Mirrors are powerful objects to humans. From John Dee's scrying mirror, the metaphor of a black mirror popularized by the eponymous television show, and admonitions to cover a mirror under many circumstances, like the Jewish shiva or superstition.
Take Bloody Mary. There are many interpretations of this legend, but here's what I learned as a kid. At midnight, stand in darkened room facing a mirror and chant "Bloody Mary" three times. She'll appear in the reflection and bad things will happen. Fortunately, the worst that happened to me was scaring the shit out of my seven year old self. According to Wikipedia, Bloody Mary shows young girls if they will marry or if they will die. ((https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloody_Mar...))
Opie and Tatem's indispensable A Dictionary Of Superstitions expresses a measure of caution with looking glasses:
"In the chamber of death .. a dread is felt of some spiritual being imaging himself forth in the blank surface of the mirror .. I suspect that the true reason for shrouding the looking-glass .. is that given me in Warwickshire, that if you look into the mirror in the death-chamber, you will see the corpse looking over your shoulder." ((A Dictionary of Superstitions, pp 252))
What are we seeing if nothing paranormal is afoot?
The obvious, and unexpected, answer is "ourselves".
A recent study with the catchy name "Dissociation and hallucinations in dyads engaged through interpersonal gazing" by Giovanni Caputo, late of the University of Urbino, reveals people who stare at other people for extended periods begin to hallucinate. Chitra Ramaswamy at The Guardian notes, "90% hallucinated a deformed face, 75% saw a monster, 50% said their partner’s face morphed into their own and 15% saw a relative’s face." ((Look into my eyes: can 10 minutes of staring make you hallucinate?, The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/science/short...))
Of interest are the latter two statistics, where faces became more familiar and familial. Ancient burial practices focused on imparting immortality upon the deceased. Neolithic plastered human skulls and ancient Egypt's ushabti are physical representations of the deceased, reminding our forebears of the deceased's wisdom and, likely, manifesting as visual and/or auditory hallucinations. These artifacts are part of the archaeological underpinnings of Julian Jaynes's compellingly controversial theory of the bicameral mind. Before humans became properly conscious, our actions were guided by the voices of ancestors and gods originating from our brain's right hemisphere. ((The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, pp 138-175))
Of interest is part of Jaynes's description of consciousness in relation to memory. What people presume to recall is built from concepts, the platonic ideals of their office, the view out of the window, et al. These contribute to one's mental sense of place and position in the world. The memories enabling one to see themselves in the third person. ((Ibid., pp 27-30))
Bringing us back to Bloody Mary and Giovanni Caputo.
People staring at themselves in the mirror are looking at a different self, the unconscious visible in the conscious body. After ten minutes of eye contact humans apprehend their other half, kept in check by the rational left hemisphere. These hallucinations communicate the subconscious's instincts and reactions towards what's before it.
"Yes, you read that correctly. The CDC has dedicated time and tax dollars to preparing you for the zombie apocalypse. Of course, they don’t actually believe that a zombie apocalypse will occur. This is more of a PR stunt, but half serious at the same time. The only thing I can compare it to, is when some parents try to come off as “hip and cool” to a younger generation, but wind up making an ass of themselves in the process."
Hi all -
I think this is the best preview of Graham Hancocks new book:
I have never heard of Randall Carson - has anyone here heard of him?
To my knowledge, the FIRST suggestion that the YD impacts may have triggered a release of Glacial Lake Missoula
was made by me to the meteorite list several years back in regards to Assiniboine memories of what occurred.
Aside from that, there was not one advanced culture that was displaced or destroyed by impact, as Graham and the Theosophist cult archaeologists would have it, but many, at different times and different places.
For the modern theosophist cult archaeology industry, see
Above: The Shasta Pack.
If you can't tell by my name, I like wolves. I have been studying their biology and ecology, their survival in a human consumed world for close to 10 years now. I remember as a child I used to get offended when I saw a cartoon that stereotyped the wolf as a lecherous, long-nosed monster out to eat pigs in straw houses. So later in life, I dedicated more of my time researching them and going to lectures. I donated to organizations such as the International Wolf Center (www.wolf.org), Defenders of Wildlife, and so on. This was a long journey for both wolf and man. And then today I got the news:
It is confirmed, there is a wolf pack at Mt. Shasta.
