In (take a breath before reading this out loud) DMT and the Soul of Prophecy: A New Science of Spiritual Revelation in the Hebrew Bible (Amazon US), Strassman looks at the striking similarities between the visions of Hebrew prophets - including Ezekiel, Moses, Adam, and Daniel - and the experiences reported by the volunteers of his DMT studies. Strassman proposes a new model of consciousness and visionary experiences -- theoneurology, in which the Divine can communicate with us through DMT. Strassman's model is a counterpoint to neurotheology, and will no doubt rock the boat of neuroscience.
It promises to be a fascinating read, and a sample chapter available here certainly whets the appetite. If Mitch Schultz (who made a terrific film based on Dr Strassman's book) is considering a sequel, I reckon DMT 2: Hebrew Boogaloo would be a good title.
Conspiracy message boards have gone into overdrive with the revelation that the infamous Georgia Guidestones have a new addition: a mysterious niche at the top of one of the monoliths has been filled with a small cube/cornerstone with the numbers '20' and '14' carved into adjacent faces. Naturally, there has been some speculation on these messageboards that the block is a message - from the secret society behind the Guidestones - that the apocalypse supposedly predicted by the modern megaliths will occur this year.
As might be expected, the truth of the situation is difficult to pin down, although it may not necessarily involve Illuminati overlords. In 2013, the person who originally cut the notch out of the Guidestones (apparently on September 11, 2009) was apprehended by authorities upon returning to the site with two other men, with the missing granite cube in tow:
“Deputies got a call to go out there, and there was a gentleman there from Alabama that had the piece of granite that was taken almost four years ago”, said Investigator Darren Scarborough with the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office. “Told the officers that he had it, and he had been out there in 2009 and took the small piece of granite off.”
Scarborough says the whole incident has the sheriff’s office scratching their heads a little bit.
“We don’t know what their intentions were with the piece of granite or why they were back out there late Friday night/early Saturday morning”, said Scarborough. “We have talked to the gentleman, who is in charge of the guidestones, and we have the piece of granite back, but we are not sure what will be done with it.”
So perhaps the '2014' cube is simply an official replacement for the piece of stone that was cut out? Not so, according to this article. And in the comments, someone notes that they called Elbert county officials about the situation, and "was told that the 2014 cube was considered to be vandalism, and will be replaced with the actual missing piece".
A strange situation, compounded by the sad news that the Guidestones were once again recently defaced with graffiti. For anybody buying into the ridiculous paranoia about the Guidestones being a threat from the Illuminati to exterminate a large proportion of the world's population, make sure you read my Darklore essay on the traditions behind the monument, titled "Beyond the Apocalypse".
(h/t Chris Skelton)
The cube has now been removed - and found to be engraved on every side (20, 14, 16, 8, MM, JAM). Here's footage of the removal:
(Thanks to @Eastonwordsmith for the heads up.)
- Biggest scientific discovery of the year is suddenly looking a bit dusty.
- You are being watched: are we all persons of interest?
- Spy agency employs more than 100 dyslexic and dyspraxic spies.
- Nvidia sinks Moon landing hoax theory using virtual light.
- The billionaire tech entrepreneur on a mission to cheat death.
- Skeleton couple has been holding hands for 700 years.
- The ancient tomb that is captivating modern Greeks. More at Alan Boyle's Cosmic Log, and also at this website devoted to the tomb.
- But did British soldiers plunder the Amphipolis tomb in 1916?
- Modern European gene pool is drawn from three ancient 'tribes' that mixed within the last 7000 years.
- Hallucinogenic plants - are humans hard-wired to seek them out? For more on human interest in psychedelics throughout history, see Paul Devereux's The Long Trip.
- Why do we sleep? Science doesn't know.
- "'Pop, pop, pop'. She heard her brain in action": brain-computer interfaces are getting very sensitive.
- Incredible new nano threads could help us build a space elevator.
- Physicists in Switzerland set quantum teleportation distance record.
- Best verification yet of Einstein's theory that time moves slower for a moving clock.
- Hints of mysterious dark matter revealed by cosmic rays.
- Looking for a fascinating discussion about ancient mysteries and altered states of consciousness? Look no further than Graham Hancock's recent appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast.
