry.
- Google co-founder Larry Page has a theory on artificial intelligence: Your DNA is about 600 megabytes compressed, making it smaller than any modern operating system like Linux or Windows, and the programming language of humans would include the workings of your brain. No word yet on whether Larry plans to change his last name to Phronkinsteen.
- Gerald Edelman's Second Nature: Brain Science and Human Knowledge (Amazon US & UK) explores the great conundrum facing neuroscientists: What is consciousness?
- Last month, for a mere $82, computer scientist and electronic voting critic, Andrew Appel, managed to purchase five $5,000 Sequoia electronic voting machines over the internet from a government auction site. And now, he's taking them apart.
- Survival, Ethics and Democracy: From Neolithic to Neocon.
- In their new book Why Do People Get Ill?: Exploring the Mind-body Connection (Amazon UK), authors Darian Leader and David Corfield explain why we need a radical overhaul of the way doctors work.
- Update: Maybe We Deserve to Be Ripped Off By Bush's Billionaires.
Quote of the Day:
Probability factor of one to one. We have normality. I repeat, we have normality.
Anything you still can't cope with is therefore your own problem.
Trillion, in The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy
p.s. Still can't cope? No worries - the free market has provided a sure fix.
Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.
Fate Radio: This week's guest is Greg Bishop discussing his book Project Beta. Topics up for discussion include UFOs, the field of ufology, and deliberate disinformation campaigns by government and intelligence agencies that are used to throw UFO researchers off the track and keep them running in circles. (Real Audio or mp3).
Coast to Coast AM: Tuesday's guest is James Gardner who will discuss the meaning of the intelligent universe, the process of cosmic evolution, and the impact of the discovery of ETs on religion. On Wednesday, Paul Stonehill will share stories of UFO sightings, mind control, and weather modification in the former Soviet Union, including details of the 1908 Tunguska incident. Thursday sees behavioral neuroscientist Todd Murphy talking about the brain's involvement with spiritual and paranormal experiences..
More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website.
Just got home from seeing Damien Rice perform, so the news is a wee bit late.
- The pig was always late in Chinese mythology. Happy Lunar New Year!
- The Vietnamese welcomed the Year of the Fire Pig a day earlier than the rest of Asia, all because of the moon's orbit.
- A renowned German Indologist claims he has decoded the mysterious Indus Valley scripts. He's renowned for being an Indologist, not a German.
- A Japanese excavation has uncovered four incredibly intact sarcophagi in the Saqqara necropolis.
- Recent discoveries in the Saqqara area shed more light on the history of this Ancient Egyptian necropolis.
- Here's what Dutch archaeologists have been digging up in Saqqara.
- If you were thinking Zahi Hawass was oddly absent in the previous articles, that's because he's been forced to take three weeks off. Quick, investigate the Pyramid shafts while he's away!
- A new archaeological site dating back to the Harappan period has been discovered.
- A well-preserved coin from 32 BC has Cleopatra on one side and Mark Antony on the other. Which one is heads and which is tails?
- The hairless Mexican Xoloitzcuintle dogs were once used as bed warmers by the Aztecs. Waking up to one of those is the reason I stopped drinking at pubs.
- A new study suggests barley may have undergone domestication twice, with important implications for the beginning of agriculture. My ex-girlfriend tried to domesticate me three times.
- Archaeologists are returning to the Savannah River to investigate the Clovis culture and 50'000-year-old artifacts.
- Native Americans share gene signature with the indigenous people of eastern Russia. It makes sense, it's where shamanism (and the word) originated. I wonder if they've compared Japan's Ainu people?
- Lasers beamed from space have detected big sloshing lakes of water underneath the Antarctic ice. Let's hope it's not meltwater.
- All EU nations must back proposals to cut harmful emissions by 30% by 2020 or risk jeopardising the global effort to curb climate change, calls UK's environment minister.
- An orbiting spacecraft has sent back new evidence for the presence of water on Mars.
- Experts suggest a 150 million pound space mission should be launched to deflect an asteroid coming our way in 2036. Twelve is the magic number -- 2012, 2024, 2036. Ok, I made that up.
- "Recent developments in cosmology have irreversibly changed our understanding of the structure and fate of our universe and of our own place in it," says Stanford physics Professor Andrei Linde.
- Officials deny that tightened security measures at Prague airport were provoked by a psychic's predictions.
- John Wenz doesn't know if he believes in psychic abilities, but neither does he disbelieve.
- Is this photo of a Russian bigfoot legitimate or a hoax? A few shots of vodka and you'll see it too.
- Alfred Webre, a principle investigator of civilian studies of extraterrestrial communication undertaken by the White House, Pentagon and Stanford Research Institute under President Carter, says there is no doubt about the authenticity of alien visitors.
- Virtual reality is being used to treat soldiers returning from Iraq with post-traumatic stress disorder. They make them watch Fox and CNN.
- Here's audio streams and a transcript of veteran journalist Bill Moyers' speech at the National Conference on Media Reform in Memphis. Listen to or read it, it's very important.
- A new article challenges Cuba's claims that it found the remains of Che Guevara in Bolivia ten years ago.
Thanks Kat, and especially Damien Rice and band.
Quote of the Day:
Big Media is ravenous. It never gets enough. Always wants more. And it will stop at nothing to get it. These conglomerates are an Empire, and they are Imperial."
