Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well. Jack London
The Call of the Wild or Interesting Things You Might Not Know About Jack London-3/1 Editor, Reverse Spins. As you may know, Call of the Wild is considered one of the great American Classics, mainly for two reasons: the style of writing and the telling of the story from the point of view of the dog. Never been done before London. They made a new The Call of the Wild movie with Harrison Ford. It's definitely worth seeing. The CGI Buck is better than I thought he would be. It is PC here and there, changing the book slightly. They really should make a movie of the life of Jack London. He packed several lives in 40 years on this earth. Matt Damon should play him. Same build and similar looks.
Here then are some interesting facts about Jack London:
1. There was a real Buck but strangely enough his name was Jack. The owner of the dog said he had noble characteristics.
He said this of Jack London:
“London liked these dogs, and particularly this one which I called Jack. His manner of dealing with dogs was different from anyone I knew, and I remarked it at the time with interest. Most people, including myself, pat caress, and talk in more or less affectionate terms to a dog. London did none of this. He always spoke and acted towards the dog as if he recognized it’s noble qualities, respected them, but took them as a matter of course. It always seemed to me that he gave more to the dog than we did, for he gave understanding. He had an appreciative and instant eye and he honored them in a dog as he would in a man.”
2. Going back now. He was born 1/12/1876 and grew up in Oakland. His mother was a spiritualist. She channeled a dead Indian Chief, at least he said he was a Chief. He could have have been just your average Indian. His father was a famous astrologer named Chaney. He wrote some books on Astrology. He never acknowledged that he was the father of Jack. John London was his step dad.
3. The young lad Jack, borrowed some money from his black nanny and bought a small sail boat. A girl came with the boat. He became an Oyster Pirate along with others, stealing oysters from the beds at night and selling to vendors and restaurants in the daytime. He later became an Oyster Policeman.
4. Around the age of 17 he signed on to sail on a seal-hunting schooner. He traveled to Alaska, the Bering Sea and Japan. A big Dane caused him all kinds of problems onboard the ship. So in the mess, Jack jumped on his back and wouldn't let go of his choke hold, no matter what the giant man did to him. He was never bothered again.
5. He joined a Hobo Caravan going from California to Wash D.C. They went to protest conditions. Jack only made it as far as Pennsylvania. He went north and was arrested in Erie for vagrancy. Spent several months in jail.
6. The trip helped solidify his socialist leanings. Socialism was different back then. There were very few examples of the failure of communism and socialism. There was the Paris Commune of 1871.That was short lived. The Plymouth Colony practiced a form of communism that was a complete failure. These two were not well known. Jack certainly didn't know about them at the time. Socialism and communism was for romantics in the beginning. Then when the truth set it, the fanatics took over. At Lenin's side when he was dying, his wife read him some things London wrote. He commented something like, London was too bourgeois.
7. Next adventure, the gold rush of 1895. Jack departed the boat at Skagway like all the others then climbed the Chillkoot Pass with hundreds of pounds of supplies. It is not known if he visited the two brothels owned by Trump's grandfather in Skagway and Dyea. Kennedy's fortune started with bootlegging. Trump's: prostitution. Jack took a man made boat down some Class 3 and Class 4 rapids on the other side of the pass. People stood and watched up above. He made it. He didn't find gold but he met the dog Jack and mined Dawson for future stories.
8. He kept trying to be a writer in Oakland under poverty conditions. Many of his works were rejected. When he finally made it, he resold those stories and books and made a tidy sum. He eventually became the highest paid writer in America.
9. After his Yukon stories his interest and range was endless. In London, England, he hid his clothes and put on rags, then lived among the poor in the east end of London. Then wrote about it. He covered the Russo-Japanese war of 1905. He was arrested by the Japanese for illegally traveling to Korea. The President had to get him released. He said shortly after this experience that America would eventually go to war with Japan. He wrote a book on alcoholism that helped usher in Prohibition. He covered sporting events. He was a photo-journalist where ever he went. When the earthquake hit San Francisco, he felt it in Glen Ellen. He went there, photographed the devastation and wrote about it. He wrote about astral projection and reincarnation. Oh yeah, he read the Secret Doctrine by Blavatsky too.
