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”.
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.
Dr. Bernardo Kastrup, Debating the Nature of Reality |574|
Bernardo Kastrup is director of Essentia Foundation and one of the world’s leading experts on metaphysical idealism.
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[00:00:00] Alex Tsakiris: Um, this episode of skeptiko. A show about rules… When to break them:
[00:00:08] Clip: Still hanging out at the after party and, uh, with me, uh, , Tupac Shakur. All right. Believe in death row East believe in that. For real. You ever arrived with you, But if you believe in God, believe in death Row East.
[00:00:20] Alex Tsakiris: And when to follow them.
[00:00:23] Bernardo Kastrup: I accept the rules, you know, laboratory evidence, fine. That’s all I will look at. Reasoning fine. That’s all I will base my argument on. I will never appeal to my own personal subjective insight. And you go a long way. It’s enough to win after this transit. Has been accepted then we can review the rules of the game
[00:00:44] Alex Tsakiris: that first clip was from 1996, Tupac Shakur, who I included because he was kind famous for breaking rules and famously said, play the game, but don’t let the game play. You. And the second was from our excellent, excellent guest, Dr. Bernardo Castro, who has been on the show before I highly respect is truly one of the leaders in paradigm change from biological robot, meaningless universe to wherever we go next. Now the rules game thing really has a lot of different meanings. As this interview goes on.
Stick round. And I think you’ll see what I
Welcome to Skeptical, where we explore controversial science and spirituality with leading researchers, thinkers, and their critics. I’m your host Alex Caris, and today I’m so excited to welcome back my longtime friend lot of years here. More than most people would probably even realize, and one of the great thinkers of our time when it comes to, let me get this right, an academic level argument for the mental nature of reality or what I like to say, the argument against the idea that we’re all biologic routs in a meaningless universe.
I’m talking of course about Bernardo Castro. Fantastic. Bernardo, it’s great to have you here.
[00:02:10] Bernardo Kastrup: Welcome. Great to be here, Alex. Uh, we haven’t seen each other for too long. Last time we saw each other in person was. 2016, wasn’t it? It’s, it’s my, it boggles the mind how long it’s been already.
[00:02:23] Alex Tsakiris: It was up at, uh, You were with Dak Chopra?
[00:02:28] Bernardo Kastrup: Up at Deepak. Yeah. And then you drove down, I think, uh,
[00:02:35] Alex Tsakiris: you have drove up. Same thing. I live right. I live very close to there. Yeah, yeah, Yeah. Same thing. Yeah. But no, it’s awesome.
So, Bernardo, , let’s start with this. You have a new gig since we last chatted. You are now the executive director, Head Concho as Essentia Foundation. Tell us, tell us about that.
[00:02:57] Bernardo Kastrup: Wow. That’s something that, uh, had been looming in my life already for several years, but I had coat feet. I didn’t want to live the high tech world, cuz for me it was not only, you know, the way I earned my living, but it, it was a family, You know, the company worked for a sml, um, was like family for me. But, um, yeah, eventually there came the lockdown.
Um, and then I lost that social aspect of my work anyway.
Richard Cox, Being Right About No Virus |573|
Richard Cox is a podcaster and author.
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[00:00:00] Alex Tsakiris: On this episode of skeptiko. a show about being right.
[00:00:06] clip: Yeah, but I wasn’t, Am I wrong?
Are we gonna split hairs here? No. No. Am I wrong?
Am I wrong? No. Am I wrong?
[00:00:13] Alex Tsakiris: That’s right. A show about being right.
[00:00:17] Alex Tsakiris: Explain to me, since you’re in that camp, how do they explain away the, the gain of function research, No
[00:00:23] Richard Cox: idea. But I’m, I hope that the audience listen into this has gained some value from what I have said, but I would be going into areas that I just don’t have a clue about if I even went
[00:00:31] Alex Tsakiris: there, Alex. So, rationally, logically, how does that make any sense to you?
