Sunday, March 01, 2009

My interview at Skeptiko - a bit of a wild ride!

This is the transcript of the interview I did with Alex Tsakiris at Skeptiko. It got a bit testy at times. Here's a snatch on the subject of reincarnation. In the context, I was trying to explain that the fact that some children know what happened to a deceased adult is not necessarily obvious, slam dunk proof of reincarnation:
Denyse O' Leary: ... there’s probably more than one model that might explain what was happening responsible research is that the mind is not as closely link to the brain as has been formerly thought. So that way, one can move out into an area that’s well-sourced without attracting a whole bunch of [c]ranks because we do need to admit that this sort of research; any sort of research like this and I include that in the Christian community as well as others could attract [c]ranks. So that’s why some of us tend to try to be fairly based on.

Alex Tsakiris: I really have to take issue with that because I think it’s a strategy that folks in the parapsychology and in the other alternative conscious community have tried to do. Have tried to kind of bow to the altar of materialism and say, “No, we just want our little peace over here” and I think it’s a failed strategy. I think the accounts…

Denyse O’Leary: You’re the first person who has ever suggested that I was bowing to anyone like that but you go on.
It was a lot of fun, actually, and I hope you enjoy it.

(Note: I switched "pranks" in the quoted transcript above to [c]ranks. "Cranks" is what I said, and what I meant. Some of the rest of the transcript could do with editing for sentence flow, but I am not getting involved with that ...)