10. All his friends had second homes or lived in Carmel. They were disappointed when Jack and his wife chose to live near Sonoma, in Glen Ellen. He eventually built a huge house out of redwoods and stone in a redwood forest. Probably the most expensive house on the west coast at the time. On the day it was finished it burned down. He blamed socialists whom he was quarling with. Later it was discovered the heat reached 100 degrees or higher. Workers had left oily rags in a bucket. They probably ignited.
He did meet with his friends annually at a little gathering called the Bohemian Club. It was held in Muir Woods in the beginning. They had a huge statue of Buddha there. You can see a picture of it if you take the Muir Woods trail. The writer Ambrose Bierce was part of their shenanigans. Later it was moved to the Russian River and much later, unfortunately morphed into a meeting of the power elite.
11. Luther Burbank lived nearby Glen Ellen in Santa Rosa. They became good friends. Jack practiced all sorts of innovative farming techniques, including terrace farming that he learned in Japan. The others he learned from Luther. Long after Jack was gone, Luther Burbank became good friends with Yogananda.
12. He built a sailboat around the time of the great earthquake. He had to pay a high price for the lumber. It was called the Snark taken from Lewis Carroll. They were going to sail around the world. Jack was inspired by Joshua Slocum's book, "Sailing Alone Around the World." Great book, by the way. His uncle was supposed to navigate the first leg to Hawaii. Turns out he didn't know very much about it. Jack took over, learned navigation on the sail and got them exactly where they were supposed to go—Honolulu. Many stories came out of their time in Hawaii, including a piece on the Molokai leper colony. His stories introduced surfing to the mainland. In the South Pacific, Jack caught a skin disease from the intense sun. They had to return. His wife, Charmian was bitterly disappointed. She always felt they were happiest when they were sailing. They had a smaller boat later in life that they would use to sail up and down the Sacramento Delta. If they stayed more than a day in one spot, Jack would decimate the local duck population with his shot gun. He loved duck.
13. On writing: You have to find your voice. Jack London did, but through a circuitous route. He loved Rudyard Kipling. He would sit down and write out and copy some of his books, just to get his style. When he was an unknown writer he would pawn his belongings to survive. He was poor as poor can be. His struggles as a writer were chronicled in his semi-autobiographical novel, "Martin Eden." This book inspired many great writers to enter that profession, including Irving Stone. Here's the biggest key of all, he would never fail to write 1,000 words a day. Even when he was entertaining guests at hs place as he was want to do, people like Harry Houdini, in the late morning, if he wasn't at it, his wife would remind him that he needed to write 1,000 words.
There's much more on Jack London but I think that's enough for now. Editor
Connecting California: Jack London's 1910 'The Scarlet Plague' prescient on coronavirus-5/4 Desert Sun, Joe Mathews, Zócalo Public Square, Jack London saw this coming. Why didn’t we? In 1910 the California author, already famous for "The Call of the Wild" and "White Fang," wrote a short post-apocalyptic novel about a 21st century pandemic in his home state. To revisit "The Scarlet Plague" during the COVID-19 crisis is to marvel at how much London understood — a century ago — about the challenges we face now.
London imagined a global epidemic in the year 2013 that killed almost everybody in California, and presumably on Earth. This “scarlet plague” — victims turn red before dying — is recalled 60 years later, in 2073, by its only living survivor: a former UC Berkeley literature professor.
London died in 1916. Having lived through a turn-of-the-century bubonic plague outbreak in San Francisco, he was more familiar with epidemics than we are. "The Scarlet Plague" explains aspects of human behavior in times of plague that have become all too familiar recently — from the enormous value of isolating yourself to the mass madness at grocery stores. But London’s larger message was even more prescient: In pandemics, don’t be distracted by saving buildings or jobs. Prioritize saving as many humans as possible.London, from the Bay Area, set his novel in Northern California, where the professor, now a grandfather, recalls the 2013 pandemic for his illiterate grandchildren, who, like other humans in 2073, are hunter-gatherers.
London’s vision of early 21st century life wasn’t far off. He foresaw wireless communications, the growth and wealth of the Bay Area, and the fact that America would be run by billionaires. (A Board of Magnates” even appoints the president). But in 2013, the scarlet plague hits. Scientists are slow to figure out how the disease transmits. Some people flee the densely populated Bay Area, but only succeed in spreading the plague. Once deaths begin, normal life comes to a screeching halt.
