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Tuesday, 11. November 2008
Bill Homann - Journeys with the Crystal Skull
There are a number of known crystal skulls in existence, but of these the Mitchell-Hedges skull is unique in its extraordinary craftsmanship. It has been studied by both scientists and psychics with no conclusive proof as to how old it is or even how it could possibly have been crafted from a single large crystal. Many, including Bill Homann, believe it to be a relic from Atlantean times, and the story he tells of what occurred when it was reunited with the Crystal Orb (recovered from a cavity in an undersea pyramid in 1970) is highly intriguing.
Anna Mitchell-Hedges and her enigmatic Crystal Skull
Free E-book on Crystal Skulls
Saturday, 18. October 2008
Miracles - will they never cease?
The parting of the Red Sea, the feeding of the five thousand, the turning of water into wine - miracles. Miracles?
Yet Miracles have been part of human culture for thousands of years. From beliefs about the shin bone of a saint to ideas about the nature of creation and the laws of nature, miracles have been a measure of disputes within religion and between religion and rationality from St Augustine in the 4th century to David Hume in the 18th. They have also been used by the corrupt and the powerful to gain their perverse ends.
Miracles have been derided and proved to be fraudulent and yet, for many, the miraculous maintain a grip on our imagination, our language and our belief to this day.
Three Miracles of Saint Zenobius, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Melvyn Bragg asks: Miracles - will they never cease?
He is joined by:
Broadcast was on 25 September 2008 at BBC 4, 'In Our Time'.
Also available for RealPlayer.
Miracles by Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Thursday, 19. June 2008
Baffling Crop Circle Equal Pi
Is crop circle pi from the sky or just another con? This crop circle, reported June 1, 2008, may cause more controversy in the debate whether crop circles are a result of extraterrestrial activity.
An aerial view of the pi crop circle near Wroughton, Wiltshire, England
When it comes to crop circles, a simple pattern is usually enough to grab attention. But this one has had crop circle enthusiasts and experts stumped.
Carved out in a barley paddock, this 50 metre-wide pattern is said to be a pictorial representation of the first 10 digits of pi, one of the most fundamental symbols in mathematics.
Believers in extra-terrestrials could argue it was made by mathematically minded aliens on a field trip to Earth. Sceptics will think it the work of humans with a fondness for figures and a penchant for puzzles.
But whatever its origins, the experts say it is the most complex crop circle ever seen in Britain.
"The fact that the Pi decimal point is included (in the 2008 Barbury Castle barley pattern) and there is rounding up to 10 decimal places is to me a little mind boggling!" Michael Reed, Astrophysicist.
First check out Earthfiles:
2008 Barbury Castle Pattern is Pi to 3.14159265358
Michael A. Reed: In looking at the pattern, the thing that struck me was the little dot right near the beginning of the pattern right outside the central circle. I thought, Thats an odd thing to do. Why? There must be some significance to that dot.
See also there:
Perfectly Clean in Muddy, Rain-Soaked Field
Lucy Pringle, a researcher of crop formations, said: "What we are dealing with is barley at the moment and I have to say in the 2008 Barbury Castle formation, Ive never seen such a fragile crop before."
Lucy Pringle, Crop Circle Photographer and Author, took several aerial shots and posted them online.
Is crop circle pi from the sky or just another con? by The Scotsman.
Mr Reed said: "The fact the pi decimal point is included and there is rounding up to ten decimal places is mind-boggling". Lucy Pringle, who has spent decades researching crop circles, said that although she thought some were man-made, she found it hard to believe such an intricate crop circle could have been created by humans. She added: "You can do it on a computer, but you try putting that in a field in the middle of the night and achieving that degree of mathematical accuracy."
Crop circle easy as pi by Daily Mail.
Although it appears complicated at first glance, the puzzle does make perfect sense if approached logically and taken step by step.
The coded image depicts 3.141592654, the first ten digits of Pi. How is it done?
Some dedicated Google Maps revealed the grid coordinates to be 51.488258 degrees north, 1.771964 west, but unfortunately the crop circle doesn't show up online yet.
We stay tuned ...
Some Related Entries:
Crop Circle Collection
Crop Circle Controversy
Crop Circle Science
Confessions of a Crop-Circle Maker
Wednesday, 04. June 2008
Crop Circle Collection
These are the latest visible crop circles in Google Earth as of March 2008.
