How's your eyesight?
- Was last week’s announcement about gravitational waves and inflation wrong?
- Mystery plume on New Mexico radar near 1945 nuclear bomb test site baffles weather experts.
- Can skepticism blind you to the truth? Here's some anecdotal evidence.
- John Lennon’s UFO drawings up for auction.
- A 14,000-year-old legend from Australia?.
- This is your brain on magic mushrooms.
- Chicken from Hell? Like hell it is.
- Why Earth remains capable of supporting life.
- Tolkien translation of Beowulf to be published for first time.
- DMT and the Soul of Prophecy.
- Recursive Fury goes recurrent. Paper linking conspiracy ideas to climate change denialism retracted.
- Huge sinkhole drains pond within hours. Not that huge, really.
- A new paranormal research archive opens soon at the University of Northampton.
- Revisiting the Scole experiments.
- This is what photography looks like on drugs.
- Bad arguments, great illustrations.
- Frequency of miracles.
Quote of the Day:
I have seen the truth, and the truth has made me odd
During the summer of 2012, film-maker Carla MacKinnon would frequently wake to find herself unable to move, deeply afraid and convinced there was someone or something in the room with her. On occasions she would see or hear people around her bed, and one night even woke up to find a giant spider hovering over her.
MacKinnon was suffering from 'sleep paralysis', a term used to describe the experience of waking to find your body paralysed, a crushing pressure on your chest, a feeling of fear or dread, and sometimes also hallucinations (both auditory and visual) of people or even monstrous creatures beside, or on, your bed. It crops up in the history and folklore of many cultures - the modern word 'nightmare' actually has its origins in this experience, with the Old English 'mære' denoting "an evil spirit or goblin in Germanic folklore which rides on people's chests while they sleep".
Inspired by her experience, MacKinnon created Devil in the Room - an "experimental docu-horror" film supported by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award and made as part of an MA in Animation at Royal College of Art:
For more on the folkloric aspects of sleep paralysis, take a look at David J. Hufford's seminal book The Terror That Comes in the Night, and for online information (including a list of resources) check out The Sleep Paralysis Project, which MacKinnon's film is a part of.
For a survey of the experience in lecture format, see also Professor Chris French's presentation "Something Wicked This Way Comes: Causes and Interpretations of Sleep Paralysis":
Do you, or have you, suffered from sleep paralysis? Rodney Ascher, director of the cult documentary Room 237 (about perceived meanings in Stanley Kubrick's film The Shining), is currently making a film about the phenomenon and is looking to talk to people about it:
I've been obsessed with it ever since it used to happen with me (in my case, I saw sort of a living, 3D shadow looming over in me in judgement)... The film is going to be largely built on interviews with people who've had vivid, first-person experiences with it (and have given some serious thought to what's really happening to them) - if anyone wants to share their stories, the easiest way is to contact us via the film's Facebook page.
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 17-03-2014 (Monday)
- Watch a Stoned Neil deGrasse Tyson Tell You About That Freaky Dude Isaac Newton
- Archaeologists Discover 9000-Year-Old 'Wand' Near Thirty Decapitated Bodies
- News Briefs 18-03-2014 (Tuesday)
- Vale Donald Michael Kraig
- News Briefs 19-03-2014 (Wednesday)
- More Proof That the Matrix is Real
- Vale Steve Moore
- News Briefs 20-03-2014 (Thursday)
- News Briefs 21-03-2014 (Friday)
- Penny Sartori Talks About Her Near-Death Experience Research on the Anthony Peak Consciousness Hour
- Morning Light Illuminates This Mosque in the Colours of the Rainbow
Have a good weekend!
Like an Alex Grey painting come to life, the Pink Mosque of Iran becomes a picture of sublime beauty when its stained glass windows are illuminated by the morning sun.
When someone brings up historical architecture, we picture beautiful arches, towering spires, sculptures and stone walls, but most of us probably don’t think of bright and vibrant colors. Nasir al-Molk Mosque, as illustrated by these photographs, is a striking and strong exception to the idea that historical structures might have been somewhat lacking in colors. Not only are its stained-glass windows richly colored, but its walls feature a beautiful and vibrantly colorful array of painted geometric tiles.
Construction on the mosque was begun in 1876 and completed in 1888 in Shiraz, Iran by the order of Mirza Hasan Ali Nasir al Molk, a lord of the Qajar dynasty. The stained glass windows capture the morning light and create a glorious play of light on the floor of the mosque, earning it the name of the “Pink Mosque” and inviting these photographers to capture its beauty. Although some of the tiles that decorate it are rose-colored, it seems like the mosque includes almost every color under the sun.
One of the near-death experience (NDE) researchers I mention in my book Stop Worrying! There Probably is an Afterlife is Dr. Penny Sartori, an experienced intensive-care nurse from the U.K. I mentioned her own recently released book on the topic, The Wisdom of Near-Death Experiences, a couple of months ago here on TDG, and thought as a follow-up that interested readers might enjoy viewing the above hour-long interview with Penny conducted by another researcher on these topics, Anthony Peake.
You can also keep up with Penny's latest thoughts about the topic of NDEs on her blog.
“Truth alone will endure, all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time”.
- Welcome to Planet Zebra.
