Issue 114 - Nov/Dec 2015 Is Anybody Home?
'LOST' TOMB OF NEFERTITI SAID FOUND
Thirty-three centuries ago, she was the world's most powerful women as well as, in all likelihood, its most beautiful, yet Egypt's Queen Nefertiti remains one of the most enigmatic women who have ever lived. Though she ruled jointly with her husband Akhenaten, and left the world its lasting legacy of monotheism, she disappeared suddenly from history and no one has been able to determine exactly what happened to her. Now, however, English archaeologist Dr. Nicholas Reeves of the University of Arizona says he believes he has discovered her tomb. more...
Human-Engineered Monolith Stood at Least 9,000 Years Ago
The prevailing conventional wisdom, that civilization dawned on Earth only about 4,000 years ago, has taken another catastrophic hit. The discovery of a human-engineered, 40-foot stone monolith beneath 130 feet of ocean, clearly shows the advanced capabilities of so-called hunter-gatherers at least 9,000 years ago. The discovery reported in the September, 2015 Journal of Archaeological Science was made between Sicily and Tunisia in 2012 (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352409X15300535). According to authors Emanuele Lodolo and Zvi Ben-Avraham, divers revisited the site in 2013 and 2014 and have taken extensive measurements and video. more...
First Century Graffiti Baffles Experts
A mysterious message from the time of Jesus has turned up in Jerusalem. According to the Israeli Antiquities Authority, in an underground cave, in the ruins of a Jewish ritual bath, archaeologists have found what seems at first glance to be ancient graffiti. Words in Aramaic script along with drawings of what appear to be a boat, palm trees, various plants, and a Jewish candelabra or menorah, have been scrawled in mud and soot. more...
Mystery of Lost Colony Solved?
The fate of Roanoke Colony (better known as the 'Lost Colony') of North Carolina has been one of America's enduring mysteries. Founded by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1587 on behalf of Queen Elizabeth I, the ill-fated original English settlement was the birthplace of Virginia Dare, the first English person born in America. For over four centuries there has been no trace of the colonists, until now. more...
Despite Dangers, DARPA Looks to Terraform Mars
The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (better known as DARPA) is exploring the possibility of using genetic engineering to create organisms which could, in theory, make Mars habitable for humans. The idea would be to assemble the DNA of plants which could not only survive but thrive, and which would build up the atmosphere to something in which humans could live -- i.e., turn the 'red' planet 'green.' more...
What Do Plants Think?
The old expression 'dumb' as a 'potted plant', may need to be updated. Brilliant Green, a new book by Italian neurobiologist Stefano Mancuso and journalist Alessandra Viola argues that plants are not only sentient and intelligent, but they should have rights. more...
Lettuce Grows on the ISS
Some restaurant critics believe the best measure of an eating establishment is the quality of its salad. Happily, we can now report, the freshest lettuce of any known space habitat in the solar system is to be found on the International Space Station. more...
Great Freshwater Ocean Found Beneath Chinese Desert
One of the driest places on earth, the Tarim basin in northwestern Xinjiang, China, may end up being one of the wettest. Well diggers there have stumbled on an enormous underground reservoir containing, it is said, more than 10 times the water of all of the U.S. Great Lakes combined. more...
Inflatable Space Elevator Proposed
Getting to outer space without a rocket has preoccupied some aerospace engineers for years, and one idea which has gotten plenty of buzz has been the 'space elevator.' In that concept, a platform in stationary Earth orbit - like a communications satellite - is secured to a fixed location on the ground with a few-thousand-miles-long, super-strong, cable. Elevators would travel up and down the cable taking freight on the first leg of trips to the moon and beyond. Japan's Obayashi Coration is working on a plan for a space elporvator reaching a quarter of the way to the moon by 2050, but, we may not need to wait so long to see another form of the idea put to work. more...
Free Energy...Gravity Control...Alternative Science...
