About the Show
Skeptiko.com is an interview-centered podcast covering the science of human consciousness. We cover six main categories:
– Near-death experience science and the ever growing body of peer-reviewed research surrounding it.
– Parapsychology and science that defies our current understanding of consciousness.
– Consciousness research and the ever expanding scientific understanding of who we are.
– Spirituality and the implications of new scientific discoveries to our understanding of it.
– Others and the strangeness of close encounters.
– Skepticism and what we should make of the “Skeptics”.
James Ellis, Raising the Conversation Past Level Zero |473|
James Ellis is a philosopher and creator of the Hermitix podcast where level three conversations are routine.
[00:00:04] Forgive the longer than normal opening clip, but sometimes a little snow piercer, Gnosticism is therapeutic.
[00:00:50] Today philosophy with the very excellent James Ellis from Hermitix.
James Ellis: [00:01:03] Not the zero I talk of a lot, but level zero for what the people online called normies because I don’t think most people are operating on there. The level of level one. I’m not saying I’m above them. There’s nothing wrong with just living your life and getting on with it. But in terms of like everyday conversation where people are saying things like, how are you, you know, how was your weekend? Those dead statements, that needs to be like level zero, where there’s just no content.
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Alex Tsakiris: [00:01:28] Welcome to Skeptiko where we explore controversial science and spirituality with leading researchers, thinkers and their critics. I’m your host, Alex Tsakiris and today we welcome James Ellis. Was it okay to out you James, because you were flying under the radar for a while?
James Ellis: [00:01:49] Yeah, and I’ve been under the name Meta-Nomad for like… since 2017 I’ve been blogging and writing under that name. I just about remember the old days old days of the internet, where forums were full of anonymous people with cool sounding names, and I really miss that anonymity. So that was one reason and also just so you don’t get the two things crossed. And then I started doing things, like courses where I thought just for like legitimization I need to do the whole real-life thing, a real-life name. So yeah, James Ellis is fine is that the short answer to that?
Alex Tsakiris: [00:02:30] Well, great. I mean, you know, like we were just chatting about just a second ago. There are so many jumping off points for folks like you and I really am open to thinking, kind of in these parallel and non-parallel kind of ways, you know, what is reality, What is anonymity anymore and what is identity and all that kind of stuff. But we should just jump right into this and let people know that we’re kind of doing a swapcast here, but I’m primarily interviewing you for Skeptiko and then this may go out on your excellent feed, the Hermitix podcast. Let me pull it up here for people because we were just chatting about it a minute ago if anyone’s watching on YouTube. But really some great stuff here a lot of very, very insightful, deep, philosophical level three, as I like to call them, kind of conversations.
James Ellis: [00:03:27] Sorry. What’s level three?
Alex Tsakiris: [00:03:31] Okay. Well level three. First what’s level one? What’s level one is like science. So science is level one. Is there science? Like that’s one of the survey questions we’re going to go over. And what is the meaning of science? Is science obsoleted by consciousness, an understanding of consciousness that consciousness is fundamental and that maybe idealism is a better way of thinking about what we experience than is scientific materialism? So that’s kind of level one.
And then level two is conspiracy, really, which is if you get there and you say, wow, it’s really an absurd idea to think that consciousness is an illusion,
Dr. Tom Cowan Insists We Show Him Covid-19 |472|
Dr. Tom Cowan’s has some wacky ideas, but in what world can Amazon ban a Simon & Schuster book?
Audio Clip: 0:02 ‘Hi, everybody, Hi Dr. Nic. Dr Nic this malpractice committee has received a few complaints against you.’
Alex Tsakiris: 0:12 – That’s of course the Simpsons and today’s show does dive into what some people see as medical quackery and what other people see as cutting edge conspiracy science. Here’s a clip:
Published in Nature three years ago, again in 2016. In 2016 he was on this. He can give you all the stats on the camels and how many of the camels had the virus and how many camels had the, the antibodies and then, you know, so he’s been doing that work for 10 years. So he just –
Dr. Tom Cowan: 0:49 – Show me the picture.
Alex Tsakiris: 0:46 – Show you the picture. Here’s the-
Dr. Tom Cowan: 0:49 – Your name is Alex right? Alex, right now show me the picture of the isolated virus.
Alex Tsakiris: 0:55 – Show, (Laughs)-
Dr. Tom Cowan: 0:58 – Show it to me.
Alex Tsakiris: 0:59 – Flat earth-
Dr. Tom Cowan: 1:00 – You said you believe this guy? Show me the picture.
