- Study of DNA from ancient farmers in Europe shows sharp differences from that of modern Europeans, adding fuel to the debate over European origins.
- Archaeologists digging at the purported biblical home of Goliath find pottery shard bearing an inscription of the Philistine's name.
- Scientists reveal prehistoric terror - Godzilla.
- Rosslyn, Templars, Gypsies and the Battle of Bannockburn.
- Floating Cities, Phantom Armies and Ghost Ships.
- Recent spate of natural disasters are part of the changes that Mayans predicted thousands of years ago.
- The Ancient Bimini Harbor: Uncovering the Great Bimini Hoax - introduction and links to the pdf format article by Dr. Greg Little.
- Two reviews in one: DVD of The Ancient Bimini Harbor: Uncovering the Great Bimini Hoax (Amazon US), and scroll down for, The Templars and the Ark of the Covenant: The Discovery of the Treasure of Solomon by Graham Phillips. Amazon US & UK.
- New study shows meditation increases grey matter in areas of the brain that are important for sensory, cognitive and emotional processing.
- When the Earth moves, beware of snakes, whales and archangels.
- Spitzer reveals 'Mountains of Creation', ablaze with the fires of stellar youth.
- Unmanned Russian spacecraft boosts orbit of ISS.
- Astronauts float gravity plan to deflect earth-threatening asteroids.
- Messengers from the Extreme Universe: unraveling the mysteries of Cosmic Rays.
- Was the Valles Marineris, a rift system on Mars that is ten times longer, seven times wider and seven times deeper than the Grand Canyon, gouged by a moon that fell from orbit?
- Like a hologram, the Universe merely appears to have three spatial dimensions, says UC Berkeley physics professor Raphael Bousso.
- Eight-year-old physics genius enters university.
- DARPA gives consortium $53m to double the efficiency of solar cells.
- US Army admits it secretly dumped into the ocean 64 million pounds of nerve and mustard agents, along with 400,000 chemical-filled bombs, land mines and rockets and more than 500 tons of radioactive waste. This story gets worse from there.
- Your bioweapon is in the mail. MAD CEOs say, "What? Me Worry?"
- Sony's hidden software - installed on your computer if you've ever played their copy-protected music CDs - is being used by hackers to hide trojans that tear down your firewall. Stinx-E trojan virus mass-mailed to British email addresses.
- Too early to say whether it'll be a tempest-in-a-teapot or a firestorm, but Wal-Mart is now facing a boycott for 'banning Christmas'. Adding insult to injury, a Wal-Mart email says 'christmas' is rooted in Siberian shamanism, and that the traditional 'christmas' colors of red and white are a representation of the amanita muscaria mushroom.
- Four Scenarios of what may happen in the field of genomics between now and 2015. (pdf)
- Fundamentalism vs An Eternal Perfume.
- Alchemy and Transmutation: Changing and Creating Things and People.
- An advocate of 'cognitive liberty' reviews Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future. Amazon US & UK.
- Did you know that electricity is NOT a form of energy? Or that the electrical energy that powers such things as light bulbs doesn't flow inside metal wires? So, what is electricity? (Okay Bill, I no longer need you to answer that question I asked you four years ago.)
- Britain's proposed Childcare Bill would mandate a national curriculum to be taught to children - from birth.
- New research finds that early child care increases cognitive skills at the expense of social skills, making kids more demanding, aggressive, and non-compliant, and less cooperative, sharing, and motivated - and the younger the child, and the more hours spent in child care, the worse the effect.
- Aid lacking as Africa experiences its most widespread hunger in decades.
- Discrimination, social injustice at heart of violence in France.
- "We can't live like this": Amazon region suffering worst drought in 40 years. Water levels on the Amazon and other rivers have dropped by as much as 33 feet.
- Is there any place in the U.S. you can go that is safe from natural disasters? Where the heck is this paradisaic Blanding they mention?
- Security guard fired for seeing ghosts. Yo, Rich - or somebody - please call this guy for a phone interview. I want to know the rest of this story.
- Ben Stiller may star in new Ghostbusters movie - set in a supernatural NYC. Gee, I wonder what this site's enormous 806 byte cookie does.
- Woman arrested for putting rare parrot in her bra. For Shadows ;-)
- Mark Morford says it's our ethos: the voracious accumulation of crap we don't really need. I only know one person who threw it all out, and unfortunately, the end-result was a dire constipation of smugness.
- MIT tackles tough fringe question: Do tinfoil helmets really work? Move along, nothing to see here.
