A team of archeologists has discovered 9,000-year-old wells in central China’s Xiping County in Henan Province. The wells, six in number, are the oldest wells ever found in China, according to Wei Xingtao, deputy head of the provincial archaeological research institute.
More than half of the difference in intelligence between people can be traced to their genes, a study suggests.
Scientists examined thousands of genetic markers in 20,000 people’s DNA to determine the genetic signals associated with their intelligence.
Previous molecular genetic studies have not been able to provide an estimate of the effect that rare genetic variants may have on intelligence.
They found that the combined effect of rare genetic variants and common genetic variants explained 50 per cent of difference in intelligence.
Dr Simon Young and Dr Ceri Houlbrook are the contributing editors of Magical Folk: British and Irish Fairies, 500 AD to the Present, published by Gibson Square Books in January 2018. Dr Houlbrook is Early Career Researcher of History and Folklore at the University of Hertfordshire, and previously co-edited The Materiality of Magic: An artefactual investigation into ritual practices and popular beliefs, published by Oxbow. Dr Young’s name may be familiar to many as the author of the regular Fairies, Folklore and Forteana column in Fortean Times. He also runs www.fairyist.com – online hub of The Fairy Investigation Society (est. 1927) via which he collected and collated the data for The Fairy Census 2014-2017 (which is free to read online). The census and Magical Folk were knocked into shape simultaneously during the Autumn of 2017; these two exhaustive and impressive works are closely intertwined, with many encounters documented in the survey also being included in the book.
Magical Folk consists of sixteen chapters on the fairies of different parts of Britain and Ireland, and emigrant fairies in North America. Each chapter is authored by a different contributor whose particular field of expertise covers the fairy history and folklore of that region. Again, many of the names will be familiar to readers already interested in this field: the likes of the eminent folklorist Jacqueline Simpson, and Chris Woodyard, author of The Victorian Book of the Dead, for example.
The body of Magical Folk is divided into three sections: English Fairies (covering Sussex, Worcestershire, Devon, Yorkshire, Dorset, and Cumbria), Celtic and Norse Fairies (covering Ireland, Scotland, Orkney and Shetland, Wales, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and Cornwall), and Travelling Fairies (covering New England, Atlantic Canada, and Irish America).
In every chapter we are treated to wonderful chunks of local lore, but perhaps the most surprising and exciting thing is that so often these are followed up with 19th, 20th, and even 21st century examples of those beliefs. How the taking of certain old paths and lanes after dark still putting one at risk of being “Pixy-led” and losing your way in certain parts of Devon. The small, hairy “puckwudgie” who in 1990 terrified a dog walker in Raynham, Massachusetts. I could go on and on and on.
Dr. Robert Duncan is honest and concise in his description of some of the most intrusive surveillance and behavioral modification technologies ever created. His latest work is a must read for everyone concerned with the future of human rights in the both the United States and abroad. His detailed description of the modalities used for hacking the human mind are both accurate and troublesome. Countless thousands have seen their lives ruined in the non-consensual experimentation phase regarding this technology.
Finally, the reality of mind control is presented to the public in a factual and academic manner by a credible scientist with the curriculum vitae to back it up. The future of humanity is truly in peril when the abilty exist for the masses to be compltetely controlled by the whims of the few so insidiously. The technology Dr. Duncan describes in Soul Catcher is fascinating, worrisome and currently in use by several industrialized nations. Only time and ethical restraint will tell if this most pervasive technology is evil or devine.
Volume 2 details the CIA’s practices of interrogation and cybernetic mind control in their pursuit to weaponize neuropsychology. It covers the art of bio-communication war. Human beings are complex machines but their inner workings have been deciphered. Mind control and brainwashing have been perfected in the last 60 years. Hacking computers and hacking into individual minds are similar. The 21st century will be known as the age of spiritual machines and soulless men.
