266. Rick Archer, Can Consciousness Change Culture?

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 consciousness research. Rick Archer has interviewed hundreds of people who claim to have experienced an awakening...

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 Click here for YouTube version Click here for forum discussion Play It: Listen Now: http://media.blubrry.com/skeptiko/p/content.blubrry.com/skeptiko/skeptiko-261-wsiw-alex-tsakiris.mp3 Podcast: Play...

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...