- Ancient Temple of Bel in Syria blown up by Islamic State.
- Neanderthals may have lived in houses with hot water.
- Polish ‘Nazi gold train’ city basks in ‘Loch Ness Monster effect’.
- Hunting dogs on hallucinogens: Why do people around the world get their dogs high before hunting?
- French court validates completely invalid electromagnetic 'allergy'.
- Researchers develop a way to detect quantum motion at the macro level.
- How a Nazi rocket could have put a Briton in space.
- Alien transit systems may be a giveaway in the search for ET.
- The UN is using virtual reality to make the rich and powerful feel empathy.
- Psychologists ask: if we had credible warning of an alien invasion, how would humanity react?
- Oliver Sacks: Psychedelic drugs "taught me what the mind was capable of".
- How the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance went from PR gimmick to patriotic vow.
- Jack Kirby said The Incredible Hulk was inspired by a woman lifting a car off a little child.
- Detectives investigating missing persons cases 'should consider the advice of psychics', says UK College of Policing.
- The fortune tellers of Kabul: the danger of being a mystic or medium in a nation of religious hard-liners.
- Why the dying see their deceased relatives before they go.
- Images of the Day: Photos of the walking dead at the Ma'nene ritual of the Toraja people in Indonesia.
Quote of the Day:
You are being force fed the worst the world has to offer, in graphic detail, on a daily basis. It is not natural, healthy, or useful.
Humans and canines have a long history of working together, with the use of hunting dogs stretching back to perhaps 20,000 years ago. And in some cultures, it seems ancient shamanic practices related to hunting success have extended to their four-legged partners: according to a new paper in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, at least 43 difference species of psychedelic plants have been used in cultures around the world to allegedly improve the performance of hunting dogs.
The researchers focused on the Ecuadorian Shuar and Quichua people - who use at least 22 species "for ethnoveterinary purposes" - trying to determine the possible pharmacological basis for the use of these plants with hunting dogs:
The use of psychoactive substances to improve a dog׳s hunting ability seems counterintuitive, yet its prevalence suggests that it is both adaptive and that it has an underlying pharmacological explanation. We hypothesize that hallucinogenic plants alter perception in hunting dogs by diminishing extraneous signals and by enhancing sensory perception (most likely olfaction) that is directly involved in the detection and capture of game. If this is true, plant substances also might enhance the ability of dogs to detect explosives, drugs, human remains, or other targets for which they are valued.
For more on the topic of animals and psychedelics, see the links below.
Happy 17th birthday to us! If only I had of known how many posts I'd be making in the next 6200 days....
- Quantum spookiness passes toughest test yet.
- Do weird quantum effects hold the key to solving biological mysteries?
- The lessons of out-of-body experiences.
- The science of the voices in our head.
- Dreaming while awake: Why do humans have visions of supernatural beings?
- NASA astronauts begin year-long isolation to simulate life on Mars.
- After a successful Pluto rendezvous, NASA's New Horizons has a new mission.
- Scientists are hopeless at communicating.
- Does atheism have to be anti-religious?
- Acclaimed neurologist Oliver Sacks has passed away aged 82.
- Also moving on from this mortal coil, the great horror director Wes Craven (Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, The Serpent and the Rainbow).
- An interview with long-time paranormal researcher Dr. Erlendur Haraldsson.
- TV medium Colin Fry dies, aged 53.
- Convicted psychics reveal all: "It's a scam!"
- Polar radar image 'almost certainly Nazi train'.
- From Loch Ness to Bigfoot, 10 mythical monsters worth traveling for.
- The case of the MH370 wing segment keeps getting weirder. Nothing to see here, please disperse...
Quote of the Day:
I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.
The Daily Grail would not be able to continue without support from advertisers on the site, and the oh-so-cool readers who send voluntary subscriptions or purchase some of the books from Daily Grail Publishing. So here's a quick shout-out to New Dawn Magazine, who have been a supporter of this site for some time (see the banner at the top right of the page) and provide some cool reading material to boot - the latest being New Dawn Special Issue Vol. 9, No. 3, titled "Mystery of Consciousness and the Mind Matrix". Check out the full listing of articles from the latest issue below.
