Evidence of a ritual feast to honor a paleolthic shamanness.

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Altho it seems like common sense that humans have used feasting ritually for a long long time, common sense can often be misleading. So it’s interesting to see what may be confirmation of a funeral feast for a shamaness in the shadowy era between the time of the great […]

A good quick overview of Mithraism, including recent finds

The Mithra mystery religion probably gave us December 25 as “Christ-mas”, the christian fusion of Yeshuah’s “birthday” with the older winter solstice practices of pre-christian religions.

This was a pretty good simple overview of Mithra worship, concentrating on the many Mithraem, Mithra temples, usually underground, that have been found, including many recent finds.

MITHRA – […]

The brain’s ability to speed up and the crisis “Slow Motion” effect as a memory phenomenon

Anyone studying brain and mind is likely to have noticed that certain things can change the speed and intensity of perception, and change the way memories of events are created and stored.

Here’s an article about this phenomenon, suggesting the the brain speeds up in times of crisis – presumably triggered by some combination of […]

Issac Bonewitz (correction, Isaac Bonewits) died after ‘a short struggle with cancer’.

If you don’t know who Issac Bonewitz is, that’s not necessarily a surprise, for he represents an earlier more idyllic time in the study of the art form of intentional religion.

(I mispelled his name – my apologies, spelling is a personal weakness. His name was Isaac Bonewits. I leave my original mispelling as evidence […]

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His argument is based on the fact that for more than 99 per cent of human evolutionary history, we have lived as hunter-gatherer communities surviving on our wits, leading to big-brained humans. Since the invention of agriculture and cities, however, natural selection on our intellect has effective stopped and mutations have accumulated in the critical “intelligence” genes.

“I would wager that if an average citizen from Athens of 1000BC were to appear suddenly among us, he or she would be among the brightest and most intellectually alive of our colleagues and companions, with a good memory, a broad range of ideas and a clear-sighted view of important issues,” Professor Crabtree says in a provocative paper published in the journal Trends in Genetics.

“Furthermore, I would guess that he or she would be among the most emotionally stable of our friends and colleagues. I would also make this wager for the ancient inhabitants of Africa, Asia, India or the Americas, of perhaps 2,000 to 6,000 years ago,” Professor Crabtree says.

“The basis for my wager comes from new developments in genetics, anthropology, and neurobiology that make a clear prediction that our intellectual and emotional abilities are genetically surprisingly fragile,” he says.

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