The Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) have an interesting new promotion, which takes the form of a cartoon titled Psi Wars. In the flash animation, a very Dean Radin-looking 'Oh Be One Kenobi' - a scientific Jedi - shares intriguing new research on psychic abilities:
Is it true that events such as 9-11 or the O. J. Simpson trial result in detectable changes in global consciousness? Can we communicate at a distance? Are our minds entangled? Join Lukie Psiwalker and a young Yoda on a Jedi's path towards a more enlightened paradigm that can triumph over the Dark Side of fixed ways and beliefs.
Though light-hearted, the cartoon actually offers a concise overview of some of the most notable parapsychology research currently being undertaken.
Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.
Fate Radio: This week Hilly talks with Roswell researcher Dennis Balthazar, who discusses some of the more famous Roswell players, many of whom he respects, and a few who he believes have told rather fanciful tales over the years (Real Audio or mp3).
Coast to Coast AM: On Monday Sharry Edwards will discuss her computer voice analysis system that allows her to analyze a person's intent and health. Tuesday's guests are co-authors of Space Wars, Mike Coumatos and Bill Scott, who will discuss what WWIII would look like with our space-age communications disabled. On Wednesday Stephan A. Schwartz will discuss his latest work on non-locality and consciousness and its role in global warming and the power of intention. Thursday is TBA at time of posting (check the link for updates).
More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website.
Lots of archaeology today, dig in.
- Explorers have discovered a treasure trove of centuries-old Buddhist murals in a remote part of Nepal, thanks to a shepherd who took shelter in the caves.
- Should Harvard graduate Liesl Clark be credited for the discovery? Nup, the Nepalese shepherd wins the cookie.
- A wooden block retrieved from the submerged ruins of Dwaraka will be carbon-dated and could provide an age for this ancient city by the Arabian Sea.
- The Khampa people in the wild east of Tibet live a relaxed lifestyle that has so far avoided the paranoid authority of China.
- The world's tallest Buddhist pagoda, almost 154 metres high, has been rebuilt in China. Lucky Bruce Lee didn't have to fight his way up that one.
- The May issue of FATE magazine has a brilliant article by Paul Stonehill discussing the mysteries of a remote valley in Sichuan Province. A whole audience disappeared halfway through a screening of The Fog remake.
- The intrepid Paul Stonehill is everywhere, investigating the enigmatic Golden Woman of Ugra in Western Siberia.
- Archaeologists have excavated a 1'300-year-old skeleton together with precious jewels in a Bolivian pyramid, miraculously missed by looters.
- Mind-blowing photo gallery of ruins and monoliths found at mysterious Tiwanaku.
- The Israel Museum has unveiled an incredible 2'200-year-old stele that provides insight into the story of Heliodorus and the Temple in Jerusalem.
- An archaeologist in the UK was surprised to find an 18th century sword whilst diving in a river. But he can't expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at him.
- A 500-pound boulder decorated in centuries-old petroglyphs has been stolen from federal land in Arizona. Where were you last weekend, Gary? ;)
- Video report of evidence that the eruption of Santorini 3'500-years-ago not only destroyed the Minoan civilisation on Crete, but devastated parts of Egypt.
- A Here Be Dragons! exhibit studies dragon myths across the globe, and the origin of the infamous cartography warning.
- What do pages 81-82 of an Air Force communications manual order pilots to look for between 3'000 and 22'000 nautical miles above the Earth?
- A video news report revisits the Chicago O'Hare UFO incident.
- Mutilated cattle drained of blood and bearing no wound marks are no bull, with hundreds and perhaps thousands reported worldwide each year.
- A recently published academic paper from the US Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center has cold fusion skeptics out in the cold.
- Britain's leading scientists accuse the US oil company ExxonMobil of secretly funding groups to undermine the scientific consensus on climate change.
- In the library of painter Robert Lenkiewicz (who died in 2002), opening a 16th-century book on witchcraft could land you a pressed mummified Elizabethan frog. Kat's already packed her Hogwarts uniform and is booking a flight to the UK right now.