If you're in Australia or New Zealand you can grab a copy of New Dawn Special Issue Vol. 9 No. 3 from your local newsagency, or you can grab the digital edition regardless of your location for only US$5.95 direct from the New Dawn website:
New Dawn Special Issue Vol 9 No 3
Mystery of Consciousness and the Mind Matrix
- "Return Trip: The New Psychedelic Science", by Erik Davis
- "The War on Drugs & the Control of Consciousness", by Graham Hancock
- "Chavín de Huántar: Labyrinth of the Mind. Drugs, Rituals & Altered States of Consciousness in Ancient Peru", by Alistair Coombs
- "Entheogens, Initiation & the Modern World: There are No Shortcuts to Spiritual ‘Enlightenment’", by Robert Black
- "Alex Grey & the Mind Parasites", by Jonathan Zap
- "A Neurosurgeon’s Journey to Worlds Beyond: An Interview with Dr. Eben Alexander", by Richard Smoley
- "Where Does Consciousness Reside? Eben Alexander & the Brain-Mind Problem", by Richard Smoley
- "Science of the Whole: Integrating Matter & Spirit", by Chris Thomson
- "The Divine Art of Self-Correction: A Path of Unfolding Our Innate Divinity", by Danielle Graham
- "A Practical Guide to Power of the Mind", by D.J. Carville
- "Primal Vision & ‘Active Seeing’: Why We Don’t Perceive What’s Right in Front of Our Eyes?", by Colin Wilson
- "Doublethink & the Mental Construction of Reality", by Nick Meador
- "The Unlimited Mind of Doctor John C. Lilly", by Marshall Hammond
- "Earth Coincidence Control Office (E.C.C.O.)", by Dr. John C. Lilly
A summary of all the stories and news briefs posted on The Daily Grail over the past week. Feel free to share anything interesting!
- Meet the First Human to Be Officially Recognised as a Cyborg
- News Briefs 24-08-2015 (Monday)
- Astronauts Photograph 35 Mile High 'Sky Jellyfish' That Live Above the Clouds
- News Briefs 25-08-2015 (Tuesday)
- Exploring Overlapping Themes Between NDEs and UFO/Alien Encounters
- Dreaming While Awake
- News Briefs 26-08-2015 (Wednesday)
- Glenn Campbell Reminisces with Area 51 'Cammo Dudes'
- Stranger Than We Can Imagine: Making Sense of the Twentieth Century
- News Briefs 27-08-2015 (Thursday)
- Do Weird Quantum Effects Hold the Key to Solving Biological Mysteries?
- News Briefs 28-08-2015 (Friday)
- Name Your Favorite Bibliophilic Film
Have a good weekend!
They say Video killed the Radio star --and then Youtube went out to kill Mtv-- but the same cannot be said of movies and books. Even though there may be more people who would prefer to go to the movies than their local library, both the film industry and editorial companies engage in an interesting synergistic symbiosis, with Hollywood making millions out of the cinematic versions of best-selling novels, and the publishing of spin-off book series spawned by popular movies.
But what about movies whose center subject ARE books? The ones in which these precious forms of millenarian transmission of knowledge are duly praised and revered? That's why I hereby want to invite all the Grailers out there to name their favorite Bibliophilic film; the one who manages to capture your passion for books, as well as our common fetishism for these marriages of pulp and ink --Srsly, what's a better SMELL than that of a brand-new book fresh out of the printing press?
Since I'm the one proposing this game, allow me to start with my own personal favorite film of the Bibliophilic kind: The Name of the Rose (1986) based on the homonimous novel by Umberto Eco. Not only it's one of Sean Connery's best performances --and Ron Perlman is at his finest as Salvatore, the humpbacked heretic!-- but it also shows how in the times full of superstition and ignorance of Medieval Europe, Christian monasteries became sanctuaries for many 'forbidden' books, which were forced to wait for a more enlightened age in order to acquire new readers.
I tried unsuccessfully to find on Youtube the scene in which William of Baskerville (Connery) finds the secret chamber inside the monastery with his pupil Adso (Christian Slater), and is overjoyed to be inside "one of the greatest libraries in all of Christendom." What I found instead was the scene in which Baskerville is faced with the heart-breaking decision, of trying to choose which of the precious books to save from the fire started by the old, murderous monk, Jorge de Burgos.
Have at it, fellow bookworms! ;)
“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
- Sowing interstellar seeds.
- Staring at monsters.
- Getting sucked into a black hole? ’Don’t give up. There’s a way out’.
- Is Earth the perfect one-off?
- Altering your final destination.
- Searching for remnants of extraterrestrial life.
- The future of Neil deGrasse Tyson.
- Aldrin sets his sights on Mars.
- Newly discovered Nazi train still holds mystery.
- Drumming fractals.
- 145 Million year old dinosaur tracks unveiled in Lower Saxony.
- ‘Growing’ artificial leaves.
- Pregnancy brain or ’Alien’ influence?
- Baggage Claim: The Motion Picture.
- The Star Wars canon, Disney-fied.
- This week’s evidence of the looming robot uprising… Pizza ‘bot.
Quote of the Day:
“I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.”
Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
For a long time, the weird world of quantum effects was thought to reside only at the nanoscale level. However, as nuclear physicist Jim Al-Khalili points out in the video above, a new field of research - 'quantum biology', has begun to ask the question: do quantum effects also play a role inside the living cell?
And on investigating this question, scientists are finding that the answer appears to be 'yes'. For example:
Some years ago, the world of science was shocked when a paper was published showing experimental evidence that quantum coherence takes place inside bacteria, carrying out photosynthesis. The idea is that the photon, the particle of light, the sunlight, the quantum of light captured by a chlorophyll molecule, is then delivered to what's called the reaction center, where it can be turned into chemical energy. And in getting there, it doesn't just follow one route; it follows multiple pathways at once, to optimize the most efficient way of reaching the reaction center without dissipating as waste heat. Quantum coherence taking place inside a living cell. A remarkable idea, and yet evidence is growing almost weekly, with new papers coming out, confirming that this does indeed take place.
