John Higgs' excellent biography of Tim Leary, I Have America Surrounded, has just been released in the UK (release in the US scheduled for September). The book takes a look at the amazing life of one of the 20th centuries most controversial figures:
A brilliant Harvard psychologist, Leary was sacked because of his research into LSD and other psychedelic drugs. He went on to become the global figurehead of the 1960s drug culture, coin the phrase "tune in, turn on and drop out", and persuade millions of people to take drugs and explore alternative lifestyles, yet, the tremendous impact of his 'scandalous' research has been so controversial that it has completely overshadowed the man himself and the details of his life. Few people realise that Timothy Leary's life is one of the greatest untold adventure stories of the twentieth century. Timothy Leary led a life of unflagging optimism and reckless devotion to freedom. It was, in the words of his goddaughter Winona Ryder, 'not just epic grandeur but flat-out epic grandeur.' Leary's life is undoubtedly one of the greatest untold adventure stories of the twentieth century and this book presents it for the first time in all its uncensored glory.
I've been reading through an advance copy already, great stuff. You can pick up a copy of the book, no matter where you live, via Amazon UK. And remember that John contributed an article on Leary's affinity with Aleister Crowley to Issue 4 of Sub Rosa, which you can download freely from the SR website.
Kat's sailing the Seven Seas on a pirate ship.
- A historic 18th century Maryland inn is to be turned into a Starbucks.
- The remains of a medieval village have been discovered under a Scottish golf course.
- Archaeologists working on a 4500-year-old grave in Mexico have discovered the oldest known example of dental work in the Americas.
- Two stone chimes, one being the largest of its kind ever found, were excavated in China.
- A 1500-year-old Maya stone box looted from a Guatemalan cave has been anonymously returned.
- Symbols of Mithraism, including a goat design carved into a jewel, have been found at Kangelou, an ancient Iranian fortress.
- A 500-year-old Latin inscription that translates to Where God Does Not Exist, is causing controversy in Turkey.
- Crop Circle hoaxers promise a bumper season of fakes to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Doug & Dave. Farmers' hopes of a bumper season of undamaged crops fade.
- If you suffer from hayfever, or fear banjo-playing farmers who want to hear you squeal like a pig, then stay at home and fake a UFO photo for this competition.
- The Top Secret UFO Project, mockumentary film, is set to cause confusion.
- Eagle-eyed readers have spotted references to the top-secret Aurora project in the UK MoD's recently declassified Project Condign.
- The Aymara people of the Andes have a different concept of time -- the future lies behind us, and the past is ahead.
- A gigantic yellow stain in Arctic ice is providing evidence that life exists in extremes. With pic. I can make out the first letter ...
- A new study says longer seasons without ice are turning polar bears to cannibalism as they can no longer reach food sources.
- A geology team says Stonehenge's megaliths were moved via glacier. Or the X-Men's Iceman does a bit of timetraveling.
- The Book of THoTH reprints an article by Ellen Lloyd, Alien Gods and Magic In Ireland.
- Bryan Singer's Superman Returns is hitting cinemas, and some believe the Man of Steel is a Christ figure.
- Faster than a speeding bullet, women's brains react surprisingly fast to erotic images, with responses just as strong as men, says new research.
- Sufferers of prosopagnosia are unable to identify people through face-recognition, and new research suggests it's genetic.
- A respected Scottish medium says babies send strong telepathic messages that he can read.
Quote of the Day:
You remind me of the babe
Babe with the power
Power of voodoo
Remind me of the babe!
David Bowie, "Magic Dance" (from the movie Labyrinth)
A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...
- Dr Dean Radin responds to psi research criticism.
- History News Network has a long analysis of the Bosnian Pyramid claims and controversy.
- The Psychedelic Salon has a new podcast available, "Psychedelogy: A Novel Paradigm of Self...Mastering The Power of Belief", by RafaelO Aisner (at Burning Man 2003).
- Whitley Strieber celebrates his birthday with a journal entry on new evidence regarding his own alien experiences.
- The Book of Thoth has "Alien Gods and Magic in Ireland", by Ellen Lloyd.
- SurvivalAfterDeath.org has "Parapsychology: The Revolution Spreads", by J.G. Pratt.
- ScientificExploration.org has a review of Jim Tucker's Life Before Life (Amazon US and UK).
Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:
Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week begins with Linda Howe's report on the 'alien rain' headline story from India. Afterwards, Whitley talks to Egypt expert Ed Malkowski about what he thinks was really happening before the Pharaohs.
Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines, on Saturday Ian Punnett talks to Dr. Wayne Dyer on the 'early show' about how global thought patterns could be generating natural disasters and catastrophes, followed by Art Bell talking to Russell Targ about non-local awareness and remote viewing. On Sunday, Art Bell is joined by author Maurice Cotterell who'll share his knowledge of ancient civilizations, encoded secrets and the epic journey of the Celtic people.
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.
Finally, a little Maroon medicine to cure my ills...
- Bilderberg 2006 meeting comes to an end. Anyone owning a black limo service in Canada probably did quite well out of it ("do they have tinted windows?"). More here.
- Jesus Christ Superman: Is the Man of Steel a modern-day Jesus figure? I wonder if Jesus wore his underpants on the outside too?
- Is this the hand of John the Baptist. Poor guy must have got dismembered pretty good.
- British MoD UFO report may give legs to Aurora spy plane controversy.
- And the crop circles begin for 2006.
- Stonehenge's blue stone mystery solved? Geologists say glaciers moved the stones to Salisbury, not humans.
- Behind the fairy folklore of the British Isles.
- Which is the best in this UFO photoshopping contest?
- More on the British expert debunking the Bosnian pyramid. And archaeology.org has a scathing report.
- 4,500-year-old burial in Mexico may show the earliest dental work in the Americas.
- 15-year-old sets North American record for reciting Pi from memory, managing an astounding 10,980 digits. Even more astounding that's only the ninth best in the world, with the best ever being 42,195! I'm guessing that guy can remember his own phone number.
- The mystical giant golf ball endowed by US forces. It's so...golf bally.
- New Google Earth Beta features textured buildings.
- Supercomputer employed to figure out what is required to deflect a killer asteroid. The printout suggested all we need is Bruce Willis and a crappy Aerosmith song...
- Sci-Fi Channel tells you all the various ways our planet can end.
- Google's no-so-very-secret weapon.
- Will technology shape our future into a heaven or a hell? Perhaps we should consider some limbo-like state of apathetic numbness as another possibility?
- Stephen Hawking warns that we must leave the Earth. Does he know something we don't?
- Is immortality just a dream?
- Along the right (ley) lines.
- Crikey! Ancestor of all alligators and crocodiles found in Australia.
- FEMA paid out $1.4 billion to fraudsters after Hurricane Katrina.
- Humpty Dumpty banned in India. Apparently he's a bad egg.
Thanks Kat and Heartsguy.
Quote of the Day:
Who controls the British crown? Who keeps the metric system down? We do! We do!
Who leaves Atlantis off the maps? Who keeps the martians under wraps? We do! We do!
Who holds back the electric car? Who makes Steve Guttenberg a star? We do! We do!
Who robs the cave fish of their sight? Who rigs every Oscars night? We do! We do!
'The Stone-Cutters Song' - The Simpsons
Its nice to know I can do this one handed.
- Nature peer review trial and debate.
- Labs compete to make new nuclear bomb.
- David Icke: the lizards and the jews.
- Baalbek:Lebanon’s sacred fortress. Parts 1 and 2.
- Battle to save Lascaux.
- Aymara have reverse concept of time.
- Philippines volcano bursts into life.
- Oldest portrait in the world discovered.
- Newton spots the greatest of great balls of fire.
- Full list of Bilderberg attendees.
- Tunguska-type blast repeat causes concern.
- Asteroid-watchers worry about Cosmic Katrina.
- The truth? You can’t handle the truth.
- Waiter there is a fly in meiner suppe.
- Meteoroid hits the moon.
- Bosnian pyramid is not human made.
- Suicide by pseudoscience.
- Atlanteans may live in their underworld beneath our feet.
- New American Century project ends with a whimper.
Quote of the Day:
Love truth, and pardon error.
A strange assortment to get you through the week...
- Rupert Sheldrake gives the Reality Club his dangerous idea for their 2006 list.
- Binnall of America have yet another audio interview available for your listening pleasure. This week's guest is Royce Myers of UFOwatchdog.com (available in mp3/podcast and Flash).
- UFO Casebook #209 is now available.
- CNN had Dan Aykroyd on discussing his DVD about UFOs. Here's the video, or alternatively you can just read the transcript.
- Here's the latest newsletter from skeptic James Randi.
- The Société Périllos have a new essay, "Enigma of the cemetery of Rennes-le-Château".
- The May issue of the Near Death Newsletter is available (also in PDF format and has an interesting feature on the NDE-REM intrusion study which hit news a couple of months ago - the newsletter reprints a number of experts' opinions on the study. The June issue is apparently on the way very soon (thanks Pam).
- Don Watson gives his critical review of Gary Schwartz's book The G.O.D. Experiments.
