Given the current global situation, I'd suggest you read as fast as you can…
- Humanity's legacy: Trillions of plastic bits litter the Arctic ocean.
- New jumbo exo-planet is so close to us we would be able to detect signs of life.
- Exobiologists' unexpected helpers? Gamers.
- Believe it or not, alien abduction is still a thing.
- Flying square object photographed over Philadelphia is harder to solve than a 17x17 Rubik's cube.
- Uncovering ancient pyramid science at Teotihuacán.
- For Kentucky resident Thomas Marcum, hunting Bigfoot has become his life-long passion.
- ...Yet this Ohio science professor thinks Marcum and the rest of his Bigfooter brethren are just wasting their time.
- Murder, Sex & Obsession: On the trail of a slain Spanish cryptozoologist in Pakistan.
- We might be able to survive the next influenza pandemic, thanks to a cute little Indian frog.
- What old grandpa needs is a shot of umbilical cord blood!
- After being banned from TED, Russell Targ is (spoon)bent on exposing the reality of ESP in an upcoming documentary.
- Seems Zuckerberg is determined on making drunk-texting your ex almost impossible to avoid...
- Those BOSE headphones you bought are not only insanely overpriced --they might be snooping on you, too.
- Red Pill of the Day: Your future driverless car is being currently trained by… Grand Theft Auto. What could possibly go wrong?
Thanks to Chuckycabra.
Quote of the Day:
"When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace."
Teenage Band Plays a Tool Song at a Fundraising Dinner, When Danny Carey Himself Offers to Sit In On DrumsPosted by Greg at 10:44, 19 Apr 2017
So you're a teenage band playing a gig at a fund-raising dinner for your music academy, and you've got a Tool song in your set-list. Turns out Tool drummer Danny Carey is actually attending the dinner, and he asks to sit in on the song. What do you do?
Give the man some drumsticks of course!
That's exactly what happened to these young musicians, of the band Reformed, while playing their last gig:
Finally got this full video up showing the entire band playing with Danny...this was not planned. He happened to be there for the fundraiser & was lovin' watching the kids play...then he was told one of the songs in the setlist was a TOOL song, and he asked if they'd mind if he played along...great guy, amazing drummer & a fun evening!
Here's another view:
Tool are currently touring around the U.S. - details can be found on their website.
Happy Bicycle Day!
- Psychedelic drugs induce 'heightened state of consciousness', brain scans show.
- Ancient shamanic drug ayahuasca improves hard-to-treat depression.
- Watchers of the Earth: indigenous peoples around the world tell myths which contain warning signs for natural disasters - scientists are now listening.
- Solstic alignments discovered in 'Peter Pan' gardens.
- Unidentified flying objects that made an impact on early history.
- Discovery of 14,000-year-old human settlement in Canada could rewrite North American history.
- Eight mummies and other treasures found in Luxor tomb bonanza.
- God in the machine: my strange journey into transhumanism.
- You're already dead: celebrating 25 years of the cult movie Jacob's Ladder.
- Unholy? Atheists should embrace the science of religion.
- Pigs, parrots and people: the problem of animal personality.
- Possibility of silicon-based life grows.
- New study suggests there could be a hidden biosphere six miles below us, under the Earth's crust.
- New theory may explain the 'music of the meteors'.
- Antarctica's sleeping ice giant could wake soon.
- Scientists have found live specimens of the legendary giant shipworm for the first time.
- Odds that Tasmanian Tigers are still alive are 1 in 1.6 trillion.
- Could brain stimulation help fight obesity?
- Frog mucus compound kills many strains of the human flu. Which would put a whole new spin on "got a frog in my throat"...
- Weaponized sperm.
Quote of the Day:
In studying the literature connected with my work, I became aware of the great universal significance of visionary experience. It plays a dominant role, not only in mysticism and the history of religion, but also in the creative process in art, literature, and science. More recent investigations have shown that many persons also have visionary experiences in daily life, though most of us fail to recognize their meaning and value.
