It's only paranoia if their not out to get you...
- Inside the CIA 'psychic squad' that helped get hostages out of Iran.
- Harvard professor says humanity may have already received a signal from aliens, but didn't realise what it was.
- NASA just found a lost lunar spacecraft after 8 years.
- Witnesses to Australia's largest mass UFO sighting will speak about their 1966 encounter at an upcoming event dedicated to the Westall UFO event.
- Fake news about a secret Nazi UFO base in Antarctica refuses to die.
- Crop circles are real and contain hidden messages, says scientist.
- Did a historian from Ecuador find the lost 'treasure' of the Incas - in a book?
- Evidence of Neanderthal use of painkillers found in ancient tooth plaque.
- Formed by megafloods, this place fooled scientists for decades...until a high school teacher dared to question the scientific dogma of his day.
- Australia was colonised by a single group 50,000 years ago.
- 500-year-old tunnels once thought to be folkloric were discovered beneath the streets of Puebla and opened to the public in 2016.
- Scientists discover how to 'upload knowledge to your brain'.
- Gattaca in real life: new bill would let companies force workers to get genetic tests and share the results.
- Image(s) of the Day: Archaeologists uncover giant Ramses II statue in Egypt.
Quote of the Day:
Every fact of science was once damned. Every invention was considered impossible. Every discovery was a nervous shock to some orthodoxy. Every artistic innovation was denounced as fraud and folly. The entire web of culture and ‘progress,’ everything on earth that is man-made and not given to us by nature, is the concrete manifestation of some man’s refusal to bow to Authority.
Robert Anton Wilson
Scientists Discuss Their Research into Mind Beyond Body and the Survival of Consciousness After DeathPosted by Greg at 03:15, 13 Mar 2017
2017 marks fifty years since Dr. Ian Stevenson founded the Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS) at the University of Virginia - the oldest university-based research group in the world devoted exclusively to "the investigation of phenomena that challenge current physicalist brain/mind orthodoxy", including research into the possibility post-mortem survival of consciousness."
To mark the occasion, four of the staff -Jim Tucker, Bruce Greyson, Kim Penberth,. and Edward F. Kelly - gave presentations on their research (discussing, respectively: children who remember past live; near-death experiences; the mind-body relationship; and the Division's research and challenge to the physicalist paradigm) recently at the University of Virginia's 'Medical Center Hour', and I've embedded video of the event above. It's an excellent introduction to these topics, and the exciting research being done by DOPS.
(Note: I discussed DOPS a little and talked to Dr Bruce Greyson about near-death experiences in Stop Worrying, There Probably is an Afterlife, so check that out too if you're interested in the topic of survival of consciousness.)
A summary of all the stories and news briefs posted on The Daily Grail over the past week. Feel free to share anything interesting!
- Journey Through Twin Peaks
- News Briefs 06-03-2017 (Monday)
- Brain Waves Detected Up to 10 Minutes After the Time of Death
- News Briefs 07-03-2017 (Tuesday)
- The Hunt for 'Planet Nine' Explained
- News Briefs 08-03-2017 (Wednesday)
- Surviving Death: A New Book on Afterlife Research from Leslie Kean
- News Briefs 09-03-2017 (Thursday)
- Gazelle Amber Valentine of Jucifer interviewed about Spirits of Place
- News Briefs 11-03-2017 (Friday)
Have a good weekend!
"Opposites are complementary."
- Proof of brain activity after death.
- Is life from scratch within reach?
- Earth-size exoplanets.
- Sprinkling roofs with ET Dust.
- China sets lunar shot.
- Ancient plaque reveals Neanderthal’s secrets.
- Step through the hololens.
- Phobos jockeys for position.
- Your brain is your password.
- The Sentinel is watching.
- Lipid metablism and lifespan.
- The future of food?
- Recording with light.
- Have paddle board will travel.
- This week’s evidence of the looming robot uprising… Thomas the train-bot.
Quote of the Day:
“We depend on our words... Our task is to communicate experience and ideas to others..”
Gazelle Amber Valentine is one half of sludge / doom / death metal two piece Jucifer, formed in Georgia, USA in 1993. For more than seventeen years Gazelle and her bandmate (and husband), drummer Edgar Livengood, have adopted a nomadic lifestyle. The pair live, tour, rehearse, and sometimes even record in their Winnebago, towing the literal wall of amplification Valentine utilises on stage in a trailer behind them. The duo describe this life as an endless tour, and they can easily find themselves playing live shows in twenty or more countries in a single year.
Jucifer's music can be (and usually is) harsh, aggressive, and loud, but its subject matter and lyrical content are not necessarily what people might expect. 2008's L'Autrichienne was a concept album based around the French Revolution accompanied by extensive historical notes, while 2013's За Волгой для нас земли нет ("There is no land beyond The Volga") dealt with the Soviet Union and WWII. Equally though, there is a strong sense of Americana embedded in much of Jucifer's music and lyrics; dark folk sounds and sensibilities; finger-picked banjo and violin strings, and dissonant, melancholic melodies. Nowhere is this side of their work more apparent than in Gazelle's solo album Devil's Tower I, released in 2013.
