Pondering the Mysteries of the 'Bosnian Pyramid' and Ancient Egypt

Above is an interesting short video made by Alex Mott after visiting the controversial 'Bosnian Pyramid' in June 2015. In it, he addresses some of the claims made in favour of the structure being man-made (as well as more 'New Age' mysteries associated with the 'pyramid') , but can't help but feel that nature (and some wishful thinking) could have produced them all.

And for those that think the presenter is obviously a fundamentalist skeptic on such matters, please do note that he has another short video on the mysteries of ancient Egypt, which certainly doesn't follow that track:

Regardless of whether you agree with him on either topic, some excellent information (and vision) that is sure to inspire discussion!

News Briefs 07-03-2016

If the machine elves were fish, they would hang out on this coral reef....

Quote of the Day:

No matter how complex our instruments may be, no matter how sophisticated and subtle our theories and calculations, it’s still our consciousness that finally interprets our observations. And it does so according to its knowledge and conception of the event under consideration. It’s impossible to separate the way consciousness works from the conclusions it makes about an observation. The various aspects that we make out in a phenomenon are determined not only by how we observe, but also by the concepts that we project onto the phenomenon in question.

Matthieu Ricard

Phonehenge: Image Juxtaposing Ancient and Modern Technology Wins Photography award

Phonehenge

The winner of this year's British Life Photography award is the fantastic shot above by Elena Marimon Munoz, which juxtaposes the ancient megalithic technology of Stonehenge with the modern technology that is smart phones, both in the process of capturing a cosmic event: the summer solstice.

By the time the sun started to rise above the stones, hundreds, if not thousands of people, had gathered inside the stone circle, phones and cameras up in the air ready to record the magical moment," says Marimon Munoz. "In the picture, I wanted to capture the mixture of ancient history and modern technology, fused together - past and present.

It's an odd thing we do - rather than being in the moment and experiencing it, we want to somehow capture it in our tiny devices. A whole branch of psychology that could be devoted to answering why...

Link: British Life Photography Awards

News Briefs 04-03-2016

"Look with favor upon a bold beginning."

Quote of the Day:

“Blessed is he who has been able to win knowledge of the causes of things.”

Virgil

News Briefs 03-03-2016

It's official: Tuesday is my least favorite day of the week.

Quote of the Day:

“More attention and more discussion about unexplained aerial phenomena can happen without people who are in public life, who are serious about this, being ridiculed.”

˜John Podesta, former White House Chief of Staff under president Clinton, former special advisor to president Obama, and campaign manager for Hillary Clinton.

This Movie Review of Darren Aronofsky's 'The Fountain' Gets It Right

Darren Aronofsky's much maligned 2006 movie The Fountain is actually one of my favourites, as is the brilliant score by Clint Mansell. So when I saw this fun review of the movie, correcting some of the misconceptions about it and pointing out details of the wonderful work done by Aronofsky and Mansell, I had to share.

For those who still haven't seen the movie, beware of spoilers - instead, just go watch the movie, then come back. Hell, let's all just go watch it again...

News Briefs 02-03-2016

Magnificent Marble Machine music

Quote of the Day:

On Shakespeare's grave: "Good friend, for Jesus' sake forebeare, To digg the dust enclosed heare; Bleste be the man that spares thes stones, And curst be he that moves my bones."

TEDx Talk: Dreams and Visions of the Dying

The Deceased in the Afterlife Realm

A couple of years back I posted a fantastic TEDx talk on 'end-of-life experiences' - the strange phenomena that the dying experience in the weeks and months before their passing. I devoted an entire chapter of my book Stop Worrying! There Probably is an Afterlife to this much-neglected but fascinating topic, and continue to research the phenomena for the next update to Stop Worrying....

Another more recent, but equally good talk, is by Dr. Christopher W. Kerr, Chief Medical Officer at The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, where he has worked since 1999. Dr. Kerr's research interests have evolved...

...towards the human experience of illness as witnessed from the bedside, specifically patients’ dreams and visions at the end of life. Although medically ignored, these near universal experiences often provide comfort and meaning as well as insight into the life led and the death anticipated.

You can learn more about the details of Dr. Kerr's research by reading any one of the recent journal papers he has been involved with, and also in this New York Times article from last month. But the TEDx talk below offers an excellent - and personal - primer, giving an insight into both the research, and the human aspect of listening to the dying about what they experience:

To learn more about the oh-so-interesting topic of end-of-life experiences, grab a copy of Stop Worrying! There Probably is an Afterlife (available in eBook and paperback formats).

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The 1961 Story About a Chicken Farmer Who Claimed that Aliens Gave Him Pancakes

Joe Simonton with alien pancake

Those who have read the UFO classic Passport to Magonia, by Jacques Vallee, will be familiar with the odd case of Joe Simonton, a chicken farmer who claims to have met aliens and been given, of all things, pancakes by them (It is also, if memory serves me, mentioned in Robert Anton Wilson's Cosmic Trigger):

The time was approximately 11:00 A.M. on April 18, 1961, when Joe Simonton was attracted outside by a peculiar noise similar to "knobby tires on a wet pavement." Stepping into his yard, he faced a silvery saucer-shaped object "brighter than chrome," which appeared to be hovering close to the ground without actually touching it. The object was about twelve feet high and thirty feet in diameter. A hatch opened about five feet from the ground, and Simonton saw three men inside the machine. One of them was dressed in a black two-piece suit. The occupants were about five feet in height. Smooth shaven, they appeared to "resemble Italians." They had dark hair and skin and wore outfits with turtleneck tops and knit helmets.

One of the men held up a jug apparently made of the same material as the saucer. His motions to Joe Simonton seemed to indicate that he needed water. Simonton took the jug, went inside the house, and filled it. As he returned, he saw that one of the men inside the saucer was "frying food on a flameless grill of some sort." The interior of the ship was black, "the color of wrought iron." Simonton, who could see several instrument panels, heard a slow whining sound, similar to the hum of a generator. When he made a motion indicating he was interested in the food that was being prepared, one of the men, who was also dressed in black but with a narrow red trim along the trousers, handed him three cookies, about three inches in diameter and perforated with small holes.

The whole affair had lasted about five minutes. Finally, the man closest to the witness attached a kind of belt to a hook in his clothing and closed the hatch in such a way that Simonton could scarcely detect its outline. Then the object rose about twenty feet from the ground before taking off straight south, causing a blast of air that bowed some nearby pine trees.

...When two deputies sent by Sheriff Schroeder, who had known Simonton for fourteen years, arrived on the scene, they could not find any corroborative evidence. The sheriff affirmed that the witness obviously believed the truth of what he was saying and talked very sensibly about the incident.

I was surprised to find recently that YouTube has a video of Joe Simonton being interviewed about his encounter, and showing off one of the 'pancakes' he was given. For those interested, here it is:

Loved the matter-of-fact way he discussed the taste of the pancakes: "They were hot and greasy...if that was their food, God help them, because I took a bite of one of them and it tasted like a piece of cardboard. If that's what they lived on, no wonder they were small".

(Full disclosure: Passport to Magonia is currently published by us here at The Daily Grail)