Mystical Brain

Slate currently has a special "Brains!" issue available, and there are a number of stories which would no doubt interest y'all. John Horgan has written a piece titled "Spirit Tech", which looks at the various ways of stimulating the brain to invoke 'mystical' experiences. DMT researcher Rick Strassman is mentioned, with his quirky insight that one day we might be victims of a 'bio-terror' attack which promotes DMT production in the brain:

I can envision a situation where a cold virus is tinkered with to turn on our methylating enzymes," Strassman says, "spreads around the world in a couple of years, and there you have it.

Sasha Shulgin offers some sage words on the idea of permanent ecstasy as well. There is also another article, "God is in the Dendrites", which discusses how the brain changes during mystical experiences. You can find the introduction and full list of articles to the special issue here.

UK UFO Files to be Released

Following hot on the heels of the French UFO files being placed online, ufology researcher Dr David Clarke has announced that Britain's Ministry of Defence "are to publish their secret archive of UFO reports to dispel claims they have been hiding knowledge of alien visitors to the UK."

Despite claims to the contrary, the British MoD have never employed any full-time UFO investigators and say their interest in the subject is confined to their strictly defined responsibility for defence. Reports made to them are received by an office in Whitehall which, until recently, copied them to air defence experts in the RAF and the Defence Intelligence Staff (DIS). Unlike the French who carried out on-site investigations drawing upon the skills of the gendarmerie and police, in Britain most reports were simply read and filed away.

Although the MoD claim no UFO report has ever been judged to be of defence significance, a small number were subjected to detailed investigations by the RAF and DI55. The nature of these investigations, and their findings, have until recently been a closely guarded secret.

Clarke says that the the first batch of files will be added to the website later this year (with 24 files containing about 7000 cases in all to be released). Nick Redfern has more at UFO Mystic, including Clarke's revelation that "having had a sneek preview of one year’s contents (1979) I can assure you the wait will be worthwhile."

Tuesday Roundup 01-05-2007

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


Radio 01-05-2007

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

Fate Radio: This week's show is an encore presentation of Paul Stonehill discussing UFOs over Russia (Real Audio or mp3).

Coast to Coast AM: On Monday Andrew Collins will discuss his research that shows cosmic rays from the Cygnus constellation may have influenced human evolution. Tuesday's guest is Michael Salla, revealing evidence of extraterrestrials who live among us. On Wednesday Jan Hodges will discuss the latest developments in 'Star Trek' like technology that will allow humans to realize their full potential in various fields, while Thursday is TBA at time of posting (check the link for updates).

More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website.

News Briefs 30-04-2007

Two, four, six, eight, bog in, don't wait.

Thanks Kat.

Quote of the Day:

I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.

Isaac Asimov

Flurb #3

Issue #3 of Flurb is now available online. Subtitled "a webzine of astonishing tales", Flurb gathers host of fiction authors for short-stories on sci-fi, the weird, and all those other things us TDGers love. In the latest issue you'll find stories by Rudy Rucker and Mac Tonnies, and also an interview with RU Sirius. Some nice fiction for your weekend.

Weekend Roundup 27-04-2007

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


Debunking Atlantis and Ancient Astronauts

The latest eSkeptic newsletter has a worthwhile read titled "A New Mythology: Ancient Astronauts, Lost Civilizations & the New Age Paradigm", written by skeptic Tim Callahan:

Authors with little knowledge of either myth or history, and even less of science, have generated an entire new genre that is being embraced by educated and intelligent people. It is a genre in which idiosyncratic interpretation of myth, bad history, and questionable science have been melded to create a new paradigm, one that has the potential to challenge reason and science to the same degree as Bible-based creationism.

Callahan obviously argues from a point of view (that of cynic/skeptic), and I would take issue with a few points - or more precisely, his method of picking and choosing. However, overall, it's a necessary read for anybody interested in 'alternative history', to better understand orthodox views/explanations of a number of the associated 'mysteries' in the genre.

News Briefs 27-04-2007

If I took a zero-G flight, I'm sure I'd be the one to put the 'vomit' in the 'comet'...

Quote of the Day:

Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job..

Douglas Adams

Radio 27-04-2007

Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:

Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week's guest is Jay Weidner, who has been at the center of 2012 phenomenon since 1999 when he began working on the question of what will happen when the earth makes its 26,000 year passage across the galactic center and the Mayan Calendar ends on December 21, 2012.

Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines. Early show Saturday Ian welcomes Saint John Hunt, the eldest son of "super-spy" E. Howard Hunt, for a discussion about how his father had direct knowledge of the planning of the JFK assassination. Later, Art Bell talks to physicist Sean Carroll about the Big Bang, quantum gravity, singularities, black holes, and other theories about the universe we live in. Sunday's guest is Ryan Wood, who will discuss various UFO crashes and the subsequent military retrievals and cover-ups.

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.