Whisky Rant: Disc 2 (Special Features)

Whisky Rant: Disc 2 (Special Features)


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whisky rantPresidents building robot armies that can murder without trial, Nazi inquisitor popes climbing back down off the cross, meteors smashing into Russia, billionaires constructing private space stations, children’s authors being outed as spies, Baltic sea anomalies, teh gayz coming to destroy your opposite marriages, the Fed getting hacked by Anonymous, the unstoppable rise of gender politics in India, propaganda films receiving academy award nominations, the re-legalization of marijuana, rogue geoengineering, TVs that watch you, kings emerging from under car parks, cow made of horse fed to children and invalids, a tentative orthodox assertion that scientific materialism is “almost certainly false”.

Welcome to the world, kids… Fun, right?

Never have our lives felt quite so much like holding Edward Norton’s hand and watching skyscrapers collapse around us.

Grasping for safe metanarratives in an era of ontological collapse is a fool’s errand. If you’re thirsty you’re just going to have to get used to drinking from Azathoth’s firehose.

Continuing the liquid metaphor… I make it a point to squirrel away a few bottles of firehose water pertaining to whisky rant subjects if and when they splash across my internets.

To be clear, these do not represent an extension of the subjects covered in the original rant (I have enough off-topic rants as it is). These can be considered supplemental and updated material for the existing topics.

And because so many of the more interesting updates over the last twelve months have been video-based, the most appropriate analogy seemed to be the second disc of a DVD from back when people other than me bought such things.

Like any good special features disc, there is hours and hours of stuff here. This is a post to return to when you really just feel like watching or listening to something weird for a spell.

Heh… ‘spell’.

Onward.

>> Earlier civilisations

For me, the most exciting updates have been to do with Atlantis and antediluvian culture in general. But then, I do like me my water stories.

As ever, we begin with a map:

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Recall that we managed to position our little ‘first humans out of Africa’ tokens along the coast of India with thousands of years to spare before the emergence of the (currently) first instances of civilisation there. Recall also that there are numerous large-scale sunken sites in the area denoted in the maps by the light teal areas. (Gays are very specific about colours.) And finally, recall that the current earliest dates for the rise of civilisation in this era is essentially arbitrarily selected to suit the previous colonial powers (hi!) and in no way matches either Vedic timelines or the presence of sunken settlements.

Now it turns out there are gene markers proving a link between the Indus Valley culture and ancient Australia.

The ancestors of the first Australians, New Guineans and Mamanwa (a group who live in the Philippines), arrived in the area some time before 36,000 years ago, when the SNPs suggest the three lines parted company. This marked the original colonisation of an area which, though now an archipelago, was then mostly dry land because so much of the Earth’s water was locked up as ice in the extended polar caps of the last glacial period (see map).

The first colonists would thus have needed boats to cross some narrow seas in order to settle this land. But since their ancestors would have required similar craft to cross Bab el Mandeb, no technological improvement would have been required for them to do so.

Dr Pugach, however, also discovered something else. There is a pattern of SNPs in aboriginal Australians that is not found in people from New Guinea or the Philippines. But it is found in some Indians—particularly in Dravidian speakers from the southern part of the subcontinent.

The bronze-age Indus valley civilisation, which reached its peak of development between 2600BC and 1900BC, is less well-known to outsiders than its contemporaries in China and the Middle East, partly because no one has managed to translate its written records. But it was no less successful, and it led—just as those two other areas did—to an urban culture that resonates today.

Valleys, you see, have a habit of emptying into the sea. Which means, as you can see from the map, cultures that exist along them are at an increased risk from catastrophic sea level rise. So when the article says “reached its peak of development”, this is speculating with a limited dataset. You will note it doesn’t definitively suggest when this particular civilisation started. Because it can’t.

One technology it managed to develop was seaworthy ships, rather than mere boats, and Indus valley states used them to trade with their Middle Eastern neighbours. Such ships could have provided the means to get to Australia, either deliberately or by accident, for by then the sea had risen close to its modern level.

Archaeological evidence suggests that the Indus valley civilisation did not extend into the area where the telltale SNP patterns came from, so any connection is speculative. But many anthropologists believe Dravidians were once more widespread than they are today. (There is, for example, a group of Dravidians living south of Quetta, in Pakistan, on the edge of the territory occupied by the Indus valley civilisation.) In any case, Dr Pugach and her team could find no sign of the relevant SNP pattern in South-East Asia. That suggests the people who brought it may have travelled directly across the Indian Ocean, rather than coasting through what is now Indonesia. If so, they probably came by ship, rather than boat.