- A short piece on the myth of the Basque Witches, burnt at the stake in 1610.
- A Chicago man legally purchases human skulls on Ebay, but police say reports are false that they found one boiling in a pot.
- Doug Skinner says he is the first poor soul to translate Giovanni Battista Nazari's Three Dreams on Metallic Transmutation.
- Scientists are closer to understanding Fibonacci spirals in nature.
Quote of the Day
Sir Bedevere: What makes you think she's a witch?
Peasant: She turned me into a newt!
Sir Bedevere: A newt?
Peasant: [pauses, embarrassed] ... I got better.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Something a little different, a new scifi series begins next week called Sanctuary -- but you won't find it on tv. It's developed specifically for the internet, featuring movie-quality production and immersive interaction. Starring Amanda Tapping of Stargate: SG1 fame, Sanctuary follows a doctor's discovery that mythical beings and supernatural creatures are real. The sneak peek is promising, reminding me a lot of Clive Barker's Nightbreed and Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy, and it looks to be right up TDG's alley. The first four episodes will be free, but I'm guessing future episodes will be pay-per-view. High speed internet recommended. Loren Coleman and fans of Cryptomundo will love this one.
A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...
- Andrew Gough's Arcadia blog has a new guest article, "Geometry and Artistic Intent in Paintings", by Adrian Lodge Ph. D., which centers on the alleged artistic anomalies in the Rennes le Chateau mystery.
- The latest podcast from the Psychedelic Salon features Terence McKenna, Rupert Sheldrake and Ralph Abraham discussing "Skepticism and the Balkanization of Epistemology”.
- Skeptic Randi's latest newsletter cuts through the woo.
- Over at AMNAP, Matthew Cromer discusses skeptic Richard Wiseman's unfortunate (for him) demonstration of psi.
- The latest eSkeptic newsletter features the article "Science Will Never Explain Everything", by Robert Ehrlich.
- The latest Skeptico podcast is titled "Religion Afraid of Near Death Experience Research", and features Dr Neal Grossman exploring the antipathy towards NDE research from both science and religion.
- Michael Prescott ruminates on consciousness vs awareness.
- The RU Sirius radio show's latest podcast is with Keith Henson, on the topic of space elevators.
- Bill Chalker finds the gray aliens way back in 1963.
Silence is golden...
- Pterodactyl spotted flying over New Guinea? Not so fast, says Loren Coleman.
- The mainstream media catches up with us TDG folk on the British MoD UFO story.
- PEAR Lab scientists send an open letter to the parapsychological community.
- Philadelphia psychics get thrown a lifeline, although the dodgy characters amongst them might want to read carefully as to why.
- Twenty most amazing coincidences.
- CNN talks to futurist Ray Kurzweil about...the future.
- SETI tries to get a grip on alien culture.
- Mars ice patchy, and water cycle quite active, according to study.
- First trial of gene therapy to restore human sight.
- No wonder Dubya's having trouble in Iraq - he forgot to send in the 1000-foot high remote controlled robots...
- Ape behaviour suggests human language started with gestures, not speech.
- Solving Einstein's puzzles. Heck, I can't even work out the sudoku in the newspaper, so I'm not going anywhere near Mr E=mc2.
- Pyramids of Giza in peril.
- Saving Machu Picchu.
- The mystery of Easter Island.
- Ireland halts Tara highway project after archaeological find. No mention of the army of fairy folk that spirited away the work crew...
- And: Return of the Sun Cult. Also: the New World's oldest calendar. It's a sacred site smorgasbord today.
- Why is everyone down on the pharm?
- It seems Nemo could have found his own way home.
- Ontario goes solar.
- Melting Greenland ice could raise ocean seven meters. Sing it Maynard...
