All the bad reviews seem a bit suspicious.
Review of REVIEWS
The first REVIEW of SKEPTICO i read stated- “Episodes seem to Held Hostage to the Hosts desire to talk, at length, about the failure of Western Science and Materialism to Embrace a Larger Understanding of Existence.” - i thinks to myself... My main goal in life is to ‘embrace a larger understanding of existence’... -hence... I am 5-staring this pod after only completing a listen to one episode. This pod is a train on the same tracks to the destination i am heading in.
When the host talks 85+% and the guests are often good...
When the host talks 85+% and the guests are often good... There’s a problem.
Seriously. The name is so misleading
We already understand the failure of Western science and philosophy
This show is intriguing and the guests are great. Unfortunately every episode seems held hostage to the host’s desire to talk at length about the failure of western science and materialism to embrace a larger understanding of existence. Sometimes, however, one actually tunes into for the topic, which is not the topic, but merely the bread upon which the hosts butters his rant. It’s frustrating because this show could be an incredible resource of information and enlightenment. Instead, it’s disappointing and annoying.
Worth The Time
Thoughtful and intellectual consistent.
Support the show
I appreciate that Alex is working form a mass of data on the fringes of science, but he's so hard to listen to. Not because he's "hard hitting," but because he's not half as smart as he thinks he is. He sounds like a "gotcha" journalist. He thinks he's a no-nonsense researcher on a journey to describe the big picture, but he's no closer to figuring it all out than anybody else even though his tone is of someone who's almost there. He treats his guest like he's snared them in logical traps, but he's not smart enough to realize that the same "gotcha" reasoning he uses on them actually applies to what he's saying too. It's the most frustrating podcast I've ever tried to listen to. Like listening to a pebble pretend its a dam trying to have a conversation with the ocean.
I love Alex Tsakiris’ fearlessness to have a dialogue with anyone, regardless if you agree with his talking point. READ THIS. I dislike those that only talk to people that agree with them. No one gains anything in those scenarios and it is boring. Skeptico can approach a topic and whether you agree with the host or the guest it is an opportunity to challenge your perspective, if you are brave enough to listen you will like it.
Good heart, terrible manners.
I dig where he is coming from, but I am often so embarrassed for Alex that I can’t listen anymore. He interrupts guests so frequently and is often so unnecessarily combative that it makes me cringe. He frequently misses the point is guest is trying to make because he interrupts them to argue about why the point he won’t allow them to make is wrong. I wanted to like it so, so badly. I have listened to 15 or 20 shows and I wonder how this podcast is a thing. If you want great conversation about esotericism or conspiracy or consciousness, I would go with Rune Soup and Higherside Chats a million times over before coming to this podcast. His heart is in the right place. He isn’t a bad person, just a bad interviewer. If he would get off the high horse and get out of his own way and actually let a guest finish a thought and not act like a defensive 5 year old when guests call him out on his poor etiquette and apparent inability to listen, this podcast might be pretty alright. The one with Jason Louve and the recent one about the death cult of environmentalism illustrate my point. The one about environmentalism was absolutely insulting. I don’t know why anyone agrees to go on his show.
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Not just an interview
I couldn’t believe all of the 1 star ratings on this. Alex is very knowledgeable in the material and does not provide a basic interview with simple, open-ended questions that allow the guest to push an unchallenged narrative. This podcast is more similar to the “in conversation with” format that is more common in academic forums. If you’re looking for your favorites to go unchallenged, this show isn’t for you. If you don’t think solid evidence and resources are needed for this type of content, this show isn’t for you. However, if you tired of hearing the same basic answers on a topic and wish someone would push a consistent standard that actually moves the narrative of non-traditional research forward in a meaningful way, this show IS for you.
Important show, fascinating guests
Exposes ideas that are critical for humanity. Kudos to Alex for make this information available.
One of the smartest shows on the paranormal
The host Alex Tsakaris really does his homework and digs into the data on some of the hardest and most mysterious subjects out there — the nature of conciousness, near death experience, the ufo phenomenon, and how other flavors of the paranormal might just separate fingers to the hand that is objective reality. Alex brings on top quality guests, often highly pedigreed and educated academics in the subjects of physics, anthropology, medicine, psychology, and more. And while Alex admittedly abandons softball questions for sometimes antagonistic ones, he really moves the dialogue forward and brings out the best of the discussion. Highly highly recommend. The more I listened the more I’ve come to enjoy.