The first time reading through Thor Heyerdahl in college, a particular observation that only occurs to boaty types struck me. (More specifically it struck him. I was just impressed by it. What I know about boats couldn’t fill a paper boat.) The extremely high bow and stern of the ‘funerary’ barque discovered at Giza are entirely redundant for river travel. But you do need vessels in that classic Viking shape to break the waves on the open ocean. Implied by the very shape of the object is a cultural awareness of the world that extends far beyond the Nile Valley.

Back to this valley culture. By 2200 BC give or take a century ago, people from a culture whose origins are largely mysterious travelled across the open ocean and subsequently had sexy, sexy contact with some Indigenous Australians. These facts present some extremely interesting questions:

  • How did they know Australia was there? If this was an accidental discovery as a result of open-ocean exploration then where else might they have got to? (Answer: Basically anywhere.)
  • When did they know it was there? I may be no boat expert but I’m still going to suggest you don’t just sail off into the middle of fucking nowhere in some brand new, previously-untested technology.

I’ve been having some email discussions with a couple of readers who share my suspicion that ancient India’s currently chronology is highly dubious. Very early humans straight out of Africa -> scene missing -> sunken cities -> scene missing -> Mohenjo Daro -> scene missing -> late Indus Valley civilisation -> scene missing -> Vedas written down at some stage -> Fin.

Now throw genetic links with ancient Australia somewhere in there and it gets cray cray. The implications are as astonishing as finding an open-ocean vessel buried at Giza.

It also becomes irresistibly tempting to wildly speculate in the direction of what particular cosmology held sway at the end of the last ice age. Or even before that. We’ve certainly got the time. Check it out:

More of this will be covered in an upcoming post series but it’s not egregiously unfair to suggest that indigenous Australian pantheism -particularly as it relates to The Dreaming- can be likened to a form of ‘proto-hermeticism’. My intention is to dig a little deeper into the cosmologies of the tribes displaying Dravidic gene markers to see if the ancestors have conveniently left some tech just lying around… But in the meantime, it’s an appealing analogy because just as hermeticism represents a tumbled down conflation of dynastic (and presumably pre-dynastic) Egyptian beliefs, we can also speculate that the cosmology represented in the Pyramid Texts represents a tumble down of a ‘high palaeolithic’ worldview.

Once again, I’d like to reiterate my insistence that you buy and watch the previously recommended documentary on Gobekli-Tepe, but consider this short video in the context of my previous assertion:

Remind you of anything?

We will never be in a position of complete accuracy in this territory. All I ask is that you, once again, unfocus your eyes and interpret these data as you would a magic eye puzzle.

Speaking of… behold the Atlantean’s carb of choice!

sweet potato

You’ll note that’s basically the same name for the same South American food cultivated for at least 8,000 years, showing up all over the Pacific long before European contact.

Two relevant quotes. The first, yet another vindication of Thor Heyerdahl. (Like artists, it appears you only get the glory once you’re worm meat.)

In so doing, [the researchers] found that the DNA evidence indicated that the sweet potato had migrated to Polynesia long before European explorers had made their way to that part of the world. That meant that the Polynesians had to go get it themselves or it got there some other way, such as via seeds carried in the wind, aboard natural rafts etc. But because scientists have already uncovered proof that Polynesian sailors made it as far as the Easter Islands, it seems plausible to envision they extended their reach to mainland South America as well.

‘Seems plausible’? Somebody clearly doesn’t read many chaos magic blogs.

The second quote sounds a little suspicious.

Later reintroductions, accompanied by recombination between distinct sweet potato gene pools, have reshuffed the crop’s initial genetic base, obscuring primary patterns of diffusion and, at the same time, giving rise to an impressive number of local variants.

Why does that sound suspicious to me? Because, for whatever reason, suggesting very early dates for things in South America has a tendency to completely destroy careers. Which happened to Virginia Steen-McIntyre when she found 250,000 year old human artefacts in Mexico and then refused to back down on government bullying attempts to keep her quiet.

Here’s a short video discussing it:

I flat out do not know what to make of these dates. If they are correct then they present us with either an entirely unknown and reasonably advanced hominid (and we seem to find about one of them a year) or we are looking at a scenario that involved waves of unsuccessful, now-vanished migrations out of Africa. You may remember either of those scenarios -a vanished culture or a cousin race- from pretty much every myth ever.

But in situations such as this it is the hard sciences we should lean toward. Say, for instance, the geologist who provided the minimum 10,000 year old age of the Sphinx. Here he is talking about it with some genuinely fascinating correlations with sun spot activity.

