Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Graham and Rupert and TED and Science

Had I not visited the Graham Hancock *website* I would not have known about the videos of the TED talks by Graham Hancock and Rupert Shelldrake that were banned from the TED website.

After receiving a deluge of furious e-mails from Graham Hancock and Rupert Shelldrake supporters, the TED people reinstated the videos, but in a a little-visited area on the website, and preceded by health warnings.

Happily though, you can now watch the Hancock TED talk *here*, and the Shelldrake TED talk *here*.

I’m sure you’ll agree with me that both talks were entertaining and thought-provoking, and will make you aware that there’s actually, in our enlightened 21st century society, a war on the exploration of consciousness (Hancock), and will make you aware that the core beliefs of Official Science are wrong (Shelldrake).

These talks had run afoul of the TED organisation’s science advisory board, that consists of, one assumes, scientists who toe the Party Line. Their advice to TED to delete the videos, suggests that Official Science has an ideology as rigid as the ideology of any religion, and an attitude towards apostasy as intolerant as any church's.

While I’ve read some of Hancock’s books, I hadn’t read any of Shelldrake’s. Because of his TED talk I’ve now bought his latest book, “Science Set Free”. For introducing me to Shelldrake, I have the TED people to thank.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Nachts Auf Den Strassen

I watched, the other night on YouTube, a German film made in 1951, called “Nachts Auf Den Strassen” (Nights On The Streets). I hadn’t intended to watch it for I came across it only by chance. But, after tasting the film’s first few minutes I couldn’t tear myself away........

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Heinrich Schlüter (Hans Albers) is an independent long distance middle-aged truck driver. One night, while driving the highway, he happens upon an overturned car in the middle of the road, and also a man sprawled unmoving nearby, and there’s nobody else about. Obviously it’s an accident that’s just occurred. It seems Heinrich is the first on the scene.

Heinrich stops to see what he can do. He can’t do much because the sprawled man is obviously dead. Heinrich notices a wallet on the ground. He examines it, and sees it contains lots and lots of banknotes. What to do?

After some hesitation, Heinrich puts the wallet inside his jacket. Then the police arrive. Heinrich learns from them that the dead man is suspected of having ill-gotten money on his person. Not finding the money, the police suspect an accomplice of having made off with it. Hearing this, Heinrich says nothing about the banknotes inside his jacket. He returns to his truck and drives off into the night.

The next morning when Heinrich is still driving on the road, he comes across a detour and has to slow down. At the entry to the detour an attractive young woman, Inge (Hildegarde Knef), stylishly dressed and carrying a suitcase, raises her thumb because she’s hitchhiking. He stops and says, “Hop in” (“steigt ein”), and she does.

On the journey Inge behaves coquettishly towards Heinrich, but he doesn’t allow himself to succumb. Well, at first he doesn’t, for he has a wife at home, and a daughter no younger than Inge probably is.

After dropping Inge off at a stop where she said she wanted to be dropped off, Heinrich didn’t expect they would ever again meet. They do, actually, because Inge contrives that they do. Unable to resist Inge, Heinrich eventually succumbs to her, thus falling into the trap she’s set.

The thing is, Inge hasn’t told Heinrich that she’s in league with a petty criminal, Kurt (Marius Goring) who wants to smuggle animal furs across the border and needs a big truck with which to do this. So Kurt has told Inge to find a willing trucker.......

Lots more happens, with lots of twists, that I'll not waste more time telling of, because what you’ve read so far may well encourage you to watch “Nachts Auf Den Strassen”, which you can if you *click here*.

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Heinrich is a good and honourable man. After all, he has both a wife and daughter, with whom he lives in a modest but clean house. That’s about as good and honourable as a man can get. But, like all good and honourable men, Heinrich was human with human weaknesses, and so couldn’t help sometimes doing things not good and honourable. Temptation was occasionally too much.

Like, the wallet with all those banknotes in it. No doubt had it had no banknotes, or just a few banknotes, Heinrich would, like most good and honourable men, not have kept the wallet. But it turned out this wallet had 20,000 Deutschmarks. Circa 1950 this was an awful lot of money, the equivalent today of more than 100,000 dollars.

