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For the first time in history, all of humanity is interconnected. Imagine the impact of that.
This is a podcast for social geeks in the prime of life who watch the news with a gnawing feeling of emptiness. It is one mind’s attempt to find answers to the most ridiculously big questions: Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going?
Pretentious? You bet.
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Mind the Shift Anders Bolling

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For the first time in history, all of humanity is interconnected. Imagine the impact of that.
This is a podcast for social geeks in the prime of life who watch the news with a gnawing feeling of emptiness. It is one mind’s attempt to find answers to the most ridiculously big questions: Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going?
Pretentious? You bet.
For full experience: youtube.com/c/MindtheShift
Patreon https://www.patreon.com/user?u=46828009
Paypal https://paypal.me/andersbolling?country.x=SE&locale.x=sv_SE

    129. Wikipedia Is a Materialist Bastion – Craig Weiler

    129. Wikipedia Is a Materialist Bastion – Craig Weiler

    Everybody who has looked into parapsychology knows that it is a long-standing scientific discipline and that new fascinating findings are published in scientific journals regularly. Yet there are tenacious materialists out there who still believe that this whole field is woo-woo and pseudoscience. And they are influential.
    Craig Weiler is a journalist specializing in parapsychology and psi phenomena. He discovered the stubborn and angry skeptics when he was blogging about psi sixteen years ago. And he was taken aback by their arrogant stance.
    “They were stubborn and irrational. They weren’t looking into science. They weren’t even close. Which was weird, because they said they were defending science”, Craig says.
    He started studying the skeptics and their behavior and discovered that they always approach things in the same manner. He concluded that they basically represent one personality type.
    “Key elements are stubbornness, a lack of ambiguity, and great difficulty saying ‘I don’t know’. They have this materialistic background, and everything has to be shoved into that”, Craig says.
    “It becomes obvious that we are dealing with people with an authoritarian personality type. Lack of ambiguity, hostile tone, arrogance. If you look at what authoritarian personality types are, these people tick an awful lot of those boxes.”
    How have you been able to assess this?
    “I ve been arguing with them on social media since 2008. Over time I have had hundreds of conversations with skeptics. I was getting kinda hooked into it. I’ve freed myself of that now, but it allowed me to eventually see them more clearly, not just lock horns with them. It was a bit of a personal journey.”
    It wouldn’t be so much of a problem if these materialist skeptics weren’t so active and didn’t have so much influence in the public debate. They are organized in outfits like Center for Inquiry and its program Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and they run the Skeptical Inquirer magazine.
    They control the narrative on psi and other topics at the intersection of science and spirituality in various ways. One of the most salient ways is their iron grip over Wikipedia.
    An activist group advocating for materialist atheism called Guerilla Skepticism on Wikipedia has virtually gained full control of a couple of thousand articles about psi phenomena and persons studying them
    The group, run by former photographer Susan Gerbic, is intent on ridding Wikipedia of anything that in their worldview resembles pseudoscience. They kick out others from the platform.
    “They make sure there’s nobody there to disagree with them.”
    Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales himself encouraged GSoW from the beginning to “protect science”.
    Wikipedia has become the go-to source of information for millions, if not billions of people. Craig Weiler and I agree that idea as such is wonderful. It is only sad that it in some areas has been turned into a propaganda tool.
    “I want to educate the public: you have to be very careful when you look at these topics on Wikipedia, because you’re literally getting somebody’s quasi religion.”
    So, what can be done? Craig is part of a group that aims to expose the physicalist “police” on Wikipedia. They are now documenting GSoW’s biased editing, their omissions and their blocking of other editors.
    There are many other contentious topics that certain skeptics are “policing“ on Wikipedia, such as alternative medicine, the UAP phenomenon and alternative archaeology (lost civilizations), but Craig focuses on his area of expertise.

