*Song by Sufjan Stevens performed and orchestrated by Lauren Eve. Please visit her channel here.* How the hell did we get here? October has disappeared in a blur of anxiety and stress. A half-dozen blog posts I halfheartedly cobbled together lay unfinished in my drafts. I, like most Americans, have been rattled to the core by… Read More America’s Identity Crisis: Seeking Wisdom from the Spirit World
It’s October! There’s a beautiful sense of withdrawing as the nights become longer and the trees give up their green for gold. For thousands of years, this was celebrated as the time when the veil between the worlds was thinnest and communication with the dead was possible. We continue this tradition through the modern holiday of Halloween and with it, all that represents our dark affection for all things paranormal. Unfortunately, October is also the month that paranormal and ghost hunting shows are at their zenith, and a new crop of so-called ‘ghost hunters’ appear each year, parroting the awful techniques they see on television. For some, ghosts are something to be exploited for thrills and YouTube hits. Well, I think its time I finally put my two cents in about it.… Read More Ghost Hunting For Thrills is Tactless And Cruel
I apologize for the provocative title, but reincarnation is a subject that many in the spiritual and new-age community feel is too obvious to bother with. The mechanics seem rather simple. You live one lifetime, die, go to the spirit world, hang around a bit, then choose another lifetime that will challenge you in new ways. … Read More Think You Understand Reincarnation? Think Again.
I intended on a different, more scholarly post today but unfortunately I must instead subject you to a rant. Below is one of many misleading media articles about near-death experiences that lead readers to assume that science has somehow ‘proven’ the mechanism for these superconscious experiences before and during clinical death. I would normally ignore articles like this,… Read More Media Continues to Spread Misleading Information about Near-Death Experiences
Warning: Rant ahead. Jannecke Oinaes (that’s her in the picture above) is a spiritual researcher from Norway who has been interviewing many of the new and popular new age authors, mediums and spiritualists and posting these interviews to youtube. Her website is Wisdom From North, and she posts on youtube under the same channel name. I find… Read More Is it Unfair to Ask a Medium for Validation? Channeling Erik Medium Annoyed by Request for Evidence of Abilities
The James Randi Million Dollar Challenge for proof of psychic phenomena has been terminated. The JREF page indicates that it is no longer accepting applications from the general public (celebrity psychics still welcome with TV crew). The foundation is going to be converted into a grant-making fund, however a review of the protocols will be… Read More The James Randi 1 Million Dollar Challenge Finally Terminated
A recent San Diego State University poll led by psychology professor Jean Twenge shows that Americans are five times less likely to pray as compared to the early 1980’s, and twice as many said they do not believe in God. The biggest decline is among 18-29 year olds, the so-called millennials. The study also shows that despite… Read More SDSU Study: Religion Down, Afterlife Belief Up Among Millennials; Reason? Feeling “Entitled” to get “Something for Nothing”
What does consciousness studies have to do with research about the afterlife? Everything. Before I continue my rant on the glaring problems of material science’s unsupported hypothesis of brain-based consciousness and the abhorrent suggestion that free will is an illusion (are we simply robots, or what?), I’d like to give you all the heads up… Read More New Documentary of Consciousness: “The Deeper You Go”, Limited Time Access through Skeptiko Blog
Humai is a technology company based out of Los Angeles that is making the rather presumptuous claim that within 30 years, they can provide the continuation of consciousness after you die by gathering data about your thoughts, speech patterns and behaviors, freezing your brain after you die, then loading the whole thing, plus data, into… Read More Company Promises ‘Life After Death’ by Transferring Consciousness To An Artificial Body
LiveScience put an article a little while back called Out-Of-Body Experience Is Traced In The Brain with the tagline: “What happens in the brain when a person has an out-of-body experience? A team of scientists may now have an answer.” Spoiler: They don’t have the answer. Not even close.