A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...
- A fascinating article from the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research: "Environmental Sensitivity: Inquiry Into a Possible Link with Apparitional Experience", by Michael Jawer. Full text is available as a PDF file from the site.
- Cryptomundo goes hard at Penn and Teller's cryptozoology feature.
- Over at The New Atlantis you'll find "The Age of Neuroelectronics", by Adam Keiper.
- FutureHi has Dennis McKenna's "Ayahuasca and Human Destiny."
- The Société Périllos have "Did Jesus have descendents?" (sic).
- The Psychedelic Salon have Part 9 of their Terence McKenna series "In the Valley of Novelty" available as mp3/podcast.
- Filer's Files #17 for 2006 has the latest UFO news from around the globe.
- SurvivalAfterDeath.org has an essay by Charles Richet titled "Mediums and Metapsychics".
Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:
Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week's guest is Wayne Hershchel, who says he has discovered that all 50 pyramids of lower Egypt comprise a star map, and that this map points to a nearby sun-like star that could be the origin of the gods of legend, or even mankind.
Coast to Coast AM: On Friday Linda Moulton Howe will share an update about a retired Navy Chief Yeoman's sighting of extraterrestrial biological entities at White Beach Naval Base in Okinawa in 1976. Schedule for Saturday and Sunday are not available at time of posting - check the link for updates.
More details including relevant websites are available at the linked pages above. Remember also that while Coast to Coast is subscription, it can be listened to through KOGO, while Dreamland is free. Dreamland also now offers a podcast of the most recent show.
As if we weren't far enough down the Da Vinci Code rabbit hole, a surprise revelation has shocked just about everyone involved in the recent Da Vinci copyright court case in London. It has emerged that Justice Peter Smith - known affectionately as 'Smithy' - inserted a ciphered message within his judgement on the case. It begins with the two words "Smithy Code", and then is followed by what appears to be 31 random letters. I've set up a page dedicated to the Smithy Code, in which I list the 25 letters and my thoughts on possible solutions - if anyone wishes to add their opinion or solution feel free to go ahead.
Update: The Smithy Code is cracked.
Happy birthday Phoenix, for yesterday!
- Cloud of scholarly dust rises over revolutionary claims of 40,000-year-old footprints in Mexico.
- When in Vietnam, build boats like the Romans did.
- Temple of the Fox found in Peru.
- Archaeology at Jerusalem's Temple Mount is a dangerous business.
- Archaeologists decry history buffs' amateur digs.
- Starlings recognize the grammar in songs. Apart from James Brown that is - they can't figure out what the hell he's singing about.
- Bill would prohibit mandatory microchip implants.
- Gamers might soon control action with their thoughts.
- Despite mutations, Chernobyl wildlife is thriving.
- FDA says marijuana has no medical use. "But damn it's good when watching sci-fi movies," says their spokesman. Okay, so I'm lying (about the spokesman saying that).
- Could it be the FDA is twisting science to serve political ideology?
- Mad Cow link to Alzheimer's? A short review of Colm Kelleher's Brain Trust (Amazon US and UK) - see also our interview with Colm in which we briefly discuss this book.
- Interstellar death-ray not likely to hit Earth. And here I was, two Danishes strapped to the side of my head, recording a holographic message requesting help. Boy, do I feel silly...
- Sub[buy my book]liminal advert[buy my book]ising is making a comeback.
- Exorcism sought for toilet-flushing ghost. I know a few frustrated wives who would happily employ a ghost like that.
- Castle to host biggest ever ghost hunt.
- The mainstream media have been saying that ufo sightings don't happen anymore. Could it be they are wrong? I know, it's shocking to imagine that the MSM could be leading us astray.
- UFO sighted over Reading.
- NASA and China to discuss space cooperation. In related news, clothing shops in Hell hike their prices on winter clothing.
- Blackstar: the US space conspiracy that never was?
- The art of asteroid avoidance.
- Pilgrims say Virgin Mary statue weeps.
- Anthropologists say U.S. political climate boosts creationists. That, and authors of children's books about goats.
- An interview with skeptic Michael Shermer.
- Scientists debunk astrology (what, again?!).
- And yet...university conference investigates second sight - the gift of divination. Tickets were sold out before it was announced. Did you see that joke coming? Okay, I'll stop now.
Quote of the Day:
The stupidity of moral indignation is the unfailing sign in a philosopher that his philosophical sense of humour has left him.
Daniel Pinchbeck, author of the acclaimed narrative on shamanism Breaking Open the Head, returns on May 4th with a new book titled 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl (Amazon US). I'll be posting more about this book in the coming week (I'm currently reading a pre-release), but in the meantime I thought I'd mention that Daniel will be touring around selected cities in the U.S. for book signings and lectures. He starts off on the publication date (May 4th) in New York City, with a reception/party at 8pm at CoSM (Alex Grey’s Chapel of the Sacred Mirrors, 540 West 27th Street, 4th Floor). After that:
- Monday, May 22 at 7pm: New York City - Barnes & Noble, 4 Astor Place, New York, NY 10003, 212-420-1322.
- Friday, June 2 at 7pm: Los Angeles - Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069, 310-659-3684.
- Saturday, June 3 at 3pm: Los Angeles - Diesel Bookstore, 3890 Cross Creed Road, Malibu CA 90265, 310-456-9961.
- Thursday, June 8 at 7pm: San Francisco - City Lights, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133, 415-362-8193.
- Sunday, June 11 at 3pm: Oakland - Diesel Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618, 510-633-9965.
- Wednesday, June 14 at 6pm: Seattle - Elliott Bay Bookstore, 101 S. Main Street, Seattle, WA 98104, 206-624-6600.
- Thursday, June 15 at 7:30pm: Portland - Powell’s, 2720 NW 29th, Portland, OR 97210, 503-228-4651.
