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Ancient Humans Had Social Networks: Study

Ancient humans may not have had the luxury of updating their Facebook status, but social networks were nevertheless an essential component of their lives, a new study suggests.

The study’s findings describe elements of social network structures that may have been present early in human history, suggesting how our ancestors may have formed ties with . . . → Read More: Ancient Humans Had Social Networks: Study

Campaign Launched to Pardon the “Pendle Witches”

By Tyrone Marshall

[Snip] Burnley-based brewery Moorhouses is launching a petition to clear the nine women and one man hanged following their trial at Lancaster Castle in 1612. David Grant, managing director at the brewery, said the group should be pardoned to coincide with this year’s 400th anniversary of the trial.

And the campaign has . . . → Read More: Campaign Launched to Pardon the “Pendle Witches”

Apocalypse Not, by John Michael Greer

Everything you know about 2012, Nostradamus, and the Rapture is wrong.

Reviewed by Tim

The title says it all: Apocalypse Not: Everything you know about 2012, Nostradamus, and the Rapture is wrong. This little volume by prolific AODA Archdruid John Michael Greer perfectly encapsulates the origins, proliferation, and modern manifestations of humanity’s strange longing . . . → Read More: Apocalypse Not, by John Michael Greer

Neighborhood of the Gods, Part 2

By Dr. Karl E. H. Seigfried

In 1920, Þórsgata (Thor’s Street) was named for the Norse god of thunder. Thor appears in several versions in the poems, myths, sagas and folklore of Denmark, Germany, Iceland and other northern lands. In some ways, he can be seen as the idealized self-image of the rugged, honest and . . . → Read More: Neighborhood of the Gods, Part 2

Trusting Intuition

By Shakti Gawain

Most of us have been taught from childhood not to trust our feelings, not to express ourselves truthfully and honestly, not to recognize that at the core of our being lies a loving, powerful, and creative nature. We learn easily to try to accommodate those around us, to follow certain rules of . . . → Read More: Trusting Intuition