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  1. Ermintruder

    The Invention Of Jesus

    A major factor within Bible references to a Jesus Christ is considered by Atwill to be typology. I was aware to an extent of this effect (eg the redevelopment of themes between the Old and New Testaments) but Atwill persuasively argues that retroscription and pre-developmental planting of...
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    Is Pink A Colour?

    Before I forget...because I must dash....I wonder if pink might be considered to be an "emergent colour"? What I mean by this (briefly) is that since it can appear as a trace hue, practically-speaking, when white laundry is washed with red; or, occasionally in the sky: does that somehow make...
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    The Invention Of Jesus

    But that was your experience, which I fully-accept happened to you. You're a trustworthy open-minded individual: there can be many reasons and explanations for what we experience in life, I know we can all agree on that.
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    Is Pink A Colour?

    I overheard an interesting colour comparator being stated yesterday on Radio4 "pink is the navy-blue of India". This is a fascinating statement that deserves further research (which I can't begin to pursue this early in the morning). I will close for now by saying that pink (in the west) has...
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    The Invention Of Jesus

    Oh, rest assured, Atwill doesn't appear to place any substantial emphasis upon this name aspect, though in my opinion he could. His research on the myth of Christ overall is outstandingly-good. I will expand, with lots more detail- his arguments are extremely persuasive. There is a deeper...
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    The Invention Of Jesus

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    The Invention Of Jesus

    My copy of Atwill's book has just arrived: it look to be excellent: "Caesar's Messiah- The Roman Conspiracy to Invent Jesus (Flavian Signature Edition"). I'm going to quote relevant extracts from the Introduction - the video is good, and the book looks to be even better
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    The Invention Of Jesus

    Whilst a paraphrased recaptulation of one of Hitchens' classic criticisms of Christianity is not directly-germane to the literal historicity of the Christ Jesus of Nazareth, it is nevertheless a valid counterblast with which to present upon vague Christian apologists and tenured parasitic Xian...
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    Digital Age Moirology

    When we live in an age where cliché and tropes become so universally-understood that life, even at its end, becomes a self-parody: where do we go next?
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    Humour & Jokes

    Ultra highly-recommended surreal semi-Fortean cartoon sites. No, I mean stop your life NOW and look at them. You won't regret it: http://pbfcomics.com/comics/ Cyanide and Happiness These are all so good, they're almost too good.
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    Lines Into Form: Symbols With Power?

    I am frustrated by trying to recollect a partially-remembered concept, wherein the hypothesis is (I think?) that 2-dimensional representations can become imbued with real-world interactive tangibility. In effect, that iconography, symbols, drawings, can (or so the believers believe) become real...
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    Fortean Headlines

    ...he claims
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    The Good Stuff Online Thread

    Perhaps just a fraction too sedate? But it communicates across the centuries, so much better. To think that we can see here people looking back at us, born in the mid/later 19thC
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    The Invention Of Jesus

    BC/AD versus BCE/CE - please note that only the second 'modern' version is now used in UK schools/colleges/universities. This is apparently non-optional. From the various references I have cited recently on the Jesus topic- I'm most intrigued to discover that one of the two criminals...
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    The Invention Of Jesus

    During my childhood bible classes (UK, 1960s) I can assure you that we were explicitly told that the mechanism of Christ's execution was an especially cruel & unnatural death, since he was 'atoning for our sins'- (as God's only begotten Son....not to mention that we are All, also, according to...
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    The Invention Of Jesus

    I find this fascinating- in what way is this not the case, I am really intrigued. In particular, the alignment of the birth/rebirth of Christ & other solar messiahs in relation to the winter solstice (including the third-day resurrection delay 22-25 Dec), and the 'moveable feast' of Easter at...
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    The Invention Of Jesus

    Jim, I think that's an admirable position for us all to follow. But there's a vital aspect to the whole Jesus Christ phenomenon. The vast range of paradoxes, inconsistencies and impossibilities surrounding his supposed existence are incontravertably-substantive: in an eliminating way. Here's...
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    The Madeleine McCann Disappearance

    If there's a squeamishness about not posting the alleged image here, I'll follow suit on that observance, and maintain such a exception: https://metro.co.uk/2017/05/20/somebodys-in-trouble-for-placing-this-discount-sticker-on-madeleine-mccann-book-6650357/ (Hmm....still not 100% convinced...
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    The Invention Of Jesus