Exploring the Healing Possibilities of Sound
"Sound is the medicine of the future." -Edgar Cayce
By Jerry Decker
There is no doubt that sound has subtle, but profound, effects on our bodies, minds, and spirits, but how exactly does sound work to heal us? Have you ever listened to an orchestra prepare to play an invigorating symphony? There is a cacophony first with the woodwinds and strings, horns, and timpani making quite a ruckus, but when they tune their instruments precisely, the sound that washes over you like a wave, can bring peace and excitement that surpasses some of the most invigorating practices on Earth. more...
THE FORBIDDEN ARCHAEOLOGIST
A Spiritual Pilgrim's Voyage to Alaska
By Michael Cremo
On Friday, June 12, 2015, I boarded the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Jewel of the Seas in the Port of Seattle. I was a speaker for the Spirit of Alaska Cruise, organized by Divine Travels. After finding my way to my cabin, I attended an opening session for the Spirit of Alaska Cruise, joining the other speakers for our group on stage. On Saturday while we were at sea, headed for Juneau, Alaska, I gave my scheduled talk, the title of which was "The Cosmic Hierarchy: Alaskan and Vedic Perspectives." more...
Secret No more
Once Legendary Free-Energy Inventions Are Now Going Public
By JEANE MANNING
The 2015 Energy Science and Technology Conference was a milestone event, in the view of oldtimers in the "free energy" scene. For them it showed the progress made since 1984 - more than 30 years of trying to tell society that clean low-cost, energy technologies are possible, energy scarcity is a myth, and we don't need to pollute the earth. more...
How Mystics Beat Orthodox Physics to the Punch on MicroPsi and String Theory
By BRENDAN D. MURPHY
From 1895 to 1933, Annie Besant (1847 1933) and Charles Leadbeater (1847 1934), two of the best known theosophists and metaphysicians of the twentieth century, conducted clairvoyant investigations into all of the then known elements and certain compounds in order to observe the so-called "fundamental building blocks" that composed them, as well as their general structure. This involved the appprehension of visual in- formation at submicroscopic levels far beyond the ability of the eyes to perceive. The term for this kind of clairvoyant perception today is micro-psi (Besant and Leadbeater referred to it as "magnifying clairvoyance"). The initial investigations were collected and published in the first edition of Occult Chemistry in 1908. more...
Might it be a PUSH and not a Pull?
By SUSAN B. MARTINEZ, PH.D.
On October 28, 1930, a German gramophone company recorded a speech made by George Bernard Shaw. The occasion was a dinner for Albert Einstein at the Savoy Hotel. When the witty writer touched on the subject of gravity, he said, "Rather than sitting in an orchard and watching apples fall" (a snappy reference to Isaac Newton's scientific epiphany), he would prefer to interview; "I went to that man in the hospital ... and said, 'When you came off that scaffolding, did the earth attract you?' The man said, 'Certainly not, gar nicht, on the contrary, the earth repelled me with such violence that here I am in hospital with most of my bones broken.' more...
The Promise of REMOTE VIEWING
Our Subtle Senses Could Be More Valuable than Some Would Have Us Believe
By PATRICK MARSOLEK
Remote Viewing, to be precise, is defined as a structured protocol for intuitive information gathering. The practice (RV) has come a long way from its beginnings in military intelligence gathering and is now being used in such diverse fields as the study of viruses in microbiology, financial investment, archaeology, missing persons, hostage recovery, and more. Information gained in RV sessions is even expanding our understanding of subatomic realms. In 2012, physicists at CERN used the Large Hadron Collider to argue the existence of the Higgs Boson particle. Later in 2012, Hitomi Akamatsu, a psychologist and student at the Hawaii Remote Viewers Guild conducted a blind remote viewing practice session of that event. Her solo session resulted in 40 pages of amazingly accurate drawings and descriptions of the facility in Switzerland, the kinds of people and the type of work being done there, the high energy event surrounding the research and previously unknown activity and characteristics of the subatomic particles (to read more on early examples of clairvoyance deployed to study the subatomic world, see Brendan Murphy's article "Clairvoyant Science" on page 25). more...
