Our good friend, alternative history author (and fiction novelist) Graham Hancock stopped by the JRE podcast today and had an extended chat with Joe Rogan about everything from psychedelics to newly discovered ancient megalithic sites that will be explored in his upcoming 'sequel' to his groundbreaking 1995 book Fingerprints of the Gods.
As always with the JRE podcast, NSFW language warning.
Dear iPhone users: Prepare to be blown away by awesome 5D energy & Christian Bale rage.
- Rumors that Stuxnet has infected the ISS's computers are unfounded. Now, as for the astronauts downloading porn…
- Rise of the E-Tattoos: From Motorola's neck microphone to Google's lie-detecting ink, which one are you more excited to mock?
- Here comes the newest invisibility cloak. Stop teasing me & name your price, dammit!
- Elon Musk: "I'll build a Hyperloop if no-one else does." [Obligatory]
- "No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to dive!": Floating lab looks like the perfect villain lair.
- The (not-so-secret) abodes of secret societies. And if YOU want to join the world's most secret society, click here.
- Attending OTO's gnostic mass sounds a hell a lot more fun than going to an atheist megachurch --Just sayin'…
- It Just Is Media (podcast): A look into the Skinwalker ranch lore, along with an (anonymous) interview with a man who's lived near the ranch for 16+ years.
- Robert Bigelow wants a piece of the Moon! Wacky Ventura-like conspiracies in 3… 2… 1…
- Kennedy & Kerry: When politicians put themselves on the side of conspiracy theorists.
- First came the Northampton Clown, now comes um… Northfield's Absinthe Gurl?
- One good thing Family Guy *did* give us: The Carl Sagan papers.
- Ok, so what's the deal with this six-tailed, comet-like asteroid thingy??
- Radical teaching method could unleash a generation of geniuses in Mexico --something that would be against the interests of politicians, who prefer to deal with apathetic mediocres.
- In Japan, imperial protocol is more important than civilian protection.
- Vintage Bigfoot: The 1962 Nape photograph --in color!
- Red Pill of the Day: Poetic (Genomic) Justice --then again… maybe not?
Thanks to Rick & the members of the Android army.
Quote of the Day:
"Insanity is a legal concept; not a medical one"
A fruit fly (G. tridens) with images of jumping spiders 'painted' on its wings. Aw c'mon, Evolution! Now you're just showin' off.
The photograph was taken in Dubai by Peter Roosenschoon, a conservation officer at the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve.
Why jumping spiders? according to Mark Moffett, photographer and adventurer --best known as Doctor Bugs-- "[un]nlike ants, jumping spiders are visual and see their image in the wings, I’ve watched them dance to [an] image (thinking it a mate) rather than eat the prey." My, What a sly fly...
And from the Grail archives...
Composer John Tavener has gone beyond the veil.
- The ancients had pyramids & stone circles, we have Star Axis.
- Preparing for first contact with aliens, sans Zefram Cochrane.
- In Kentucky, 1948, a pilot crashed his plane & died chasing a UFO.
- Former Canadian Defense Minister says US must openly discuss UFOs.
- Mirage Men down under? Boomerang-shaped UFO caught on film.
- A strange blue orb was also photographed the same night.
- Help purchase camera traps for snow leopard conservation.
- Oldest big cat fossil ever found discovered in Tibet.
- Genome of cave bear dead for almost a million years reconstructed.
- Zoologists looking for Tasmanian tiger have no doubt it's not extinct.
- Google Earth helps scientists find Mozambique's lost forest of Mt Mabu.
- The Khanyisa Psychoactive Healing Garden: an ethnobotanist's vision.
- Like Tibetan Buddhist mandalas, this experimental film will enfold you.
- Once considered fringe, lucid dreaming is accepted by TEDx.
- Respect my hamster ball & we'll get along just fine.
Quote of the Day:
To die will be an awfully big adventure.
JM Barrie, Peter Pan
Stop it. Whatever it is you're doing right now --washing dishes, playing Minecraft, climbing Mt. Everest-- you have got to stop it & read The Deal, an awesome piece of Batman fan fiction created by Gerardo Preciado & Daniel Bayliss [Caution: Contains scenes of gore & violence]
I could easily write a 5000-word essay with all the Fortean elements resonating from this comic, but instead I'll let you enjoy it unspoiled. Suffice it to say that, even if you're not into comics, as a Grailer you'll grok it nonetheless.
