We are bearly aware of our surroundings.
- The ancient Peruvian mystery solved from space.
- A billionaire's plan to send robots powered by lasers to Alpha Centauri.
- Alcohol to be banned from Stonehenge celebrations.
- Robot finds no 'Nessie Lair' in Loch Ness, but finds a Nessie.
- Can we sense magnetic fields?
- Neanderthals may have been infected by diseases carried out of Africa by humans.
- How an internet mapping glitch turned a random Kansas farm into a digital hell.
- Do our dynamic brains predict the world?
- Birth control pills are turning male amphibians into females.
- Psychics 'can't predict the future and we never read clients' minds'.
- Terrified couple draw picture of 'Werewolf of Worcester' after claiming to have bumped into it in the Cotswolds.
- Smashed skulls suggest large European battle 3,200 years ago.
- Massive undersea crab swarm caught on video.
Quote of the Day:
He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
Festival 23- Convergence of Disco
A brand new outdoor festival celebrating Discordian counter-culture
Taking place on the weekend of July 23 at a secret South Yorkshire location
Artists confirmed so far include Jimmy Cauty, John Higgs, Knifeworld, Super Weird Substance, Richard Norris, Cosmic Trigger cabaret
Already compared by DJ Greg Wilson to the legendary 1967 'Gathering of the Tribes,' Festival 23 is not just a music festival. Neither is it an arts, literature, theatre, film or poetry festival. It's none of these things and it's all of them. It is everything that you imagine it to be. Inspired by the exhortations of the late, great Ken Campbell, organisers Notwork 23 are setting out not to make money or to lose money, but to do something heroic!
Festival 23 is a celebration and exploration of contemporary counter-culture, inspired by generations of radical artists and writers, from William Burroughs to Alan Moore, Alan Watts to Robert Anton Wilson. The focus for these energies is Discordianism; a joke disguised as a religion, or a religion disguised as a joke, most famously popularised by Bob Shea & Robert Anton Wilson's Illuminatus! -the ultimate cult novel series- itself adapted into an infamous nine-hour play in 1976 by maverick theatre director, actor, writer and genius Ken Campbell.
As a member of the KLF, Jimmy Cauty re-introduced Discordian ideas to a new generation in the late eighties and early nineties. We're overjoyed that he'll be bringing his acclaimed art installation, The Aftermath Dislocation Principle (ADP), to Festival 23.
In 2014, Ken Campbell's daughter Daisy Campbell brought Robert Anton Wilson's Illuminatus sequel Cosmic Trigger to the stage, acting as a powerful catalyst for the current Discordian revival. Daisy will be leading Cosmic Trigger's cast and crew, including poet Salena Godden, in a cosmic cabaret that will take over Festival 23's main stage on the Sunday night.
Writer John Higgs has also brought Discordian-related ideas to a wider audience with his books The KLF: Chaos, Magic And The Band Who Burned A Million Pounds, and Stranger Than We Can Imagine: Making Sense Of The 21st Century. At Festival 23 John will be delivering a new talk entitled Ziggy Blackstar and the Art of Becoming.
Headline musical acts include psychedelic/progressive rock titans Knifeworld, a full live set from Super Weird Substance (featuring legendary DJ Greg Wilson and Ruthless Rap Assassins/ Black Grape member Kermit, who will also both be performing separately), Richard Norris (The Grid, Circle Sky, Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve, Time and Space Machine, Psychic TV), Pete Woosh (DIY), AOS3 and Cowtown. Also confirmed so far are Barringtone, Bloom, Giblet, Horton Jupiter and Map 71.
Plus: films, rituals, esoteric workshops, poetry, theatre, art installations and more, including Puppet Alan Watts- part of the Future Zen Variety Show- and the Milk the Cow podcast crew, who will be producing an exclusive radio podcast onsite.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/539494706224186/
- Historians rediscover Isaac Newton's recipe for the Philosopher's Stone. Alchemalicious!
- Artificial Intelligence sheds new light on the origins of the Bible.
- 'Bosnian spheres' the latest discovery of the man behind the Bosnian Pyramid. Just a cone and a prism and he'll have a full set.
- The fascinating story of the mother of modern witchcraft.
- How I learned to stop worrying and love the Illuminati.
- Pioneering LSD brain imaging study offers insights into consciousness.
- The long strange history of Clinton advisor John Podesta's space alien obsession.
- NASA asked to explain 'Millenium Falcon' UFO that appeared in live feed.
