For the first time in history, all of humanity is interconnected. Imagine the impact of that.
This is a podcast for social geeks in the prime of life who watch the news with a gnawing feeling of emptiness. It is one mind’s attempt to find answers to the most ridiculously big questions: Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going? Pretentious? You bet.

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Mind the Shift
For the first time in history, all of humanity is interconnected. Imagine the impact of that. This is a podcast for social geeks in the prime of life who watch the news with a gnawing feeling of emptiness. It is one mind’s attempt to find answers to the most ridiculously big questions: Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going? Pretentious? You bet.
24. ”That little ego voice in your head is nothing more than an annoying roommate” – Eben Alexander
by Anders Bolling

The near-death experience of Dr Eben Alexander is astonishing in its depth, and it is especially interesting since Dr Alexander was part of the mainstream scientific community. He was in a week-long coma, and his brain was all but destroyed. He shouldn’t have been able to experience anything. Yet he visited realms that he describes as far more real than this physical plane. Against all odds he recovered to tell about it. His story has been the key for many other scientists to open the door to a non-physical reality.

”The reason the scientific community has taken my experience so seriously has to do with the documentation of the damage to my neocortex. It should have, by all principles of modern neuroscience, eliminated all but the most rudimentary forms of consciousness. But what I experienced was an extraordinary expansion of consciousness”, says Dr Eben Alexander in this episode.

”And my recovery has no explanation in modern Western science.”

Alexander tells about a timeless existence, first in what he describes as the realm of the earthworm’s eye view. Later a light which served as a portal ushered him into an ”ultra-real gateway valley”. ”I was merely a speck of awareness on a butterfly wing. There were millions of other butterflies. The valley was fertile and lush, no sign of death or decay, there was a crystal clear pool, sparkling waterfalls. It was a real paradise. I had no memory of Eben Alexander’s life. I had no language. I just had this phenomenal experience, which is sharp and clear in my memory even to this day, twelve years later.”

In the gateway valley Eben Alexander was accompanied by a soul who conveyed a profound message: ”You are deeply loved and cherished forever, you have nothing to fear, you will be taken care of.”

”I cannot tell you how comforting and validating that message was. It basically welcomed me home.”

When he reached what he describes as the core realm, language fails almost completely. ”I often use analogies. It was like standing on the edge of a black hole, on the event horizon, where time has stopped and the universe has crystalized.”

Couldn’t it have been a vivid dream? No, says Dr Eben Alexander:

”This existence is dreamlike compared to that. That is far crisper, far more alive, far more real. And modern neuroscience will tell you that if we are to have a dream or hallucination, the details of that experience must be assembled in some part of the neocortex. My neocortex was off, that’s documented.”

For all of this to make sense, says Dr Alexander, you must realize that a huge part of how it all works is reincarnation. ”The scientific support for reincarnation is overwhelming. At the University of Virginia, over 2.500 children’s memories of past lives have been discerned objectively. It completely violates conventional materialistic neuroscience, but that’s because conventional materialistic neuroscience is completely wrong.”

”The scientific community is shifting very rapidly. Interviewers used to try to set me up with a materialist scientist that represented ’the other side’, but it got harder and harder to find anybody that had anything meaningful to say from that camp.”

Dr Alexander’s website features his books Proof of Heaven, The Map of Heaven and Living in a Mindful Universe (with Karen Newell).

He is an adviser to the Galileo Commisson, which advocates ”exploring and expanding the frontiers of science, medicine and spirituality”.

Mind the Shift
Mind the Shift
For the first time in history, all of humanity is interconnected. Imagine the impact of that. This is a podcast for social geeks in the prime of life who watch the news with a gnawing feeling of emptiness. It is one mind’s attempt to find answers to the most ridiculously big questions: Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going? Pretentious? You bet.
15. Migration crisis? What migration crisis? – Hein de Haas
by Anders Bolling

Most of what you think you know about migration is probably incorrect. Listening to professor of sociology Hein de Haas, director of the International Migration Institute, makes one realize that both the media and the politicians have got the whole thing wrong:

  • Migration would be less dramatic with more open borders.
  • Poverty and conflict don’t drive most of migration, labor demand does.
  • The concept of climate refugees has no scientific basis.

”People say I shouldn’t say these things in public”, says Hein de Haas. ”But I think we need to be able to deal with the truth.”

Here are some other no-nonsense quotes:

”The Turkey deal (between the EU and Turkey) shows we aren’t too worried about what happens to refugees.”

”International migration has been remarkably stable over the decades at around three percent of the population.”

”Nine out of ten Africans that move to Europe do so legally.”

”There is a tendency at the UN and other organizations to paint a misleading picture that we are facing a migration crisis. This can actually undermine refugee protection.”

”The main cause of migration is quite simply labor demand. There is a huge level of hypocrisy around this.”

”When borders are relatively open, migrants don’t stay permanently. When borders are harder to cross, they stay.”

”Mobility should be considered a freedom in its own right. And it really doesn’t matter if you use it or not. It’s like the right to vote or run for office.”

Hein’s homepage: www.heindehaas.org

Hein’s book ”The Age of Migration”: http://www.age-of-migration.com

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