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Lovecraftian Science – Scientific Investigations into the Cthulhu Mythos

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via Lovecraftian Science:

H.P. Lovecraft has cited a number of times that Cthulhu and its associated spawn are not residents of our space-time as are Elder Ones, shoggoths, the Great Race and humans. For example, in “The Call of Cthulhu” one of the captured cultists states that the Great Old Ones [referring to Cthulhu and its spawn] are not flesh and blood and that while they have shape, there were not made of matter.

In “At the Mountains of Madness” it is stated that , “…both the Cthulhu spawn and the Mi-Go seem to have been composed of matter more widely different from that which we know than was the substance of the Old Ones [here the term Old Ones is being used to refer to the Elder Things or Elder Ones]. They were able to undergo transformations and reintegrations impossible for their adversaries, and seem therefore to have originally come from even remoter gulfs of the cosmic space.”

Based on these citations as well as other references made by HPL, Cthulhu and its spawn are not from our space-time continuum.

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Remembering H.P. Lovecraft

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As many of you probably know, H.P. Lovecraft’s birthday was yesterday (August 20). To celebrate this venerable master of horror lit, I’ve compiled some quotes and links.

Quotes

“I screamed aloud that I was not afraid; that I never could be afraid; and others screamed with me for solace. We swore to one another that the city was exactly the same, and still alive…”

– “Nyarlathotep” (1920)

“Life is a hideous thing, and from the background behind what we know of it peer daemoniacal hints of truth which make it sometimes a thousandfold more hideous. Science, already oppressive with its shocking revelations, will perhaps be the ultimate exterminator of our human species — if separate species we be — for its reserve of unguessed horrors could never be borne by mortal brains if loosed upon the world.”

– “Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family” – written 1920; first published in The Wolverine, No.

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The Cthulhu-based Cryptocurrency

off_240x240What might HP Lovecraft have made of his nightmarish Cthulhu character being used in a trendy cyptocurrency, “Cthulhu Offerings,” one wonders… From The Verge:

Written in the voodoo cultspeak of futurist horror writer H.P. Lovecraft’s short story, “The Call of Cthulhu,” the creepy Cthulhu Offerings may be the most confusing digital currency yet.

“The time draws near, the return of The Great Old One is upon us,” writes the developer. “Join us in our ritual.”

The currency was announced in September by a user, Blazr2, on the cryptocurrency forum Bitcointalk. Its growth has been slow but steady since then. The “ritual” refers to the distribution of coins, or OFF. Like other cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, users can run the OFF client to slowly generate more coins. The algorithm will adjust the difficulty of mining once half all coins are generated in order to pace the release of coins.

It also appears that OFF is designed to randomly reward one user with a windfall:

During the last five days, the ‘Tharanak shagg,’ or “promise of dreamland,” the ritual reaches final pitch and the daily special blocks are highly increased.

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Magic and Cthulhu Mythos with Daniel Harms

Daniel Harms | The DisinfoCast with Matt Staggs: Episode 14

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Scholar Daniel Harms is an expert on the history of magic and the works of H.P. Lovecraft, creator of the Cthulhu Mythos. Harms and host Matt Staggs discuss The Long Lost Friend, an authentic American grimoire, along the way taking fascinating diversions into the murky and contentious history of a not-so-authentic grimoire: The Necronomicon. Join us for an hour of occult secrets, esoteric rivalry and imagination on this episode of The DisinfoCast.
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Did Prehistoric Giant Squids Make Art From Bones?

octoIt sounds completly crazy. But it’s what a group of paleontologists are claiming — the first sentient beings on Earth to create art may not have been humans, but monstrously large, tentacled sea creatures called “kraken” who lived 200 million years ago and possibly arranged bones in geometric, decorative patterns. io9 explains further:

For decades, paleontologists have puzzled over a fossil collection of nine Triassic icthyosaurs (Shonisaurus popularis) discovered in Nevada’s Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park. Researchers initially thought that this strange grouping of 45-foot-long marine reptiles had either died en masse from a poisonous plankton bloom or had become stranded in shallow water.

But recent geological analysis of the fossil site indicates that the park was deep underwater when these shonisaurs swam the prehistoric seas. So why were their bones laid in such a bizarre pattern? A new theory suggests that a 100-foot-long cephalopod arranged these bones as a self-portrait after drowning the reptiles.

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