News Briefs 27-06-2011

New Dead Can Dance album, Anastasis, is incredible.

  • Vandals damage Ireland's 5500-year-old Lia Fáil standing stone.
  • 64,000 years of bow & arrow use reveals cognitive development in humans.
  • Launched in 1977, Voyager 1 could be nearing the edge of our solar system.
  • Would the discovery of alien civilisations shatter organised religion?
  • The Vatican doesn't think so, even offering to baptise ET.
  • Seth Shostak makes a salient point about religion vs ET.
  • This June 29-30th, all Twitter posts with the hashtag #chasingufos will be collated & beamed towards the origin of the Wow! signal. /facepalm We're doomed.
  • UFO videos from Texas to Moscow scrutinized - ET or remote-controlled drones?
  • Drone pilots: picking your kids up from school after a day of killing people.
  • Unmanned drones face risk of being hijacked by $1000 electronic kit.
  • Sorry RPJ, you can't use a drone to spy on your sexy neighbour.
  • Tablet computers could help Kalahari people preserve knowledge & tradition.
  • Reminds me of !Xabbu, from Tad Williams' Otherland series (Amazon US, UK).
  • Talisman depicting ancient Egypt's googly-eyed dwarf god Bes discovered.
  • Dreaming Indigenous: encounters with the unknown in the American Southwest.
  • Entoptic images, Indonesian sarita textiles, & a multi-tiered cosmos.
  • A rare few can perceive millions of colours invisible to the rest of us.
  • Research shows meditation really can positively change your brain.
  • How much does your soul weigh? I'm not fat, I have a heavy soul.
  • Michael Prescott looks at the contradictions between reincarnation & mediumship.
  • Studies show therapists can implant false beliefs & memories by suggestion.
  • Dolphin & human brains are more alike than we thought.
  • When Google's neural network of 16,000 computers was let loose, it didn't hijack drones... it searched for lolcats.

Thanks to Kat, RPJ, and the Anomalist.

Quote of the Day:

I think I've discovered the secret of life - you just hang around until you get used to it.

~ Charles Schulz

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Rick, that link on "false memories" is based on the work of the extremely dodgy Elizabeth Loftus and is affiliated with RaMBLi's BFFs, the equally dodgy FMSF. The Devils are always in the details.

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Big Friendly Feminists? If only Roald Dahl did...

SecretSun wrote:

RaMBLi's BFFs, the equally dodgy FMSF.

The what and the who? o_O

Can you elaborate how Loftus is dodgy? I've googled, and couldn't find anything to be suspicious of. To be honest, I only skimmed the article! We're just messengers, here at the Grail...

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http://www.rememberingdangerously.com/

And then this: http://educate-yourself.org/mc/falsememo...

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Thanks, SecretSun. I'll save it for a rainy day - my brain's not up for deep & dark psychology this weekend!

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I rely on remote voyeuring for that, my friend.

MUAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAA!

It's not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me...
It's all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

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This is surely one of those moments when a more scientific approach is definitely not recommended.

People apparently get very shirty if you start studying your neighbours through a telescope. Much better to just dream about that attractive woman from 3B ;)

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Red Pill

So, fantasize! Fantasies might be better than the real thing anyway! I don't know.

What do you think?

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That's debatable ;)

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So, I was just speculating. But, I thought that if they can help you in Las Vegas then the should be able to help you with your sexy neighbor.

What do you think?

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I can honestly say, that my imagination is both my greatest asset, and my deepest flaw.

It's not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me...
It's all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

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If there is one word that I think of when I think about religion it is 'fluidic'.

I don't think it should come as any surprise that no outside knowledge threatens 'religion' as a whole. They are highly adaptable, and easily created.

Often it is only the theologians who worry about these sort of things. There is a truth to the idea of the ivory tower here, though I don't mean it in its derogatory way. Many theological studies only really affect the theologians. They filter out if they are part of, or complement, the public's belief, but if they do not they remain in the tower. I have read that Historical Jesus studies has been like this. Discoveries do not affect those outside theological study - unless they confirm.

Looking at aliens we might see individual traditions affected, as often happens. But not 'religion' as a worldwide phenomena.

In 100 years time the Churches will be arguing that they always supported gay rights, or civil marriage. It is their way. 100 years after alien contact we will all be taught that they expected it, predicted it, and we'll be shown scriptural interpretations showing that it was always part of the religion in the first place.

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If anything, we'd probably witness the appearance of new religions molded to accommodate the announcement. Like in Arthur C Clarke's novel Rendezvous with Rama, where he imagines an offshoot of Christianity in which Jesus is regarded as an ancient astronaut.

But we should also be aware that a significant percentage of American Evangelicals consider the UFO phenomenon as a demonic phenomenon, so a few of them would decry the hypothetical SETI discovery as the latest Satanic deception.

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Funes, who runs the observatory, which is based south of Rome and in Arizona, held out the possibility that humans might actually be the "lost sheep" of the universe.

"There could be (other beings) who remained in full friendship with their creator," he said.

Weird. That's almost exactly what Val Thor told to Dr. Stranges, according to his book...

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Rick MG

The discovery of alien life probably wouldn't destroy religion; because, people that have religious beliefs have them regardless of the facts. Personally, I would love it if something destroyed religion. Most religious leaders would probably classify the aliens as demons that were written about in their scriptures. Other religious leaders would probably try to convert the aliens in order to increase revenue base. Religions Always Need More Money!

What do you think?

cnnek

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Where part of Japan is this speaker from?

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Inannawhimsey

Do you live in Japan?

What do you think?

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I do not have that honour

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5HPR1obD...

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I've seen this guy live -- totally loved this guy in high school

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Inannawhimsey

I love looking at Mt. Fuji, which we call Fuji-san!

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cnnek

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