[00:00:37] Richard Cox: I don’t know. I just can’t look because two years ago, the whole no virus thing at all didn’t make sense to me. So I, I just don’t know.
[00:00:42] Alex Tsakiris: That first clip was of course from the big Lebowski. And the second was from this spirited of dialogue I had with.
Richard Cox from the deep state consciousness podcast. All about the no virus thing.
Stick around. This is a classic skeptical. No two ways about
Welcome to skeptical where we explore controversial science and spirituality with leading researchers, thinkers, and their critics. I’m your host, Alex Tsakiris. I guess I ought to own it… I like being right.
So, uh, um, just rolling, but I’m not sure quite how we should do this. So I’m kind of open to any, uh, any suggestions you have and I mean, I can, Yeah, whatever you think.
I can start it. You can start it.
[00:01:40] Richard Cox: Well, I suspect you are looking to understand how I’ve jumped the shock, so to speak. How, how I’ve gone to a life which seems very irrational to you. Right? And, and what would be good to come out of this? I suppose it’s not, I think, you know, to decide whether viruses exist or not might be a little ambitious for the two of us sitting here.
But to decide what a sensible way to ask these questions are and how we can come to see that differently and what, why this division rises and other things like the role of then syop and that kind of thing, and what do we do about that. That might be an interesting way to go there.
[00:02:11] Alex Tsakiris: Yeah. You know, I was, uh, I was actually talking to, uh, Rob from the skeptical form a couple days ago, and I was saying, You know, this turns out to be kind of to me, and it has been, uh, like it’s made me rethink everything about skeptical
It’s made me rethink about all the interviews I’ve done over the years and all those factors of syop because, you know, you have jumped the shark here. I mean, you’ve left the logic of your own shows. we both interviewed this guy, Michael Wallach, who made this film The Viral Delusion, to me, when I interviewed the guy I was like, This no virus stuff is absurd. And, and my goal in the interview was just to show how absurd it is by using an extreme example of like, okay, so then you guys think like rabies doesn’t exist and dogs don’t really start foaming at the mouth because they have this viral infection that’s been known for hundreds of years.
So I was going to the absurd right,
Stafford Betty, Free Will in the Moment |572|
Dr. Stafford Betty, is professor of religious studies and popular author.
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[00:00:00] Alex Tsakiris: On this episode of skeptiko. A show about God’s rules.
[00:00:06] clip: ===
There are only two rules. You can’t tell anybody your God, and you can’t mess with free will. Uh, can I ask why? Yes, you can. That’s the beauty of it.
Alex Tsakiris: And what they mean for free will.
[00:00:22] Stafford Betty: But what we can do is, at every moment of every day, right now, we have a choice to make. What am I gonna say next? , how am I going to, , live my life in the next hour? This little nugget of freedom that we have at every moment of our.
[00:00:41] Alex Tsakiris: That first clip was from the movie, Bruce almighty. And the second was from today’s guest. Dr. Stafford, Betty.
You’re going to meet in a minute and I think you’re going to like him as much as I do. He’s just done a tremendous amount of work on. After death, and he’s also a religious scholar and very, very interesting guy. I hope you like the
[00:01:05] Alex Tsakiris: Welcome to Skeptical, where we explore controversial science and spirituality with leading researchers, thinkers, and their critics. I’m host Alex Caris Today I’m excited and honored to welcome Dr.
Stafford, Betty to Skeptical. Let me read a little bio here. Stafford Betty earned a PhD from Fordham, was a professor of world religions at Cal State University, Bakersfield for a long, long time, just retired a couple years ago. He has become one of the country’s most acclaimed experts on the afterlife, and you can see numerous books up there if you’re looking at this on YouTube.
