News Briefs 16-01-2017

Face-eatingly good news briefs today...

Thanks Cat.

Quote of the Day:

There's an old Italian proverb, 'When four people sit down to conspire three of them are fools and the fourth is a government agent'. I believe with modern surveillance techniques that's more true than ever, and any overt action against the power structure is doomed to failure because of the techniques of control that have been developed. But the anarchistic impulses of art cannot be governed.

Robert Anton Wilson

Learn More About Psi Research in This Free Online Course


Anyone who has an interest in the scientific and academic side of parapsychology, psychical research, anomalistic psychology and/or consciousness will likely be interested in a new free MOOC ('Massive Open Online Course') offered by the Parapsychology Foundation, starting today (sorry for the late notice!). Students will be treated to lectures from some of the 'stars' of psi research, including Daryl Bem, Ed Kelly, and Julia Mossbridge, among others.

No prerequisites or qualifications are required for the course, just an interest and enthusiasm for the topic. A certificate of completion will be issued by the Parapsychology Foundation to those who have attended or viewed 10 presentations across the duration of the course.

If you're interested in the scientific study of psychic phenomena and want to hear some of the best and brightest international researchers in the field talk about their own research, and have access to discussions with a wide group of participants from students to new researchers to experiencers, then this is the course for you.

Following on the extraordinary success of the first two courses in the WizIQ-based ParaMOOC series, Parapsychology and Anomalistic Psychology: Research and Education (also known as ParaMOOC2015) and Parapsychology Research and Education (also known as ParaMOOC2016), this year's ParaMOOC will include over a dozen guest lecturers, 4 presentations from the organizers, 4 to 5 discussion forums while the live classes are being given, monthly discussion forums on topics of the students’ choice for six months after the live portion of the course is finished.

The course has been organized by well-known and respected investigators and historians of parapsychology research, Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone and Dr. Carlos S. Alvarado.

Link: ParaMOOC2017

News Briefs 13-01-2017

“Everywhere is walking distance if you've got the time.”

Quote of the Day:

“I was once walking through the forest alone. A tree fell right in front of me, and I didn't hear a thing.”

Steven Wright

Dean Radin Talks About Approaching Magic as a Scientist

In the talk above, given at the Science and Nonduality Conference, Dr Dean Radin discusses 'magic' as being the substrate that religion and science both grew from - despite both subsequently making it a heretical subject:

Humanity's first grasp of reality was based on a magical worldview. Over millennia, magic evolved into a multitude of esoteric and religious ideas. Within the last five centuries our worldview has settled upon science as the arbiter of truth. Each of these major transitions has offered more comprehensive explanations of the natural world, but each new paradigm also suppressed useful elements of previous worldviews. Based on the historical record, as well as a growing body of new experimental studies, we can now gain a glimmering of what our next grasp of reality may look like, along with its pragmatic consequences.

Dean mentions that this entire subject is central to the new book he is currently working on - look forward to it!

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News Briefs 12-01-2017

Why no love for Stranger Things, Golden Globes? Is it because we officially entered the Age of the Upside-Down?

  • Mr. T (ya know, the orange one) just let go all the people in charge of maintaining the US nuclear arsenal --Up.Side.Down amigos.
  • Queen Elizabeth's long-lost skirt found on church altar in Herefordshire --a queen taking her skirt off in a church? Now THAT is a Netflix series I wanna watch!
  • Thanks to the magic of digital reconstruction, you can now loon into the eyes of the 9,500-year-old Jericho Man.
  • Mythological animal confirmed to be real --Nope, not that one.
  • Week in Weird's Greg Newkirk offers a rather sacrilegous idea of why we'll never find a Bigfoot body.
  • In space, no one can hear you have a total mental breakdown
  • Congrats on your 600 days in orbit with your super-secret robotic space plane, US Air Force. Care to tell us what the hell is doing up there, or do we wait for the Russians to break the news? .
  • Science concludes: Yes, there have been aliens.
  • My last appearance in Radio Misterioso consisted on Greg and I geeking out over The Arrival, musing about UFOs, Language, Time perception and a whole lot more.
  • Why Chomsky's theories about language were challenged by an Amazonian tribe.
  • California's famous 'tunnel tree' brought down by Trump tweet winter storm.
  • The New York Times offers some valuable advice on how to conquer your negative thinking --and NO, they DON'T include stop reading The New York Times…
  • The descendants of the 120,000 Japanese-American citizens who were incarcerated during WWII are still haunted by that injustice.
  • The mysterious vanishing of Ambrose Bierce.
  • Red Pill of the Day: Yes, there are actually people selling 'vintage milk' (read 'spoiled') online. Hey, if it worked with 'subprime mortgages' (read '$#itty') amiright? It's all in the labeling, baybeh!!

Thanks to Kat and the Demigorgon --hey, at least he was clear in his intentions!

Quote of the Day:

"We have Hope. Rebellions are built on Hope!"

~Jyn Erso, Rogue One

Mark Your Calendars For The 2022 Nova!

Think you know the night sky like the back of your hand? Around the year 2022 some astronomers are pretty certain a new star will join the firmament after two stars collide near the constellation of Cygnus.

A new paper submitted to The Astrophysical Journal concerns KIC 9832227, a contact binary, and how it will brighten ten thousandfold sometime in the near future. What's happening is this pair of stars are spiralling in towards each other, becoming so close that they now share the same stellar atmosphere. Lawrence Molnar and his colleagues reckon we'll witness this spectacular collision, and subsequent nova, within our lifetimes.

Right now KIC 9832227 is a magnitude 12 star, too faint for the naked eye, in the neighborhood of Delta Cygni. Even with perfect stargazing conditions, an observer will need at least an 8 inch / 203 mm telescope to catch its light. When KIC 9832227 finally explodes it will be as bright as Polaris, or Alpha Hydrae for our Australian friends, burning at second magnitude. While that brightness is hardly remarkable, unlike the immanent Eta Carinae supernova, keep in mind this pair is ~1,800 light years from us. KIC 9832227's aftermath as a luminous red nova will glow in our skies for only a few weeks, or months, before fading away. Best of all, it will be visible from both hemispheres.

For more details, check out the preprint for the Prediction of a Red Nova Outburst in KIC 9832227.

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Cat Uses Sign Language To Ask For Food

Humans have taught gorillas to communicate with sign language, why not cats? Here's a gem that's been bouncing around the internet for a while and worth a watch.

For those who know American Sign Language, this cat is spot-on with her gestures asking for food. While kitty can't make a squished 'O', her gesture of putting food in her mouth is unambiguous. Just watch the following video.

One can argue the cat's conditioned to act in a certain way to beg for food, but people who are owned by cats certainly know there's something more behind their inscrutible countenances.

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News Briefs 11-01-2017

When do we offically start using "Thanks Trump" instead of "Thanks Obama"? Asking for a friend...

Quote of the Day:

What do sad people have in common? It seems they have all built a shrine to the past and often go there and do a strange wail and worship. What is the beginning of Happiness? It is to stop being so religious like that.


News Briefs 10-01-2017

Look up here man, I'm in danger...

Quote of the Day:

The truth may be out there, but the lies are inside your head.

Terry Pratchett