Take Neil deGrasse Tyson (host of the new series of Cosmos), get him talking on the topic of Isaac Newton, then slow down the video. Result: lulz.
I foresee a whole genre of NdGT Cosmos excerpts emerging on YouTube in the not-too-distant future...
(via Dangerous Minds)
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- Impending news of the Big Bang? Gravitational waves, the last untested prediction of Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity may now have been verified.
- It's official: Nasa-funded study says industrial civilisation could be headed for 'irreversible collapse'.
- Charles Tart reflects on reality.
- Psychophysical interactions with a double-slit interference pattern.
- Do Spirit Pond Inscriptions show that the Holy Grail was taken to North America?
- Prehistoric lithophones to go on concert tour.
- Sound and prehistoric art in caves.
- Dr. Roger K. Leir, known for his surgical removal and study of supposed alien implants from the bodies of alleged alien abductees, has died.
- Life extension: the perfect punishment?
- On the appropriation of Giordano Bruno.
- The intellectual snobbery of conspicuous atheism.
- "True Detective" vs. H.P. Lovecraft’s “cosmic horror”.
- Welcome to Night Vale, the podcast that's like a local news Twin Peaks.
- Hundreds flock to sleepy Belgian town to see 'glowing' statue of the Virgin Mary.
- Colour blind artist creates 'eyeborg' device to hear colours.
- Body swapping with Oculus Rift headsets.
- Has a Southend student emerged from coma with psychic powers?
Thanks to Greg and Kat for links
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Symbols are to the mind what tools are to the hand - an extended application of its powers
A summary of all the stories and news briefs posted on The Daily Grail over the past week - check 'em out if you missed any:
- Scientists Study Woman Who Can Have Out-of-Body Experiences On Demand
- News Briefs 10-03-2014 (Monday)
- Stunning Photographs of India's Holy Men
- News Briefs 11-03-2014 (Tuesday)
- The Music of Birds & Fractal Dancing
- "Not Fit to Be Printed": The Suppressed Alchemical Papers of the Great Scientist Sir Isaac Newton
- News Briefs 13-03-2014 (Thursday)
- News Briefs 14-03-2014 (Friday)
- Watch This Fantastic TEDx Talk on End-of-Life Experiences
Have a good weekend!
One of the major surprises during the writing of my book Stop Worrying! There Probably is an Afterlife was how neglected the topic of end-of-life phenomena was, especially compared to its more famous sibling, the near-death experience. In the end, I was so fascinated that I wrote an entire chapter about end-of-life experiences, ranging from 18th century accounts through to recent research on the subject.
For those who haven't read my book, the recent TEDx talk by Martha Atkins embedded below will give you a great overview, as she touches on a number of the elements I discuss in my book, not least how the question of whether these experiences are 'real' may be secondary to the impact they have on the dying and those they are leaving behind. Fantastic presentation...but please, nobody tell certain whiny atheist bloggers about it lest they have TED remove it.
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"Science is much more than a body of knowledge. It is a way of thinking."
- The lopsided universe.
- The medieval multiverse.
- Remember when?
- Looking to the future with P.K. Dick.
- The mystery of Malaysian flight MH370 deepens further.
- Buried ocean, unearthed.
- In the battle of man vs. nature…
- Rage in the nanocage.
- The sound of food.
- Many thanks to the almighty sponge!
- Deep-core drilling teams are so 1998—Now you can hunt your own ‘ELE’ asteroid.
- New drugs to fight new bacteria.
- The histone code under the microscope.
- Twenty years to find intelligent alien life… The clock is ticking.
- Google river?
- This week’s evidence of the looming robot uprising… Pole Dancing ‘Bots.
With many thanks to G.F. Lee and Rick Starr.
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“We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.”
Here's to another 25 years of LOLcats, twerking & the occasional revolution inspired by social networks.
- Tim Berners-Lee calls for an online Magna Carta.
- The Web We Want: Join the campaign to forge a free, secure & TRULY global internet.
- In order to preserve the very structure of the net, Silicon Valley needs to learn how to share --their profits, that is.
- Woman 'attacked' in San Francisco for wearing Google Glass.
- Beyond the Vallee of the Dolls: Why our Universe & the Web share so much in common.
- And the award to best UFO-hunting province in all of Canada goes toooo… Vancouver!
- Phantom phone calls from vanished Malaysia airlines flight passengers?
- Michio Kaku cringes with cinematic depictions of aliens --*I* cringe with his eagerness to jump in the materialistic brain=mind bandwagon, but that's just silly woo me…
- Can heart surgery change a person's personality?
- The Reckoning: How the father of Adam Lanza has tried to cope with what his son did.
- The Ogre & the Orgone: When Shrek's creator illustrated a book by Willhelm Reich.
- A global call for DNA evidence of cryptids, co-organized by the International Cryptozoology Museum.
- The Men Who Stare at Goatsuckers: A little article re. the Chupacabras & 90's nostalgia by yours truly.
- Radio Misterioso with guest Nick Redfern: In which the most prolific Fortean writer to date is suddenly possessed by the spirit of… Camilla the chicken??
FlyLift me to the Moon ♫...
- Red Pill of the Day: Monocles are making a comeback --because Glass-holes are soooo 2013...
Thanks, Susan & Tim.
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"Unless we have an open, neutral internet we can rely on without worrying about what's happening at the back door, we can't have open government, good democracy, good healthcare, connected communities and diversity of culture. It's not naive to think we can have that, but it is naive to think we can just sit back and get it."