Heinrich still owed money on his truck, and 20,000 Deutschmarks would assumedly have been more than enough to pay it off. As it was, he also, out of this money, bought some nice things not only for Inge (Hildegarde Knef), but for his wife and daughter too.

In the matter of the married Heinrich falling for Inge, if you, who are reading this, are a man, and an uxorious one like Heinrich, can you say in all honesty that were a young woman as alluring as was the young Hildegarde Knef, to set her cap at you, you would be able to resist?

An interesting feature of “Nachts Auf Den Strassen” is its showing of the German urban landscape as it was in 1950, just five years after the end of Der Zweiter Weltkrieg. So, as Heinrich drives his truck through towns you sometimes see the rubble of buildings in the background. The Wirtschaftswunder had yet to flower. 

Despite “Nachts Auf Den Strassen” being in German with no English subtitles, you should, even if you know no German, still be able to follow it, especially after what you’ve learned so far, however little that is.

“Nachts Auf Den Strassen” is a gem. You owe it to yourself to *watch it*.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

What Happened in the Atacama Desert?

If you look at this *short video* you’ll see it shows extracts from a presentation about a six inch long humanoid skeleton found in the Atacama Desert ten years ago. So different is it from the normal human skeleton, it has knocked the socks off the sorts of people who it would otherwise be most difficult to knock the socks off of.

It seems this little man was six or so when he died, so he would have been, come to think of it, not a man but a child. Some men think he was so small because he was a dwarf. But there’s no scientific evidence to support this.

Everyone who is respected thinks this child was a human. How, though, can they know this? First of all, he shared only 91% of his genes with the human. This leaves 9% of his genes that no-one is sure about. Perhaps, after more testing, it will be found that this remaining 9% of his genes were in fact human genes. Until then, you can’t with a straight face say absolutely definitely he was human.

Then there’s the fact that he had only ten pairs of ribs, not the twelve pairs the human has. If you doubt you have twelve pairs of ribs, run your fingers over your rib cage next time you’re in the bathroom and do a count. If the number turns out other than twelve it means one of two things: either you’re not human; or you’re so fat, your fingers simply can’t feel all your ribs.

Look at the child’s head. How many children have you seen with heads that shape? And not to speak of this six year old child being only six inches tall.

If you look at the pictures of the skeleton with an uncluttered mind, you’ll see the skeleton is obviously that of an Extraterrestrial child. Because it’s not known how long ETs normally live, they could for all you know live much longer than you, maybe a thousand years. So their children will have childhoods much longer than those of your own children. Therefore six inches could be an average height for an ET child of six, who, when grown-up, will still only be three feet, if the reports of Alien abductees are to be believed. 

This ET child must have had a Mum and Dad around to look after him, else how would he have lived even to six, when someone then bashed a hole in his head, and he died as a result. Who bashed the hole?

What became of his Mum and Dad? Did they remain on earth, so their skeletons still lie somewhere in the Atacama Desert, waiting for someone to happen upon them? Or did they - prostrated with grief on the death of their son, and thinking earth not a nice place - catch the next saucer back to their native planet?

In all of the cosmos there are billions upon billions of stories. This was just one of them.

Monday, July 01, 2013

Japurá River

Récemment je suis tombé par hasard sur un morceau de musique envoûtant et hypnotique, appelé “Japurá River”. Il a été composé par Philip Glass, et est joué par Uakti, un ensemble de Belo Horizonte, au Brésil.

“Japurá River” est une piste du CD d'Uakti, "Aguas da Amazonia".

Le "Uakti" originel était un énorme créature d'une légende amazonienne. Il avait des trous à travers son corps. Chaque fois qu'il a couru dans une forêt, des sons fascinants et exotiques sortaient de son corps comme le vent soufflait à travers les trous.

On peut facilement ça croire quand on écoute Uakti jouer “Japurá River”, et on ferme les yeux.