- Is marijuana not as safe to your health as advocates proclaim?
- Reality Sandwich interviews celebrity ethnopharmacologist Dennis McKenna.
- Do drunk elephants suffer visions of pink humans?
- To Infinity & Beyond! Hubble's image reveals THOUSANDS of galaxies.
- Would a world government actually work?
- My Grimerican buddies & I had a blast chatting with Dr. Christopher Ryan, about everything from psychedelic experiences, societal collapse & the folly of Transhumanism.
- Russian ghost car appears out of nowhere. Hoax, time slip or reckless phantasm?
- One of Micah Hanks' listeners shares a strange photo with a ghostly reflection.
- Urban legends, taken to the art gallery.
- Sharks are not the 'living fossils' we think they are.
- Is Epigenetics the key behind the morphological differences between Neanderthals & modern humans?
- Are these the remains of an ancient megalithic civilization in Australia?
- 10 secret societies that shaped our modern world --Nope, not those ones…
- First Texas, now Kansas: A clearer photo of the mysterious triangular craft flying over the skies of America.
- TIGHAR has not found Amelia Earhart's plane wreckage, conclude experts.
- Red Pill of the Day: Flying to California to Hawaii --on the landing gear!
Thanks to the Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss
Quote of the Day:
“Nobody can have your psychedelic experience for you; you just have to screw your courage up and raise the cup to your lips or smoke the pipe or whatever it is and face what’s in there.”
~ Dennis McKenna
Here's a fascinating panel discussion on "The Origins of Consciousness in the Technological Age " involving Graham Hancock, futurist (and Darklore contributor) Mark Pesce, Dennis McKenna and Mitch Schultz (creator of the documentary DMT: The Spirit Molecule).
Which reminds me that Graham will be touring Australia in a few weeks - if you're near one of the lecture locations, make sure you take the opportunity to get to one of his presentations:
Hancock will be presenting his radical theories and philosophy at a series of events across Australia including Melbourne, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Sydney and Perth. A formidable story teller, Hancock will deliver keynote presentations that draw on his vast body of research, weaving recurring historical themes with profound questions such as: What happens after we die? What is the nature of consciousness? How and when did human culture emerge and what lessons can be learnt from our past?
Highlights from his talks include:
- An update on his theories first proposed in the book ‘Fingerprints of the Gods’ - Hancock provides compelling new evidence that supports his research into a technologically advanced ancient civilisation that was destroyed in a catastrophic event during the end of the last ice age. This will include findings from his own fieldwork into the recent astonishing archaeological discoveries at Gobekli Tepe in Turkey and Ganung Padang in Indonesia, which has forced scientists reconsider
the age of human culture.
- The War on Consciousness: An extended version of Hancocks controversial TED talk that was banned, then reinstated after an immense public backlash. Hancock sees the “war on drugs” as more like a war on consciousness and an affront to adult liberty. He reveals a personal account of the transformative power of shamanism, ayahuasca and altered states – a story which Russell Brand went on to publish when he was guest editor of the New Statesman magazine last year.
- Past research into biblical mysteries and also more recent research into the Spanish conquest of the Aztecs in Mexico, including the intriguing hidden story behind the tragic confrontation between Moctezuma and Cortés.
Always captivating, continually surprising and forever pushing the boundaries, Hancock entertains, educates and inspires. His presentations take the audience on a dazzling journey through time, delivering a profound message that invites us to challenge conventional paradigms, whilst offering rigorous evidence of much
more profound mysteries.
More information and tickets are available at the website (or click the image below).
The following excerpt is from Stop Worrying! There Probably is an Afterlife, which looks into the evidence for the survival of consciousness beyond death. The book is available right now as an eBook download and in paperback format.
NDEs and Communication Through Mediums
After days of struggle against the disease that had struck him down, Dr. Horace Ackley could take no more. All of a sudden, he felt himself gradually rising from his body, with the distinct feeling that he had been divided, though the parts retained a tenuous connection of some sort. As the organs within his physical body ceased functioning, the feeling of being divided came to an abrupt halt, and he found himself whole again. Except he now appeared to be in a position slightly above his lifeless physical body, looking down on it and those who had been in the room with him. Then, without warning…
…the scenes of my whole life seemed to move before me like a panorama; every act seemed as though it were drawn in life size and was really present: it was all there, down to the closing scenes. So rapidly did it pass, that I had little time for reflection. I seemed to be in a whirlpool of excitement; and then, just as suddenly as this panorama had been presented, it was withdrawn, and I was left without a thought of the past or future to contemplate my present condition.