~Sir Tim Berners-Lee
Sir Isaac Newton's influence on the modern scientific worldview is profound, and despite a paradigm change in physics a century ago through the discoveries of the quantum world, many people still see the world through the prism (no pun intended) of 'Newtonian' physics. Indeed, that scientific philosophy has now become synonymous with a purely mechanical cosmos, stripped of superstition, magic, and even the impact of consciousness, via the loss of free will. It is a worldview, however, that may have horrified Newton himself.
When the great scientist died in 1727, he left behind him a substantial estate, including a library with nearly 1800 books and a large number of manuscripts. He did not, however, leave behind a will. After much debate and argument, it was decided that the manuscripts would be examined by Dr. Thomas Pellet, a member of the Royal Society, with the intention to publish and sell them. Once Pellet had looked over the papers though, the idea of releasing them publicly quickly receded - in the end, only one out of eighty-one items was published. The rest were tagged “Not fit to be Printed”:
Many of these manuscripts were of a theological nature. Theology as such was of course not an issue, but, on the contrary, an asset: After all, Newton was one of the true defenders of the faith against popish plots and Cartesian deism. But Mr. Pellet must have had a bad time when he realised that Newton’s theology was of a very heretical nature. Leafing through piles of apocalyptical interpretations and anti-Athenasian rants, Pellet understood that Newton’s anti-Trinitarianism and idiosyncratic interpretation of Church history should not be made public, lest the image of the great Newton be blemished.
...At the time of his death, Newton’s library contained at least 138 books on alchemy, many of which showed signs of extensive use. This was not unheard of for ‘enlightened scientists’: some were avid book collectors, interested in all sorts of curiosities. The manuscripts, however, proved that Newton’s interest in alchemy went far beyond curiosity. There are thousands of folios with Newton copying from all sorts of alchemical manuscripts, and recent scholarship has shown that he must have been actively involved in the circulation of alchemical knowledge. Not only did he read and copy out entire tracts, Newton even gave detailed descriptions of alchemical experiments he performed himself. How could a hero of modern science be engaged in such occult and ‘unscientific’ practices?
The economist John Maynard Keynes purchased Newton's works - many of which were encoded and needed deciphering - at auction in 1942, and on discovering the alchemical nature of much of it was moved to state that "Newton was not the first of the age of reason, he was the last of the magicians".
For those interested in learning more, see the Nova feature Newton's Dark Secrets embedded below:
When Jarbas Agnelli was reading a newspaper one day, he saw a photo of birds perched on wires. He was immediately struck by how the arrangement of the birds resembled musical notes. So he cut out the photo and composed music. Or rather, the birds did. The result is enchanting.
From the middle of the song on, I embellished the arrangement, playing variations of the theme, on various orchestral instruments, like the oboe, the bassoon and the clarinet. I think the success of the piece comes from all those elements. The idea of birds composing a song. The music itself. The illustrative video. source
I can only imagine what symphonies are being composed by the fractal dancing of starlings...
- Cats wearing jetpacks discovered in 16th century artwork.
- The ringing rocks of Stonehenge.
- Looking for the ultimate source of the myth of the alien origin of the pyramids.
- Earth is an alien planet: Diver explores the world's oceans to photograph some of Earth's most bizarre-looking creatures.
- The reality show: Schizophrenics used to see demons and spirits. Now they talk about actors and hidden cameras – and make a lot of sense.
- Meet the people who believe in medical miracles.
- A new generation of transhumanists is emerging. Transhumans 2.0?
- Disintegrating asteroid was blown apart by quantum effects.
- The reboot of Cosmos has hit television screens to warm reviews. But did they pick the wrong hero in Giordano Bruno?
- Critiquing the militarisation of science.
- The big balls of history - petrospheres and their imposters.
- Researchers crowd-source funds to back Ouija Board science project.
- Death and the Big Wow.
- Con-artist psychic jailed for 10 years.
- Vanished: Missing plane mysteries through history.
- Hidden fortress discovered beneath Alcatraz.
- Mysterious underground caves discovered in Chile.
- World's oldest underground fire has been burning for 6000 years.
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- Mothership Connection: Man arrested for using a drone to in attempt to fly drugs into a prison.
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- The '60s are gone, but the psychedelic research trip continues.
- Uh-oh. The clowns are going bad.
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Brooklyn-based photographer Joey L. has photographed movie stars including Robert de Niro and Jennifer Lawrence, but perhaps his most breath-taking images are of quite a different subject: Holy Men of the world.
Starting in Northern Ethiopia, Joey has traveled the world searching for wandering monks and spiritualists. The latest installment of his Holy Men series features holy men, or sadhus, living in Varanasi, India. All of the world’s faiths have their own forms of ascetics, but the ascetics of the Hindu faith are known for sometimes extreme acts of self-denial, such as keeping a single arm aloft for months or even years.
Most of the portraits focuses on aghori, a sect known for engaging in postmortem rituals such as covering themselves in human ashes, meditating on corpses or crafting jewelry from human bones. “The Aghori have a profound connection with the dead. Death is not a fearsome concept, but a passing from the world of illusion,” says the photographer. Joey’s travel companion, filmmaker Cale Glendening, also managed to capture enough behind-the-scenes footage to turn it into a beautiful documentary film called “Beyond”. which you can see below.
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