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

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 get on this too.” Loyd Auerbach: Well it...

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-digitnumber 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...

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...

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 YouTube version Click here for forum discussion 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...

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...