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Is There Life After Death? John Cleese Talks to the Scientists Who Might Have an Answer

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The Tom Tom Founders Festival is a week-long conference and cultural event organized every year at Charlottesville, VA, “celebrating innovation in entrepeneurship and civil life.” This year they asked Monty Python’s John Cleese to moderate a panel of experts from University of Virginia’s Division of Perceptual Studies (DoPS), to discuss and answer questions revolving the oldest mystery of all: Is there a life after death?

It’s a fantastic choice of panel members to give some real insights into the topic, as the Division of Perceptual Studies is renowned for its open-minded, level-headed investigation of the question of the ‘survival of consciousness’ beyond death. As such, each of the five panel members are among the most important researchers in parapsychology and life-after-death studies to date.

As just one example, when the Daily Grail‘s own Greg Taylor was researching his book Stop Worrying, There Probably is an Afterlife, the person he said he absolutely had to interview for the section about near-death experiences was Dr. Bruce Greyson, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at DoPS, as he has been perhaps the most important and influential figure in near-death experience (NDE) research for many decades now (the ‘Greyson Scale’ used for measuring the depth of an NDE is named after him).

And if you’re wondering why John Cleese was the panel moderator, it’s because he has a deep personal interest in the nature of consciousness, and whether it is more than just an ‘accidental’ by-product of physical brain function. Over the past couple of decades Cleese has attended numerous events hosted by, or involving scientists from a number of organizations at the cutting edge of research into the stranger side of consciousness, including the Esalen Institute, the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) founded by Apollo astonaut Edgar Mitchell), and DoPS.

Here’s the video – below it you’ll find information about the speakers and the topics they covered:

After a short three minute introduction from John Cleese each researcher summarizes their research, in the following order:

3:50 – Bruce Greyson, M.D. (Chester F. Carlson Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences, UVA): Bruce talked about his 40+ year study of NDEs, telling anecdotes to illustrate phenomena for which there is still no good physical explanations –e.g. enhanced mental functioning at the time when the brain is critically impaired, ‘seeing’ things accurately while their consciousness is perceived as ‘detached’ from their physical body (OBE), observing deceased family members or friends they didn’t know they were deceased at the time, or encountering deceased people they didn’t know prior to the experience.

16:15 – Jim B. Tucker, M.D. (Director of the Division of Perceptual Studies, Bonner-Lowry Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, UVA): Jim has continued the late Dr. Ian Stevenson’s research on children who remember their past lives, using a very solid scientific approach to make the case in favor of Reincarnation; although his personal conclusion on the phenomenon is ‘naturalistic’, instead of a religious one which may invoke notions about Karma –why is it, he asks, that victims of violent deaths are the ones who seem more prone to ‘come back’ showing birth marks alluding to the way they died? This seems to have more to do a sense of ‘unfinished business’ than a penalty for ‘past sins.’

28:45 – Emily Williams Kelly, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Research, Division of Perceptual Studies, Dept. of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Studies, UVA): Emily’s line of expertise has to do with ‘deathbed visions’ and how dying patients seemingly interact with individuals and entities not present in the room, a phenomenon so common hospice workers have learned to equate it as a sign of imminent death –much more interesting, however, is when the caretakers share the visions. She also talked about ‘crisis cases’ or how people are able to learn a loved one has passed away (regardless of the distance separating them) and also about cases of ‘terminal lucidity’ in which patients suffering from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia suddenly recover their mental faculties shortly after they die –almost as if the mind suddenly breaks free just when the brain is shutting down.

38:00 – At this point John Cleese initiates a break from the on-stage speakers, and opens it up to some audience questions for around 25 minutes.

1:02:30 – Kim Penberthy, Ph. D. (ABPP, Chester F. Carlson Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, UVA): Kim is a clinical psychologist and her work with mindfulness-based therapies forced her to take a look at the diverse anomalous phenomena which are oftenly reported by people who practice meditation, from ‘clairaudience’ episodes (hearing voices) to spectacular abilities concordant with the ‘Sidhis’ of the Hindu religion (e.g. psychokinesis, precognition, etc). Studying what seems to be a dormant aspect of the human condition might help us tap into those levels of consciousness in a deliberate way –effectively turning us all into ‘supermen.’