In Voice Of The Rocks, Dr Schoch makes a point I consider critical to understanding ice age civilisation; we don’t actually need architecture to demonstrate sophistication, arcology will do just fine:

“Possibly the choice between natural and human-made isn’t simply either/or. Yonaguni Island contains a number of old tombs whose exact age is uncertain, but that are clearly very old. Curiously the architecture of the tombs is much like that of the monument. It is possible that humans were imitating the monument in designing the tombs, and it is equally possible that the monument was itself somehow modified by human hands. That is, the ancient inhabitants of the island may have partially reshaped or enhanced a natural structure to give it the form they wished, either as a structure on its own or as the foundation of a timber, mud or stone building that has since been destroyed. It is also possible that the monument served as a quarry from which blocks were cut, following the natural bedding, joint and fracture planes of the rock, then removed to construct buildings that are now long gone.”

Below is the Yonaguni monument. As a diagram it looks a lot less artificial than dive photos of the same place. But then it also reminds me of this.

yonagunigraph

Incidentally, the timings for a great flood in the region as a result of Antarctic ice melt precisely align with the dominant pseudohistorical timeline.

And, just to finish off, here’s a podcast of the recently-departed and already-missed Philip Coppens talking about his final book, the Lost Civilization Enigma. Tidbits a plenty!

>> The man who stole Ancient Egypt

The thing about whisky rants is that they can’t provide you with a cohesive worldview because, by their very nature, they cover topics that cannot cohere. What they can do is tear down rather than build up. That’s what they’re for. They’re for calling bullshit on the archonic narrative. Calling bullshit and then salting the earth so that no archonic weeds can ever grow there again.

So I want to stop for a moment to really take the time to tear down one odious little toad in particular. You may have wondered why the story of Ancient Egypt hasn’t adjusted to take in the incontrovertible geological evidence of its far more remote antiquity. I say ‘may have’ but you’re reading a magic blog so it’s a very safe bet that the story of Ancient Egypt is in some way important to you. It certainly is for me.

If this is the case, may I earnestly suggest you read what was for me one of the top five books of 2012; Breaking The Mirror of Heaven, by Robert Bauval. It was an absolute revelation about (among many other things) that lunatic man in the hat who was forever on TV, had the Edgar Cayce foundation pay for his education before double-crossing them, stole artefacts to give to visiting dictators and took every opportunity to rant about the Jews on international television.

May I present, friend of dictators everywhere, “Dr” Zahi Hawass:

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(Sidebar: You’ll note I’m using that Camscanner app I mentioned because I am determined to get good at it. Let’s just call it a work in progress and politely move on.) Here’s a quote from Bauval’s book:

Hawass told Asharq Al-awsat “a group of half-educated people interested in Jewish history is leading the campaign from the United States, in order to undermine Egyptian civilisation.” Hawass explained that “the Jewish campaign against Egyptian history started some years ago on more than one internet site. It became more intensified during the last few weeks… This campaign tries to popularize the idea that the pyramids are “foreign made and the Egyptians had nothing to do with its building.” Hawass added: “they accuse me of conspiring to close the Great Pyramid, because [they claim] I found inside it evidence indicating that the Hebrews built the pyramids[.]

That’s a quote from the guy with the office filled with teenage ‘secretaries’ right on Tahrir Square who -when he was forcibly ejected from it due to some ruckus or another going on outside- was solely responsible for all access to and all preservation of Mother Egypt’s treasures.

This power he wielded with the deranged petulance of an anti-Semitic child. From the New York Times in 2005:

But there are those who say Dr. Hawass does not merely impose rules, he hogs the field. Last year two French researchers accused Dr. Hawass of treating Egypt as “his private hunting ground” after they were denied permission to insert a camera lens through the floor of the Great Pyramid at Giza in search of a secret chamber. Dr. Hawass denounced the men as amateurs, though they have successfully made other discoveries with the technique.

Dr. Hawass also denounced as “nuts” an English archaeologist, Joann Fletcher, who announced a theory in 2003 that a previously discovered mummy was in fact Queen Nefertiti. British press accounts say that Dr. Hawass was more upset that she had revealed her findings on the Discovery Channel, which financed her work, rather than bringing the results to him to announce. She was banned from further work in Egypt. 

Back to Bauval, quoting a fearfully anonymous archaeologist. Whee! wavy images:

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It gets better. (And less wavy.)