    Paranormal Daily News (featuring Craig's work)
    Craig on XCraig on Linkedin

    • 1 hr 7 min
    128. How Astrology Is Misconstrued – John L Lash

    128. How Astrology Is Misconstrued – John L Lash

    At the end of our previous conversation (released April 2023), mythologist, modern shaman and author John Lamb Lash and I had a brief exchange about astrology. It revealed an apparent difference in how we view some aspects of it. Some time later, we decided to have another conversation to sort those differences out.
    So, in this episode John takes a deep dive into some basic misunderstandings about astrology, in particular the fact that zodiacal astrology and astrological ages are two completely different models.
    Main point: ordinary astrology does not have anything to do with star constellations.
    “How does astrology work?” John asks me, teasingly.
    I try to present my view, which of course doesn’t offer a comprehensive explanation.
    “It’s a trick question”, John says.
    “I have used astrology for decades, and I can definitely say that it does work. But how? I can assure you, Anders, that no one understands why astrology works. No one.”
    But the topic of this conversation is not zodiacal astrology, it’s the astrological ages. And John makes clear that the two are not the same kind of phenomenon and cannot be interpreted in the same way, which is a common misunderstanding.
    It’s not helpful to conflate the astrological ages with the zodiacal signs and their association with certain characteristics, John explains. Doing so creates a lot of confusion.
    Here is one a-ha insight: Ordinary, zodiacal astrology, in the Western world primarily tropical astrology, is a misnomer, because there are no stars in it, except for the sun. The constellations the signs are named after are not neatly placed within each sign, and not only that, they are moving, one degree every 72 years.
    “Unfortunately, there is a muddled zone, where the ages, the language and the discourse are confused.”
    Zodiac astrology and astrological ages are two different operating systems.
    “The operating system of the signs is about psychology, but when you talk about the operating system of the constellations, you’re talking a combined language of history and myth.”
    To differ between the two, John has decided to name the ages not by the Zodiac signs, but by the “storybook names” of the constellations: the fishes, the ram, the crab, the lion, etc.
    “We’ve lost a lot of ancient skywatching knowledge.”
    Here’s a crucial difference, according to John Lash: The astrological ages are not exactly the same size (length in time). As opposed to the zodiacal signs, the ages are in alignment with the expansion of the constellations, which come in different sizes and have differently sized gaps between them. In some cases there is also an overlap.
    Are the actual stars influencing us?
    “It’s not a causal relationship, it’s a mirroring relationship. The constellations are signals. The cosmos is a mirror of the psyche.”
    Do they have certain properties?
    “They’re all about lessons. Lessons for humanity.”
    So. Everybody wants to know about the age of aquarius. There has been a hype for at least 50 years.
    It turns out the constellation of aquarius (which John calls manitu) is overlapping the age of pisces (the fishes). So when does it actually begin?
    You’ll get John Lash’s answer in this episode. You’ll also get his interpretation of the lessons we are supposed to learn.
    Plus, as the cherry on the cake, John reveals something fascinating he found in the Egyptian Dendera Zodiac.

    John's website Nemeta
    John's book Not In His Image

    • 1 hr 19 min
    127. Dare to Choose New Paths – Agneta Sjödin

    127. Dare to Choose New Paths – Agneta Sjödin

    Agneta Sjödin is a media celebrity in Sweden. She started out her career as a tv entertainer and to some extent she also worked with journalism. But she was always a seeker, and lately, she has focused on her inner journey, which she has also shared with her fans in several books and in a podcast. She has evolved into something of a Swedish Oprah, if you will.
    I got to know Agneta earlier this year, and it was obvious that we have similar worldviews and share many thoughts, ideas and musings. It shows in this conversation (I sometimes talk as if I were the guest …)
    Spirituality was always there, from early childhood, she says. Her father took her to Sunday school. She never became a “proper” Christian, but she kept the spiritual side of it.
    “I knew I wanted to serve in some way.”
    Agneta rose to fame early on in her career. Her authenticity and presence made her greatly popular. She mainly hosted entertainment shows but also a morning news show.
    Do you follow the news today?
    “No. The news is rehashed, and they don't give you any hope or energy.”
    One trend Agneta has noticed with certain unease is the demand from activists that you take a stand in every new conflict. As a celebrity, she is particularly vulnerable to it.
    “The wars today are not only taking place on the ground, they are in people’s heads all over the world”, she says.
    “As a public figure, you are harassed if you don’t take a stand. Why don’t they demand we take a stand against war in general?”
    Agneta has become ever more interested in ETs and the UFO/UAP phenomenon. We talk quite a bit about that, and we delve into information about wars in outer space that would be considered controversial to most people.
    Her latest book, Våga välja nya vägar (Dare to Choose New Paths), focuses a lot on the inner journey. It’s important to find your higher purpose, Agneta points out. But that doesn’t mean to divorce yourself from everyday life.
    “There is a Zen saying that before enlightenment you chop wood and carry water, and after enlightenment you chop wood and carry water.”
    Agneta and I agree that pain is inevitable but suffering optional. We suffer when we linger on pain.
    “But it’s difficult to tell people that they don’t have to suffer. ‘How can I not suffer when the world looks like this?’, they say”
    Love is the creative force of the universe, but most of us don’t fully realize that.
    “We live more in fear than in love on this planet. Even if you fall in love, you instantly start worrying: ‘what if he/she leaves me?’.”
    “I have struggled with relationships”, she says. “But I have had things to learn in that area. I am good at loving myself now.”
    Is consciousness God?
    “I don't use that word a lot. But for me it’s more like divine love”, Agneta says.
    “It's the intelligence of everything. We’re all a part of that intelligence. Nothing ever dies.”
    In our conversation we also touch on – all too briefly – another topic that both Agneta and I are passionate about, the origins of civilization. She recently visited the enigmatic megalithic site of Göbekli Tepe in Turkey.

