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By Alex Tsakiris

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Explore controversial science with leading researchers and their critics... the leading source for intelligent skeptic-versus-believer debate...

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Dr. Mariana Caplan – Does Yoga Work? |382|
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Dr. Mariana Caplan think yoga is just what psychology and psychotherapy needs. photo by: Skeptiko Alex Tsakiris: Welcome to Skeptiko where we explore controversial science with leading researchers, thinkers and their critics. My guest today is Mariana Caplan, who has a new book, Yoga & Psyche. Mariana, welcome. Thanks so much for joining me. Mariana Caplan: It’s […]
Jun 12, 2018
Chris Knowles of Secret Sun on the Met Gala Psyop |381|
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Chris Knowles spots pop culture deception in phony celebrities and the Catholic church. photo by: Skeptiko Alex Tsakiris: Today we welcome the very excellent host of The Secret Sun blog and the author of such books as, Our Gods Wear Spandex, The Secret History of Rock ‘n’ Roll and The Complete X-Files. If you’re watching […]
May 29, 2018
Phillip J. Watt, on Tony Robbins, Chaos Magic, and Backdoor Materialism |380|
1:17:14
Phil Watt seeks a deeper spiritual truth that embraces life, but doesn’t ignore conspiracy culture. photo by: Skeptiko Alex Tsakiris: Today we welcome Phillip J. Watt to Skeptiko. Phil is a fellow podcaster — which is always fun for me — he’s also quite a spiritual seeker, a former social worker, an out-of-body traveler, a […]
May 15, 2018
Dr. Michael Shermer on Near-Death Experience Science |379|
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Dr. Michael Shermer isn’t swayed by near death experience science, but has he read the literature? photo by: Skeptiko Today we welcome Dr. Michael Shermer back to Skeptiko. Dr. Shermer is a bestselling author and creator of Skeptic Magazine. His latest book on consciousness and the afterlife is, Heavens on Earth: Alex Tsakiris: A couple of years ago I interviewed […]
May 01, 2018
Bernardo Kastrup, Mainstreaming Controversial Philosophy of Mind Theories |378|
1:19:10
Dr. Bernardo Kastrup on the growing acceptance of his controversial theories of consciousness. photo by: Skeptiko Today we welcome Dr. Bernardo Kastrup back to Skeptiko. Bernardo is the author of several books on consciousness and has created quite a stir with his recent articles in Scientific American: Alex Tsakiris: These people will be recognized by people […]
Apr 18, 2018
Dr. Dean Radin Brings Real Magic to the Psi Lab |377|
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Dr. Dean Radin’s interest in psi phenomena is leading him to scientifically investigate magical practices. photo by: Skeptiko Alex Tsakiris: Today we welcome Dr. Dean Radin back to Skeptiko. Dean is, of course, Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, as well as a bestselling, award-winning author.  Dean is truly a scientist, as most of you […]
Apr 03, 2018
Dr. Rupert Sheldrake Brings Science to Spiritual Practices |376|
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Dr. Rupert Sheldrake finds scientific support for benefits of spiritual practices. photo by: Skeptiko Alex Tsakiris: Today I’m so happy to welcome back Dr. Rupert Sheldrake to Skeptiko. Dr. Sheldrake who has, not only appeared on Skeptiko several times over the years, but through his encouragement and guidance was really instrumental in the creation of this show, […]
Mar 20, 2018
Meryl and Beau From Campfire Sht Show |375|
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Meryl Klemow and Beau Hufford  join me in studio to talk about their new podcast, Campfire Sht Show. photo by: Skeptiko (Meryl Klemow and Beau Hufford are heard cutting it up off-mic)… That’s Meryl and Beau from the Campfire Shit Show and you’ll hear a lot more about them, and you may come to understand what […]
Mar 13, 2018
Dr. Penny Sartori, Are NDEs All Light and Love? |374|
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Dr. Penny Sartori is a front line near-death experience researcher. Her conclusion — it’s about light and love… well mostly. photo by: Skeptiko I have an interview coming up in a minute with the very excellent Dr. Penny Sartori, about her new book, The Transformative Power of Near-Death Experiences. I’ve covered near-death experiences a lot and […]
Mar 06, 2018
Dr. John Alexander, Warrior Monk — Reality Denied |373|
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Dr./Colonel John Alexander has seen a lot that can’t be dismissed or explained… but is he willing to admit UFOs are real? photo by: Skeptiko Today we welcome Dr. John Alexander to Skeptiko to talk about his new book, Reality Denied: Firsthand Experiences with Things that Can’t Happen – But Did. Dr. Alexander is a […]
Feb 20, 2018
Michael Tsarion on Race, Jordan Peterson, and Why Conspiracy Work is Spiritual Work |372|
1:19:39
Michael Tsarion’s books ask tough questions about our occulted history and its impact on modern culture. photo by: Skeptiko What do you think about race? And what does it have to do with the extended consciousness stuff I’m always talking about? (clip from the movie, Get Out) Hey Chris, I want to introduce you to […]
Feb 06, 2018
Dr. Julie Beischel Clearing Up Myths About Mediums |371|
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Dr. Dr. Julie Beischel has become the preeminent researcher of mediumship and after death communication. photo by: Skeptiko We’ve come along way toward gaining a scientific understanding of after death communication, mainly thanks to the work of one researcher, Dr. Juile Beischel. Julie returns to Skeptiko to talk about her latest work at the Windbridge Institute. Dr. […]
Jan 23, 2018
Greg Mallozzi’s New Film About Andrija Puharich |370|
