By the end of this news briefs you may just have put some black tape over your webcam…
- Physicist’s weird reverse-causality experiment goes in a new direction.
- While other physicists look for time-travelers on Facebook.
- Dogs poop in alignment with Earth’s magnetic field.
- 10 extraordinary sacred sites around Britain.
- Californian crop circle hoax shows human propensity for pattern recognition and belief confirmation.
- Esquire magazine’s (previously paywalled) hit piece on Proof of Heaven author Eben Alexander is now available freely online.
- And in case you forgot that we should be skeptical of skepticism too, here’s why we should be careful believing the ‘facts’ in the Esquire article.
- Satanists seek to place a 7-foot tall goat headed statue at the Oklahoma state capitol.
- Stumbling into the world of Creepypasta: With a flood of dark memes and viral horror stories, the internet is mapping the contours of modern fear. Bonus: the article quotes TDG editor Cat Vincent and his Darklore article on Slenderman!
- Esquire profiles legendary occultist and underground film-maker Kenneth Anger.
- Weird London, mapped.
- Looted 1000-year-old treasure discovered in British Museum storage room.
- Putting a face to ‘Stonehenge Man‘.
- If you think the gear at this year’s CES looks futuristic and super-cool, it might be worth reminding yourself what it will look like in 2034.
- Human ingenuity has created a world that the mind can no longer master. Have we finally reached our limits?
- Your New Year’s resolution should be to believe in free will.
- How to make atheism less awful in 2014.
- In the tough guy world of an American prison, a former inmate returns to teach mindfulness meditation.
- No form, feelings, perceptions, mental formations, consciousness: A Buddhist perspective on AI.
- Drug may help adults acquire perfect pitch and learn language like kids.
- Total Information Awareness: If you weren’t paranoid before, you will be after watching this.
- Frostquake! Sharknadoes can’t be far off now.
- Image of the Day: A giant twisting serpent skeleton emerges from the Loire River in France. More here.
Quote of the Day:
The first correlation is with the unbalance between technological acceleration and political retrogression, which has proceeded earth wide at ever widening danger levels since 1914 and especially since 1964. The breaking apart is fundamentally the schizoid and schismatic mental fugue of lawyer-politicians attempting to administrate a worldwide technology whose mechanisms they lack the education to comprehend.
Hexagram 23, interpreted by the First Universal Cybernetic-Kinetic-Ultramicro-Programmer, in Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea’s Illuminatus! (published 1975)