“There are people digging out there,” says another UK specialist, “who are praying they won’t find anything significant. If they do, they know the dig will be shut down until a certain individual arrives to take over. There are artefacts that have been excavated, only to be put back until the certain personage gets round to visiting the site so that he can ‘discover’ them for himself.” [...]

There is still today a strange silence from Egyptologists, both in Egypt and elsewhere, perhaps still spooked and intimidated by two decades of authoritarian rule and control from Hawass. And thus one of the purposes of this book is for us to speak out and break this barrier of fear. We also hope that now, with Hawass gone, Egyptology in Egypt will be democratized again, and that new ideas, no matter how controversial, will be allowed to be expressed and debated. It is hoped, too, that politics will never enter scientific Egyptology ever again as it did during Hawass’s tenure, and that new research will be reviewed and debated only on its merits and not based on biased, personal vendettas, racism, or idiosyncratic nationalistic attitude.

I will occasionally review books here but it’s less common for me to entreat you to buy one. So I’m entreating you… buy Breaking The Mirror Of Heaven. Also listen to this podcast about the book with Robert Bauval himself. Whatever your magical flavour, it seems crucial to me to develop an understanding of what was done to the story of Ancient Egypt.

So the next time you’re tempted to write your own suspicions off as ‘fringe’ -or to watch someone else do it- think back to the corrupt lunatic with his twenty year choke-hold on worldwide scientific enquiry. Picture him fantasising about his triumphant return while he spends his mysteriously-accrued millions in an exclusive country club with other relics of the Mubarak regime. (Seriously.)

>> Taking pie to the neighbours

Historiographically, it has always troubled me that what is tentatively referred to as the Neolithic Renaissance had its origin in south west Europe. Yes, as previously discussed, environmental changes in the area would have increased encounter rates with common entheogens. Yes, the cave art definitely represents a ‘high Catholic’ (pun intended) period of neolithic shamanism. But whenever Europeans discover ‘first things’ in Europe you have to be a bit wary. There are more archaeologists wandering around Spain than there are in the Gobi Desert. It may well be little more than a function of increased encounter rates.

I’m not saying it isn’t first. Clearly somewhere has to be. But have a look at this only slightly younger and jaw-droppingly beautiful instance of cave art from the other side of the world. (Speaking of Australian Aborigines.)

cave art

As it stands, the chronology holds up remarkably well. This area was occupied for 45,000 years but sophisticated cave art ‘only’ appeared 28,000 years ago. (And on a more ‘woo’ level, once The Neighbours had picked up the phone that first time, then presumably they were more inclined to take more calls from other humans. What? Told you it was ‘woo’. It’s worth recalling that experiment about rats on the other side of the world being able to complete mazes faster once another group had accomplished it. My personal feeling is that the ‘explanation’ is halfway between.)

This discovery interests me for two reasons. Firstly, that the emergence of complex symbolic thinking without any currently understood brain changes to account for them looks the same on opposite sides of the world; a subterranean realm of ancestor spirits, therianthropic teachers set in an area where natural light can be controlled for.

Secondly… it’s a superb opportunity to investigate what role entheogens may have had in the altered states of consciousness implied by the emergence and utilisation of symbolic thinking. Certainly, there were naturally occurring hallucinogens in northern Australia but perhaps more interestingly there is a stronger continuity of musical customs in this part of the world from which we may more confidently infer the role of sound than we can in Spain.

Again… giving away hints at an upcoming post series, contemporary Aboriginal music can and is used to trigger brainwave entrainment, increasing low alpha and theta waves. I refer you back to the articles in the Atlantis post about the sonic qualities inherent in very early temples. Or go here.

Then watch the following neat little documentary.

Then there’s this:

A new analysis of artifacts from a cave in South Africa reveals that the residents were carving bone tools, using pigments, making beads and even using poison 44,000 years ago. These sorts of artifacts had previously been linked to the San culture, which was thought to have emerged around 20,000 years ago.

Poison? Lot of that going around. Pharmaka, it seems, is positively Neanderthal:

Lead author Karen Hardy, a Catalan Institute of Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) Research Professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and an Honorary Research Associate at the University of York, UK, said: “The varied use of plants we identified suggests that the Neanderthal occupants of El Sidrón had a sophisticated knowledge of their natural surroundings which included the ability to select and use certain plants for their nutritional value and for self-medication. While meat was clearly important, our research points to an even more complex diet than has previously been supposed[...]“

Antonio Rosas, of the Museum of Natural History in Madrid – CSIC (Spanish National Research Council), said: “El Sidrón has allowed us to banish many of the preconceptions we had of Neanderthals. Thanks to previous studies, we know that they looked after the sick, buried their dead and decorated their bodies. Now another dimension has been added relating to their diet and self-medication.”