All of this - the nomadic life, the artistry, the power and intelligence of her writing - made Gazelle Amber Valentine someone I was very keen to approach as a contributor to Spirits of Place. Her essay, entitled "I Have Trod Such Haunted Land", ended up being the first in the book and remains one of my favourites. Even though her internet connection can be intermittent as she and Edgar continue their never ending tour, Gazelle was kind enough to answer a few questions for me about the book and her contribution to it.
John Reppion: You and Edgar have lived a nomadic life for seventeen years now, how much of an influence do you think that lifestyle has on you creatively?
Gazelle Amber Valentine: The main thing I believe our nomadic existence has affected is our capacity to see all places with equal passion and simultaneously, equal dispassion. Delineation between 'home' and 'away' and between 'us' and 'them' becomes forever blurred in context of such a life. In every capital, one sees all the lovely decorations of propaganda and state fantasy, so impressive yet unable to conceal rote greed, violence and inequity. In every dwelling one imagines life and family; death and suffering and redemption. For natural empaths like us, the universality and futility of humans is enhanced almost unbearably. So although we always felt deeply about our art, I think it becomes wiser as we go farther on this path.
Other than that, our way of life has made us even less respectful of conformity and pandering than we were to begin with--- which wasn't very, haha. The immediacy of survival requires enshrinement of integrity, and of the bonds with your life partner. No room for falseness.
JR: Home for you is obviously the van, but are there places you feel anchored, or connected to no matter where you are?
GAV: Yeah, we both feel that certain places live inside of us wherever we are. For me some of these still exist and are physical, others are stories or memories, and still others are dreams which feel like memory.
JR: Have you encountered different cultural attitudes to place when travelling? I assume people are always asking you about the nomadic life and that opens up all kinds of discussions. Is there any particular country or city where you've felt that their sense of place, and relationship with it, was very different to your own?
GAV: I've felt that place affects people's customs and very subtle mannerisms in that people living in large countries (US, Canada, Russia, Australia) share more commonality along those lines than they do with people living in countries having comparatively small land mass. Although one can find xenophobia and competitiveness anywhere, there is a certain subconscious isolationism that's possible when 'foreigners' remain far away. For this reason and many other, perhaps unnameable, nuances which seem attributable to nation size, I've felt for example that Russians are more similar to Americans than are English folks --- despite origins of the US and despite most Russians having likely had more contact with people from the UK.
Beyond that observation, I've found that my personal attitude towards place seems replicated in different ways almost everywhere. Most countries, cities and neighborhoods have some kind of reverence for their history, albeit always threatened by forces of modernization and gentrification. If I were to make a worldwide guess, I'd assume that in every place, indigenous communities are most in touch with the importance of connecting to place and to its past. Colonists in every region only profit by obscuring historical connections (at least ones that predate their own) while indigenous peoples maintain their own families, nations and traditions by constant awareness of such links. Regardless of location and manner or conception of ownership, whenever people care about place it seems based on an idea of belonging. This is universal, and applies even when current inhabitants don't historically belong.
JR: What's your take on the Spirits Of Place core premise about stories being physically embedded in a place or landscape?
GAV: I said something in my piece about the fact that my personality combines skepticism and gullibility in a satisfactory ratio. This plays into my feelings about genus loci. On some (curmudgeonly) level the concept seems unscientific. Conversely, there is science that supports the possibility for kinetic transmittance of thought and its ability to accrue and manifest physically. Namely, that thought is electric and that electricity travels and accumulates.
Spirits of Place is available in digital, paperback, and limited edition, signed hardcover from www.spiritsofplace.com
Worrying again about being on time somewhere is no fun --but neither is starvation…
- NASA's ambitions for going to Mars and beyond have turned quite bigly.
- Inside NASA's daring 8-billion plan to --finally!!-- find extraterrestrial life.
- Tom DeLonge misses his old band, but for the time being he's a man on a (sekret) mission.
- Finding out what Neanderthals were eating --and who they were smooching.
- Assyrian artifacts found in abandoned Daesh tunnels.
- There are certain tricks you can use to become a memory champion --but I forgot them.
- SFU professor takes paranormal investigators as a subject of investigation.
- "I walked a cemetery with a paranormal investigator --and a ghost told me where I parked my car."
- Monster hunter reveals terrifying encounter with 'British Bigfoot'.
- Serpents, owl men and demon dogs --need we say more?
- Ghosts totally love to photobomb, dude.
- The rise of alternative religions in Azerbaijan.
- The goal of Shanghai factories: To get rid of all those nagging human workers.
- ...Guess what? Brothels are following the same path!
- Red Pill of the Day: How people commemorate the day their limbs got amputated.
Quote of the Day:
"Remain true to yourself, but move ever upward toward greater consciousness and greater love! At the summit you will find yourselves united with all those who, from every direction, have made the same ascent. For everything that rises must converge."
