A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...
- At Cosmic Spoon, Daz has a fascinating chronicle of his remote viewing session in search of Steve Fossett (blind to the target).
- Forgetomori exposes the "Viborg 'Jellyfish' UFO" for what it really is...hot air.
- At Cabinet of Wonders (#1), Q goes in search of "The Ghosts of the Empire".
- Curious Expeditions tells of "The Grim Fate of the Clockmaster".
- Annalisa Ventola reviews what looks to be a fascinating book - Unleashed: Of Poltergeists and Murder (Amazon US and UK), at Public Parapsychology.
- Michael Prescott continues his investigations into the 'abilities' of medium David Thompson, with a foray into the world of escapology.
- Marcel Cairo gives some "Readings and Random Observations" - live from both sides of the grave - on the latest AfterlifeFM show.
- Marcel was also a guest on the latest instalment of the Skeptico podcast - "Medium Research and the Battle Between Science and Religion".
- Skilluminati Research has a new entry titled "McKenna vs Vallee: The Oversoul as Saucer".
- Cabinet of Wonders (#2) looks into "The Wonder of the Golden Proportions".
- Greg Bishop asks if it's "Intelligent Design - or Nature?" at UFO Mystic. While there, check out Nick Redfern's latest entry, "Harwell, Harlequin and UFOs".
- Esolibris features an article from Laurence Gardner, "The Magdalene Legacy: Revelations Beyond the Da Vinci Code".
- The latest podcast from the Psychedelic Salon is Bruce Damer's lecture "The Ultimate Revelation: How Rare We Are in the Universe”.
- Radio Rennessence have posted an interview RlC researcher Jean-Luc Robin.
- Filer's Files #37 has the latest ufological roundup.
- Anthony North looks into cults and conspiracy at Beyond the Blog.
- Filip Coppens tells the story of "Arthur's Homeland".
This week on Whitley Strieber's Dreamland radio show, author Daniel Pinchbeck was scheduled for a chat about his book 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl (Amazon US and Amazon UK). What eventuated though was a heated argument, after Daniel accused Whitley of being...
...in league with alien presences that don’t have the best interests of the human species at heart...the result is an intense and revealing discussion as Pinchbeck accuses Strieber of encouraging disaster by having a ‘negative’ view of the future and Strieber accuses Pinchbeck of preferring a fantasy that seeks to ignore the laws of nature.
In the washup to this interview, both Whitley (in his journal entry "War in Dreamland!") and Daniel (in a new blog entry at Reality Sandwich) have commented about this toe-to-toe. And if all that's not enough for you, Regan Lee gives her observations about the brouhaha.
Doubt whether I'll be making the trip across the pond....loose ends just won't come together.
- Harvard lecturer Dr Marc Zender does his best to expand on the crystal skull mythos while looking down his nose at the topic (as mentioned in my story about the upcoming Indiana Jones movie).
- Jackie Gleason's occult library on exhibit in Miami.
- Kilo prototype mysteriously loses weight. Does that mean I don't weigh as much anymore?
- Moral psychology and the misunderstanding of religion - a talk with Jonathan Haidt. His book The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom is available from Amazon US.
- Also: neuroscience and fundamentalism. Some might suggest that neuroscience itself has a few hints of fundamentalism...
- Mirror particles for entirely new kind of matter.
- Bizarre parasitic star found. In space that is, not Hollywood.
- Google sponsors $30 million Moon contest. Now if I can just get them to listen to my idea for a $30 million Daily Grail contest...
- Engage the antimatter drive.
- Some news to brighten your day: Earth may survive the Sun's demise in 5 billion years time.
- Backstrap straps harvest energy to power electronics. Could come in handy when our Sun winks out of existence.
- 'Nano-artwork' made from gold particles is 1/10th the size of the head of a pin. Some scientists have far too much time on their hands.
- Average US age reaches record of 77.9 years.
- European Parliament signs declaration against primate experimentation.
- Train vibrations threaten the tomb of Xerxes.
- Chris de Burgh - pop singer turned faith healer. I can hear Weird Al already..."Lady, rise from your beeeeddd".
- Fact or fiction: babies exposed to classical music end up smarter. My kids grew up on prog rock.
- Close encounters of the scientific kind.
- Who's who in ufology today.
- More on Chinese lanterns as the cause for recent British UFO sightings.
- Reporter films Chinese Loch Ness monster.
- Little men seen filing out of a recently cut down tree in Argentina.
Quote of the Day:
It is often stated that of all the theories proposed in this century, the silliest is quantum theory. In fact, some say that the only thing that quantum theory has going for it is that it is unquestionably correct.
Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:
Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week features a dust-up between Whitley Strieber and Daniel Pinchbeck concerning our uncertain future.
Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines. Early show Saturday 'Art Bell - Somewhere in Time' returns to 1/22/97 for a conversation with speaker/author Wayne Green. Later, Glenn Kimball will discuss what diverse ancient cultures recorded about the year 2012, and the grand implications of what could be in store. On Sunday, guest host George Knapp welcomes investigator of alternative technologies Joseph P. Farrell for a discussion on the Third Reich's secret weapons project which involved anti-gravity and manipulation of space-time.
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.
Happy birthday for yesterday to my little nephew Ethan!
- Meet Jessica Utts, the paranormal statistician.
- Can this man see the future...or is he just dreaming?
- Will supersmart artificial intelligences keep humans around as pets? Also: online worlds to be AI incubators.
- Is this the end for the iconic Arecibo radio telescope?
- The Cassini probe delivers some amazing up-close-and-personal images of Saturnian moon Iapetus (as one commenter notes on Wired: "Hoagland will have a field day with this"). Visit NASA's Cassini-Huygens page for more information and a library of raw imagery.
- Mars Rover Opportunity begins long-awaited drive into Victoria Crater.
- Climate change ruled out as cause for Neanderthal extinction. I wonder what the Neanderthal-era Al Gore would have looked like? Don't bother telling me...I can read your mind.
- Gorillas head critically endangered wildlife list.
- Also in trouble is this Chinese megafish (video story), which can grow to 16 feet in length. If only it were Japanese, then I could use a snappy 'Fishzilla' headline...
- Take a last look. Maybe tell your kids about them one day.
- The 20 most bizarre experiments of all time (*Warning* - nasty things happening to animals, don't click if you are squeamish). Elephants on Acid will be available from Amazon in November 2007.
- Cancer doubt remains over mobile phones.
- Welcome to the Christian States of America.
- Seventy ton granite statue of Buddha unearthed.
- Diamond super scope to unveil hidden texts.
- Finding a tree within a tree.
- When MRI machines go bad. Might make you nervous next time you're lying quietly inside an MRI...
Quote of the Day:
The beauty and genius of a work of art may be reconceived, though its first material expression be destroyed; a vanished harmony may yet again inspire the composer; but when the last individual of a race of living beings breathes no more, another heaven and another earth must pass before such a one can be again.
The title for the upcoming Indiana Jones sequel was revealed earlier in the week as "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull". Serious TDGers into their 'hidden history' will be familiar with the real-life controversy over the discovery (and alleged powers) of crystal skulls, perhaps the most famous of which is the Mitchell-Hedges skull (I reported earlier this year the death of Anna Mitchell-Hedges, aged 100). It will be interesting to see how much of this mythos is incorporated into the new movie, or if the crystal skull just makes for a good prop.
Update: No sooner had I posted this, when I came across this article at MTV which features Harvard lecturer Dr Marc Zender doing his best to expand on the crystal skull mythos while looking down his nose at the topic.
I missed this the other day - Alex, an African grey parrot renowned for his language cognition and communication skills, has passed away aged 31 (more here). Very sad to me personally, as I did a lot of research on Alex and Irene Pepperberg for a course I did a few years ago on consciousness and language. Even though our class was small, I found it interesting to watch the varying responses from individuals on Alex's abilities - from 'trick pony' to 'just like us' - all based more on the person's worldview than the actual data.
Jameske's having Windows problems...Bill Gates is heading out for some personalised service.
- Junk science is contagious.
- 911 demolition theory challenged.
- Vitamin D something of a panacea.
- Possible energy resource: burning sea water.
- Autistic children immune to contagious yawns.
- Stellar ouroboros.
- Bloops and wow signals.
- Actor group challenges Shakespeare's authorship.
- The sorry story of how Scotland losts its 17th century empire.
- One third of Maltese found to have ancient Phoenician DNA.
- In a cool role reversal, Pacific tribesman come to study the British.
- Did the Rothschilds bankroll Stalin?
- The chemical wedding of Hollywood and the occult tradition.
- A Wrinkle in Time author Madelaine L'Engle passes away, aged 88.
- Orbiting satellites harvesting solar energy and beaming it back to Earth? Sounds like an idea.
- Invisibility cloak turns you into a ray of light.
- Bubble fusion allegations merit more investigation.
- Fractals of the brain.
- Strange goings on in Texas.
Quote of the Day:
I think that fantasy must possess the author and simply use him. I know that is true of ‘A Wrinkle in Time.’ I cannot possibly tell you how I came to write it. It was simply a book I had to write. I had no choice...It was only after it was written that I realized what some of it meant.
Daniel Pinchbeck, author of Breaking Open the Head and 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, is heading out for a bookstore tour in support of 2012, so it might be worth checking his website for the schedule in case he swings by your locale. Daniel is a brilliantly gifted writer and eloquent speaker, and has some very interesting things to say - would definitely make for a worthwhile outing. I'm still waiting for Brisbane, Australia to pop up in his schedule...