“There is a super shaman who’s known as Santa Claus”

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Most people have some passing familiarity with the theories about amanita muscaria and indo-european culture – well, these folks made a funny song and video about it. Cmon, it’s cute.

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Erowid on amanita, images of amanita muscaria, discussions board about amanita muscaria,  […]

Selena Fox on the CNN beliefnet, responding to McDonnells “satanic altar” idiocy.

It was sweet to see Selena Fox in the news. And on the autumnal equinox as well.

Gotta love the autumnal equinox – a mysterious time of the year, the day’s length changing so fast.

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/09/22/gop-candidates-witchcraft-dabbling-worries-wiccan/

Selena Fox on Beliefnet

There’s an irony to the timing of this hubbub, says Selena Fox, […]

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 – […]

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 […]

Something to look for – a new 3d movie about cave art from the Chauvet cave

This could be a very rare oppurtunity to get a look at the Chauvet cave art images in a way that would be almost like being there – Werner Herzog (He made the documentary Grizzly Man) has talked his way into the cave with good cameras, and this could be really revolutionary for we students […]

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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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