Each one has the name of the closest town. Typing them into the FlyTo box in Google Earth will get you there.
You can also download the entire collection as a KMZ file here to view in your GE.
Or view in Google Maps.
Sunday, 11. May 2008
Crop Circle Controversy
Is the world-wide phenomenon of crop circles evidence of UFO landings, or are they caused by natural forces?
What is the purpose of those crop circles made by human hands?
The mysterious circles that appear in open fields or cultivated farmland came to world attention in the 1980s, when crop circles were discovered in England. Paranormalists speculated that they were evidence of UFO landings or occult activity. Then, in 1991, two men came forward to say it was all a hoax, that they had invented crop circles back in the 70s. One even demonstrated his technique for TV cameras.
But, as this documentary shows, this revelation did not end the speculation. For one, there are documented incidents of the circles showing up in fields all over the world - some simultaneously in different countries. For another, the circles have appeared throughout history: in the Middle Ages they were called "witches' circles" or "pixie circles" and a 1678 circle is pictured in a woodcut known as the "Mowing Devil".
Today, it is widely accepted that many formations are manmade. But others resist attempts to explain them by conventional means. Crop circles remain, in large part, a mystery.
This program is part of the popular series "History's Mysteries" by the History Channel and searches for the answers, with archival film footage, photographs, art work, and commentary by experts.
First Aired: January 2001
Runtime: 41 minutes.
Monday, 05. May 2008
Unsolved Mysteries Die Welt des Unerklärlichen
Hierzu liefern spektakuläre Miniaturen von Goldflugzeugen die wichtigsten Indizien. Offiziell gelten die Kleinode als religiöse Zierart, die als zoomorph, biomorph oder schlicht als Insekten, Vögel und Fliegende Krokodile benannt werden.
Luft- und Raumfahrtingenieure besahen sich die kuriosen Artefakte und bescheinigen ihnen eindeutig hochmoderne aerodynamische Konstruktionselemente zu, die in der Natur nicht vorkommen. Untersuchungen im Windströmungskanal am Aeronautical Institute, New York, haben das bestätigt.
For decades, the "gold aircraft" from Colombia have been considered as some of the most spectacular archaeological finds. The small gold objects are often referred to as "religious decorations" and "animal figurines", but like comparable burial objects from ancient Egypt they display features otherwise known only from modern aviation technology. Such as the delta geometry of the low set wings, the exactly dimensioned tail with the rising rectangular tail fin and the horizontal elevator. Wind tunnel studies at the Aeronautical Institute in New York have confirmed this impressively.
Category: Mysteries & Enigmas |
Sunday, 20. April 2008
Decoding the Past - Mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle
Since the 15th century, the Bermuda Triangle has mysteriously vanished an untold number of ships, planes and lives with three more known incidents in 2004.
Also known as the Devil's Triangle, it is a triangular area in the Atlantic Ocean bound roughly at its points by Miami, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico.
Depending on to whom one speaks, the size of the triangle varies from 500,000 miles to three times that size. It has inspired fear and speculation of evil forces, monsters, magnetic fields and even UFOs.
The History Channel explores new theories about one of the most enduring mysteries in the world, using today's scientific knowledge and investigative techniques. Computer graphics, highly stylized recreations, and underwater cameras will dramatically visualize the accidents as well as investigate the possible causes and explanations.
On-camera interviews with both skeptics and believers will help lay out the facts and opinions of the cases. Can the latest science available today finally lay to rest the mysteries of the Triangle?
History Channel, 2005
Duration: 90 minutes
The Bermuda Triangle - another video by BBC and links.
Saturday, 19. April 2008
100 Strangest Mysteries
Were the Amityville hauntings cynical media manipulation? Is levitation possible? Has Earth been visited by UFOs from other realms? All these questions, and more, are considered in '100 Strangest Mysteries', an amazing compendium of the weird and the wonderful.
100 Strangest Mysteries by Matt Lamy.
Metrobooks, 2004 | 210 pages | PDF | 24.9 MB
The information are basic. Perhaps you would have more in depth analysis of these topics. But nevertheless - a good beginners guide!