Alex Tsakiris: 1:02 – Flat earth science. That’s what the flat earth guys do. They say, Hey, I can’t see the rest. Show me, show me.
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Alex Tsakiris: 1:13
Welcome to Skeptiko where we explore controversial science and spirituality with leading researchers, thinkers and their critics. Today we welcome Dr. Tom Cowan to Skeptiko. Tom is the author of, showing it here on the screen, a Simon and Schuster book, mind you ,The Contagion Myth. Why viruses including Coronavirus are not the cause of disease and this is a book by the way, you know, if you look down in the corner here, there’s a little click button for Barnes and Noble and Amazon and if you click Amazon, you’ll see that a page is not found. This is a book that has been banned on Amazon, imagine that. I think that’s, that might be the most interesting part of this story. So the central, the central premise of Tom’s book, The Contagion Myth, is that Coronavirus doesn’t exist. Which, I have to say when I first heard it during my interview with David Ike who is someone who I really respect but I know David doesn’t always dig into the science or get the science right but when I first heard it, it had a real Flat Earth kind of ring to it like, you know, like a reverse conspiracy, over the top conspiracy claim. So when one of your representatives Dr. Cowan pinged me and said, Hey, would you like to have a chat with this guy? I jumped at the opportunity because I think this is really an interesting topic to talk about so thanks for joining me.
Dr. Tom Cowan: 2:55
Thank you, it’s actually just a few corrections it’s Cowan not Cohen.
Alex Tsakiris: 3:01
Did i say C- I keep saying that. Yeah, It’s Cowan I’m sorry. I’m sorry, It’s Cowan, I’m sorry.
Dr. Tom Cowan: 3:06
But you can call me Tom if that will make it easier.
Alex Tsakiris: 3:09
I will Tom.
Dr. Tom Cowan: 3:09
I think just as a note, it was not actually published by Simon and Schuster, it was published by a company called Skyhorse and I think Simon and Schuster is technically ...
Steven Snider (Reculse) Has Redefined the Parapolitical Middle |471| what in the world
Steven Snider’s (Reculse) deep dive into the parapolitical takes aim at Epstein
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Alex Tsakiris: [00:00:09] That’s a clip from. I don’t know, wait a minute. Does it even matter? I mean, I think that’s the Sum of All Fears, but does it even matter. It’s just some other phony baloney orchestrated, intelligence community propaganda PSYOP, major motion, picture b******t. And I guess if you’re uncomfortable with the idea that you’re being constantly played, manipulated by some para-political PSYOP machine that we can’t even begin to wrap our head around, then, you might have a hard time with today’s interview with Recluse. Here’s a clip.
Recluse: [00:00:55] I want people to understand the techniques, especially in terms of psychological operations that are being used.
I mean, not just so you can recognize them, but so you can learn how to use them yourself, because I mean, effectively, if we are going to have a third position or we aren’t simply going to try to sway one of the two dominant positions anymore, Just take humanitarian direction, what they’re currently geared towards.
We have to understand their techniques and their methods.
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Alex Tsakiris: [00:01:20] Welcome to Skeptiko where we explore controversial science and spirituality with leading researchers, thinkers and their critics. I’m your host, Alex Tsakiris. And today we welcome Steven Snyder. AKA Recluse, to Skeptiko. Recluse is the author of a new book I have up on the screen. If you’re watching. A Special Relationship: Trump, Epstein and the secret history of the Anglo American Establishment. I also wanted to mention another great book that Steven did along with his co-host co-creator of the excellent, The Farm podcast. And that is a book titled: Strange Tales of the Parapolitical. Post-war Nazis, mercenaries and other secret history.
You can find that book on Amazon, but the other place and the real place to go to find that, and the new book that’s coming out is the VISUP blog. That, uh, Recluse does. And you can go right there to the store and it’s better for him. I mean, he gets a little bit more out of it, which we definitely want when you’re doing your own books like that.
So, if you’re unfamiliar with his work, uh, Oh, you’re in for a real treat. I mean, Recluse is very much of a deep dive kind of guy, tons of research backed up with tons of really solid references. And a lot of if only things were that simple kind of insights, which I love because that’s kind of this level three kind of stuff.
It’s never simple. It’s never one way. So it’s going to be great fun for me. I’ve been really looking forward to this one. Recluse man, welcome to Skeptiko. Thanks so much for joining me.
Recluse: [00:03:18] Yeah. Well, thanks for having me on Alex.
Alex Tsakiris: [00:03:22] So, you know, what I thought we’d do is just, uh, jump in. Why don’t you give folks a quick scan overview of those two books?
