Symbology is always key. As Captain Jack Sparrow might phrase it, words - images - stories are like a drawwring of that key. Many of us would probably agree with The History Channel's take on the symbology of Star Wars, which aired last night. On YouTube, Rob Ager's done a nice job of explaining the slightly less accessible symbology of the Illuminati/New World Order in Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, but due to the graphic violence and nudity, you'll have to search for it yourselves. But sometimes, the symbology we so clearly see in a story isn't what the author had in mind at all. Take The Wizard of Oz, for instance. For Baum, his story was quite a differently-colored horse (pdf) than the one most people think they know.
- Scientists divided over alliance with religion. Sounds to me like they're all speaking in tongues.
- 2,500-year-old wooden cauldren discovered in bog.
- Canadian-led science team finds oldest evidence of life on Earth.
- Astronomers eagerly await potential birth of 'super sun'.
- Planet-hunters announce the discovery of 28 new planets outside our solar system.
- Spitzer spies a thousand previously unknown dwarf galaxies.
- Screaming CMEs warn of radiation storms.
- Turning salt water into fuel?
- New acoustic stove can cook, refrigerate, and generate electricity.
- Plasma could turn old tyres into new.
- Would man's (new) best friend drive you barking mad?
- How the brain can hear shapes.
- Study shows humans are hard-wired to be generous. But in romantic relationships, motives matter.
- Adult brain cells rediscover their inner child.
- Thimerosal on trial: The vaccine-autism link goes to US Federal Claims Court.
- Drinking apple juice may prevent asthma.
- Man claims sleepless record, going 11 days without napping. Sometimes TDG news gathering feels like that.
- An interview with medium John Edward.
- Salem struggles to sort out psychic free-for-all.
- Should Oprah renounce her support of The Secret?
- 'Slam dunk evidence' of controlled demolition on 9/11. A poor choice of
words in this post-Tenet era?
Quote of the Day:
Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.
Leonardo da Vinci