“Everything had stopped,” the professor recalls. “it was like the end of the world to me — my world…. It was like seeing the sacred flame die down on some thrice-sacred altar. I was shocked, unutterably shocked.” The professor isn’t sure why he survived. Perhaps he is immune. But he also takes his brother’s advice to isolate himself. “To all of this I agreed,” the professor recalls, “staying in my house and for the first time in my life attempting to cook. And the plague did not come out on me.” ...
William Lilly, Astrology, and the Plagues of London-3/27 "... As a practicing predictive astrologer, Lilly famously foresaw not only the Great Plague but also the Great Fires of London (1665–1666). These predictions appeared as a series of “hieroglyphic images” appended to his 1651 book, Monarchy or No Monarchy in England, which was published fourteen years before the events they predicted. The “hieroglyphic” images provided a coded astrological language, embedded with astrological truths and asterisms, in order that his judgement might be “concealed from the vulgar”. ... "
Tomb in the King Arthur Tradition-10/1 pansophers.com; By Samuel Robinson - What if the Tomb of Christian Rosencreuz dates back thousands of years earlier? What if it really exists?
As I sit and marvel with my German friends, we look at the diagrams before us and decide together, yes it is time to begin publishing sections of our Rosicrucian teachings. Our Order is a conclave of friends now working under the last two remaining German Rosicrucian traditions to be found, and our goal is to help disseminate the greater European roots of the Rosicrucian tradition, and to help people find out how far reaching the implications of the accepted RC symbols really are and where contemporary initiatory systems stand in terms of the greater ocean of the European western mystery tradition.
I am now of the opinion that we should focus upon our spiritual work with insight as to a wider perspective of such enriching traditions rather than let ourselves become subject to the idea that the teachings of any Order are perfect in and of themselves. Indeed few people in Orders like the Golden Dawn or A.M.O.R.C today realize exactly where their Orders are positioned within the realm of German Theosophia and Pansophy, and that such a position exists.
Our Order, The Mystica Aeterna and its Inner Order: O.R.M.U.S has decided to relate this greater relationship and explain the hierarchy between cosmic scales, the path to Regeneration, and how exactly the differing esoteric Orders offer varying steps upon this ladder of initiation. Indeed very few Orders offer them all under one roof. In order to begin this quest of disseminating what we have inherited here in Germany my first article covers the ancient origins of the Rosicrucian tomb of Christian Rosencreuz. From the Rosicrucian manifestos, namely the Fama Fraternitatis published in the early 1600’s, we learn of Christian Rosencreuz’s tomb through a symbolic description of the rediscovery of occult wisdom in the Arabian East and its return and reformation to the West. The document relates the existence of a secret Rosicrucian brotherhood which culminates in the fulfillment of a prophecy, that after 120 years the tomb will be opened. Seemingly unique to the Rosicrucian mythos, the Tomb of CRC has seven sides, containing books of wisdom in seven cabinets inlaid within each wall. Inside is the never decaying body of CRC, and upon his coffin rest a circular altar. Christ is named as lord several times in the document declaring the absolute Christian nature of the brotherhood and their teachings, until of course we learn that Venus appears as prominent figure in the third Rosicrucian manifesto, the Chemical Wedding.
While many assume that the Rosicrucian symbols are strictly Christian, they ignore the importance of Venus and her appearance in the Wedding. Not only that but we must go deeper into the facts. Johan Valentine Andrea (the author of the Fama) assisted Princess Antonia in the creation of a Rosicrucian church, inside of which is a painting revealing the Rosicrucian Cabalistic Tree of Life. This painting also highlights Venus as well as Mercury as divine figures, presented alongside the Holy Trinity. These findings make better sense when we learn that Johan Valentine Andrea also helped coin the word ‘Pansophy’ with John Amos Comenius. While largely thought to be an education system for school students, we in fact find that Abraham Von Frankenberg, the publisher of the works written by his friend Jacob Boehme, named his Rosicrucian circle as ‘Panshophist’ in Silesia. Interestingly some years later Samuel Richter published the Rosicrucian D.O.M.A out of Silesia as well. According to letters from Von Frankenberg, Silesia was the place where seekers of the Rosicrucian brotherhood visited and it was he who drew a real diagram of the circular altar described in the Fama. The philosophy of his group was named Pansophy, a term which I will elaborate upon in several up-coming publications from Germany.