- Anonymous Gods: the faces of deities captured, and blurred, by Google Street View.
- Image of the Day: it's the goddamn Batmayan!
Quote of the Day:
To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticise.
You are being watched. The government has a secret system —a machine— that spies on you every hour of every day. I know, because I built it. I designed the machine to detect acts of terror, but it sees everything.
So begins the opening monologue on the CBS television show Person of Interest, spoken by the designer of 'The Machine', technology genius and billionaire, Harold Finch. The Machine is a mass surveillance computer system, monitoring data input from just about every electronic source in the world (phones, cameras, computers etc), which it analyzes in order to predict violent acts. But given its omnipotence, there are far too many predictions to act on, and so instead it is programmed to only pass on 'relevant' threats - ie. major terrorist events - to the government.
The procedural element of the show is that Finch has a software backdoor that sends him the 'irrelevant' predictions so that he can try to stop that violent act occurring as well: each episode, he and his small team of law enforcement officers and former government agents are given the social security number of an individual connected to the threat, though the team do not know if the individual is the victim or the perpetrator.
The larger story arc, however, is all about the Machine – how Harold came to build it and the effect of doing so on both him and those around him; the power that such surveillance hands to whomever controls it, and the lengths some would go to in order to have that control; and what might happen if such a powerful 'intelligence' became sentient. And of course, the question that hangs over the entire storyline, is the debate between how surveillance can be used to keep people safe, versus how it can be used in corrupt ways.
The show is science fiction, but given the news stories listed below, we might say only barely – the Person of Interest future doesn't seem that far off at all.
Surveillance via your own smartphone
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- Move over, Gobekli Tepe. Indonesia's 'Mountain of Enlightenment' radiocarbon dated to 22,000 BC.
- Early Earth far less hellish than previously thought.
- Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind review – thrilling story, dark message.
- Gas chambers unearthed at demolished Nazi concentration camp.
- Wiltshire's new 'Neolithic' long barrow burial chamber opens for business.
- Men determined to kill Bigfoot.
- Asteroids: between a rock and a hard place.
- Wanted by NASA: Space Telescope Director with spy credentials. Why? What's out there?
- Apple's Patriot-Act-detecting 'warrant canary' dies -- in one day.
- How ninja librarians are ensuring patrons' electronic privacy.
- Gene-swapping bacteria are making new superbugs.
- Via farmworkers, superbugs find a route away from drug-using farms.
- This bizarre organism builds itself a new genome every time it has sex.
- People are attracted to the body odor of others with similar political beliefs.
- Blood test for depression shows the illness is not a matter of will.
- Yet more global heat records fall in August: NOAA.
- The warming of the global ocean is subtle and alarming.
- Watch California dry up right before your eyes in six jaw-dropping GIFs.
Quote of the Day:
To all climate change deniers, before you start posting about how there have been periodic major droughts in California for thousands of years, please name the branch of science that provided you that information. I'll answer that for you - climate science. Now please provide an explanation for why you accept the conclusions of climate science regarding the distant past but reject its conclusions about today's climate. Please include examples of why conclusions about the Earth's past climates are more rigorous than conclusions about today's climate.
Timothy Doran, in a comment here.
A summary of all the stories and news briefs posted on The Daily Grail over the past week. Feel free to share anything interesting!
- Paranthropology 5:3
- The Power of Optics: A Rube Goldberg Machine Powered by Light and Magnifying Glasses
- News Briefs 15-09-2014 (Monday)
- Google Pyramid View
- Alan Moore Wearing an Oculus Rift
- News Briefs 16-09-2014 (Tuesday)
- Playing the Violin During Your Own Surgery
- The Dangerous Book (of Ritual Magick) for Kids
- News Briefs 17-09-2014 (Wednesday)
- Jane Goodall & the Lack of Empathy in Science
- PGA Golfer Billy Horschel, 2014 Fed-Ex Cup Champion, Believes in Bigfoot and UFOs
- News Briefs 18-09-2014 (Thursday)
- Rupert Sheldrake on the Joe Rogan Experience
- News Briefs 19-09-2014 (Friday)
- Graham Hancock on the Joe Rogan Experience (JRE #551)
Have a good weekend!
