Two species of spider have been discovered building life-like spider effigies from dead insects, leaves, & twigs. What's remarkable is that one species is in Peru, the other in the Philippines. Scientists think the spider sculptures either help lure prey or scare off predators. Perhaps the spiders are just very lonely. Or even more disturbing, the effigies are shrines of worship. So far, "terrific pig" hasn't been seen written in the web.
The spider behaviour raises some very interesting questions about evolution, questions that may be uncomfortable or even heretical for the hard materialists. I'm not convinced this is just random Darwinian trial & error. Science has taken us far, but there's something else at play here that the materialists fall far short of explaining. The dead leaf moth and countless other examples in nature hint at other possibilities. Could mavericks like Rupert Sheldrake be on the right track?
"The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence." ~ Nikola Tesla
In the meantime, bow to the Great Spider Lord Clikzzrt.
Further reading from the Grail archives:
- Go home evolution, you're... creepily superintelligent?
- Biologist Rupert Sheldrake on the Ten Dogmas Holding Science Back.
As geek-child of the 80's,I might have missed the Silver Age of comic books by a few decades, but right now I'm thrilled to be going through the Golden Age of webcomics, thanks to increased bandwidth & a plethora of talented artists willing to offer their art free of charge.
For several years I've been a devoted fan of Trying Human, a webcomic created by the talented Emy Bitner, who should be right up the alley of Grailers since it's inspired by one of our favorite subjects: The UFO phenomenon.
Reading the pages of TH one is quickly aware of 2 things: Emy is a very accomplished artist --after she polished her drawing chops, she decided to remake a big chunk of the pages she'd already posted, in order to get a more unified style; that's dedication for you!-- AND she's also well-steeped in the nuances of the UFO mythos & the alien abduction lore; because of this the theme of the comic is a bit dark, yet it's first & foremost a very original romance story between Hue, a 'tall gray' alien who falls in love with Rose, a red-haired girl whose world is turned upside down after she realizes she's an abductee. Add a couple of quirky reptilians to provide some comedic relief, and you're up for an enjoyable read!
Emy has completed Volume 1 of Trying Human, and she's launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to raise funds for a printed edition, with a lot of juicy rewards for the backers. I've already pledged for a signed paperback copy, but there's still 22 days to help her reach her goal.
So check out her website, and if you like what you see then try to be a generous human, and help bring this interstellar affair to the printer shop.
“My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.”
- Hawking vs. Black Holes.
- Water, water-- everywhere and not a drop to drink…
- Riding waves of sound and light.
- A solution to space debris?
- Quantum teleportation feels the squeeze.
- Blame the bunny: New theory on Easter Island collapse.
- Is the bee decline virus-related?
- From molecule to memory.
- The latest salvo in the Wikipedia Wars.
- Google Chrome is listening.
- Plant a tree, stave off floods?
- A potential problem with treating flus?
- Insane cinema sans insanity.
- Do you hear an echo?
- The ending of a literary masterpiece… and George Orwell.
- Take another Trip to raise some Caine.
- This week’s evidence of the looming robo-pocalypse… ‘bot blind dates.
With thanks to Kat & RPJ!
Quote of the Day:
“…Next time someone complains that you have made a mistake, tell him that may be a good thing. Because without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist.”
The latest issue (Vol 5, Number 1) 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:
- "Is the Anomalist on a Fool’s Errand?" - Thomas E. Bullard
- "A Phenomenological Evolution of Parapsychology’s Philosophy of Science" - Jacob W. Glazie
- "Commentary: Contemplating Parapsychology's Evolving Philosophy of Science" - Mark A. Schroll
- "Experiences of Synchronicity and Anthropological Endeavours (Part 2): ‘Beyond a Psychology of Projection into a Cosmology of Synchronicity’ "- Christel Mattheeuws
- "The Mystical Brain: The Primordial Roots of Religion" - Charles D. Laughlin
- "The Paranormal Body: Reflections on Indian Perspectives Towards the Paranormal" - Loriliai Biernacki
- "A Case of Xenoglossy Occurring Under Hypnosis" - Ohkado Masayuko & Okamoto Satoshi
- "Navigating to the Inside: First Person Science Perspectives on Consciousness and Psi " - Rafael G. Locke
And 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.
Fear is the mind-killer --and also the pants-pooper…
- Is our sun sleeping on the job? And if so, how can we find a replacement??
- Rosetta, the space-chasing spacecraft, is getting ready to par-teeeh!
- Thar she blows!: Water detected on largest asteroid in our solar system.
- New species of Antarctic sea anemone a hint of alien life on Europa?
- Ball lightning captured on video for the 1st time.
- The Feuds in UFOs, or that time when APRO & MUFOn fought over the Cash-Landrum case [Obligatory].
- A rare interview with Colby Landrum, the sole survivor of one of the most important UFO cases of the 1980s.
- A look at the life & work of Dr. John Mack from the POV of Alexa Clay, daughter of his partner & last sentimental companion.
- Midichlorians & the Harry-Potterization of Star Wars.
- Sir Morien, black knight of the Round Table.
- The enduring mystery of Oak Island.
- Did ancient Romans discover the 'New' World?
- The International Cryptozoology Museum needs your help.
- The side of Martin Luther King they don't want you to know.