Dr. Ackley realized that he must have died, and was gratified to learn that it seemed a rather pleasant experience. “Death is not so bad a thing after all,” he said to himself, “and I should like to see what that country is that I am going to, if I am a spirit.” His only regret, looking down on the whirl of activity in the room, was that he was unable to inform his friends that he lived on, to set their minds and hearts at ease. At this point, two ‘guardian spirits’ appeared before Dr. Ackley, greeting him by name before leading him from the room into an area where a number of ‘spirits’ whom he was familiar with had assembled.
You may well be saying to yourself “ho-hum, another stock-standard near-death experience”. You might guess that Dr. Ackley then woke up in his resuscitated body and told an NDE researcher about his experience. But if you did, you would be wrong. Dr. Horace Ackley truly did die that day, never to return to this life. The report that you read above was an account of his death, allegedly given by him through a spirit medium – one Samuel Paist of Philadelphia. And what makes it truly remarkable is that it was written down by Paist in his book A Narrative of the Experience of Horace Abraham Ackley, M.D., and published in 1861 – more than a century before the near-death experience had come to the attention of researchers and the general public. And yet Paist/Ackley tells of an OBE shortly after death, a “panoramic” life review (the exact word "panoramic" is used, just as in many other NDEs), and being greeted by spirits who subsequently guided him to an afterlife realm!
The after-death narrative of Dr. Horace Ackley is not an isolated instance. More than a decade before the publication of Raymond Moody’s Life After Life – the book that started the modern fascination with near-death experiences – another scientist had already investigated and written at length on the topic. In a pair of relatively obscure books – The Supreme Adventure (1961) and Intimations of Immortality (1965) – Dr. Robert Crookall cited numerous examples
Not far up the road from the top secret military base Area 51 (aka 'Groom Lake', 'Dreamland' etc) lies Area 69 - another location with secrets, though of a different kind: it's a brothel. Said to cater to the sci-fi enthusiast, incorporating sex into an array of role-playing settings from famous sci-fi films and TV shows, the house of alien repute is now suspected by some to be targeting other clients - namely, workers from Area 51, in order to pump them (no pun intended) for secret information:
“Because of its close proximity and location, the brothel, gas station and convenience store will see a lot of truck and vehicle traffic from and to ‘the base’ – which official [sic] doesn’t exist. It is conceivable that a femme fatal or spy could work at the brothel and target men thought to work at the base in some capacity. Men get lonely and form relationships sometimes with whores at the brothel. Ply them with drinks and ask leading questions and they could reveal secrets about what they do at the facility at Groomlake…”, says Tony Gibbs of Charlotte, N.C. a private security consultant for high level corporate executives. “Why else would you set up such located out in the middle of nowhere but America’s most secret research facility”, he said.
You can find out more about Area 69 in this 2012 video report from ABC News:
Every time I look at a clock lately it's 1:11, 2:22, 4:44, 11:11…anybody else getting glitches in the Matrix?
- Did removing lead from petrol spark a decline in crime?
- Acclaimed physicist Max Tegmark killed after being hit by a truck. Oh wait, wrong universe.
- Is quantum turbulence the key to unlocking the mysteries of physics?
- 12 years ago, Jason Padgett was king-hit in a bar. It gave him the ‘superpower’ of seeing mathematical patterns in the world.
- Life too slow to see.
- Science poll shows many Americans doubt the Big Bang, global warming, and evolution.
- The lost science of Australia's indigenous people.
- Indonesian volcano emits glowing blue liquid.
- Use a thermometer? Thank alchemy.
- Will U.S. and Russian military dolphins go head to head in the Black Sea?
- Monkey maths!
- Snakes alive, it's a real-life ouroboros!
- New movie Heaven is for Real spurs conversations and controversy on near-death experiences.
- You know what's a good book about near-death experiences? This one! (C'mon, cut me some slack - I have to eat!)
- Castle museum's resident ghost photobombs family vacation photos.
- Strange signals on TV sets when saucers fly over The Washington Post.
- Does luck exist?
- Robert Bigelow appears to have grown weary of searching for alien craft, and is now building his own spaceships.
- US Air Force's secret space plane nears 500 days in orbit.
- Criminals now using drones to find and steal other criminals' cannabis crops. Welcome to the future!
- Astronauts to reveal sobering data on asteroid impacts.
- Mythical beasts and voodoo worship: photographing pagan rituals in China.
- Iron Age oddities.
Thanks David and Rick.
Quote of the Day:
Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?
The ouroboros is an ancient Greek symbol that many will be familiar with, given its idiosyncratic depiction of a snake (or sometimes a dragon) eating its own tail. The symbol of the self-eating serpent has been found in both Old World and New World cultures, with its earliest known appearance being in a funerary text found in the tomb of Tutankhamun (around 3300 years ago). It can also be found in a number of esoteric texts relating to gnosticism and alchemy. From the Wikipedia entry for ouroborus:
The Ouroboros often symbolize self-reflexivity or cyclicality, especially in the sense of something constantly re-creating itself, the eternal return, and other things such as the phoenix which operate in cycles that begin anew as soon as they end. It can also represent the idea of primordial unity related to something existing in or persisting from the beginning with such force or qualities it cannot be extinguished. While first emerging in Ancient Egypt, the Ouroboros has been important in religious and mythological symbolism, but has also been frequently used in alchemical illustrations, where it symbolizes the circular nature of the alchemist's opus. It is also often associated with Gnosticism, and Hermeticism.
