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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”.

    Dan Shukis, Cosmic Keys Podcast |489|

    Dan Shukis, Cosmic Keys Podcast |489|

    Dan Shukis reminds us we must first save ourselves.











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    That’s a clip from one of my favorite guilty pleasure. Reality shows alone.

    Edit as a strange connection in so many ways with today’s interview, with cosmic keys, podcaster, Dan shuka Sue. I have to apologize again because. This episode has been hanging in my basket to get out for the longest time, but it’s out now. And I really, really think it’s an interesting conversation on so many levels. Here’s a clip.

    Dan Shukis: [00:00:46] (ll) When you shine a light into a dark room, it lights up the whole room.

    It’s a weird time for. Kind of preaching these like spiritual love messages, because so, so many things are topsy turvy, but I, I sorta think it’s extremely individualistic and you have to save yourself.

    You have to be accountable for yourself and know how powerful that is because these evil forces really, , can’t handle it and they’ll, they’ll go away. The more people embrace love.

    Alex Tsakiris: [00:01:22] skeptical, where we explore countries. You’ll science and spirituality with leading researchers, thinkers and their critics. I’m your host, Alex Securus. And today we welcome Dan chukkas of the cosmic keys podcast here to the skeptic hoe layer. Dan was nice enough to have me on his show, cosmic keys a few weeks ago.

    And we had a really great time had a really good conversation about some interesting stuff that I dunno. I don’t think it’s talked about enough, so we both wanted to continue it. So we thought we’d bring the conversation over here. Dan. Welcome. Thanks for joining me.

    Dan Shukis: [00:02:07] Yeah, thanks for having me, Alex. It’s an honor, because, uh, as I told you in our interview on cosmic keys, I’ve been listening to skeptical for a while now. And I never thought I never thought you would want to talk to me about stuff. So thanks for having me. I’m honored.

    Alex Tsakiris: [00:02:25] Never know what? I never know quite what to say. They’re honored to talk to me, but that’s cool. I’ll go with it. I’ll roll with it. So for, for folks who don’t know, you know, tell us who is Dan shukas and tell us about cosmic. Key’s gone through a couple iterations. Tell folks what you’re doing over there these days, but first, who are you?

    Dan Shukis: [00:02:48] Yeah, well, um, God, I don’t know where to start. So I, I grew up, well, we talked about this on my show as well. I grew up outside of Chicago, same area as you, Alex, we both went to the same high school. Um, And I started cosmic keys with a co-host Scarlet Ravens wood. Who’s kind of in like the Neo pagan, spiritual new age community.

    And I had been interested in these spiritual topics, um, for my whole life. And when I met Scarlet, she kind of, because she was already out there. In the public with her YouTube channel and her social media stuff. She was already talking about these topics. Openly. And at the time I was pretty nervous to put myself out there and speak about these things, but we kind of pair it up with cosmic keys with me doing the astrology forecast for the week ahead and her doing a tarot reading for the week ahead.

    And we talked to a lot of. A lot of similar people that you talk to, people that are in spiritual paranormal kind of metaphysical communities. And, um,

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    Niles Heckman, Modern Shamans Harvesting DMT From Toads |488|

    Niles Heckman, Modern Shamans Harvesting DMT From Toads |488|

    Niles Heckman’s new documentary takes a fresh look at modern shamans.











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    Alex Tsakiris: [00:00:00] So I know you’ve heard about this, I mean everyone’s heard about this.

    Audio Clip: [00:00:04] So what happened the first time that you smoked the Medicine ? I just felt this white light, this dissolution of my self.

    Alex Tsakiris: [00:00:14] It’s like a cultural meme on The Simpsons, the toad and – Fractals, and sacred geometry and energy- But did you know it’s frickin real – In connection with my breath?

    Audio Clip: [00:00:31] Okay, right, I want to show you the product of the College of the Medicine of this year. This is what the natives and us have collect so far, and I want to explain you the process of how we collect and do the medicine. So that looks like a lot of medicine. This is a lot of medicine. This has been collect of maybe 1000 of toads. 1000 toads. Maybe around 10 days.

    Alex Tsakiris: [00:01:04] On today’s show, which is long, long overdue and I have to apologize to Niles and Rak for taking so long to get this out. Especially since their documentary film series Shamans of the Global Village is so truly, truly amazing, remarkable stuff that I really hope you go watch. Here’s a clip from an interview with Niles. What do you think of that science of entheogens?