We have previously covered positive results for psi experiments involving precognition (see the links at the bottom of the post) - also described as 'presentiment', or 'precall' - so it's only proper that we also mention failures to replicate those results. Which was the outcome of a new study conducted by Dr David Vernon, soon to be published in the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, available online as a PDF download. Here's the abstract:
The idea that future practise can somehow influence current behaviour has been examined within the paradigm of precognition. Previous work attempting to examine possible precognitive effects using a modified repetition priming task showed that participants were more accurate to respond to material they would see again in the future. Such a finding was taken to indicate that a task relying primarily on accuracy of performance, such as a memory recall task, could be a more sensitive measure of precognition, or ‘precall’.
Furthermore, utilising arousing images as opposed to everyday words may elicit a stronger precall effect, and by conducting such a study on-line it may be possible to eliminate and/or reduce any potential experimenter effects. The prediction when completing such a task was that post-recall practise would lead to greater precall of those items practised compared to items not practised.
Such an on-line precall study utilising emotive images was completed by 94 participants. However, comparison of the accuracy between images that were subsequently repeated and those that were not showed no evidence of a precall effect. Nevertheless, post recall practise did show an initial improvement in accuracy which plateaued after the second trial. The failure to find any evidence of precall could simply be indicative of the impossibility of such a notion. However, given that others have reported precall effects the failure to find a precall effect in this study is discussed in terms of possible methodological factors inhibiting psi performance.
It's worth pointing out that Dr Vernon notes in a recent blog post that he has now completed four experiments on precognition, with two being failing to replicate, while the other two "showed statistically significant effects, where practise in the future led to better recall in the present".
Link: PDF download of "Exploring precall using arousing images and utilising a memory recall practise task on-line"
- Feeling the Future
- The Future of Psi
- Slippery Skepticism
- I Always Expect the ESP Inquisition
- Replicating Psi
- Feeling the Future, Round Two
- Randi Goes Round the Bem
- Not Feeling the Future: New Bem Replication Fails to Find Evidence of Psi
- Is Precognition Real? Positive Replications of Daryl Bem's Controversial Findings
- Scientific Research Suggests We Unconsciously React to Events Up to 10 Seconds Before They Happen
- Do Humans Have the Ability to Sense the Future? This Survey of Experiments So Far Says....Yes!
- And a chapter closes: the last known living person to be born in the 1800s dies aged 117.
- Mexico revives 3000-year-old ball game. Without the decapitation of the losers bit...the world has gone soft, too many cucks, let's do it how it used to be done!
- Billionaire bunkers: how the 1% are preparing for the apocalypse.
- Alex Jones's lawyer tells court that his client is "a performance artist" whose crazy InfoWars persona is just "a character".
- Scientists are attempting to unlock the secret potentials of the human brain that we see in savant syndrome.
- Searching the skies for alien laser beams.
- Do aliens have inalienable rights? What E.T. teaches us about our moral obligations.
- The former astronaut with a plan to mine the Moon and power the world.
- While this former astronaut found sunken treasure from space and kept it secret until his deathbed.
- Neil Armstrong and the Men in Black?
- The discovery that gravity and quantum effects disrupt the symmetry of electromagnetic fields challenges everything we thought we knew about the Big Bang.
- In the deep sea there live crabs that look like Yetis.
- Newly discovered shrimp species named after Pink Floyd.
- $US43 million seized from apartment building in Nigeria. Probably just getting ready to email it out to all those people who responded to their emails...
- Is Nessie dead? Loch Ness Monster declared 'missing' after official recorder reports zero sightings in eight months.
Quote of the Day:
Let them worship as they will; every man can follow his own conscience, provided it does not interfere with sane reason or bid him against the liberty of his fellow-men.
In recent years I've been struck by how much John Carpenter's 1988 movie They Live seems to be more and more relevant as the years pass by (e.g. we posted this They Live inspired Pepsi satire just last week). The power of corporations continues to grow, from the 'too big to fail' mantra that now puts their welfare above ours, to the Citizens United decision that allowed unfettered financial backing of politicians by the mega-wealthy, creating the ideal environment for plutocracy.
It seems I'm not the only one to have noticed this though, as the above short film about the relevance of They Live also focuses on how it applies in the modern day. As John Carpenter himself points out in the film:
[In the 1980s] there was a great deal of obsession with greed and making a lot of money, and some of the values that I grew up with had been pushed aside. So I decided to scream out in the middle of the night and make a statement about that.
