269. Dr. Michael Shermer, Skeptical Science Reporting

Click here for YouTube version Click here for forum discussion Alex Tsakiris of Skeptiko interviews Dr. Michael Shermer, author of The Moral Arc, about morality, and near-death experience science reporting. March 23, 2015 – DEL MAR, Calif. — 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...

268. Dan Harris, Does Meditation Defy Science?

Alex Tsakiris of Skeptiko interviews Dan Harris, author of 10% Happier about his experiences with meditation, and the larger question of whether meditation defies science’s understanding of consciousness and the relationship between mind and body. March 9, 2015 – DEL MAR, Calif. — Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with Dan Harris, ABC news journalist and author of 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works-A True Story. Harris discusses his experiences with meditation and the scientific evidence suggesting it can enhance...

267. Dr. Jeffery Martin, Can Enlightenment be Taught?

Click here for YouTube version Click here for forum discussion Alex Tsakiris of Skeptiko interviews Dr. Jeffery Martin, Harvard-trained social scientist and researcher on enlightenment about whether enlightenment can be taught. Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with Harvard-trained social scientist Dr. Martin. During the interview Martin discusses the goals of his research on transformational states: Alex Tsakiris: Dr. Martin, what’s your goal in this? I hear you talking about engaging video game makers and other culture makers and I just scratch my head and go, really? Is that where we’re going with this? Or you talk about,...

266. Rick Archer, Can Consciousness Change Culture?

Click here for YouTube version Click here for forum discussion Click here to post comments on AlexTsakiris.com Join Alex Tsakiris of Skeptiko for an interview with Rick Archer, host of Buddha at the Gas Pump (BATGAP.com), about enlightenment and how it’s changing our scientific culture. Rick Archer from Buddha at the Gas Pump (BATGAP.com) joined Alex Tsakiris of Skeptiko for a discussion about the current enlightenment movement Rick sees expanding within our culture. Rick explains what it means to say someone is “awakening”, and explains how enlightenment fits within science’s understanding of self-awareness and...

265. Dr. Gregory Shushan on Cross-Cultural Comparison of Near-Death Experiences

Alex Tsakiris of Skeptiko interviews religious scholar Dr. Gregory Shushan on the parallels between near-death experience accounts across cultures. Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with author and religious studies scholar Dr. Gregory Shushan. During the interview Dr. Shushan offers his opinion on whether or not there is a universal morality to be found in near-death experiences: Alex Tsakiris: I think it is an important issue because the one thing that does strike me a lot is when you look at the contemporary near-death experience accounts, overwhelmingly what these people say beyond all the scholarly chit-chat is hey man,...

264. Jack Hunter on Paranthropology, Parapsychology and Spirit Communication

Alex Tsakiris of Skeptiko interviews Anthropologist Jack Hunter on Paranthropology and the significance of cross-cultural spirit communication for parapsychology. Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with Anthropologist Jack Hunter. During the interview Hunter hypothesizes that cross-cultural ritual may help bolster parapsychology research in the lab: Alex Tsakiris: One [question] is: Does [psychic] ability manifest itself more in some people than in others? And obviously we know it does. But particularly, what I think you bring that I had never thought of, and I think is…interesting to…grind on is: Is it more prevalent...

263. Albert LaChance and Rebecca Goodwin on The Third Covenant

Alex Tsakiris of Skeptiko interviews Christian mystic Albert LaChance and religious scholar Rebecca Goodwin on experiencing spirituality, and the gap between science and religion. Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with Christian mystic Albert LaChance and religious scholar Rebecca Goodwin. During the interview LaChance explains his methodology for how to bridge the gap between science and religion: Alex Tsakiris: …But the point is, I think we’re all trying to wrestle with this, and I’m not quite satisfied with — Oh Well we can just transcend by saying here’s the third covenant, here’s the...

262. Will Storr on the Enemies of Science

Alex Tsakiris of Skeptiko interviews author and journalist Will Storr on science, the scientific method and why we believe what we believe.  Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with investigative journalist & author Will Storr. During the interview Storr explains how the scientific method can help us transcend our often-times muddled thinking processes: Will Storr: …Wrong alleys can seem absolutely real, we are convinced we are right. We are convinced the other person is lying, or biased, or whatever. We’re wrong. We’re all guilty of that at some point. Alex Tsakiris: So how do we sort it out? I mean, what did you...

261. Why Science Is Wrong…About Almost Everything

An Exploration of Skeptiko 3.0 and Why Science Is Wrong…About Almost Everything. Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris as he officially announces the release of his new book Why Science Is Wrong…About Almost Everything. During this short episode, Alex outlines his plans/intentions following the book launch, as well as his future vision for further developing Skeptiko “Version 3.0″. Click here for Why Science Is Wrong website Play It: Listen Now: Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your...

260. Miami Attorney Rey Hernandez Supports UFO Contactees

Interview with attorney Rey Hernandez on the UFO experience that led to the creation of the Foundation for Research into Extraterrestrial Encounters. Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with Miami attorney and ET experiencer Rey Hernandez.  During the interview Hernandez explains how several dramatic extraterrestrial encounters, with multiple credible witnesses, led him to advocacy work on behalf of contactees: Alex Tsakiris: …please fill us in on some of the experiences that happened to you starting two-and-a-half years ago… Rey Hernandez: …My [second] encounter was in late August of 2012; so approximately six months...

259. Loyd Auerbach on the History of Psychic Spying

also available on youtube.com/skeptiko Interview with Loyd Auerbach on remote-viewing, Project Stargate, and the misunderstood history of psychic spying. Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with author and parapsychologist Loyd Auerbach. During the interview Auerbach explains the origins of remote viewing programs within US Army Intelligence and Soviet/Russian Intelligence organizations: Alex Tsakiris: …it was long rumored that the whole impetus for [psychic spying] programs was a catch-up number on the Russians. Someone came back and said “Hey we just heard that the Russians are using psychics for espionage. We better...

258. John Michael Greer on Our Myth of Progress

Interview with John Michael Greer on science, technology, and his pessimistic view of the descent of civilization. Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with author and blogger John Michael Greer. During the interview Greer challenges the notion that our history is one of progress through science and technology: Alex Tsakiris: Here are some of the things that you have written: ‘Our biggest myth is that we don’t have myths.’ ‘Our myth is progress. Our history is cycles, rise and fall of civilization.’ And let me do one more, because I really love this one: ‘Our only version of history most people in...

257. Dr. Diane Powell Finds Telepathy Among Autistic Savant Children

Interview with Dr. Diane Powell about research into telepathy in autistic savant children.  Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with neuroscientist, psychiatrist and author Dr. Diane Powell.  During the interview Powell discusses her latest telepathy research working with mathematically gifted autistic savant children: Alex Tsakiris: So you are giving her a six-digit number, a two-digit number and then you are saying, “What is the answer if you multiply those two together?” [and the multiplication operation is] just to keep her mind occupied that there really is some mathematical work to be involved and [because]...

256. Dr. Donald DeGracia, What is Science?

Interview with Wayne State University School of Medicine Physiology researcher Dr. Donald DeGracia about Western science versus Yogic thought. Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with Dr. Donald DeGracia about his book, What is Science? During the interview DeGracia contrasts Western science with Yogic thought: Dr. Donald DeGracia: …The West has always been characterized as being outwardly directed, completely sensory based [in its] understanding of mental events—and I say this being well aware of 2,000 years of Western philosophy… It’s something about the Western tradition that likes to rule and have power and...