2012 covers the gamut of TDG-related subjects - from Graham Hancock and alternative archaeology, to shamanism, consciousness, and the weirdness of quantum mechanics. I'll have a review up in the coming week.
I get a lot of emails from people suggesting cool links, or promoting their website/book/whatever - so many that I simply can't post the majority. Please remember that we have an excellent 'ancillary' website, The Underground Stream of Consciousness, which is perfectly suited to people posting these sorts of items. I have removed the whole queueing process on the Stream, so now any member of TDG or the Stream (membership is shared) can post directly to the front page. I encourage everyone to use the Stream for sharing cool things - whether it's something you found, or something of your own that you want to publicise a bit. Note that you can continue sending us news links for Daily Grail news, we always appreciate that. But things that aren't news - perfect Stream material.
Note that you can reach the Stream easily from TDG via the link under the Daily Grail logo and a few Google Ads (along with our other sites such as our wiki The Red Pill. Conversely, the Stream has a link at the top for coming back to TDG - so it's pretty easy to move around between sites and get your fill of linkage goodness.
Comets, conspiracies and mind control. Post your thoughts.
- The bright comet with a broken heart.
- John Stuart Mill: a portrait.
- Mind Control: the ultimate brave new world. Part 1 and 2.
- Hostile takeover: the corporate control of society.
- Aches to quakes.
- Vaccine dangers and vested interests.
- Loose change. You’ll need time for this one.
- Staring at the sun.
- Rivers flow under Antarctic ice.
- What’s behind the mysterious booms?
- Blackstar: the US conspiracy that never was?
- Huge sunspot coming.
- Mysterious ancient city.
- Tongue and groove.
- Comet NEAT and CMEs. And an old article of mine in the same vein.
- What makes a good patient?
- Girls have it over boys on timed tests.
- Evidence mounts for a companion to the sun.
- Climate change: a model cock-up.
Quote of the Day:
To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.
A strange assortment to get you through the week...
- Binnall of America has a new audio interview available, the latest is with Andre Eggelletion (available as mp3/podcast/Flash streaming audio).
- The Book of Thoth has two articles to check out: Gary Osborn takes a deeper look at the mysterious angle of 23.5 degrees, while the other is a personal account of "My ghostly experience in the Fontana De Oro".
- Cabinet of Wonders has a critique of the Bosnian 'pyramid' excavation.
- The Gazette and Portal of Rennes-le-Chateau has posted part 2 of an interview with Jean-Luc Chaumeil on Pierre Plantard, the Priory of Sion and other related things. Part 1 is here.
- The Société Périllos has put Le Serpent Rouge online.
- Michael Shermer's latest Skeptic column in Scientific American gives his take on the SHAM scam.
- Skeptic Randi's latest newsletter investigates John Edward, Australian Federal Police using psychics, and his own inability to get facts right.
- Filip Coppens latest essay is on the Art of Memory.
- UFO Casebook #202 is now available.
Albert Einstein called entanglement "spooky action at a distance" -- the way two objects remain connected through time and space, without communicating in any conventional way, long after their initial interaction has taken place. Could a similar entanglement of minds explain our apparent psychic abilities? Dean Radin, senior scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, believes it might.
In this illuminating book, Radin shows how we know that psychic phenomena such as telepathy, clairvoyance, and psychokinesis are real, based on scientific evidence from thousands of controlled lab tests. Radin surveys the origins of this research and explores, among many topics, the collective premonitions of 9/11. He reveals the physical reality behind our uncanny telepathic experiences and intuitive hunches, and he debunks the skeptical myths surrounding them. 'Entangled Minds' sets the stage for a rational, scientific understanding of psychic experience.
Radin's previous book The Conscious Universe is a favourite of mine, so I'm looking forward to checking out this latest effort. Remember that Dean Radin also has his own blog.
Lest we forget...
- As The Da Vinci Code movie approaches, the religious debate over its topics is renewed.
- Expert damns church response to Judas gospel. Can you damn the church? Also: possible Gospel of Judas fragments in Ohio?
- The Knights Templar: Who were they? And why do we care?
- Researcher unearths astronomical alignments in Peru.
- In defense of keeping our stolen archaeological treasures - honour amongst thieves.
- Kennewick Man may revolutionise continent's history.
- Would you pay for a TV show which claimed to have contacted the dead John Lennon? I pondered whether even to post this one...how this guy has got worldwide publicity for his fund-raising is a little beyond me. Memo to self: be more tacky in future, and watch the dollars roll in.
- Researchers probe ghost sightings on ship.
- The unruly dead beneath London. Shaun of the Dead comes to mind.
- Evidence mounts for Sun's companion star, from Walter Cruttenden and the Binary Research Institute.
- Black holes are actually green. Doesn't quite have the foreboding sound to it though, does it?
- New movie set to make a joke out of British ufology. Check out our Red Pill entry on the alien autopsy film - and feel free to add more information (it is a Wiki after all).
- Taking a wrong turn in Roswell.
- Do atomic fundamentals change over time?
- New research suggests ways of shutting down Alzheimer's.
- Boom, boom, boom - what is it with those mysterious booming sounds all over the U.S.? New aircraft, UFOs, impending Earthquake, or President Bush’s declining approval rating breaking the sound barrier?
- If there's one thing that could make me a spy, it's the cool toys you get to play with. The getting killed part isn't as attractive.
- Children of invention: young inventors come up with cool gadgets.
- New research aims to give soldiers super-tongues to help make them more efficient killers. Even more reason for women to join together and demand "make love, not war!".
- Is technology changing our brains?
- Air Force One hoax even had the Air Force concerned.
Super-big thanks to Kat.
Quote of the Day:
How's that for a slice of fried gold?