Because what I’m really hoping to do is kind of stitch stomachs, stitch some of this stuff together, particularly as it’s relating to the craziness that is unfolding on a daily basis.
Cherylee Black, Laboratory Verified PK |470|
Cherylee Black, had her psychokinetic abilities tested in controlled laboratory experiments.
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That’s from the Netflix series, Stranger Things… and that’s El of course, a young girl who was raised from birth in an MKUltra lab in order to develop her Psychokinetic powers where she can move things across the room; crush Coke cans while they have electrodes attached to her brain to measure what’s going on, and, you know, of course a lot of that stuff is true. And we have today with us a woman who has been laboratory tested to do PK stuff. Cherylee is such an interesting person, such a great person. I’ve known her for a long time through the show. Made a lot of great contributions to the, to the Skeptiko form over the years. And it was really cool to talk to her about all our experiences, including multiple near death experiences, but in particular, this laboratory work. Doing PK. Here’s a couple of clips.
Cherylee Black: [00:01:15] in terms of how skillfully I could do the PK was completely dependent on practice. So the more I did it, the faster I could get the pin wheel to work and the more control I had over the pinwheel, but whether or not that pin will move, had almost everything to do with my, with my, uh, state of mind that day.
And it actually to get the experiment to work, I had to be in a good mood. It wasn’t a negative mood. Whereas if I was in a negative mood, I would try and get that pinwheel to move and something across the room would move instead.
You know, I think these are all very personal journeys and maybe, maybe the scientist doesn’t. Need to see, see the PK and maybe some do. And I think you see it, if you need to see it. Um, I think it’s just, there’s a lot more to us than we realize.
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Welcome to Skeptiko where we explore science and spirituality with leading researchers, thinkers and their critics. I’m your host, Alex Tsakiris. And today we welcome Cherylee Black. Cherylee has a fascinating story. She’s had multiple near death experiences, two when she was quite young and perhaps because of the aftereffects of those experiences, it says, or perhaps just because it’s the way her life was meant to be.
Alex Tsakiris: [00:02:42] She then experienced kind of a series of strange things throughout her life. , including pre-cognitive dreams, Poltergeist encounters, and one thing that we are going to explore pretty extensively on this interview, Cherylee experienced and developed the ability to kind of enter into this world of psychokinesis PK.
The look, mom, no hands. I can move stuff with just my mind kind of thing. And. There’s been a, there’s always been an interest in this. There’s been a renewed interest in, in this, I think, especially like about that Netflix series, stranger things kind of tune people into that. And there’s also been numerous YouTube videos.
You can find, of course the problem with all that is. PK is about the easiest dang thing to fake in a video. Then you can imagine, right? I mean, you can kind of put anything down there and say, look, I’m moving it with my mind and you can make a fake video. But the cool thing about your li is she is someone who’s actually.
Tricia Barker, Life After Near Death Experience Ain’t Always Easy |469|
Tricia Barker helps Near Death Experiencers deal with the gifts and challenges that come next.
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That’s from the movie Wonder Woman and I think we have somewhat of a wonder woman today. Tricia Barker has an amazing near-death experience to talk about, but she has so much more to talk about. This is one of those non-linear level three conversations that I so, so enjoy.
Tricia Barker: [00:00:46] And I saw, quickly after that moment and this life review, how the things that mattered the most is when I was peaceful and happy in nature, when I was kind to others, and the thing that I needed to change were exactly those moments. The people that I worked with, who I judged, who actually went home and prayed for me. They were Catholic and they just included me in their prayers. And I thought, wow, their hearts are really lovely, they’re just beautiful people, and it doesn’t matter who they are, like look into the hearts of people, and create a kind environment wherever you go. Like, that may be the most important thing we do, wherever we work, wherever our feet hit the ground, if we’re kind to people around us, then life is going to work better.
And I did not want to leave, that’s when I was like, “Oh, broken body on that operating table. Why don’t we forget about that and why don’t I stay here where I can feel good?”
This voice said, “Look down,” showed me a river and all these souls were covered with either light or darkness. And I knew this to be fear, the darkness was fear, the light was just a consciousness that was connected to God. So we either walk around in fear or we walk around connected to God. It seemed very simple, as if I could tell all the people who had darkness around them, “Hey, just connect to God. It’s that simple.”
