This is wonderful. In the modern age, with our short attention spans and disposable culture, dedication to a single 'great work' seems like a relic of past times (I remember being amazed to read about the decades of work Lorenzo Ghiberti devoted to the bronze doors of the Florence Baptistery, pondering such dedication over a long period). But 90-year-old Justo Gallego has spent more than a half century on his masterwork:
For 53 years, Justo Gallego has been building a cathedral by hand on the outskirts of Madrid almost entirely by himself. Gallego has no formal architecture or construction training, but that hasn't stopped him from toiling on this herculean task. At 90 years old, Gallego knows that he will not be able to finish the project in his lifetime. But he keeps at it anyway, day after day, driven by his faith.
A summary of all the stories and news briefs posted on The Daily Grail over the past week. Feel free to share anything interesting!
- Do We See Reality As It Really Is?
- News Briefs 11-07-2016 (Monday)
- Archaeologists Find Elongated Skull of a Woman with Jewel-Encrusted Teeth at Teotihuacan
- News Briefs 12-07-2016 (Tuesday)
- News Briefs 13-07-2016 (Wednesday)
- Paranthropology 7:1
- News Briefs 14-07-2016 (Thursday)
- News Briefs 15-07-2016 (Friday)
Have a good weekend!
"In the fields with which we are concerned, knowledge exists only in lightning flashes…”
- When classical physics got entangled with quantum.
- World War Water. Reminds me of a graphic novel.
- Bang or Bounce?
- Shall we play a game, Professor Falken?
- The plight of Fertile Crescent farmers.
- Astronomers glimpse rare celestial ballet.
- From H2O to 121 Gigawatts!?
- Casting light on dark energy.
- Isle of Luzon hosts the most weird mammals.
- 50 million year-old exoskeleton reveals last minute getaway.
- The 12,000 trees of the Amazon.
- This week’s evidence of the upcoming robot uprising… It begins.
Quote of the Day:
“…The text is the thunder rolling long afterwards.”
- 'Primitive machine' within Great Pyramid of Giza reconstructed.
- The surprising musical preferences of an Amazon tribe have upended the theory that humans have an innate, universal preference for certain chords.
- The weird, (natural) pyramids of Zone.
- A man who lives without 90% of his brain is challenging our concept of 'consciousness'
- The real-life science-based religion that inspired Ghostbusters.
- The MIT physicists who infused Ghostbusters with real science.
- The real ghost-hunting history of Dan Ackroyd's family.
- The BBC "Guide to Ghost-Hunting" is anti-science.
- Who owns lunar land? Astrophysicist thinks a legal crisis is waiting for us on the surface of the Moon.
- Hybrid balloon/glider designed to wing its way through Titan's atmosphere.
- Have physicists got something really important really wrong?
- Trust nothing: some of YouTube's most shared videos are fakes created by one production company.
- A half-built futuristic ‘eco-city’ sits abandoned in the Arabian Desert.
- Water waves made to 'travel back in time' to retrace their ripples.
- 33 people collapsed on Brooklyn sidewalks Tuesday after suspected use of K2 synthetic marijuana.
Quote of the Day:
I have as much authority as the Pope, I just don't have as many people who believe it.
The latest issue (Vol 7, Number 1) of the free PDF journal Paranthropology ("anthropological approaches to the paranormal") is now available to download - here's the complete rundown of features in the latest issue:
- "Paranormal Experience, Belief in the Paranormal and Anomalous Beliefs", by Neil Dagnall, Kenneth Drinkwater, Andrew Parker & Peter Clough
- "Religious Flows and Ritual Performance: East Asian Interpretations of Shakespearian Tragedy", by Matt Coward
- "Shamanic Initiation by the Trickster", by Juan J. Rios
- "A Quantitative Investigation into the Paranormal Beliefs of the Contemporary Vampire Subculture", by Emyr Williams
- "Edith Turner and the Anthropology of Collective Joy", by Paul Stoller
- "Hearing the Dead: Supernatural Presence in the World of the Pre-Pottery Neolithic (PPN) in Reference to the Balikligöl Statue", by Alistair Coombs
- "The Uncanny and the Future of British Quakerism", by Ben Wood
- "On Mental Travel, Remote Viewing and Clairvoyance", by John R. DeLorez
- "Intermediatism and the Study of Religion", by Jack Hunter
- Review: Ayahuasca Shamanism in the Amazon and Beyond by Beatriz Caiuby Labate & Clancy Cavnar - Gerhard Mayer
- Review: "Do we need the paranormal to explain the UFO phenomenon? A Review of Illuminations: The UFO Experience as Parapsychological Event by Eric Ouellet - Jean-Michel Abrassart
- Review: First International Colin Wilson Conference, University of Nottingham, July 1st 2016 - Colin Stanley
In case you haven't read this great resource before, all of the previous issues remain available to download from the site as well. I know from experience the work that goes into doing something like this, so if you get something out of the journal make it your mission to throw some money their way with a PayPal donation. Even small amounts help!
- Physicists simulate sending particles of light into the past, strengthening the case that time travel is possible.
- Founders of western civilisation were prehistoric dope dealers.
- Drones to unleash vaccine-laced M&Ms in bid to save endangered ferrets.