Briefly speaking, Pansophy is the Hermetic twin of the Theosophy of Jacob Boehme. Where Theosophy deals with strictly Christian symbols, Pansophy embraces a wider range of symbols, yet both follow the same initiatory cycle, even replacing Boehme’s Sophia with Venus. It is here through Sophia, whose name means Wisdom, that we may begin our search for the real Tomb of CRC. ...
Editor: Below are the first two (of 4) episodes of "Guy on a Buffalo." The last one is an interview with the guy. I want a "Guy on a Buffalo" T-shirt.
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John of Jerusalem (or Jean de Vézelay) was one of the eight founders of the Knights Templar. Below a summary of the prophecy.
Knights Templar prophecy from ad 1099 – 2016-02-07…-7/22 Expand Our Mind.com;
The prophecy of John of Jerusalem from 1099 is a contested prophecy and the holders of the seven original manuscripts have not released them to the public. The first translation came out in 1994 in French and German versions. My personal opinion is that this prophecy has deep wisdom and knowledge and it is veiled in the same style as other orthodox prophecies – this style is unique for ancient prophecies. If we think from the perspective of the hidden rulers of our society, would they like to verify and confirm this prophecy? Probably not since they are exposed in this document.
Below a summary of the prophecy. The Great Spiritual Civilization in Year 3000
The second part of this prophecy predicts a new era full of hope, called: ”When the Thousand Years which comes after the Thousand Years are full”, which means around year 3000. ...
I've skipped ahead here. Editor
A Warning to Modern People Living around Year 2000 (today) The first part of the prophecy is a grim prediction for the people of our era around year 2000, called by the prophet: ”When Thousand Years will begin after The Thousand Years”.
He predicts with a stunning accuracy our current depraved era. He talks about excessive atheism, the collapse of the family and marriage, the secret societies and the hidden rulers deceiving the masses, greed, selfishness, pride, all kinds of depraved sexual desires, modern technology etc. He explicitly warns people of the modern atheist culture and the depraved moral values. He also says that modern men will be passive weaklings who close their eyes when a woman is raped.
The hidden rulers of mankind will be corrupt people in black secret societies and hatred of mankind is their ideology while poison is their weapon. He talks about the poison of communism which is preached around the whole world today, overtly in the east and covertly through cultural marxism in the west. It infects people and transforms their minds slowly into selfish minds without family values or divine faith.
People will not do anything good and they will be pitted against eachother as sheep by their corrupt rulers. People believe that they are free but they are true slaves. Migration and mixing of people will take place, people become atheists and their families collapse. Fear will be in every heart like poison. Those who preach spiritual values will be ignored. The modern gadgets(electronic devices) will deceive people´s senses and make them create false fantasies. His head is heavy from knowledge but he has no clue why he lives or dies. He will be full of anger and complaints. Migrants will invade rich countries and finally attack them. Man thinks he is like God, his pride is his folly. There will be saviours preaching truth but people will not listen to those words because people´s minds are full of fantasies from their gadgets and they always want more.
The prophet also talks about the children of our time who are suffering from the current lack of moral and spiritual teachings. People´s souls will become like dwarfs. The test is very, very big and there is no prediction about how many people can be saved into the future. Each person will experience a big test from this corrupted modern society.
Full prophecy translated from French into English below. ”Protocol secret prophecies”
(John of Jerusalem – 1099)
I see and I know.
My eyes find in heaven what will be and I pass the time in one step.
A hand guides me towards what you can´t see or know.
Thousand years will have passed and Jerusalem will not be the Crusader town of Christ. The sand has buried the walls of our castles, our armor and our bones. It has stifled our voices and our prayers.
The Christian pilgrims from far away, come to the place where they were and had their faith, dare only approach the tomb and relics escorted by Jewish knight who here (…) have their kingdom and their Temple. (1)
The infidels will be an immense crowd that will spread everywhere and their faith will resonate like a drum across the Earth. (2)
I see the immense earth.
