Dr Daryl Bem Responds to Parapsychology Debunkers Skeptiko Alex Tsakiris
Interview with Cornell University Professor Emeritus Dr. Daryl Bem looks at the reaction to his groundbreaking parapsychology experiments.
Published on March 29, 2014
Interview with Cornell University Professor Emeritus Dr. Daryl Bem looks at the reaction to his groundbreaking parapsychology experiments.
Published on March 29, 2014
Swami Chetanananda is author of Dynamic Stillness, and The Breath of God. Here he points out that contemporary westerners often mistakenly believe that tantric yoga is essentially a sexual practice. Actually, tantra need not involve any sexual activities. The essence of tantra is a focus on life energy or “kundalini” associated with the nervous system, [...]
The problems of society result less from an intrinsic “evil” in human nature than from our failure to stop repeating behavior patterns from the past. Change, says Virginia Satir, begins with learning to accept and understand the many parts of oneself. Ms. Satir, is one of the most influential psychologists of the twentieth century, was [...]
She will answer viewers questions about the gradual process through which she became aware of communications with the deceased – as well as what she learned learning from James Van Praagh, Lyn Buchanan, Whitley Strieber, Tom Campbell, and others. Viewers can also ask about how her psychic sensitivities were sharpened as the result of traumatic [...]
This conversation introduces Cal as a new Guest Host for New Thinking Allowed. It focuses on parapsychology. Cal discusses his own work as an educator in the field and questions Jeff about his early work, including his book, Psi Development Systems. The discussion focuses on J. B. Rhine and the origins of modern parapsychology. Other [...]
Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD, is author of The Roots of Consciousness, Psi Development Systems, and The PK Man. Between 1986 and 2002 he hosted and co-produced the original Thinking Allowed public television series. He is the recipient of the only doctoral diploma in “parapsychology” ever awarded by an accredited university (University of California, Berkeley, 1980). He [...]
In 2021, Robert Bigelow established the Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies and sponsored an essay competition on the topic of the best evidence for the survival of human consciousness after permanent bodily death. Some 1,200 people applied to enter this event. My entry was unanimously selected by a panel of six judges as the grand [...]
Anngwyn St. Just, PhD, is a social traumatologist. She is author of the two volume set of books titled Trauma: Time, Space, and Fractals. She is also author of the five volume set titled Trauma and the Human Condition. She has worked throughout the world helping victims of war and disaster.
Here he reviews scholarship that places Zarathustra more than eight thousands years ago, at a time when Indo-European culture had not divided into Vedic, Greco-Roman, and European branches. Zarathustra himself was a religious reformer who endeavored to invert the older relationships between the gods and titans. Jorjani suggests that the spread of Indo-European culture was [...]
Here, he maintains that the mediumistic gifts that he has experienced since childhood are actually available to everyone. The grieving process can be an occasion for individuals to deepen their connection with the world of those he refers to as “the risen”. It is important to allow our friends and loved ones to grieve in [...]
In this three-hour conversation, James reviews his background in international law. He shares his interest in the rights of indigenous people and how they conflict with the modern tendencies toward standardization. Tunney’s writings on mysticism (light) versus repressive technology (dark) emerges from the insight that there has been a failure of spiritual evolution. This is [...]
This interview was recorded in Las Vegas, NV, where Walter was one of the award recipients of the Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies essay competition. Here he discusses his work as an archivist endeavoring to professionally preserve rare records of psychical research and spiritualism. Of particular interest is the research in Winnipeg, Canada, in the [...]
This is first in a new series of interview with Gail about the cultural practices of the Huichol Indians of Mexico, who are known for their peyote rituals. Gail describes her first two trips to the Huichol country and how she was welcomed into this community. She explains what life is like at 10,000 feet [...]
Here she describes in detail how her life history as a psychic experiencer led her to direct and film this unique project. Based on frequent UFO sightings reported near Catalina Island, off the California coast, she put together three teams of researchers – armed with extensive photographic and scientific equipment. One team was on the [...]
A Jungian psychotherapist, John Weir Perry, MD, is author of many books including The Heart of History and The Far Side of Madness. He suggests that the psychiatric community errs in treating visionary experience as a form of mental illness. Psychiatric labelling and the use of anti-psychotic drugs serve to stifle the valuable integration of [...]
Free will and purpose are not inconsistent with a universe subject to law. In fact, says Arthur Young, your free will would be ineffective without a determinate world to act upon. Young, inventor of the Bell helicopter and author of The Reflexive Universe, also discusses the difference between determinism the belief that everything acts according [...]
Megan shares her research that spirit marriage is practiced across cultures around the world, as well as her own journey into spirit marriage. Spirit marriage has been hidden in “plain sight” in historical religious and spiritual literature. The benefits of spirit marriage may include receiving helpful verifiable information, erotic experiences, union with the divine, and [...]
