Can your dreams predict death? New evidence, surprising result.

Dreaming of someone death is scary enough, but finding out you’re right… Are precognitive dreams real? This dream researcher has compiled more than anyone in history. When Andy Paquette left his job as a leading Hollywood film animator he had no idea he would wind up compiling the largest database of precognitive paranormal dreams in history, but that’s what happened. Andy, who is currently finishing up his PhD at King’s College, London is the author of Dreamer: 20 years of psychic dreams and how they changed my life has just published groundbreaking paper in the Journal of Scientific Exploration that examines...

281. Dr. Evan Thompson Finds Near-Death Experience Evidence Unconvincing

  Interview with Evan Thompson, author of Waking, Dreaming, Being on whether near-death experience evidence falsifies the neuroscience model of consciousness.  Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with Ken Jordan about the consciousness revolution and the shifting paradigm in science and our culture: Alex Tsakiris: I do have to take exception… you’re overthrowing 50 years of neuroscience that claims to understand the correlation between, for example, EEG or FMRI and  consciousness. Are we just going to throw that out the window and say, “Well, it’s all just a mystery, folks. All that stuff we thought we knew, we now...

280. Ken Jordan of Reality Sandwich on Consciousness Culture

Interview with Ken Jordan co-founder and executive editor of Reality Sandwich and Evolver of on the consciousness revolution and its impact on culture.  Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with Ken Jordan about the consciousness revolution and the shifting paradigm in science and our culture: Alex Tsakiris: You mentioned the FOIA Act and how [the government released] 10,000 pages. Well, go get those 10,000 pages today! You can’t get crap out of the FOIA Act. And don’t take our African-American-slash-black president and hold him up as any example. He’s the one who squashed all that stuff. He’s the one who not only...

279. Simon Green on Plant Medicine and Plant Spirits

Interview with Simon Green healer and founder of Quantum Life Bodyworks on Shamanism and healing work with plant medicine. Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with Simon Green about his Shamanistic practices and the healing properties of plant medicine: Alex Tsakiris: Maybe we need to add a little Yankee imperialism into the mix too and say, “ayahuasca… it’s DMT… I’ll figure out a way to crush it down, crank it out, give it to people, and lo and behold, they have a lot of the same kinds of experiences.” Simon Green: …that’s a very common troupe in stories about ayahuasca but in fact, ayahuasca is...

278. Dr. Michael Nahm on Terminal Lucidity and Near-Death Experience

Interview with Dr. Michael Nahm biologist and researcher on the phenomenon known as terminal lucidity and its connection to near-death experience science. Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with Dr. Michael Nahm to discuss his reports on patients who experience brief periods of unexplainable lucidity before death: Alex Tsakiris: The end result of those experiments [on terminal lucidity and near-death experience] is — this really happened.  But, as soon as we get past that fact we have all these, “how many angels fit on the head of a pin” questions. So, you can use traditional science… materialistic...

277. Frank Huguenard, Beyond Mind=Brain

Interview with Frank Huguenard about his film Beyond Me and the institutional dogmatism of mainstream science. Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with Frank Huguenard about extended consciousness and science’s assumptions: Frank Huguenard: But the thing is, and this is really what I’m highlighting in my film: science is based on assumptions. Some of them are wrong. So let’s replace some of those archaic assumptions with some new ones. Let’s just assume that consciousness is fundamental. How can we reframe and re-bracket all the questions we’re asking? Alex Tsakiris: Let’s assume the universe has meaning, or let’s at...

276. Dr. Alan Hugenot, IANDS and the Future of NDE Research

Interview with Dr. Alan Hugenot a near-death experiencer and nationally recognized expert in physics and mechanical engineering, about the future of near-death experience research. Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with Dr. Alan Hugenot to discuss his near-death experience, and the future of near-death experience research: Alex Tsakiris: So what is near-death experience research doing to advance the ball? And if we can’t call out people like Dr. Sam Parnia and critically analyze his work — because it is on the cutting edge… it’s what got funding — if we can’t say whether that’s going to move us forward or...