~Teilhard de Chardin
Leslie Kean, who made bestseller lists worldwide with her book UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record, has now turned her attention to another 'weird science' area deserving of more genuine enquiry: the evidence for the survival of consciousness after death. Like the previous release, the new book (released this week) - Surviving Death: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for an Afterlife - takes somewhat of an anthological approach, with a number of chapters provided by those intimately involved in the field. Here's the blurb:
“While exploring the evidence for an afterlife, I witnessed some unbelievable things that are not supposed to be possible in our material world. Yet they were unavoidably and undeniably real. Despite my initial doubt, I came to realize that there are still aspects of Nature which are neither understood or accepted, even though their reality has profound implications for understanding the true breadth of the human psyche and its possible continuity after death.”
So begins Leslie Kean’s impeccably researched, page-turning investigation, revealing stunning and wide-ranging evidence suggesting that consciousness survives death. In her groundbreaking second book, she continues her examination of unexplained phenomena that began with her provocative New York Times bestseller UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record. Kean explores the most compelling case studies of young children reporting verifiable details from past lives, contemporary mediums who seem to defy the boundaries of the brain and of the physical world, apparitions providing information about their lives on earth, and people who die and then come back to report journeys into another dimension. Based on facts and scientific studies, Surviving Death includes fascinating chapters by medical doctors, psychiatrists, and PhDs from four coun- tries. As a seasoned journalist whose work transcends belief systems and ideology, Kean enriches the narrative by including her own unexpected, confounding experiences encountered while she probed the question concerning all of us: Do we survive death?
Now, while I definitely recommend my own book as well for great background in this area (ahem, Stop Worrying, There Probably is an Afterlife), this sounds like an excellent one to add to your collection if you're interested in the controversial, yet fascinating topic of the survival of consciousness after death.
- The secret world of the Knights Templar: caverns used by the shadowy warrior monks found hidden beneath farmer's field.
- Warning over Stonehenge tunnel damage.
- People hadn't set foot in this ancient 'lost city' in the Honduran jungle for 500 years - until now.
- Ancient skulls may belong to mysterious extinct Ice Age humans known as Denisovians.
- 500 years ago, China destroyed its world-dominating navy because its political elite was afraid of free trade.
- The Himba people of Namibia can see fine details and ignore distraction much better than most other human beings.
- Singing the stars to Earth: a rethink of how we view ancient cultures..
- Anti-Trump witches and 4Chan chaos magicians are battling over the future of America.
- Document leak reveals the CIA spied on people through their smart TVs.
- The three legal faces of dissociative identity disorder.
- Meet the visionary working hard to save humanity.
- Thoughts on mind and matter.
- The illusion of matter: if atoms are mostly empty space, why do objects look and feel solid?
- The race to sell quantum computers begins before they really exist.
- The hunt for Planet Nine, explained.
- Airbus reveals modular, self-piloting flying car concept.
- Anomalous 'Big Cats' in Yorkshire: a history of sightings.
- Identity of 'Tully monster' remains a mystery.
- Indiana Jones to return in fifth movie of the series in 2019.
Quote of the Day:
I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.
Litany Against Fear (from 'Dune')
In recent years new astronomical observations have led researchers to suggest that there may be another large planet in our Solar System, on a very elongated, elliptical orbit compared to the rest of the planets. Since nicknamed 'Planet Nine' (Planet X perhaps being too heavy with Zecharia Sitchin baggage for 'respectable' astronomers?), the mystery object is believed to currently be in the general direction of the constellation of Taurus (as viewed from Earth).
If you'd like to understand the discovery, and now search for, the mysterious Planet Nine, check out the video below by Mike 'Pluto Killer' Brown of Caltech, which is a part of a free online astronomy course "The Science of the Solar System", offered by Coursera. Brown gives the historical background to the search for distant planets, then describes how astronomers (including him) came to believe there was another large planet to be found, and how they are going to try and find it. A very interesting, concise explainer of the Planet Nine story, I definitely recommend checking it out:
- How a fictional soap opera virus felled hundreds of students in Portugal.
- Brainwaves detected up to 10 minutes after clinical death.
- Artificial 'embryos' created in the lab for the first time.
- Ancient Mars was perhaps more habitable than ever imagined.
- Earth's magnetic field is going to flip - here's how we know.
- Five truly bizarre lifeforms spotted deep in the Pacific.
- Also deep in the Pacific: this mysterious, massive circular object appears to be moving.
- A Tolkien truther from Colorado says he is the real king of England.
- Mysterious ancient staircase to nowhere discovered in Cambodia.
- Panpsychism is crazy, but it's also most probably true.
- The lawyer fighting for those who take the hallucinogen ayahuasca for religious reasons.
- Veterinarians remove more than 900 coins from the stomach of a sea turtle.
- The animal soldiers of World War II.
- Congress warned that U.S. troops could soon battle 'Terminator'-style robots.
- Image(s) of the Day: This year's best science photos are so good they're basically art.
Quote of the Day:
We're all like detectives in life. There's something at the end of the trail that we're all looking for.