Service to humanity
These reviews demonstrate exactly why we need shows like this. Attacking the interviewer without actually dealing with the data. The “interruptions” are to the point and take the conversations deeper. The nature of negative comments are just supporting one of the premises of the show. This show has been tremendously helpful in helping with learning how to talk about these issues with a scientific mindset and allowed me the comfort of knowing that their are others out there thinking about these things after having my own supernaturale experience. (although ultimately still just normal extended consciousness).
I listened to the Jeff Riddle interview but barely learned anything about Jeff’s ideas because the idiotic, rambling host dominates the “conversation” with a constant stream of word salad brain farts. What a wasted opportunity to learn more about Jeff Riddle and his thoughts and experiences as a coach. The host has no real interest in his guests save for using their presence as a sounding board to pontificate his own inarticulate muddle.
Thanks to other reviews
I’ve read most of the reviews here. There are many comparisons to Alex Jones here. I despise that guy SO much that even if this host is only a LITTLE like him I’ll just move on. There’s too many really good pods out there and more everyday, I’ll skip the Alex Jones types. I like hosts who can just allow their guests to speak and for gosh sakes DO NOT insult them. Vote with your subscriptions people. Unsub
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Marrying science & paranormal
This is the only podcast on the topic I know of that is both open-minded and applies serious critical-thinking on “paranormal” and “pseudo-science” topics. Alex is an excellent host who probes the guests, but with real finesse, and doesn’t fall for the flim-flamers. I find him trustworthy and his pursuit of these subjects to be grounded in sincerity and integrity, not about the $ or ego. That’s unusual and refreshing!
The host is “special”
The show is average at best. Not very many quality guests and when he does have a good guest, he browbeats them with dumb questions that are biased by his own opinions. Also I have no respect for a man that told his wife he’d vote for whoever she wanted. Grow a pair.
It’s pseudo skepticism
The word “skeptical” has been weaponized it seems. Stuff like this and then the pro APGW site “skeptical science”... It’s like people have figured out that when you want to be completely un-skeptical then call yourself “skeptical”?
I don't need anything
Really love this podcast!!! He is not afraid to ask the tough questions and go to places most people are afraid to go!!!! Kudos! Always entertaining , informative and enlightening!!!! Keep up the amazing work! Thank you 💜
Ok idea, bad execution
This isn’t a bad idea for a show, but it lacks focus. Alex rambles over the guests, or does most of the talking and blows up at even minor disagreements or pushback. Usually he’s annoying and diverts conversations away from interesting directions, sometimes he’s astoundingly hostile and rude. In sum, it feels more like an excuse for him to talk to people than anything intended for an audience.
Get with it Alex.
Alex gets some superstar guests, but how I don’t know. The interviews are lacking in thought, logic and discipline. He rails against the materialists to his friendly guests and then when he gets one on the show he says very little to confront them and fails to come up with answers to questions that he should have easily handled. He has some good insight but some very silly ideas too. I am in complete agreement with his basic worldview, which is philosophical idealism, but his climate denialism just gives the materialists a huge stick to beat us with, almost enough to get me wondering if he isn’t running a false flag operation.
Interesting premise, not so great interviews
I love the idea of Skeptiko. I think there are a lot of interesting ideas out there, and to me it’s clear that some fringe science might be onto real phenomena, so the premise of Skeptiko is really up my alley. However, after listening to two partial interviews, I’ve quickly realized that the host is not the ideal person to conduct them. For instance, in one recent interview, it devolved into a rather childish argument with his guest, and in both interviews it quickly becomes apparent that the host (1) cannot stay on topic and (2) spends much of the time espousing his own views and perspectives rather than letting the guest talk. For instance, on a show asking whether or not Jesus existed, I listened for something like 15 minutes and the topic of Jesus’ existence didn’t even come up by that point because the host got distracted by talking about globalism, Alister Crowley and other issues. So if you have patience to wait and listen to the guests and can filter out the meanderings of the host, you might enjoy the show. It’s a shame given the topics sound interesting. If the host hones his interviewing skills over time, I’d be curious to give it another shot, but for now, it’s unsubscribe for me.
Excellent guests with a wide variety of expertise in esoteric and non mainstream ideas BUT the host can be very rude and annoying. I’ve heard him literally talk over his guests and insult them. The problem is that the guy is 100% sure of himself and his ideas/theories and is unable to hear people disagree with him or entertain other ideas. Listen at your own risk, I’m done.
A Clockwork Jon
Terrible. Host won’t let guest speak
Host was incredibly annoying and argumentative with his guests. Very rude. Would not quit interrupting his guest despite repeated requests by the guest to let them finish. I don’t know what this guy’s problem is but I am unsubscribing.
