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Soul Dust: The Magic of Consciousness, by Nicholas Humphrey

Reviewed by Peter Rogerson

One the great mysteries of neuroscience is the so called hard problem of consciousness, just how can patterns of electrical and chemical activity in a brain generate actual experience. It is one which has led a good number of workers in this field to hold up their hands in surrender and . . . → Read More: Soul Dust: The Magic of Consciousness, by Nicholas Humphrey

Toying with God: The world of religious games and dolls

Reviewed by William Darragh

Snakes and Ladders evolved in 2nd-century BC India to explain to children the rewards of goodness (the 100th square may have represented nirvana) and the downsides of being bad. Or it was invented in 13th-century Tibet. Whichever is true, religion and play have never inhabited totally separate realms. Because they transmit . . . → Read More: Toying with God: The world of religious games and dolls

Interview with Raymond Buckland

By Patti Wigingtion

Raymond Buckland has been writing books on Wicca for over forty years. In addition to writing, he travels around the country, but was able to take time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions for us here at About.com.

Pagan/Wiccan Guide Patti Wigington: First,I’d like to take a minute . . . → Read More: Interview with Raymond Buckland

Grimoires, by Owen Davies

Reviewed by Scott

Grimoires: A History of Magic Books by Owen Davies is an academic text tracing the history of European books of magic and their influence throughout the world from the third century BCE to the present. The book was published in 2009, but the trade paperback edition was just released in December. The . . . → Read More: Grimoires, by Owen Davies

Tell a Fairy Day

By BadWitch

I do love fairy stories, so when I discovered that February 26 is Tell a Fairy Day in America, I had to pick this day for telling fairy stories as The Bad Witch’s Festival of the Week.

Fairy stories are far more than just enchanting tales for children. They are full of symbolism . . . → Read More: Tell a Fairy Day

Street Preacher Convicted For Using Sound Amplification System

By Daryl Slade

Saying the citizens of Calgary are entitled to a healthy environment, including noise control in city parks, a Calgary judge has sided with the City of Calgary in a dispute with a street preacher.

Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Robert Hall, in his decision released on Wednesday, quashed not guilty verdicts against . . . → Read More: Street Preacher Convicted For Using Sound Amplification System

Guided by the Gods – Human Nature and Asatru

By Ryan

Human nature is one of the foundation stones of ethical philosophy. Every philosophy the world over, from Rousseau’s theories on the General Will to Lord Shang’s stark Legalism, are based on fundamental axioms of what defines humanity. These assumptions regarding human nature determine how one should treat other people, view the world, and . . . → Read More: Guided by the Gods – Human Nature and Asatru

Mysterious Minds: The Neurobiology of Psychics, Mediums and Other Extraordinary

Reviewed by Peter Rogerson

Neurobiology and the ability of modern technology to investigate the living human brain provide exciting new possibilities and it is no surprise that parapsychologists are now attempting to apply them to their own field, with mixed results.

While many of the papers in this book are of an technical nature they . . . → Read More: Mysterious Minds: The Neurobiology of Psychics, Mediums and Other Extraordinary

Dream Interpretation for Everyone

By Michael Lennox

When out and about in the world, people find out what I do, I am immediately branded as someone interesting to talk to and I am asked a variety of questions. This may be one of the reasons I was drawn to devoting my life to dreams in the first place; this . . . → Read More: Dream Interpretation for Everyone

Cornish pasties awarded protected status

By Lester Haines

Aficionados of the Cornish pasty will in future be assured that their pasty is the real deal, following a European Commission ruling that only pasties prepared in Cornwall in the traditonal way can be labelled “Cornish”.

The announcement that the pasty has been granted “protected geographical indication” (PGI) marks a great day . . . → Read More: Cornish pasties awarded protected status