Paranthropology 5:4


The latest issue (Vol 5, Number 4) of the free PDF journal Paranthropology ("anthropological approaches to the paranormal") is now available to download (or you can read it online via Scribd). Here's the complete rundown of features in the latest issue:

  • "Differentiating Experiences from Events, and Validity from Authenticity in the Anthropology of Consciousness", by Stanley Krippner & Mark A. Schroll
  • "Reflections on Methodological Concerns in the Anthropology of Consciousness: A Response to Krippner & Schroll", by Hillary S. Webb
  • "Interplay of Perspectives in the Anthropology of Consciousness: A Commentary on Krippner & Schroll", by Susan Greenwood
  • "Experiencing Dream Telepathy (Or Non-Local Memory): A Fifty Year Retrospective Autobiographical Analysis", by Mark A. Schroll
  • "Psychic Dreams: Evidence, Transformational Process and Magical Thinking", by David Luke
  • "Whose Dream Is It Anyway? A Commentary on Experiencing Dream Telepathy (or Non-local Memory): A 50 Year Retrospective Autobiographical Analysis", by Zelda Hall
  • "Sacred Places and Home Dream Reports: Methodological Reassessments and Reflections on Paul Devereux’s Experiment in Wales and England", by Stanley Krippner & Mark A. Schroll
  • "Geomantic Earthmind: Practicing Earth Yoga: A Response to Krippner & Schroll", by Bethe Hagens
  • "Commentary: Barometers for the Anomalous? Dreams and Transpersonal Archaeology", by Ryan Hurd
  • "Bohm’s Influence on Ullman’s Theory of the Origin of Dreams: Reflections and Insights from Montague Ullman’s Last Interview", by Mark A. Schroll
  • "Dreaming, Ullman, and Bohm: A Commentary", by Daniel Deslauries
  • "Epilogue: Toward a New Paradigm of the Varieties of Transformative Experience", by Mark A. Schroll & Darlene Viggiano.
  • "Review: ‘Seeing Fairies: From the Lost Archives of the Fairy Investigation Society, Authentic Reports of Fairies in Modern Times’
    by Marjorie T. Johnson", reviewed by James McClenon

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!

News Briefs 03-11-2014

Just looked back in the archives and found a post from me in 1999 in which I said I had run out things to say to introduce the daily news briefs. So you can imagine where I’m at in 2014…

Quote of the Day:

Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain.
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today.
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you.
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.

Pink Floyd, ‘Time

Below Teotihuacan's Pyramid of the Plumed Serpent, An Ancient Tunnel Glitters Like The Night Sky

Deep beneath the Pyramid of the Plumed Serpent at Teotihuacan, Mexico, a 340-foot-long tunnel had been coated in a metallic powder that, when illuminated by torches, glittered like the starry night sky. Sealed almost 2000 years ago, and discovered in 2003, archaeologists have now completed their excavations of the tunnel, finding over 50,000 artifacts... and burial chambers they believe no one has entered since they were originally sealed. This could shed light on who built the awe-inspiring temple city, its origins shrouded in mystery and abandoned centuries before the Aztec found it. The Aztec named it Teotihuacan, which can mean "birthplace of the gods" in their Nahuatl language, although this interpretation is one of many.

The team are already planning to enter the chambers soon. Will they find royal burials? Or ancient aliens? Exciting times for Mexican archaeology! You can view photos of the site, with some of the artifacts, here. Archaeology Magazine also has a terrific feature on the thousands of years of history and mythology that lies buried beneath the streets of modern Mexico.

Aztec Mexico Teotihuacan Pyramid Plumed Serpent Archaeology Archaeologists

Via the Telegraph UK.

Review: Interstellar

Interstellar by Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan's Interstellar is a film that sits comfortably on the shelf next to its most closely related films; Stanley Kubrick's classic trip, 2001 [1968] and Robert Zemeckis' Contact [1997]. A little too comfortably actually, as it leeches ideas and material from both of these two major works of the "quasi-mystical space quest" SF sub-genre, mutating them to serve in its own plot.

Held against the recent piece of clear anti-space propaganda, the “life in space is impossible” of Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity, it functions as a much needed response, but overall comes off as a less focused work.