Quote of the Day:
Learn to swim, learn to swim.
from "Aenema", by TOOL
Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:
Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week William Henry talks to Catherine Dees about Omm Sety - a woman who claimed to be the reincarnation of an ancient Egyptian, and stunned archaeologists with her knowledge of long-buried sites, to the point that she gradually convinced even the most hard-nosed of them that she had, indeed, lived a life in ancient Egypt.
Coast to Coast AM: First hour Friday Breatharian Wiley Brooks claims that he is a 5th dimensional being who derives his nutrition from the air (mmmhhh?), followed by open lines. Early show Saturday Ian welcomes writer Mark Ribowsky, who'll talk about his biography of rock producer Phil Spector and his current murder trial, followed by Art Bell chatting with Benedictine Monk Brother Michael Dimond about Fr. Malachi Martin's observations about the Catholic Church as well as the third secret of Fatima. Sunday's guest is roboticist and writer Daniel H. Wilson, who will discuss the current state of robotics as well as the future implications of various robotic applications and AI.
More details including relevant websites are available at the linked pages above. Remember also that while Coast to Coast is subscription, Dreamland is free. Dreamland also now offers a podcast of the most recent show.
Silence is golden...
- You only live twice. Hunting down the reincarnated rich and famous. Shame documentary producers can't find the time to track down the real reincarnation researchers.
- Forbes has a pictorial essay on the Top 10 Sinister Secret Societies.
- Scientists find clues to the formation of Fibonacci spirals in nature.
- Physicists connect string theory with established physics.
- Rare skeleton and jewels found in Bolivian pyramid at Tiwanaku.
- 'Woodhenge' at Fort Ancient raises interest in ritual past.
- Is it an inconvenient truth that Al Gore believes Adam and Eve lived 200,000 years ago?
- Study finds people suffering Gulf War Syndrome have a 5% reduction in brain size.
- New nukes are good nukes. US takes first steps to creating first nuclear warheads in twenty years.
- NG video story: Killer Whales being blasted by US Navy sonar?
- Next generation toys read brain waves.
- Mind Hacks has a good round-up and commentary on the latest 'marijuana causes psychosis' news.
- The language you speak may affect how you see the world.
- Female ducks evolve combat genitalia to fend off unwelcome males.
- Could 'Solar Oxygen Crisis' have devastating ramifications for the fundamentals of space science?
- NASA denies snubbing Russian Moon offer.
- Do cosmic forces control life on Earth? Not nearly as metaphysical as it sounds, but an interesting story nonetheless.
Quote of the Day:
The cosmic ballet goes on.
Leonard Nimoy (in 'The Simpsons')
Documentary producer and ufology commentator Paul Kimball (who we regularly link to at his 'Other Side of Truth' blog) has recently completed a new documentary on the UFO topic, titled Best Evidence: Top 10 UFO Cases. The official website/blog for the documentary features behind the scenes images, and thoughts from Paul, as well as video out-takes featuring some of the top researchers giving their thoughts on the best cases available. Sounds like a good one, with Paul Kimball being a straight shooter and not one to descend into the usual pap/crappy voiceovers etc that passes for 'UFO documentaries' usually - I'm looking forward to seeing it at some stage. Best Evidence will premiere on Canada's Space: The Imagination Station on May 10th, at 9 pm EST, and will hopefully be picked up in the various international markets so that we all get a chance to see it.
Went AWOL last week. Just goes to show how little control one can have over ones own life. But I won’t claim the right. Post your thoughts.
- To treat the dead.
- Orwell rolls in his grave.
- Death and sex in space.
- JFK murder plot death bed confession aired on national radio.
- You only live twice.
- The man who came back from the dead.
- What people say may not be what they know.
- New nukes are good nukes?
- Apes may lead to origin of language.
- Two black holes?
- Big brother microphones could supplement CCTV cameras in UK.
- USA and Russia start cold war over the moon.
- Memory: a simple solution.
Quote of the Day:
Evil when we are in its power is not felt as evil but as a necessity, or even a duty.