Anyone had a chance to read my book Stop Worrying! There Probably is an Afterlife? Would love to hear your thoughts…
- Secretary of State John Kerry doubts that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
- How many astronauts believe aliens exist? All of them, according to Commander Chris Hadfield.
- Speak of the spacewalking devil: Chris Hadfield on beliefs, spirituality, and alien life.
- Zoologists hunting the Tasmanian Tiger declare they have no doubt the species still exists.
- Pseudoscientist Rupert Sheldrake is not being persecuted, and is not like Galileo. An article in which Jerry Coyne was apparently paid per use of the word 'woo'.
- And here's Daily Grail contributor David Metcalfe's response.
- Science and its skeptics.
- Physicists smash record for wave-particle duality, observing quantum superposition in molecules containing 5000 protons, neutrons and electrons.
- Fortean Times: 40 years of covers, in pictures.
- This is the box. The box of crazy.
- Stuxnet, a computer virus built to attack rogue nuclear plants, has infected the International Space Station.
- The world's hub for Spiritualism, captured in photos.
- Mystery of the Coral Castle explained.
- Autopsy of a sea monster.
- Archaeology, from spaaaace.
- The code of the conch: How the science of sound explained an ancient Peruvian oracle.
- Israel returns 90 stolen antiquities to Egypt.
- Porcupines found to attack in groups and stab their victims to death with their quills.
- 'Hidden caves' in the brain open up during sleep to wash away toxins.
- Meet the real life Magneto.
- The experiments most likely to shake up the future of physics.
- Atheist mega-churches take root across the world. NOT A SATIRE.
- Hundreds attend war veteran's funeral after word spreads on social media that he died without wife or children.
- Image of the Day: Mega-Saturn!
Thanks Kat and Richard.
Quote of the Day:
There’s a certain point in researching anomalistic science where the astute investigator realizes that the skeptical sub-culture is near illiterate in their understanding of cultural issues, and because of this, they, as a self identifying group, lack any discernment into the areas that they feel strangely compelled to mock, deride, dismiss and hoot at like drunken frat students who’ve been huffing dust off.
Astronaut Chris Hadfield is currently on the publicity trail promoting his book An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth (Amazon.com / Amazon UK), and as a result there are a number of fascinating interviews with @Cmdr_Hadfield in various places around the internet that touch on fun topics such as belief, spirituality and alien life. For instance, in a recent NPR interview Hadfield remarked on how being on the 'outside' of the planet looking in certainly brings with it spiritual feelings:
I think what everyone would find if they could be [up in space] - if they could see the whole world every 90 minutes and look down on the places where we do things right, and look down where we're doing stupid, brutal things to each other and the inevitable patience of the world that houses us - I think everybody would be reinforced in their faith, and maybe readdress the real true tenets of what's good and what gives them strength.
Hadfield's words bring to mind the 'Overview Effect', which transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it.
Yesterday, everyone's favourite astronaut also stopped in to one of our favourite podcasts, the Joe Rogan Experience, for a relaxed and in-depth chat. It's one of my favourite JRE episodes, because Joe doesn't freak out about it all, and as a result the feel of the interview is like you're sitting down having a beer and chatting with an everyday guy, who just happens to have flown in space on multiple occasions and spent around half a year living on the International Space Station, and thus has some amazing experiences and insights to share with you.
One such insight was inspired as Hadfield looked down at the erupting Mount Etna below him:
It was a really clear reminder of the fact that most of the planet is super-heated lava and magma, so hot that the rock is liquid and plastic. And we just live on this little chilled crust, like the top of a porridge pot...we just live on this little thin bit on the top that is crust.
And when you tip it the other way around and look up, half of the atmosphere is in the first three miles. Three miles. Think about it, people go for a three mile run - and really the whole habitable atmosphere is three miles. Above 15,000 feet it's hard to even live.
So we live on this little bit of cooled crust, and this little sliver of air, and we think it's guaranteed. We think we're invincible right, and we think the whole universe is here to serve us. And we're like bacteria in a corner, just found a little niche that'll support our life.