- In China, the hunt is on - for lake monsters, bigfoot, 'Xiao Yeren', and UFOs.
- Truly huge jellyfish torment Japanese fishermen. With photo.
Thanks to Isis and Greg.
Quote of the Day:
When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.
The November issue of Fate Magazine has been released, details of the contents are available at the Fate website's current issue page (previous issues can be found on the archive page). Free content offered in this issue includes "Dr James McDonald's Fight for UFO Science" by Ann Druffel, "As Time Goes By: Time Distortions and the UFO Experience by Tim Swartz, and Alien Artifacts in the Solar System?, by Curt Sutherly. For the full list of content, head to the Fate website.
Just a few articles for your reading (and listening) pleasure over the weekend...
- The Psychedelic Salon has two new podcasts to check out: Ann Shulgin's talk at Mindstates 2002, "Psychedelic Psychotherapy and the Shadow", and also a 1998 discussion between Terence McKenna and Ralph Abraham, "The World Wide Web and the Millennium".
- The International Survivalist Society has "Science and Superstition", and also "The Society for Psychical Research - Human Personality", both by Sir William Barrett.
- Filer's Files #46 for 2005 has the latest UFO news from around the globe.
- Doug Kern asks if the Internet has disproved Ufology, at TechCentralStation.
- Tim Boucher wonders whether you're a metrospiritual.
Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:
Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week's guest is Alan Botkin, on his newly discovered therapy for grief and loss which acts as a method of after-death communication. Afterwards, Linda Howe reports on a previously little-known UFO crash and burial in Utah.
Coast to Coast AM: Friday will be open lines, on Saturday Michael Horn will give an update on the fulfillment of Billy Meier’s 1981 prophecies about Islamic unrest in France, while Sunday is a rebroadcast of a 1994 Art Bell interview with Preston Nichols about the Philadelphia Experiment.
More details including relevant websites are available at the linked pages above. Remember also that while Coast to Coast is subscription, it can be listened to through KOGO, while Dreamland is free. Dreamland also now offers a podcast of the most recent show.
Yeah, don’t kid yourself, you’re hooked. If you’ve been reading TDG for a month or more, you’ve been lured and captured. You’re dependent on mental sustenance and brain candy. But that’s okay, it's healthy and TDG News info-pump never stops. Relax, take a small bites, and feel the rush ………….
- Understanding how pollution effects the dynamics of Earth and the spread of disease in ancient times may help solve the problems we face today.
- Archaeologists claim find of ancient Hebrew alphabet in Israel.
- Two Dutchmen have started a project titled Green Globe in order to warn the world of the dangers of deforestation.
- The day the skulls are dressed to kill.
- Archeologists find ancient burial mounds.
- Two NASA astronauts say they have devised a plan to stop an asteroid potentially colliding with Earth. A space tractor could tow asteroids.
- The Japanese are dealing with a succession crisis. One solution is concubines.
- Israel has stopped converting people in north-east India who say they are from a biblical lost tribe following complaints from the Indian government.
- How evolution works.
- Evolutionists are wrong!
- It must be difficult to get a vial of smallpox virus, right? A would-be bioterrorist could probably order the building blocks of a deadly biological weapon online, and receive them by post within weeks.
- Common viruses may cause cancer.
- The US government has unveiled a non-lethal laser rifle designed to dazzle enemy personnel without causing them permanent harm. Why would the military want a rifle that doesn't kill people?
- Superman or Borg? Light could trigger super-fast synthetic muscles.
- Tibetan and Indian monks still master the art of levitation.
- The crew of a luxury cruise ship used a sonic weapon while being attacked by a gang of pirates off Africa this weekend.
- Spain - A daylight UFO disc is photographed over Castellon.
- Close encounters of the Third Kind or pie in the sky?
- Scientists have discovered a new way to test Einstein's theory of relativity using the 'lead' of a pencil.
- Like a hologram, the Universe merely appears to have three spatial dimensions. Isn’t that what Oscar has been saying for years?
- Science and religion are not only compatible but two sides of the same coin of truth.
- A physicist's 'cute little calculation' about the evolution of the universe in 10-dimensions may have advanced string theory.
- The Internet killed the Alien Star.
- Britain is facing a shortfall in energy supply in the near future. Bring on the nukes.
- Using ESO’s Very Large Telescope, astronomers have recorded a massive star moving at more than 2.6 million kilometers per hour. Stars are not born with such large velocities.
Quote of the Day
If anybody says he can think about quantum physics without getting giddy, that only shows he has not understood the first thing about them.
