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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”.

Skeptiko – Science at the Tipping Point Alex Tsakiris

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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”.

    Charlie Robinson, Taming the Octopus |580|

    Charlie Robinson, Taming the Octopus |580|

    Author and podcaster Charlie Robinson… octopus of control… does WEF mean MAGA… junk conspiracy.

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    Alex Tsakiris: [00:00:00] Welcome to Skeptiko, where we explore controversial science and spirituality and other big picture stuff like Reliable to today with leading researchers, thinkers, and their critics. Wow, got a really great one for you today. Charlie Robinson is back. Charlie Robinson Super book. A few years ago, octopus of Global Control, been knocking it out of the park on his, uh, podcast Macroaggressions.

    Also, you’ll always see him on the fantastic union of the unwanted. He is like the hardest working man in alt media. I was listening to your year review and it’s like hundred shows last year. I

    Charlie Robinson: know, I know. It’s cra Well, first of all, thank, thank. Yeah, I’m, I’m working hard at this because it matters to me and I want it to, I want this information to get out there and I want to have the conversations with people about this and I, and, [00:01:00] I feel driven to explain what I see.

    Not that I don’t, not that I have it all figured out. I’m just bringing some pieces to this puzzle, but it seems very important. given where we are right now as a society, that we ring the alarm bells, you know, to the extent that we can and wake people up because, uh, I’m not interested in sleepwalking through this what, what, what, what we, what these maniacs have planned for us, requires us to be awake and aware of, of the circumstances so that we can get outta the way if we need to.

    Alex Tsakiris: So, I, I, I, I’m down with that. I’m down with all that half the time and half the time I’m like, are we maybe taking that in the wrong direction, but let, let me ask you this kind of on a personal level, uh, how do you do in just kind of normal company, I mean, even, cause I ran into this the other day in a very kind of family kind of [00:02:00] situation where somebody told me that I’m not fit for ordinary company and, and not in, like, not in red pill mode.

    Even. Like, I don’t have to be in red pill mode to be in red pill mode, if you know what I mean. Because once you’re there for a while. Right. Tell me, tell me how that works in your life.

    Charlie Robinson: It, it, it’s tough. It’s, it’s a dance. And I’ll tell you, it came out of this actually the whole, like, course correction happen, uh, 15 plus years ago.

    When I made the mistake of bringing up nine 11 at Thanksgiving dinner at my in-laws house at the time I was married before, and it didn’t go well. And I realized and it didn’t go well, and it was my fault. And in fact, because I didn’t have my argument down, the timing was wrong, the audience was wrong.

    Everything about it was wrong. And it was a hundred percent my doing. Now, I, I feel, I feel justified in discussing nine 11, but [00:03:00] you have to know your audience and you have to, you know, realize actually this is where the, the first book the Octopus came out of. Because what had happened was that I had no particular expertise on this topic of nine 11.

    I wasn’t a pilot, a structural engineer, didn’t work for the government, didn’t work for the faa. I don’t have, I don’t have any of those things. And so when I was trying to explain the reality of the situation of nine 11 to these people that were, were aghast at what I was talking about, they didn’t view me as an expert.


    • 1 hr 27 min
    Johnny Vedmore, Henry and Klaus |579|

    Johnny Vedmore, Henry and Klaus |579|

    Investigative journalist Johnny Vedmore… Henry Kissinger and Klaus Schwab… Strangelove mutual destruction… globalism vs. US empire.

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    [00:00:00] Alex Tsakiris: On this episode of Skeptiko. A show about considering all your options.


    The president, I would not rule out the chance to preserve a nucleus of human specimens. Radio activity would never penetrate a mine, some thousands of feet, three, how long would you have to stay down there, bill? Let’s see now, uh, , 100 years.


    And to show about when crazy doesn’t sound crazy.