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Dr. Andrija Puharich researched ESP and psychedelics, brought Uri Geller to the USA, and held seances with aliens… all while working for the deep state. photo by: Skeptiko (clip from the movie Altered Minds…) MKUltra… (disturbing music)… No matter how deep you dig, the only thing you’ll find is more lies… (disturbing music) I’m not the monster in the […]
Jan 09, 2018
Dr. Jeffrey Kripal Explores the Erotic in the Mystical & Religious |369|
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Dr. Jeffrey Kripal’s new book connects his interests in the paranormal and erotic elements of mystical religion.   photo by: Skeptiko (Indian music plays on bus as tour operator speaks) Alright, so welcome to Tantra Tour: The Heart of India. That’s tantra guru, Laurie Handlers from the film, Tantric Tourists. She’s telling her brave band of […]
Dec 27, 2017
Finnish Mystic’s Visions of Afterlife Match NDE Research |368|
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Dr. Antti Savinainen’s new book on the Finnish Mystic, Pekka Ervast adds to our understanding of the afterlife. photo by: Skeptiko (scary music and sounds from  Jacob’s Ladder) Where do you go when you die? Actor, Tim Robbins got a glimpse in this cult classic, Jacob’s Ladder. And I guess that’s how it is with […]
Dec 12, 2017
Stanton Friedman on Jacques Vallee and UFOs/Consciousness |367|
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UFO Researcher Stanton Friedman on Jacques Vallee and alien consciousness technology. photo by: Skeptiko (Mark Zuckerberg, CEO Facebook) Now, when we talk about augmented reality, there are three important use cases that we think about… That’s Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, spreading Facebook’s Brave-New-World-Gospel re the merging of consciousness and computing. He’s actually taking his foot off […]
Nov 28, 2017
Gordon White, Will Magic Kill Parapsychology? |366|
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Chaos magician and author Gordon White on the blurring of parapsychology and magic. photo by: Skeptiko Nobody does magic quite like Disney. The sciency wizard, the wand, the spells, it’s all burned into our collective consciousness, along with the idea that it’s all silly nonsense, but hey, what about this… (Dr. Dean Radin on RuneSoup) Sorry, […]
Nov 14, 2017
Christopher Knowles, Are Occult Symbols Present in Science? |365|
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Christopher Knowles finds occult symbolism in pop culture and science impossible to ignore. photo by: Skeptiko (News announcer) When you celebrate science, perhaps it’s best to not get carried away. The inauguration ceremony included some, how shall we put it, original choreography. It was quite bizarre… do you associate this kind of dancing with the inauguration of a […]
Oct 31, 2017
Joseph Atwill, Why is the Deep State Interested in Psychedelics? |364|
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Joe Atwill cautions against the resurging interest in psychedelics and entheogens. photo by: Skeptiko (audio 1979 news report) In their never ending search for the miracle weapons, CIA operatives searched here, in the remote mountain areas of Southern Mexico, for what, up until then, had been considered a myth; magic mushrooms. The clip you’re listening to is […]
Oct 17, 2017
Brian Dunning, Is the “Skeptical Thing” Over? |363|
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Brian Dunning hosts a popular skeptical podcast, but is the “skeptical community” being pushed to the fringe. photo by: Skeptiko (audio from James Rani’s 2013 Amazing Meeting) Welcome back everybody. Moving right along, as they say, get your seats, get your seats. This is going to be a killer panel, I’m so excited to listen to […]
Oct 03, 2017
Dr. Henry Bauer, Why We Shouldn’t Trust Science |362|
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Dr. Henry Bauer explains how market forces have led to the corruption of science.  photo by: Skeptiko Kyrie Irving, is an amazing basketball player, who made quite a stir earlier this year regarding the flat earth theory. Ben Nichols, this is a shout out to you. He came to us with this super conspiracy theory, […]
Sep 26, 2017
What Happened at the 2017 IONS Conference |361|
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Johnny Verive reports on the 2017 IONS conference.  photo by: Skeptiko …And that is why the Institute of Noetic Sciences is so focused on bringing together science, observations, hypothesis, measurements… I have a lot of respect for the Institute of Noetic Sciences. That’s Cassandra Vieten, the current president of IONS, talking at their annual conference. […]
Sep 19, 2017
Cody Noconi, Can Entheogens Lead to Deep Spirituality? |360|
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Cody Noconi of the Psilly Rabbits Podcast on whether entheogens and psychedelics lead to deep spirituality.  photo by: Skeptiko [Joe Rogan] My first DMT experience changed everything I thought about the world. The Joe Rogan podcast you’re listening to is hugely popular… [Graham Hancock] So that’s the aliens, an utterly alien realm, filled with alien […]
Sep 12, 2017
Dr. Jacques Vallée’s Diaries Reveal What Most Scientists Still Deny |359|
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Dr. Jacques Vallée’s 40 years of diary entries disclose a large body of science that’s been intentionally hidden.  photo by: Skeptiko Dr. Jacques Vallée is an almost mythical figure among those interested in UFOs. (movie clip from Close Encounters of the Third Kind) Who are you people? Please, one more question. Have you recently had […]
Aug 29, 2017
Robbie Graham Busts the UFO Paradigm |358|
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Robbie Graham and Robert Brandstetter challenge us to look beyond UFOs, extraterrestrials and disclosure.  photo by: Skeptiko On this episode of Skeptiko… Robbie Graham:  I would be surprised if there were not an extraterrestrial component to the UFO phenomenon. But again, I would be very surprised if the extraterrestrial hypothesis could be proved to be a […]
Aug 22, 2017
Pizzagate. Plus, Ex-FBI Undercover Agent Bob Hamer |357|