The complexity of the content of the discussions on this podcast give me a brain ache! (That’s a huge compliment, by the way). The only reason that I didn’t give it five stars is because I frequently find the host’s persona to be contentious and overly aggressive when he doesn’t agree with his guest’s methodology or point of view. When this happens, the podcast devolves from an Anderson Cooper-esque tone to a Bill O’Reilly one in a hurry, which is off-putting. The podcast’s incredible guests and stellar thought provoking content always leave me eager for the next episode, regardless!
Tiping point of idiocy
This guy is way to into fringe consripacy theories and whackadoo nonsense. Utterly devoid of intellectual rigor.
Much as I Hate to Criticize...
I’m afraid I must agree with the majority of these reviews which, as far as i can see, are uniformly less than complimentary. I made it though about two-thirds of episode 385, the Jason Louv interview, and frankly I was embarrassed on behalf of the host. His tone was reminiscent of a fundamentalist on the losing end of a debate, increasingly shrill and confrontational. He kept interrupting his guest, all the while chastising Mr. Louv for doing so (he didn’t, at least not that I heard) and going off on disjointed and insuperable rants, offtrack personal anecdotes and tangents. For his part Mr. Louv, with whose work I hadn’t previously been familiar, conducted himself with professionalism and aplomb. His answers were intelligent and concise and his obvious (and understandable) irritation was kept firmly under control. It’s for this reason that I’ll be looking up his podcast and will be discontinuing my subscription to this one. Sorry, but if I wanted to hear inarticulate rants I’d turn on one of the mainstream news channels or the 700 Club.
Compares Homosexuality and Trans People to Pedophiles?
I’m gonna be honest I loved the show. I listen to tons of these podcasts and enjoyed all of them they were fun. They got me to thinking. But then I listen to the one on Pizzagate where his guest Bob Hamer compared “homosexuals” and “transsexuals” to pedophiles and not once did the host challenge him instead saying they mostly agreed on everything. Being gay is no different than raping little kids? What kind of vile propaganda dressed up as spirituality is this? Absolutely disgusting. Episode 357. Go listen.
I wish I would’ve found this sooner!
I heard Alex on the THC show. I had never heard of this podcast before that. I’m SO excited I discovered it. I’m always looking for new podcasts I like and this is right down my alley. It has EVERYTHING I’m in to and I’ve learned so much in just the cpl of episodes I’ve listened to. Absolutely LOVE IT!!! Wish they made more like this that were this good.
Don't always agree but enjoy very much.
Through this podcast I've discovered many interesting authors, artists, scientists and fascinating research centered on consciousness, spirituality, psychology, history, etc. It's a clear example of how it's possible to have an engaging conversation with someone you may not see eye-to-eye without resorting to confrontational argument at the first whiff of disagreement. Alex is doing a great job and I look forward to each new podcast release. If you don't like it, it's okay to move on. But if you do, you've found a gem.
Broken Heritage Twice Removed
I’m all for an interesting discussion between to parties with differing views. The host of this show seems to have an agenda he would like to push and little patience for information and opinions that contradict his own. Regardless of where one stands on these topics, all listeners are better served looking elsewhere.
Not for the haters
You have to admit if you are a hardcore skeptic, you are a hater. Look up the difference between an open or a closed system in Systems Theory. The reviewers of this podcast want to believe everything is random and there is no purpose to our existence, after all we are just robots living alone in a massive universe full of billions of planets in a closed system.
I've been binge-listening to this podcast for only a few weeks and so far I think it's outstanding. I'm having a difficult time understanding why there would be any negative reviews. In my opinion, the host projects open-minded skepticism, kindness, and a seemingly earnest desire to uncover the truths about our world; the seen and the unseen. I appreciate podcasts like this that offer incredible guests with diverse insights. I know how much time, money, and effort is required to produce content like this and for no money in return. I hope this podcast continues just the way it's going. Thank you for your time.
It’s a Thinker
Alex is very intelligent interesting and has a wealth of knowledge. For example I have read just about everything about NDE’s since checking out books by Dr Moody beginning in the 4th grade. 35+years later I still learn from his vast knowledge of consciousness. And isn’t consciousness square one of everything and everyone? If some conspiracies are simply too out there don’t fret his conspiro compass is as true as they come. He has fantastic guests and chooses his words very carefully. Also Alex stops to explain things as they arise. Something few podcasters bother with . Highly Highly recommended.
Great dive into subjects most don’t dare to touch. A+++
Has gone downhill.....