1:10:00 – Edward Kelly, Ph. D. (Professor of Research, Division of Perceptual Studies, Dept. of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, UVA): Ed talked about his of work at the famous Rhine Institute during the early years of his career. To him the whole point of PSI phenomena is that they challenge wildly-held views of what it is possible, and that eventually Science will have to expand in order to accomodate them. He also mentioned 2 books published by him and his colleagues: Irreducible Mind and Beyond Physicalism, whose combined goal was to present evidence of phenomena which are hard or impossible to explain through a reductionist, materialist model of Science, and to explore new theoretical models which may help us to move beyond the limitations of said reductionist doctrine.

For almost two hours the panelists regaled their audience with fascinating anecdotes and tried to answer questions as best they could –no small feat when it comes to this type of subject– but perhaps the most salient comments came from Cleese, who not only quoted a chapter in Dean Radin’s book Real Magic –regarding the opinion of the president of the American Statistical Association (ASA) on how the amount of statistical evidence in favor of PSI is so overwhelming, “it would be widely accepted if it pertained to something more mundane”– but also reminded the audience how it would be foolish to expect these phenomena to be easily understood. If quantum physics is totally incomprehensible –even to the geniuses who have devoted their lives studying it– the British comedian remarked, what makes us think life after death should be any simpler?

A great observation made by an astute and funny gentleman. Here’s hoping that when my time comes to pass through that fabled tunnel of light, on the other side I shall be met by a tall being of light with a Norwegian blue parrot on his shoulder, greeting me while performing a funny walk.

SOURCE: The Daily Grail

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Indigo boy Anand predicts the disaster of “Six Stars” in February, opens a website

Indigo boy Anand predicts the disaster of "Six Stars" in February, opens a website 99

Abhigya Anand, a popular Indian indigo boy, predicted that under the influence of six stars , an astonishing disaster might happen in February 2021. In addition, Anand announced at the beginning of the new year that he had set up a personal official website to post messages to get rid of social media censorship and fake messages.

” Six Stars” in February 2021

14-year-old Indian boy Anand became popular online because he predicted the outbreak of the epidemic last year. He also predicted that the world would be in danger from November 2020 to November 2021.

He said that Jupiter will enter Capricorn in November 2020, and the disaster will begin again. In particular, the rare conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn on December 21, 2020 will affect the earth, from wars, epidemics to economic collapse, and there may be problems with the vaccine being developed. 

A mutated strain first appeared in the UK. This new strain has a 70% higher transmission rate than the old strain, and has spread to more than 50 countries, and the mutated virus has turned to attack young adults, and many adults Died in the virus. As of January 12, the number of people diagnosed worldwide was 91.38 million, which is equivalent to 1 in every 100 people. All this has confirmed Anand’s prediction about the epidemic.

Anand even predicted that on February 10, 2021, there will be a “six-star connection”, that is, the sun, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn and the moon will be connected in a straight line, just like a candied haw. This means that greater dark forces will impact the earth, and there may be astonishing disasters, and the economy may even collapse.

At present, all parts of the world have begun to take measures to close the city and curfew. Will these measures be implemented wrongly? People don’t work anymore. If you don’t work and just eat, how long can you say this economy can withstand?

Anand said that until Jupiter enters Aquarius in November 2021, most of the disasters caused by these astronomical changes will gradually disappear and the world economy will begin to recover.

Anand predictable manner is the use of “Vedic astrology “, also known as ” Indian astrology ” (Jyotish Astrology), it originated in the ancient Indian system of astrology, and Western astrology is different. And 14-year-old Anand is already a master of Vedic astrology.

In addition to being proficient in “Vedic Astrology “, Anand is also familiar with Ayurveda (Ayurveda, refers to Indian traditional medicine), Sanskrit and management. He has obtained a master’s degree in herbal microbiology and is studying for a PhD in financial astrology, so Anand is a real super genius.

Anand sets up an official website

Due to unexplained reasons, YouTube has repeatedly deleted videos, so Anand set up a personal official website (abhigyaanand.com). Friends who are interested in his predictions can now go to his website to watch his videos freely. Log in to the website to directly obtain his updated information, avoiding the interference of Internet censorship and false messages.

In the introduction video, Anand stated in words:

“Tubing has been desperately deleting Anand’s predictions, and these predictions are now being fulfilled. Therefore, we are launching our website to you.”

Anand’s website, for example, predicted in a short film published on April 1, 2020, that “the next (epidemic) outbreak will occur around December 20, 2020.” However, this short film was deleted by YouTube on May 16, and was re-uploaded by a third party.

