Does the CMB exist?

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One problem with science, or at least science developed by human beings, is that once a theory becomes established, it's very difficult to shift. Scientists who helped established this new theory move into senior positions. Once they're there, the last thing they want to do is openly accept that the theory they helped develop is wrong, even if its flaws become clear. If they did that, then the very reason for them being in their senior positions would be null and void, which would jeopardise their position, reputation, career and very attractive salary with non-contributory pension. Not surprisingly, many of them therefore fight tooth-and-nail to resist any ground-breaking changes in their field. This is why Max Planck, the Nobel-Prize-Winning physicist and father of quantum physics, said:

A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents, and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.'


Entrenched views and positions aren't the only problems facing anyone trying to overhaul a scientific field. If a field is fundamentally wrong, then it is likely that some key experiments, ones that support its main theories, were originally wrong too. Somehow, someone made a mistake with the measurements, or interpreted the measurements incorrectly. According to the principles of science, if those experiments were wrong, then scientists in that field would soon discover their error when they carried out those experiments again. This is because any experiment should be reproducible, as in anyone should be able to do that experiment and get the same result.

What scientists don't often mention to everyone else is that many experiments aren't actually repeated, once they've been published in a scientific journal. Firstly, it costs money and repeating an experiments doesn't help anyone's career. Secondly, if an established theory is based on that experiment producing certain results, then no one wants to do the experiment again because everyone 'knows' what its result will be. Even if someone actually does the experiment, and then discovers that its result doesn't fit the established theory, then they often think they just made a mistake, or back off from reporting it because they're scared of looking foolish.

It's therefore easy for scientists to fall into a disastrous trap. If a key experiment was poorly carried out, or if the interpretations of its measurements were wrong, but its results still lead to a theory becoming established, then an entire field in science can go in the wrong direction and not get back on the right path… which leads us to the title of this article, 'does the CMB exist?' I've explained in my book, The Reality Problem, that there are serious problems with the Big Bang Theory. These problems are so large that the Big Bang Theory cannot be correct and serious mistakes have been made in putting it together.

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There are two key observations that underpin the Big Bang Theory. Firstly, when we look at other galaxies, they are all red-shifted, which seems to indicate that they are all moving away from each other, This was discovered by Edwin Hubble (although he didn't actually discover it, Vesto Slipher did, but that's another story). Secondly, Penzias and Wilson discovered that our entire universe has a temperature of three Kelvin; this is known as the Cosmic Microwave Background or CMB. If we put these two observations together, it would seem that our universe once started at one point and was full of heat and energy. Since that creation moment, our universe has expanded and cooled.

But the interpretation of the data from these two experiments could be wrong. Firstly, all galaxies may be redshifted, from our point of view, because the wavelength of the light has been elongated as it travelled such huge distances to reach us. The further it travels, the more it elongates, thus explaining the red-shift effect. Secondly, the 3K temperature that Penzias and Wilson detected may not be emitted by our entire universe, but simply from our planet. This is a perfectly reasonable idea, since our planet radiates heat. The way to check this out would be to measure the radiation in different places on our planet and especially in space. This is why the following video is very interesting:



Pierre-Marie Robitaille PhD, who makes these videos, is a skilled engineer. He is also clearly a clever guy. 'In 1998, he led the design and assembly of the world’s first Ultra High Field MRI System'. The fact that he isn't a senior astrophysicist doesn't necessarily count against him; neither was Einstein. Is he correct? I don't know for sure but I think it's extremely important that different views and theories are put forward. At the moment, organisations like CSICOP (now CSI) and RationalWiki are effectively witch-hunting any non-orthodox views, rather than explaining those theories' flaws, which is non-scientific. They'd be far more beneficial to society if they instead openly discussed the huge flaws in orthodox science, and what should be done about them.

Dr Robitaille has made many videos on topics in astrophysics. I also enjoyed the following video on the so-called 'first picture of a black hole', which filled the media for a few days. His explanation of how the physicists involved put together their picture from actual measurements is an eye-opener.



Personally, I think Dr Paul LaViolette's sub-quantum kinetics theory is a more solid explanation of the universe's creation and development than the official physics theories. Unfortunately, I think the only way we're going to be able to completely re-assess civilian physics on Earth, and find out which theory is correct, is after a major war, or the collapse of civilisation; the current, orthodox civilian views are just too entrenched. Dr LaViolette also has this view. By comparison, I think the USA military classified physics theories are probably spot-on. When you have a $500 billion dollar annual budget and the ability to hide anything you create, and the ability to classify anything any civilian creates, and you also work entirely on the basis of practical benefits, then you're bound to get ahead. It would be fascinating to get a glimpse of what the US military has created, and how their physicists understand the universe. Here's hoping…

'Climate Wars' book - ten years on

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Approximately ten years ago, Gwynne Dyer wrote an excellent non-fiction book entitled 'Climate Wars: The fight for survival as the world overheats'. I reviewed that book five years ago, along with other books such as Six Degrees by Mark Lynas and Storms of my Grandchildren’ by James Hansen.

