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Intuition: Thinking through Your Gut

Intuition is the most subtle result of secondary emotion, and a power that frontal lobe patients lack. When secondary emotion leaves its somatic markers on your brain’s encoding of events, your body reaction can become intuitively associated with that type of situation. Thus, in a similar situation, you may not even need to think about . . . → Read More: Intuition: Thinking through Your Gut

Wellsburg ‘Witch Trial’ Stirs Debate

By WARREN SCOTT A Wellsburg man wants to hold a Halloween event centered around an alleged witch trial in Brooke County in 1802, saying it would be one way to draw visitors to the county. But the Brooke County Commission heard Monday from two local historians who object to the event, saying there’s no evidence . . . → Read More: Wellsburg ‘Witch Trial’ Stirs Debate

Ancient Egyptian Writing “Scanned”

by Ben Harder Jean Revez studies old things, but that doesn’t make him wedded to old ways. The professor of Egyptian history at the ,University of Montreal in Canada is developing one of several emerging techniques for electronically recording and interpreting ancient stone inscriptions. Today most archaeologists record writing and other architectural details using pencils, . . . → Read More: Ancient Egyptian Writing “Scanned”

Another view of ‘The Wicker Man’

Interview by Paul Arendt

Brian Botham, high priest of the Obsidian Shadow Coven in east London, on The Wicker Man. ” I don’t know any pagan who doesn’t like the original 1973 Wicker Man, which is strange really, because it gives paganism a very bad press. The film says that if we can’t get what . . . → Read More: Another view of ‘The Wicker Man’

Annual Pagan Harvest Festival

One of the largest one-day Pagan festivals held in Canada, Hamilton’s Pagan Pride Day draws people from a variety of backgrounds and beliefs, allowing them to come together and celebrate the harvest season as a united community. Starting at 8:00am with a Sunrise Ceremony and the lighting of a Sacred Fire by members of our . . . → Read More: Annual Pagan Harvest Festival

The Corn Dolly

The corn dolly is an ancient harvest custom, still widely practiced throughout Europe. In ancient europe it was customary at harvest time to leave a small portion of the grain in the field, often twisted or tied into the shape of a man or the symbol of a god or goddess. Sometimes, it was even . . . → Read More: The Corn Dolly

The Wendigo

In the mythology of the Algonquian-speaking tribes of Native Americans, the Wendigo is a malevolent supernatural creature. It is usually described as a giant with a heart of ice; sometimes it is thought to be entirely made of ice. Its body is skeletal and deformed, with missing lips and toes. The first accounts of the . . . → Read More: The Wendigo

Climate change seen pushing plants to the brink

Thousands of plant species are being pushed to the brink of extinction by global warming, and those already at the extremes are in the greatest danger, a leading botanist said on Tuesday. Paul Smith, head of Britain’s Millennium Seed Bank, said the drylands of the world which cover 40 percent of the earth’s surface and . . . → Read More: Climate change seen pushing plants to the brink

Gulf War syndrome doesn’t exist

There is no such thing as Gulf War syndrome, even though U.S. and foreign veterans of the war report more symptoms of illness than do soldiers who didn’t serve there, a federally funded study concludes. U.S. and foreign veterans of the Gulf War do suffer from an array of very real problems, according to the . . . → Read More: Gulf War syndrome doesn’t exist

What is Empathy?

Empathy is the ability to “read” and understand people and be in-tune with or resonate with others, voluntarily or involuntarily of one’s empath capacity. Empathy often works alongside with telepathy, and this mutually enhances the strength of these abilities. Empaths have the ability to scan another’s psyche for thoughts and feelings or for past, present, . . . → Read More: What is Empathy?