Weekly Update: October 2
As you may have heard, we have officially launched the preorder campaign for the first book published by Gods & Radicals: PAGAN ANARCHISM by Christopher Scott Thompson. Get the preorder info and see a video trailer for the book here:
Featured in the trailer is music from the fantastic Disemballerina, specifically the song “Thieves’ Oil“. Audio production for the trailer by Crafted Recordings, with details on the process for the audiogeek-minded.
A Beautiful Resistance #3
Don’t forget, there is still time to submit some of your creativity to A Beautiful Resistance #3 until the end of this month:
Oh, by the way…
There’s some really good stuff coming on Gods & Radicals this week. There is another Crafted Recordings Podcast coming about Magic & Music, a healthy dose of Dr. Bones is in the pipeline, and another piece from Rhyd Wildermuth. As always, this is subject to change and surprises are quite likely to happen.
In case you hadn’t heard, the largest prison strike for decades in the US continues. There are some prison guards showing solidarity in Alabama by joining them, which we applaud. It’s important to remember, as Shaun King reminded us this week, that slavery is alive & well in the US:
“The 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution did not end slavery. In fact, it is the first time the word “slavery” was ever mentioned in the Constitution and it is in this amendment where it is not abolished once and for all as we were taught, but given the constitutional protection that has maintained the practice of American slavery in various forms to this very day.”
Corvids, such as crows, ravens, and magpies, are among the most intelligent birds on the planet—the list of their cognitive achievements goes on and on—yet neuroscientists have not scrutinized their brains for one simple reason: They don’t have a neocortex. The obsession with the neocortex in neuroscience research is not unwarranted; what’s unwarranted is the notion that the neocortex alone is responsible for sophisticated cognition. Because birds lack this structure—the most recently evolved portion of the mammalian brain, crucial to human intelligence—neuroscientists have largely and unfortunately neglected the neural basis of corvid intelligence.
For the first time in recorded history, there are more than 400 parts per million of CO2 in the atmosphere:
Scientists say we have to go back 2 million years to find similarly high concentrations of atmospheric CO2. For at least 400,000 years, levels fluctuated between 170 and 290 parts per million. Then, the Industrial Revolution happened, and since 1950 atmospheric carbon has shot up from about 310 parts per million to the over 400, level we see today. And it will only go higher, scientists predict.