This is my last news briefs for 2013. Thank you for reading my mad wanderings & eclectic finds. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season. So until next year, here are a few of my favourite things...
- Why do we think science can explain everything when we live in a dappled world?
- Seeking Verity. "I look for something other when I carve them. They’re not connected to this world. They’re in another place."
- The President of Uruguay lives on a humble farm & gives away most of his income to charity. "I'm called 'the poorest president', but I don't feel poor. Poor people are those who only work to try to keep an expensive lifestyle, and always want more and more."
- High praise for Jonathan Black's new book The Sacred History: How Angels, Mystics, & Higher Intelligence Made our World (Amazon US Kindle, UK). The idealist in me can't wait to read it!
- Wishing Trees of Anatolia: Turkic myths, dreams, & the Tree of Life.
- New study shows psilocybin, the psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms, repairs brain damage from extreme trauma.
- David Lynch's dream logic: the best cherry pie & coffee in the left or right hemisphere! (Amazon US, UK).
- Rumours of Mark Twain writing novels posthumously are greatly exaggerated.
- 'Fossil' words reveal an ancestral language that existed as far as 15,000 years ago.
- Scientists poke, prod, & bring to life a Neolithic man buried 5500 years ago in a barrow near Stonehenge. Crikey, he looks like me! Sans blue eyes & a few pounds...
- Egyptian officials investigate rumours of secret shenanigans in the Great Pyramid.
- Archaeoacoustics confirms the temple of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza was purposefully designed to mimic the quetzal bird's chirp.
- Music can reveal hidden clues encoded in humanity's ancient history & evolution.
- Once upon a time in China, cats began domesticating humans.
- Humans are not smarter than animals -- we just don't understand them.
- North America's great snowy owl migration continues to confuzzle & amaze.
- Crows hold the key to understanding
catsextraterrestrials. With our crack ambassadorial team of crows, orangutans, cats, aardvaarks, & dolphins, we should be able to avoid intergalactic war.
- Around the Earth in 80 minutes aboard a helium balloon capsule.
Thanks to the trickster of pronoia.
Quote of the Day:
I have some discomfort both with believers and with nonbelievers when their opinions are not based on facts. I am extremely uncomfortable with dogmatic atheists, who claim there can be no God; to my knowledge, there is no strong evidence for that position.
I'm also uncomfortable with dogmatic believers; to my knowledge, they don't have any strong evidence either. If we don't know the answer, why are we under so much pressure to make up our minds, to declare our allegiance to one hypotheses or the other?
~ Carl Sagan (Amazon)