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Risk of Robot Uprising to Be Studied

BBC News

Cambridge researchers are to assess whether technology could end up destroying human civilisation.

The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) will study dangers posed by biotechnology, artificial life, nanotechnology and climate change.

The scientists said that to dismiss concerns of a potential robot uprising would be “dangerous”.

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Heathenry as an Anti-Imperialist Tradition

By Siegfried Goodfellow

[Snip] This is a matter of selection in whom we listen to, and in an empire, we are often encouraged to see and look through the empire’s eyes. Well, this was not how old Germanic warriors fighting against the Roman Empire saw things, and so we might begin by looking at other . . . → Read More: Heathenry as an Anti-Imperialist Tradition

The Goddess Cels

By Thalia Took

Cels is an Etruscan Earth Goddess Who makes the grain grow tall. As is not uncommon among Earth Goddesses specifically or Etruscan Deities in general, She has connections with the Underworld and with Fate. She is also mentioned as a Sun Goddess in some sources; what is clear is that She is . . . → Read More: The Goddess Cels

Clavicula Salomonis

By Zan

[Snip] Reading The Key of Solomon the King, it becomes obvious whence the Circle-Casting component of modern Magickal-Ritual derives. Long considered an almost legendary manuscript (or more properly, a series of manuscripts, each bearing the same mutual title), this Foundational Work of medieval Magick and Western Occultism- which is very, very preoccupied with . . . → Read More: Clavicula Salomonis

On the Trail of Ancient Slavs

By Joy Neumeyer

Today, Bittsevsky Forest is one of southern Moscow’s most isolated spots. But 1,000 years ago, it was home to a dense settlement of Vyatichi, a Western Slavic tribe. Archaeologists know about these ancient inhabitants thanks to around 15 sets of burial mounds uncovered in the forest.

While burial mounds, or “kurgany,” . . . → Read More: On the Trail of Ancient Slavs

Reconstructing Religion, Reconstructing Relation

By Anomalous Thracian

I was raised with the understanding that religion is, at its core, a thing that exists in order to facilitate relation between a person and something other than that person. This relation manifests in a myriad set of expressions and forms, from the most obvious and essential of relating to the divine . . . → Read More: Reconstructing Religion, Reconstructing Relation

Beyond Celts, Germans and Scythians, by Peter S. Wells

Reviewed by Celtic Scholar

Synopsis: Who were the Iron Age peoples of Europe? Celts, Germans, Scythians: these are among the names that come to mind. But such names and the characteristics associated with them, come to us from outside observers – Greek and Roman writers – not from the native peoples themselves. To understand how . . . → Read More: Beyond Celts, Germans and Scythians, by Peter S. Wells

Religious Toleration and Political Power in the Roman World

By Angela Cowley

Abstract: This thesis examines religious toleration in the Roman world throughout the republic and empire and its connection to Roman political power. While studies have examined the role religion played in Roman political success, few have looked at the reactions of the Romans in multiple situations involving religious groups that were incompatible . . . → Read More: Religious Toleration and Political Power in the Roman World

Rare Witchcraft Book Discovered in Alberta Library

By Alex Ballingall

Even though he thinks the weathered tome is a fascinating cultural treasure, unearthed by chance in a musty section of an Albertalibrary, Andrew Gow doesn’t like to be near it.

“It’s a very, very nasty piece of work, and I can tell you that I don’t like to touch it,” he . . . → Read More: Rare Witchcraft Book Discovered in Alberta Library

Religion and Ecology

By Morgause Fonteleve

In the last 24 hours, over 220 000 acres of rain forest have been destroyed, 50 000 people died of starvation and more than 145 plant or animal species became extinct.

In the past century half the world’s wetlands have vanished, 80% of grasslands and 40% of the worlds land surface suffer . . . → Read More: Religion and Ecology