Author Archive | Nick Margerrison

“Life is But a Dream”

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“As sunlight obscures the stars by day so too does wakefullness blind us to the fact that we are still dreaming.”

Liber Kaos, Peter J Carroll.

Part 1, Essays for the Discordian occultist: introducing the lucid dream.

Everything you experience of the outside world has to pass via your senses into your brain. Your body acts as an instrument through which reality is filtered. Ignorance allows you to focus. You always exclude more than you are taking in. If this article has your full attention it will necessarily be at the expense of other things.  If you’re reading it on your mobile in a pub some people will see your focus as ignorant, for example.

It is with your memory and imagination that you decode meaning from the chaos of the external world. You’ve been around in some form or other since the dawn of time. In my experience it’s only recently that any of it has made any sort of “sense” thanks in the main to my memory and imagination.… Read the rest

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Logical Thinking Seems to Negate Empathy

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Disinfonaughts are likely to be familiar with Jon Ronson’s book “The Psychopath Test”. In a nutshell the acclaimed journalist discovered evidence that suggested being a psychopath is useful if you want to survive in the cold logical world of management and business. (Listen to Jon Ronson on the Disinfocast – ed.) Now PopSci reports on evidence that empathy (a quality missing from the mind of a psychopath) is difficult to maintain when processing purely logical thoughts:

A new study published in NeuroImage found that separate neural pathways are used alternately for empathetic and analytic problem solving. The study compares it to a see-saw. When you’re busy empathizing, the neural network for analysis is repressed, and this switches according to the task at hand.

Anthony Jack, an assistant professor in cognitive science at Case Western Reserve University and lead author of the study, relates the idea to an optical illusion.

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Amsterdam Disregards a Ban on Tourists

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Bureau Official: Here is an example: A fifteen-year-old lad apprehended in the act of staging a holdup — fifteen years old and a marijuana addict. Here is a most tragic case.

Dr. Carroll: Yes, I remember. Just a young boy… under the influence of drugs… who killed his entire family with an axe.

Reefer Madness

Terrible news Disinfonaughts, despite all our campaigning, the evil herb will still be available in Amsterdam to anyone who wants to smoke it.

The BBC reports:

The mayor of Amsterdam says he will not ban foreign tourists from using the city’s famous cannabis cafes, after months of argument over new drug laws.

The move comes after the new government of the Netherlands said it would be up to local authorities whether or not to impose such a ban.

Mayor Eberhard van der Laan said banning the sale of the drug to foreigners could lead to more crime.

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A “Treat” Not to Be Sniffed At: Trick-or-Treaters Receive Bag of Cocaine

A bunch of kids out trick or treating in the north of England got a surprise “treat” in the form of a bag of coke. Metro reports:

Greater Manchester police said two people were arrested in relation to the incident, with a man due to appear in court tomorrow.

When the parents noticed the bags of white powder, they called police, who confirmed the substance was cocaine, a class A drug.

The children had been out trick-or-treating on Mendip Close, Royton.

A 23-year-old man, Donald Junior Green, has been charged with possession of class A drugs.

He will appear before Oldham magistrates’ court on Friday November 2.

A 21-year-old woman was also arrested on suspicion of possessing class A drugs but released without charge.

In a statement, Superintendent Catherine Hankinson said: ‘The parents and police acted quickly when this report was made, in the interests of public safety.

‘We understand this to be an isolated incident.’

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Come Join My Cult..

A week ago I started doing a podcast that contains interviews from the archives of my radio career. This week’s is an hour chatting to David Icke, the previous week was with David Aaronovitch, on the subject of his book “Voodoo Histories: The Role of Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History”. The interviews are all being put out for the first time without any major edits. When broadcast, mainly around 2007-2009, they all needed cuts to fit into their allotted timeslots.

The Icke interview this week is interesting, it catches him five years ago, before his current career peak just on the verge of almost mainstream “success”. It tells his story, from his perspective: http://thecultofnick.libsyn.com/024-the-david-icke-interview

The previous week features a good ol’ debunking session with a journalist from The Times: http://thecultofnick.libsyn.com/023-first-full-half-hour-version-of-the-cult-of-nick

Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated via my twitter: www.twitter.com/nickmargerrison

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Will You Vote Not To?