Continents that Heroditus only saw in his dreams will be added beyond the great forests mentioned by Tacitus, and far away at the endless seas beginning after the Pillars of Hercules. (3)
Thousand years have passed since the time we live and fiefdoms will have gathered around in great kingdoms and vast empires.
Wars as numerous as the mesh of the coat worn by the Knights will have passed, defeating the kingdoms and empires, and creating others. (4)
Slaves, the peasants and the poor without fire, have rebelled a thousand times, burning crops, castles and cities, until they are skinned alive and that forced the survivors to return to their dens.
They are believed to be Kings. (5)
Thousand years have passed and the man has won the seabed and the heavens and he will be like a star in the firmament.
He has acquired the power of the sun and will take it for God Building on the immense earth a thousand towers of Babel. (6)
He has built walls on the ruins of those which had elevated the high emperors of Rome, and they will separate again from the legions and barbarian tribes.
Beyond the great forests will be an Empire. When the walls collapse the Empire will no longer be a muddy water(Editor: China?). The people will once again mix. (7)
Then starts the Thousand Years which comes after the Thousand Years.
I see and I know how it will be. I am the scribe.
When Thousand Years comes after the Thousand Years the man will be in front of the mouth of a shadow of a dark labyrinth. And I see the end of that night in which he will sink into the red eyes of the Minotaur(Editor: Minotaur is a legendary beast).
Beware of his cruel fury, you that shall live at the Thousand Years which comes after the Thousand Years. ...
Magical Folk: British and Irish Fairies: 500 AD to the Present Hardcover-4/5 by Simon Young and Ceri Houlbrook--
From Amazon description: What do we know about fairies? A treasure trove of newly digitised information accessed here shows that the Disney image of Tinkerbell is but a weak shorthand for the plethora of different kinds and types inhabiting the British and Irish Isles. Fairy sightings are deeply tied to local areas; even the names can be different. In, for example, Cornwall they are `piskeys'; in parts of Southern and Midland England they are 'pharises'; in Ireland they are sidhe ('si'). But as the new information from digitised local historical sources shows in exciting ways, their local character varies: in Sussex they are puckish but kind, but in the Scottish Highlands or Ireland you might end up dead after an encounter. Are fairies still with us? Yes they are. Included with the book are new sightings of fairies up to the present. In fact, it turns out that there are even travelling Fairies who reached Canada and New England.
The dream after the masked ball, by John AnsterFitzgerald Source: Getty
Confessions of a fairy hunter-4/5 Times Higher Education, By Simon Young-- The mere mention of fairies in academic circles can bring derision. Yet the field is a rich one that has much to offer open-minded, multidisciplinary scholars, writes Simon Young
I first came to fairies after a brush with mortality in my mid-thirties. I’d been trained as a medievalist, but under the strain of my treatment, the Monumenta Germaniae Historica lost their charms: the memory of their leather covers, their weight in my hand, their smell, still make me nauseous almost a decade later. I’d like to say that the fairies flew in through the window, but they actually came out of the pages of books read in convalescence. The obsession grew slowly. It started with pencil scratches in margins. It turned into a blog. Then it became articles: I mapped boggart place names while my children were falling asleep; I transcribed forgotten fragments of 19th-century fairylore as students took exams. By 2013, it had got serious and expensive. I was dumpster-diving, trying to rescue the lost manuscript of a recently deceased fairy expert (I succeeded eventually). A year later, I was setting up an online survey of supernatural attitudes and experiences, the Fairy Census. Last summer, I had an Oxford graduate surreptitiously photograph a couple of thousand pages of Edwardian fairy archives in the Bodleian Library. More recently, our postwoman delivered to me a volume that I co-edited with Ceri Houlbrook, an early career researcher at the University of Hertfordshire, on British and Irish fairies. Reading the chapters again does not, as I had hoped, dim the obsession. It only makes it burn a little brighter, underlining all the new mysteries to plumb, the new sources to chase.