    Niles Heckman: [00:01:33] Each of the different entheogens has kind of a different flavor to them. So it’s been spoken of, for example, but like psilocybin mushrooms are very like cosmic and alien and then the other type of DMT which we highlight, which you mentioned as the white light in Episode One is very much like this kind of hay drawn of hyperspace that merges into the guy in you know Godhead type dynamic of fusing back into the light. And then other met indigenous medicines such as like peyote and the cacti have a very kind of masculine desert energy to them and it’s probably several things of what you hit on there. One is probably like the history and the genealogy of your people, where your people come from, what you resonate with in terms of which medicine maybe your ancestors practice with.

    Alex Tsakiris: [00:02:22] 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 Niles Heckman to Skeptiko. Niles is a truly amazing filmmaker, documentarian and a photographer, and a bunch of other stuff. You’re gonna see in a minute the stunningly beautiful documentary series he’s done, Shamans of the Global Village. He’s also a blogger of podcaster, communicator and I’m popping up his website here. But there’s so many interesting things to talk about. He likes to put it in this category of ageless wisdom. Some people are calling and theologians the topic that we might pigeonhole it into. But there’s all kinds of stuff related to this that I think are just particularly interesting and really respect that deeply intellectual way. He’s taking this, trying to tie it with other things and contrasting it with what some people in the occult community are saying and all that and I really appreciate it, that the broad perspective that he seems to be bringing all this. So Niles, it’s really cool to have you on,

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    Dr. Doug Matzke, Quantum Computers and Extended Consciousness |487|

    Dr. Doug Matzke, Quantum Computers and Extended Consciousness |487|

    Dr. Doug Matzke, has a PhD in quantum computing… he gets the physics to extended consciousness link.









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    Audio Clip: [00:00:00] It’s completely safe. Sure it is.

    Alex Tsakiris: [00:00:10] That’s a clip from the Netflix series Black Mirror. That particular episode is Ark Angel about a overzealous parent who suffers the unintended consequences of using some really cool technology to make her daughter’s life better and more safe. Of course, I could have picked just about any episode of black mirror to highlight the dystopian, 1984 Orwellian future that so many are predicting will come with technology advances. But what is different about this show, and what I’m super excited to bring you about this show is we’re going to talk to someone, Quantum Doug, Dr. Quantum Doug, who really has the chops, PhD in quantum computing, over 20 years experience as a senior member of the technical staff of Texas Instruments and Doug can take us not just from the technology, but he can bridge us to extended consciousness and the metaphysical spiritual aspect of this. It’s a deep dive so I have a lot of clips that I want to play for you to try and motivate you to hang in there just like I had to. Yeah, it is but I got Michael Scott this little bit. Explain it to me, like I’m five years old.

    Dr. Doug Matzke: [00:01:35] That’s the part that people can’t understand about entanglement is that you can’t have entanglement unless you have four dimensions. But every E bit has its own four dimensions, private dimensions, because otherwise they’d interact. So that means that there’s a gazillion dimensions out there. And we can show that with Shor’s algorithm, in that the number of dimensions that you have in quantum computing is two to the power of Q where Q is the number of cubits and if you have two to the 300 cubits you have 300 cubits which would allow you to break, using shor algorithm, every encryption in any internet in the world. It’s just like gravity works independent of whether you believe in it or not, right, and most people don’t realize that relativity is also doing its thing independent whether you believe it or not. But guess what, if you didn’t believe in it, none of our GPS would work. All the satellites and up in space, have to synchronize their clocks with respect to relativity, or none of our GPS would work. It’s proto physics, It’s not metaphysics, It’s proto physics, It’s, Imagine if the quantum states, quantum stuff was marked as black magic and nobody did anything about it. Our society right now would be, no had no lasers, no computers, no transistors, nothing. No, nothing.

    Alex Tsakiris: [00:02:53] I love it but Doug, this is where we part ways, who the f**k thinks Google is interested in helping f*****g society. What evidence, no I’m dead f*****g serious. 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’re joined by Dr. Doug Matzke and he’s here to talk about his new book, Deep Reality, why source science, and in a minute Doug will tell us what that means, may be the key to understanding human potential. It’s a book that he co authored with the very well known and highly regarded Stanford scientist, Dr. William Tiller. You know,

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Curt Jaimungal, Better Left Unsaid Analysis |486|

    Curt Jaimungal, Better Left Unsaid Analysis |486|

    Curt Jaimungal, examines the hijacking of progressive discourse.













