Zucchinis saved by music
Music can treat and even cure plants. It seems that some meticulously selected melodies have the capacity to inhibit the growth of viruses and molds and to stimulate plant growth. French physicist Joel Sternheimer uncovers the scores...
William Cocke Mullen, in memoriam(Nov. 4, 1946 - Nov. 1st, 2017)
"It's now less than an hour to midnight, when I turn 70. By a marvelous coincidence, Bard's Classics Department invited a classicist from Dartmouth (and Russian by birth), who gave a brilliant and moving lecture at 5pm today entitled: "'Not to Be Born is Best': Greek Pessimism Revisited, or: Was Nietzsche Right?" I met the lecturer just before, walked him into the lecture-room, and told him as we walked that, since I was turning 70 tomorrow (which is of course the canonical Greek for how long a man normally lives) I greatly looked forward to his lecture as an occasion for me to 'take stock' on the question of whether I should wish never to have been born! I joined ten much-loved colleagues with him for dinner afterwards at the house of a married couple who are my younger colleagues in Classics. Couldn't have been a better evening before my birthday."
Q-LIGHNING, by William C. Mullen(on the subject of Al de Grazia's T-shirt)
A talk given by Prof. William C. Mullen at the Conference of Quantavolution, 2008, in Paris.
William C. Mullen's biography
Pictures of Bill
The cataclysmic birth of gold
On August 17, astronomers in the US picked up a signal from two neutron stars crashing together 130 million years ago, when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth.
The impact, known as a ‘kilonova’ was so powerful that it shook not only space but also time, sending ripples - or gravitational waves - through the fabric of the universe.
A Germanic harbor town found at the mouth of the Elbe River
Near the mouth of the River Elbe, archaeologists have discovered a sunken settlement with a harbor. Even its name is lost. Yet it was an important center of trade in the 1st century.
The Great Dipole Repeller
Until now, scientists assumed that a dense region of the universe is pulling us toward it, in the same way that gravity made Newton's apple fall to earth. Exciting new research shows that our galaxy is not only being pulled, but also pushed.
Earth's oxygen explained by change in the crust
Scientists have long wondered how Earth’s atmosphere filled with oxygen. UBC geologist Matthijs Smit and research partner Klaus Mezger may have found the answer in continental rocks that are billions of years old.
“Oxygenation was waiting to happen,” said Smit. “All it may have needed was for the continents to mature.”
Gunnar Heinsohn: Slavic chronological enigmas solved - Poland's Krakow in the 1st Millennium AD
The Archaeological Museum of Kraków (Poland) is to be commended for its chronological honesty. Though its curators do not deviate from chronological dogma, they refuse to report settlement strata that cannot be found in the city’s ground. Therefore, their exhibits for the 1st millennium AD jump from the 2nd right into the 9th century AD, with nothing to show for the 700 years in between...
Bio-advantages of the Neanderthals - (3/3)Humans in caves - Health advantages (by Amanda Laoupi)
Bio-advantages of the Neanderthals - (2/3) Environmental stress factors and Neanderthal DNA (by Amanda Laoupi)
Recent genetic studies on the Neanderthal genome, composed of over 3 billion nucleotides from three individuals, conducted by an international team of researchers, indicate some form of hybridization between archaic humans and modern humans that had taken place after modern humans emerged from Africa.
Buried under ashes, the newly discovered "little Pompei"
In Sainte-Colombe, near Lyon (France), 15m above the Rhône River, archaeologists have uncovered a whole suburb of ancient Roman Vienne during preventive excavation on a projected construction site. It’s an « exceptional site », « a little Pompei of Vienne », raves Benjamin Clément, the scientific leader of the operation.
Bio-advantages of the Neanderthals - (1/3) Volcanic landscapes and their positive impact on human health - by Amanda Laoupi
Environmental stimuli triggered biomechanical and biochemical alterations in the human species since the early Palaeolithic times. Our remote ancestors chose repeatedly volcanic environments, where they survived, lived, reproduced and evolved...
