Nexus 14:3

The latest issue of Nexus magazine (14:3) has been released, and as usual there are some free articles from the new release available on the 'net:

Check the Nexus website for the full run-down on the latest issue.

Radio 10-04-2007

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

Fate Radio: This week Hilly interviews Rita Louise about the tradition of Kabbalah (Real Audio or mp3).

Coast to Coast AM: On Tuesday anthropologists and novelists Michael and Kathleen Gear discuss their conclusion that modern civilization is doomed due to the historic cycle of climate change and overpopulation. Wednesday's guest is hypnotherapist and UFO researcher Craig R. Lang, who will discuss his work with abductees and various experiences and themes involving the 'visitors.' Thursday is still TBA at time of posting (check the link for updates).

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

News Briefs 09-04-2007

Rico claims he's still delivering Easter eggs.
Some of you may remember that, in the past, Paul Collins and dashour have posted about Kriya yoga. Today, there's welcome news of a particularly positive effect of Kriya yoga.

  • 3.2 billion-year-old surprise: The theory that Earth once underwent a prolonged time of extreme global freezing has been dealt a blow by new evidence that periods of warmth occurred during this so-called 'Snowball Earth' era.
  • Fifth space tourist goes into orbit. Despite space tourism, Russians worry about lagging in the space race.
  • Why your car's 'sat nav' doesn't like the sun.
  • Researchers have demonstrated a prototype nanometer-scale generator that produces continuous direct-current electricity by harvesting mechanical energy from such environmental sources as ultrasonic waves, mechanical vibration or blood flow.
  • Chemistry professor developes 'fuel-latent plastic' that can easily be turned into a substitute diesel fuel.
  • Climbers become reluctant witnesses to global warming.
  • Scientists, governments clash over climate report.
  • To find out if the world can share the burden of climate change, scientists are swiping a few ideas from Asimov's Foundation series.
  • The recent 8.0-magnitude earthquake in the Pacific lifted the entire island of Ranongga, pushing its shoreline out by up to 70 metres and exposing the surrounding coral reefs, which used to attract scuba divers from around the world.
  • Imagine having a discussion with Isaac Newton or Albert Einstein on the nature of the universe, where their life-sized, 3-D representation looked you in the eye, examined your body language, considered voice nuances and phraseology of your questions, then answered you in a way that's so real, you'd swear the images were alive.
  • Los Angeles turns to wastewater sludge for electricity -- by a process that's a bit more complicated than you might suspect.
  • Big Bang at atomic lab after scientists get their maths wrong.
  • Extreme genetic engineering: An Introduction to synthetic biology - the design and construction of new biological parts, devices and systems that do not exist in the natural world, and the redesign of existing biological systems to perform specific tasks. Hefty pdf.
  • Efforts to catalogue living species tops 1 million.
  • Over the centuries, many big ideas have struggled to dominate the planet - fascism, communism, democracy, religion - but only one has achieved total supremacy.
  • An overview of prophets and prophecies, including St. Malachy's unnerving prophecy of the popes, and the poem, Omen of the Dragon -- perhaps included in light of recent news on climate change?
  • The Puranas, ancient Hindu texts, are not merely mythological, sectarian, or religious stories but contain much genuine historical evidence, and have also, on occasion, proven to be prophetic.
  • Ritual sacrifice: A test of purity of intentions via charity to the poor.
  • In Vidarbha, India, statistics show that every 8 hours, a farmer commits suicide; but in 151 villages, not a single farmer has committed suicide since Art of Living volunteers began teaching Sudarshan kriya, a breathing technique that relieves stress, along with courses in organic farming, zero-budget farming, and rainwater harvesting. India's farmer suicides are a result of profit-driven free market reforms.
  • A group in India is on a mission to stamp out corruption -- with a zero-rupee note.
  • The 9/11 mystery plane.
  • Airman burned in DoD microwave beam weapon test.
  • Millions of Brits set to rebel against Blair's controversial ID card.
  • British MoD report outlines nightmare future society in which the population are forced to accept brain chips, immigration and urbanization ravages communities, class warfare ensues, and biological and neutron weapons are used to combat overpopulation.
  • When was Chinese civilization born?
  • Goodbye Magna Carta: Author Dan Kieran is so fed up with the loss of traditional British freedoms that he's turned criminal to shake Brits out of their apathy. Here's an excerpt from his book I Fought the Law, to be published on May 7 (preorder at Amazon US & UK).
  • Historical mysteries & occult personalities, Part 1: Comte de St. Germain (scroll way down).
  • Strange Relics from the Depths of the Earth.
  • Podcast: Jan Irvin, author of Astrotheology & Shamanism: Unveiling the Law of Duality in Christianity and Other Religions (Amazon US & UK), discusses Jack Herer, hemp, astrotheology, shamanism, archeoastronomy, psychedelics and entheogens, suppression of plant-based medicines, the nativity story, the symbolism of the caduceus, the New Age and 2012. Reminds me of that MASH episode in which Klinger asks Hawkeye, How do you keep all that stuff in your head?, and Hawkeye matter-of-factly replies, I wear earplugs.