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    Alex Tsakiris: [00:00:00] 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 Curt Jaimungal to Skeptiko. Curt is a very accomplished filmmaker and actor based in Toronto. You know, I initially contacted Curt because I was super impressed with his YouTube channel, which I’m actually showing up on the screen here and some of his, just excellent interviews on consciousness, atheism, free-will and all the interesting stuff we love to talk about on Skeptiko, highlighting one that he did with Donald Hoffman, with over 143,000 views. Fantastic. We all know Don Hoffman was one of my favorite guests to have on and is featured in the book that I have. So since my initial contact with Curt, he has released this pretty amazing movie, just extremely well done movie called Better Left Unsaid. So I thought what we do is kind of shift the focus a little bit over to this movie and I’m showing his IMDB page, which is quite impressive as well. But we’ll just kind of talk about a bunch of different things. I’m going to of course, give him the usual Skeptiko inquiry to perpetuate doubt, treatment. He won’t escape that but he’s a really smart guy, so I know he can take it. Curt, welcome to Skeptiko and thanks so much for joining me.

    Curt Jaimungal: [00:01:42] Thank you so much man, I appreciate it. By the way, I read your book, read it last night. It was way, it was far better than I expected not that, not that I didn’t expect it to be.

    Alex Tsakiri: [00:01:52] Wait a minute, what kind of backhanded compliment is that?

    Curt Jaimungal: [00:01:56] I was a, I was impressed and especially the, let’s say the first 66, the first two thirds. It’s almost exactly in line with what I’m interested in anyway.

    Alex Tsakiris: [00:02:09] Yeah, I think there’s a great intersection there. But I think we can help people maybe jump into this even better. If we share a trailer from the new film, This is Better Left Unsaid and I’m going to play it and we’ll just kind of listen and then we’ll ask Curt to comment on it and tell us in his own words, what the movie is about.

    Audio Clip: [00:02:35] Our four little children will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. The world is upside down. I thought the whole idea was to not judge people by their skin color. That’s what racism used to mean. I can no longer teach contemporary moral problems , anything that involves issues of race and gender seems to be a minefield. Racism has been redefined, Sexism has been redefined. This is all through the culture. And if we can’t talk, what’s left? I’m not a Nazi. Why are we not taught the historical consequences of those who viewed the world through optics of groups that have power and groups t...

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Dr. Stephen Braude, The Veil of Stupidity |485|

    Dr. Stephen Braude, The Veil of Stupidity |485|

    Dr. Stephen Braude, has seen science’s veil of stupidity descend on the study of PK.













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    Alex Tsakiris: [00:00:00] That’s a clip from a YouTube video I found titled Dumb Things In Avatar That Everyone Just Ignored, referencing of course the movie Avatar one of the top grossing films of all time, and it’s a sci-fi film has a lot of science stuff, which gets complicated at some point and you have to follow along, but then at some point it just gets really dumb. Kind of like science in general, as is so beautifully demonstrated by today’s guests, the esteemed Parapsychologist, Scientist, Philosopher, Dr. Stephen Braude.

    Stephen Braude: [00:00:57] For people who are skeptical about psi phenomena, it’s almost as if a veil of stupidity descends over them, and then they start going into kind of conceptual panic. And they panic more I think initially over PK than ESP although ESP on the surface seems to threaten the idea of mental privacy. It’s very easy to explain why people freak out over PK, if I can move, let’s say, a matchstick a millimeter by thought alone, it’s a very small step conceptually, from doing that to making somebody drop dead. I tell the story in dangerous pursuits about what happened when I tried to give a talk on my PK investigations to my physics department at the University of Maryland. I was invited to do it, and I thought they wanted me to talk about it. I was two minutes into the talk and the faculty shouted me down. I never got to give the talk.