Geez Louise, two in a row! Once again, Powerful Joe Rogan regales us listeners with one kickass podcast episode; this time with none other than Graham Hancock, the explorer of deep mysteries and lost worlds, who came to the JRE studio for a wide-range discussion about altered states of consciousness, the benefits of psychedelics both for their healing qualities and as tools to expand one's concept of Reality, along with the kind of research into ancient civilizations he's most famous for ever since he published his seminal book Fingerprints of the Gods nearly 20 years ago.
A lot of things have happened in those 20 years, incidentally. Not only is archeoastronomy being taken a much more predominant role --thanks in part to the availability of computer software which can simulate the exact position of the constellations as they were in the night sky thousands of years ago-- but we keep digging up more amazing discoveries which have forced historians to push back the dawn of civilization ever further. For Graham, the discovery of Göbekli Tepe felt like a personal vindication to his theories which are still considered as 'pseudoscience' by orthodox archeologists --although with Göbekli Tepe we actually need to talk about a RE-discovery, for the existence of the Turkish megalithic site was known since the 1950s, but it was originally dismissed by American scholars because its columns were 'too finely carved'; it was only until the (recently deceased) German archeologist Klaus Schmidt decided to take a second look to those columns in 1994, that it was finally ascertained they predated the megaliths in Stonehenge by at least 6000 years.
Indeed, one of the main topics in Joe's chat with Hancock was the issue of being in either the right or the wrong side of history. Copernicus and Galileo, with their theories about the nature of our planet and our solar system, are now universally acknowledged to be in the right side of history, whereas the Holy Inquisition and the cardinals who put Galileo into house arrest --and condemned Giordano Bruno to a fiery execution-- are perceived in our age as reactionaries who stood in the way of progress. The same will no doubt be said of those who demanded TED to put down both Hancock's & Rupert Sheldrake's TEDx presentations a year ago, just as surely as future generations will also view the government agencies & international interests seeking to perpetuate the war on drugs, as the XXth century equivalent of the Spanish Inquisition: For standing in the way of every adult's sovereign right to explore its own consciousness through the tools that have been at our disposal for thousands of years --Entheogens.
But perhaps with this & other needless wars there have been other forces at play, which has in fact been the subject of Graham's fictional novel War God, the 1st in a trilogy of books dealing with a subject near & dear to my heart: The Spanish conquest of Mexico. If you read the novel already --for which I wrote a review for The Grail last July-- you'd already know Graham explored the potential influence of 'supernatural' entities in the unfolding of that crucial moment in history; this year War God's sequel Return of the Plumed Serpent will be released, and Hancock's readers will find out how the demon/demiurge revered by the Aztecs as their god Huitzilopochtli played with both emperor Moctezuma and the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés to prompt the fall of the Aztec reign, and the enslavement of millions of natives. Could it be that the same demon filling Cortés' head with dreams of glory and riches in the XVIth century, has been also whispering in the ear of modern leaders, in order to maintain an endless river of blood to sate its thirst?
And yet, if there are dark entities seeking the suffering of men, couldn't there also be forces of light seeking to guide us and show us a way out of the darkness? Graham's personal experiences with the Ayahuasca brew have convinced him that this is the case; who knows? maybe those guides are also responsible for the modern resurgence of psychedelics in our present times, as well as how contemporary technologies like the world wide web, are empowering the masses into seeing beyond the web of lies that our governments have spun around our eyes for far too many years.
So be sure to listen to this latest episode of the Joe Rogan's Experience with one of TDG's favorite authors, and pre-order War God: Return of the Plumed Serpent to learn more about Graham Hancock's gnostic vision of the world. BTW if you send him an e-mail to email@example.com with confirmation of the pre-ordering before October 9th, he will send you a special bookplate with his signature to your designated postal address which you'll be able to stick in your copy. This he'll do after he returns from his trip around the United States with American catastrophist Randall Carlson --the last leg of his research for the upcoming book Magicians of the Gods-- which will culminate at the Paradigm Symposium in Minneapolis, where he'll meet with his friends & colleagues Robert Bauval & John Anthony West.
I will be there in Minnesota this October, where I'll have the tremendous pleasure to extend my personal gratitude to one of the most illustrious explorers of our time.
"...The world is a million possible things."
- New life?
- Life, the universe and black holes?
- Adrift in the cosmic sea.