My heart stopped and I felt the urge to run around my block banging pots and pans, as if a small town in New Jersey full of seniors would understand such a monumental occurrence. This was the first time a wolf pack was established in California since 1924. It all started in February 2011, when a two-year-old lone wolf tagged as OR-7, the seventh wolf with a GPS tracking collar in Oregon, left the Imnaha Pack in search of a mate. He began to head South toward California, but no one thought much of it. The summer went on with him glancing the border of California but never crossing. Then the fall came and in late September he crossed over into California. I'll never forget the date because it was the Monday after the Philosophical Research Society of Manly P. Hall played Miyazaki's "Princess Mononoke" as a conclusion to their art exhibition on Japan. It was almost too fitting then, that on November 11, 2011 (11/11/11) a trail camera snapped a photo of the lone wolf at the base of Mt. Shasta. All the news article get the dates wrong, but by December 21 it was official.
OR-7 aka Journey
The world seemed to stop in its tracks. Suddenly every country with or without wolves seemed to take notice. Some may argue the mystique of the Mountain is what gave OR-7 his legend, and I won't argue against that, but it still doesn't change the impact. Israel, France, Japan, China, the UK...all said the same thing: "We miss our wolves." For a brief moment in time everyone was behind this wolf. School children in California had a naming contest for the wolf, the winner was "Journey." Though I must applaud one of the honorable mentions, a boy named Ze'ev, which means wolf, who want OR-7 to have that name because in the Midrash and in ancient Hebrew texts the wolf was spoken of in a positive light. Look how far we've come...perhaps it's fitting that long before OR-7 was born his mother was nicknamed Sophia.
OR-7 left California and started a pack in Oregon. However the bottom tip of his territory borders California. Now the Rogue Pack, his family is a family of firsts. His mate is believes to be the first wolf in nearly 100 years on Mt. Hood, another volcano, and his pups (now 4 total) are the first to be born in the Cascades of Western Oregon. For the wolf that was deemed a "genetic dead-end" by biologists, that's not half bad. And all seemed like a fun dream...until August 9, 2015.
It sounds like something in an ancient epic. A hero's journey to obtain the boon. Why does this story belong on The Grail? Well some have suggested that wolves were saved by aliens. In 1984, Patricia Pereira saw a copy of "Of Wolves and Men" by Barry Holstun Lopez on a friend's coffee table. She soon after went to a lecture on wolves and felt the urge to begin an organization to try to save them, the Wolf Recovery Foundation. In 1984 it was estimated that only 100 of the animals lived in the lower United States. Scientists estimate at one time 500,000 once lived here. After leaving the Foundation in 1990 she began having conversation with a being known as Palpe form a planet that orbited the star Arcturus. This would eventually be translated down into "Songs of the Arcturians" which detailed the conversations she had with these beings. In this Palpe states that by helping wolves he was doing a sort of "pay it forward" for his people. In 1995 to 1998 roughly 49 or so wolves were released back into the wild around Yellowstone and Utah. Today there are roughly 3,000 wolves in the lower 48 states. Though protected in some areas, controlled hunting is allowed in many states under the false pretense that it keeps the elk population more stable.
Others believe that wolves themselves are aliens and they site some Native American legends as proof. One of my favorites is of the Pawnee, which means "wolf." In their origin story, the star Sirius is mad at the other gods for not letting him participate in the creation of Earth and all its inhabitants so he sends his servant, Grey Wolf, down to observe the latest creation (in many origin stories, Earth is the last planet to be created). Wolf populates the world with wolves and eventually comes upon He Who Walks With Storms who carries a whirlwind bag. In the bag are the First People, of whom he releases to hunt and eat and then places them bag in the bag. Wolf takes the bag thinking there is food inside and when the people come out and see Wolf but not Storms they kill the wolf, thus bringing death into the world. When Storms see what has happened he is angry at the people and orders they make a sack out of the wolf's hide and place within it all the tools used to kill him. They will now carry that bag with them forever and be known as the Wolf Tribe.
In a Crow legend, wolf was the servant of the Sun, and was referred to as "The Swift" possibly linking him to the planet Mercury. In another Native American tale the Milky Way is called the Wolf Trail and made by wolves who "returned home" to Sirius. In a Grimm fairy tale, wolves were the hounds of god sent to manage the Devil in Eden long before humans were made. After humans were kicked out, wolves guarded Eve from Adam's advances and are sometimes associated with the sacred feminine. The White Wolf would guide initiates of the Mystery Schools in Egypt and protect the Roma from vampires. Wolf tribes often associated themselves with the water lily (lotus) and the mineral jade.
