Al Borealis, 2022 Year in Review |576|

As a long-time listener, I hope you keep the podcast going in one form or another. My personal journey has been greatly enriched by the show, particularly the consciousness and spiritual component. Thanks for all you've done.

I agree with the deep dive for a small highly curious audience concept. Your UFO discussion with Al was an example of a great conversation cut too short. I wanted to hear the rest of Al's views and better understand why you're troubled by them. That was the best part of the podcast, and it really needed its own show. I think Al would agree.
thx Zeke... noted
 
I have saved every skeptiko episode, numbered from the first, to ep. 530. I can if you wish supply a list of all those episodes with enough info in the file names to identify the subject or interviewee. You could then search the site for that subject/interviewee and hence view/listen to them in chronological order. If you're interested, let me know and I'll let you have the list.
Thanks Michael! Does the list have links to play the episodes? Currently on the website they are in order, but sorted newer>older so it autoplays in reverse, a minor inconvenience really (but it seems like I'd still have to manually click to play either way).

There are some missing episodes and some with links that dont play on the website though (due to missing audio files), so your list could be great to fill some gaps :)

Thanks again
 
Thanks Michael! Does the list have links to play the episodes? Currently on the website they are in order, but sorted newer>older so it autoplays in reverse, a minor inconvenience really (but it seems like I'd still have to manually click to play either way).

There are some missing episodes and some with links that dont play on the website though (due to missing audio files), so your list could be great to fill some gaps :)

Thanks again

I've attached the list as a text file.

I'm wondering how you search the site, or indeed any YouTube channel. The best way, I find, is to go to the main menu horizontally across the top and scroll right (using the ">" symbol) until you get to the search icon (an eyeglass), which you can click and then type your search string into the box that appears. Click enter and Bob's your uncle.

Actually, if you're searching strictly for chronological order, you can search simply for the show number. As far as I can see, they start #198, so you'd enter 198 to get that show, but unfortunately searching isn't smart and so for #199, you'd have to search for 199. And so on.

If you search for a given person, e.g. Kastrup or Sheldrake, enter their name and you'll get all the shows (after #198) dealing with them provided they're mentioned in the show title. Play around with it and see what you find.

Unfortunately, the items in the list don't link to anything -- I don't need them to because I have the actual MP3 files (17 Gigs!), of course.
 

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The NDE content sucked me into the show back in '08 and more recent themes of psyops/limited-hangouts/controlled-opposition have continued to provide me with a valuable service as I seek to navigate the world amid increasingly dense waves of weaponized bullshit. It's this service of aiding in the discernment of truth that I would miss most of all and which hope Alex continues to provide in some form because answers to the big questions will remain inactionable unless and until the smokescreen is cleared.

I can imagine Alex's new role taking a couple different forms. The first being something of a debate moderator (similar to Munk) where the first order of business would be to completely dismantle flat-earth / no-virus / no-planes type shit. Then, after mainstream appeal has been established, the debates can move into more interesting territory where Alex would be uniquely qualified to select representative arguments highlighting the truth as we already know it, and facilitate mass upward migration of consciousness.

Another way Alex could continue to be of service to me is to author some comprehensive work on propaganda and other forms of soft warfare. Imagine "the prince" but written for the modern era. Why does it matter? How long has it been employed? How effective is it? How can it be identified? How can it be countered? Does it effect the advancement of knowledge and the betterment of humanity generally? And probably most importantly: what is the state of the art?
 
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In light of the fact that Earth Humans learned Airplane technology as recently at 100 years ago, and the Universe being14,000,000,000 years old…
What are the chances that an ET who visits us would be flying around in something only a few hundred years more advanced than our tech?
 
Enjoyable to listen to skeptiko after the long break! :)
Al Borealis is a pleasure to listen to. He describes sociological developments so well.
 