Saturday, 12. April 2008
The Gale Encyclopedia of the Unusual and Unexplained
'The Gale Encyclopedia of the Unusual and Unexplained' consists of fourteen broad-subject chapters covering a wide range of high-interest topics: Afterlife Mysteries; Mediums and Mystics; Religious Phenomena; Mystery Religions and Cults; Secret Societies; Magic and Sorcery; Prophecy and Divination; Objects of Mystery and Power; Places of Mystery and Power; Ghosts and Phantoms; Mysterious Creatures; Mysteries of the Mind; Superstitions, Strange Customs, Taboos, and Urban Legends; and Invaders from Outer Space.
Each chapter begins with an Overview that summarizes the chapters concept in a few brief sentences. Then the Chapter Exploration provides a complete outline of the chapter.
The Gale Encyclopedia of the Unusual and Unexplained Vol 1
Gale Cengage, 2003 | 377 pages | PDF | 7.1 MB
The Gale Encyclopedia of the Unusual and Unexplained Vol 2
Gale Cengage, 2003 | 335 pages | PDF | 9.2 MB
The Gale Encyclopedia of the Unusual and Unexplained Vol 3
Gale Cengage, 2003 | 357 pages | PDF | 7.2 MB
by Brad Steiger and Sherry Hansen Steiger.
Thursday, 28. February 2008
Anna Mitchell-Hedges and her enigmatic Crystal Skull
A crystal skull is a stone carving in the shape of a human skull. The sculptures vary in size from a few inches to life-size. Some are made of pure quartz crystal, but many are made of other types of stone found in abundance on Earth. Some stone skulls are genuine artifacts from Mesoamerican cultures such as the Aztecs and are known as skull masks or death heads.
But the crystal skulls that interest New Agers are extraterrestrial in origin or come from Atlantis. They allegedly are endowed with magical powers such as the spontaneous production of holographic images and the emission of weird sounds.
Today, millions of skulls, made of various types of stones and metals, are manufactured in a variety of sizes for the New Age paratrinket market, as well as for the museum replica market. And, despite the fact that replicas are easily made and are available from a variety of sources, advocates of the paranormal nature of crystal skulls like Nick Nocerino claim that no one knows how these skulls were made and that they are impossible to duplicate. Nocerino is the founder of the The Society of Crystal Skulls, International. His society uses psychometry, remote viewing, and scrying as part of their research methodology.
More @ The Skeptic's Dictionary
British Museum's Photo of the Crystal Skull
The myth of crystal skulls as extraterrestrial and extra-powerful seems to have begun with F. A. "Mike" Mitchell-Hedges (1882-1959) and his adopted daughter Anna.
Of all of the crystal skulls, the Mitchell-Hedges skull, the "skull of doom", is probably the most infamous. The skull was allegedly discovered in the mid-1920s by Anna Mitchell-Hedges, the adopted daughter of a British adventurer and traveler named F.A. Mitchell-Hedges. Anna claims that she found the skull beneath the altar of a Mayan temple in Lubaantun, a ruined city in Belize, on her 17th birthday.
Well, here is a new website: The Mitchell-Hedges Official Website, home of the Mitchell-Hedges skull - fill you in on some of the real-life background to the mysterious artefacts.
Don't miss a 1983 interview with Anna Mitchell-Hedges about the skull, the part of Atlantis, and the story of Mike Mitchell-Hedges' life.
Lady R Brown, Mitchell Hedges, T Gann at Lubaantun
Sir Arthur C. Clarke made the skull into his signature logo for his popular television series, 'Arthur C. Clarkes Mysterious World'.
Watch here his documentary that tackled the crystal skull:
Sir Arthur Charles Clarke is a British science fiction author, inventor, and futurist, most famous for his novel 2001: A Space Odyssey, and for collaborating with director Stanley Kubrick on the film of the same name. Clarke is the last surviving member of what was sometimes known as the "Big Three" of science fiction, which included Robert A. Heinlein and Isaac Asimov.
The Arthur C. Clarke Foundation
UPDATE April 16th, 2008:
A new very skeptical feature: Legend of the Crystal Skulls by Archaeology Magazine, Volume 61 Number 3, May/June 2008
Crystal skulls have undergone serious scholarly scrutiny, but they also excite the popular imagination because they seem so mysterious. Theories about their origins abound. Some believe the skulls are the handiwork of the Maya or Aztecs, but they have also become the subject of constant discussion on occult websites. Some insist that they originated on a sunken continent or in a far-away galaxy. And now they are poised to become archaeological superstars thanks to our celluloid colleague Indiana Jones, who will tackle the subject of our research in 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull'.