Here he describes four of the most important teachers he studied on his journey: Oscar Ichazo, founder of the Arica School (the Professor); American spiritual master Adi Da Samraj (the Guru); martial artist Michael Bookbinder (the warrior-priest); and psychologist, David K. Reynolds, who developed the system of Constructive Living (the Sage). He also suggests that [...]
Sally reviews the history of her parents’ remarkable careers. After receiving their doctoral degrees in botany, they determined to enter the controversial field of psychical research. Nevertheless, they became disillusioned with field studies of séances and mediums, and gravitated towards experimental studies. Using careful scientific controls and statistical methods, while not ignoring personal experiences, they [...]
John C. Lilly is author of numerous classic works including The Mind of the Dolphin, The Deep Self, Simulations of God and Center of the Cyclone. A trained psychoanalyst and former researcher for the National Institutes of Health, Lilly reveals a lifelong pattern of deep inner exploration, beginning with his psychoanalysis in the 1940s, his development [...]
Russell describes his own remote viewing experiences, starting as early as 1956. While conducting research at SRI International in 1974, when the remote viewer (Pat Price) failed to show up, Russell filled in and achieved an outstanding description of an airport target. He also describes an amazing series of coincidences that resulted in the first [...]
Edith Fiore, PhD, fascinating author of You Have Been Here Before and The Unquiet Dead, discusses her transformation from a conventional behavior therapist to a specialist in the application of spiritualist principles of reincarnation and spirit possession to psychotherapy. In particular, she talks about her experiences using “past-life regression” as a therapeutic technique.
Wendie shares that the medical intuition profession can be part of the healthcare team to help decrease medical errors and save lives. Her research shows that medical intuition can assist with increasing the accuracy rate of health assessments. Healthcare professionals can easily learn medical intuition to increase patient outcomes and satisfaction. Medical intuition can assess [...]
Here he points out that his remote-viewing mentor, Ingo Swann, expressed concern that alien entities were influencing earth’s population so as to stifle cultivation of our parapsychological skills. Swann felt that human have enormous psychic potentials and aliens find this threatening. He provides some details of his own potential alien encounters in the context of [...]
Here she describes her successful journey, of more than forty years, as a researcher in parapsychology. Her work encompasses remote viewing, distant mental influence on living systems, and psychic healing. Along the way, she worked with many luminaries in the field. She describes the nuances of navigating through academic and research circles, collaborating with skeptics, [...]
Keith Thompson, author of Angels and Aliens: UFOs and The Mythic Imagination, suggests that regardless of whether UFOs actually represent hardware from outer-space, reports of sightings and encounters with UFOs and their occupants are a source of modern folklore in the making. In tracing four decades of debate among UFO researchers and debunkers, he suggests [...]
Terence McKenna, co-author of The Invisible Landscape, says that human survival requires that we become aware of our responsibility for the future. McKenna proposes four key elements of his vision of the future: feminism, space exploration, cybernetics and an increased awareness of our interrelationship with nature and the plant kingdom.
Here she explains that the love and relationships we have with our friends and family transcends death and can continue in the afterlife. While mediums can assist with communication with a loved one in spirit, she encourages you to develop your own personal mediumistic abilities for you to verify the bond and continuation of your [...]
Fred Alan Wolf, PhD, is author of Taking the Quantum Leap, which won the National Book Award in science. He has also written Space, Time and Beyond; StarWave; The Body Quantum; Parallel Universes; The Dreaming Universe; The Eagle’s Quest; and The Spiritual Universe: How Quantum Physics Proves the Existence of the Soul.
Matthew Fox is a spiritual theologian, an Episcopal priest and an activist for gender justice and eco-justice. He has written 37 books. Among them are Original Blessing, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, A Spirituality Named Compassion, The Reinvention of Work, The Hidden Spirituality of Men, Christian Mystics and The Pope’s War. Most recently, he [...]
Human intuition and perception are basic and essential phenomena of consciousness. As such, they will never be replicated by computers. This is the challenging notion of Hubert Dreyfus, PhD, archcritic of the artificial intelligence establishment. Dr. Dreyfus, was professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, is author of What Computers Can’t Do and co-author of Mind [...]
In this provocative program, Michael Scriven calls to task those who maintain that all psychic claims must be either fraud or error. Such an attitude, he says, implies that current scientific models will never be superceded. Dr. Scriven is a multi-disciplinary scholar who has made significant contributions to mathematics, logic, philosophy of science, ethics, education, [...]
Here he maintains that detachment from body-mind identity is the core principle behind his teachings. When we can let go of who we think we are, we get in touch with our true Self. People are often afraid they will lose something of value if they become detached. However, RJ claims that, when properly understood, [...]
Here he describes his understanding of “ascended masters” based on his personal experiences – including intuitive and physical encounters and past-life memories. RJ maintains that there are 13 “old school” ascended masters, who were created as such. There are many more “new school” ascended masters who attained this status through a process of spiritual evolution. [...]
Jungian analysis focuses on unconscious archetypes that operate beneath our cultural conditioning. Transformation, says June Singer, must emerge from within, apart from any preconceptions of the analyst. Dr. Singer, a practicing Jungian analyst, is author of Boundaries of the Soul: The Practice of Jung’s Psychology.