And They Live is partially a political statement. It's partially a tract on the world that we live in today...and as a matter of fact, right now it's even more true than it was then.
A summary of all the stories and news briefs posted on The Daily Grail over the past week. Feel free to share anything interesting!
- News Briefs 10-04-2017 (Monday)
- No, Einstein Did Not Get Bad Grades at School
- News Briefs 11-04-2017 (Tuesday)
- Sponsor Shout-Out: New Dawn (Special Issue Vol.11 No.2)
- News Briefs 12-04-2017 (Wednesday)
- Reports About the Demise of the UFO Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
- News Briefs 13-04-2017 (Thursday)
- Key Ingredients For Life Found on Saturn's Moon Enceladus
- News Briefs 14-04-2017 (Friday)
Have a good Easter weekend!
“I know that many will call this useless work.”
- Life on Enceladus?
- Martian heavy metal.
- Unraveling another Fermi puzzle.
- Dreaming consciousness.
- Tracking fish by DNA.
- Building Mars one 3D printer at a time.
- Another flyby on 04.19
- The U.S. national parks from space.
- Proof that 25 year-olds know better.
- What lies beneath.
- Tanzanian Teleocrater fills in evolutionary gap.
- Changing seasons in real-timelapse.
- Geoengineering the atmosphere. What could possibly go wrong?
- Water 2.0.
- California in bloom.
- The first teaser trailer for The Last Jedi.
- The SW Tribute to Carrie Fisher.
- This week’s evidence of the looming robot uprising… Senior ‘bots.
Quote of the Day:
“Love shows itself more in adversity than in prosperity; as light does, which shines most where the place is darkest.”
Leonardo Da Vinci
Finding extraterrestrial life in our solar system just got a huge boost. NASA's Cassini space probe has detected molecular hydrogen in the plumes of saltwater that burst from the oceans buried beneath the icy surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus. Scientists remain cautiously agnostic, but the discovery of key ingredients for life is a game changer. With subsurface oceans found beneath other moons in our solar system, most famously Jupiter's frozen moon Europa, the chances of finding extraterrestrial life (at the bacterial level at least) is exciting. It also has implications for the possibility of alien life elsewhere in the galaxy. We're only now able to detect atmospheres on planets orbiting distant stars -- what about their moons?
Above: Colour-enhanced image from Cassini.
Below: Plumes of saltwater burst from the icy surface of Enceladus.
Worst part of ParaMania 2017: The Museum of Death.
Best part of ParaMania 2017: The Aetherius Society's HQ.
See y'all in N'awlins next year, fellow Discordian priests!
- House votes to restrict EPA's use of Science. Next thing you know they'll be trading their computers for an abbacus.
- Mother Nature was totally on drugs when she created the oldest known relative of dinosaurs.
- Saving Priv-Ant Ryan: Warrior ants carry injured comrades home.
- Google's AI seeks further ways to humiliate us at Go.
- California Squatchers search for Bigfoot in Ohio.
- Lincoln Cathedral ghost encounter inspires woman to start own paranormal podcast.
- Dolly Parton believes the ghosts of her grannies saved her life.
- First image ever of the web of dark matter that connects all galaxies together.
- How we express our culture through space exploration.
- NASA has just found a huge cold spot on Jupiter.
- NASA will probably break its own rules re. Radiation in order to get people to Mars. Hey, what's one extra tittie, amiright?
- NASA is, once again, geek teasing us about the discovery of liquid oceans inside our solar system and the prospects of extraterrestrial life.
- 60th anniversary of Europe's 1st alleged UFO contactee inspires pop-up museum in Runcorn, England.
- The dark secret at the heart of A.I.: Nobody really understands how it works.
- Longevity? Meh…
- Red Pill of the Day: 8-year-old learns how to drive by watching Youtube videos. Parents plan to give him a flight simulator videogame for his birthday.
Thanks to Chris Heyes
Quote of the Day:
"Opinions are like @#$holes, you should have yours regularly checked out, and if an expert tells you something is wrong, you should listen."