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What Pizzagate reveals about evil. Plus, an ex-FBI agent tells what he learned about sex crimes against children. photo by: Skeptiko On this episode of Skeptiko… Alex Tsakiris: One of the great things about Pizzagate is that it really cuts through a lot of the ambiguity with regard to the the “evil question”, because sex […]
Aug 08, 2017
David Fitzgerald Spots Christian Myths, Misses Atheist Myths |356|
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Atheist David Fitzgerald seeks to dispel Christian myths. photo by: Skeptiko On this episode of Skeptiko… David Fitzgerald: Whether you’re talking about Islamic fundamentalists or Christian fundamentalists or Libertarian fundamentalists, they all have a lot of the same structures. Alex Tsakiris: Well that’s because they’re all based on these cultish principles. David Fitzgerald: Exactly. Alex Tsakiris: […]
Jul 25, 2017
Tim Freke on the Science of Evolving Souls |355|
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Philosopher Tim Freke’s, Soul Story offers a worldview beyond science and religion. photo by: Skeptiko On this episode of Skeptiko… Alex Tsakiris: …you’re talking about a deep evolution, a spiritual evolution, and I get that, I just don’t know that we can connect it with the dorky, neo-Darwinistic bullshit that we’ve been fed… Tim Freke: […]
Jul 11, 2017
Joe Atwill Takes on Covert Culture Shapers |354|
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Joe Atwill has a deep state, pro-Roman view of the Bible. photo by: Skeptiko On this episode of Skeptiko… Alex Tsakiris: There’s a famous quote about truth passing through three stages: first it’s ridiculed, second it’s violently opposed, and third, it’s accepted as being self-evident. And I’m reading your critics, these scathing criticisms of your […]
Jun 27, 2017
Dr. Karen Jaenke, Consciousness Studies and Politics |353|
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Dr. Karen Jaenke discusses her approach to Consciousness Studies at JFK University. photo by: Skeptiko On this episode of Skeptiko… Alex Tsakiris: I want to read this next question, so folks don’t think I’m sandbagging you. The question I wrote: “Are your students rioting against the university’s secular humanists, demanding recognition of soul and spirit? Are […]
Jun 20, 2017
Jay Dyer, What’s the Endgame for Atheists? |352|
1:55:29
Jay Dyer looks at what lies behind scientism and atheism. photo by: Skeptiko On this episode of Skeptiko… Alex Tsakiris: If you go to the website [Edinburgh Secret Society] there’s this big picture, prominently displayed, of this guy completely outfitted in this satanic kind of thing, right? So it’s like, “Hey man, it’s cool, we’re all […]
Jun 06, 2017
Dr. Jerry Brown, Academic Rigor to Psychedelic Jesus Theory |351|
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Dr. Jerry Brown believes he’s found new evidence of psychedelics in early Christian art. photo by: Skeptiko On this episode of Skeptiko… Alex Tsakiris: Wait a minute, I’ve heard you say this before; do you think for a second that this idea of recasting Jesus from this born of a virgin, son of God, God on earth […]
May 30, 2017
Beverly Gilmour, 100s of NDE and a New Insight About Consciousness |350|
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Beverly Gilmour has a rare medical condition that has caused her to experience 100s of NDEs. photo by: Skeptiko On this episode of Skeptiko… Alex Tsakiris: We’ve established [the medical part of your experience], tell us about the spiritual phenomenon… Beverley Gilmour: If you said, “Why have you been having them?” I’d say it’s about our evolution; it’s […]
May 23, 2017
Dr. Jeffrey Mishlove, The Long-Term Future of Parapsychology |349|
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Dr. Jeffrey Mishlove has a unique vantage point for evaluating the future of parapschology and psi research. photo by: Skeptiko On this episode of Skeptiko… Dr. Jeffrey Mishlove: In many ways philosophers are pointing out that there’s a conceptional error there and that has to do with confusing technology with science. Technology has been so successful […]
May 16, 2017
Lisa Smartt, Linguist Explores What We Say Nearing Death |348|
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Lisa Smartt examines what our final words tell us about consciousness and the afterlife. photo by: Skeptiko On this episode of Skeptiko… Alex Tsakiris: One of the things that surprised me is the playfulness of [these final words]…  “Hey, I’m going to Las Vegas. Hey, we need a fourth for the golf tournament.” What the […]
May 10, 2017
Joy Lin, From Engineer to Spirit Medium |347|
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Joy Lin didn’t go looking for spirit communication, but when they came she answered. photo by: Skeptiko Welcome to Skeptiko, where we explore controversial science and spirituality, with leading researchers, thinkers and their critics. I’m your host Alex Tsakiris and on today’s episode, mediumistic, healer, channeler, communicator, and life-coach Joy Lin is joining me. Now, […]
May 02, 2017
Emma Restall Orr, It Took a Druid to Demolish Scientific Materialism |346|
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Emma Restall Orr believes animism is more logical and coherent than scientific materialism — she may be right. photo by: Skeptiko On this episode of Skeptiko… Emma Restall Orr: …that’s the sadness about so much of science, because it’s taken us from where Christianity, and in our British culture Christianity was so thick — and it laid in […]
Apr 18, 2017
Renay Oshop, Peer Reviewed Science Comes to Astrology |345|
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Renay Oshop, uses big data, AI and advanced statistics to challenge what science thinks it knows about astrology. photo by: Skeptiko On this episode of Skeptiko… Renay Oshop: We decided to just grab a screenshot of the top 1000 people who have [the highest] Twitter follower numbers, people like Justin Bieber… he had the most Twitter […]
Apr 04, 2017
Michael Cocks, Afterlife Teaching From Stephen the Martyr |344|