- Continents adrift.
- Hear ye, hear ye, the Ignobel Awards have been announced.
- 11 billion by 2100?
- An ancient global language? Babel-fish prices are about to skyrocket.
- The evolution of cooperation.
- Will dream telepathy lead to thought-crime?
- Bio-hacking infrared vision.
- When the interweb goes quantum.
- Superhuman, heal thyself.
- Have tree, will travel.
- The spacesuit of the future?
- Subatomic beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
- Fragmented alien faith?
- There’s a glitch in the matrix.
- Gilliam discusses his latest opus, Zero Theorem.
- This week’s evidence of the looming robot uprising… The hitch-hiking ‘bot.
Quote of the Day:
“I don't do drugs… I've got enough bizarre chemicals floating around in my head. I'm just naturally like this.”
Good googly moogly! Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, TED's favorite heretic scientist, was on the JRE podcast last Tuesday. He discussed with Joe everything from morphic resonance --which might be responsible for the passing of fears and talents from parents to their children-- experiments showing telepathic abilities in humans and animals, to the possibility of perceiving future events a few seconds beforehand.
Of course this being the Joe Rogan Experience, psychedelic substances and the visionary experiences they elicit were one of the main subjects, and Sheldrake was certainly up for the task --nothing less should be expected from someone whose first DMT experience was shared with Terence McKenna ;)
But also Sheldrake shared his life journey from being an atheist & a hardcore materialist in his early years --the sort of profile you were supposed to have if you cared about Science-- to realizing there had to be something more than genes in order to explain the complexity exhibited by all life forms; how he later started to practice transcendental meditation & yoga, dabbled with acid for a while, and later traveled to India where he joined an ashram run by a Catholic priest, where he re-embraced the Anglican faith in which he was raised by his family; it was Anglicanism which suited better his ideas of a spiritual life on a collective level, and trying to improve the lives of your community, instead of "seeking out your own personal enlightenment" the way his Hindu colleagues kept advising him. One gets the sense it is out of this yearning that he decided to become a public figure and write books in order to start a much-needed discussion about seeking a way out of the Materialism adopted by Science in the last 2 centuries --even when his books being considered suitable for a bonfire in the eyes of his most strident critics.
One of the highlights in the conversation was when Rupert discussed his experiments involving the sense of being stared at, which was something nobody had bother to look into until he was started to run tests in the eighties. He soon discovered most people register results slightly above chance, but what surprised him was when he tried the same experiment with his young son Merlin, who was then 4 years old: Merlin got an astounding 100% accuracy. At his insistence he switched places with his dad, and when he realized you could actually get it wrong sometimes, that's when the possibility of failure crept in his awareness; afterwards Merlin would only get a 75% accuracy when tested --which is still pretty 'magical' if you ask me!
All in all, a very enjoyable conversation. Rogan has become one of the most influential persons in the Internet --he's not called 'the podfather' by his friends for nothing-- and I'm sure this was the 1st time that thousands of listeners got the chance to be introduced to the work of Sheldrake, a scientist who I believe will be remembered as a sort of modern Copernicus by later generations --though probably the skeptic community would rather he became the next Giordano Bruno...
Happy birthday to my favorite museum!
Goodheavens! The most (in)famous UFO death cult's webpage is still up & running.
- Why atheists like Sam Harris don't get terrorism.
- Interview with an Auschwitz guard: "I do not feel like a criminal."
- Hitchcock thriller reveals brain activity in vegetative patient. I'm sure Alfred would be pleased.
- Max Tegmark: Consciousness is a mathematical pattern.
- Children of the Bard: An interview with Terence McKenna's daughter Klea, and his son Finn.
- How close are we to building a Warp drive?
- Here's a short story from Plan 9's Ed Wood, resurfaced for the 1st time in over 40 years.
- UFOs over Normandy.
- Strange object in the clouds over Budapest.
- Crop circle with an owl.
- The Dark Knight of the Rising Sun.
- Magellan & his Patagonian giants.
- How to combat a sharknado? With a Spinosaurus!
- What goes around, comes around: Longsword fighting is now becoming a popular sport.
- Red Pill of the Day: The solution to texting while walking?
Thanks to Rick & Kat
Quote of the Day:
“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”
~Martin Luther King