Interesting to see on the website of 'super-psychic' Allison Dubois (on whom the television series Medium is based), a disclaimer regarding her affiliation with Dr Gary Schwartz, survival-of-consciousness researcher and author of The Afterlife Experiments (US and UK):
A short list of people who have been included on shows with me that I do not endorse is Dr. Gary Schwartz. I was disappointed to find out that the four years that I spent in the lab for "science" is being used for financial gain by Dr. Schwartz even after I expressed my disapproval. I never asked for a cut of any project that Gary sold because money wasn't the issue it was trust and that was quickly broken by Gary's blatant actions. It was never the agreement when we entered the lab for science to understand our abilities better that we'd be Gary's income.
It would seem that Allison Dubois is referring to the new book from Dr Schwartz, The Truth About Medium: Extraordinary Experiments with the real Allison DuBois of NBC's Medium and other Remarkable Psychics (Amazon US and UK). In any case, no doubt it will be grist to the mill for skeptics such as James Randi, who has been gunning for Dr Schwartz and his research with psychics for quite some time (see this editorial by Dr Schwartz replying to Randi's criticism, here on TDG). Anybody have more detailed information about all this?
That stone of the south looks like it just hadn't been broken down yet. Quarry the size you require and you have the approximate amount of material you require.
- Italian villagers are hoping for a mirror to bring light into their lives.
- Ancient Penguin DNA reveals microevolution on ice.
- Europe set for mission to Venus.
- On the brink of hearing the universe?
- Is science driven by inspired guesswork?
- Electric wind in the laboratory.
- Why we don't glide instead of walk or run.
- Mummies of Egyptian Pharoahs mysteriously disappear from pyramids.
- Buddha meets Freud.
- Zundel trial begins in Germany.
- Earthly origin for Richat structure?
- On proving ancient megalith construction.
- Dalai Lama and Neuroscientists build bridges.
- Women lie back and think of space travel.
Thanks to Pam and Holger
Quote of the Day:
Everybody loves to talk about calmness and peace, whether in a family, national, or international context, but without inner peace how can we make real peace? World peace through hatred and force is impossible.
The Dalai Lama
A new book, or perhaps more correctly 'book-in-process', which readers may want to check out is Psychedelic Information Theory: Shamanism in the Age of Reason, by James Kent (former publisher of Trip Magazine). Kent is currently in the middle of editing and refining the text, and has made a lot of the text available online for people to read over and give feedback on:
Psychedelic Information Theory spans the chasm between science and mysticsm and fully deconstructs the magic of the psychedelic experience in a way that promises to satisfy both skeptics and true believers alike...In addition to the most complete neurologic deconstruction of various psychedelic mind states ever compiled, Kent also provides an exhaustive analysis of the way information is generated within the psychedelic state, and how that information transcends the personal mind and influences human culture at large. Finally, Psychedelic Information Theory examines the scientific basis of traditional shamanic powers and techniques, and frames a new model for shamanic practice and clinical therapy in the modern world.
Sure to cause a storm in some circles with it's dismissal of such things as "the DMT elves" and other widely-held beliefs - take a look at it and offer some feedback yourself.
A varied list of readings to get you through the week...
- The latest Near-Death Newsletter has been released (November 1, 2005). Alternately, you can download the PDF version.
- Ian Lawton talks and writes about Psychedelic Experiences in a Rational Spiritual Context.
- Tim Boucher discusses "Cargo Cults, Religion & Ultraterrestrials".
- Philip Coppens tells you the truth about Egypt's star religion.
- Skeptic Randi's latest weekly newsletter saves you from superstition and quackery.
- Binnall of America has part two of an (audio) interview with Peter Robbins, author of Left at Eastgate (on the topic of the Rendlesham UFO incident), in mp3/podcast/streaming audio formats. Part one can be found here.
- Colin Bennett studies Lee Harvey Oswald in New Orleans for Phenomena.
- The Société Périllos has the lowdown on some strange stones.
- Paul Kimball writes a response to 'Iron Skeptic' Aaron Sakulich. Really this guy gets far too much coverage considering his obvious lack of knowledge on the subjects he writes about. Perhaps it's time that the 'Iron Skeptic' gets the response he deserves...ignore him.
The latest issue of the online magazine UFO Review is now available from the UFO Review website, in either PDF or Word Doc format. In this issue you'll find two fascinating interviews, with the face of cryptozoology Loren Coleman, and also Linda Moulton Howe. Much more besides, so head to the UFO Review website to download your free copy.