On January 21, 2020 Fahrusha welcomed award winning photographer Shannon Taggart to “Shattered Reality Podcast” to discuss her amazing book, SÉANCE. We discussed her photographs and how she came to document séances and the Spiritualist religion.
The book is broken into three parts: 1) Foreward by Dan Ackroyd, Introductions by Andreas Fischer, Tony Oursler and Shannon Taggart herself; 2) 150 different images taken over 20 years; 3) an image index written by Shannon which includes stories about each image in the book.
Fahrusha spoke about her graduate school experience with a very frightening spirit photograph taken accidentally by her thesis advisor Ed Pramuk, a wonderful artist.
Spiritualism is the first religion to use photography rather than painting for its iconography. Shannon brings together visual semiotics, surrealism, feminism, religion, spirituality and how media shapes reality. We at “Shattered Reality Podcast” spoke about how media shapes the perception of history in our interview with Diana Walsh Pasulka last year.
Shannon praised the work of George P. Hansen and his work on the Trickster. We discussed fraud in séances, and physical mediumship versus mental mediumship. Infrared photography is used by Taggart in some of her work.
Errata: The Ghostbusters actor is Harold Ramis not Harold Ramey. Apologies to Mr. Ramis.
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On January 7, 2020 Fahrusha welcomed Dr. Michael Cremo to “Shattered Reality Podcast” to discuss his discoveries in anomalous paleontology and archaeology. Over the course of an hour he spoke of a few of the voluminous findings of human bones and artifacts that have been dated much earlier than commonly accepted.
The first subject, we discussed was ‘knowledge filtration’, a term describing how scientists react to different categories of evidence that do not agree with their theories. This affects almost all studies in parapsychology, UFOs and much of the research into the nature of consciousness.
Forbidden Archeology argues against the current scientific paradigm that modern homo sapiens is 300,000 years old. We also talked about artifacts such as lithic spheres from Costa Rica and hematite grooved spheres from South Africa that are two billion eight hundred million years old. Some evidence has disappeared from view that contradicts the current scientific paradigm of the age of modern humans.
Sierra Nevada Mountains in Western US is a location where human skeletal remains and artifacts were found in strata that were 15 million years old. Cremo deals with extreme human antiquity and leaves the study of alternative history of more recent civilization (20,000- 50,000 years old) on Earth to others, though he finds it compelling.
Ellora Cave Temples in northwestern India may be examples from India of extreme human antiquity. Vimāna are pictured on the walls of those temples. Vimāna are flying palaces or chariots described in Hindu texts and Sanskrit epics. They may be identical with current UFOs. Michael describes three different types of vimāna of different material density.
Fahrusha mentioned that “Shattered Reality Podcast” has had listeners from 22 countries this past week on this venue alone.
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On December 3, 2019 Fahrusha was pleased to welcome Jerry Marzinsky to “Shattered Reality Podcast”. Jerry has been a licensed psychotherapist with over 35 years of experience working with schizophrenic and other psychiatric patients in state hospitals, state prisons, and hospital emergency rooms. His formal academic training comprises a B.A. in Psychology from Temple University, a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Georgia, and two years of study in a Ph.D. Psychology program.
We discussed the history of the treatment of patients classified as mentally ill and specifically those currently classified as paranoid schizophrenics. It seems they have mostly not been cured by psychiatry and they have been given the most incredibly barbaric treatments over the course of time. Currently they are treated with electro-shock therapy and anti-psychotic drugs. The electro-shock therapy burns out brain cells and can cause bone breakage, especially in older patients. Anti-psychotic drugs can be very useful to stop a violent outburst and may reverse schizophrenia if used at the earliest sign of the condition, but it is very dulling and has many side effects with continuing usage. Psychiatry claims that paranoid schizophrenia is caused by a chemical imbalance, yet Jerry says that in all his years of work with these patients, none of them were ever tested for this imbalance.
The big question is: Is it entities or schizophrenia?
After years of asking these patients why they would go off their medication, he discovered that the voices that the patients heard had much in common with each other. Then he began speaking not only with the patients but with the voices, which he believes are separate entities. He is joined in this belief by Emmanuel Swedenborg. Robert Monroe of the Monroe Institute spoke often about discarnate entities that live off the emotions of others. Don Miguel Ruiz, the world renowned Mexican shaman also speaks of this possession by entities. Jerry Marzinsky’s research partner is Sherry Swiney.