275. Mark Vernon, Is Christianity Worth Saving?

 Alex Tsakiris of Skeptiko interviews author Mark Vernon about the institution of religion and whether Christianity is worth saving. Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with Mark Vernon to discuss the contrasts between Eastern and Western spiritual traditions and the future of Christianity: Alex Tsakiris: Is Christianity worth saving? That question isn’t even on the table. Christianity may be this institution that is so much a part of our culture, and it’s so intertwined with who we are, but don’t we need to ask, is this something we really have to preserve and protect? Mark Vernon: You’re landing on something,...

274. Dr. Bernardo Kastrup, Why Our Culture is Materialistic

Alex Tsakiris of Skeptiko interviews Dr. Bernardo Kastrup, author of Brief Peeks Beyond about the shortcomings of science’s reigning paradigm of materialism. Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with Dr. Bernardo Kastrup to discuss his work on the nature of consciousness and the widespread influence of materialism: Dr. Bernardo Kastrup: You see we always start from the fact that we are conscious. Consciousness is the only carrier of reality and existence that we can know. Everything else is abstraction; [they] are inferences we make from consciousness. But our culture is driven by this notion that the real reality is...

273. Dr. Henry Bauer, Dogmatic Science Wrong About HIV-AIDS Connection

Alex Tsakiris of Skeptiko interviews Dr. Henry Bauer, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry & Science and author of Dogmatism in Science and Medicine, about scientific research and its dogmatic assertions.  Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with Dr. Henry Bauer to discuss the misleading claims of scientific research such as the statistics on HIV-AIDS: Dr. Henry Bauer: Everything that I saw from the data about HIV testing did not fit with the idea of it being a sexually transmitted infection. Alex Tsakiris: [you’re not saying] that you know what the answer is, or that you have some insight into the cure for AIDS, or the...

272. Phillip Comella Can Science Lead to Spiritual Transformation

Alex Tsakiris of Skeptiko interviews Phillip Comella, about The Collapse of Materialism and whether a scientific understanding of consciousness can lead to spirituality. Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with Phillip Comella to discuss his book, The Collapse of Materialism: Visions of Science, Dreams of God. Click here for Phillip’s podcast, Conversations Beyond Science and Religion Click here for YouTube version Click here for forum discussion Play It:Play It: http://media.blubrry.com/skeptiko/p/content.blubrry.com/skeptiko/skeptiko-272-phillip-comella.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes |...

271. Dr. Larry Malerba, How Materialism Fails Medicine

Alex Tsakiris of Skeptiko interviews Dr. Larry Malerba, about holistic medicine and how scientific materialism fails medicine. Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with Dr. Larry Malerba to discuss his work with homeopathy and the limitations of materialistic medical science: Alex Tsakiris: …when you have a materialistic science that doesn’t even acknowledge that there’s a reality to [a patient’s] experience… once you get that wrong, I think you’re hamstrung from the beginning… Dr. Larry Malerba: And the interesting thing is you realize how conditioned the world is in terms of this scientific...

270. ASU Prof. Lawrence Krauss Calls for Dalai Lama to Step Down Over Reincarnation Claim

Alex Tsakiris of Skeptiko interviews theoretical physicist Dr. Lawrence Krauss about whether reincarnation is nonsense and why the Dalai Lama should step down. Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with Dr. Lawrence Krauss, author of A Universe From Nothing. During the interview Professor Krauss discusses his film “The Unbelievers”, and his call for the Dalai Lama to resign: Lawrence Krauss: One of the many aspects [of Buddhism] that is completely ridiculous is [this person] who claims to be a reasonable man, and tries to be in accord with science, the Dalai Lama. His whole position is based on something that is...

269. Dr. Michael Shermer, Skeptical Science Reporting

Alex Tsakiris of Skeptiko interviews Dr. Michael Shermer, author of The Moral Arc, about morality, and near-death experience science reporting. Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with Dr. Michael Shermer, founder of Skeptic magazine, and author of The Moral Arc. During the interview Dr. Shermer discusses how his interpretation of a peer-reviewed near-death experience research paper outraged the researcher: Alex Tsakiris: In the article you cited [Dr. Pim van Lommel’s] work and you said his research “delivered a blow to the idea that the mind and the brain could be separate.” Do you remember this whole thing?...