Tuesday Roundup 18-12-2007

A strange assortment to get you through the week...


DMT: The Movie

Dr Rick Strassman's book DMT: The Spirit Molecule (Amazon US and UK) was a surprise hit a few years back. In the book, Rick Strassman looked back on his (completely legal) research into the potent entheogen dimethyltryptamine (DMT), one of the main components of the Amazonian shamans' brew ayahuasca, recounting how many of his volunteer research subjects underwent 'contact' with strange entities.

Well, now a documentary of the same name is being produced on the topic:

THE SPIRIT MOLECULE weaves an account of Dr. Rick Strassman's groundbreaking DMT research through a multifaceted approach to this intriguing hallucinogen found in the human brain and hundreds of plants. Utilizing interviews with a variety of experts to explain their thoughts and experiences with DMT within their respective fields, and discussions with Strassman’s research volunteers brings to life the awesome effects of this compound, and far-reaching theories regarding its role in human consciousness and evolution.

Participants include Rick Strassman (of course...he's also co-producer on the film), Graham Hancock, Alex Grey, Jeremy Narby, Erik Davis, Daniel Pinchbeck and Whitley Streiber. The website is very nicely put together, although some sections are still to be completed (notably, the 'Media' section). Certainly something to look forward to.

Note that you can read my review of DMT: The Spirit Molecule here on TDG, as well as an interview I did with Rick a few years back.

Radio 18-12-2007

Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.

Fate Radio: This week Hilly talks to Scott Corrales, about the paranormal in Central and South America (Real Audio or mp3).

Coast to Coast AM: On Monday P.M.H. Atwater will discuss her explanation of NDEs as wells as the variety of ways individuals access other dimensions. Tuesday is TBA at time of posting (check the link for updates). On Wednesday Barbara Hand Clow will discuss her work on time acceleration and the awakening of the 'world mind,' as well as outline the years leading up to 2012. Thursday's guest is historian and speaker Neil Howe will discuss his work on generations and how they shape history, as well as the twenty year cycle of crisis facing the U.S.

More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website. You can listen to C2C live, or to recent archived shows, at CJOB.com.

Newgrange Solstice - Live!

A nifty little meeting of ancient and modern: this year's Winter Solstice at Newgrange will be webcast live, to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the re-discovery of the Winter Solstice Phenomenon at Newgrange by Professor O’Kelly in 1967:

Newgrange (co. Meath, Ireland) is best known for the illumination of its passage and chamber by the winter solstice sun. Above the entrance to the passage at Newgrange there is a opening called a roof-box. Its purpose is to allow sunlight to penetrate the chamber on the shortest days of the year, around December 21, the winter solstice. At dawn, from December 19th to 23rd, a narrow beam of light penetrates the roof-box and reaches the floor of the chamber, gradually extending to the rear of the passage. As the sun rises higher, the beam widens within the chamber so that the whole room becomes dramatically illuminated. This event lasts for 17 minutes, beginning around 9am.

For the first time ever, the 2007 Winter Solstice illumination of the passage and chamber at Newgrange will be streamed live on the internet...The Winter Solstice event from inside the chamber at Newgrange will be broadcast on the mornings of Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd December 2007. If conditions are good the rising sun will illuminate the passage and chamber between 8:58am and 9:15am GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).

The webcast will be available on the Heritage Ireland website. Let's hope they're on good terms with Huey...

News Briefs 17-12-2007

Have you noticed that 'unavoidable interruptions' multiply in direct proportion to the perceived importance of any project you're working on?

Thanks, Rick.

Quote of the Day:

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble -- it's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

Mark Twain

Egyptologist Confirms Bosnian Pyramid?

Astraea Magazine is featuring a new and exclusive radio/podcast interview with Dr. Nabil Swelim, a professional and well-credentialed Egyptologist who says the 'Bosnian Pyramids' are man-made:

The Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun is the largest pyramid ever witnessed; it is an amazing structure of a great importance for the entire world. This is an amazing discovery and it is going to take us a lot of time to figure all this out, meaning how these fascinating structures were built.

This certainly gives supporters of the excavation something to crow about - Swelim has worked in Egypt on pyramid sites for some time, and certainly brings some authority to the claims of the Bosnian Pyramid Foundation.

However, on the flipside, the former chief geologist from the Bosnian Pyramid Foundation has made damaging allegations against Sam Osmanagic and the quality of science being done at the site. In an interview published at the end of November in the Bosnian magazine BHDani, Nadija Nukic claimed selective publishing of reports, announcements of ancient writing that was in fact newly carved, and use of an excavator, all cast doubts on the claims of the Foundation.

Weekend Roundup 15-12-2007

A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...


Fortean Times #231

The latest issue of Fortean Times (#231) is out, and anybody interested in the life and times of Aleister Crowley should enjoy this one. In the new issue:

  • "The Life & Times of Aleister Crowley" by Phil Baker.
  • "Crowley Lives!", by Dr Dave Evans, which analyses his impact on modern culture.
  • "Crowley & The Spooks", by Richard McNeff.
  • "The Tregerthen Horror" by Paul Newman.
  • "Who let the greys in?" by Alan Chapman (on supposed parallels between LAM and 'grey' aliens).
  • "The Wickedest Man in the World" by Gary Lachman.
  • "Magick Potions" by Ian Simmons.
  • "The Last Ritual" by Tim Weinberg, which looks at Crowley's death and funeral.

Lots more besides - further details at the Fortean Times website (and some interesting discussion of the contents of the new issue at Cabinet of Wonders too).

Amazon Buys Rowling's Beedle

Amazon supremo Jeff Bezos has announced that his online book retailing company has won the auction for J.K. Rowling's ultra-limited edition The Tales of Beedle the Bard, paying an unbelievable £1,950,000 (for 1 - yes 'one' - book...give me the standard Amazon commission on that one). They have kindly displayed some images from the book, for those interested - and it looks gorgeous:

The Tales of Beedle the Bard is extensively illustrated and handwritten by the bard herself - all 157 pages of it. It's bound in brown Moroccan leather and embellished with five hand-chased hallmarked sterling silver ornaments and mounted moonstones.

Enjoy these first images of the book. We'll be adding reviews of each of the fairytales and more photos of this beautiful object as we can get them up in the coming hours.

Rowling has donated the proceeds of the sale to The Children's Voice campaign, a charity she co-founded to help improve the lives of institutionalized children across Europe. Speaking after the sale, the bestselling author said "I am stunned and ecstatic. This will mean so much to children in desperate need of help. Christmas has come early for me."

Auction house Sotheby's had originally predicted the book to sell for around £50,000. It is one of only seven handmade copies, with the other six being given to Rowling's closest friends. It's worth noting that the sale does not give Amazon the right to publish the book, as Rowling retains the copyright.

News Briefs 14-12-2007

This should be enough news to keep you kids out of trouble for a while:

Thanks Greg.

Quote of the Day:

Today, nothing is more important to the future and credibility of science than liberation from the gravity-driven universe of prior theory. A mistaken supposition has not only prevented intelligent and sincere investigators from seeing what would otherwise be obvious, it has bred indifference to possibilities that could have inspired the sciences for decades.

David Talbott and Wallace Thornhill, from 'Thunderbolts of the Gods'

(Amazon US).