Quote of the Day:

Being rapt in secret studies
Now does my project gather to a head
My charms crack not; my spirits obey

I have bedimm'd the noontide sun
Call'd forth the mutinous winds
Graves at my command have waked their sleepers, by my so potent art

These our actors were all spirits and are melted into air
And like the baseless fabric of this vision
The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces, the solemn temples, the great globe itself
We are such stuff as dreams are made on

Prospero, in Shakespeare's The Tempest.

Quantum Enigma

There's a recent and interesting book out which deals with the 'skeleton in the closet' of physics, which is the interaction between consciousness and the physical world, via quantum processes. The book is Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters Consciousness (Amazon US and UK), by Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner:

Every interpretation of quantum physics encounters consciousness. Rosenblum and Kuttner therefore turn to exploring consciousness itself—and encounter quantum physics. Free will and anthropic principles become crucial issues, and the connection of consciousness with the cosmos suggested by some leading quantum cosmologists is mind-blowing.

Don't expect a "What the Bleep" in book form though - the authors explain that only by exposing this 'skeleton' can physicists "challenge the purveyors of pseudoscience who use the mysteries of quantum mechanics to promote their quantum nonsense." Nonetheless, they do give some ground to parapsychology - at least in private - as according to Dean Radin one of the authors agrees that non-local correlations do make "the a priori probability of anomalous cognition an order of magnitude more likely".

Perhaps most interesting is the growing momentum towards a change in the paradigm, with more physicists and cosmologists starting to lean towards the idea that consciousness is an integral part of the Universe. Another recent book Biocosm (Amazon US and UK), comes at the question from a different angle, while asserting that life and intelligence are primary cosmological phenomena. Perhaps Roger Penrose is closer to the truth than many have given him credit for?

News Briefs 06-04-2007

Who could be an atheist while Chris Cornell is in existence?

Thanks Kat.

Quote of the Day:

The fact that Bell's non-local, instantaneous correlations (Einstein's "spooky interactions," Bohr's "influences") have been demonstrated to exist surely makes the a priori probability of anomalous cognition an order of magnitude more likely.

Bruce Rosenblum

Weekend Roundup 06-04-2007

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


Radio 06-04-2007

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

Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week, Whitley Strieber interviews Betty Andreasson's daughter Becky about her lifelong involvement in the close encounter phenomenon, and how she has integrated it with her faith in Christianity.

Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines. Early show Saturday Ian welcomes 'historian of the future' Charles Ostman, who'll discuss the intersection of accelerating technologies and diminishing resources, followed by Art Bell chatting with Michael Shrimpton, a specialist in national security, Intelligence, and counter terrorism. On Sunday Bigfoot investigator Todd Standing claims he's actually seen one of the elusive creatures, and will share his extensive research and methods of locating the animals.

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.

News Briefs 05-04-2007

It's the right time in the lunar calendar for a giant bunny rabbit to bring chocolate eggs. To quote Bill Hicks, "that's the story of Jesus"...

Quote of the Day:

It'll be a great day when education gets all the money it wants and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale to buy bombers.


John Allegro Website

A new website has been setup dedicated to the life and work of John Allegro. Allegro is best known primarily for two pieces of work - his involvement with the Dead Sea Scrolls project (later known as the 'maverick' of the team, for - shock, horror - pushing for faster publication of the scrolls), and the release of his controversial book The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross, in which he posited his theory that a fertility cult based on use of psychedelic mushroom, amanita muscaria as a gateway to divine understanding, was at the root of many religions, including Christianity - which basically destroyed his career.

John Marco Allegro (born in London 17 February 1923, died 17 February 1988) was a freethinker who challenged orthodox views on the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Bible and the history of religion...

...Four main issues brought Allegro into contention with other scholars:

  • Access to the scrolls
  • The Copper Scroll
  • What the scrolls reveal about the origin of Christianity
  • Controversial ideas about language, religion and mythology.

The website has some of Allegro's publications on site, some audio downloads, synopses of his books and even an image gallery showing mushroom iconography in early Christian art. Worth a visit.

News Briefs 04-04-07

Poles feature again, and again in the minds of nuts.

  • We’d be better off without religion.
  • UK impact crater debate heats up.
  • Revisiting the work of Linus Pauling.
  • Bizarre human brain parasite precisely alters fear.
  • Blair faked Iran map.
  • The real face of the European Union.
  • Rocket man!
  • Tunguska - the fire in the sky.
  • It is not so hard to feel sorry for sharks.
  • Unveiling the mystery of the construction of the Great Pyramid.
  • Did Hitler have an Antarctic base? Or why nuts are attracted to the poles.
  • Big auroras on Jupiter.
  • Jurassic art.
  • Massive Antarctic lakes discovered.
  • Weaving together minds, machines and mathematics.

Quote of the Day:

To be great is to be misunderstood.

Ralph Waldo Emerson