I listened to this a year or so ago and it was interesting. I picked it up again recently and it had turned into a pathetic paradigm- pushing mid-mash . You could almost hear the host thinking-“ok, what talking point can I reply with? Hmmm- maybe just deflect...”. The host sounds like an Alex Jones clone minus the testosterone. Many other good podcasts are available dealing with similar subjects - skip this one unless you a novice right wing conspiracy type that wants to wet your toes gently.......
I like Gordon White
You should try some occult workings and report back results
Organized attack on skeptico
It’s odd that pretty much every 1 star review was given a) 10years ago b)mentions Shermer c) calls tsakairos a ‘fake skeptic’ and mentions the word “woo” It’s almost as though it were an organized attack. As for me, I’ve heard plenty of things of interest on this pod and have become familiar with many other areas of interest and researchers because of it. Thanks.
If the Michael Shermer fanboys hate this podcast, I’m in! I follow the data wherever it leads and it lead me here. What a great interviewer! I love how he challenges his guests. Destroy that dogma!
Enjoy the content and manner in which is presented. Thought provoking and entertaining at the same time.
I am a regular listener of this show and feel its bad ratings are mostly due the show's title. This is NOT a show that will appeal to your typical self-declared "skeptic." This is a show in the true tradition of skepticism: actually looking at new ideas with an open mind. My only complaint is that Alex sometimes seems unnecessarily confrontational with certain guests. I understand his frustration with closed-mindedness in the scientific community, but would really like him to fall back a little and let these more conventionally "skeptical" guys talk - if only so I can better understand how such people operate.
My Dog Ate My Home
a new world, if you can take it...
I avoided this podcast for a couple years simply because I assumed it was a carbon copy of every other “skeptically" geared podcast. The ones that convert all newness to prosaic, defending science but never challenging it and talking more about what they DON’T believe in than what they DO. Well I was pointed in this podcast’s direction from the incredible Gordon White and when I got here only to see the MASS of scolding reviews that sound like a bunch of people that all came on the same bus, I didn’t need to listen to an episode, I just subscribed. I’m happy with this podcast and it’s attempts to think about the unknown with interesting guests. I don’t need for someone to tell me what is true or false and I don’t believe that is the goal of this show. Thanks Alex!!
An interesting podcast with a lot academically credentialed guests. Some episodes are better than others. The name may be a bit misleading to some though. This is not your typical cynical skepticism you get from guys like Michael Shermer and Benjamin Radford. Alex will oftentimes take the scientific establishment to task if what they are saying doesn't fit with the journey he seems to be on with his own research.
Turns the Mirror
Alex Tsakiris turns the tables on the people who claim to be skeptic when in fact they are True Believers TM. The host "follows the data" and demonstrates that most of the proponents of naturalism either do not know or do not care to know the results of rigorous research...research into areas they would rather ignore.
I enjoy this podcast and listen fairly regularly. I make up my own mind about the topics discussed not always agreeing with Alex. I am more sympathetic to some of the anti-materialist stuff than some of the UFO and conspiracy stuff. I withhold one star because sometimes, Alex is downright painful in the tense, confrontational way he deals with his guests. He could handle things much differently and get better results. I am not against debating and asking hard questions. There are skillful ways to do that and to still have a productive discussion. Sometimes, Alex just gets a fight going instead when it is totally unnecessary. The cringiness sometimes makes want to pull my hair! Aside from that, I enjoy listening and considering these matters.
Mainstream science questioned
Great topics and guests. Materialism, consciousness thoroughly explored and discussed. Alex is very knowledgeable.
exploring new science
An excellent, albeit imperfect, exploration of new science.
Breaking Down the Walls
This is one of those podcasts where I find myself having to re-listen to information that I have heard. Guests that are interviewed are progressive and offer the relief from the walls that science all too often creates. Skeptiko offers the listeners a chance to think out of the box in order to question what we think we know. Listen to this podcast if you are interested in the concepts of consciousness, life after death, parallel realities, extraterrestrial contact, and the like. I truly appreciate work like this! Thanks to Alex and all of his guest speakers! This podcast series is a treasure trove.
If this show offends you...Good!
The star ratings chart says a lot about this show. If you are a rigid materialist, think yourself part of some movement to enlighten/convert the rest of us, you will enjoy bashing this show for all the ways it rejects scientific atheistic materialism. If you can except the possibility of a spiritual realm or underlying reality and feel the claustrophobic pressure of the predominant materialist world view, you might find this show refreshing, informational and even entertaining.