It seems to me that the more the playing field is levelled -it wasn’t just homo sapiens using plant medicines, huge leaps in symbolic thinking occurring contemporaneously, the possibility of a far less sophisticated cosmology prior to approximately 30,000BC- the easier it is to land on a magical interpretation. If we can rule out brain change and dietary factors, you are left with: one day a race of interdimensional therianthropic beings took an interest in little ol’ us. The first arrival of the ‘gods’ from the ‘stars’ may well be a literal remembrance of an actual psychological event.

Graham Hancock thought this was his best-ever interview. It goes into some detailed, informed speculation about how such a thing as was mentioned in the previous paragraph might happen. It’s a re-post but if you haven’t seen/heard this one then get amongst it.

One of the things I struggle to conceptualise is that whether it was through entheogens or brain entrainment (and it was likely both), Lascaux and nearby sacred caves were in use for about 10,000 years. It is the single longest experiment in human consciousness in history and we have no memory of it.

>> Hitting the books

Ah yes. The billions of miles of code that displays power law attributes you find in almost every language on earth. Now seemingly it comes with four snakes rather than two. What truly fascinates me about this recent piece of news is the casual way these scientists are talking about using synthetic molecules to block or otherwise influence quadruplex DNA. Not because I have a problem with the science -it’s fucking awesome- but it’s like discovering a downed spaceship in the desert and speaking of it like it’s naturally occurring. It is naturally occurring, but just not in a way the skepdicks would like.

I refer to The Science Delusion often but it’s the chapter on the limitation of genetics and the downright weirdness of inheritance where the book most shines. This is perhaps to be expected as Sheldrake received his PhD in biochemistry from Cambridge. He makes an extremely good case that DNA isn’t responsible for morphological development which begs the question… what the fuck is that giant library you’re carrying around for??

Let’s unpack this at length:

[I]nformation is coded in the genes. The words ‘hereditary’ and ‘genetic’ are treated as synonyms. After the discovery of the structure of DNA in 1953, the nature of heredity appeared to be fully understood in molecular terms, at least in principle… [T]he neo-Darwinian theory explained evolution in terms of random mutations in genes and changes in gene frequencies in populations as a result of natural selection. The triumphs of molecular genetics combined with the neo-Darwinian theory of evolution seemed to provide overwhelming evidence for the material theory of inheritance. But this triumph was more a matter of rhetoric than reality.

Thanks to the discoveries of molecular biology, we know what genes actually do. They code for the sequences of amino acids that are strung together in polypeptide chains, which then fold up into protein molecules. Also, some genes are involved in the control of protein synthesis. DNA molecules are molecules. They are not ‘determinants’ of particular structures, even though biologists often speak of genes ‘for’ structures or activities, such as genes ‘for’ curly hair or ‘for’ nest-building behaviour in sparrows. Genes are not selfish and ruthless, as if they contained gangster homunculi… 

If genetic programs were carried in the genes, then all the cells of the body would be programmed identically, because in general they contain exactly the same genes. The cells of your arms and legs, for example, are genetically identical. Your limbs contain exactly the same kinds of protein molecules, as well as chemically identical bone, cartilage and nerves. Yet arms and legs have different shapes. Clearly, the genes alone cannot explain these differences. They must depend on formative influences that act differently in different organs and tissues as they develop. These influences cannot be inside the genes: they extend over entire tissues and organs. At this stage, in most conventional explanations, the concept of the genetic program fades out, and is replaced by vague statements about ‘complex spatio-temporal patterns of physico-chemical activity not yet fully understood’ or ‘mechanisms as yet obscure’ or ‘chains of parallel and successive operations that build complexity.’

Those ‘vague statements’ more often than not rely on ‘epigenetic‘ theories… meaning it has something to do with that vast amount of code that is organised in the same way as a human language.

On 26 June 2000, President Clinton and the British prime minister, Tony Blair, with Craig Venter and Francis Collins, the head of the official project, announced the publication of the first draft of the human genome. At the press conference in the White House, President Clinton said, ‘We are here today to celebrate the completion of the first survey of the entire human genome. Without a doubt this is the most important, most wondrous map ever produced by mankind. It will revolutionise the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of most, if not all, human diseases . . . Humankind is on the verge of gaining immense, new power to heal.’

