Skeptiko - Science at the Tipping Point
By Alex Tsakiris
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Follow the data wherever it leads. Explore the possibility that the dominant scientific paradigm (i.e. Materialism) might be at a tipping point. Engage the top thinkers in pointed discussions about the questions that matter most.
||CleanNear-death experiences more than dreams, study says. But neuroscience’s denial of NDEs undaunted? |285|||Recent study of near-death experience survivors flies in the face of neuroscience's assertion about NDEs. - photo by Carl A According to science's current model, your minute-by-minute experience -- all your thoughts, feelings,||8/31/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWhy police don’t use psychic detectives. Even though they’re effective |284|||Interview with renowned psychic detective Noreen Renier. photo by Samuel Globus - Join host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with Noreen Renier renowned psychic detective and author author of A Mind For Murder and The Practical Psychic: -||8/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanRespected science writer burned out with “unscientific” string theory… looks to consciousness science |283|||John Horgan is a top-notch science journalist, but he's looking toward consciousness research to discover where science is heading. Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with science writer and author John Horgan: -||8/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanCan your dreams predict death? New research says yes |282|||Are precognitive dreams real? Andy Paquette is a dream researcher who has compiled more than anyone in history. Dreaming of someone death is scary enough, but finding out you're right... - When Andy Paquette left his job as a leading Hollywood f...||7/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanNeuroscience explanation of near-death experiences defies neuroscience |281|||As a philosopher, Dr. Evan Thompson thinks neuroscience model of near-death experience is fine, but what do NDE researchers say? Debate over the science of NDEs. - Interview with Evan Thompson, author of Waking, Dreaming,||7/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHippies started it, New Agers kept it going. What’s next for consciousness culture? |280|||They may shun religious dogma, and scientific dogma too, but Ken Jordan of Reality Sandwich has tapped into a group that's restarting the consciousness culture revolution. Psychedelics are part of the culture change. -||7/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanShaman talk to plants. And the plants tell us how to heal|279|||When Western medical researchers wanted to unlock the healing properties of plants they asked Amazonian shaman. Simon Green is doing the same. Remarkable healing stories. - Interview with Simon Green healer and founder of Quantum Life Bodyworks o...||6/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanAlzheimer patient rises from deathbed, regains memory to recite poem, then passes away |278|||Dr. Michael Nahm is a biologist and researcher on the remarkable phenomenon known as terminal lucidity. Amazing Research. - Interview with Dr. Michael Nahm biologist and researcher on the phenomenon known as terminal lucidity and its connection t...||6/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe worst assumption you could ever make about your health. Spontaneous healing |277|||Interview with Frank Huguenard about his new Beyond Me film and his exploration of spontaneous healing and science's failed assumptions. New film on science and healing. - Interview with Frank Huguenard about his film Beyond Me and the institutio...||6/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanIs near-death experience research scientifically respectable? What’s next for NDE research?|276|||Interview with Dr. Alan Hugenot about the future of near-death experience research. Controversy brewing. - Interview with Dr. Alan Hugenot a near-death experiencer, IANDS board member, and nationally recognized expert in mechanical engineering,||5/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanIs Christianity worth saving? |275|||Mark Vernon reveals how progressive Christians struggle with their tradition's past while holding on to the promise of spiritual transformation. Goes way past the usual religious dogma. - Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with Mar...||5/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThis philosopher goes toe-to-toe with materialist science… so far he’s undefeated |274|||Dr. Bernardo Kastrup has a new take on who we are... and his conclusions don't still sit well with mainstream science types. The links between philosophy and science. - Alex Tsakiris of Skeptiko interviews Dr. Bernardo Kastrup,||5/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanUN says African-American women 20 times more likely for HIV/AIDS. Are they racist or just stupid? |273|||Distinguished professor Dr. Henry Bauer is perhaps the only person brave enough to tackle controversial subjects like the connection between HIV and AIDS. There are some huge holes in our scientific understanding of HIV/AIDS. -||4/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean272. 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 discu.||4/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHomeopathy still a joke to mainstream medicine… he’s changing that |271|||Dr. Larry Malerba shows why the success of complementary and holistic medicine can be traced to a paradigm shift in science. There may be solid reasons why complimentary medicine works. - - Alex Tsakiris of Skeptiko interviews Dr. Larry Malerba,||4/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Dalai Lama is loved by millions, so why is this science professor demanding he step down? |270|||ASU science Professor Lawrence Krauss stepped into his own black hole when he challenged the Dalai Lama's over his belief in reincarnation. A strange clash of science and religion. - Alex Tsakiris of Skeptiko interviews theoretical physicist Dr.