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Michael Cocks, has been an Anglican Priest for 60 years, so what’s he doing talking to channeled spirits? photo by: Skeptiko Welcome to Skeptiko, where we explore controversial science and spirituality, with leading researchers, thinkers and their critics. I’ve been wanting to do a show about channeling for quite some time because between this crazy […]
Mar 28, 2017
Daniel Pinchbeck, How Soon is Now, Heavy-Handed Climate Apocalypse Stuff |343|
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Daniel Pinchbeck, was a pioneer in exploring consciousness, but now he’s sure the world will end if we don’t trade carbon credits. photo by: Climate change collage Welcome to Skeptiko, where we explore controversial science and spirituality, with leading researchers, thinkers and their critics. Today’s guest definitely fits in that category. Daniel Pinchbeck is a […]
Mar 21, 2017
Leslie Kean, Investigative Journalist Tackles Survival After Death |342|
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Leslie Kean made headlines investigating UFOs, now she taking on NDEs, mediums, and after death communication. photo by: Tatiana Daubek Today we welcome Leslie Kean to Skeptiko. Leslie is an investigative journalist with a long long list of credits from many major news outlets, but you may also know her from 2010 NYT bestseller, UFOs: Generals, Pilots and […]
Mar 14, 2017
Ex-Stargate Head, Ed May, Unyielding Re Materialism, Slams Dean Radin |341|
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Dr. Ed May ran the U.S. Stargate psychic spying program for 10 years, but as a materialist, rejects psychic woo. photo by: Skeptiko On this episode of Skeptiko… Alex Tsakiris:  [Dr. Dean Radin] was the first guy to say, “…let’s see if a meditator can affect that photon beam within a double-slit experiment,” and again, an astounding […]
Feb 28, 2017
Jim Marrs is not a Scientologist |340|
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Jim Marrs is a top-notch investigative journalist, so what’s he doing promoting L. Ron Hubbard’s Battlefield Earth? photo by: Galaxy Press On this episode of Skeptiko… Alex Tsakiris: There are a lot of people scratching their heads saying, “What the heck is Jim Marrs doing getting in bed with those Scientologists?” Jim Marrs: I am not a […]
Feb 14, 2017
Skeptiko Roundtable with Seriah and Joshua from WhereDidTheRoadGo |339|
Seriah Azkath and  Joshua Cutchin explore all manner of paranormal phenomena in a very sharp, insightful way.  photo by: WhereDidTheRoadGo Alex Tsakiris: As those of you listening probably know by now, I am a fan of podcasting, as well as being a podcaster, and when I find a show I like, I feel obligated to […]
Feb 07, 2017
Miguel Conner on why Gnosticism more relevant than ever |338|
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For 10 years Miguel Conner has been a leading voice for Gnosticism, so why the sudden interest in his ideas? photo by: Skeptiko Alex Tsakiris: Today we welcome Miguel Conner to Skeptiko. Miguel is the creator of Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio, an entertaining and influential podcast that’s become part of this resurging interest in Gnosticism that […]
Jan 17, 2017
David Mathisen is changing the way we think about Hercules |337|
David Mathisen has discovered an ancient, language told through the constellations of the night’s sky. photo by: Skeptiko Alex Tsakiris: Today we welcome David Mathisen to Skeptiko. David is the author of Star Myths of the World, Volume One, Two and Three, along with several other books we might talk about. But those Star Myths books […]
Jan 03, 2017
Robert Bonomo on how 9-11 Truthers defeated Hillary |336|
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Robert Bonomo is a Gnostic 9-11 Truther who reads Tarot and writes for “deplorable” websites — my kind of alt-media journalist. photo by: Skeptiko Alex Tsakiris: Today’s guest is a blogger, novelist, a anarcho-capitalist—we’ll have to ask him about that one— and a part-time Tarot reader with a Gnostic bent… sounds like a great Skeptiko guest already, […]
Dec 21, 2016
Dr. Dana Sawyer’s Biography of Spiritual Giant Huston Smith |335|
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Dr. Dana Sawyer’s career studying religion and transcendence made him the perfect biographer of Huston Smith.  photo by: Skeptiko Alex Tsakiris: Today we welcome Dr. Dana Sawyer to Skeptiko. Dana is a professor of religion and philosophy at the Maine College of Art and the author of Huston Smith: Wisdomkeeper: Living the World’s Religions: The Authorized Biography of a […]
Dec 06, 2016
Suzanne Giesemann’s medium readings provide evidence of love and guidance |334|
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Suzanne Giesemann traded a career in the Navy for a life as a psychic medium.  photo by: Skeptiko Alex Tsakiris: Today we welcome Suzanne Giesemann to Skeptiko. Suzanne is a retired U.S. Navy Commander turned — get ready for this — evidential medium, and apparently, she’s quite good at being a medium. Her work has been praised […]
Nov 22, 2016
Gordon White, Pieces of Eight: Part 2, Aleister Crowley, Opposite Day |333|
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Gordon White wrestles looks at morality from a Magical perspective. photo by: Skeptiko Gordon White’s new book Pieces of Eight: Chaos Magic Essays and Enchantments stirred up a lot of questions that I posed in part 1; now here are the answers: Alex Tsakiris: …for example, the evidence from the near death experience science that I’m so fond […]
Nov 09, 2016
Gordon White, Pieces of Eight: Part 1, Christianity’s Shadow |332|
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Gordon White’s new book challenges our understanding of Chaos Magic and religion. photo by: Skeptiko Gordon White’s new book Pieces of Eight: Chaos Magic Essays and Enchantments stirred up a lot of questions for me. Gordon not only tackles materialism, panpsychism, idealism and animism (his preferred harbor in the storm), but also the role Chaos Magic might […]
Nov 01, 2016
This acclaimed scientist gives a friendlier face to atheistic neuroscience |331|