- The Vernal Equinox-- Works every time.
- Something on Mars... moved.
- A trillion roses would smell as sweet.
- Want to start a conspiracy theory?
- Need to fly a helicopter? Take the red pill.
- Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind, realized.
- Cinema… A brief history.
- The future of mug-shots.
- Minimalist sushi.
- This week’s evidence of the looming robot uprising… ‘Bot journalists.
Quote of the Day:
“Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”
So long, Tata. Thank you for all the fond childhood memories :'(
- Sugars found in Tequila may protect against obesity & diabetes --like I needed a further excuse. SALUD!!
- France bans Monsanto GM maize ahead of sowing season.
- The toxic-paved road to Idiocracy.
- Half of Americans believe in medical conspiracy theories. If you consider denying the medical benefits of marijuana a conspiracy, then count me --& Sanjay-- in.
- Cancer: Definitely NOT a modern illness.
- Should we or shouldn't we clone a woolly mammoth?
- The Grimerica Show interviews Daniel Estulin, author of TransEvolution: The Coming Age of Human Deconstruction [Amazon US & UK].
- Pimp my Planet: Twin NASA probes find 'zebra stripes' in Earth's radiation belt.
- New Star Wars film to be set 30 years after the battle of Endor --I sense a great disturbance in the Force, like a hundred Photoshop retouching artists, sighing in relief…
- Were rumors of alien dead bodies recovered by the US Military part of a psyops/disinformation campaign? A thought-provoking essay by Nick Redfern.
- ...Speaking of which, Dream team member Kevin Randle revisits the recent Roswell slides brouhaha.
- Lost & Found in Psychic Space: The use of ESP to locate missing planes.
- Has the time come for floating cities? Well DUH!
- Forget about the Mouse! Here's a theme park for Mole Men.
- Don't panic, but the 30th anniversary edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is available online.
- Red Pill of the Day: MMA + Robocop = UWM.
Thanks to Kat, Susan, Erick & Benito Bodoque.
Quote of the Day:
"This must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursdays."
Strange Attractor have announced the very sad news that Steve Moore, a 'hidden' giant in the fields of the occult, Forteana and comics, has passed away:
We’re deeply sad to announce that Steve Moore, author of Somnium and a regular contributor to Strange Attractor Journal, passed away over the weekend, under a beautiful Spring full Moon.
Steve was a warm, wise and gentle man, with a surreal sense of humour and an astoundingly deep knowledge that covered history, the I Ching, forteana, magic, oriental mysticism, martial arts cinema, science fiction, underground comics and worlds more.
Steve was amongst the earliest members of the Gang of Fort, who launched Fortean Times magazine in the early 1970s, and the author of a great many influential comics and short stories for publications including 2000AD, Warrior, Dr Who magazine and, most recently, the Hercules series for Radical Publishing. At the time of his death he was working on a number of new projects, including his ongoing, privately published Tales of Telguuth and The Bumper Book of Magic, with his lifelong friend Alan Moore.
In 2011 Steve gave a rare interview to Aug Stone of The Quietus, while Alan Moore’s book and album project, Unearthing, explored Steve’s life, their friendship and their magical relationship in great detail.
I'm lucky enough to own one of the signed limited edition hardcovers of Steve Moore's Somnium, and in a nice/tragic little synchronicity had pulled the book out of its safe storage a few days ago after reading through a couple of Alan Moore biographies (which yielded its own little synchronicity last weekend).
Those familiar with Steve Moore's work will appreciate the beauty of the Strange Attractor comment that he passed away "under a beautiful Spring full Moon". Safe travels sir.
Link: Steve Moore 1949 – 2014
I think we can all agree that this theory is simple and makes good sense...
- British Ministry of Defence project will obscure sunrise at Stonehenge, says expert.
- The secret behind Stonehenge mystery: ringing rocks.
- The ancient city of Petra was built to align with the Sun, a new study finds.
- Hearing voices: for more than 30 years, shortwave radio bands around the world have been haunted by “numbers stations” on which anonymous voices recite strings of numbers and letters.
- 458 million years ago, Earth was hit by two space rocks simultaneously.
- The discovery of gravitational waves from the beginning of time could redefine our Universe.
- US Navy reveals plot to beam power from space using giant orbiting solar panels.
- Data-mining reveals how conspiracy theories emerge on Facebook.
- Elephants constructed human civilisation.
- Frozen Antarctic moss brought back to life after 1500 years. These scientists really haven't seen The Thing or read any Lovecraft have they?
- The mystery of the sea unicorn.
- Related: how Europeans imagined exotic animals centuries ago, based on hearsay.
- God the teapot.
- Man who woke up in a body bag two weeks ago dies (again).
- Controversial 'alien implant' surgeon Dr. Roger Leir has died.
- Occult author Donald Michael Kraig also passed away this week.
- Mysterious hum in Canada gets government investigation.
- NSA surveillance program can 'reach into the past' to retrieve and replay phone calls.
- Robot Edward Snowden talks to TED (and the guy who invented the Internet).
- For those who like to keep things simple: Lego Stonehenge.
- Image of the Day: A casual reminder that we have a robot DRIVING AROUND AN ALIEN PLANET TAKING PICTURES!
Quote of the Day:
Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.