||3/31/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHow this science reporter got caught stretching the truth about NDE science |269|||Michael Shermer is a skeptical of an afterlife, but he might have gone too far when mis-reporting one researchers evidence for near-death experience. Details matter when if comes to science reporting. - Alex Tsakiris of Skeptiko interviews Dr.||3/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWhy meditation and science are on a collision course. Mind > brain |268|||Dan Harris is a star at ABC News, but his investigation of meditation and science turned into more than a news story. Meditation works... so say science. Alex Tsakiris of Skeptiko interviews Dan Harris, author of 10% Happier,||3/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHas a Harvard-trained psychologist unlocked the secret to enlightenment? |267|||This Harvard-trained researcher is trying to unlock the secrets of enlightenment and put it into an online course. In-depth study of those who claim to be enlightened. - Alex Tsakiris of Skeptiko interviews Dr. Jeffery Martin,||2/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe internet is doing something no one expected — increasing spiritual enlightenment |266|||After 20 years as a meditation teacher Rick Archer turned to podcasting to bring 100s spiritual teachers to the public. You might meet your guru online. - Join Alex Tsakiris of Skeptiko for an interview with Rick Archer,||2/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWhat makes near-death experiences similar across cultures? L-O-V-E |265|||Interview with 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.||1/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanAnthropology’s startling finding — psychic tribes |264|||Interview with anthropologist Jack Hunter on spirit communication in other cultures and the significance it might have for parapsychology. - Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with Anthropologist Jack Hunter.||1/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanAre some Christian scholars changing their opinion of divinity? |263|||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 my...||12/23/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanScience has its enemies, but they may not be who you think |262|||Will Storr went looking for science's enemies and found Creationists aren't the only threat. Investigative reporting sheds light. - Alex Tsakiris of Skeptiko interviews author and journalist Will Storr on science,||12/9/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean261. 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,||12/2/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThis attorney takes extraterrestrial contact seriously. Now he’s helping remove the stigma for other “experiencers” |260|||Successful Miami attorney Rey Hernandez's UFO experience drove him to support others. - Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with Miami attorney and ET experiencer Rey Hernandez. During the interview Hernandez explains how several dr...||11/25/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanUSA psychic spies vs. Russian psychic spies — new revelations about what really happened |259|||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.||11/18/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWhat if our progress is really a decline. Acclaimed author challenges our myths about progress |258|||Interview with JohnMichael Greer on science, technology, and his pessimistic view of the descent of civilization. - A healthy look at our myth of progress. - Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with author and blogger John Mi...||11/11/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanAutistic… and psychic. Research reveals psychic abilities among autistic savant children |257|||Interview ith 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.||10/28/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWhat this medical researcher’s LSD trip told him about materialistic science — wrong, wrong, wrong |256|||Interview with Wayne State University School of Medicine Physiology researcher Dr. Donald DeGracia about Western science versus Yogic thought. - Challenging ideas about the limits of science. - Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview wi...||10/14/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
I've only listened to the Shermer episode, but it wasn't good. The host is enthusiastic about some crackpot views on evolution, and asks a lot of odd, non-scientific questions that are painful to hear, especially in the context of interviewing Shermer, a man who could be dealing with so much more intelligent ideas.
This should be called "Credulo." These people will believe anything. Cherry-picked results, special pleading, and worst of all, dull interviews with windbag pseudoscientists like Radin and Sheldrake. Shermer is the shining light here, but you can find better talks with him elsewhere. He must have been fooled by the title too--can't think why else he would have wasted his time. Listeners should not waste theirs.
A classic (and pathetic) bait and switch
Who did they think they were going to fool? If you're looking for science and rational thought look elsewhere. This is credulous gobbledydegook defined. If you want the real thing try The Skeptic's Guide To The Universe or Skepticality. But if you're a Sylvia Browne fan then this is for you. Just park your brain at the door and walk on in. Zero stars would be most appropriate.