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Neuroscientist, Professor George Paxinos defends atheists who love life. photo by: Skeptiko George George Paxinos is a heavyweight. With over 45 books on the structure of the brain of humans and experimental animals his groundbreaking work has been cited more than almost any other in science, but that’s not why I wanted to talk to George. […]
Oct 25, 2016
Greg Carlwood has become a talent scout for conspiracy theories |330|
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Greg Carlwood of The Higherside Chats on the difference between conspiracy data and interpretation. photo by: Skeptiko On this episode of Skeptiko, I’m joined by Greg Carlwood to talk about his podcast,  The Higherside Chats: Greg Carlwood: …I consider myself a conspiracy talent scout. I scout out the researchers and I’m like, “This guy, he makes a good case for […]
Oct 18, 2016
She Brings Wicca to Psychotherapy With Tangible Results |329|
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Dr. Jane Kent practices Wicca and High Magic in concert with traditional Western psychotherapy. photo by: Kali Bardi On this episode of Skeptiko, I’m joined by Dr. Jane Kent to talk about her new book,  The Goddess and the Shaman: The Art & Science of Magical Healing: Alex Tsakiris: …when I talk to people who are deep […]
Oct 12, 2016
Michael Britt – ThePsychFiles – Dr. Daryl Bem and the Parapsychology PSYOP |328|
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What do new replications of Dr. Daryl Bem’s parapsychology research tell us about the original phony replications? photo by: Skeptiko On this episode of Skeptiko, I’m joined by science/psychology podcaster and creator of ThePsychFiles.com, Dr. Michael Britt. And while I didn’t contact Michael looking for a way to follow-up on Dr. Daryl Bem’s Feeling the Future […]
Oct 05, 2016
Dr. Jeffrey Long’s, God and the Afterlife – Science & Spirituality Have Collided |327|
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New Near-Death Experience research from Dr. Jeffrey Long challenges science’s understanding of the afterlife. photo by: Skeptiko We’ve covered a lot of Near-Death experience science over the years, but I can’t think of a more important book than Dr. Jeff Long’s, God and the Afterlife. Jeff is not only a medical doctor, but a meticulous researcher who’s not afraid to follow […]
Sep 21, 2016
Latest Near-Death Experience Research Hit Job |326|
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A critical look at an academic near-death experience book by Dr. Ben Mitchell-Yellin and Dr. John Martin Fischer.  photo by: Iwan Gabovitch It’s hard to be surprised by the lengths some academics will go to trash near-death experience research, but the recent non-research-research of today’s guest surprised even me. But the real story may be that Dr. John Martin Fischer and […]
Sep 07, 2016
Dr. John Brandenburg – Plasma physicist gives inside look at outsourced UFO research |325|
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Dr. John Brandenburg’s interview with Gordon White reveals inner workings of government secret space program. photo by: Skeptiko Every since Gordon White appeared on Skeptiko to talk about his book Star.Ships, I’ve been itching to get him back on to talk about his research into the secret space program and how this conspiratorial view of things might […]
Aug 23, 2016
Theosophical Society Revisited |325|
Is it still relevant and useful? photo by: Dan Brikley When I was 15 I started reading a book called Hidden Teachings Beyond Yoga by Paul Brunton. I could scarcely get through a few paragraphs before falling asleep – not out of tedium, but because the sheer intensity the novel ideas overwhelmed me. I persevered with […]
Aug 16, 2016
Grant Cameron – Classified documents suggest UFO/consciousness link |324|
UFO researcher Grant Cameron has uncovered 100s of previously classified UFO documents pointing toward a UFO/consciousness link. photo by: Skeptiko Researcher and author Grant Cameron encourages the UFO community to focus on consciousness science. He also exposing the US government’s longtime knowledge of, and ongoing interest in, consciousnesses phenomena related to UFO contact: Grant Cameron: We discovered this document that is […]
Aug 11, 2016
Kent Forbes, Does the Simulation Hypothesis Defeat Materialism |323|
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This academic turned filmmaker believes science’s growing openness to the simulation hypothesis may overturn materialism. photo by: Kent Forbes Today on Skeptiko we’re joined by Kent Forbes, whose movie, The Simulation Hypothesis, explores the possibility that reality is a simulation in which we are unaware avatars. It may sound like a strange idea, but it’s gaining attention […]
Jul 27, 2016
Dr. Richard Miller, for some patients, not recommending yoga is a form of malpractice |322|
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This clinical psychologist, and researcher has used yoga to dramatically improve the lives of those suffering from PTSD. photo by: Spirit-Fire When I ran across the work of today’s guest, Dr. Richard Miller, much was familiar. I’ve practiced yoga for a long time, and although I’m not a yoga scholar, or practitioner of Richard’s caliber, […]
Jul 13, 2016
Paul Davids, on how Forrest Ackerman continues to communicate after death |321|
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Writer and filmmaker Paul Davids has documented over 100 after death communications with Forrest Ackerman. photo by: Paul Davids To paraphrase an old saying, “some of us go seeking after-death communication, other have after-death communication thrust upon us.” That’s the experience of today’s guest, Paul Davids who’s had an amazing string of after-death communication experiences […]
Jul 05, 2016
Jonathan Robinson, can technology help spiritual seekers? |320|