There are countless stories of the wolf being a "good guy" from the past but rarely do you hear them when growing up. It's always three little pigs and red riding hood. It's nice to see that as a society, many of us have advanced so much that we no longer fear the wolf enough to let them repopulate the state of California. When I read this story on August 9, 2015, I fell off my chair and a tear gathered in my eye. Here was proof that you should never doubt the wolf and that all those donations meant something. But more than that, it showed me that the world has changed and humanity with it. Would Sirius be proud? Are the Arcturians pleased? Are the Ascended Masters of Telos making phone calls? I don't know, but 10 years ago I dreamed I was a wolf and it's all uphill from there...
Many of my other sources are no longer available because I no longer have a J-Stor account, but I urge anyone who does to look up "The Legend of White Wolf" by Krausse.
There in the 2002 Tom Cruise film Minority Report in such a scenario: spiders invade captain John Anderton bathroom, which is a major highlight of the movie. Now, a team of researchers in many countries by an international research team has developed a hover and capable of working on the water insect robots.
Professor of mechanical engineering at Seoul National University Kyujin Cho said: "I'm just on the water strider how you can jump in the water was fascinated, I am glad to see we were able to get inspiration from nature, the reconstruction of the most fascinating natural movement."
Prototype robot weighs just 68 milligrams, the body length of 2 cm.
Seoul National University and Harvard University researchers have studied how water striders to jump in the water, hoping to be able to develop a robot traveling on the water. They noted that the water strider's legs will gradually accelerate, so that water does not quickly subside and is separate legs.
Researchers concluded that water striders theoretically maximum power emitted legs always less than the maximum force of surface tension of the water meter can withstand. Gradually strengthen the case that they use in their own design robots torque reversal ejector mechanism produces a small initial torque, and then no more than the surface tension of the water meter.
From the high-speed video camera captured insects, the water strider will be paddling leg inward so as to maximize the time they fight the water's surface tension, which will maximize the entire kinetic energy. They can also use the same principle to achieve liftoff jump.
As long as the surface is not broken, it can withstand 16 times the weight of the insect robots. Insect robot leaps in the water with them at the height of the hard ground almost leaping heights.
In addition to Cho, a member of the international research team also includes: a biology professor at Seoul National University Pootr Jablonski and Sangim Lee, professor of fluid dynamics Ho-Young Kim and biomimetic robotics professor at Harvard University.
French scientists say they have developed a small robot can repair itself after damage, which toward the machine to mimic human and animal adaptability of a step, it can be working under harsh conditions. This achievement could one day enable humans developed a disaster relief robots that will make it possible to eliminate the risk of failure.
Jean-Baptiste Mouret Paris VI University, said the idea is to make robots capable of operating at the Fukushima nuclear accident like that kind of harsh environments. If we sent a robot, they must be able to perform the task, even if it still damaged, but not screeching stop in the middle of the reactor. The study was inspired by nature, ability to learn, for example, a dog paw after the injury, it will change the walking posture to avoid applying pressure to the wound. This adaptation skills from experience - to know how to move the body and find alternatives.
Murray's team sought to mimic this ability through a computer program to guide a 50 cm high six-legged walking robot. The core of this program is to develop a knowledge base about how walking robot, and giving each movement a "value" to reflect that they will be of little use in a crisis. These "values" like the same intuition. On the injured dog is concerned, it knows that in order to walk again, it must learn to adjust the load-bearing manner. Sniffing or wag their tails like action was abandoned at this time, because no effect. Then the "value" is used to guide a learning algorithm called "smart trial and error" by test Check whether the compensation behavior could continue to help the robot to perform tasks even in the case of damage.
Using this algorithm, the prototype robot found a way in the case of both legs broken just over two minutes to continue to move up. If an action does not work, robots are smart enough to exclude the whole type of behavior, instead try a new type.
The paranormal documentary show "Paranormal Witness" is starting up again on the SyFy channel this Wednesday Aug. 26. This is in my opinion the best of such shows to appear on TV thus far. They get the best hauntings and the best witness interviews, and the production values are high, or at least they have been in past years. Don't know if the recent budget problems plaguing network TV will affect this show too. Below is probably the best show they ever produced - "The Rain Man."