I think entertaining the "no virus" idea for some people was rather that they AREN'T specialised in medicine, but had seen enough lies in other fields that their approach to other fields is to be extremely sceptical of the conventional model
 
Alex, I think if you'd described why you think the "no virus" model is a psyop, the way you described it when talking to Al, it would have made your case a lot stronger when arguing your case previously on the forum.
 
In light of the fact that Earth Humans learned Airplane technology as recently at 100 years ago, and the Universe being14,000,000,000 years old…
What are the chances that an ET who visits us would be flying around in something only a few hundred years more advanced than our tech?

I'm leaning more to the idea that at least some types of ET are so telepathic that they can teleport anywhere. So when they use craft, it's more like entertainment for them, like how we might use rollerblades, even though we can transport ourselves much more pragmatically using other methods of transportation
 
About the question at the end of the show, where skeptiko could head, I greatly appreciate your interviews, Alex. It's your journey and I'm just thankful you've given us the opportunity to have shared the back-and-forths of this learning journey together :)
 
I'm leaning more to the idea that at least some types of ET are so telepathic that they can teleport anywhere. So when they use craft, it's more like entertainment for them, like how we might use rollerblades, even though we can transport ourselves much more pragmatically using other methods of transportation
If they’re advanced to that degree they surely have technological cures for psychopathy, which is obviously the reason our planet still relies on combustion for power. Why would an advanced species withhold that type of tech from a less advanced species? That would seem to me much more of Playing-God than would the interference.
 
If they’re advanced to that degree they surely have technological cures for psychopathy, which is obviously the reason our planet still relies on combustion for power. Why would an advanced species withhold that type of tech from a less advanced species? That would seem to me much more of Playing-God than would the interference.
That's an important question. Based on the evidence, it seems there are different alien "species"/factions. Some appear to be giving humans technology, whereas others are trying to prevent this. Many of the most brilliant scientists are reportedly getting channeled information. Similarly in mythology, such as Protheus (the technology giver) vs Zeus, who is trying to keep humanity at a low tech level...
 
Many of the most brilliant scientists are reportedly getting channeled information.

I am pretty sure that has always been the case, but they rarely noticed.

Everyone has spirit guides, but most people don't notice the guidance.

The advantage of knowing it's guidance is that it is harder to ignore.

On the other hand it can lead to problems when you think it's guidance from a reliable source and is isn't one or the other.

I used to work as an engineer and when I would get stuck on a problem I would pray "... please show me how to ..." and it would work very well sometimes like magic. I don't care to debate where it comes from: God, spirit guides, or the unconscious mind or the flying spaghetti monster, - it just works.

That is probably the single best prayer for oneself that I know: ask how to do it, not to have it done. You get help in proportion to the effort you make.
 
That's an important question. Based on the evidence, it seems there are different alien "species"/factions. Some appear to be giving humans technology, whereas others are trying to prevent this. Many of the most brilliant scientists are reportedly getting channeled information. Similarly in mythology, such as Protheus (the technology giver) vs Zeus, who is trying to keep humanity at a low tech level...

Perhaps this is a repeated process like making a Damascus steel blade. Fold it over. Hammer it out. Fold it over. Hammer it out.

Or as in agriculture it might take many generations to breed in the qualities you desire.

Dropping tech gifts has a few effects: creates a short term power differential that might help a tribe succeed over neighbors, changes the rules of the game, draws focus to stuff, weakens the physical being.

Imagine “the gods” consider one “generation” of humanity to be 12,000 years… drop tech gifts (or downloads to creative types) here and there helping humanity up the tech tree. Then when we get to the top: cull, harvest, reset, start over.
 
Perhaps this is a repeated process like making a Damascus steel blade. Fold it over. Hammer it out. Fold it over. Hammer it out.

Or as in agriculture it might take many generations to breed in the qualities you desire.

Dropping tech gifts has a few effects: creates a short term power differential that might help a tribe succeed over neighbors, changes the rules of the game, draws focus to stuff, weakens the physical being.