    Agneta's website
    Agneta's books
    Agneta on Instagram
    Agneta on Facebook

    • 57 min
    126. Civilization is Insanely Old – Mario Buildreps

    126. Civilization is Insanely Old – Mario Buildreps

    For general info about Mario and his work, check out the first episode with him, including show notes:

    In this second episode we touch on a few novel issues:
    ✔ Mario and his associates have now found evidence of up to twelve ancient positions of the north pole, including the present one (every shift from one position to the next is associated with an expansion phase, which entails cataclysmic events).
    ✔ The so-called great unconformity in geology is something geologists are reluctant to discuss. It refers to a huge “missing link” in the earth’s layers (rather a massive void): anywhere from several hundred million years up to one and a half billion years of geological history is missing. Periodic expansion could explain this, says Mario.
    ✔ Ice ages are not what we have been taught, a recurring enlargement of the ice sheets around the poles due to colder climate. No, it is basically the same “ice age”, forced to shift position every time the earth is in an expansion phase. Only when the north pole is positioned on land will glaciers build up and eventually form an ice sheet. The last position before this one was on Greenland. Hence the lingering ice sheet there.
    ✔ The earth expands due to two forces that have the same source:
    • Flares from solar storms add to the planet’s mass in the form of subatomic particles that easily penetrate the crust.
    • The same solar storms also blast away the earth’s atmosphere, little by little, which causes decompression.
    ✔ The giant floods described in myths and legends may not have been the result of rapidly melting ice caps. The water masses may have erupted from inside the earth. The equivalent of ten oceans of water is trapped in a mineral called ringwoodite in the planet’s mantle.
    ✔ Many independent archaeology and anthropology history researchers over interpret the significance of the Younger Dryas period. While dramatic, it is not even the most dramatic climate event during the latest ice age (latter part of Pleistocene), says Mario.
    ✔ Mario is still working on his magnum opus, the book about his theory on an expanding earth and its surprising connection to evidence for extremely ancient civilizations. Hopefully out in 2025.

    First episode with Mario

    Mario’s website Antiquity Reborn
    Mario’s Youtube channel
    Mario’s email address: buildreps@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 41 min
    125. "Paranormal" is Perfectly Normal – Dean Radin

    125. "Paranormal" is Perfectly Normal – Dean Radin

    Professor Dean Radin is one of the world’s leading authorities on psychic phenomena. He is the chief scientist at IONS, the Institute of Noetic Sciences.
    “I don’t like the word ‘paranormal’ when referring to these experiences”, Dean says.
    “Paranormal phenomena cover such a huge range of things that are strange, that it tends to collapse psychic experiences into things like search for Bigfoot or the Loch Ness monster. But psychic phenomena, like synchronicities, are extremely common.”
    Are psychic phenomena akin to spiritual experiences?
    “I would say there is an overlap.”
    The overlap, he explains, is when people say they have felt a strange, very intimate sense of connection with other people or with things elsewhere.
    “The line between science and spirituality is arbitrary. There is a spectrum.”
    A synchronicity can be described as ‘smart luck’, as opposed to ‘dumb luck’.
    “In many ways the kind of research that I do attempts to evoke synchronicities in the laboratory. What some would call a coincidence we would call a synchronicity when we study for instance telepathy”, Dean says.
    As we record this episode, Dean Radin is conducting an experiment aimed to test the quantum observer effect.
    “To test it properly it takes an act of subjective awareness of what is going on. It is correlated to brain activity, but it is not physical. Maybe that’s what will break the chain and cause the measurement to actually occur.”
    “If the results are replicated in lots of different laboratories, it directly informs an outstanding and long standing problem in the interpretation of quantum mechanics.”
    The ‘Sigil’ experiment, as it is called, is due to be finished by the end of April.
    The placebo effect is basically the same phenomenon – mind affecting matter.
    “Can we see differences in the behavior of cells, be it plants or the human body, depending on what people are beaming mentally at them? The answer is yes.”
    “For everything from photons, to chemical processes, to cells, to small animals, to human physiology and maybe all the way up to the global level, we do see that consciousness seems to be involved at every single stage.”
    And yet there are so many skeptics, and so many psi researchers are being mocked.
    “In mainstream science, these things are taboo. I know many academics have these experiences themselves, but you can’t talk about it, at the risk of your career”, Dean says.
    “Materialism is an extremely powerful worldview. So powerful that it has given rise to the technologies we have today. But it leaves out something.”
    However, in the last 30 years, the philosophy of idealism has begun to penetrate within the sciences, according to Dean Radin. Idealism posits that consciousness is fundamental and that matter arises from it.
    “You see it in physics, in psychology, in neuroscience and in mathematics.”
    There is a materialist ‘police’ that is active on Wikipedia and in public debate. But it is a vociferous minority, Dean thinks.
    “They are only maintaining the taboo. But taboos don’t last forever. When you talk to academics privately after a couple of beers, everyone eventually reports they have experiences of this kind, and most are actually interested.”
    So, if idealism is penetrating science and things seem to be changing, what will be the final nail in the coffin for the taboo?
    Judging from the brief opening in consciousness studies that was seen in the 60s and 70s, Dean thinks the renewed research on psychedelics might be that nail. Another candidate is quantum biology. Scientists now suggest that the brain operates in quantum ways.
    “That was a very fringy idea 30 years ago.”