In 2011, he published the Afterlife Unveil. His most popular book, a more recent publication, Heaven in Hell Unveil 2014 is an in depth description of spiritual life with an emphasis on how spirits progress from lower to higher planes. I’m always talking about whether or not there is a hierarchy to consciousness, and I always have to throw that out there.
Like a question for people who haven’t really looked at the evidence. Here’s a guy who’s looked at the evidence and says, Man, there’s a lot of evidence for a hierarchy. Who knows? But if we’re just gonna follow the data, Dr. Betty’s telling you there’s a lot of data there. We’ll get to that more in a minute.
His 11th book, When did you ever become Less by dying? Uh, was in 2016. He’s written blogs for the Huffington Post. Um, what else? Written some novels as well. Very, very nice writer. Easy to engage with the writing, and yet it’s forceful and powerful. He’s written a number of peer reviewed, professional publications as well.
And, uh, again, you know, the thing I would touch on just a second ago and, uh, we’re, we’re gonna make this an emphasis or a point to emphasize really, is. This is a guy who’s touched the lives of thousands of students that have crossed through his doors over the years with the kind of, with the kind of evidence he’s just gonna bring forward here, which, you know, from listening to the show is just good, solid scientific, as close as we can get evidence about the afterlife, about materialism, about the mind, body problem.
And as you know, But I think one of the things we’re gonna talk about, you don’t,
Tim Grimes, 7 Questions For the Voice in Your Head |571|
Tim Grimes is an author, podcaster and radical counselor.
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[00:00:00] Alex Tsakiris: On this episode of skeptiko. A show about hearing the truth.
[00:00:07] clip: You need to find the truth about yourself. It’s quite simple, Jack. You need to get quiet, not just with your mouth, with your mind. And in that quiet, you will hear the truth.
Alex Tsakiris: Even if it’s coming from yourself.
[00:00:26] Tim Grimes: How could you have to force yourself to be what you already are?
You’re here. So there’s nothing you have to force.
Alex Tsakiris: That first clip was from a 2012 movie, a thousand words. And the second was from today’s returning guest, Tim Grimes.
The show is a little different from the usual skeptical stuff. Although I’ve done a few shows on this and as you know, , this is really where my heart’s at. What’s nearest and dearest to me. So I hope you enjoy it. ===
[00:00:56] Alex Tsakiris: Welcome to skeptical where we explore controversial science and spirituality with leading researchers, thinkers and their critics.
I’m your host, Alex Garris. And today we welcome back Tim Grimes. Tim is the author of the joy of not thinking a radical approach to happiness. This is the book that first introduced me to Tim. It’s still out there. You can still read it for free on Kindle unlimited great book.
Really enjoyed it. You can also find firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ve pulled that up on the screen if you’re ever watching on YouTube. And uh, he’s got another, a number of other books on Amazon and he has really great podcasts as well. That. I love listening to, I’m just, uh, it’s, it’s one of the ones I wait for and see if it pops up and I get to it right away.
So I have had Tim on a couple times. I obviously you can tell from what I just said, that I really appreciate his work. So I pinged him to do this different project and I just thought it’d be fun. And Tim, welcome back. Thanks so much for being
[00:02:06] Tim Grimes: here. Thank you, Alex. It’s uh, always a pleasure. I realize I’m sitting this chair.
I have a very comfortable chair and I’m very far back from the screen. So I’m gonna move up a little bit. I might move back later. Hi everybody.
[00:02:19] Alex Tsakiris: that looks good. Okay. Now our, now our heads are about the same size instead of me looking like giant head . So I pinged you, uh, a couple. Months ago, I guess, because I have this practice.
It’s one of my daily practices. I won’t say spiritual practice, but it is a spiritual practice. And that is that I have these questions that I’ve written for myself because I’ve found that questions provoke me and provoke that little voice in my head to answer them in a unique way or in a way that inspires me.
So I said, Hey, Tim, I’ve actually added to my list of questions with some of the questions that I’ve gotten from your show. What do you think about doing a show on seven questions for the voice inside your head? And you responded in exactly the way I would’ve expected and hope that you respond. You were like, hell yeah, I’m down for that.