- Pope Francis to Davos elite: "Get your $#it together!" ← not actual quote
- Red Pill of the Day:
Beijing is so polluted by now, citizens watch sunrises on a video-screen[Obligatory]. [UPDATE]: This story is actually a hoax.
Thanks Rick, Curt & Kat.
Quote of the Day:
"Awakening means coming to your senses - but of course, to do that, you have to go out of your mind."
- The view from the moon, thanks to China's lunar lander.
- Water found in stardust hints at life across the universe.
- New species of Antarctic sea anemone a preview of Europa?
- The best places in North America to contact extraterrestrials.
- Michael Prescott waxes lyrical on Roger Ebert's deathbed vision.
- Entheogenesis Australis has a terrific new YouTube channel.
- A broken electronic billboard has a psychedelic trip.
- Graham Hancock's chat with Duncan Trussell is now online.
- Is Egypt's Giza Plateau riddled with secret tunnels?
- A mystery pharaoh's tomb has been linked to a lost dynasty.
- The 3000-year-old Oswestry hillfort & the Pegasus Stone.
- War damage to Syria's archaeological heritage, seen from space.
- Two Buddhist monks & the ruins of Angkor Thom, 1968.
- How far can a Buddhist approach to biology take us?
- Get rich writing Bigfoot p0rn. I'm writing 'Fifty Shades of Greys'...
Thanks Jonathan, Kat, Greg, & Mrs Bigfoot.
Quote of the Day:
One and one are sometimes eleven.
~ Kashmiri proverb.
In the past, we've explored the potential applications the ubiquity of modern smartphone technology could have in improving our understanding of human consciousness --See 'An App to Remember your Dreams'-- and we regularly link to updates with the famous Global Consciousness Project, which relies on random number generators (RNGs) to gauge whether significant social events could have any detectable impact in what they call 'the unified field of consciousness', a.k.a. the Noosphere.
The GCP currently operates with about 70 of such generators, distributed all around the world. But what if we could increase that number ten-fold, a thousand-fold, or even a million-fold?
Enter the Collective Consciousness App:
If you like the idea of exploiting consumerist snobbishness in favor of noetic research, then be sure to support the app's Indiegogo campaign.
Can someone tell the simulation designers that they should have made days 34 hours long...
- Philosophers and physicists say we might be living in a computer simulation, but how can we tell? And does it matter?
- Water found in stardust suggests life is universal. That's exactly what the simulation designers want you to think…
- The hidden tendrils of dark matter that underlie the visible Universe may have been traced out for the first time.
- Why robot sex could be the future of life on Earth.
- Mimosa plants have long term memory and can learn, biologists say.
- The Cult of Cthulhu: Real prayer for a fake tentacle.
- Optical illusions such as kaleidoscopes and magic lanterns taught the Victorians what to trust. What can they teach us today?
- The world's 85 richest people have a collective wealth equal to the poorest half of the entire world population.
- Left brain versus right brain: It's a myth, research finds.
- The one theology book that all atheists should read.
- Blood falls and other natural oddities.
- The spider that builds a fake spider and then hides inside it.
- Image of the Day: You are the result of 4 billion years of evolutionary success...
Quote of the Day:
Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
From Jerry Coyne, the blogger that originally whined to TED about Rupert Sheldrake and Graham Hancock, kicking off the whole later controversy, comes a new round of whiny whining: he's going to lodge a protest that Sheldrake will be giving a talk on science to one "the most prestigious “public schools” in the UK".
It’s outrageous that someone with such wacko ideas is not only being honored this way, but will be given the chance to corrupt young minds with ideas about morphic resonance, psychic phenomena, and How Dogs Know When Their Owners are Coming Home. And the lecture blurb actually boasts of this stuff, characterizing Sheldrake as “one of the world’s most innovative biologists and writers.” “Notorious” would be a better word than “innovative.” Sadly, a bunch of kids in this sold-out lecture will get to hear that materialism is a dying paradigm in science. What were they thinking?
I feel sorry for the lost opportunity to turn kids onto real, genuine, materialistic, hard science rather than fluffy woo. I don’t know about you, but I’m at least going to register a small protest.
Sheldrake is a 'woomeister' eh? I think we can comfortably label Coyne a douchemeister using the same intelligent system of categorisation...
(h/t Michelle Gibson)
Happy 80th birthday to the only man I'd accept a jelly baby from…
- This mysterious rock just appeared in front of our rover on Mars.
- Mystery Moon object spotted on Google Moon has everyone baffled.
- Rewriting Australian history: Does this 16th century Portugese manuscript contain an illustration of a kangaroo? Or is it just an aardvark?
- Is precognition real? Positive replications of Daryl Bem's controversial findings.
- Global Consciousness? There may be an app for that...
- Discovery of quantum vibrations in 'microtubules' inside brain neurons supports controversial theory of consciousness.
- Time travel via wormhole breaks the rules of quantum mechanics.
- Why did two German 'hobbyists' deface a cartouche of Khufu inside the Great Pyramid and what does it have to do with Atlantis?
- World's most beautiful beach glows like millions of stars at night.
- First new therapeutic LSD study in 40 years has had positive benefits for all 12 participants.
- A list of 13 university-sanctioned paranormal research projects.
- Ufology: An uncertain future?
- Growing up alien: John Mack was a Harvard scientist who took extra-terrestrial abduction seriously.
- Singer of black metal band stabbed to death by fan for tarnishing Satan.
Quote of the Day:
Would you like a jelly baby?