Be Reasonable: Episode #034 – Ian Clark


Ian Clark is an author and ESP researcher whose book ‘4.26am’ documents his experiences with sleep paralysis and why he believes human beings can communicate over thousands of miles via electrical signals transmitted by the heart.

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  1. #1 by Mike Ellis on December 8, 2015 - 20:11

    Have you noticed your habit of calling a guest’s point “interesting” whenever it’s a particularly weak idea?

  2. #2 by Marsh on December 9, 2015 - 00:37

    I have, some time ago. It’s the word my mouth spits out while my brain is filtering what I’ve heard and translating a response. Let’s not peek behind the curtain too much…!

  3. #3 by Rob on December 9, 2015 - 12:16

    Interesting how he makes an instant leap to asking ‘how’ this all works before actually confirming it even exists, but Ouija boards are apparently nonsense?

    It would of course be an interesting topic to discuss if true however there is nothing here apart from someone having dreams and saying “I had a think about it” – this unfortunately is just not good enough for anyone to take remotely seriously until he can come up with something, anything to support this claim.

  4. #4 by Jason on December 16, 2015 - 09:31

    Mike Ellis :
    Have you noticed your habit of calling a guest’s point “interesting” whenever it’s a particularly weak idea?

    Reminds me of when Mrs Brown says “thats nice”

  5. #5 by Ian Clark on December 17, 2015 - 13:13

    In the interview I have only given a broad view, so I understand some of the comments about it being weak. I would, however say there is much more to this than merely the interview and suggest reading the book. We have to start somewhere, and thought should be involved in the process. ISBN 9781785074127. Please bear in mind I am not an attention seeker and have never written a book before.

  6. #6 by Ian Clark on December 20, 2015 - 15:43

  7. #7 by Roland on January 5, 2016 - 16:08

    I’ve listened to every one of the 34 episodes of this podcast, and I think this is possibly the best of all.

    It has everything I’ve come to love in this series.

    The perfect combination of a continuous flow of unadulterated nonsense with the almost inaudible sound of tongue-biting and the masterfully understated scepticism.

    I was literally ROTFL at “I’m not sure that’s entirely true”!

    The guests actually perceive you as sympathetic !! How do you do it ?

    I really want to know if these interviews are done in person, because if they are I want to know how you can hold yourself back from slapping these people at the things they say.

    Brilliant work !! 5 stars !! Best comedy on the ‘net.!!

  8. #8 by Ian Clark on January 7, 2016 - 10:09

    I am utterly aware of being out on a limb for this, not only in the world of science, but pseudo-science as well. I am as an individual driven to tell others about this, mainly because the response to my issues was so poor. I suspect the comments made so far are by people who have not experienced hag-phenomena and again would direct them to the book.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_2_3?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=4+26am&sprefix=4+26am%2Caps%2C135

  9. #9 by Daniel on January 9, 2016 - 08:14

    I experience sleep paralysis quite often, and there isn’t anything special about it. It’s entirely natural and can happen to anyone. Mr. Clark, you need to research this further.

  10. #10 by Ian Clark on January 10, 2016 - 15:55

    I agree it is entirely natural. I suspect mammals and birds have it, not just human beings. I am not claiming it is magic, or anything special in that sense. I am continuing research, so far all of the explanations given for it (I don’t think any claim 99% certainty) have failings. My suggestion seems outlandish, and is extraordinary, however, that doesn’t automatically make it wrong. If I convince everyone it is true, it equally doesn’t make it so. Approximately +70% of the population will experience hag phenomena at least once during their lives. So yes, it can happen to almost anyone. To me the most overlooked aspect is the ‘loss of breath’, nearly every culture mentions this, it doesn’t fit the model that your muscles are immobilised to stop you moving in your sleep. We obviously breath whilst asleep, why would the lungs stop?

  11. #11 by Ian Clark on January 27, 2016 - 09:15

    Even though the group is based in Merseyside, if any members are in London on Saturday 27th February, I am at the Redbridge central library, Ilford from midday to 2pm. I am promoting the book and reading from it; and am happy to talk further about what the book covers, including ESP with anyone who is there.

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