Yeah. so I didn’t really want to go here, but I guess I’ll go here. We live in a porn saturated environment, and little kids are seeing violence as their first exposure, violence against women as their first exposure to porn. Does porn cause rape? No. But does a saturation of it and a continued saturation of it make people see people as objects? Yes. And so it’s dehumanizing. So do Asian men get most of their pornography from the United States? Yes, they do. Are we not having enough conversations about what pornography is doing to the brain? You know, I think there’s a lot of men who want to talk about it, who wants to say, “I want away from it to a degree, I want to real open tantric experience with a woman. I don’t want to end up using virtual reality for the rest of my life and having sex with a screen.”
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Alex Tsakiris: [00:03:04] Welcome to Skeptiko where we explore controversial science and spirituality with leading researchers, thinkers and their critics. I’m your host, Alex Tsakiris and today we welcome Tricia Barker to Skeptiko.
Tricia is the author of Angels in the OR: What Dying Taught Me About Healing, Survival and Transformation. And the book tells a really rather remarkable story, a horrific story about Tricia’s near-death experience, but I guess more importantly how that led her to her teaching mission about spiritual transformation,
Dr. Mark Pitstick After Death Communication Shatters Materialism |468|
Dr. Mark Pitstick and Dr. Gary Schwartz have done breakthrough science, so why all the “soul phone” chatter?
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That’s a scene from the movie Ouija: Origins of Evil where the family is gathering around the Ouija board and get some rather unexpected results. It’s a cautionary tale that seems to fit with today’s interview with Dr. Mark Pitstick, who along with Dr. Gary Schwartz from the University of Arizona, have designed, patented and are marketing the SoulPhone.
Here’s a clip from the interview and stick around after the show for the one question I have on this one is interesting, and I think it’s one I really, really like to get input on. So if you do stick around to the end, let me know what you think. Okay. Here goes the interview.
Dr. Mark Pitstick: [00:01:05] First of all, people need to understand that the research of Dr. Schwartz at the University of Arizona is, as far as we know, the only truly scientific, replicated, controlled, double blind, all of that that I mentioned, research being done. The others, you mentioned are mediumistic research and some mediums are rock stars. That was how Dr. Schwartz got into this area after he left Yale and came to the University of Arizona 20 some years ago, documenting that some mediums are very highly evidential, but again, some of those have bad days, make mistakes, etc.
Alex Tsakiris: [00:01:43] But Mark, I mean, the problems here are almost too many to even start with. Why do you think you can open up the door and say, “Trust us, we know what we’re doing. We talked to the A team, and by the way, the A team includes Michael Jackson,” you know, the Jesus juice, reach around pedophile, Michael Jackson, he’s on the A team, right?
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Welcome to Skeptiko, where we explore controversial science and spirituality with leading researchers, thinkers, and their critics. I’m your host, Alex Tsakiris and you know, I don’t usually read bios into the intros of these interviews, but Mark has an exceptionally impressive and an exceptionally good one, so I thought I would read it.
Dr. Mark Pitstick has over 40 years’ experience in hospitals, pastoral counseling settings, mental health centers, and private practice. His training includes pre-medical degree, graduate in theology and pastoral counseling studies. Master’s in clinical psychology and doctorate in chiropractic health, which is no joke in my opinion, is fantastic. He has also provided suicide prevention counseling, and education to many, many people. He began having clairvoyant experiences around the age of 10 and has been blessed with numerous miracles in his life, revelatory experiences, spiritually transformative experiences. Are you getting a kind of feeling for why I wanted to read all this in, pretty amazing? After working in hospitals with many suffering and dying adults and children, he was motivated to find sensible evidence-based answers to the questions that many people ask, actually, I think many people should be asking more on a regular basis. Who am I? Why am I here? What happens after I die? Will I see departed loved ones again? Is there God? Why is there so much suffering?
So his books,
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Not sure why it’s only got 3 stars. Sounds ok to me and interesting subjects covered
Don't throw the baby out with the bath water
The negative reviews given are too harsh. As usual, there is no balance in the debate, even in the ratings given on iTunes! This podcast is striving to make available to the public, a platform for highly educated and informed guests to present their findings or understandings on subjects that are all too often swept under the carpet by the media. How much more fascinating does it get than to listen to highly educated scientists, doctors, sceptics and the every day man, thrash out the biggest questions to life and present their cases. We all have biases, don't shoot the messenger and in doing so throw the baby out with the bath water, listen to the evidence being presented and make you're own mind up. You might have you're attention brought to something interesting you were previously unaware of. Science doesn't have all the answers and it takes the brave few willing to explore the boundaries to keep driving us forward.
Lots of interesting subject matter.