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Encyclopedia > Donald Laycock

Dr Donald 'Don' Laycock, was a graduate of Newcastle University, NSW, Australia and later worked as a researcher at Adelaide University in Anthropology. He undertook his PhD at the Australian National University in linguistics and became a world authority of the languages of Papua New Guinea. See: University of Newcastle (NSW), a university in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia University of Newcastle upon Tyne, a university in England. ... University of Adelaide Sub Cruce Lumen The light under the Cross The University of Adelaide, located in the center of Adelaide, South Australia, was founded in 1874, making it the third oldest university in Australia. ... Anthropology (from the Greek word άνθρωπος = human) consists of the study of humankind (see genus Homo). ... Satellite Image of Campus The Australian National University (ANU), is a university located in Canberra, the national capital of Australia. ...

He was described by his fellow authors of Skeptical (David Vernon, Dr Colin Groves and Simon Brown) as a 20th Century 'Renaissance Man' as his interests were wide ranging from Melanesian languages, to chanelling, Tarot cards and bawdy songs. Tarot (Tar-oh) is a system of symbolical images. ...

He was a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, Vice President of the Australian Linguistic Society and a member of MENSA. A keen member of the Australian Skeptics he entertained many people at Skeptic's conventions with his demonstrations of speaking in tongues and going into trances. There are multiple pages related to Mensa. Mensa International is an organisation for persons with high IQs. ... The Australian Skeptics is a non-profit organization based in Australia which investigates paranormal and pseudoscientific claims using scientific methodologies. ... For the religious phenomenon, see Glossolalia Speaking in Tongues is also the title of a 1983 album by Talking Heads This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...

He died after a short illness in Canberra on 28 December 1988. Two of Canberras best-known landmarks, Parliament House and (foreground) Old Parliament House. ...

After his death, his meticulous work on the Enochian 'language' - which was allegedly channelled to an associate of the Elizabethan mystic John Dee - was turned by a colleague into one of the very few classics of skeptical linguistics. Enochian is an occult language introduced by John Dee and Edward Kelley in the 16th Century. ... John Dee (July 13, 1527 – 1608 or 1609) was a noted British mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, geographer, and consultant to Queen Elizabeth I. He also devoted much of his life to alchemy, divination, and Hermetic philosophy. ...

He published numerous papers on linguistics. His books include:

  • Skeptical Eds. Don Laycock, David Vernon, Colin Groves, Simon Brown, Canberra Skeptics, 1989
  • The World's Best Dirty Songs, Don Laycock, Angus & Robertson, North Ryde, 1987
  • The Best Bawdry, Don Laycock, Angus & Robetson, Sydney, 1982
  • The Complete Enochian Dictionary: A Dictionary of the Angelic Language as Revealed to Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelley, Donald Laycock, London: Askin Publishers. 1978
  • Speak Norfuk Today, Alice Buffet, Don Laycock, Norfolk Island, 1988.


The Skeptic, Vol 19, No 1, p7

The Second Coming, Barry Williams, Australian Skeptics, Sydney, 1990

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by Laycock, Donald C, and DuQuette, Lon Milo (Foreword by), and Skinner, Stephen (Preface by)
In 1581, Dr. John Dee, an advisor in the court of Queen Elizabeth I, began a series of experiments intended to explore the ability to contact the spirit world.
Laycock gives us the history of Dr. Dee's and Edward Kelley's famous magical experiments contacting spiritual entities, and explains how the Enochian alphabet was revealed to them.
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