Not voting is often a matter of principle for some people. Stand up comedian Mike Payne makes a seriously good case here:

I don’t vote. I also avoid conversations about voting, because when I mention I don’t vote, otherwise reasonable people respond by shrieking like a hyena that has been freebasing.

MAN travels in packs; even supposed !INDIVIDUALISTS! feel better when they can be part of the mob. Voting helps sate this craving, and trying to argue the herd out of herding is like giving the finger to gravity. Doesn’t accomplish much.

Still, the sanctimony of proud voters during Presidential races is so feverish I can’t help myself.

The least impressive argument I hear from voters: People died to give you the right to vote.

So what? People also died defending the Third Reich. Their dying for a cause doesn’t alter the merits of the cause one bit. Dying isn’t a big deal.

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Lasers Before Butter

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“Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no substitute for a good blaster at your side” – Han Solo

The military’s Star Wars generation looks set to finally get what they surely always wanted, kick ass lazers!

Wired reports:

“On directed energy” — the term for the Navy’s laser cannons, “I’d say two years,” Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder, the chief of the Office of Naval Research, told Danger Room in a Monday interview. The previous estimate, which came from Klunder’s laser technicians earlier this year, was that it will take four years at the earliest for a laser gun to come aboard.

“We’re well past physics,” Klunder said, echoing a mantra for the Office of Naval Research’s laser specialists. Now, the questions surrounding a weapon once thought to be purely science fiction sound almost pedestrian. “We’re just going through the integration efforts,” Klunder continued. “Hopefully, that tells you we’re well mature, and we’re ready to put these on naval ships.”

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Will a ‘Ban’ on Long Hair, Tattoos and Piercings Help the Ailing Music Retailer HMV?

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“The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.” – Oscar Wilde

It seems UK music store HMV has gotten itself into a bit of bother with a controversial new dress policy that has restrictions on long hair and tattoos. Its core demographic of long-haired tattoo-wearing teenagers have inevitably been annoyed.

The story was first reported in The Sun newspaper:

HMV warns anyone ignoring the policy will be disciplined. Until recently the chain owned some of Britain’s best known rock venues such as London’s Hammersmith Apollo. Many top stars — like tattooed Ed Sheeran and Professor Green, and long-haired Jack White of The White Stripes — would be ruled out of an HMV job because of their appearance.

One worker said: “We’ve got new management. It’s ridiculous and discrimination.” HMV insisted it wanted staff to express their personalities but had to balance this with customer expectations.

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New Study Provides “Confirmation for Stereotypes About Sex-Hungry Males and Naïve Females”

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Harry: … men and women can’t be friends because the sex part always gets in the way.

Sally: That’s not true. I have a number of men friends and there is no sex involved.

Irritating rom-com, When Harry Met Sally, may have been on the money as regards the age old question of platonic relationships between men and women. Scientific American reports that, according to new research, men see their women friends as potential conquests:

researchers brought 88 pairs of undergraduate opposite-sex friends into…a science lab.  Privacy was paramount—for example, imagine the fallout if two friends learned that one—and only one—had unspoken romantic feelings for the other throughout their relationship.  In order to ensure honest responses, the researchers not only followed standard protocols regarding anonymity and confidentiality, but also required both friends to agree—verbally, and in front of each other—to refrain from discussing the study, even after they had left the testing facility.

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Did David Icke Call Out the British Establishment’s Pedophile Jimmy Savile?

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David Icke plays Wembley Arena this weekend. It’s much bigger than his usual venue, the more modest Brixton Academy which has a maximum seated capacity of 2,391. This year Icke has gambled on an additional ten thousand people turning up. Tickets are still on sale at around £50 and it will be interesting to see how well attended his latest nine hour marathon is. Particularly given the way in which major news events have recently tended to favour his world view.

Disinfonauts are likely to be familiar with Icke’s story. He first became famous in the UK as a TV sports personality for the BBC. He then went through some sort of ‘nervous breakdown’ or ‘spiritual awakening’ and appeared on television in 1992 to be ridiculed without mercy. His subsequent writing and speaking career has gathered a considerable worldwide following over the years. That said his worldview has also shifted and evolved away from the shambolic TV appearances of 1992.… Read the rest

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