Ed does not know the definition of ‘sycophant’
That’s literally the point of free speech. If you can’t bear listening to uncomfortable words, that’s your own problem. This is an excuse to shut down debate because they know they’re in the wrong. pic.twitter.com/aJK4pGuVWK
— Orwell & Goode (@OrwellNGoode) February 9, 2018
Sigh. Groan. Grumble……
It’s that time when I need to write something here again. Unless I decide to give up this blogging ? You, the couple of hundred loyal readers who visit everyday might miss me for a short while, but there’s a zillion other places for you to spend your precious time, isn’t there, sweeties ?
What can I say ? The world is so confusing and the news is so depressing. No point in complaining about that, it is what it is.
I consider my mood to be an independent variable, so I try not to allow the way I feel to be influenced by what I read, but that’s much harder if you have some loved ones you are responsible for and whose futures you worry about.
This issue of freedom of speech is one matter that presses my button to get myself fired up to have a rant. I mean, people are so badly educated. These questions were raised and answered hundreds of years ago. Thousands, if you take it back to the Ancient Greeks. More recently, the English Civil War and the French Revolution.
It’s not a matter of a ‘perfect solution’, but people discovered that trying to kill everyone you don’t agree with by going to war and defeating the opposition by armed force on the battlefield is so ghastly that almost any alternative must be better.
And telling the truth is something precious, or else we end up in a hideous quagmire of lies and deceit.
The horror of bloody war is why they came up with debate and parliamentary democracy. If I recall correctly, the House of Commons in London was designed so that the two wings are separated by three sword lengths. Because the Members used to wear their swords when they attended, and lose their tempers when they were enraged by opposing points of view. Their anger motivated them to want to kill and silence those who disagreed with them.
You don’t need to be very smart to understand the problem with resorting to physical violence. Physically attacking or killing your opponent might shut that individual up, but it doesn’t settle the political disagreement, because the contentious issues are IDEAS, and ideas have a life of their own that transcends any one individual human.
These principles apply regardless of whether the ideas are left wing or right wing ideas. And that conceptual division dates back, again, to the ancient Greeks, (anacyclosis) and more recently, to the French Revolution, when those in favour of going further and faster with the mayhem and upheaval sat on the left side of the chamber, and those who wanted to slow down or go back, sat on the right side.
What any responsible and intelligent person should easily understand, is that it is ALWAYS better to try and resolve issues by argument and discussion. That’s because, the alternative, to use physical violence, quickly fills the streets with corpses, widows and orphans, building further causes for bloody revenge and retribution, which easily spirals out of anyone’s control. Simply put, it’s Churchill’s ‘Jaw, jaw is better than war, war’.
We need to understand that despite all our pretensions to knowledge, education, sophistication and civilised values, there are primitive forces inside us, the same ones that are in the chimpanzees, who patrol the boundaries of their territory. If they come upon a foreign group they’ll attack them and literally rip off arms, legs and heads. It’s not very nice, is it.
Of course, you might not accept the Evolution paradigm. There are some voices, e.g. Jay Dyer and Sylvie Ivanova, whose work I respect, who don’t accept biological evolution.
We are not chimpanzees, but the basic impulses remain, and are released, in a controlled fashion, in the sports contests which obsess so many folk. Sometimes the primitive forces break out of the conventions, and the fans riot and fight and wreck the place. But it’s not quite as bad as all out military warfare that kills millions.
War has been the norm, down through the centuries, and now, with greatly advanced technology, it’s guaranteed that any new global war will be even more terrible than anything the Earth has seen before. So, it’s better if that can be avoided, if possible, no ?
But the warmongers remain with us, and if all out military war is not an option for them, they find countless other dirty tricks to subvert opponents and get their aims by nefarious means. And, although I’d say that parliamentary democracy is probably the best possible solution that has been found so far, it’s still far from perfect and fairly easily corrupted.
As, for example, the selected candidates for election are compromised by agencies such as the secret services, entrapped into paedophilia or other socially unacceptable conduct. They can then be controlled and manipulated by blackmail, because if they disobey orders they can be outed, ruined and disgraced. We are presented with a facade of an accountable parliamentary democracy, but it’s been subverted, corrupted and faked.
Then what ?