Welcome to Test Tubes and Cauldrons, a podcast where we talk about the science behind spirituality! Astra, Fel, and Han are three occult practitioners with a love of science who are trying to do what everyone else is…make sense of the crazy world around us and our purpose in it! Hop into the discussions and try not to blow up a test tube or two!
Episode 20: Science and the Occult Through the Ages: The Classical Era
Welcome to the first episode of our new series where we take a look at the relationship between science and the occult through the ages. In this episode we take a look at the Classical Era, contemplating the words and ideas of many influential philosophers such as Thales, Anaximenes, Aristotle, Pythagorus, and Empedocles, and many more! We touch upon fundamental theories of how the world works such as the elemental theory, the cosmic cycle of Empedocles, and the humors, which played a key role in the development of medicine (by arguably doing most things wrong). There are no resources for this episode as everything we talk about is publicly available, but we encourage you to do further research on a philosopher or theory that catches your interest!
Episode 19: Tech Witchcraft with Warrior Witch Nike
In the modern era, spirituality seems to have an overarching idea that technology inhibits one's ability to do magick. While the buzzing of notifications and constant flow of information can be a distraction to many people during ritual, that doesn't mean it is inherently bad or not useful in our practices! This week, the hosts are joined by Warrior Witch Nike to discuss tech magick, what it is, ways to use it, and some common misconceptions this paradigm often encounters! Resources: Technomancy Blog: https://technomancy101.com/technomancy/ (this is a blog and not a peer-reviewed resource, but it has good information and would be an excellent place to start!)AI to Generate Magical Symbols: https://ladvien.com/magic-symbol-generator-using-generative-advesarial-networks/
Episode 18: Psychics and the Paranormal!
Science and mysticism have been intertwined for centuries, but in many ways, science has also been used to perpetuate bogus spiritual experiences by charlatans and grifters within the spiritual and spirit community. Ghost hunters use thermal energies and electro-magnetic devices to decipher spirit interactions and charlatans used a wide variety of tricks to prove their abilities including magnets to show telekinesis among others! In this episode we touch on psychics, the paranormal, and scientific validity of both and the potential issues these can pose for our community.Resources: CIA Reports - please read these with a critical eye!Certain Problems in Biological Electrodynamics and Psychoenergetics: https://www.cia.gov/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP96-00787R000500090004-6.pdfPsychic Warfare: Exploring the Mind Frontier: https://www.cia.gov/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP96-00789R001001420001-3.pdfSummary Analysis of Remote Viewing: https://www.cia.gov/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP96-00788R000900870001-8.pdfScientific ArticlesNeuroimaging during Trance State: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3500298/Failure to Replicate Precognition: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0033423Precognition and Alternate Mind States Ganzfeld Study: https://www.research.ed.ac.uk/en/publications/testing-precognition-and-altered-state-of-consciousness-with-seleDifficulties of studying psychic ability (Journal of Parapsychology): https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2001-18747-002Accuracy and neural correlates of blinded mediumship compared to controls on an image classification task: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0278262620302414?via%3DihubElectromagnetic Field (EMF) studies: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2490801/https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/3494709/https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2490801/https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/cpr.12142Blogs/WebsitesScience of the Paranormal: Can You Trust Your Own Mind? https://www.livescience.com/52641-science-of-paranormal-ghosts.html
Episode 17: Words and Symbols
Symbols have an important role in the development of language throughout the centuries from hieroglyphics to the alphabets we know today, but within the occult community they also take on other meanings. Join the hosts as they talk about the science behind words and symbols in the occult. How accurate is the suggestion that a sigil is most effective when you destroy and forget? Is it possible to ever truly forget? Get lost in the murky waters of the unknown with us because its complicated.Resources:Perceptions of perceptual symbols: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/behavioral-and-brain-sciences/article/abs/perceptions-of-perceptual-symbols/3F4B2D65B7685F18BF2C840E77761574Amodal/modal dichotomy of concepts (Review): https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11097-020-09678-yBiological abnormality of impaired reading is constrained by culture: https://www.nature.com/articles/nature02865Brain mechanisms linking language and action: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15959465/Language in context: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15809000/Parallel memory systems...: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16828565/From symbols to sounds: visual symbolic information activates sound representations: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15318877/Neurochemical and neurological localization of semantic processes: https://www.cell.com/action/showPdf?pii=S1364-6613%2813%2900122-8Uses, misuses, new uses, and fundamental limitations of resonance imaging in cognitive science: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5003851/Neuroimaging during trance state: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3500298/The Demonstration of Short Term Consolidation (a concept similar to the burn and forget sigil activation): https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0010028598906843?via%3Dihub
Episode 16: Chaos Magic and New Paradigms with Kapt!
We are delighted to welcome a close friend of ours to the podcast for this episode! Kapt is a chaote, planetary magician, yoga instructor, and fantastic astrologer who was willing to sit down and talk to us about chaos magic. We discuss its origins, some of the key tenets, ways to go about engaging in this eclectic tradition and common misconceptions about chaos magic in the witchcraft community. Grab a drink and sit for a spell as we discuss philosophy and experimentation within this paradigm!Resources:The Neural Basis of the Dynamic Unconcious: https://www.nyu.edu/gsas/dept/philo/faculty/block/papers/BerlinTreatment.pdfAre there levels of consciousness? https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S136466131630002XBook Recommendations:Hands on Chaos Magic: Reality Manipulation Through the Ovayki Current by Andrieh VitimusThe Chaos Protocols by Gordon White (full disclosure, I [Astra] am still reading this, but thus far it has been interesting. As always, read with critical thought!)
Episode 15: Spiritual Shower Thoughts Pt. 2
Our last shower thoughts episode was quite popular (and we had a blast recording it), so we figured we'd do a second one with some thoughts we weren't able to talk about last time. The hosts discuss the possibilities of animals practicing magick, what happens when you eat a binding spell, whether or not you can work with the genius loci of certain architectures or large scale structures like a subways and more! Lots of fun discussion, so pop into the lab and join us!
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Finally! A podcast I can relate to! Science and witchcraft are my passions. I am absolutely loving this podcast! Thank you so much! Incredibly insightful & knowledgeable.
This is a great podcast that merges science and the occult in an intelligent and balanced way. All of the hosts are knowledgeable and well spoken when it comes to the topics.