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Peeranormal Podcast

This show is hosted by Dr. Mike Heiser, author of the game-changer in supernatural theology, The Unseen Realm, the "parent" book--if you will--of Doug's The Unseen Realm: Question and Answer Companion, which Dr. Heiser edited.

With the increase in paranormal shows like Ghost Hunters and an explosion of podcasts and books on these topics, the idea of the show is to take pretty much any paranormal topic you can think of and engage with the topic via peer-reviewed literature that we have read ahead of time. The panelists (including Hollywood screen writer and supernatural biblical Christian author Brian Godawa) are all Christians from various denominational backgrounds. 

Episode 3 - Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP). This episode features co-hosts Doug Van Dorn, Brian Godawa (award winning Hollywood screen-writer and author of the best-selling Nephilim Chronicles), Natalina (Beyond Extraordinary podcast), Trey (Naked Bible podcast), and Doug Overseer (Seers See Ministries). This episode deals with the "voices" from the otherworld that ghost hunters claim to record. We deal here with ghosts, demons, prohibitions about contacting the spirit world, and the claims of these EVP noises.

Episode 4 - Crop CirclesCrop circles are well known — patterns that appear in fields of crops when certain areas of the field are compressed. Investigators have long noted how the stalks are bent uniformly, without visible damage. This episode of Peeranormal takes a look at some of the sparse academic peer-reviewed research on crop circles to discuss if they are man-made, created by an unknown natural force, or something paranormal.

Episode 5 ~ Vampires and Ghosts. Peeranormal’s inaugural Halloween episode focuses on academic research into vampires and ghosts with special guest Dr. Judd Burton from Our hosts take a look at vampirism as centuries-old myth and modern phenomenon. Where did the vampire legend come from? What were the historical circumstances since the late 18thcentury that contributed to belief in the fateful undead, hungry for blood? What about ghosts? Is there any empirical evidence that would suggest people can experience a supernatural presence in places said to be haunted? How would scientists try to make that case? 

Episode 6 ~ Sleep Paralysis. Sleep paralysis can be defined in several ways. In terms of the experiencer, it can be described as “a visitation by a malevolent creature which attacked its victims as they slept” (Cox). More clinically, sleep paralysis is understood as “a transient,conscious state of involuntary immobility occurring when falling asleep or upon wakening” (Cheyne, 2002). Research into sleep paralysis has produced compelling evidence that the phenomenon can be explained by brain chemistry and physiology in conjunction with REM sleep. But is that all there is to it?

Episode 7DMT, Psychedelics, Religious Mysticism, and Paranormal Experiences. This episode focuses on entheogens—psychedelic drugs that are known to cause “mystical states” of consciousness. Our hosts discuss Rick Strassman’s work on DMT, but that is merely a subset of entheogen study. Current research in the fields of brain science, psychology, and religion are struggling to explain how entheogens and the experiences they cause should be understood. The dilemma of consciousness, more popularly known as the mind-body problem, is at the heart of the struggle. Do entheogens simply affect part of the brain and its chemistry triggering new states of consciousness from inside your head? Or do these drugs separate consciousness from the organ of the body we call the brain, verifying that consciousness is distinct from the brain? Are God and other supernal beings experienced by people under the effect of entheogens just a product of the brain, or are they entities to be experienced by unhindered consciousness?

Episode 8 ~ Transplanting Personalities? There have been dozens of documented cases where the recipient of a transplant, often involving the heart, apparently take on the personalities of the organ donor. Recipients also report memories of the donor, and memories that belong to the donor, despite never having met the donor. These cases range from very young children to adults. How can memories and behaviors be transmitted from one person to the next when brain and neural tissue is not involved? Does this phenomenon relate to the question of consciousness?

NOTE: Doug did not appear on the first two eposides of Peeranormal. But you can listen to them here: Peeranormal Homepage