    [00:00:38] Alex Tsakiris: This crazy mutual destruction kind of thing. The way you lay it out, it actually kind of makes sense

    [00:00:46] Johnny Vedmore: They were starting off the seminar, but they were also concentrating on the nuclear arms race. , , so they were both really scared. And in 1957 when, um, nuclear war and foreign policy got released from the C FFR working group, that Henry Kissinger released it, and it kind of said, okay, what would be better than all out nuclear war is that we have this slow perpetual warfare?


    That first clip was from doctor strange love, which. If you’ve never watched it, or if you haven’t watched it recently. Is a must. An absolute must. And the second is from today’s. Excellent. Excellent guest.

    Johnny Vidmore of unlimited hangout. Who has some just extraordinary. Articles. That we’re not even going to be able to scratch the surface on, but I hope you will check out after listening to this interview.

    [00:01:40] Alex Tsakiris: Welcome to Skeptiko, where we explore controversial science, spirituality, and other big picture stuff like we’ll hear about today with leading researchers, thinkers and their critics.

    And boy, oh boy, do we have a good one today? I’m just super excited to welcome Johnny Vedmore to Skeptiko. He is an incredible investigative journalist, and I mean incredible. So you, you’ll find some of his work on his website, johnny vor.com, or you might also stumble across him on the very excellent unlimited hangout. You know, investigative journalism is more or less dead today, right? From the usual sources that you would find it. You’re just not going to get this kind of stuff, particularly the way that Johnny, uh, documents it, uh, researches it. One of the fun things I hope we get a chance to talk about today is some of the methods.

    I mean, it’s like old school. Hey, I had to dig into this archive and I used the way back machine, and that led me to 500 names that I had to trace. Now everyone, this is true investigative journalism, and it goes places that as we know, you know, we’re just not getting there through what we’d call our mainstream journalism.

    So it’s really rare these days. But anyways, a, a lot of work here also , a musician. Right. Hey, what, what do we wanna play right now? Just a little bit. .

    [00:03:12] Johnny Vedmore: Come on, man. Oh my Lord.

    Uh, well, I’m, I, you know, I’m, I’m proud of, uh, I, I’d say, uh, evil Israeli war machine. What? You’ve got a, you got your, yeah. You’re on the trigger

    [00:03:27] Alex Tsakiris: machine.


    [00:03:39] Johnny Vedmore: I’m ready to go. It’s got a minute and a half sim solo at the end of that one. That’s, uh, that’s, that’s mostly sim solo to be perfectly honest, rather than song.

    [00:03:49] Alex Tsakiris: I’m fired up now. I mean,

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Sam Tripoli, Zero Podcast |578|

    Sam Tripoli, Zero Podcast |578|

    the voice in our head… Rogan and Sam on comedy… big tent.

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Skeptiko Reboot |577|

    Skeptiko Reboot |577|

    Inquiry to perpetuate doubt…  follow the data…  follow the deception…  follow the discernment.  light is shining.

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    [00:00:00] Alex Tsakiris: Hi everyone. I’m here to reboot skeptiko, ready to, anxious, to excited to reboot. Skeptical. You know, I took a few months off. Those of you who don’t know, it was really great to do. I wasn’t sure if I would come back or not, but seems like everybody who takes a break always comes back, and I’m no exception.

    Three pivots. I. Down the road. One is, you know, I’ve always said this is a show about my journey shared with others, and I guess it’s still essentially gonna be that. But I’d like to pivot to our journey shared with others.

    What that means to me is an offer to you, which I’ve made in the past, but I really wanna double down on it and offer for you to get involved in the show, so not just suggesting guests, but pitching me guests. Pitching me guests because what they would mean to you and for your development as well as, you know, fitting into what I’m trying to do on this show. So I think that’d be great. And then if you pitch me the guests, then I’m gonna pull you in to be kind of a, an associate producer kind of thing. And then certainly after the show is out, I’d want you to go out and make sure that we connect with anyone we should connect with to get that show out there and make people aware of it.