Sunday, 16. December 2007
Queen of Sheba - Behind the Myth
The Queen of Sheba is one of the most alluring names in history, synonymous with the exotic and erotic, but until now her real story has remained elusive. Who was she? Did she have a child by King Solomon of Israel? And how did her nation grow so powerful, only to vanish beneath the sands of time?
Produced to accompany a major British Museum exhibition, the film gained exclusive access to the excavation of the Queen of Sheba's temple in the arid heartland of Yemen, to unveil the enigmatic riddle of this mysterious queen.
Duration: 44 minutes.
The Queen Of Sheba by Michael Wood, BBC.
The Story of the Queen of Sheba - Understanding the Legend by Awakened Woman e-magazine.
BBC: The Story of Africa with a subsection on the Ethiopian Sheba story, including some interesting bits of audio.
The Queen of Sheba and Her Only Son Menyelek (I) or, The KEBRA NAGAST translated by E. A. Wallis Budge.
In Search of Myths and Heroes: The Queen Of Sheba
Wednesday, 07. November 2007
The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe
The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe is a weekly Podcast talkshow with nearly 30,000 regular listeners. Produced by the New England Skeptical Society (NESS) in association with the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) : discussing the latest news and topics from the world of the paranormal, fringe science, and controversial claims from a scientific point of view.
The latest Podcast #119 has:
Your Questions and E-mails: Supplements, Spine tingling
Randi Speaks: Jaque Benveniste (A weekly commentary by master magician and skeptic James Randi)
Science or Fiction
In a recent episode is also an Interview with former President Jimmy Carter. From the press release:
He flatly dismissed claims that in 1969 he witnessed an alien spacecraft. Though he did see a mysterious light in the sky, Carter described it as a UFO only because "it was unidentified, it was flying, and it was an object."
"I have never thought there were extra terrestrial beings on a ship from outer space," Carter explained.
Dr. Steven Novella, host of the "The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe" said, "UFO stories like these are almost always the result of mundane astronomical events." He went on to explain that Former President Carter may have witnessed the planet Venus under unusual atmospheric conditions.
Probably the press release is a bit misleading on some points ... if you listen to the interview, you'll hear how Carter said: "No, no, no ... all of us were outdoorsmen, we were thoroughly familiar with Venus ... it was not Venus."
Obviously Carter saw something he couldn't explain - so I think President Carter didn't refutes the UFO Story ... but check it out by yourself ... and by the way: In October 1969, it could not have been Venus because it was the morning star at the time ...
Sunday, 21. October 2007
Critical Eye: Mystical Wonders
'Critical Eye' was a series hosted by William B. Davis (The X-Files-smoking man), and looks into the science behind the paranormal, new age philosophies, and the unexplained.
This episode 'Mystical Wonders', produced in 2002 by Discovery Science Channel in cooperation with CSICOP (Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal) and the Skeptical Inquirer Magazine, deals with Crop Circles, the Great Pyramid, the Nasca Line of Peru and Stonehenge.
The skeptical point of view is very well represented.
Tuesday, 07. August 2007
Hidden Images, Da Vinci & The Last Supper
Author and photographer Derek Bair says the recent discussions of mirror image details from Leonardo Da Vinci's The Last Supper are just a continuation of his discoveries revealed last year. He also claims to have evidence of other Da Vinci painting mysteries.
After the recent explosion of press and controversy over Slavisa Pesci's discovery of hidden images in the Last Supper, author Derek Bair is claiming to have made this same discovery last year. An article about Derek and his discoveries was posted on 'Unexplained Mysteries" back in September 2006:
A real Da Vinci Code ?
He has his research on his website Itsjustlife and he has also created a separate Last Supper site to go into more details and updates.
Derek actually started his research by mirroring paintings on themselves and noticing strange images being formed in them. The Last Supper is just one of the paintings he's discovered hidden images inside. His main focus has been on the Mona Lisa and another painting with an uncredited painter of Salai - Da Vinci's lover. In his book "Discovering Da Vinci's Daughter" Derek documents how and what he's found. He claims to have discovered a new painting by Leonardo Da Vinci. He also gives Da Vinci credit for the creation of the Shroud of Turin (it combines with his drawing of the Vitruvian Man) and the true identity of the Mona Lisa.