This astonishing achievement of sequencing the human genome has indeed transformed our view of ourselves, but not as anticipated. The first surprise was that there were so few genes. Rather than the predicted 100,000 or more, the final tally of about 23,000 was very puzzling, and all the more so when compared with the genomes of other animals much simpler than ourselves. There are about 17,000 genes in a fruit fly, and about 26,000 in a sea urchin. Many species of plants have far more genes than us – rice has about 38,000, for example.

Less genetically diverse than rice.

Fewer genes than rice. And tall because…?

In practice, the predictive value of human genomes turned out to be small, in some cases less than that achieved with a measuring tape. Tall parents tend to have tall children, and short parents short children. By measuring the height of parents, their children’s heights can be predicted with 80 to 90 per cent accuracy. In other words, height is 80 to 90 per cent heritable. Recent ‘genome-wide association studies’ compared the genomes of 30,000 people and identified about fifty genes associated with tallness or shortness. To everyone’s surprise, taken together, these genes accounted for only about five per cent of the inheritance of height. In other words, the ‘height’ genes did not account for 75 to 85 per cent of the heritability of height. Most of the heritability was missing. Many other examples of missing heritability are now known, including the heritability of many diseases, making ‘personal genomics’ of very questionable value.

Since 2008, in scientific literature this phenomenon has been called the ‘missing heritability problem’. In 2009, twenty-seven prominent geneticists, including Francis Collins, the former head of the Human Genome Project, published a paper in Nature on the missing heritability of complex diseases in which they acknowledged that, despite more than seven hundred genome-scanning publications and an expense of more than $100 billion, geneticists had found only a very limited genetic basis for human diseases.

Jonathan Latham, director of the Bioscience Resource Project, commented,   The most likely explanation for why genes for common diseases have not been found is that, with few exceptions, they do not exist . . . The likelihood that further searching might rescue the day appears slim…

If you have read, seen or heard Dr Sheldrake anywhere else (and you should seek him out), you will be aware that he has a particular axe to grind with scientific materialism in that it runs counter to even the flimsiest observation of the universe his preferred theory of morphogenesis. Which is fine. It strikes me that once science has a few more funerals and dispenses with unverified materialism as its central tenet then a lot of these genetic mysteries will evaporate. Also… watch how quickly field theories get absorbed into magical metaphors as (finally!) a replacement for the ‘energy’ metaphor. So we have that to look forward to, as well.

It also strikes me that were those medieval alchemists alive today, they’d be looking for the constituent elements of life and the fingerprints of the creator right here. I continue to be surprised by western esotericism’s dysfunctional relationship with modernity.

Some kinds of epigenetic inheritance depend on chemical attachments to genes, particularly of methyl groups. Genes can be ‘switched off’ by the methylation of the DNA itself or of the proteins that bind to it. This is a fast-growing field of research, and there are many examples of epigenetic inheritance in plants and animals.

For example, the effects of toxins can echo for generations. In one study, when pregnant rats were exposed to a commonly used agricultural fungicide, the development of their sons’ testes was impaired, and they had a low sperm count later in life. Their sons also had lower sperm counts, and this effect was passed on from fathers to sons for four generations. The inheritance of acquired characteristics occurs in invertebrates, like Daphnia, the water flea. When predators are around, the water fleas develop large defensive spines. When they reproduce, their offspring also have these spines even if they are not exposed to predators. Epigenetic inheritance also occurs in humans. A study in Sweden of men born between 1890 and 1920 showed that their nutrition in childhood affected the incidence of diabetes and heart disease in their grandchildren. Many common diseases that are inherited within families can also be passed on epigenetically.

So then, if you’ll recall from last time… we have a giant supervirus that can survive in space sitting at the bottom of planet earth’s tree of life, we have the overwhelming majority of our DNA conforming to Zipf’s Law of languages, we have limited evidence of the material transfer of heritability, we have reasonably good evidence -albeit really weird- for the epigenetic transfer of heritability and rapid evolutionary reaction (one generation!) to environmental factors that somehow relies on that language-y bit of your library.

Last time, I mentioned that if you wanted to seed a planet with life then you’d look to build a supervirus like Mimi. This time I put it to you that if you wanted to seed a planet with life so that it may know consequences then this is a pretty good example of what that would look like. The sins of the father are written in the son’s library books.

Which of course begs the question… who else might have a library card?

Watch:

>> Aliens that are actually from space for once

Astronaut disclosure is a funny thing. Gordon Cooper spoke about the UFOs he saw after the war while flying over Germany, Buzz Aldrin went on CSPAN to say there are monuments on one of Mars’s moons (Phobos), Edgar Mitchell has publicly stumped for the alien hypothesis of the Roswell incident (it’s basically his home town) to such an extent he convinced 4 star generals to investigate it. (Generals who were stonewalled.) In fact, his space experiences were so profound that he came back and pretty much started his own Hogwart’s.