Imagine “the gods” consider one “generation” of humanity to be 12,000 years… drop tech gifts (or downloads to creative types) here and there helping humanity up the tech tree. Then when we get to the top: cull, harvest, reset, start over.
I think there’s a lot of anthropomorphism in the assumption that a species so advanced to ours would operate in the constraints of scarcity as we understand scarcity. The idea that they would need to farm or customize us humans assumes that they’ve achieved type three civilization status while somehow maintaining psychopathic genes necessary to keep Scarcity alive.
 
I think there’s a lot of anthropomorphism in the assumption that a species so advanced to ours would operate in the constraints of scarcity as we understand scarcity. The idea that they would need to farm or customize us humans assumes that they’ve achieved type three civilization status while somehow maintaining psychopathic genes necessary to keep Scarcity alive.

Without scarcity, frustration in one form or another, what is the motivation to act?

When we meditate we step off (for a few moments) the wheel of karma, scarcity, frustration, and enter the center about which it all revolves which cannot be looked at directly or spoken of directly because light and words are part of the game. To stop revolving around in the domain of the game and fall into the center is to enter paradox, all/nothing, shimmering darkness, God, infinite, etc. ...and then we come back out again and step back into the game where we are driven in circles by the desire/need to acquire something we don't have.

Beings of a more advanced civilization might also - for a moment - meditate or cease entertaining the scarcity that drives action, but then we wouldn't encounter them because they'd be sitting still somewhere. Those who are moving about doing things are driven by something which means there is something they want that they don't have.

What do they want with us that they don't have? It could be analogous to our efforts to create an AI agent. We adjust some parameters in the environment, adjust some parameters in the architecture of the agent, then run the sim a few million times and see what happens because it isn't completely predictable what the result will be. And perhaps our AI creation operating on a different time scale to us would surprise us and even threaten us... does Tower of Babel ring a bell?
 
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I think there’s a lot of anthropomorphism in the assumption that a species so advanced to ours would operate in the constraints of scarcity as we understand scarcity. The idea that they would need to farm or customize us humans assumes that they’ve achieved type three civilization status while somehow maintaining psychopathic genes necessary to keep Scarcity alive.

Portland is what a scarcity of scarcity and lack of mortal challenge looks like:

 
Without scarcity, frustration in one form or another, what is the motivation to act?

When we meditate we step off (for a few moments) the wheel of karma, scarcity, frustration, and enter the center about which it all revolves which cannot be looked at directly or spoken of directly because light and words are part of the game. To stop revolving around in the domain of the game and fall into the center is to enter paradox, all/nothing, shimmering darkness, God, infinite, etc. ...and then we come back out again and step back into the game where we are driven in circles by the desire/need to acquire something we don't have.

Beings of a more advanced civilization might also - for a moment - meditate or cease entertaining the scarcity that drives action, but then we wouldn't encounter them because they'd be sitting still somewhere. Those who are moving about doing things are driven by something which means there is something they want that they don't have.

What do they want with us that they don't have? It could be analogous to our efforts to create an AI agent. We adjust some parameters in the environment, adjust some parameters in the architecture of the agent, then run the sim a few million times and see what happens because it isn't completely predictable what the result will be. And perhaps our AI creation operating on a different time scale to us would surprise us and even threaten us... does Tower of Babel ring a bell?
An example of lack of scarcity would be table salt. We have technologically advanced to a position wherein we will seed other planets long before we run into scarcity of table salt (excluding if caused by psychopath rulers.)
A type III civilization would view labor and energy the way we view table salt.. meaning “why would I use more than I need, I have an unlimited supply.”
Regarding their motivation to act, I would assume a mix of leisure/adventure/thrill. But I have no way to comprehend whether they would eliminate from their livestyle things like exercise/invention/exploration etc.. but I doubt it would be part of their survival programming.

Abductions, molestation, testing, gene editing… these seem to me more and more likely the actions of a breakaway civilization and not a visitor civilization.
 
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