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This psychologist believes technology can be used to assist spiritual seekers. photo by: Martin When Jonathan Robinson contacted me about doing an interview for his new book, The Technology of Joy, my first reaction was — where’s the consciousness science in joy gadgets? But I dug a little deeper and discovered Jonathan to be an impressive author who’s serious about […]
Jun 28, 2016
Dr. Piero Calvi-Parisetti, near-death experience science counters grief |319|
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This physician discovered near-death experience science can help those experiencing grief. photo by: Martin Today we welcome Dr. Piero Calvi-Parisetti, an Italian-born, Scottish-raised MD who since 2004 has developed an intense, scholarly interest in evidence suggesting the survival of consciousness after death. He’s written some terrific books on the subject including 21 Days Into the Afterlife, a book that received […]
Jun 14, 2016
Dr. Stephen Braude – your memories aren’t in your brain|318|
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Philosopher and parapsychology researcher Dr. Stephen Braude sees fatal flaws in the “memories stored in brain” model. photo by: Scott Huettel Today we welcome Dr. Stephen Braude to Skeptiko. Dr. Braude is the former chairman of the philosophy department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is also past president of the Parapsychological Association and is currently the editor in […]
May 31, 2016
Can materialistic science answer life’s big questions? |317|
Science is notoriously bad at answering life’s big questions, but can the methods of science bring us closer to truth? photo by: Marcello Maria Perongini [NOTE: Laird Shaw has authored this terrific post synthesizing many contributions from Skeptiko-Forum participants. Please join us on the forum to continue this discussion.] Sixteen years ago, I was immersed in a […]
May 27, 2016
Joe Martino Sees a Consciousness Shift… And That’s a Good Thing |316|
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Joe Martino started Collective-Evolution to challenge the status quo, raise consciousness and make the world better. Easy, right? photo by: Collective-Evolution Are we experiencing a shift in consciousness, or just seeing what we want to see? Is there any difference? These are some of the topics I cover in my interview with Joe Martino, founder of […]
May 24, 2016
Why are so many movies going Gnostic? |315|
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Miguel Conner explains why movies like Snowpiercer and The Lego Movie rely on Gnostic themes.  photo by: Bong Joon Ho Today we welcome Miguel Conner to Skeptiko for another round of Skeptiko at the movies. Miguel is the host of one of my favorite must-listen-to podcasts, Aeon Byte Gnostic radio where he explores all manner of Gnostic […]
May 17, 2016
This prominent scientist says life is meaningless… and he’s serious |314|
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Dr. Sean Carroll makes science’s meaningless universe meme sound palatable in his new book, The Big Picture. photo by: Awesome Inc Dr. Sean Carroll is a Harvard trained, Cal Tech theoretical physicist with a long list of fellowships, awards and bestselling books, including his latest, The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself. […]
May 10, 2016
Can we believe eyewitnesses… did this 17th century monk levitate? |313|
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Dr. Michael Grosso’s extensive research of historical records suggests St. Joseph’s levitation was real. photo by: UCAN Spirituality Today we welcome Dr. Michael Grosso to Skepiko, Dr. Grosso is an independent scholar with a longtime association with the Division of Perceptual Studies at the University of Virginia. He’s one of the coauthors of the fantastic Irreducible Mind, as well as […]
May 03, 2016
Science and philosophy gave him something he never thought he’d find… respect for religion |312|
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Dr. Bernardo Kastrup explores his new found respect for religious myths in, More Than Allegory. photo by: Bernardo Kastrup Today we welcome Dr. Bernard Kastrup back to skeptiko to talk about his new book, More Than Allegory. In the book, Kastrup explores the potential for religious myths to propel us beyond the ordinary: Dr. Bernardo Kastrup: Authentic religious […]
Apr 26, 2016
Brad Warner teaches his Zen students ancient wisdom — Don’t be a jerk |311|
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Zen teacher and author Brad Warner uses the ancient teachings of Dogen to reinforce a simple idea — don’t be a jerk. photo by: Michelle Grimord Eggers There is a Zen monastery not too far from where I live in San Diego. It was established by the wonderful and venerable, Thich Nhat Hanh quite a few […]
Apr 12, 2016
He thought his beliefs about global warming were based on science. Science proved him wrong |310|
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Rick Archer from Buddha at the Gas Pump provides a demonstration of challenging beliefs on global warming. photo by: Khuroshvili Ilya As I was putting the final touches on this show, I was reminded of a story I heard on the terrific podcast and NPR radio show, This American Life. It featured a person who had grown up in a conservative, Christian family and […]
Mar 29, 2016
He thinks chaos magic offers a better explanation than science. Of course, he’s right |309|
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Gordon White’s new book Star.Ships seeks to recalibrate our history in light of the falsification of scientific materialism. photo by: Chris Radcliff While putting together this episode of Skeptiko I kept thinking of this terrific new movie I saw recently called “The Big Short.” It’s a Hollywood-ized version of the events that led to the […]
Mar 22, 2016
First comprehensive academic survey of alien contact experience. Please continue to ignore|308|
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Researcher Mary Rodwell discusses FREE’s first comprehensive survey of alien contact experience. photo by: Chris Radcliff When I was a kid I was a terrible reader. Maybe I had a little dyslexia, I don’t know, but I sure hated reading. Nonetheless, many of the books I read stuck with me. One of them was a short story […]