Obsessions are supposed to bring at least some benefits. Trainspotting gets its adherents out of the house on Sundays; Dungeons and Dragons teaches rudimentary social skills; Tetris hones spatial intelligence. But what are the benefits of an obsession with fairies? Well, by far the most important is that you come into contact with many curious and, frequently, wonderful people. In recent years, I’ve had messages from scores of men and women who have fairy issues in their lives: one requested advice on the right hill on which to enjoy a midnight shamanic fairy meeting; another told of a kitchen haunted by goblins. And I’m often asked whether I can see a fairy in this particular CCTV footage or in that photograph. My replies to such correspondents tend to be polite but necessarily brief. I also, however, find myself in contact with those who are, in much the same way as I am, fascinated by the idea of an invisible commonwealth coterminous with our own world. This is the most enjoyable consequence of writing and speaking about fairies, for there are a surprisingly large number of fairy lovers (and professional fairy sceptics) out there. All too predictably, they are often artists, folklorists, mystics or writers. But there are also servicemen, scientists and engineers, members of thinktanks and even Gulf millionaires. Most keep their interest very quiet because fairyism is a love that dare not speak its name. There is a distaste towards fairies among the chattering classes, and that distaste is particularly strong among academics. Study witches, ghosts or vampires, and you will pass through any Oxbridge dinner successfully. However, fairies are about as welcome as Heineken at high table. I teach Italian history in Siena and have long experienced a milder version of this. My colleagues treat my interest in fairylore and the supernatural as a forgivable but not a lovable eccentricity. For someone interested in the subject, this stance is frustrating because fairies have so much to offer the researcher and teacher. They demand a multidisciplinary approach, combining the likes of anthropology, art history, comparative mythology, folklore, history, literature, theatre, philology and onomastics (the study of proper names). Fairies can be found (with different labels) in most places and periods, inviting comparative work. And while they may vex professors, they are objects of fascination in the lecture hall: say the word “fairy” and students look up from their iPhones. ...
"We all wish we could be there when a prophet, avatar or guru first appears. One did over 56 years ago and Tom Miller was there."
"My Life and Times with the Prophets" by Tom Miller.
From Amazon: "... As a young man, his dedication to fullfiling the will of God for himself drew him to the messengers, Mark and Elizabeth Prophet, founders of The Summit Lighthouse movement and set the sail for the remainder of his life's journey.
In this tome, you will read stories highlighting his experiences attempting to draw down the highest art forms and music under the sponsor ship of the ascended masters as well as lessons learned from day-to-day staff life as a disciple of his gurus, Mark and "Mother." Tom's combination of wit, humor, and occasional profundity, as he reflects on those 18 years, will afford the reader a first-hand glimpse into life in a modern day mystery school. The themes of his heart and soul: beauty, spirituality, the masters, ancient archaeology, and alternative energy continue to interest him today and keep him a mentally spry octogenarian." Editor: A great read, fantastic stories (my favorite is the fiery salamander story) lots of color photos of the early days, and the forward is written by yours truly.
Did a mysterious extinction event precede Adam and Eve?-11/24 Fox News, By Michael Guillen, Ph.D. | In one of the most provocative and misunderstood studies of the year, scientists in the U.S. and Switzerland have made an astonishing discovery: All humans alive today are the offspring of a common father and mother – an Adam and Eve – who walked the planet 100,000 to 200,000 years ago, which by evolutionary standards is like yesterday. Moreover, the same is true of nine out of every 10 animal species, meaning that nearly all of Earth’s creatures living today sprang into being recently from some seminal, Big Bang-like event. Mark Stoeckle at Rockefeller University and David Thaler at the University of Basel reached this striking conclusion after analyzing the DNA “bar codes” of five million animals from 100,000 different species. The bar codes are snippets of DNA that reside outside the nuclei of living cells – so-called mitochondrial DNA, which mothers pass down from generation to generation. With each reproduction, errors creep into the bar code, as they do when you repeatedly photocopy a document. By measuring the accumulated errors – the blurriness or “diversity” among the bar codes – scientists are able to infer the passage of time.
That’s how Stoeckle and Thaler concluded that ninety percent of all animal species alive today come from parents that all began giving birth at roughly the same time, less than a quarter-million years ago. “This conclusion is very surprising,” Thaler avers, “and I fought against it as hard as I could.” What caused animal life on Earth to be almost completely renewed such a short time ago? For now, it remains a mystery. It’s possible something far more powerful than H-bombs decimated life and only a single set of parents for each species survived to live and procreate another day. But the last major extinction event we know about – the one that snuffed out the mighty dinosaurs – happened a full 65 million years ago. It’s also possible there is something in nature that limits the size of an animal population. Perhaps it’s some built-in evolutionary process that when a population gets too big, it crashes and must restart itself from scratch.