Starring Matthew McConaughey - who played a Christian philosopher in Contact and was most recently seen on TV's True Detective as the grim Rust Cohle, a role heavily influenced by the “cosmic pessimist” philosophy outlined in Eugene Thacker's book In The Dust Of This Planet - as Cooper: a former NASA pilot, engineer and reluctant farmer in a new Dust Bowl America of unclear proportions who is chosen by outside forces for a most optimistic cosmic, covert mission; to save the human race.

Put simply, it's not a great time to be alive. This is the near future of economic and ecological collapse and near-term human extinction; a similar setting to the recent Autómata. It's hinted that the Earth's population has been decimated, though no exact facts are given... in fact, the truth is a casualty of the times. One of the most powerful scenes early on involves an earnest young school teacher repeating the line of the 'updated textbooks': the Moon landings were faked in an effort to bankrupt the Soviet Empire by making it spend all its money on all that unnecessary spacecraft. This is a “caretaker generation” that has long since stopped looking at the Heavens and is focused purely on the dirt and the muck of Earth. No ambition (unlike the ESA), just grit-teethed, dumb-minded stoicism – as embodied in the film by Cooper's son.

Cooper's daughter, Murph, is a dreamer. Reading his old textbooks, getting into fights in defence of her beliefs, seeking the wondrous in the world. There's a ghost in her room that she's convinced is trying to tell her something. It's Coopers eventual interpretation of this message and act of faith in following it that sparks his quest to another galaxy, in search of a new homeland for his species.

This world’s a treasure that’s been telling us to leave for a while now.

Mankind was born on earth. It was never meant to die here.”

Without getting too much deeper in the details of the plot (trailer below) – they travel through ... Read More »

A Moon-walking Army: Did Michael Jackson try to CLONE Himself?

Probably the best way to start the Halloween festivities: A recent news spreading around the interwebs, that Michael Jackson spent millions of dollars before his untimely death in an attempt to clone himself. Just another WTF! myth to ensure his long-lasting cultural legacy, or does the story have any (dancing) legs?

According to author and UFO researcher Michael Luckman --who's no stranger to controversial allegations-- the King of Pop paid a fortune to Europeans geneticists, because his wish was that his clones would carry on his legacy after his death. From The Boys from Brazil to The Boys from Neverland!

Michael C. Luckman claims the information was given to him from the late celebrity fashion designer Andre Van Pier - who designed stage costumes for Jackson and his sisters.

Luckman told BANG Showbiz: ''Van Pier first learned of the futuristic cloning experiments and the secret sperm deposits from a close associate at a longevity centre based in Panama. Michael's enthusiasm for cloning began with the successful cloning of Dolly the Sheep and escalated following false claims by the Raelians, a UFO cult group with headquarters in Canada, that they had cloned the first human baby.''

Luckman, who has just finished his book 'The Battle for Michael Jackson's Soul', believes the cloning process could even be being carried out now.

The author says: ''Michael wanted this happen, and spent time and money trying to achieve his goal. We could see many dead stars resurrected with science. Canadian dentist Dr. Michael Zuk purchased one of John Lennon's teeth at auction and has announced plans to use the DNA from the tooth to create a perfect double of the former Beatle.''

It's a bit hard to take this story seriously; but even if Jackson did try to preserve his genetic material for posterity --and let's be honest, he wasn't particularly famous for making sound economic decisions with his money-- we know fully well that heredity plays only a part in the make-up of a human being. Even if you had a perfect genetic copy of Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley or even Jesus, that does not guarantee the clone would be able to replicate the accomplishments of its 'original'. Would Michael have agreed to submit his clones to the same pain and abuse he suffered himself as a child?

Personally, I prefer the fact that there will never be another King of Pop, and what better way to honor his memory, than to enjoy what still is the best, god-damned music video of all time?

Happy Halloween, Grailers!


[Link: Michael Jackson cloned himself before death]

News Briefs 31-10-2014

”Man is the most insane species…”

Quote of the Day:

“He worships an invisible god and destroys visible nature, unaware that this nature he’s destroying is the god he’s worshiping.”

Hubert Reeves

A Beacon in the Land of Pharaohs: What the Great Pyramid Looked Like More than 4000 Years Ago

Though I've never had the pleasure to visit Egypt and contemplate the massive splendor of the Great Pyramid (yet), modern tourists will never truly grasp why sheer size and geometric perfection weren't the only things that made this monument the biggest wonder of the Ancient World.

