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The Myth of the Megalith

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via The New Yorker:

Baalbek, Lebanon, is the site of one of the most mysterious ruins of the Roman Empire, a monumental two-thousand-year-old temple to Jupiter that sits atop three thousand-ton stone blocks. (The pillars of Stonehenge weigh about a fortieth of that.) The blocks originated in a nearby limestone quarry, where a team from the German Archaeological Institute, in partnership with Jeanine Abdul Massih, of Lebanese University, recently discovered what they are calling the largest stone block from antiquity, weighing one thousand six hundred and fifty tons and matching those that support the temple. Its provenance is more shadowy than one might expect of a three-million-pound megalith. Nobody seems to know on whose orders it was cut, or why, or how it came to be abandoned.

Baalbek is named for Baal, the Phoenician deity, although the Romans knew the site by its Greek name, Heliopolis.

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In the Beginning was the Code: Juergen Schmidhuber at TEDxUHasselt

The universe seems incredibly complex. But could its rules be dead simple? Juergen Schmidhuber’s fascinating story will convince you that this universe and your own life are just by-products of a very simple and fast program computing all logically possible universes.

Juergen Schmidhuber is Director of the Swiss Artificial Intelligence Lab IDSIA (since 1995), Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Lugano, Switzerland (since 2009), and Professor SUPSI (since 2003).

He helped to transform IDSIA into one of the world’s top ten AI labs (the smallest!), according to the ranking of Business Week Magazine. His group pioneered the field of mathematically optimal universal AI and universal problem solvers. The algorithms developed in his lab won seven first prizes in international pattern recognition competitions, as well as several best paper awards.
Since 1990 he has developed a formal theory of fun and curiosity and creativity to build artificial scientists and artists.… Read the rest

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25 Days Of Creepy Christmas, Day 17: Horror Movies That Are Also About Christmas

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Most of us know the Christmas movie classics like Home Alone, A Christmas Story, and many more. But if you’re not in the mood for that sentimental and gooey Christmas specials, you can add a little bit of grit to your Christmas cheer with some alternative movies. These creepy Christmas flicks will hit you like a heavily spiked egg nog.

1. Gremlins

A kid receives a very mysterious pet for Christmas, and carelessly disregards the three important rules in caring for the pet. This will turn out to be his greatest mistake.

2. Black Christmas

A murderous psycho invades a house of sorority girls who should have went home for Christmas break.

Read More: http://www.viralnova.com/scary-christmas-movies/

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Randall Carlson talks The Quest for the Cosmic Grail on the Mathemagical Radio Hour

Marty_Leeds_Randall_Carlson_CoverVia SacredGeometryInternational.com and The Sync Book

Join Visionary scholar Randall Carlson and David Metcalfe for a journey into the Cataclysm Fields – Click Here for more information on Sacred Geometry International’s upcoming webinar: The Quest for the Cosmic Grail – Recovering the Lost History of the World”

12.09.14 Episode 17: Randall Carlson, The Harmed Brothers
This week’s guests include Randall Carlson from Sacred Geometry International and the musical guest is Portland, Oregon’s The Harmed Brothers.

Topics discussed include: Sacred Geometry, The Cosmic Grail, Randall’s recent research expedition with best selling author Graham Hancock, Cosmic Patterns and Cycles of Catastrophe, Walter Cruttenden’s Luni-Solar theory and Randall’s unique theory regarding Sirius, precession and the relationship to ancient cosmological ‘myths’.

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The Higher Side Chats welcomes Randall Carlson to the Cipher

Today on The Higherside Chats we talked largely about sacred geometry, cosmic patterns, Earth cycles, golden ratios, astronomy, astrology, and the ancient past.

In the Plus show, Randall talks about the public school system, his contributions to home schooling, tracing sacred geometry through history from one group or secret society to another, Catastrophism, ancient sites, and some underlying truth about climate change that the establishment has omitted from it’s study.

Check out Randall’s amazing website, classes,  and wealth of knowledge at: http://sacredgeometryinternational.com/

Join Visionary scholar Randall Carlson and David Metcalfe for a journey into the Cataclysm Fields!

