State, Consciousness, Liberty and Religion: Graham Hancock Interview with Sonia Doubell (Video)

Thoughts on consciousness, cognitive liberty, the so-called “war on drugs”, the evils of the State, the delusions of patriotism and nationalism, the tyranny of established religions, the mysteries of Ayahuasca, and the strength and fundamental goodness of the human spirit.

9 Comments on "State, Consciousness, Liberty and Religion: Graham Hancock Interview with Sonia Doubell (Video)"

  1. Anyone wanting to listen to more of Graham Hancock should check out the Joe Rogan Podcast #142, either on his website on maybe on youtube.

    • This guy is an obvious crackpot.  He is simply trying to carve out a living for himself by propagating bullshit and taking advantages of weak minds (like his interviewer).  But if you actually EDUCATE yourself it will become apparent.  Guys like this do not help you to enlightenment or education (which really are the same), but instead will mislead you and give you temporary good feelings.  Inevitably reality sets in.  Stay away from charlatans like Hancock.  Stick with people who can really help you grow and understand. Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, Dan Dennett, Carl Sagan, Niel DeGrasse Tyson, in other words real scientists and thinkers, not pseudoscientists like this wannabe cult leader.

      • Jin The Ninja | Apr 1, 2012 at 1:30 pm |

        the cult of new-atheists is not in the least inspiring nor philosophically improved to graham hancock in any way.

      • Ceausescu | Apr 1, 2012 at 2:04 pm |

        Comparing the philosophy of Consciousness with astrophysics is a fallacy.

        I won’t even bother going into details..

      • Antediluvian | Apr 1, 2012 at 2:14 pm |

        A bunch of vulgarizing authors and reactionaries.  Nice list..
        I think Hancock’s Supernatural is a nice introduction for any would-be psychonaut.  And his Fingerprints of the Gods was the reason I started delving into history when I was young.  Hancock raises questions most of the time, and with good reason.  You make up your own mind about it.  I rather have a bunch of new age Hancock cultists ( whatever/wherever those guys may be ), than any New Atheist clique who are the instigators of islamophobia around the whole Western world.  

      • Antediluvian | Apr 1, 2012 at 2:17 pm |

        Also, not sure if troll or not.  Could be an april fool.

      • InfiltratedSlacker | Apr 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm |

        What exactly are you implying?  That these people don’t speak of this subject, therefore no one should?  Because what Hancock talks about and what the people on your list talk about don’t seem to overlap at all – apart from them all condemning Abrahamism – but there they agree.

        I rarely hear, if ever, Niel DeGrasse Tyson mention consciousness and psychedelics.  Maybe ask your fascist materialist celebrities if they have woven these items into their worldview, and see if they can come up with something better than hand-waving dismissals.  “Skepticism” is supposed to be pointed at itself – at all times.

      • Lifobryan | Apr 2, 2012 at 10:37 pm |

        Frankly, I see quite a bit of similarity between fundamentalist materialism/atheism and fundamentalist religion. While I appreciate the points of view offered by Hitchens, Sagan, et al, I also have to acknowledge that a point of view is just that … a limited assessment of observable data. Scientific instruments can only measure what they are designed to measure. Consciousness, art, experience, etc cannot be quantified like beans in a jar or numbers on a chart. Only the facilitating mechanism can be quantified. Fundamentalist religion makes the same mistake in attempting to quatify mystery in terms of belief structure & hierarchy. Both miss the point …. the happy trip to grandma’s house is facilitated by the pistons in the engine of the car that drove you there …. but the experience of the visit is not about the mechanism. 

  2. Scruffy noticed some subliminal propaganda in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. In one of the cut scenes they’re talking about patriotism, and at the same time they’re making you do one of the reaction things (press R NOW!… missed it), so you not only repeat the same scene over and over if you miss, but you can’t read or pay full attention to what they’re saying in the video while you’re trying to react.

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