In their report, published in Human Evolution, Stoeckle and Thaler offer other possible explanations, including, Thaler explains, “ice ages and other forms of environmental change, infections, predation, competition from other species and for limited resources, and interactions among these forces.” Whatever the explanation, he adds, the takeaway is this: “all of animal life experiences pulses of growth and stasis or near extinction on similar time scales.” That is, humans, elephants, birds, you name it – Earth’s creatures tend to stand and fall in unison, like the rising and falling of the tides. And even though we don’t know what Svengali is directing the show, we now have scientific evidence that it wipes the slate clean far more frequently than we ever imagined. Many religious commentators misunderstand this study to mean that species abruptly came into being only recently. To be clear: according to evolutionary biologists, species developed gradually over many millions of years. Stoeckle and Thaler’s discovery is that something happened roughly 100,000 years ago that created entirely new populations from long-existing species. ... Editor: This pretty much corresponds to the esoteric history of earth. Atlanits sank about 12,000 years ago but before that was Lemuria. It was huge and strechted from west of the San Andreas fault to way across the Pacific. The karma of mankind caused gas belts to explode around 250,000 years ago. Given the study above maybe it was closer to 200,000 years ago. Articles on Reverse Spins on past civilazations:
Real Magic, Prominent researcher and synesthete says real magic is frontier science-4/7 Psychology Today, by Maureen Seaberg-- Dean Radin, Ph.D., has pursued the most mind-boggling fringes of science — ESP, telepathy, and other wonders — earnestly and with excellence for decades. He is the chief scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (link is external) (IONS) in Petaluma, CA, a next-level research and educational organization founded by the late astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell. Dr. Radin also worked on the United States government's top-secret psychic espionage program, known as Stargate. His new book, Real Magic (link is external) (Harmony, April 10), is a triumph of an open mind over limitations. As his publisher points out, what was magic 2,000 years ago is scientific fact today. No less than Brian Josephson, Nobel Laureate in Physics and Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of Cambridge, calls it, "A thought-provoking book. The author makes a convincing case for the reality and significance of magic.” His publisher states: "Radin has spent the last 40 years conducting controlled experiments that demonstrate that thoughts are things, that we can sense others' emotions and intentions from a distance, that intuition is more powerful than we thought, and that we can tap into the power of intention (think The Secret, only on a more realistic and scientific level). These dormant powers can help us to lead more interesting and fulfilling lives. " The book begins with a history of magic, continues on to a review of the scientific evidence for it, and concludes that magic will play a key role in the frontiers of science. And he is a synesthete. This is our Q & A: Please tell me about your new book.
DR: The unique aspect of Real Magic, which may end up in the occult, metaphysical, or religious section of most bookstores, is that it's really about science, and in particular what happens when science looks at the full nature of reality, including unusual subjective experience and consciousness. Because I want to promote it as a science book, I sought endorsements from my scientific colleagues, so I'm very grateful that it has been endorsed by two Nobel Laureates, a president of the American Statistical Association, a program director from the National Science Foundation, and etc. I could have asked historians, notables in the human potential arena, and ceremonial magicians for endorsements. But there are plenty of books available from those angles. This one is different. ...
Glastonbury: archaeology is revealing new truths about the origins of British Christianity-3/24 The Conversation, by Roberta Gilchrist-- New archaeological research on Glastonbury Abbey pushes back the date for the earliest settlement of the site by 200 years – and reopens debate on Glastonbury’s origin myths. Many Christians believe that Glastonbury is the site of the earliest church in Britain, allegedly founded in the first or second century by Joseph of Arimathea. According to the Gospels, Joseph was the man who donated his own tomb for the body of Christ following the crucifixion. By the 14th century, it was popularly believed that Glastonbury Abbey had been founded by the biblical figure of Joseph. The legend emerged that Joseph had travelled to Britain with the Grail, the vessel used to collect Christ’s blood. For 800 years, Glastonbury has been associated with the romance of King Arthur, the Holy Grail and Joseph of Arimathea. Later stories connected Glastonbury directly to the life of Christ. ...