A well-known anecdote regarding the ouroboros is the story related by the 19th century German chemist Kekulé, who said that his discovery of the ring shape of the benzene molecule - a major breakthrough in chemistry - was inspired by a day-dream he had of a snake seizing its own tail.
It's not all myths and symbolism though - on a number of occasions snakes have been found eating their own tail. See, for example, this video (worth turning the sound down - not only because of NSFW language, but also some painful 'commentary'). Warning to sensitive viewers/ophidiophobics: it's a snake eating itself:
This Mental Floss article on the topic quotes herpetologist Joseph C. Mitchell as saying an American rat snake was once found dead, "in a tight circle, having swallowed about two thirds of its body."
Next time the Pleiadeans land in your backyard, use this handy chart (created in 1967) to identify their craft type and previous visits.
(via Bruce Sterling)
- The resurrection of "Lucifer Rising".
- Something fishy? Manmade mermaids.
- Why Nick Pope believes aliens landed in Rendlesham Forest.
- Ancient plants 'frozen in time' by space impacts.
- Domestication: the mystery deepens.
- Is Richard Dawkins leading people to Jesus?
- Bonobo builds a fire and toasts marshmallows.
- Zoomed out: famous landscapes in context.
- The landscape-scarring, energy-sucking, wildlife-killing reality of pot farming.
- Mystery of pregnant camel who did not have a mate.
- Death’s doll: the world’s most beautiful mummy.
- It’s the end of the world as we know it... and he feels fine.
- Twin Earth may be better than Earth for life.
- 'Mushroom death suit' allows your body to break down naturally and dispel toxins.
- Mysteries and pranks: the stuff of British country life.
- Space zombies? We need to know.
- Is this new evidence that Marilyn Monroe planned to reveal that JFK saw crashed UFOS?
- Do these classified FBI files prove that Adolf Hitler escaped by sub to Argentina?
Quote of the Day:
There is something out there, beyond the rational mind, beyond the everyday commitments, beyond the cities in the valleys and the cities in our heads, which we need and have needed for much longer than we would care to admit.
A summary of all the stories and news briefs posted on The Daily Grail over the past week - check 'em out if you missed any:
- Near-Death Experience Researcher Melvin Morse Given Three Years Prison for Abusing Child
- News Briefs 14-04-2014 (Monday)
- Do Humans Have the Ability to Sense the Future? This Survey of Experiments So Far Says....Yes!
- 'Blood Moon' Rises Over Brisbane, Australia
- News Briefs 15-04-2014 (Tuesday)
- Black Ring 'UFO' Seen Over England - What Was It?
- Neurons to Nirvana: How Psychedelics Can Heal the Mind & Teach the Spirit
- This Guy Will Make Your Mind Go in Circles…
- News Briefs 17-04-2014 (Thursday)
- Amazing Images of a 13-Year-Old 'Eagle Huntress' from Mongolia
- NASA Orbiter Sees a Robot on Mars
- News Briefs 18-04-2014 (Friday)
- Life Too Slow to See - Timelapse Footage of Marine Animals
Have a good weekend!
Last month, in a post about hummingbird singing slowed down by a factor of eight, I asked whether "our human-based perception of events in time blind us to certain aspects of 'reality'". That principle isn't limited in one direction to things too fast for us to see or hear though - see the stunningly beautiful video below (fullscreen and HD that thing) showing 'slow life', made observable in our natural timeframe only by speeding up timelapse observations:
"Slow" marine animals show their secret life under high magnification. Corals and sponges are very mobile creatures, but their motion is only detectable at different time scales compared to ours and requires time lapses to be seen. These animals build coral reefs and play crucial roles in the biosphere, yet we know almost nothing about their daily lives.
...To make this little clip I took 150000 shots. Why so many? Because macro photography involves shallow depth of field. To extend it, I used focus stacking. Each frame of the video is actually a stack that consists of 3-12 shots where in-focus areas are merged. Just the intro and last scene are regular real-time footage. One frame required about 10 minutes of processing time (raw conversion + stacking). Unfortunately, the success rate was very low due to copious technical challenges and I spent almost 9 long months just to learn how to make these kinds of videos and understand how to work with these delicate creatures.
Could there be 'slow life' at the extremes, moving on the scale of millennia, all but unobservable to beings like us limited to a century of life?