    ( @Cochise - I also don't think you're a nut = respect. But there are a number of ways in which we see / hear things in this world.... which might nearly be the slogan of this forum). All....please. If you don't know any of the research done by Richard Carrier, or you need a re-accquaintance...
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    Minor Strangeness

    Well, sometimes. But more often, it's a damn annoyance (the moist ouija board of non-serendipity meets puck, the precipitous pocket-dialler, whilst you swish-stride down corridors, whistle in the lavatory, or curse as you're parking the car) I place my faith (well, more-accurately, my phone)...
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    Study: Name Determines One's Life Prospects

    Very good point. No- I am completely-unsure if this/these is/are a familial contraction, a nick-name / given-name, or a formally-recorded name (in any of the five instances).
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    The Madeleine McCann Disappearance

    ^This, and the extremely.... , plus (seriously?) Everything and age, and photogenicity
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    Study: Name Determines One's Life Prospects

    No- insofar as the youngest is mid-teens, and the oldest must be in her early 60s.
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    Study: Name Determines One's Life Prospects

    My post is about first-names, and a curious observation regarding an improbable association (therefore: only very-slightly related to the original purpose of this thread). I've recently realised that I know of five instances where there are sibling groups (ranging in size from two to three...
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    The Cultish World Of Neuro-Linguistic Programming

    I've been exposed to NLP in a number of business settings, and also the (I believe, very-similar, and arguably, derivative) semi/pseudo-science of BMT (Behaviour Management Training). This undoubtedly possesses some aspects of cult adherence and conformity (and might be viewable as being NLP...
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    Words & Phrases You Never Want To Hear Again

    The awful over-use of 'awsome' can oft be heard elsewhere in the Eenglish-speachin' world, far outside the good ole' US ofA. I've never heard it used by Canadians (perhaps the Trudeau dynasty banned it) but it is especially-popular in African English, even amongst olds. My suspicion is that it...
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    Help Needed To Solve WW2 Jewish Medal Mystery

    On that note: I wonder if, structually, this has been made from two overlapping triangles, with a superimposed disk in the middle? There's maybe a slight suggestion of this arrangement, from the alignment as seen. It also suddenly reminds me of the shape of metal stars used in old functional...
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    Words & Phrases You Never Want To Hear Again

    What a curious piece of academic linguistic fascism. Whilst it's a harmless avocation for us, here, to idly make internalised pronouncements on language, for a university to actively-seek selective disestablishment of certain words & phrases: I'm speechless. There's a time & a place for most of...
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    Words & Phrases You Never Want To Hear Again

    This sounds like an entirely-false corollary. True tests of intrinsic intelligence do so in ways that are totally-independant of language, whether vocabulary/syntax, or both. I know of no evidence that would suggest the maintenance of language as an oral/ non-orthographic tradition is...
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    Help Needed To Solve WW2 Jewish Medal Mystery

    Being ill under the bed :actw: Well, with the added context of the field service /forage cap, it then does. But as others have commented, that neck looks extremely high: it could nearly pass for being a pre-WW2 'patrols' collar, hence the nearly-Russian feel. Though we'll presume it's not, and...
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    Adults Posing As Schoolchildren

    I've just downloaded the Kindle version of his book, which is an incident-centric autobiography, as far as I can tell. Interesting stuff- or it will be, when I get to read more of it....(I found-out about it via @Frideswide 's link above, thanks for that)
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    Comments On The Appearance Of Sirius

    @JamesWhitehead - not that there's really ever much doubt regarding whether you've managed to see Sirius (or indeed Venus) but, here is a link to a simple-but-effective interactive PDF celestial image that's above your (customisable for location and time) head. It's from the excellent German...
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    Comments On The Appearance Of Sirius

    As the (officially) brightest star in tonight's sky, it's very strange to think that the photons of light that we are seeing from it, arriving at Earth now, left the star some time around 23rd May 2010
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    Found: The Plane Wreck That Could Solve A 50-Year-Old Mystery

    Exactly. It's inconceivable that I wouldn't have heard of this story, at the time or shortly afterwards. THIS perspective is what was reported initially by the BBC, mid-2018 Indeed. It has all sorts of improbable instances, all neatly linked together. If this had been a Hollywood movie, it...
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    Fortean Taiwan?

