Del Mar, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/24/2015 -- Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with Harvard-trained social scientist Dr. Jeffery Martin. During the interview Martin discusses the goals of his research on transformational states:
Alex Tsakiris: Dr. Martin, what's your goal in this? I hear you talking about engaging video game makers and other culture makers and I just scratch my head and go, really? Is that where we're going with this? Or you talk about, equally kind of hard for me to grasp is you talk about engaging religious leaders which–in what way? To kind of tell them you're wrong again? What is your goal in some of that culture making and culture war kind of stuff?
Dr. Jeffrey Martin: I think from our standpoint, you know, we've got a lot of data around a very different sort of sense of self than is traditionally researched and is prevalent in society today. So a question for us is, you know, how do we get that information out in meaningful ways that are able to significantly impact people's lives? Because it does seem quite beneficial. I don't think you release something that produces a permanent shift in someone without releasing the undo button for it right? I mean we're not advocates that like everybody should want this and everybody should experience this and this should just be enforced from on high you know, by the powers that be or should be subliminally put into you know media or whatever else but it's certainly…it's certainly hard for anyone in our position seeing the data that we've seen over these years to say that it shouldn't be widely and more reliably available.
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