 

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St. Louis Post Dispatch Declares That Banning Editorial Comments Will ‘Elevate The Ferguson Conversation’

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via Tech Dirt:

As we’ve been noting, there’s a growing trend afoot whereby some news websites have started unilaterally declaring the lowly news comment section dead, and therefore have started eliminating the ability for visitors to comment entirely. While it’s one thing to just close site comments and be done with it, sites like ReCode, Reuters and Popular Science have been quick to insist that they’re killing comments for the good of the “conversation,” which sounds so much better than “we closed news comments because we’re too cheap and lazy to police bile and spam.”

At a time when racial conversation couldn’t be more important, the St. Louis Post Dispatch has decided to join the war on comments, this week declaring that the paper would be eliminating comments from paper editorials completely. This is, the paper declares, because it’s very much concerned about having a “meaningful discussion”:

“We intend to use our opinion pages to help the St.

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The Fingerprint of Global Cataclysm – Magicians of the Gods Preview – Graham Hancock

Join Visionary scholar Randall Carlson and David Metcalfe for a journey into the Cataclysm Fields – Click Here for more information on Sacred Geometry International’s upcoming webinar: The Quest for the Cosmic Grail – Recovering the Lost History of the World”

Repost from Graham Hancock’s facebook feed:

Graphic from Kinzie, Firestone, Kennett et al. “Nanodiamond-Rich Layer across Three Continents Consistent with Major Cosmic Impact at 12,800 Cal BP”, The Journal of Geology, 2014, volume 122, p. 475–506.

Graphic from Kinzie, Firestone, Kennett et al. “Nanodiamond-Rich Layer across Three Continents Consistent with Major Cosmic Impact at 12,800 Cal BP”, The Journal of Geology, 2014, volume 122, p. 475–506.

 

The graphic shows the vast swathe of our planet that geologists call the Younger Dryas Boundary Field. Across this huge “fingerprint” spanning North America, Central America, parts of South America and most of Europe, the tell-tale traces of multiple impacts by the fragments of a giant comet have been found. Some of these fragments, were TWO KILOMETRES or more in diameter and they hit the earth like a blast from a cosmic scatter-gun around 12,800 years ago.… Read the rest

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Graham Hancock Praises ‘Unsung Genius’ Randall Carlson (Audio)

Join Visionary scholar Randall Carlson and David Metcalfe for a journey into the Cataclysm Fields – Click Here for more information on Sacred Geometry International’s upcoming webinar: The Quest for the Cosmic Grail – Recovering the Lost History of the World”

Photo: Santha Faiia

Photo: Santha Faiia

A stellar podcast previewing the biblical scale revelations to come in Graham Hancock’s Magicians of the Gods, the game changing sequel to Hancock’s most renowned work, Fingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth’s Lost Civilization.

Via The Jimmy Church Radio Show

Graham Hancock joins us for a full 2.5 hour interview/conversation covering his career, recent discoveries, how he writes…what is better: fiction or non-fiction? Floating, smoking and travelling…the real Graham Hancock is with us for the entire show…with a few phone calls thrown in for good measure…great stuff.

“I think you should be aware about the work of Randall Carlson. He is one of the great unsung geniuses who is revealing to us the truth about our past and its been my privilege to spend the last 10 days traveling across the cataclysm fields of the northwest of America, looking through his eyes at the effects of this terrible cometary disaster.” – Graham Hancock

 

If you are interested in getting the inside scoop on a massive story 13,000 years in the making, check out the entire program below and remember… Sacred Geometry International is not responsible for mind’s blown.… Read the rest

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The Time Traveler: George Church Plans to Bring Back a Creature That Went Extinct 4,000 Years Ago


via Recode:

The engineers and scientists spilling out of Greater Boston’s world-class universities built the foundations of the modern computing era and amassed the densest cluster of life sciences companies in the world. The region lost some of its most promising startups to Silicon Valley, famously including Facebook. But business is booming — and researchers and entrepreneurs there are aiming far higher than the next social network. This Re/code special series takes a closer look at past, present and future innovation in the region.

On March 15, 2013, genetic engineer George Church stood in the middle of a circular red rug onstage at the Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium in Washington, D.C., describing a detailed plan for bringing a six-ton, 10-foot, fur-covered creature back from the dead.

By splicing genes responsible for traits like thicker hair, subcutaneous fat and curving tusks into the DNA of an Asian elephant, Church hopes to revive the long-extinct woolly mammoth, or at least create a version of the modern elephant that really likes the cold.

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