    Dean’s personal website
    IONS website

    • 1 hr 21 min
    124. Love and Time – Julia Mossbridge

    124. Love and Time – Julia Mossbridge

    Julia Mossbridge is a scientist in the true sense of the word, a curious and open-minded investigator and seeker. She has balanced beautifully on the perceived border between traditional science and the esoteric realms.

    She has created two institutes, whereof one bears the intriguing name The Institute for Love and Time (TILT). It is about creating technologies that support wellbeing related to feeling unconditional love.

    How can love and time go together?

    “Both are powerful and healing to humans”, Julia says.

    On a deeper level, she explains, people experience that when the boundaries of time are removed, the conditions of connection are also removed, which opens the door to unconditional love.

    The way Julia describes the experience of time is somewhat at odds with the “live in the now” mantra. We can extend the self in time, she says. And by doing that we break down boundaries.

    “It gives you a lot more chances to do good for yourself and the world. It doesn’t have to be all at once. We have all this time.”

    “Folks say you can’t do anything about the past, and the future is all about potentialities, so you can only do something about it in the now. The reason this is so enticing is that we’re built to experience free will. So that’s how we’re gonna make a lot of money on self-help books”, Julia laughs.

    “I think it’s a racket. I think it makes people look for control rather than take responsibility.”

    In reality, we are not in control. Everything we experience has already happened. That has even been measured (the thought of doing something sudden arises after we’ve done it).

    “To even come close to being in control, we must extend the definition of ‘I’. To really be in control we must extend it indefinitely to include the whole universe and everything that has happened and everything that is going to happen.”

    The Iroquios have a word for this extension: the long body.

    Julia Mossbridge has done extensive research on precognition, the intuitive knowledge about a future event. She uses a metaphor: An event that triggers precognition is like a stick in the stream of consciousness. The stick creates a wake, which is the slowly fading memory of the event after it has happened. But on the front end it also creates an area where the “arrow of time” is reversed.

    “There's backpressure. The stream of consciousness ‘prepares’ itself to go around the stick.” 

    Precognition most commonly appears in dreams.

    “The conscious mind is like our story of what is happening, but the unconscious mind really has access to all the incoming data from the universe”, Julia says.

    She agrees with psychology pioneer William James that the brain is like a filter.

    “When your brain is damaged, you're not changing consciousness, you're changing the capacity to receive it.”

    She is also in agreement with the theories of cognitive psychologist Donald Hoffman, who describes physical reality as an interface, where living beings are “conscious agents”. If we were to look “under the hood” (which may be what enlightenment entails), we would see a completely different reality that doesn’t make sense in the physical world.

    Mossbridge also delves into what AI does to us, and with us, and what we can do with AI.

    “Human potential is going to explode with AI if we do it right. It can be a partner in our evolution. We are in this together.”

    Julia’s bio:

    Affiliate professor in the Dept. of Biophysics and Physics at University of San Diego

    Senior consultant with Tangible IQ

    Co-founder of TILT: The Institute for Love and Time

    Founder of Mossbridge Institute

    Author and co-author of multiple books and scientific articles related to time travel, artificial intelligence and unconditional love

    PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders (Northwestern University)

    MA in Neuroscience (UC San Francisco)

    BA in Neuroscience with highest honors (Oberlin College)

    • 1 hr 22 min

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Looking to confirm what you already “know”? Maybe this is not your podcast. If you however wish to expand your beliefs and questions, this is the right place to be. Very interesting guests and I also appreciate the professionalism of Anders. Journalism at its best, far from click baits and always choosing the same perspective. The future looks bright!

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