Killer asteroid, supernovae, gamma-ray bursts, the tardigrade may survive them...
Gunnar Heinsohn: Arthur of Camelot and Aththe of Camulodunum
Cradle of Homo Sapiens shifted to Morocco - and 100,000 years up in time
The discovery of the bone remains of five individuals in Jebel Irhoud, near Safi, in Morocco, undisputably attributable to Homo Sapiens, show that the evolutionary processes behind his emergence involved the whole African continent and were practically complete 300,000 years ago.
Did humans split from apes in the Mediterranean?
The history of human evolution is being rewritten after scientists discovered that Europe was the birthplace of mankind, not Africa.
“Our discovery outlines a new scenario for the beginning of human history,” says Professor David Begun, from the University of Toronto.
Dentistry in the Upper Palaeolithic
The dentist drill is not a modern invention – 13,000 years ago, an expert cleaned cavities with the help of a minute drill made out of flintstone, or bone. He also provided a filling.
Old African huts reassure us about the geomagnetic field
Compass needles are still pointing North, and the magnetic field is still protecting the Earth – but it is weakening. Is there a dangerous pole reversal in the offing? The floors of ancient African huts provide a clue...
Early human DNA found widely - and not in bones!
Fifty thousand years ago, a Neandertal relieved himself in a cave in present-day Belgium, depositing, among other things, a sample of his DNA. The urine clung to minerals in the soil and the feces eventually decomposed. But traces of the DNA remained, embedded in the cave floor, where earth falling from the cave’s ceiling and blowing in from outside eventually entombed it...
Meteorologists explain The Scream
It is one the world’s most famous paintings – and it exsudes a special mystery: why did Edvard Munch paint fiery waves in the background of his painting: The Scream? He may have been deeply affected by a rare atmospheric phenomenon...
Alfred de Grazia dies (Dec. 29, 1919 - July 13, 2014)
Pity the mourners, not the dead.
Mourning is worse than dying.
Calculating the sadness and tears,
the forlorn reaching for the dead,
I hardly dare to die. It would be
an imposition upon friend and family.
But they ought esteem more the
trouble I take to outlive them,
to keep them happy and chattering
about my faults:
“What silly thing will he do next?”
(Short of dying, of course,
than which nothing is worse
save the mourning that follows.)
From: Twentieth-Century Firesale
Alfred de Grazia awarded the Legion of Honor
On December 29, 2013, Alfred de Grazia celebrated his 94th birthday with a gathering of mistletoe and a walk along the river Huisne. Two days later, on December 31, 2013, by Presidential Decree, he was named a Chevalier (Knight) of the Legion of Honor, France's highest order of distinction.
The Creation of the Gods - Sacrifice as the Origin of Religion: The Book by Gunnar Heinsohn
What is a god?
How did the priesthood, and cults of bloody sacrifices come into existence?
How did our forebears arrive at fashioning images of gods in animal- human- or mixed shapes?
Were the gods sacrificed to, or did the sacrificed become gods?
How, in short, did humanity reach this first step of higher culture?
Gunnar Heinsohn's groundbreaking work in the history of religion, based on clues from anthropology, archaeology, mythology and ancient history, is made available for the first time in English, in a serialized form, in a translation by Anne-Marie de Grazia.
Now serialized in Q-mag.org
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Alfred de Grazia's pioneeringarchive website
The Eternal Embrace
Amanda Laoupi: Pushing the Limits
A word from the editor
30th Anniversary Edition:
Alfred de Grazia was made posthumously a Distinguished Member of the Regiment (DMOR) of Psychological Operations, Special Operations Command, in Fort Bragg, NC, on Oct. 31, 2014.
Anne-Marie accepted the honor in his stead from the hands of the commanding General Eric P. Wendt.
Alfred de Grazia's career in Intelligence
The 1st Millenium A.D. Chronology Controversy
Alfred de Grazia receives the medal of the Légion d'Honneur
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