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 include:
Brian Godawa: Hollywood screenwriter and best-selling supernatural biblical Christian author
Natalina: podcaster, blogger, and all around star of the show
Doug Overmyer: pastor, podcaster, and supernatural enthusiast
The show is produced by Trey Stricklin.
P. S. Each link takes you to the peeranormal page for that podcast and has links to the peer reviewed literature we used in each program.
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 Circles. Crop 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 burtonbeyond.com. 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 7 ~ DMT, 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?
Episode 9 ~ Is Rh-Negative Blood Evidence of Alien / Nephilim Hybridization? The idea that people with Rh-Negative blood indicates alien or nephilim ancestry is on the rise in fringe internet communities and websites. In this episode our panel is joined by someone with medical training (MD) who is familiar with blood typing and the genetics behind Rh-negative blood. The episode discusses the nature of Rh-negative blood, its genetic explanation, and speculations about other traits associated with Rh-negative blood.
Episode 12 ~ Zombies. Are zombies real or just something Hollywood is into nowadays? If you’ve ever seen the movie The Serpent and the Rainbow, you know the question is legitimate. That movie was based on a book by Wade Davis, who earned his PhD in part on the basis of his research into “zombification” in Haiti. Davis and others theorize that zombies are real, and that they are the result of specific drugs given to individuals against their will that produce zombie-like states and behavior. The modern drug Flakka is a current, frightening example. Other researchers disagree, noting that zombie lore is very old and encompasses notions that sound a lot like demonization and possession. This episode of PEERANORMAL explores the topic just in time for Halloween.
Episode 13 ~ Bible Codes. Back in mid-nineties a peer-reviewed article was published that sought to legitimize the idea that the Hebrew text of Genesis encrypted meaningful information about modern persons and events. Their method for detecting the presumed encrypted knowledge was known as equidistant letter sequencing (ELS).This article (Witztum, Rips, and Rosenberg) became a reference point for journalist Michael Drosnin, who wrote the bestselling book, The Bible Code, shortly thereafter. Subsequent to the success of Drosnin’s book, Bible-code research expanded to the full Torah and beyond, to the rest of the Hebrew Bible. In this episode we ask whether there is such a thing as ELS Bible codes. Have other statisticians and biblical scholars agreed with Witztum, Rips, and Rosenberg, or are there serious problems with the method and its assumptions?
Episode 14 ~ Peri Reis Map (Doug was not able to make this episode, though I do love this particular topic). Discovered in 1929, the Piri Reis map, dated to 1513, was virtually unknown except by those who may have seen it displayed in its current home, the Topkapi Palace Museum in Instanbul. That all changed when Erich von Däniken made it part of his ancient astronaut theory in the 1960s. Other ancient aliens theorists have followed suit, as well as alternative historians such as Graham Hancock who, following the work of Charles Hapgood (Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings, 1966), theorized the map provided evidence of a long-lost advanced civilization. In this episode of PEERANORMAL our hosts discuss the scholarly study of the Piri Reis map, which is well known to experts in cartography and 16th century seafaring. Is it evidence of lost knowledge from a forgotten civilization? Ancient aliens?
NOTE: Doug did not appear on the first two eposides of Peeranormal or in the 15 episode. The 10th episode is a special interview and I was not on it either. But you can listen to them all here: Peeranormal Homepage