Mar 15, 2016
How bad is this “mildly dangerous” cult? And what’s their connection to near-death experience science? |307|
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The International Association for Near Death Studies (IANDS) claims their association with Eckankar is not different from other religious groups. photo by: Michael Swan I live in San Diego, California. As much as I love it here, the move to Southern California was a bit of a culture shock. Like the first time I ran into […]
Mar 04, 2016
He may have unraveled the secret of synchronicity. Will science prove him right?|306|
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Dr. Eric Wargo has turned Carl Jung’s synchronicity idea upside down by suggesting a link to successfully replicated precognition experiments. photo by: Robbert van der Steeg One of the mantras I’ve learned on Skeptiko is, “follow the data wherever it leads.” As truth seeking mantras go this one is pretty good. I’ve had to endure some helpings of humble pie […]
Feb 24, 2016
Documentary looks at old and new models of human consciousness |305|
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The Deeper You Go documentary looks beyond traditional neuroscience-based models of consciousness. photo by: 11thStory My first impression of The Deeper You Go, a new documentary about consciousness, was — I can’t believe flat-earth-society-consciousness-researchers like Daniel Dennett, Susan Blackmore, and Patricia Churchland are still say moronic things like, “consciousness is an illusion.” My second thought was, I’m sure glad […]
Feb 16, 2016
Materialistic science makes us feel less human. He thinks the arts can change that |304|
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Author and poet Dr. Drew Dellinger uses spoken word performances to challenge science’s narrow view of human consciousness. photo by: Gary S I don’t quite know how the artistic gene skipped me. I have a whole side of my family who are incredible artists. I have an uncle who’s an amazing painter and sculptor and a […]
Feb 09, 2016
How I got duped by crop circle science. Nancy Talbott vs. Matt Williams
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Nancy Talbott claims to have unlocked crop circle science. Matt Williams is a crop circle maker encountering the paranormal in his circles. Why are they at odds? photo by: Gary S On this episode of Skeptiko, I return to a topic that’s haunted me for awhile. I’m from Chicago. For a lot of people from […]
Feb 03, 2016
Should family therapy include your deceased great-great-grandmother? Epigenetics meets after-death communication |302|
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Dr. Dan Booth Cohen and Emily Volden merge extended consciousness and after-death communication into psychotherapy. photo by: Pip R Lagenta Welcome to Skeptiko where we explore controversial science with leading researchers, thinkers, and their critics. Today we talk about families… and what a pain in the neck they can be! Don’t get me wrong, I […]
Jan 21, 2016
Dr. Dan Booth Cohen + Emily Volden |302|
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Dr. Dan Booth Cohen and Emily Volden merge extended consciousness and after-death communication into psychotherapy. photo by: Pip R Lagenta Welcome to Skeptiko where we explore controversial science with leading researchers, thinkers, and their critics. Today we talk about families… and what a pain in the neck they can be! Don’t get me wrong, I […]
Jan 18, 2016
Dr. Alexander Wendt and James Corbett Clash Over Inevitable One World State |301|
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To this Ohio State University International Relations Professor a one world state is inevitable. To Alt media blogger James Corbett it’s a catastrophe. photo by: Royce Bair Today’s show is not about consciousness, spirituality, or any of the topics we normally cover. Today’s show is about geopolitics and whether a “One World State,” or what some call a, […]
Jan 13, 2016
Movies: Is Ex Machina ignoring the hard problem of consciousness? |300|
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According to the movie Ex Machina, strong AI and the Singularity are just around the corner, but consciousness science suggests otherwise. photo by: Alex Garland Here’s the second installment of our Skeptiko at the Movies series. This time me and the guys from the Gimerica podcast (Darren Grimes, Graham Dunlop and Red Pill Junkie) to join me to talk […]
Jan 06, 2016
Movies: Is Red Lights the worst movie about parapsychology every made? |299|
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Both parapsychology researchers and Skeptics are misrepresented in this hack job of a movie, but that’s what makes it fun to talk about. photo by: Rodrigo Cortez I love going to the movies, but so much of the stuff I want to talk about afterwards is left unsaid. I mean, there’s only so much about the parallels between the parapsychology […]
Jan 05, 2016
Why David Bentley Hart thinks choosing a tie reveals more about consciousness than near death experiences |298|
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Theologian and Philosopher Dr. David Bentley Hart has little patience for sloppy thinking atheists. Looks to consciousness and spirituality. photo by: André Batista The wooden pews in the Greek Orthodox church I grew up in were hard and uncomfortable. I think it was by design. The spiritual path of my ancestors was one of sacrifice, suffering, and of course, fear. […]
Dec 23, 2015
He claims to have traveled outside his body to bring back art… and much more |297|
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Jurgen Ziewe used lucid dreaming to travel outside of his body and explore other realms of consciousness. photo by: Jurgen Ziewe I always thought lucid dreaming was baloney, until I had one myself. For several years my oldest son had told me about the wild escapades he orchestrated in his dreams. But Zack’s stories sounded like childhood fantasy, […]