You can watch/listen to the full one hour interview here:
Throw in Hadfield's first-hand description of what it feels like to ride a rocket into space (a journey that takes less than 9 minutes, reaching a speed of 5 miles per second), his thoughts on our use of fossil fuels, and whether there's life out there, and it's compelling stuff. I'll even forgive him and Joe for singling out UFO researchers as the focus for criticism about belief systems.
And just to round out the Chris Hadfield appreciation post here on TDG, here's his uber-popular rendition of Bowie's "Space Oddity" (18 million views on YouTube), in case you're an alien being and haven't seen it yet:
Looking for a fun new read on the latest research into near-death experiences, death-bed visions and mediumship? My new book, Stop Worrying! There Probably is an Afterlife, is now available as a paperback (274 pages) for just $11.95 (and Amazon currently have it discounted to $10.91, if you want to get in quick!). If you buy the paperback you can also get the Kindle version for just $0.99 extra, if you like to have your books in both formats. I'm really proud of this book, and am sure you will get a lot out of it (it might make a fairly good Xmas present for others too...). The feedback and reviews so far have been fantastic, including best-selling author Michael Prescott's description of it as "a world-class addition" to the literature on afterlife research. Michael notes in his review that he has "read a lot of books on evidence for life after death, but the one I would most recommend as a general, nontechnical introduction is Stop Worrying! There Probably Is an Afterlife".
Here's the short blurb:
Did Steve Jobs have a vision of the afterlife on his death-bed? Does quantum physics suggest that our mind might survive the physical death of our body? How do some near-death experiencers 'see' outside of their bodies at a time when they are supposed to be dead?
In Stop Worrying! There Probably is an Afterlife, author Greg Taylor covers all these questions and more. From Victorian seance rooms through to modern scientific laboratories, Taylor surveys the fascinating history of research into the survival of human consciousness, and returns with a stunning conclusion: that maybe we should stop worrying so much about death, because there probably is an afterlife.
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Here's the quick links to the paperback and Kindle editions of Stop Worrying! There Probably is an Afterlife for anyone interested in learning more about their (possible) fate beyond death:
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Thanks for your support!!
"Euclidean geometry is the geometry of plain surfaces and three-dimensional space, but non-Euclidean geometry is the geometry of curved surfaces, hence it is indeed an appropriate term for this kind of ping-pong."
- Rupert Sheldrake in a note to author, Guido Mina di Sospiro
We live in a world of spin, above us the spinning, ever watchful orbits of satellites, our minds filled with the twists and turns of media spin doctors, and our lives lived in the spinning maze of global commerce, there is no escaping it. Yet the question, really, is not one of escape, but how to join the game without losing, or if a loss is inevitable, then at least how to enjoy the playing in itself.
In the complexity of the world, there are lessons to be learned through turning to something simple for guidance. I’ve been tending fires, allowing mental habits trained up in the spinning contemporary world to burn away with the wood I’ve carefully gathered and cut. In thinking on this, I’ve been drawing from Guido Mina di Sospiro's wonderful new book The Metaphysics of Ping Pong for inspiration.
There is something very unique about this work which brings the reader on a journey through a playful, personal and deep relationship with the everyday, under the auspices of Mina di Sospiro's quest to discover the intimate secrets contained in the fine art of ping pong, and in the process the fine art of spin. Along the way is woven an intricate image of how subtle influences attend even the most ... Read More »
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:
- News Briefs 04-11-2013 (Monday)
- Is There a Ghost in this Image?
- News Briefs 05-11-2013 (Tuesday)
- I'm Not Saying It Was Dentists, But…
- The Wisdom of Robert Anton Wilson: A Tonic For the Internet Age
- News Briefs 06-11-2013 (Wednesday)
- SIRIUSly? Art Bell Leaves the Air Waves... Again
- EdgeScience #16
- News Briefs 07-11-2013 (Thursday)
- Kickstarter: The Omega Point Project
- News Briefs 08-11-2013 (Friday)
- Keeping Up with the Open Mindians: Alejandro Rojas Takes the Kardashians to Area 51
- This is the Box. The Box of Crazy
Have a good weekend!