Goddess in the Vatican?
The Citadels of Christian Culture Often Have Surprising Origins
By STEVEN SORA
The Vatican is one of the holiest places in the world, the center of Catholic Christianity. Not only is it the home to the Pope and cardinals, it is believed that riches of secret books, secret charts, and valuable objects are preserved inside the Vatican walls. The greatest secret, however, might be that the Vatican was once an important center of pagan worship, specifically goddess worship. Goddess worship has been marginalized by most religions, but the goddess survives in Rome's Vatican City, Washington D.C., New York, and even many places in Asia. more...
Echoes of Lemuria
￼The Pre-Flood Story of Thailand's Amazing Temples
By FRANK JOSEPH
Nineteen years ago, I flew 8,553 miles from my home near Chicago, chiefly to see an old pillar. Its brief description in a travel manual was all there was to go on but sufficient to stir my curiosity in a potentially valuable piece of my ongoing research about Lemuria, also known as Mu. It was here, according to numerous folk accounts across Polynesia, South East Asia, and west coast America, that human society first made the transition from savagery to civilization. more...
THE MYSTERIES OF ZOROASTER
Tracking a 12,000 Year Old Catastrophe
By ROBERT M. SCHOCH, Ph.D.
In the early centuries of the Common Era many different "mystery cults" gained a footing and significant followings across the Roman Empire. To name a few, these included cults of Dionysos/Bacchus, Artemis, Apollo, Orpheus, the Egyptian-derived Isis and Osiris/Serapis, various Asian derived cults of the Great Mother Goddess, and Christianity. Central to such cults were "initiation" into a "mystery" which brought the devotee into a personal relationship with the god or gods. As Roger Beck stated, "Baptism initiates you into the Christian mystery, for example; and yes, early Christianity both can and should be classified with the pagan mystery cults" (2011, "The Pagan Shadow of Christ?", BBC website article accessed 13 August, 2015). Initiation conferred salvation in the next life as well as providing a support system of fellow worshippers in this life. Mithraism, centered on the god Mithras, was a well-known and prominent mystery cult until the late fourth century CE. more...
Is Anybody Home?
The Search for ET Goes into Hyperdrive
By MARTIN RUGGLES
For years Hollywood has romanticized the search for life on planets other than Earth -especially the intelligent kind. Since 1960, when astronome Frank Drake first attempted to deploy a radio telescope to listen for alien radio signals, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) has been a key element in many a cinematic story line. Films like Contact, Independence Day, and ET have offered variations on the theme of earnest, if lonely, researchers striving to lead the world to a new interstellar awareness. The reality, however, has been somewhat less inspiring. The maverick --if not entirely mad -scientist heroes of contemporary mythology have, more often than not, been forced to struggle for respect and funding, even while their more conventional brethren raked in the big bucks. more...
Worlds Without End
The Belief in Infinite Possibilities Is Nothing New
By WILLIAM B. STOECKER
Almost every society and every people in human history have believed in other worldsnot just other planets in our universe but, in a sense, other universes. Christians believe in Heaven and Hell (and some believe in Purgatory) and, although a few Christians have always believed that Hell was literally underground, most believe Heaven to be "above" only in a metaphorical sense. These are commonly seen as spiritual realms, inhabited by souls no longer confined to bodies, realms that could share our space without our being aware of it, or exist in a reality that simply transcends space. Before Christians conceived of Hell as a place of punishment, pagans believed in a literal underworld inhabited by the spirits of the dead, often believed to be a rather dreary place but not a place of evil and punishment. A few favored heroes (mostly god/human hybrids) might ascend to Mt. Olympus or some realm in the sky inhabited by the gods. more...