That's because what remains of the pyramid attributed to the pharaoh Khufu is now almost completely devoid of its outer layer of highly polished limestone blocks, which would have made it look shiny white to the naked eye, and easy to spot for many miles around - a vision Egyptologist Dr. Jacquelyn Williamson has tried to recreate using the magic of CGI for a documentary produced by the Smithsonian channel.

I hope the documentary remembers to mention an oft-forgotten aspect in the mystery of the Great Pyramid: that of the missing capstone, which some believed was made of pure gold -- and which was supposedly going to be replaced as part of a grandiose ceremony at the start of the current millennium.

Seeing how the structure was covered in a bright material such as limestone, it makes sense the top portion of the pyramid, which would have been hit first by the ray of the rising sun, should have been made of an equally-reflective or more reflective substance, in order to turn it into a beacon presiding over the land of the pharaohs, bringing forth illumination from the realm of the gods.

[H/T Fast Company Design]

News Briefs 30-10-2014

  • October 2014 was 'the perfect synch storm', according to Twilight language researcher Loren Coleman.
  • How the shadow of Ebola is settling into the subconscious of New Yorkers.
  • My grandma, the poisoner.
  • I think I saw an article on how chocolate may help improve memory, but now I can't remember it…
  • The Dalai Lama sees a new spin in his Samsara.
  • Turning the evolution of complex life inside out.
  • Finding news species in the (urban) jungle.
  • Professor Brian Cox shows incredible pessimism at our search for life in the Universe.
  • The bad news: Traumatic stress may affect DNA. The good news: Psychotherapy may heal it.
  • How NASA tries to cope with the mind-altering aspects of space travel.
  • Paperclip? More like Paperweight! The CIA had THOUSANDS of Nazi 'assets' working for them during the Cold War.
  • Flying car prototype unveiled in Vienna.
  • Thanks to Movie Magic, UFOs are more than real. They're 'Hyperreal.'
  • Cash-Landrum expert Curt Collins weighs in on Nat Geo's recent take on the famous UFO case.
  • Stairway to Lawsuit? A judge will decide whether Led Zeppelin plagiarized their most famous song.
  • Red Pill of the Week: If you find a stranger man naked with your dog, then SURELY he must be the Anti-Christ.

Thanks to my great-aunt Pina, who used to give me toy cars every time we went to spend the Easter holidays in Ocotlán. Descanse en paz, tía

Quote of the Day:

"Paranoia is just having the right information."

~William S. Burroughs

Conspiracies? LOL Shut Up!

Want to debunk or dismiss points of view and theories that go against your own beliefs, but are just too under-informed and/or lazy to do it properly? No problem! You just simply have to label your adversary as a 'conspiracy theorist' and Voilà! That poor tinfoil-hatter will be seen as a kook faster than he can yell "Trilateral Commission."

Srsly though, we Grailers know that there are many stories and news which get covered in this site, and the fact that we link to them does *not* necessarily mean we endorse them or agree with them 100% of the time. TDG trusts in the intelligence of our members, yet we always remind them of our Caveat lector policy. We may end up agreeing to disagree, but that doesn't give us the right to belittle people of different opinions.

Yet the fact of the matter is that recently the term 'conspiracy theory' has been weaponized by mainstream media, or even websites aspiring to go mainstream, because it's easy to make fun of dissent than to give rational rebuttals.

Thus 'conspiracy theory' has turned into a blanket term in which EVERY dissenting or alternative thinking is piled up. So for example, if you have reasons to think genetically modified foods might not be as safe for consumption as the US Dept. of Health would have you believe, then by default you must also think all the governments in the world are controlled by shape-shifting Reptilians who used beam weapons and holograms of airplanes to take down the World Trade Center in 9/11, and are planning to deceive Humanity with a fake alien invasion designed to impose the New World OrderZOMGStartStockingUpTheBunker!!!

Maybe the way to stop this trend has to start with US in the alternative circles. We need to refrain of thinking that every. Single. Person! Who doesn't happen to agree with us is a complete fool or a brain-washed drone. There's a time for proselytizing, and there's a time when you need to move to better things.

Always remember: Those in power will NEVER admit that they were ever wrong about anything --they'll just quietly re-change their position hoping no-one ever noticed...