- Giant swastika marking near Roswell spotted on Google Earth.
- UFO-obsessed real estate tycoon Robert Bigelow says he'll put inflatable space stations in orbit, and soon. (See the full press conference video.)
- SpaceX's rocket landing on the ocean shows a path to Mars.
- Astronomers discover mysterious alignment of black holes.
- Cosmic speed measurement suggests dark energy mystery.
- Genetic superheroes walk among us...but we're not allowed to tell them.
- New map of the 'Tree of Life' unveiled by scientists.
- Huge python found in Malaysia could be a world record.
- Evolution oddity: birds on islands are losing the ability to fly.
- Zika virus is 'scarier than first thought', according to U.S. health officials.
- Nessie on holiday in London? Second video in a week shows something odd in the Thames.
- The mystery of Father Crespi's anomalous ancient artefacts deepens.
- Is 'The Hum', a mysterious noise heard around the world, science or mass delusion?
- Image(s) of the Day: These photos show why protecting ancient stone structures is so important.
Thanks Adam Gorightly and @Fortean_UK.
Quote of the Day:
The holy warrior is he who struggles with himself.
When we recently saw that amazing video of Boston Dynamics' new Atlas robot being tested to the max, most of us felt empathy for them being 'bullied'. For those that were wondering what the Atlas was actually thinking during testing, the above video may clear things up...
- Hilary Clinton campaign chair says "the U.S. government could do a much better job" in answering the public's questions about UFOs.
- SpaceX finally nails rocket ocean landing.
- Could alien diseases wipe out humanity?
- Are we living in a computer simulation?
- The Singularity is (still not) near.
- The very real pain of 'imaginary' illnesses.
- The strange case of the woman who couldn't remember her past...and can't imagine her future.
- Ancient burials revealed at mysterious Plain of Jars.
- Science has for too long been in denial about animal intelligence.
- Crewless drone ships will be sailing the seas by 2020.
- The Indian woman who hunts the witch-hunters.
- Family surprised over the removal of the Bigfoot headstone on their son's grave.
- Image of the Day: Desert Breath.
Thanks Blair, Mitch, and Cat.
Quote of the Day:
I will not serve God like a labourer, in expectation of my wages.
A summary of all the stories and news briefs posted on The Daily Grail over the past week. Feel free to share anything interesting!
- A New Approach to Death and Funerals
- News Briefs 04-04-2016 (Monday)
- Your DNA is the Size of the Solar System
- News Briefs 05-04-2016 (Tuesday)
- Vallee Collector's Edition Crowd-Funding Campaign - Last Chance to Order a Copy
- News Briefs 06-04-2016 (Wednesday)
- Life After Life: A Discussion of the Near-Death Experience
- Invoking the Spirits of Place
- News Briefs 07-04-2016 (Thursday)
- News Briefs 08-04-2016 (Friday)
Have a good weekend!
“Though Truth and Falsehood be near twins, yet Truth a little elder is.
- Spiraling into superfluid sonic black holes.
- Are black holes gateways to other worlds?
- Life on Mars, courtesy of bombardment.
- New three star system unveiled.
- Lab-grown comet may reveal key to origin of life.
- Tailoring cancer drugs to kill.
- Warming affects Earth’s wobble. With video.
- Is the D in DNA for data storage?
- Does the R in RNA have interstellar origins?
- Some doctors are flighty, some fly.
- I’ll be a monkey’s uncle.
- Two teams make gene editing claims with CRISPR. More.
- Three words: Inflatable Space Habitat.
- Therapeutic qualities of LSD, re-examined.
- When contacts went bionic.
- Rogue One reveals engineering puzzle.
- When candy wrappers were hip.
- Koyaanisqatsi meets Koyaanistocksi.
- This week’s evidence of the pending robot uprising… 'Bot-proofing the next generation.
Many thanks to Kat!
Quote of the Day:
“Man, who is the noblest part of the earth, melts so away as if he were a statue, not of earth, but of snow.”
ParaMania was everything I'd hoped for, and then some. See you all in 2017!
- Why do Physics theoreticians need to travel so much? (Same goes for Forteans IMO).
- Learning about the emotions of our primate cousins force us to rethink the notions of our own intelligence.
- Microsoft's Clippy is back, and it'll take over the world.
- Would touching a robot turn YOU on?
- Midnight Climax: When the CIA ran an LSD whore house in San Francisco.
- Unseen film of Britain's most notorious spy --besides James Bond, that is-- explaining his betrayal.