Anand reminded people in the comment area at the bottom of the video that he does not have any Facebook, Twitter or Reddit accounts. Now someone is issuing false predictions in his name, don’t believe it. 

He said, “Having a social media account does not help. We try to use every alternative platform.”

Anand wrote:

“Because Youtube deleted the film without any reason, threatening Internet freedom, and some people deliberately faked it, so he created a personal website.”

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An ancient Greek inscription of 1,500 years dedicated to Christ was discovered in Israel

An ancient Greek inscription of 1,500 years dedicated to Christ was discovered in Israel 100

The team is sure that the inscription comes from a church and not from a monastery. The discovery was reported by the Israeli Foreign Ministry with reference to the Antiquities Authority. It was performed in the Jezreel Valley, which since ancient times was the main battlefield of biblical Israel.

An inscription 1,500 years old writes in ancient Greek “Christ, born of Mary”. This was found by a team of archaeologists in an excavation in northern Israel, a text that was placed above the church door to ward off evil spirits.

The phrase was used by Christians to exorcise the evil eye, a superstition of the Greeks and Romans.

The inscription was discovered during the excavation of the ruins of a once magnificent Byzantine church, probably built during the early Islamic period. The church came to light during the mandatory excavations to cross the new road to the Jezreel Valley.

The researchers also established the identity of Theodosius mentioned in the text, who founded this church. This was one of the first Christian bishops. He was an influential person, the supreme religious leader of the Metropolitanate of Bet Shean, to which the modern village of al-Tayyib belonged.

“This is the first evidence of the existence of a Byzantine church in the village of et-Taiyiba and adds to the other findings that certify the activities of Christians in the area,” said Dr. Walid Atrash of the Antiquities Authority of Israel.

The team is sure that the inscription comes from a church and not from a monastery.

According to the researchers, artifacts from different periods were also found during the excavations. They shed new information on the long history of the settlements that existed in al-Tayyiba, as well as on their status.

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Why does Satan’s name mean “light-bearer”?

Why does Satan's name mean "light-bearer"? 101

In modern languages, Lucifer is one of the names of Satan. However, from Latin the word lucifer literally translates as “luminiferous” and comes from the words lux (“light”) and phero (“carry”). What kind of light is this that the infernal ruler carries?

Franz von Stuck.  Lucifer
Franz von Stuck. Lucifer

The ancient Romans called the planet Venus by the word Lucifer, that is, the “morning star”, which is better than all other celestial bodies visible in the morning (as well as evening) firmament. By the way, this name is “tracing paper” from ancient Greek: the ancient Greeks called this celestial entity Phosphorus (from Φωσφόρος – “carrying light”).

Lucifer means ‘that which brings light’. From φῶς (phôs, “light”) +‎ -φόρος (-phóros, “bearing”), from φέρω (phérō, “I carry”).

Venus in the morning sky in January
Venus in the morning sky in January

Why did the name of the star become the name of Satan? This happened as a result of “translation difficulties”. The Bible, in the Book of Isaiah, contains a prophecy about the death of the Babylonian king – a terrible enemy of the ancient Jews. It looks like this:

“… You fell from the sky, morning star, son of the dawn! He crashed to the ground, trampling on the peoples. “

“Morning star” and “son of the dawn” here are nothing more than magnificent oriental titles of the ruler. When Jerome of Stridonsky, the first translator of the Bible into Latin, translated this passage, he translated the Hebrew word הֵילֵל (“heylel”, “morning star”) as lucifer, because that is how the morning star was called in Latin.

Caravaggio.  Saint Jerome
Caravaggio. Saint Jerome

However, Christians, contemporaries of Jerome, associated this passage not with the king of Babylon – the embodiment of evil for the ancient Israelites, but with their enemy – Satan. And the word “lucifer”, which was just the title of the Babylonian king, began to write with a capital letter. So the innocuous name of the star became a terrible hellish name.

Jerome’s other translation error led to an amusing misunderstanding. In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, European artists and sculptors depicted Moses – the main biblical prophet … with horns on his head! Why?

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Why does Satan's name mean "light-bearer"? 103
Why does Satan's name mean "light-bearer"? 104

The Bible says that when Moses came down from Mount Sinai, his face was radiant. In Hebrew, the words “ray” and “horn” are similar. So Jerome got it: “His face became horny because God spoke to him.”

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