Be Reasonable: Episode #021 – Alan Sanderson

This month, Marsh speaks with Dr Alan Sanderson. As well as being the former president of the Spirit Release Foundation, Alan is a psychiatrist who treats psychiatric disorders by removing the inhabiting spirits of the deceased from his patients. His website can be found at

  1. #1 by Kernan Coleman on October 1, 2014 - 00:47

    I can’t tell you how much I’m enjoying this series. This one was especially poignant for some reason. He gamely trotted out every sad, tired old logical fallacy in a sort of weary way. The man is clearly not stupid, just utterly seduced by the tale of duality. It’s so sad to hear him go on about why nobody puts money into researching his very unimaginative spook therapy. These are genius. But then again, so are your other podcasts. Thanks for making my workdays much more interesting.

  2. #2 by Nate on October 1, 2014 - 20:02

    When you guys were talking about the brain and how consciousness is directly correlated with the brain, or not in his position, another point that wasn’t mentioned is brain damage. We have much information on how brain damage, or abnormalities such as tumors, affect personality and perception.

    His positions, and logic used to defend them, seems very post modernistic. He seems to think that subjective perceptions of results (near death experience or his own practice), or the results that have come out of parapsychology, deserve as much attention as the rest of neuroscientific or psychological theories. I agree we can’t discount ideas a priori, which skepticism does not do, but these things have turned up little to no objective data, or even genuine anomalies, relating to paranormal activities in the studies that have been done. I am pretty sure the amount of funding they receive is adequate to the evidence and data provided by them. Not to mention if there are genuine anomalies and issues with current theories they will, in all likelihood, be snuffed out in current research done by the “materialistic scientists”. Who wouldn’t want to be the group, or individual, that turned psychology and neuroscience on its head?

  3. #3 by D on October 9, 2014 - 22:20

    I liked that this fellow actually asked questions instead of just getting on a soapbox and ranting about his own beliefs. I don’t think I have heard Marsh talk so much in a podcast before.

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