In Chapter 3 of his book, "A matter of perspective", Derek already explains the process of mirroring the Last Supper on itself and how it creates what looks like a baby being passed around the table - almost a year before Slavisa Pesci released his findings. Derek actually released two press releases for his book but received no response. In light of the attention The Last Supper's getting it's easy to understand Derek's frustration.
"I've been working on my book for over a year, dedicated my entire life to it, but have only sold four copies so far! (Besides the copies my Mom bought!) When I first saw an article about 'Hidden images in the Last Supper' my heart dropped! Then dropped even more when it was credited to someone else! Then I really freaked out when his site got 15 million hits in a single day! For something I already have had in my book for months!"
Derek has found even more since finishing his book and makes updates on his website and his blog and he's made his book available to read for free on his site.
Derek claims that once he figures the process out that the Mona Lisa will actually produce something like an animation. He believes that what he's found is something Leonardo Da Vinci left behind for someone to piece together. Despite the controversy and claims of codes and conspiracy Derek developed his theories based off of Da Vinci's own journals and art. He's even found numbers and arrows in the corners of an image he's created from one of Da Vinci's paintings that he thinks might be directions or coordinates of some kind.
"I think it's important to remember that Da Vinci is considered to be the greatest genius who has ever lived! What would you do with all that knowledge before there was even such a thing as a light bulb, or photography? You would paint it, layer by layer, everything you knew, everything you had figured out about the world that no one living in your time would believe or understand - THAT is what I believe the Mona Lisa and his art contains. Not a code, but his true legacy to the world - our secrets. I think we're just scratching the surface of what will surely be the greatest re-discovery ever made. Once the right people analyze what I've found and read my book, I think the world will be in for quite a surprise."
Ever since the hype surrounding the Last Supper's hidden images began, hundreds of "photo-shoppers" around the world have been confirming and expanding on the theory of "Hidden Images." Derek says this is what he always expected would happen and that he's glad to see that people are seeing the same things he has.
There are also other websites, which has been finding hidden images inside Da Vinci's art as well with even more evidence to support the theory of hidden images:
Realm of the Twelve (Last Supper) by Gary Phillips who is also working on similar things with the last supper.
N 2 da Vinci and Beyond - also some really amazing discoveries with the Last Supper and Da Vinci's paintings by L. A. Jansann.
(The exact same process and discovery was just found by Slavisa Pesci and his web sites are 'www.leonardodavinci.tv', 'www.codicedavinci.tv', 'www.cenacolo.biz' and 'www.leonardo2007.com' which I haven't even been able to see yet because they had so many visitors they crashed!)
And don't miss some other aspects:
The Last Supper in Milan (1498), by Leonardo da Vinci.
With the huge commercial success of Dan Brown's novel "The Da Vinci Code", some of the theories from this book became very popular. One of them says that Leonardo da Vinci placed Mary Magdalene and not St. John next to Jesus in his Last Supper painting. But a lot of other artist gave St. John, who was called "the beloved disciple" in the Bible, a certain look, which is now considered by many people as "feminine", but not necessarily five centuries ago.
St. John in Art (English and German)
The intellectual influence of Renaissance Hermeticism on art, rather than a depiction of Mary Magdalene at the Last Supper, is the basis for A Different da Vinci Code. This is an alternative explanation of Leonardo's symbolism, which proposes the typical use of transgender figures in various artworks of the period as a veiled reference to the alchemical androgyne (cf. Sophia/Baphomet), representing the keenly anticipated rebirth of classical knowledge and culture:
A Different Da Vinci Code - The missing pieces of Leonardo's puzzle point to plain and simple Hermeticism by Jennifer Emick.
Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper (High Resolution Zoomable image)
Frescos of Last Suppers in the Renaissance Refectories of Florence and
Paintings of Last Suppers in Venice by Adrian Fletcher.
A lot of Artwork and Paintings of the Lord's Supper and Last Supper
by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson.
And for The Last Supper in culture, art, drama and film, and popular culture check the Wiki.
UPDATE 12.08.07: In the context of this post, Craig Conley mailed me this:
"Did a blurred view of the moon influence the smile of the Mona Lisa?
The answer is yes!
I put together this animation to show how the craters of a blurry harvest moon perfectly line up with the eyes, nose, and enigmatic smile of Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa."
Thursday, 05. July 2007
The 2007 Glastonbury Symposium kicks off this month.
Hopefully there'll be an article about it after the event, for us poor people which lives on somewhere else on the globe.
Just like last year: Review of Symposium 2006.