That sounds good. So I don’t know if it’ll be seven questions. It might be more, it might be less. But tell me, tell everybody kind of what you think of this idea in general of questions for the voice inside your
[00:03:34] Tim Grimes: head. Sure.
Steve Bierman, Hypnosis and NLP in the ER |570|
Dr. Steve Bierman is an ER physician and hypnotherapist who explains why compassion isn’t enough when it comes to patient communication.
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[00:00:00] Alex Tsakiris: On this episode of skeptical. How to save someone’s life in the emergency room.
[00:00:08] clip: They still can’t stop the bleeding. Give me your turn, make it please. She is in and out of consciousness. You’re in the right place. Okay. Exactly. Four minutes in Dr. Gandhi reaches for the black phone. That’s the direct link to the, or
Alex Tsakiris: And how to do it with no hands.
[00:00:24] Steve Bierman: for example, to a lady in ventricular . Tachycardia, potentially lethal heart arrhythmia, where the nurses off to get the medicine I’m sitting there.
I got nothing to do, get rapport with her, breathe with her and say, and you know, your heart has been beating in a regular way for a long, long time and she’d nod and it still knows how to do it.
Alex Tsakiris: That first clip was from a news report in Fort worth. I think I just pulled it off of YouTube, but the second one was from today’s, , guests, quite amazing guest, Dr. Steve Bierman.
Who joined me to talk about hypnosis NLP and a bunch of other cool stuff. Hope you enjoy the interview.
[00:01:13] Alex Tsakiris: Welcome to skeptical where we explore controversial science and spirituality with leading researchers, thinkers, and their critics.
I’m your host, Alex Caris and wow. We have a good one for you today. I’m joined by Dr. Steve Biman. Steve is the author of healing beyond pills and potions. Let me read a little bit from the website, the website, by the way, you’re gonna want to check it out. Healing beyond pills.com. Here is some bio stuff.
Steve Berman MD received his undergraduate UCLA doctorate, Northwestern worked 20 years board certified emergency physician at Scripps Memorial Encinitas right up the road from where? Uh, Steve and I are both sitting right now. He’s the founder of two medical device companies and holds over 200 utility patents on various medical devices as an emergency physician.
Dr. Beman became renowned for performing painless procedures, like simple injections, laceration repairs, and even childbirth, but his studied words and gestures did far more than prevent pain. They also produced astonishing physical outcomes,
dr. Breman went further along the communication continuum. That’s a very interesting There’s gonna be some very interesting reframing of a language here that that will we. Blow your mind when you really get into what this guy has done to all autoimmune diseases, shrink deadly tumors, relieve depression and ensure bloodless surgeries.
Many of his cures seem like miracles. Yes, they really do. And yet Dr. Barman explains they are inevitable consequence of a new and expanded understanding of disease causality , and the focus power of ideas to access our healer within.
Steve. Welcome. Thanks so much for joining me.
[00:03:21] Steve Bierman: That’s a pleasure, Alex. Good to see you again.
[00:03:24] Alex Tsakiris: Well, you know, I was thinking about how to kick this off, and then I thought of this story that I heard from you that I’m sure it’s told many times, many different ways, but Steve, imagine it’s a few years ago, I unfortunately get in a car accident, wind up being wheeled into Scripps hospital Encinitas.
And I’m fortunate enough to run into Dr. Steve.
Warning to truthers:nothing but hive mind in disguise here
Alex where you at bud? We need you on the wall!
If you want to understand the science of virology (or lack thereof), interview someone like Dr. Andrew Kaufman or Dr. Tom Cowan. Oh that’s right, you did interview Cowan and it lasted 5 minutes because you lack the intellectual honesty to listen to a point of view that challenges your paradigm. “Flat Earth Science”… what a joke.