A strange assortment to get you through the week...
- Binnall of America has a new audio interview available, the latest is with Andre Eggelletion (available as mp3/podcast/Flash streaming audio).
- The Book of Thoth has two articles to check out: Gary Osborn takes a deeper look at the mysterious angle of 23.5 degrees, while the other is a personal account of "My ghostly experience in the Fontana De Oro".
- Cabinet of Wonders has a critique of the Bosnian 'pyramid' excavation.
- The Gazette and Portal of Rennes-le-Chateau has posted part 2 of an interview with Jean-Luc Chaumeil on Pierre Plantard, the Priory of Sion and other related things. Part 1 is here.
- The Société Périllos has put Le Serpent Rouge online.
- Michael Shermer's latest Skeptic column in Scientific American gives his take on the SHAM scam.
- Skeptic Randi's latest newsletter investigates John Edward, Australian Federal Police using psychics, and his own inability to get facts right.
- Filip Coppens latest essay is on the Art of Memory.
- UFO Casebook #202 is now available.
Albert Einstein called entanglement "spooky action at a distance" -- the way two objects remain connected through time and space, without communicating in any conventional way, long after their initial interaction has taken place. Could a similar entanglement of minds explain our apparent psychic abilities? Dean Radin, senior scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, believes it might.
In this illuminating book, Radin shows how we know that psychic phenomena such as telepathy, clairvoyance, and psychokinesis are real, based on scientific evidence from thousands of controlled lab tests. Radin surveys the origins of this research and explores, among many topics, the collective premonitions of 9/11. He reveals the physical reality behind our uncanny telepathic experiences and intuitive hunches, and he debunks the skeptical myths surrounding them. 'Entangled Minds' sets the stage for a rational, scientific understanding of psychic experience.
Radin's previous book The Conscious Universe is a favourite of mine, so I'm looking forward to checking out this latest effort. Remember that Dean Radin also has his own blog.
Lest we forget...
- As The Da Vinci Code movie approaches, the religious debate over its topics is renewed.
- Expert damns church response to Judas gospel. Can you damn the church? Also: possible Gospel of Judas fragments in Ohio?
- The Knights Templar: Who were they? And why do we care?
- Researcher unearths astronomical alignments in Peru.
- In defense of keeping our stolen archaeological treasures - honour amongst thieves.
- Kennewick Man may revolutionise continent's history.
- Would you pay for a TV show which claimed to have contacted the dead John Lennon? I pondered whether even to post this one...how this guy has got worldwide publicity for his fund-raising is a little beyond me. Memo to self: be more tacky in future, and watch the dollars roll in.
- Researchers probe ghost sightings on ship.
- The unruly dead beneath London. Shaun of the Dead comes to mind.
- Evidence mounts for Sun's companion star, from Walter Cruttenden and the Binary Research Institute.
- Black holes are actually green. Doesn't quite have the foreboding sound to it though, does it?
- New movie set to make a joke out of British ufology. Check out our Red Pill entry on the alien autopsy film - and feel free to add more information (it is a Wiki after all).
- Taking a wrong turn in Roswell.
- Do atomic fundamentals change over time?
- New research suggests ways of shutting down Alzheimer's.
- Boom, boom, boom - what is it with those mysterious booming sounds all over the U.S.? New aircraft, UFOs, impending Earthquake, or President Bush’s declining approval rating breaking the sound barrier?
- If there's one thing that could make me a spy, it's the cool toys you get to play with. The getting killed part isn't as attractive.
- Children of invention: young inventors come up with cool gadgets.
- New research aims to give soldiers super-tongues to help make them more efficient killers. Even more reason for women to join together and demand "make love, not war!".
- Is technology changing our brains?
- Air Force One hoax even had the Air Force concerned.
Super-big thanks to Kat.
Quote of the Day:
How's that for a slice of fried gold?
The latest issue of Nexus Magazine (Volume 13, #3) has been released, and as usual there are a few sample articles available on their website:
- Part 2 of Nick Begich's article "Mind Control - Brave New World".
- Also, part 2 of "T. Lobsang Rampa: Trailblazer", by Karen Mutton.
- Larry A. Park on how sensitives might be able to feel earthquakes coming.
Complete details of the latest issue here.
Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.
Coast to Coast AM: First hour on Monday, Eric Julien speaks about his study of a comet that he believes will impact Earth on May 25th, followed by expert on hypnosis and time travel, Dr. Bruce Goldberg, who will discuss how to meet spirit guides and safely travel out of the body to other dimensions. On Tuesday Simeon Hein discusses subtle-energy sciences including remote viewing and crop circles. Wednesday's guest is Robert Kiviat, who produced the Fox TV Special Alien Autopsy: Fact or Fiction? On Thursday our good friend Peter Novak will discuss his binary soul doctrine theory, and how the Gospels of Thomas and Judas shed new light on theories of the soul.
