Skeptical Inquirer 31:1

The latest issue of Skeptical Inquirer has been released, and there's plenty of free content on the SI website from the new mag:

Full details of the latest issue available at the SI website.

Weekend Roundup 09-02-2007

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


News Briefs 09-02-2007

Even though I've pared it by half, it's still a huge news day.

Quote of the Day:

Aesthetically, earthen floors are "really special. After a while they look like an old cracked leather couch. When people walk in, they don't say, 'Oh, nice floor.' Everyone gets down on their hands and knees to admire it."

Frank Meyer, natural builder in Austin, TX

Radio 09-02-2007

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

Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week Anne Strieber chats with Maureen Caudill, an internationally recognized expert on neural networks and intelligent systems, whose life exploded in her face when she became suddenly psychic. Afterwards, Linda Howe discusses 'junk DNA'.

Coast to Coast AM: Friday is begins with Ian Punnett talking to legendary comic artist Stan Lee for the first hour, followed by open lines. Schedule for Saturday and Sunday 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, Dreamland is free. Dreamland also now offers a podcast of the most recent show.

New Dawn #100

Congratulations to New Dawn magazine on bringing up their century, with the release of Issue 100 - in a tough business, that's quite a feat. As per usual, the ND folk have released some free content on the web as tasters to the full magazine:

The ND website has the full rundown on the contents of the latest issue.

Phoenix Flares

Just shy of ten years since the Phoenix Lights incident, more reports of lights over the city were made on Tuesday night. MyFox Phoenix has video of the lights taken from their helicopter, with the prosaic explanation that the lights were in fact military flares (which was the explanation for the original Phoenix Lights event). The story provides a good illustration of the similarities between each incident. On the flipside, the fact that this incident comes so near the 10th anniversary of the original event, and the newsfolk seem so well-versed on the information, one can't but help suspect that this was an intentional demonstration for the benefit of the public (using friendly media sources).

News Briefs 08-02-2007

How's the new Daily Grail working out for you?

  • Nazi Grail hunters: Himmler's secret quest to locate the Holy Grail.
  • Ghosts find a home in Canada.
  • The garbage dump that is our skies. Good thing we haven't had rocket science since the time of the Egyptians (please, no arguments), or we wouldn't be able to see the stars at night anymore.
  • Team envisions exploring Mars with mini probes.
  • UFO(s) over Lake Erie (video)?
  • Maybe it was a few people joy-riding in their advance order X-Hawk fancraft?
  • Court told that HIV deniers are like UFO supporters. Glad to see ufology is held in such high regard.
  • "Global warming, as we know it, does not exist". Careful there, soon you'll be compared to UFO supporters.
  • Where have all the real scientists gone? You know the ones, those tough geeks that will jab themselves or swallow all manner of strange things (right Dr Hofmann?).
  • Hi-tech search for prominent computer scientist lost at sea.
  • Poking fun at Newtonian reality: stopped laser pulse reappears a short distance away.
  • Newly discovered skeletons push primates closer to the dinosaur era.
  • Hobbit skeptics split on what a second skull would mean.
  • First American's arrived recently and settled the Pacific coast. Wonder whether they had to be fingerprinted like the rest of us?
  • The Bible versus science, in the Grand Canyon.
  • Women have played a major role in history - right from the beginning. The Invisible Sex: Uncovering the True Roles of Women in Prehistory is available from Amazon US and UK.
  • Video blogger who recorded vandalism at a G8 conference serves longer in jail than any other journalist for refusing to comply with a subpoena.
  • Woman missing for 25 years, after hopping on the wrong bus.

Quote of the Day:

May God keep us from single vision and Newton's sleep.

William Blake

Arthur C. Clarke Egogram has posted an 'egogram' from renowned space pioneer, futurist and author Arthur C. Clarke, which gives an update on his current activities and interests. In amongst the list is an ambitious program by the Arthur C Clarke Centre "to investigate the reach and impact of human imagination." It's objective is... identify young people with robust imagination, to help their parents and teachers make the most of that talent, and to accord imagination as much regard as high academic grades in the classroom - anywhere in the world....I’m hopeful that the billion dollar communications satellite industry I founded 60 years ago with my Wireless World paper (October 1945), for which I received the astronomical sum of £15, will be partners in this endeavour.

Other mentions in the egogram include Clarke's thoughts on the rise of private space enterprise, and the status of his current book projects.

News Briefs 07-02-07

Quote of the Day:

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

Marcel Proust

From the Stargate Archives

Remote viewing expert Daz has unearthed a very interesting document from the US government's remote viewing Stargate Project (released under the Freedom of Information Act). The document is somewhat of a Holy Grail for those learning or researching remote viewing, as it details the training for not only the known "6-stage model" of Controlled Remote Viewing (CRV), but also a hypothetical set of stages past the stage 6 going from 7 to stage 11, authored by pioneer Ingo Swann (with some very interesting information within). This document is not to be confused with the known CRV Training Manual currently available on the web. Head over to Daz's blog for the full run-down.