Dec 16, 2015
Former military psychic spy claims parapsychology is off course. Suffers from Stockholm Syndrome. |296|
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Remote Viewer Dr. Paul Smith has concerns about the direction of parapsychology research. Also doubts 9/11 remote viewing. photo by: David Webb A few years ago, when the kids were younger, they loved playing hide-and-seek in our backyard. Our version of the game was played at night. The finder was granted the use of a flashlight, but had to cover […]
Dec 09, 2015
What science-as-we-know-it can learn from the 9/11 truth movement |295|
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Investigative journalist Luke Rudkowski shows us how to talk to power and challenge the status quo. photo by: Luke Rudkowski I don’t like Las Vegas very much.  Too many grueling COMDEX computer trade shows burned into my memory I suppose. But a few years ago, my wife and I were on our way to the mountains to celebrate our wedding […]
Dec 01, 2015
What does the end of materialism mean for political science? |294|
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Dr. Alexander Wendt examines the implications of consciousness science for the social sciences. photo by: David Ohmer I was introduced to the power of interdisciplinary thinking when I found myself way over my head in a graduate course in cognitive psychology. I had gone back to school at the University of Arizona to pursue a PhD in this new, cool […]
Nov 17, 2015
This Atheist has revolutionized Buddhism. Does consciousness science agree with his beliefs? |293|
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Buddhist teacher Stephen Batchelor explores scientific materialism and secular Buddhism. photo by: Stephen Lasky I remember the first time I tried meditation. The anxiety it stirred gave me a stomachache. When sitting meditation didn’t work I tried walking mediation as taught by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. That wasn’t much better — to confining, too restrictive, too many rules. […]
Nov 10, 2015
Why CDC whistleblower revelations about vaccines and autism never made headlines, and what that means for science |292|
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Investigative reporter Jon Rappoport explains why the media intentionally ignored whistleblower revelations about vaccines and autism. photo by: Art Writ My wife is the medical expert in our family. She has a PhD in psychology, works with doctors, and performed medical rounds as part of her training. I, on the other hand, can’t stand to drive by a hospital. So […]
Nov 03, 2015
What would Oliver Sacks say about the afterlife now? |291|
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Near-Death Experience Research, Dr. Jan Holden and her colleagues reveal their latest findings. photo by: Steve Jurvetson The question might sound crass, but then again, why should it? Dr. Oliver Sacks was one of the world’s best known and beloved neuroscientists, but at the time of his passing he was also an outspoken opponent of scientific findings suggestive of an […]
Oct 19, 2015
What divides Christians and non-believers |290|
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Biblical Scholar Joel Watts looks at what Christians don’t know about Christianity. photo by: Bolton We’re conditioned to believe the cultural and political divide between Christians and non-believers is a matter of worldview and faith. Atheistic science-types are trying to rescue us from ignorance while believers are saving our souls from a culture that’s lost its moral […]
Oct 13, 2015
Is the Bible a political con job? This scholar says the proof is right in front of us |289|
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Biblical Scholar Joseph Atwill has forever changed how we understand early Christian history by focusing on religion as an instrument of political mind control. photo by: Bolton A long time ago there was a war in the Middle East between the Romans and the Jews. Spoiler alert: the Romans won. After hauling the bounty back to Rome, and building […]
Oct 06, 2015
Men like to be right — Duh! Novel experiment demonstrates link with psychic abilities |288|
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  Northwestern University Psychology professor Dr. Julia Mossbridge’s has a novel experiment demonstrating psychic abilities among her male students. Photo by Daniela Vladimirova The experiment is tantalizingly simple, you’re presented four images and asked which one the computer will select. It may be simple, but since the images are randomly selected after you’ve made your choice it’s also impossible, right? […]
Sep 29, 2015
Shedding light on our Sun, an interview with Gregory Sams
Even with no shred of mystical sentiment, a purely rational and scientific assessment of the sun should fill us with awe and reverence. Here should be the God for atheists. Photo by Matthew Paulson I live in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains, about 62 miles (100 kilometers) west of Sydney. I have a day job […]
Sep 23, 2015
Psychic mediums tested under tightest laboratory conditions. Proven accurate. What will debunkers say now? |287|
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Dr. Julie Beischel’s newly published research on assisted after-death communication sets a new standard of proof, but don’t expect science to change its stance on psychic mediums. Photo by Craig Sunter Before becoming the preeminent researcher of medium communication, or as she likes to call it, “assisted after-death communication”, Dr. Julie Beischel was a newly-minted PhD in […]
Sep 22, 2015
On the Back of a Tiger movie challenges our understanding of disease, aging, and consciousness
  New movie follows a group of scientists challenging medicine’s most sacred cows. On the Back of a Tiger, uses interviews, experiments, and animations to weave together an alternate model of life, one that could have a profound impact on our understanding of disease, aging, and consciousness. The film will also confront head-on the institutionalized problems […]
Sep 20, 2015