Still An Outrage to the House of History
Graham Hancock's New Book Offers No Comfort to His Critics
By CYNTHIA LOGAN
Speaking to a gathering of London Alternatives in March 2014 at Saint James's Church Picadilly, vanguard history researcher and author Graham Hancock doesn't look terribly alternative. Known as an unconventional thinker who raises controversial questions about humanity's past, his hair is conservatively styled, and he's wearing glasses and a business suit, albeit sans tie. His demeanor and delivery (there's something uber-credible about a crisp British accent) suggest a professorial lecture at a respected university. This audience is raptly attentive to Hancock's description of Gobekli Tepe in Turkey (he thinks this site will prove to be over 30 times larger than Stonehenge), as well as other sites he visited while researching his forthcoming book, Magicians of the Gods, The Forgotten Wisdom of Earth's Lost Civilization (St. Martin's Press, 2015). Since this presentation he's made numerous trips that yielded the information he needed to clinch the stunning conclusions revealed in the book. more...
The Music of the Spheres
By Julie Loar
Musica Universalis, or the "Music of the Spheres," is an ancient philosophical concept that sees the proportions of the movements of celestial bodiesSun, Moon, and planetsas a form of musica, the Medieval Latin name for music. This music is not audible but is understood as a mathematical concept. The Greek philosopher Pythagoras is usually credited with this idea, which stemmed from his mystical and mathematical philosophy and its associated system of numerology. The discovery of the geometric relationship between mathematics and music within the Classical Period is also attributed to him. Pythagoreans believed this relationship gave music powers of healing as it could "harmonize" the out-of-balance body. more...
KNOWING WHAT IS COMING
Can 'What', and 'When', We Know, Make the Difference Between Right and Wrong?
By Marsha Oaks
Knowing what we now know, would we still have done the things that we did? That question is actually relevant to many areas of human endeavor, as in all three of our current DVD offerings. more... WHAT DARWIN NEVER KNEW
Though it's scientific orthodoxy now, the theory of evolution by natural selection caused a storm of controversy when Darwin unveiled it. His fellow scientists and religious people of his day criticized it for being short on evidence and long on assertion; and Darwin agreed with them. He knew it had problems, but he left it to future generations to complete his work and prove its validity, and that's what scientists have been trying to do for the past 150 years. Of course, Darwin raised as many questions, or more, as were answered: What actually drives evolution and turns one species into another? To what degree do different animals rely on the same genetic toolkit, and how do they evolve? This PBS film relates to the 150th anniversary of Darwin's writing of his theory and the publication of his book. Actually, the first half of this film rehashes this information; the second half is about the latest discoveries in the field of human DNA and computer technology. Darwin, though, is discussed as if he worked in isolation -no mention of A. R. Wallace, Charles Lyell, or any of the other naturalists who influenced his work. Though the show is meant to honor Darwin, he didn't need to be idolized at this point in time. more...
This documentary stars Tenzin Zopa and includes Lama Konchog and The Dalai Lama. It is directed by Nati Baratz, who was born in Jerusalem, Israel. He has been working as a freelance director and producer since graduating from the Film School at Tel-Aviv University in 2000. Mr. Baratz happened upon the idea for this film as he and his wife roamed the Himalayan nations (having become exhausted by the cycles of violence in the Middle East). They biked from Lhasa to Katmandu in 2002 and spent a month meditating at the Kopan Monastery. One night they heard Mr. Zopa speak of his perpetually smiling, deceased master, who had meditated for 20 years in a cave in the remote Tsum Valley. "At the end, he requested us to pray for the swift return of his master," Mr. Baratz recalled. "I thought, 'Oh, my God! This monk is going to hunt for the reincarnation of his master.'" more...
WHAT PLANTS TALK ABOUT
Are plants sentient? With new technology enabling more in-depth research now than in previous years, (when books were written on the life of plants; i.e., Peter Tompkins, The Secret Life of Plants: A Fascinating Account of the Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Relations Between Plants), we can now see for ourselves this life that is no longer secret. more...
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