    So that’s what I have in mind on the pivot from my journey shared to our journey shared. The second point is not so much of a pivot, but a refinement. A a, a restatement. It shows always been inquiry to perpetuate doubt, and it’s gonna continue to be, now as you know and have experienced, that pisses people off. Whether you want it to piss people off or not, and I wanna do everything I can not to piss people off and be more connected to this spiritual side. We’re all going through this kind of thing. At the same time, I don’t wanna shy away from these conversations that I don’t see having out there and the really dealing with the parts of this process that I want to go through, Because to me, inquiry to perpetuate doubt means three things.

    It means follow the data wherever it leads, but then most importantly, follow the deception wherever it leads. Cuz invariably, as we found out, there are players that are engaged in deception. , either knowingly or not, but we still have to sort out that deception if we’re really gonna understand what’s going on. And then the third is follow the discernment. I, to me, the whole thing boils down to how do I make the light? How do I make. God’s light, if you will shine through me. How would I not get it blocked?

    How do I become a better person to the people I care about and to my soul and whatever that means. So that’s where the discernment comes in. You know, walking up to the abyss, but not falling in. But it also relates to the other two points. If I’m making major life decisions, I wanna have the best date I can, and I wanna be aware of the deception that may be at play. As you know, we’ve talked about this on so many issues, but you can imagine all the issues for that comes up and those are kind of fundamental questions to me to getting to that discernment point.

    So recapping the second pivot, refocus is inquiry. To perpetuate doubt means data, deception, and discernment.

    And the third pivot, refocus, restatement is whatever we do will be enough. Think of what a miracle it is that you’re here. I’m here. So that’s true on the metaphysical basis of just you are you, you are here . But then even beyond that,

    • 6 min
    Al Borealis, 2022 Year in Review |576|

    Al Borealis, 2022 Year in Review |576|

    Al Borealis is the creator and host of Forum Borealis where he offers a paradigm expanding deep dive into controversial, marginalized, system critical topics within culture, philosophy, and spirituality.



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    [00:00:00] Alex Tsakiris: On this episode of skeptiko, a show about going away

    [00:00:07] Clip: There you. We were wondering when did show up?

    [00:00:16] Alex Tsakiris: and a show about when to come back.

    [00:00:20] Al Borealis: We can’t make everyone aware. We, we just, we just, the default is everybody sleeping. And now I’m gonna try to wake up as much as I can. And if I meet others on my journey, we also seek that or has some ability to do that, or has shown to do that to some extent. I’m gonna hitch my wagon to that person as long as that’s useful for both of us…

    [00:00:43] Alex Tsakiris: that first clip was from the wonderful Christmas movie, shutter Island, and the second was from today’s guest, the one and only Al Borealis from Forum Borealis who joined me, or I should say, I joined him to talk about 20, 22 year in review.

    For both Skeptical and for Forum Borealis.

    now as some of you may have noticed, I have taken a step back from the mic on Skeptical. Haven’t done episodes in a couple of months, so what was really great to get back in touch with Al and to talk about the year in review and the reasons why I stepped back and some of my thoughts on when and if I should continue and in what form.

    I should do so. So I enjoyed the chat. It did bring up some stuff for me as I continue to work out and figure out where I want to go, a process which I would really, really appreciate you all joining me. , and telling me what direction you think this show should go in.

    It is my personal journey, but it’s shared with you. So I’d like to know your thoughts on it, but before we can get to that, we have to listen to the year in review with my special guest, Al Borealis, from Forum Borealis.


    [00:02:12] Al Borealis: And welcome to this swap casting or annual review of the year with Skeptical and Forum Borealis. Hello, Alex. How

    [00:02:22] Alex Tsakiris: are you? I’m great, Al, how are you? ?

    [00:02:26] Al Borealis: Yeah, I’m pretty stoked for this thing. It’s um, it’s a last, last time we had a show with each other. It was the end of the year, wasn’t it?

    [00:02:35] Alex Tsakiris: Well, actually after the end of the year you were, you know, so kind to do the anniversary show.