Apparently yesterday's instalment of Oprah concentrated on psychics and parapyschology. Interviewed on the show were psychic mediums John Edward and Allison Dubois, as well as parapsychology researcher Dr Dean Radin. You can read a rough summary of the various segments of the show at Oprah's website, as well as view the trailer for the episode. Hopefully the show turns up on YouTube or similar (give me a heads-up, please!) sometime in the future, for those that missed it.
Great to see Dean Radin get some high-level exposure to the general public, and of course to see these topics discussed in a sensible manner without the environment or editing being 'controlled' by either the skeptics or mediums themselves. Interestingly, the poll on the Oprah website suggests that an overwhelming number of viewers are convinced of the reality of 'survival' or the supernatural - sounds like Randi and the team still have a lot to do in order to win over the general population.
Tying in nicely with this news, I have posted my review of Dean Radin's Entangled Minds (Amazon US and UK) here on TDG (originally published in Sub Rosa). Definitely a book most TDGers should have on their bookshelf.
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I keep singing in my head the ever-so-prescient "Information Overload" by Living Colour. Methinks my brain may be on to something...
- SETI's Seth Shostak asks: "When did science become the enemy?"
- New Mexico spaceport leader Lonnie Sumpter dead at 58.
- Space historian sees cyborgs in our future.
- Stone tools may be among America's oldest, pushing back the date on human migration to the New World by millennia.
- Let's not honey-coat this stinging news. The buzz is that we're in the middle of a bee emergency.
- News of a 'brain intention reader' has triggered calls for a debate on neuroethics.
- Scientists create macroscopic quantum effects. More on the quantum weirdness in this story.
- Hole in ice fuels UFO speculation.
- Crowds flock to 'miraculous' sculpture of angry Jesus after some claim to fall into a trance and see sparks shooting out his eyes. An angry Jesus is not a pretty sight.
- The great California Weedrush.
- When 'greening' your environment is taken too literally. Let's hope Condi doesn't mention anything about being 'blown away' by China.
- Is there a pilot in the insect?
- Biology goes open source.
- Underground pipes channeled water on Mars millions of years ago. Call me psychic, but I see a Richard Hoagland update on the horizon...
- And to continue the planetary plumbing vibe: Reservoirs of water found beneath Antarctica.
- And to continue the Antarctica vibe: temperatures disagree with climate model predictions.
- Researchers begin work on Minority Report-like computer interface.
Quote of the Day:
If a civilization survives to a certain point they could easily become immortal...their lifetime effectively becomes the lifetime of the universe. Migrating between stars to stay alive will not be a hurdle for these "old ones"...If you don't insist on making the trip within the current human life span, there are no huge technical hurdles.
A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...
- Michael Prescott discusses the many-worlds hypothesis.
- Filip Coppens offers a new essay on his website: "The Tassili n’Ajjer: birthplace of ancient Egypt?? Pam has offered some extra links on the topic in her TDG blog.
- A new paper on the use of psychedelics in psychotherapy: "From Sacred Plants to Psychotherapy: The History and Re-Emergence of Psychedelics in Medicine" (PDF), by Ben Sessa M.D.
- Astraea Radio have a special interview with Astraea's own Steve Nixon about their anthology The Best of Astraea (Amazon US and UK).
- "UFOs and Space Travel", by Ellen Lloyd.
- Erowid.org has a review of The Road to Eleusis (Wasson, Hofmann, Ruck), reviewed by Lux.
- Gary Heseltine presents a 51 page report on UFO encounters involving British police officers (PDF). Read Nick Redfern's thoughts on the report at UFO Mystic.
- Greg Bishop asks "Ufology: What's the Point?"
- The latest eSkeptic newsletter has "What Evolution Is", an excerpt from Michael Shermer's book (Amazon US and UK).
- Thothweb's latest podcast is on alien abductions.
- Filer's Files #7 for 2007 has the weekly rundown on ufological news from around the globe.
- R. Lee writes on "Taking Things for Granted" in ufology. Right back atcha R. Lee.
Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:
Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week Whitley talks to Stanton Friedman about the 2007 UFO 'wave', Roswell, and various other UFO topics.
Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines, while on the early show Saturday Ian is joined by Bill Ryan and Kerry Cassidy, who'll talk about Project Serpo. Later on Saturday, Art Bell is joined by contactee James Gilliland, who will discuss recent UFO activity documented by eyewitnesses and physicists as well as prophecy related to Earth changes and solar cycles. Sunday's guest is Ralph Sawyer, who will discuss the importance of tactical principles and paradigm battles in our current geopolitical climate.
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.
We linked to various instalments of this series as they were posted way back, but it's worth a recap. The Astrobiology website has a six-part series titled "Complex Life Elsewhere in the Universe", in which various experts put forth their view on the possibilities of alien life. Those involved include SETI pioneer Frank Drake (author of the well-known 'Drake Equation' for estimating the likelihood of alien life); Peter Ward and Donald Brownlee, the authors of Rare Earth, which suggested we are a unique development in the history of the Universe; and last but not least astrobiologist David Grinspoon, author of Lonely Planets. It's a fascinating survey of scientific opinion on the idea of alien life, and worth reading just for Grinspoon's out-of-the-box ideas.