    Alex Tsakiris: [00:01:49] 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 back Dr. Steven Braude to Skeptiko. You know I’ve had the pleasure and really honor I mean that sincerely, of interviewing Steve several times and as I was just chatting with him about a little bit, I went back and had to look at the records because I know it’s been a long time. The first one was 10 years ago, which, you know, if you’re interested in parapsychology, if you’re seriously interested in what’s called Psy, but really consciousness if you’re really interested in science, which is all I was interested to begin with this, you are going to run across Steven Braude, and he has a new book out Dangerous Pursuits: Mediumship, Mind and Music, which you can pick up for just 10 bucks on Kindle, which is the way I got it. Amazing compilation kind of capstone of a lot of work that he’s done and it’s just super great to have this guy back, super smart person, just beyond this kind of narrowly defined little field, we’re going to talk about parapsychology, just somebody who’s, two things I think are really great, one, you’ll recognize immediately that he’s very, very, very smart about a lot of different things, but two, he has this warrior spirit. I mean, this is a guy that has kind of battled against the tide relentlessly for I don’t know, I’m not gonna say how many years. But Steve, welcome back, thanks so much for joining me.

    Stephen Braude: [00:03:46] Thanks for having me, it’s good to see you again.

    Alex Tsakiris: [00:03:48] So tell folks, you know, who is Dr. Stephen Braude.

    Stephen Braude: [00:03:57] Wow, well I started out as,

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    Alan Warren, NBC News Talk Radio, Conspiracies, Kinda |484|

    Alan Warren, NBC News Talk Radio, Conspiracies, Kinda |484|

    Alan Warren is a bestselling author and radio host who kinda covers the paranormal and conspiracies.











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    Alex Tsakiris: [00:00:15] That’s of course, South Park and I have to say, you know, when South Park is on, they are really, really on still still to this day. And I don’t know why I thought it was fitting for this kind of strange but interesting discussion with author and radio host, Alan Warren, who I have almost nothing in common with. But in the end, I guess we do find some common ground. We are like the opposite extreme of every question I asked him, you know, are you a biological robot in a meaningless universe? He says yes. You know, conspiracies? No, you know, extended consciousness, No.

    Alan Warren: [00:01:00] Well, first of all, both the traditional Church of Satan and the Church of Satan have given me an honorary doctorate. So, if you want to talk about satanic worship, and what’s real and what isn’t, it’s all man made. Hopefully, we all want the same thing in the end, right? We all just want to be happy, live a good life and enjoy our freedom ,I hope that’s what we want. And with that, yeah, there’s gonna be bumps along the way. But I don’t see why we need to bring down other people and hurt other people.

    Alex Tsakiris: [00:01:36 ] By the way Alan is from Canada. 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 Alan Warren to Skeptiko. Al is a best selling author. So many, many books, amazing, I mean, Above Suspicion, Blood Thirst and Pirate Killer of Canada, I could just go on and on that many, many books, bestsellers. He’s also the host and producer of very popular NBC news talk radio, True Crime history, conspiracy show House of Mystery. So he’s really very interesting guy and we were just chatting a minute ago about this interview, because it’s one of these that kind of took a twist as the more I got into Al’s stuff because at first glance, I was like, wow, this guy is into a lot of the same stuff I am and then he was nice enough to do this little survey questionnaire thing that I’ve been doing and lo and behold, we are like, we’re like the opposite extreme of every question I asked him, you know. Are you a biological robot in a meaningless universe? He says, Yes. You know, conspiracies? No, you know, extended consciousness, No. So one of the things I thought would be cool, I know it’s a long intro but I want to set people up for this. You know, at this time at this particular time, when people can’t even dialogue, can’t even sit in the same room and say, you know, what do you believe? That’s okay, here’s what I believe. It might be interesting to explore two things, one, hopefully demonstrate that we can do that a little bit. But also maybe explore how you do that without giving up your sense of self, enough to say, Yeah, but here’s where I think the facts lie. So that very long, lengthy introduction, it is really a great pleasure to welcome you to the show Al, thank you so much for joining me.

    Alan Warren:[00:04:11] Oh, it’s my pleasure. I look forward to it.

    Alex Tsakiris: [00:04:17] Well, we’ll see what you say in an hour.

    Alan Warren:[00:04:21] No, it’ll be fine.

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The host is augmentative with anyone that doesn’t agree with him to the point of laughing and ridiculing them.
What he doesn’t realize is that by doing that he’s laughing at and ridiculing the listeners that don’t slavishly believe every conspiracy theory he adheres to.
It’s a bit of a turnoff as I suspect that he asks people on his show with a pre-loaded agenda.
He’s not interested in actually learning from them or even engaging in a serious debate.
As one guest said he felt like he “was trapped in the comments section of a Facebook” post.

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Somebody should wash his mouth out with soap

The host’s endless ejaculation of profanities is so ugly but he probably thinks he’s totally cool.

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