    Well, that’s rights. I’m skeptical. So was quite a, quite an event on my, uh, on my 22 calendar. So, uh, that

    [00:02:49] Al Borealis: was great. Yeah, that’s how we, uh, that’s how we entered this year actually. Great

    [00:02:54] Alex Tsakiris: interest. Mm-hmm. . Yeah. And you know, I have been, I have backed off of the mic lately. I have not done a show in a couple months.

    And that might be something we’re gonna talk about as well, because I’m trying to find my way forward in, in this journey and in the way that I’m trying to do it. So, uh, we’ve got a number of things to

    [00:03:17] Al Borealis: talk about that is interesting. I, I, I’ve done the complete opposite. I’ve never made as many shows as, now my listeners are even shocked that they got three shows this month,

    So from being lagged far behind in, uh, beginning of the year and going through some very time consuming personal issues we don’t have to get into. Yeah. Yeah.

    • 2 hr 46 min
    Dr. Mona Sobhani, Neuroscience and the Spiritual |575|

    Dr. Mona Sobhani, Neuroscience and the Spiritual |575|

    Dr. Mona Sobhani is a cognitive neuroscientist with 14+ years of experience and an author of Proof of Spiritual Phenomena about her  transformation from a diehard scientific materialist to an open-minded spiritual seeker, and the excruciating identity crisis that ensued.



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    [00:00:00] Alex Tsakiris: On this episode of skeptical. A show about changing someone’s mind.

    [00:00:08] Clip: What are you doing changing? SOS Mike, you can buy me 20 seconds. No, me. 20. You trust me. Okay. You, you. Hi.

    [00:00:19] Alex Tsakiris: And how it almost never works.

    [00:00:24] Mona Sobhani: Much like me, before I had this crisis, you could not engage me in a conversation on this stuff.

    And you can’t force people to be interested in things they’re not interested in.

    , I find myself frustrated sometimes that, , I get confronted with these extremely limited, frankly, lazy explanations about materialism from other scientists and, you know, I just try to think back to myself and you know, I could present them a huge reading list, but are they really gonna go read it?


    [00:00:50] Alex Tsakiris: That first clip was from arrival 2016. And the second one was from today’s guest. Dr. Mona Savani.

    Who I think you’re really going to like, as much as I do because she presents such an honest and open account of just how hard it is to change our own mind. Let alone change someone. Else’s. Stick around. It’s a good one. I think you’ll like

    Welcome to Skeptical, Where we explore controversial science and spirituality with leading researchers, thinkers, and their critics.

    I’m your host, Alex Harrison. Today we welcome Dr. Mona Siani to Skeptical to talk about her excellent new book, Proof of Spiritual Phenomena, a Neuroscientist Discovery of The Ineffable Mysteries of the Universe.

    By the way. , Dr. Mona, does the, uh, audible version of this too, which I listen to. And I always love that when the author does the narration.

    Cause you just can’t help but get different points of emphasis. So kudos to you for doing that, and it was a great listen. Really, really enjoyed the book. Let me tell you a little bit about, Dr. Siani. First of all. Super smart, super duper smart. , pre-med U C S D right down the road from me. PhD, Neuroscience, USC MacArthur Foundation, post-doc Fellowship case.

    You don’t know, they don’t just hand those out every day. She got that Vanderbilt University following up on her research, from what I understand, her dissertation, we won’t really be talking a lot about it, but I throw it out there cuz it might be interesting to some people looking at like neuro correlates and serial killers and law and what that might mean in nature versus nurture and all that good stuff.

    Neuroscientist, you know, who was already at that point doing this kind of crossover integrated stuff. The question that should be in your mind, if you listen to skeptical, if you know this, why does she go throw it all away? with this, with this book that she’s down this track. She’s going in the direction everyone wants her to go.

    And then she writes this book with, uh, let me, uh, read to you the description of the book. This is from her very excellent website. And here is the description on the book. With this book, I tell the story of my transformation from a diehard scientific materialist to an open-minded spiritual seeker and the excruciating identity crisis that ensued.

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