Here he compares the standard, Newtonian view of time with other approaches. Einstein, for example, described the past and the future as stubbornly persisting illusions. Hermann Minkowski, who taught Einstein, referred to time as the fourth dimension. P. D. Ouspensky, the Russian philosopher who worked with G. I. Gurdjieff, postulated a six-dimensional universe with three [...]
Here he notes that René Guénon wrote about several types of initiation that deviate from authenticity: anti-initiation (i.e., materialism), pseudo-initiation (i.e., fantasy), and counter-initiation (i.e., potentially, if not actually, evil). He proposes that counter-initiation is the ultimate conspiracy theory – the conspiracy behind all other harmful conspiracies. He provide a number of examples, including Satanism, [...]
Although not a UFOlogist, Upton feels that the Traditionalist metaphysics of René Guénon affords him a foundation from which he can criticize the current wave of interest in UFOs. Guénon maintains that we are at the “end of times” in which dark paranormal forces are breaking through into our physical world. The UFO abduction literature [...]
Here he describes the historical evolution of the Enneagram beginning with G. I. Gurdjieff and Oscar Ichazo. He describes the ancient Sarmoung Brotherhood as portrayed by Gurdjieff. He notes that his own work is related primarily to spiritual awakening. The Enneagram shows a particular path toward wholeness that can be discovered within each of the [...]
Our real educational and cultural needs are in danger of becoming lost in the erroneous fascination with the information processing model of the mind. One of America’s foremost social critics, Theodore Roszak, author of The Making of the Counter-Culture and The Cult of Information, delivers a scathing indictment of the over-selling of computer and high-tech [...]
Here he explains that the Experiment With Time, written by J.W. Dunne in 1927, provides a protocol by which average people can demonstrate to themselves that our dreams contain as much information from the future as from the past. He offers a series of steps to aid viewers in discovering the truth about precognition (or [...]
Here she explains to Emmy Vadnais how she began working in the classroom to assist children in cultivating and understanding their natural intuitive gifts. She describes a variety of exercises and provides examples showing how young children responded. She points out that children can learn to acknowledge their innate psychic potentials without feeling ego-attached. Such [...]
A concern with nature and humanity is primary to the social conventions of organized religion. Matthew Fox, a former Dominican priest and spiritual theologian, was director of the Institute for Culture and Creation Spirituality at Holy Names College. He is author of numerous books including The Coming of the Cosmic Christ and Original Blessing. Fox says [...]
Here he points out that the great science fiction writer, Philip K. Dick, was “more Greek than Geek” – meaning that he paid more attention to ancient mythological and theological traditions than he did to modern technology. He developed a friendship with the late Bishop James Pike, who wrote extensively about mediumistic communications with his [...]
In this three-hour interview, he goes through many of the details regarding his 2008 coma and near-death experience. He explains why scientists have been particularly interested in his medical records. He describes three distinct stages of the afterlife that he characterizes as the “earthworm’s view,” the “gateway valley,” and the “core realm.” He shares his [...]
Here he identifies himself with Sufism and describes the influence of figures like Huston Smith and Frithjof Schuon on his thinking. He defines the traditionalist movement as one that recognizes the core truths to be found in the esoteric wisdom of the great religious traditions. He recalls his early years with the beatnik poets, the [...]
Arthur M. Young was the inventor of the Bell Helicoptor. He was also founder of the Institute for the Study of Consciousness in Berkeley, California, and author of The Reflexive Universe and The Geometry of Meaning. Here he states that insights about angular relationships were very important in the development of the helicoptor and led [...]
Here he points out that Swedenborg, an eighteenth century scientist, engaged in lengthy excursions into the afterlife throughout the last three decades of his life – as the result of a spiritual awakening. Dr. Rose describes Swedenborg’s visions of angels and demons and how they align with or conflict with the conventional Christian theology of [...]
Here he maintains that the afterlife depictions from near-death experiencers are quite similar to the accounts provided by young children who remember the intermission period between lives. With important exceptions, mediumistic descriptions as well as reports obtained during hypnotic regression tend to be laden with cultural prejudices. This raises the question of the extent to [...]
Studies show that many of us can exert a mental influence on the physiological activity of others in distant locations. Marilyn Schlitz, a parapsychologist and anthropologist, was a research associate with the Mind Science Foundation when this video was recorded. She suggests that this phenomenon, known as biological psychokinesis, may be the basis for much [...]
Here she maintains that quantum indeterminacy is not quite the same as “randomness” and that it does allow for the possibility of free will, which is otherwise incompatible with a completely deterministic universe. Physics, however, has nothing to say about consciousness — a term that is not defined precisely in any physical theory. However, it [...]
Here she remarks that sources of healing are always available to us if we allow ourselves to be receptive to them. She points out that this requires a measure of trust — as well as patience and persistence. There are many techniques that can assist with self-healing. These include meditation, visualization, and self-hypnosis. It is [...]