More history news today than you could shake a stick at. Stick not included...
- Did the ancient Greeks and Native Americans swap starcharts? A follow-up to the recent story about the depiction of an ancient supernova.
- Archaeologists believe they have found an ancient Indian port which connected it with the Roman Empire.
- Discovery of new drawing by Da Vinci. Bandwagon jumper...
- Is the truth about Masada less romantic than the accepted story?
- Accelerating development in Ireland leaves Irish archaeology near crisis point.
- What is it with Stonehenge and the Druids (would make a good band name wouldn't it...).
- The battle to save the treasures of Lascaux Cave.
- A profile of Jim B. Tucker, a psychiatrist who investigates past-life memories of children. Tucker is also the author of the well-regarded book, Life Before Life (Amazon US and UK).
- Rare counting ability temporarily induced by switching off brain region.
- South America's Aymara people see time in the opposite way to us - the future is behind us, and the past ahead.
- Avert your eyes Shadows. Village plans to cash in on their annual tourist attraction: mass bird suicide.
- The man who helped crack the human genome says the work allowed him to "glimpse at the workings of God."
- A review of George Basalla's Civilized Life in the Universe (Amazon US and UK), which voices criticisms of SETI.
- Playing those mind games...
- Did you know that Earth has a second moon? It's a massive 20 metres across, and travels like a corkscrew.
- And did you know how flies walk on ceilings? Love that image.
- The ISS and the Moon take precedent, as NASA shelves its climate satellites.
- Scientists claim they've synthesized an anti-aging molecule that can even make cells younger.
- String theory debunked in Peter Woit's Not Even Wrong: The Failure of String Theory and the Continuing Challenge to Unify the Laws of Physics (Amazon US & UK).
- China's controversial 3 Gorges Dam - by the numbers.
- New report says there's as much wind power potential off US coasts as the current capacity of all US power plants combined.
- The Simpsons almost disproves Fermat's last theorem.
- Using gravity to get off the ground, new plane will climb like a balloon and fly like a glider.
- Genes governing embryonic stem cell immortality discovered.
- Simply exhaling allows laser-based breath analyzer to diagnose disease.
- Alzheimer's vaccine shows success in mice.
- Outsourcing war to the 'bullet sponges' - discussing those 'contractors' that seem everywhere in Iraq (the happy new word for 'mercenaries' used by politicians and the media).
- Jesus loves a machine gun. He could have done with one when those crazy Romans decided to put him up on a cross. Now that would make for a readable Bible!
Thanks Kat and Heartsguy.
Quote of the Day:
I don't believe anything, but I have many suspicions. I strongly suspect that a world "external to," or at least independent of, my senses exists in some sense. I also suspect that this world shows signs of intelligent design, and I suspect that such intelligence acts via feedback from all parts to all parts and without centralized sovereignity, like Internet; and that it does not function hierarchically, in the style an Oriental despotism, an American corporation or Christian theology...I sometimes suspect that what Blake called Poetic Imagination expresses this exact thought in the language of his age, and that visits by"angels" and "gods" states it an even more archaic argot.
These suspicions have grown over 72 years, but as a rather slow and stupid fellow I do not have the chutzpah to proclaim any of them as certitudes. Give me another 72 years and maybe I'll arrive at firmer conclusions.
Robert Anton Wilson
Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.
Coast to Coast AM: On Monday paranormal researcher Wayne Herschel will discuss the evidence that humans are ETs who invaded Earth 10,000 years ago, Tuesday Rosemary Ellen Guiley will discuss her work with ghost research, demonic haunting, EVPs, as well as dreams. Wednesday's guest is TBA (check the link for updates), while on Thursday writer for Science Magazine, Charles Seife , probes the mind-boggling advances that are taking us to the brink of a new understanding of the universe
More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website. Also C2C can be listened to through KOGO.
When I first began looking into Near Death Experience (NDE) research and related fields, every second journal article I seemed to come across was penned by a guy named D. Scott Rogo (and the other half seemed to be by Michael Grosso, who now writes a column for us for Sub Rosa). Scott Rogo was a prolific and well-respected author and writer, who was tragically murdered in 1990 - some of his ideas and insights still seem well ahead of the rest of the field even now.
I was very happy, therefore, to find that Anomalist Books has now republished a number of his works. Covering reincarnation, miracles, poltergeists, and a number of other paranormal subjects, these books are great reading. I've been lucky enough to get my hands on two of the titles, and it says a lot about Rogo that one of them was written by him when he was 20, and yet displays an extremely deep understanding of the topic and historical sources. Well worth checking out.