More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website. Also C2C can be listened to through KOGO.
Bumper sticker on my imaginary car -- I Brake For Tribbles.
- Yarr me mateys, the Argonaut of olde Greek lore is being recreated without the aid of modern tools and techniques. Tis true, you're not being fleeced.
- A British researcher claims to have located the mythical island of Ithaca. Dammit, I don't want any visitors! Bugger off!
- From Davey Jones' Locker, graves of the Pacific's first seafarers are revealed.
- Stone tools found in Indonesia could be as old as 1.6-million-years.
- Archaeologists have discovered the remains of an ancient American Indian village near the Santa Fe city hall.
- New Mexicans didn't burn witches at the stake, they just threw them in jail.
- The Hopi Tribe will bury the remains of more than 1500 Ancestral Puebloans and funerary objects during a closed ceremony at Mesa Verde National Park.
- Chinese archaeologists have unearthed 30 beheaded skeletons dating more than 2000 years old.
- A 1700-year-old tomb that could have belonged to a high-ranking noble is being excavated in Nanjing. With slideshow.
- A stolen 9th century stone idol of all ten incarnations of Vishnu has been recovered from a New York apartment. The person responsible for smuggling it reportedly died in Afghanistan some time ago. Geez, they blame Al-Qaeda for everything these days.
- Here's a pic of Semir Osmanagic standing atop the paving stones of the Bosnian pyramid, giving a one-finger salute to his critics.
- Australian archaeologist Royce Richards is a part of Semir's team excavating Visocica hill.
- A million-year-old ice sample from the Antarctic could yield vital clues on climate change, and give Jameske's scotch an extra edge.
- European car makers are accused of failing to boost fuel efficiency. They've also failed to make hover cars.
- A major error has been discovered in the world's biggest online climate prediction project, which runs on users' computers when they are idle. Bill Gates has declined to comment.
- A Chinese cosmetics company is using skin harvested from the corpses of executed convicts to develop beauty products for sale in Europe. Gives a whole new meaning to putting your face on.
- America-originating spam is slowly decreasing, and spam from Asia and Europe is increasing. Spam spam spam spam. Lovely spam! Wonderful spam!
- For nearly 16 years puzzle enthusiasts have struggled to decipher a coded message stenciled into a sculpture on the grounds of the CIA ... only to realise a typo could change everything.
- Gary McKinnon is surprisingly modest for a man who perpetrated the biggest US military computer hack of all time. Free Gary!
- Greg's mentioned his chat with Colm Kelleher about the Skinwalker Ranch, and its mysteries are certainly in the news.
- Where have all the UFOs gone, long time passing? If you scroll down a bit, Mac Tonnies will tell you what he thinks about the article. In the American Chronicle, R. Lee defends UFOlogy in a well-written editorial.
- Chris French of the University of London, who believes sleep paralysis and The X-Files explain alien abductions. This article is basically a security blanket for people like Susan Clancy to feel warm and fuzzy at night.
- Don't laugh, that brat throwing a tantrum in line for a happy meal might be an Indigo Child. Does this mean Indigo Adults can behave the same way?
- Here's a PDF of a US Army report in ESP in animals. A dog told me about it.
- Skepticism of the supernatural is gaining force in Malaysia.
- Ancient tombs in Vietnam's Kim Boi District are cloaked in supernatural mysteries. Great photo.
- Loren Coleman discusses the (non)protection of the Nepalese Yeti and Johor Bigfoot. He also takes a well-aimed swing at the obnoxious Penn and Teller.
- Lost creator JJ Abrams is to direct a new Star Trek film focusing on Kirk and Spock as brash young Starfleet cadets. William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy will not reprise their roles. Memo to Abrams -- quit monkeying around in Hollywood and put Lost out of its misery. How can a show with so much promise turn such repetitive sh*te?
- Trekkies have mixed feelings, but Kat's happy she can dust off the plastic Vulcan ears one last time.
- The USS Enterprise's five year mission continues in a brilliant fan-filmed online series. The actors involved have promised to not record a cover of Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (A fan-made video for Shatner's infamous cover).
- A Star Wars fan thought she could publish a novel via Print On Demand, sell it on Amazon, and not breach copyright laws or make George Lucas squish her like Jabba the Hutt sitting on an Ewok. Her mistake was not having Jar Jar Binks the main character.