And yet… when it comes to the very strong case for artificial remnants on the moon… it leaks out through thoroughly terrestrial channels. Specifically, it leaks out of and is stolen from a ritual-obsessed paramilitary organisation shot-through with nazis and freemasons:

“All government agencies lie part of the time, but NASA is the only one I’ve ever encountered that does so routinely.” -George A. Keyworth, Science Advisor to President Reagan and the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, in testimony before Congress. 1985.

But then… the biggest leaps in the space ‘race’ coincided with the weirdest years of the Cold War. The alphabet soup agencies have copped to decades of remote viewing, using LSD on children, drugging entire French villages, destabilising foreign governments and using media plants to manipulate the American population. And historically, some of the world’s most powerful spooks have run the space programme. Check out this little piece of bizareness:

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It’s worth keeping NASA’s proclivity for hiring spooks in mind as you read this next wavy excerpt from Richard Hoagland’s famous Dark Mission: The Secret History of NASA:

Hoagland 1

 

Hoagland 2

Make of that explanation what you will. As for the lunar glass, the biggest change to this particular rant is that there is finally another possibility for what that might be. There is a lot more water on the moon than previously suspected. And if it got there via comet impacts then that gives something for the sunlight bouncing off the moon’s surface to refract through.

Of course, the weird geometry of all that ‘blue stuff’ still needs to be accounted for. And nothing can currently explain the shard, the tower, the castle, etc. The evidence for vastly ancient artificial lunar remains is extremely strong. But for me the water thing is another option for squaring the circle besides hypnotism as to why Edgar Mitchell would flatly refuse to admit he was standing under an enormous shattered glass dome in one breath and in the other go on television and announce to the world that the US military has at least one downed alien craft. (Let’s not forget they’re all military men. That is the other elephant in the room that’s been sworn to secrecy.)

As you know, around these parts we consider the interdimensional analysis as a better way to interpret (rather than explain) the overwhelming majority of incidents that people often refer to as alien. However this is not an either/or situation. Abduction phenomena make more sense when viewed in the historical context of the fairy faith and other traditional beliefs. But there are still ruins on ours and Mars’s moon (and probably Mars).

And now it turns out that there are earth-like planets “right next door to us”. You don’t say! What an amazing thing to have disclosed discovered. Returning to the title of the relevant whisky rant, it may be boring that your universe is crowded. But it gets a little bit more interesting when it’s your street.

>> Conclusion: Returning to what a whisky rant is for

Brushing your teeth with whisky is a waste of good Islay but a whisky rant is like flossing. Whether it is inherent in simply incarnating in a meatsuit (probably) or because there are vested interests seeking to suck life dry of all chaos and majesty (definitely)… there is a calcification that occurs if you watch too much cable news or listen to politicians’ gums flap or spend too much time looking at an Ikea catalogue.

You can forget that, in the words of Stephen King, “life is fundamentally mysterious.

Rearranging those words a little, what is fundamental about Mystery is that it opens, it never closes. There are so many aspects of our lives that are defined by erroneous assumptions; politics, international relations, health, your own mind, even what you’re looking at when you gaze up into the sky.

With Mystery, the answer is always the question. Which is another way of saying you may not ever know but they will never know. A world of difference.

And that tastes peaty fine to me.

 

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  1. 2
    Freeman Presson

    OK, weird boy, I will be reading this in bits for a while … but on the Indian incursion into Australia: What showed up in Australia along with the Indian genes? The dingo and a different stone-tool technology.

    By that time, however, Harappans were well into their Bronze age. So this incursion was not from there; it was from the back country. Maybe it was some Pagani lighting out for the frontier to stay away from those bloody control freaks with the bronze swords.

  2. 4
    Gordon

    @Hierax: sorry there was less Brazil this time, my friend. Hope things are well in your tropical economic powerhouse paradise!

    @Freeman: Weird boy? I’ll take it. :)

    1. Dingoes are older than that (but they’re an ongoing hybrid anyway):
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dingo#Distribution_in_the_past

    2. The reasons for their appearance interest me less than the fact that SOMEONE got there. There’s always some domestic reason or another for adventurism. My whole point is as we currently understand it this is like landing on the moon without realising it was there. Your guess is as good as any as to motive.

