Fascinating Skeptiko

Alex Tsakiris' Skeptiko podcast has long been one of my favourite audio sources, featuring regular interviews with leading researchers and pundits discussing my favourite topics. And some of the recent shows have been especially fascinating, and worth pointing out. Click through to any of these if they take your fancy...

  • “God Helmet” Inventor, Dr. Michael Persinger Discovers Telepathy Link in Lab Experiments: In the 1980’s Persinger made headlines with his “God Helmet”, a device that stimulates temporal lobes with a weak magnetic field in order to produce religious states. Now, Persinger has discovered the same type of brain stimulation can create metal states conducive to human telepathy. “What we have found is that if you place two different people at a distance and put a circular magnetic field around both, and you make sure they are connected to the same computer so they get the same stimulation, then if you flash a light in one person’s eye the person in the other room receiving just the magnetic field will show changes in their brain as if they saw the flash of light. We think that’s tremendous because it may be the first macro demonstration of a quantum connection, or so-called quantum entanglement.
  • EEG Expert Can’t Explain Near Death Experience Data… and, Dr. Penny Sartori Finds More Than Hallucinations in NDE Accounts: Does a flat EEG really mean no brain activity? NDE doubters have claimed activity deep inside the brain, beyond the reach of EEG instruments, must account for the complex “realer than real” experiences reported by those who briefly pass into the afterlife. Now, University of Toledo Neuroscience researcher, and EEG expert, Dr. John Greenfield explains why this claim doesn’t hold up. The timing of NDE memories is the research question Dr. Penny Sartori sought to answer, “I worked in the intensive care unit and because of the nature of my job, of course, I’d come across a lot of death... For the people who had a near-death experience and out of body experience [their recollection of resuscitation] was really quite accurate...there was a stark contrast really in the very accurate out of body experiences reported and then the guesses that the control group had made."
  • Global Consciousness Project Welcomes Collaboration With Skeptics: While the research results of the 12 year old Global Consciousness Project have withstood serious skeptical examination from researchers who’ve dug into the millions of test results collected on the publicly available website, skepticism persists. But according to Alex Tsakiris, host of the Sketiko science podcast, dialog between controversial science researchers and their doubters is a good for science... We’ve helped initiate a collaboration on the Global Consciousness Research Project work of Dr. Roger Nelson, and a skeptical researcher from the University of London named Dr. Chris French. That’s a step in the right direction.

If you use iTunes to subscribe to podcasts, Skeptiko is a good one to add to your list.

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MacaPaca's picture
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27 July 2009
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6 years 33 weeks

I've been a fan for a while.

Alex is a self-confessed believer, but I admire him for having the balls to invite the hardline skeptics to have their say. Unfortunately, they rarely make a repeat appearance (Ben Radford excepted).

Oh well.

nycjeff's picture
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3 March 2009
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3 years 17 weeks

"Alex is a self-confessed believer..."

Although I believe he contends that he started out more on the other side of the 'skeptic'/believer divide.
Either way, I also enjoy his show and wish there were more like it.