- Turning our whole planet into a Klingon Bird of Prey, to defend ourselves from an alien invasion --if you don't get the reference, you're not a real Trekkie.
- Nazca 2.0: Man builds giant alien face on his backyard to attract them.
- Planet 9 might be an exoplanet stolen by the sun.
- Rocket Girls: The women who charted the course to space.
- Peer inside the Alaskan permafrost tunnel that doubles as a
vampire shelterscience lab.
- Daesh makes between $150-200 million dollars selling illegal antiquities. Isn't that profiting from false gods an offense against Islam?
- Did humans conquer South America in waves? Prehistoric shelters spread accross the area in two occasions, 8000 years apart.
- Native American chief Joe Medicine Crow dies aged 102.
- On our last roundtable for Where Did the Road Go? Seriah, Josh Cutchin, Michael Hughes and yours truly discussed the documentary The Nightmare, and the phenomenom of sleep paralysis.
- Red Pill of the Day: Caterpillars drum their anuses to find new friends. Take that, Facebook!.
Thanks to Kat, Chris and ALL the ParaMania attendees.
"Quote of the Day:
"Hate doesn't improve anything."
˜Holocaust survivor Henry Flescher, in his Reddit AMA.
On Saturday the 2nd of April 2016 Calderstones Mansion in Calderstones Park, Liverpool was home to #SpiritsOfPlace. This was a multidisciplinary symposium with nine guest speakers, all of whom took their cue in one way or another from the Neolithic stones which give the park their name.
I was the organiser of the event and my talk "Invoking the Spirits of Place" served as a kind of introduction and mission statement for the day. Based in part on my earlier Calderstones article, a piece I wrote about the genesis of the event for #FolkloreThursday, and even in some small way something I wrote for WarrenEllis.com, I present here the full text of my talk.
Welcome to South Liverpool, to Calderstones Park, and to Spirits of Place.
South Liverpool is where I was born, where I grew up, and where I live still. It is a place full of green-spaces. Its abundance of woodlands, parks, cemeteries, playing fields and golf courses are linked by an intricate network of narrow, bramble-lined public footpaths and overgrown roadside verges. The more romantically inclined might be tempted to call them faerie paths, or corpse roads, and perhaps some once were; back when an Iron Age fort stood on top of Woolton's Camp Hill, or perhaps longer ago still.
The area is bursting with history to the point where many of its residents seem to have become immune to the strange sites and artefacts they pass every day. Many people are dimly aware that the ornamental lake in Princes Park is filled by one of the city's many “lost” subterranean rivers, the River Jordan. There is an extant 17th century chapel just round the corner from the same park where astronomer Jeremiah Horrocks was once schooled by a member of the Mather family who later emigrated to America and played a large part in the infamous Salem Witch Trials. Williamson's Tunnels - an uncharted labyrinth of vaulted, brick-lined tunnels constructed under the orders of an eccentric 19th century tobacco magnate - lay buried and largely unexplored beneath Edge Hill. There's a 15th century Holy Well in Wavertree, right next to a swing-park, which bears a Latin inscription translating to “He who here does nought bestow, The Devil laughs at him below”. Allthis is normal, commonplace stuff in South Liverpool, it seems. So much so that even more ancient monuments are sometimes taken for granted.
Robin Hood's Stone stands on the pavement at the junction of Booker Avenue and Archerfield Road surrounded by green painted metal railings. During term time in the summer months an ice-cream van is often parked next to it, ready to supply the kids from Booker Avenue school with frozen treats on their way home. Robin Hood's stone was given its name on account of a series of deep grooves in its surface once believed to have been used for sharpening arrowheads. The grooves are now considered to have ... Read More »
For those interested in the near-death experience (NDE), the 30 minute film above is well worth a watch. It features video from the January 2016 'Life After Life' discussion at which skeptic Chris French and NDEr Raymond O’Brien talked about the topic, and is interspersed with pieces of footage from short films:
Life after Life was a short film and discussion event presented by Rich Pickings at London Short Film Festival 2016. The event examined the phenomenon of Near Death Experiences (NDEs) and how they can affect people’s lives. It featured a programme of short poetic films about life, death and what may or may not lie beyond. These films were a jumping off point for a discussion with two guests with very different approaches to the subject.
You can learn more about the event, and view the full versions of the videos that were cut into the discussion, at the Rich Pickings website. One of those videos is "Crossing Over: The Art of Jeremy Down", which is a beautifully told story of one man's encounter with death, and the experience he had during it (embedded below).