- A robotic stingray, powered by real muscles and guided by light.
- Big bad wolf has lost his bite, say researchers.
- Neanderthal bones show signs of cannibalism.
- After 45 years, FBI closes investigation into unsolved 'DB Cooper' hijacking.
- Big Bang or Big Bounce? New theory on the birth of the universe.
- Cannabinoids produced in the human body have an anti-inflammatory effect.
- Is Pokémon Go a government surveillance psyop conspiracy?
- Researchers blur the line between classical and quantum physics by connecting chaos and entanglement.
- Mysterianism and the science of consciousness.
- Why true coincidences are hard to find.
- How China is rewriting the book on human origins.
- Astronomers discover distant dwarf planet beyond Neptune.
- Lost in space? Silicon Valley and the future of democracy.
Quote of the Day:
By science men may learn the mysteries of the spirit world.
Dr. John Dee, born July 13, 1527
- Archaeologists find elongated skull of a woman with jewel-encrusted teeth at Teotihuacan.
- Budj Bim in Australia had sprawling villages of stone houses and an aquaculture system that pre-dated Egypt's pyramids by at least 4000 years.
- Archaeologists have discovered 23 shipwrecks in 22 days in the Aegean Sea.
- 12,000-year-old shaman had a bizarre six-part funeral that involved a HUMAN foot, eagle's wing and 86 tortoises.
- The quantum origin of time - some scientists think the past may not be set in stone.
- Michio Kaku says we could become immortal by uploading our minds to machines.
- That time the U.S. government conducted telepathy experiments at Fort Meade.
- The original female ghostbuster.
- Earliest evidence of monkeys' use of stone tools found.
- The 'cure for homosexuality' experiments that were written out of history.
- Containing a super-intelligent AI is theoretically impossible.
- The speed of light is the speed of causality.
- Having three genetic parents makes mice age better.
- Brain zapping may sharpen vision.
- OTOH: DIY brain stimulation could have scary side effects, doctors warn.
- The Westboro Baptist Church is getting owned in Pokémon Go.
- True coincidences are hard to find.
- Radiation from ancient supernovae may have given evolution an astrophysical push.
- Astronomers say they’ve spotted a dwarf planet that’s farther out than Pluto.
- Identical twin sisters in different cities give birth at the exact same time.
- Image of the Day: Receiving transmission from Planet Fabulous.
Quote of the Day:
There is no way to peace; peace is the way.
A. J. Muste
Coming soon to Ancient Aliens: archaeologists in Mexico have unearthed a unique 'elongated skull' with ornate custom dental work while excavating at the ancient city of Teotihuacan. The skeletal remains belong to a woman - dubbed 'The Lady of Tlailotlacan' - who was 35 to 40 years old at the time of her death, around 350-400 CE:
Her teeth are of particular note. The central incisors in her upper jaw are embedded with round pyrite stones. This technique required cutting a hole in the enamel of the tooth and inserting the decorative stones. It was practiced in the Mayan cities of southern Mexico (see the jade tooth inserts found in Uxul on the Yucatan peninsula), Guatemala and Belize. One incisor in her lower jaw was replaced with a prosthetic made of serpentine, a green stone carved in the shape of a tooth. This was not of local manufacture and she must have worn it for many years because it shows signs of wear and tartar growth. Researchers are currently studying this tooth looking for evidence of how it was affixed to the jaw, possibly with a cement-like adhesive or some kind of fiber that held it in place.
Her grill isn’t the most extreme of her body mods. The shape of her skull is elongated, an intentional cranial shaping of the tabular erect type produced by fronto-occipital compression likely with a cradleboard when she was a child and her bones were still soft. Hers is an extreme example of the practice. This kind of skull shaping isn’t typical of the Central Highlands. It too is more frequently found in the south.
Her teeth and skull make hers one of the most extensively modified bodies ever discovered at Teotihuacan. It also confirms that the residents of Tlailotlacan weren’t only labourers who were brought to or moved to the big city for work, but people of wealth and status as well. The Lady of Tlailotlacan’s modifications were reserved for the Maya elites.
Below is a video of the skeletal remains:
- The mystery of the 101-year-old master pianist who has dementia.
- The child prodigies who became 20th century celebrities.
- Monkeys are aware when they don't know something. Which puts them one up on most humans...
- Can a heart transplant change your personality?
- The Dallas shooting and the advent of killer police robots.
- In the age of 3D-printed guns, do gun-control arguments make any sense?
- Vladimir Putin jumps into the race to build a 'Hyperloop'.
- Neanderthals ate each other and used their bones as tools.
- The man who created Bigfoot.
- The computer code that took America to the Moon has been published to GitHub. In case any of you out there have a functioning Apollo spacecraft that you've been holding on to, waiting...
- The mysterious syndrome that is impairing astronauts' sight.
- These are the ways the world could end.
- Image of the Day: Mummies for sale. Business looks a bit dead.
Quote of the Day:
It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.
Philip K. Dick
The nature of reality is one of our abiding fascinations here at the Daily Grail, so I'm sure many readers will enjoy the TED talk above from Donald Hoffman:
Cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman is trying to answer a big question: Do we experience the world as it really is ... or as we need it to be? In this ever so slightly mind-blowing talk, he ponders how our minds construct reality for us.