I’ve long been interested in perplexing mysteries: the pyramids of Egypt, UFOs, Atlantis. If it was mysterious I was all over it. And if no one knew the answer—as they inevitably did not—then the mystery intrigued me all the more. Because that meant my answers were likely to be as right as anyone else’s. The best mysteries are kind of democratic like that. So, naturally, stories of King Arthur, Merlin, and the Knights of the Round Table was exactly my kind of thing. My real attraction to Arthurian legend, though, was not so much Arthur or even the wondrous Camelot. Rather, it was the great mystery pursued by the king and his knights: the riddle of the Holy Grail.
Over the years I had done a lot of reading on the subject. As one might guess there are all kinds of theories and fantastic speculations about the Grail and its origins. In at least one of those traditions the Grail is not a cup at all but rather a stone, and this stone is associated with Lucifer. That particular tradition maintains that the stone was a gem dislodged from Lucifer’s crown upon his Fall from heaven. Lucifer, contrary to later Christian tradition, is associated with wisdom, the attainment of knowledge, and enlightenment. This is reflected in the Genesis story of the Garden of Eden. For this reason a number of secret societies, who down the ages also sought enlightenment, honored Lucifer as their patron. In Latin the name Lucifer translates as Bearer or Bringer of Light.
But I stray from my point.
It was about five years ago that I happened across a Grail story I had not encountered before. It was about sir Galahad. In this tale Galahad finds himself on a remote island. The island was called Sarras. On that island was a city which was also called Sarras. It was here in the city of Sarras that Galahad, after years of questing, had at long last laid hold of the object for which he had searched. He takes up the cup, gazes into it, and is instantly spirited up to heaven. He dies on Sarras having successfully completed his arduous quest. But it’s funny how quirky little things can sometimes lead us to great answers. In this case it was a grammatical quirk in the story. I noticed the word “Sarras” was a palindrome, and although I found that interesting it was a few days yet before an idea would occur to me. I wrote down the word on a piece of paper. I took a pair of scissors and cut the word in half right between the two Rs. I then took a hand mirror and placed one half of the word against the mirror. Because Sarras is a palindrome what the mirror revealed was the other half of the word, thus completing the word entire—SARRAS. This experiment led to an insight.
Upon reading the Galahad story the reader is left to ask a question. The question is: What did Galahad see when he peered into the Grail? The insight I gained from the mirror revealed what he had witnessed in the cup was his own reflection staring back at him. Galahad discovered in that moment that he is divine and immortal. Thus, he realized Christ's words in the Gospel of John: “Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?” This, of course, is a reference to a similar passage in Psalms.
Many of the Grail stories we’re familiar with today were significantly shaped—though not originally derived—starting around the 13th century and were heavily influenced by Gnostic traditions, traditions which held that all people bear within them the spark of divinity. But it is up to the people, these same traditions tell us, to realize this truth for themselves. The idea of the Holy Grail, I learned, serves as a tool to lead those who quest after it to that realization. But what the quester also discovers is that a literal cup is unnecessary and never existed in history. The Grail is a concept to be grasped, rather than an object to be obtained. It's the stories that are important, for it is through the stories that the mystery has been preserved and passed down to posterity.
I believe there is yet another pivotal concept underlying the Grail myths, an idea clamoring for its day in the sun. It was for the heretical nature of this idea that the Albigensians, the Gnostic-steeped Cathars of Southern France, were in the early 13th century put to the sword by the prevailing religious authorities. That time is not yet arrived. But if the suggestive smoke signals on the Mythicist horizon is any indication of things to come, its day under a glorious sun is fast approaching.
In 2006 The Society for The Mass Dissemination of The Concept of Infinity, also known as The Infinity Society ( NGO ), conducted a limited experiment on random members of the general public. Over 800 adult individuals walking on K Street in Washington, DC, were approached by a member of The Infinity Society who asked them if they would be willing to answer a few basic questions about Science, Technology and Society. At the end of the survey we asked for their e-mail contact details. A few months later we sent them an e-mail asking them the same questions but in a different order. We explained that we had lost our data due to a computer glitch and needed their answers again. The actual purpose of these questions was not directly disclosed. The survey questions, and results are presented here. The results were conclusive.
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Certainly, one of the most intriguing sets of theories I have run into in a very long time.