To explore these topics in more detail, see Jim Al-Khalili's book with Johnjoe McFadden, Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology.
"I guess you guys aren't ready for that yet. But your great-great-great grandkids are gonna love it."
- $#!t's getting real --and by $#!t I mean Elon Musk's Hyperloop.
- Here's the Humvee's new replacement --because apparently designing a new battle vehicle is easier than designing a world without battles…
- How Lockheed is putting its eyes on the U-2 ver. 2.0.
- Have the Black Knight photos finally been debunked?
- Searching for commuting ETs.
- But once we find them, how will we understand them?
- Yours truly discussing aliens, NDEs and the need for a wiki-type UFOpedia in the latest episode of The Paracast.
- Are aliens 'evil'?
- Your sense of mindfulness depends of the time of day.
- #TheSexRadicals, part 6: Vladimir Solovyov and the virtue of Lust.
- Boy in India is born with 3 penises. Funny how Hindu deities never showed THAT kind of extra limbs…
- A Mayan temple in Java?
- Are these swarming birds 'Putin' us on?
- Better put those Omega 3 pills back in the counter…
- Want to know if your daughter is dating a psychopath? Try yawning in front of him.
- Red Pill of the Day: Video of 12-year old tripping and damaging $350-million painting will make you mad, but not at the poor dumb kid!
Thanks to Leonardo and Michelangelo, for making me learn their art was worth the 4 ½ hours in line.
Quote of the Day:
"Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us."
~Calvin and Hobbes, by Bill Watterson.
A breathtakingly lucid and coherent map of the tectonic shifts which drastically reshaped the human psyche, and the human world, within a hundred thrilling, terrifying years [and which] leaves us asking ourselves how we could have missed so much about the wider implications of a time we lived through. An illuminating work of massive insight, I cannot recommend this magnificent work too highly.
When Alan Moore describes a book - Stranger Than We Can Imagine: Making Sense of the Twentieth Century - in such an effusive manner, you can bet that it's going to be a fantastic read. And when the author is our good friend John Higgs, and the subject is a tour of the backwaters of history and science, you can double down on that bet. John's the writing genius behind, among others, two brilliant non-fiction books on counter-culture icons Timothy Leary (I Have America Surrounded) and The KLF (KLF: Chaos Magic Music Money), as well as a couple of wonderful 'strange fiction' books (The Brandy of the Damned and The First Church on the Moon).
If you've read John's non-fiction, you'll know how adept he is at illustrating history in a different light, by finding and connecting various esoteric moments via synchronicities and hidden history. If you haven't, see as an example his Darklore 7 article "From Operation Mindf**k to The White Room: The Strange Discordian Journey of the KLF" (PDF), or more quickly this article I wrote discussing some of the wonderfully odd material about Doctor Who covered in John's KLF book.
John's a long-time collaborator and friend - he's contributed to multiple Darklore releases - and was closely involved with the Cosmic Trigger revival last year in the UK. But even if I only knew him through his writing, this would likely be the book release of the year for me - so I can't recommend this highly enough. And I'm not the only one - apart from Alan Moore's high praise, Stranger Than We Can Imagine is already getting big ups from many quarters, from New Scientist to Robin Ince.
The book is released today in the UK (later this year in the Americas, but since when do geographical boundaries bother us anymore?), so head to Amazon UK and grab a copy, stat! For those interested, here's the blurb:
The twentieth century should make sense. It's the period of history that we know the most about, an epic geo-political narrative that runs through World War One, the great depression, World War Two, the American century and the fall of the Berlin Wall. But somehow that story doesn't quite lead into the world we find ourselves in now, this bewildering twenty-first century, adrift in a network of constant surveillance, unsustainable competition, tsunamis of trivia and extraordinary opportunity.
Time, then, for a new perspective. With John Higgs as our guide, we step off the main path and wander through some of the more curious backwaters of the twentieth century, exploring familiar and unfamiliar territory alike, finding fresh insight on our journey to the present day. We travel in the company of some of the most radical artists, scientists, geniuses and crazies of their age. They show us that great innovations such as relativity, cubism, quantum mechanics, postmodernism and chaos maths are not the incomprehensible, abstract horrors that we assume them to be, but signposts that bring us to the world we live in now.
John Higgs brings us an alternative history of the strangest of centuries. He shows us how the elegant, clockwork universe of the Victorians became increasingly woozy and uncertain; and how we discovered that our world is not just stranger than we imagine but, in the words of Sir Arthur Eddington, 'stranger than we can imagine'.
For those wanting to learn more about the book, check out John's recent appearance on the Little Atoms radio show. And to put a face to the name - and learn a little bit along the way - see John's talk about Robert Anton Wilson embedded below.