  3. 6
    Andrew B. Watt

    The trouble with these whisky rants, special features or no, is that I’m left wondering constantly what I should be teaching my students. I’ve shifted from teaching world history, which was already weird without worrying about 50,000 year old civilizations, to American history — but that’s an odd jump to make. I mean, the basic story behind every World History unit in America is something along the lines of “Look at this big old civilization here! Amazing, aren’t they? Isn’t it a beauty? Pity they died out, but here’s what they contributed to the world overall, and here’s how they slot into the big picture… the emergence of America!” It’s a dumb story, but it’s how the textbooks (some subtly, some not so subtly) are oriented. By contrast, every American history textbook unit is oriented around this basic framework: “here’s a problem in American society… here’s how we solved it temporarily… here’s the problems it led to… don’t we have great presidents and great social leaders, and movements? Isn’t it great how we keep getting better as a society? We’ll never collapse.”

    Funny thing about societies that think of themselves that way, in an era when ontological collapse is going on… they have a tendency to collapse too, from the failure of their own socially-constructed narratives which don’t hold up in the face of emergent reality. Hmm.

  4. 7
    Gordon

    @Andrew I wouldn’t want to have that challenge. I found Robert Schoch and Graham Hancock when I was doing advanced ancient history in my final year of high school. The ONE teacher with any brains in the department -when I confronted her on what was in the textbook with “this is all bullshit though, isn’t it?”- Sighed and said “yeah.”

    All I can suggest is maybe say that ancient history has changed more in the last ten years than the previous fifty so whilst you will only be in early adulthood before what you’re learning gets revised the fact is that what’s in the books is what’s on the goddamn exam.

    Then weed out the kids who actually give a shit and suggest some search terms. :)

    I’m glad you care about this. Teachers like you change lives and rarely get the pleasure of knowing that they did so. Well played, sir. Keep it up!

  5. 8
    Lance Foster

    Hey Andrew, hey Gordon

    I also have the honor and trial of being a teacher of the past, in my case, archaeology (and this summer, anthropology).

    I teach the status quo, as currently verified by science, in its current stage of development (props to Kuhn). Gordon and I have gone round and round before about some of these things :-)

    I usually have at least one or two students who also go round and round with me about ancient astronauts, aliens, etc. That’s cool. It comes with the territory.

    See that’s the thing. I was all about Heyerdahl and Van Daniken, etc., as a youth. That part of me is still in there. But over time, I have had to jettison the parts that are contradicted by evidence, always allowing for the fact evidence might eventually change the whole game. But that’s the story of anthropology and archaeology anyways, right?

    Basically for me, as I teach things, it comes down to this. You can get an idea from anything: a legend, a book, a dream, sitting around a dorm room, or someone’s apartment in the middle of the night, or a sci-fi movie. But then, IF you want to consider it within a scientific framework (you aren’t required to of course), THEN you need to put it through the scientific method. If you don’t want to, then it isn’t science. If it isn’t able to be at the moment (it would require dilithium crystals, which fiction or not, aren’t available to the researcher), then it is speculation. A whisky rant.

    I love speculation. But it’s not true or false yet. It has to be FALSIFIABLE to be amenable to science. Speculation or observation or tales can be grist for the mill of science…but it needs to be put through that mill before it can become flour, and baked into something you can eat.

    Don’t get me going on this Goblin Universe, on magic, on the Neighbors, on things I have experienced SANS SUBSTANCES. But I don’t need to submit them to science. They might not hold up :-) But maybe some things aren’t to be submitted to science. You can cut apart a cat to see what makes it tick, but you can’t then turn around and make it live again.
    Lance Foster´s last blog post ..Magic and Subjective Synthesis

  6. 9
    Chris

    Another masterful rant that has the unfortunate after-effect of at least rattling the framework from which I base nearly 47 years of understanding the world around me. That’s OK though. I’ll eventually come to terms that what I know today might not be valid tomorrow and understanding is a journey, not a destination.

    Oh, and that consensus reality is mostly carefully crafted bullsh$t. At least now I REALLY know I can’t know and therefore neither does that annoying guy in the office down the hall that thinks he does.

  7. 10
    Gordon

    @Lance I said nothing about Von Daniken because he is wrong. That’s an unreasonable association.

    And Heyerdahl was about as wrong as he was right, however he was vilified until his death. This isn’t a build-up, it’s a tear-down. Build-ups are for when you are selling something. You are missing the entire point if you think the geological age of the sphinx is ‘speculation’ rather than some other kind of ‘science’ you expect it to be somehow put through by an anti-semitic dictatorial regime.

    But if you’re content to wait at that bus stop then fine by me. I think I’ll just walk.

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