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...

255. Ian McCormack’s Exclusively Christian Near-Death Experience

Click here for YouTube version Click here for forum discussion Interview with scripture-quoting Near-Death Experiencer, Ian McCormack about his Christian interpretation of NDEs. Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with Ian McCormack about his book, A Glimpse of Eternity.  During the interview McCormack explains his Christian interpretation of the near-death experience spirt encounters: Alex Tsakiris:…I will tell you a guy that I really respect and I like came on this show. It was a guy named Dr. Jeff Long and a few years ago he published a book [after] collecting over 1,000, near-death experience accounts. He is a...

254. Howard Storm Transformed by Near-Death Experience

Click here for YouTube version Click here for forum discussion Interview with atheist turned Christian Howard Storm about his transformation by way of near-death experience. Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with Howard Storm about his book, My Descent Into Death: A Second Chance at Life.  During the interview Storm discusses his Christian interpretation of the near-death experience: Alex Tsakiris: Yes, but a lot of those two billion [Christians] don’t exactly agree with you. In fact, on Amazon, and on the internet in general, the most vocal critics of your book are Christians who will cite you passage after passage of where...

253. Suzanne Taylor, the Scientific Mystery of Crop Circles

Interview with filmmaker and crop circle researcher Suzanne Taylor examines the enduring scientific mystery of crop circles. UPDATE 10/16/2014: Soon after publishing this episode the good folks of the Skeptiko forum started tearing apart the Crop Circle phenomena and many of the claims made herein.  I got the story wrong.  The best evidence suggests Crop Circles are a man-made phenomena. Claims of paranormal activities surrounding the making of, and being in, crop circles may or may have merit, but should considered separately.  These claims shouldn’t obscure the evidence suggesting Crop Circles are man-made by ordinary means.  I hope...

252. Bernadette Doran on Energy Healing

Interview with energy healing researcher and practitioner examines the Bengston Method of energy healing. Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with Bernadette Doran of Equilibrium Energy + Education.  The interview is included in Tsakiris’ soon to be published book, Why Science is Wrong: About Almost Everything: Click here for Bernadette Doran’s website 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 browser. Download MP3 (60 min.) Read It  Like a lot of middle-aged men, I don’t...

251. Patricia Pearson, Mainstream Media Journalist Tackles Survival of Consciousness

Interview with journalist and author examines resistance to evidence suggesting consciousness survives death. Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with Patricia Pearson,  author of, Opening Heaven’s Door, Investigating Stories of Life, Death and What Comes After. During the interview Pearson discusses the willful ignorance of the science media: Alex Tsakiris: … the reason there is so much research of near death experiences on cardiac arrest wards is  because we can control the medical conditions of the patients, but it doesn’t mean  that’s the only time when people experience [NDEs]. As you just...

250. Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz, Science’s Inability to Explain Personhood

Interview with research psychiatrist and and author, Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz examines the mismatch between science-as-we-know-it and human experience. Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz,  author of, The Mind and the Brain. During the interview Schwartz discusses the limits of materialistic science: Alex Tsakiris: What about people in academia who see this mismatch, who have to say, “[materialism] is a wonderful suit” because they can’t say the emperor has no clothes. Dr. Schwartz: It’s funny because there’s a huge amount of historical precedent for situations like this. The human drama really is the...

249. Tim Freke On Soul Crushing Science

Interview with consciousness philosopher and author, Tim Freke examines the absurdity of science-as-we-know-it. Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with Tim Freke,  author of, The Mystery Experience. During the interview Freke discusses what science has become: Alex Tsakiris: Do we really need to embrace science, or do we need to take a step back and clean out the wood shed a little bit, and say that there’s some real real problems, not only theoretically and philosophically but experimentally with this idea of reductionism. With this idea that we can measure things… that we can be certain. We’ve known that’s not true....

248. Bernardo Kastrup Says Materialism is Baloney

Interview with philosopher and author, Bernardo Kastrup examines the limits of scientific materialism.  Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with Bernardo Kastrup, PhD.,  author of, Why Materialism Is Baloney. During the interview Kastrup discusses human consciousness as an emergent property of the brain: Alex Tsakiris: I have interviewed some folks who hold very firmly to this materialistic view of consciousness of mind. There’s a certain fallback position they use when they realize there’s an absurdity to it.  I’d like you to talk about this emergent property of the brain idea, where we’re still 100% brain based but somehow...

247. Roy Davies Exposes Charles Darwin’s Plagiarism

Click here for YouTube version Click here for forum discussion Interview with journalist and author, Roy Davies reveals how Charles Darwin lied about the help he received from Alfred Russell Wallace. Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with Roy Davies, author of, The Darwin Conspiracy. During the interview Davies unravels the evidence of Darwin’s fraud: Alex Tsakiris: Even among your critics, there is agreement that this is either an incredible coincidence or something more. It’s a coincidence that Darwin has this explosion of ideas, and announces to his colleagues he has had this incredible breakthrough during these two...

246. Dr. Michael Graziano Likens Near Death Experience Research to Astrology

Click here for YouTube version Click here for forum discussion Interview with neuroscientist and author, Dr. Michael Graziano examines how mainstream science views near-death experience research. Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with Princeton neuroscientist Dr. Michel Graziano. During the interview Graziano likens near-death experience research to Astrology: Alex Tsakiris: Name one who has published anything in the near-death experience literature, or the out-of-body experience literature – I have interviewed a bunch of them. None of them have any knowledge… Dr. Michael Graziano: The problem is that literature.  I’m...

245. Peter Russell, Science Ignores Consciousness

Click here for YouTube version Click here for forum discussion Interview with author and consciousness explored, Peter Russell examines how science ignores questions of consciousness. Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with author and consciousness expert, Peter Russell. During the interview Russell discusses how the term science views consciousness: Alex Tsakiris:  This mind/brain duality problem is a consciousness issue.  It says we can’t measure things the way that we thought we could. We now have to realize that we have to put an asterisk by everything we measure because we haven’t factored in consciousness. Peter...

244. Russ Baker, The Taint of Conspiracy Theories

Click here for YouTube version Click here for forum discussion Interview with investigative journalist, Russ Baker explores how the term “conspiracy theory” can taint serious  journalism. Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with investigative journalist and best-selling author, Russ Baker. During the interview Baker discusses how the term “conspiracy theory” is used: Alex Tsakiris: And I also wanted to touch on the term “conspiracy theory”, which of course your work gets labeled with even though you take this very serious journalistic approach. I have always maintained that conspiracies are...

243. Scott De Tamble Explores Lives Between Lives

Click here for YouTube version Click here for forum discussion Interview with regression specialist, Scott De Tamble explores hypnotic regression and the possibility of remembering our life between lives. Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with regression specialist Scott De Tamble. During the interview De Tamble explains the regression process: Scott De Tamble: Three things I will tell you about regression and how to work this regression that we’re going to do. Number one, the way this whole thing works is through your impressions. You’re going to receive impressions of some kind, whether you see it, hear it, have thoughts...