Quote of the Day
Oh Jar Jar, everyone hates you but me.
Comic Book Guy from the Simpsons
I recently had a chat with Colm Kelleher Ph.D, team leader for NIDS on the controversial 'Skinwalker Ranch' investigation (see Sub Rosa Issue 4 for an article from Colm and George Knapp about the ranch, and also my review of their book Hunt for the Skinwalker, which is available from Amazon US and UK). Colm had some pretty interesting things to say, on a variety of issues, and also cleared up some questions I had over the Skinwalker investigation and NIDS. The interview is titled "Hunting the Paranormal: An Interview with Colm Kelleher" (and can be accessed at any time via the 'Latest Articles' box on the left of the page). Thanks to Colm for sharing his time with us.
Welp, looks like there will no release of The Solomon Key in 2006. This just reported in The Bookseller:
Dan Brown's much-anticipated next novel will not hit the shelves until 2007, more than a year later than his publishers had originally planned. Transworld m.d. Larry Finlay confirmed that Brown's writing had been delayed by his involvment in the Tom Hanks film and the High Court trial. "[The book] is out of our schedules for this year," he said. "I think and hope it's going to appear in 2007."
Guess the best thing to do in the meantime is read my book on The Solomon Key (*wink*).
I may not link to it often, but god, I love Sploid! With headlines like 'Fearsome Beast Hatched By L.A. Cultists: Celebrity website announces birth of Scientologist Tom Cruise's youngling and the Earth squeals and shudders to a halt', and 'Crappy Fruitcake No Better 44 Years Later', how could I not? But after years of taking care of a 3-acre yard for my Dad, the headline - and photo - that really cracked me up today was 'May As Well Ride That Straight To The E.R.'.
- New giant picture found on Peru's Nazca Plateau.
- Researchers find first solid evidence of ancient pyramid under Bosnian hill. Includes the 2 best click-to-enlarge photos I could find - but that still isn't saying much.
- This changes everything: Kryptos sculptor says he made a mistake.
- Nazi Holocaust Archives soon to be made public.
- Possible Gospel of Judas fragments turn up in an Ohio bank vault.
- One I missed last week: Google challenges Oz users to solve Da Vinci Code puzzles. The official website says, 'Only the worthy will prevail'. So of course, Greg's making it look ridiculously easy.
- Scientists find fossil of a snake with hips and hind legs.
- Octopuses have ephemeral elbows.
- Geological map of Mars reveals history of its dessication.
- Secret rivers found in Antarctic.
- Geologists drill into fossil magma chamber deep under the ocean.
- Ancient Atlantic and Pacific oceans merged earlier than previously thought.
- 'Major error' discovered in the world's biggest online climate prediction project, backed by the BBC.
- Alan Boyle wonders, is there another inconstant constant?
- They call it the Planet Machine: the world's biggest optical telescope is designed to see where no-one has seen before.
- The Hutchison Effect.
- Ultraterrestrial? Schmultraterrestrial!! Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft.
- Mystery of 'poached' baby Bigfoot deepens.
- How one photograph became the cover for both a pro-abduction and an anti-abduction book.
- Did you know you can hallucinate from eating fish?
- Russians think they've solved the mystery of crop circles.
- Animal brains hard-wired to recognize predator's foot movements.
- A glimpse of an alluring woman is all it takes to ruin a man's decision-making skills.
- Emotional wiring different in men and women.
Quote of the Day:
I'm into something here that I cannot understand.
Robert Langdon, in The Da Vinci Code.
A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...
- The IANDS website (mentioned yesterday on TDG in conjunction with their annual conference) has two excellent articles up from heavyweights in the Near Death Experience research scene: "About the Continuity of our Consciousness" by Pim van Lommel, and "Science and Spirituality: A Challenge for the 21st Century" by Peter Fenwick.
- SurvivalAfterDeath.org has a historical essay, "How I Broke Houdini's Code", by Arthur Ford.
- Phenomena have reprinted an old article, but an excellent one all the same, by Randall Fitzgerald - "Seducers from Inner Space".
- This week's eSkeptic actually (*gasp*) defends supernatural TV programming.
- Filer's Files #16 for 2006 has the latest UFO news from around the globe.
- Michael Prescott takes a look at the recent NDE-REM study correlations.
- More and more Red Pill articles each day, here's some of the latest: Project Serpo, IANDS, John Edward, Lord Byron and Newstead Abbey, and Allison DuBois. Feel free to add your own information to these, create an entirely new article, or help out expanding our stub articles.