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    Mod+ 281. DR. EVAN THOMPSON FINDS NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE EVIDENCE UNCONVINCING

    I just caught this show, which I found very frustrating. To me the explanation for Thompson being able to look straight at the evidence and remain unimpressed, while sounding very calm and rational, has everything to do with how he weights the larger issues before even encountering the evidence...
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    Mod+ 261. WHY SCIENCE IS WRONG...ABOUT ALMOST EVERYTHING

    Alex, my first thought for Skeptiko 3.0 is the Big Questions. What does the data tell us about those big questions? What does the data tell us about God, for example. You could do multiple shows on that--what does the NDE data tell us? What does the psychedelic data tell us? What does the...
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    Mod+ 255. IAN MCCORMACK’S EXCLUSIVELY CHRISTIAN NEAR-DEATH EXPEIENCE

    Alex, I'm really glad you did this show. I feel bad, though, for how antagonistic it got. I am surprised that MacCormack is so dogmatic. Not a pleasant guy when challenged. This issue of the philosophy of NDEs is a very important one to me personally. As you know (speaking to Alex) a colleague...
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    Mod+ 254. HOWARD STORM TRANSFORMED BY NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE

    I'm coming in late on this, but I thought it was a really good show. I've long had a similar reaction to Howard Storm's NDE--it just seems so Christian, more Christian than the vast majority of NDEs. There is a great deal that I really like about Storm's NDE, including most of his conversations...
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    Mod+ 249. TIM FREKE ON SOUL CRUSHING SCIENCE

    "All hat and no saddle"--I never heard that one! OK, I'll do some fishing around. What sort of topic should I throw out to them? Did Jesus exist? What can we know for relatively certain about him? Or something else?
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    Mod+ 249. TIM FREKE ON SOUL CRUSHING SCIENCE

    As long as Freke stayed on spiritual matters, I liked much of what he had to say. I find it hard to argue with someone who says that it all comes down to love. That's a message I'd like to hear more often. However, when he talks about Jesus, the credibility floor just falls out from under him...
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    Mod+ 248. BERNARDO KASTRUP SAYS MATERIALISM IS BALONEY

    Alex, I'm really glad you did this interview. I first encountered Bernardo on this show and since then have avidly followed his blog and have read three of his books, including this one. I really appreciate how he synthesizes a disciplined and relentless philosophical mind with a willingness to...
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    Mod+ 246. DR. MICHAEL GRAZIANO LIKENS NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE RESEARCH TO ASTROLOGY

    You're right, it really is nonsense. Of course there is consciousness. That's the one thing that none of us can ever doubt. I think that functioning brain issue is part of where you weren't quite getting him. Of course he believes you need a functioning brain to, well, do whatever the brain...
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    Mod+ 246. DR. MICHAEL GRAZIANO LIKENS NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE RESEARCH TO ASTROLOGY

    What a revealing interview. So this is one of the keepers of the keys to our culture's intellectual castle? First of all, forgive me for saying so, Alex, but my impression is that you weren't quite grasping the real nature of his argument. It seems to me that what he's saying goes like this...
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    Mod+ 243. SCOTT DE TAMBLE EXPLORES LIVES BETWEEN LIVES

    OK, I've finished the interview. I'm sorry, Alex, that you did not get the experience you were hoping for. But at least you went to a more genuine level of hypnosis than you have before. Now that I've heard the whole thing I have to say that I'm a bit surprised at just how unconcerned De Tamble...
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    Mod+ 243. SCOTT DE TAMBLE EXPLORES LIVES BETWEEN LIVES

    I'm still making my way through the interview, but I have admit that I am very skeptical of past-life regression and between-life regression (as well as hypnotic future progression). I tend to accept Ian Stevenson's view of hypnotic regression (and very much accept the validity of children's...
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    Mod+ 242. OLIVER HOCKENHULL, NEURONS TO NIRVANA

    What I quoted wasn't my NDE. However, your drowning experience sounds like it had an element of an NDE, though I expect not enough to qualify as a full-blown NDE.
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    Mod+ 242. OLIVER HOCKENHULL, NEURONS TO NIRVANA

    I read Strassman's book with interest. I have no idea what is happening with DMT and with the entities people encounter. However, it is completely obvious that DMT experiences--whether real or hallucinatory--bear little resemblance to NDEs. I think Strassman's subjects had one experience that he...
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    Mod+ 242. OLIVER HOCKENHULL, NEURONS TO NIRVANA

    What I found interesting about the comments in this book is that they were by psychedelic researchers who believed deeply in the world-changing potential of the drugs and felt that Leary ended up ruining it for everyone.
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    Mod+ 242. OLIVER HOCKENHULL, NEURONS TO NIRVANA

    Very interesting firsthand comparison of NDEs and psychedelics: The Difference Between Drug-Induced Spiritual Experiences & Near-Death Experiences By NDEr Diane Goble "The difference is brain chemistry is affected by LSD. During a NDE experience, consciousness leaves the brain. Consciousness...
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