    Some worrying signs that China (PRC) is starting in 2019 to ramp-up its international demands that it should be allowed to re-absorb Taiwan (Republic of China). There are worrying hints that military force from the PRC may not be ruled-out: although that is of course always implicit in all...
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    The Invention Of Jesus

    In addition to the highly-recommended "Caeser's Messiah" documentary cited above, may I also support the value of the YouTube video embedded below: please don't be put-off by the name of the channel badge-hosting it (UFO TV) or its duration (2h20m). Just watch it in comfortable segments- but do...
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    Old Languages, New Countries

    Nice web app (the 'Radio Garden' idea) But I recommend you cheat, and use Youtube Edit- seen's haw wir haen a bit bla aboot this kinna hing agan, mebbs ah'll pit ma peece in aincemair tha gies Shetlandic a braw wee rakk-ower: Thi Peerie Cat Peerie cat, peerie cat, whaar’s du been? A'm been...
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    Comments On The Appearance Of Sirius

    Tonight Sirius looks amazing.....blue/red flashing, with a vitality unlike any other in the sky. Have a look, if you can. It is astounding...hello 2003, this is 2019 calling you!
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    The Invention Of Jesus

    I've just watched the full documentary "Caeser's Messiah: The Roman Conspiracy To Invent Jesus" which is based upon the book of the same name by Joseph Atwill (who figures strongly in the documentary). It is an outstandingly-good piece of work, and appears at first-take to be an...
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    First Day Of The Week?

    In traditional British Catholic/Anglican/Episcopalian households, despite the 'resting on the seventh day' aspect, Sunday seems to be treated as the first day of the week. An older generation observance? Conversely, in Reformation/Protestant/Non-Conformist (and atheist) households, Monday seems...
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    Words & Phrases You Never Want To Hear Again

    Had never heard of it. Just looked it up. Presumably an Australian antonym for 'carbo' (or carbs/carbohydrates)?
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    Royal News

    Speaking as a semi-neutral British subject, I was unfamiliar with Oliver Thorn /PhilosophyTube until now, and I thank you for having provided this introduction. He makes some very-good points in what is a cleverly-produced and well-delivered presentation. He acknowledges (obliquely) that the...
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    The Troll's Head

    I'll get a virtual advocaat after you've finished with it @Analogue Boy. Plus some American Cream Soda, from the fountain dispensers. I had an offline miniature of Talisker earlier today. Went down a treat.....but staying sober, now, as I'm semi-working tomorrow & onwards Happy 2019 everybody...
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    Found: The Plane Wreck That Could Solve A 50-Year-Old Mystery

    The website of the enthusiasts who claim to have found the sunken Hercules, with current updates: https://www.deeperdorset.co.uk/lockheed-hercules-63-7789-is-no-longer-missing-the-real-paul-meyer-story-is-coming-home/
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    Found: The Plane Wreck That Could Solve A 50-Year-Old Mystery

    Interesting. The extended BBC reporting on this incident (late summer) didn't appear to make mention of these details. It also gave witness statements regarding non-local fighter pilots arriving in haste with authorisation documents, with specific instructions to go and intercept him. There...
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    Words & Phrases You Never Want To Hear Again

    I submit that the idiotic idiom "We're on it" is an over-used / overquoted grating phrase of empty reductionist pap. Subsequent use in a corporate setting (eg within public advertising campaigns) should result in the perpetrators being attacked with laser-guided batttlefield nuclear weapons.
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    Conspiracy In The U.S. Election & Trump's Presidency

    (This may be more-appropriately posted into another more-generic conspiracy thread. But it's highly presidential... and certainly Trump is referenced within it). The venue is Bush's funeral. The video is presumably official footage, re-presented. Whilst this video may be nothing more than...
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    Found: The Plane Wreck That Could Solve A 50-Year-Old Mystery

    I heard the story of this stolen Hercules and the runaway USAF technical Sergeant for the first time via Radio4 UK in late summer, maybe three months before the reported discovery of this wreck. Within that radio report, there was a strong implication that this hijacked USAF aircraft was shot...
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    What Did You Get For Christmas 2018?

    Commercialised Alternativeness with a quantity discount....
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