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I want to talk about 'Climate Wars' again because I was reminded about its predictions, last week, when I read that the Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan, had spoken of his extreme concern that India and Pakistan were on an inexorable slide towards war, and particularly nuclear war. The current military action in Kashmir had sparked this concern, but there are also ominous long-term trends. Climate change is causing glacier loss that feeds major rivers in the Indian sub-continent, such as the Indus and Brahmaputra. Drought is therefore increasing on these river systems. There is also major drought in Northern India, due to changing weather systems and the loss of groundwater due to over-farming.

After reading the article, I remembered that 'Climate Wars' had predicted these problems and the threat of nuclear war between Pakistan and India. I picked up the book again, now ten-years-old, and read its introduction. It seems more accurate now than it did when I read it. Here is the book's summary of 2045:

SCENARIO ONE: THE YEAR 2045

Average global temperature: 2.8 degrees Celsius higher than 1990.

Global population: 5.8 billion.

Since the final collapse of the European Union in 2036, under the stress of mass migration from the southern to the northern members, the reconfigured Northern Union (France, Benelux, Germany, Scandinavia, Poland and the old Habsburg domains in central Europe) has succeeded in closing its borders to any further refugees from the famine-stricken Mediterranean countries. Italy, south of Rome, has been largely overrun by refugees from even harder-hit North African countries and is no longer part of an organised state, but Spain, Padania (northern Italy) and Turkey have all acquired nuclear weapons and are seeking (with little success) to enforce food sharing on the better-fed countries of northern Europe. Britain, which has managed to make itself just about self-sufficient in food by dint of a great national effort, has withdrawn from the continent and shelters behind its enhanced nuclear deterrent.

Russia, the greatest beneficiary of climate change in terms of food production, is the undisputed great power of Asia. However, the reunification of China after the chaos of the 2020s and 2030s poses a renewed threat to its Siberian borders, for even the much reduced Chinese population of eight hundred million is unable to feed itself from the country's increasingly arid farmland, which was devastated by the decline of rainfall over the North Chinese plain and the collapse of the major river systems.

Southern India is re-emerging as a major regional power, but what used to be northern India, Pakistan and Bangladesh remain swept by famine and anarchy, due to the collapse of the flow in the glacier-fed Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers and the increasingly frequent failure of the monsoon. Japan, like Britain, has withdrawn from its continent and is an island of relative prosperity bristling with nuclear weapons. The population of the Islamic Republic of Arabia, which had risen to forty-million, fell by half in five years after the exhaustion of the giant Ghawar oil field in 2020, and has since halved again due to the exorbitant price of what little food remains available for import from any source.

Uganda's population, 5 million at independence in 1962, reached no million in 2030 before falling back to 30 million, and the majority of the survivors are severely malnourished. Brazil and Argentina still manage to feed themselves, but Mexico has been expelled from the North American Free Trade Area, leaving the United States and Canada with just enough food and water to maintain at least a shadow of their former lifestyles. The Wall along the U.S.—Mexican border is still holding.

Human greenhouse-gas emissions temporarily peaked in 2032, at 47 per cent higher than 1990, due largely to the dwindling oil supply and the Chinese Civil War. However, the release of thousands of megatons of methane and carbon dioxide from the melting permafrost in Arctic Canada, Alaska and Siberia has totally overwhelmed human emissions cuts, and the process has slid beyond human ability to control. The combined total of human and `neo-natural' greenhouse-gas emissions continues to rise rapidly, and the average global temperature at the end of the century is predicted to be 8 or 9 degrees Celsius higher than 1990.

Prognosis: Awful.

The above description does seem more likely than when I read it, five years ago.

For example, Britain's drift into becoming a right-wing, fortress island nation with a disintegrating democracy is well under way. There is even talk at the moment of our duplicitous and amoral Prime Minster invoking the Civil and Contingencies Act, a form of martial law, to make sure that we leave the European Union. He recently suspended Parliament, talked of anyone who disagreed with Brexit as a traitor and generally stoked hostility and division. Also, the construction of the Mexico Wall is accelerating, greater numbers of African refugees are attempting to enter the EU, and meeting with increasing hostility, particularly in Italy. Southern Europe is suffering terrible droughts and forest fires. The only problems I can see in the introduction that aren't already under way are those in China. This may be due to intelligent long-term planning by that country, or simply control of the research into those areas; it's hard to tell. Overall, the trends described in the book are pretty much spot-on.

Many readers may think that the predictions described in 'Climate Wars' are extreme; they may prefer to think that there'll only be a gradual change in our condition on this planet. Unfortunately, history tells us that this is a common mistake. Many people invariably think that sudden, worsening changes will never occur. For example, the prospect of Donald Trump becoming president of the United States was regarded as ridiculous by many people, six months before he did become President. The prospect of a Second World War was regarded as unthinkable by many people in Europe in 1934. Five years later, it was fully underway. People tend to disbelieve that something bad will come soon, often because they don't want it to happen, or because they don't like change. Alternatively, they don't believe the dark prediction because they have an overly-flattering view of human-nature.

In conclusion, I think that 'Climate Wars' is very much a realistic assessment. This is not a great surprise, partly because a lot of its source material was military predictions. The world events of the last ten years, as far as I can tell, have fallen closely in line with its predictions. I therefore think that its long-term predictions are likely to occur. On that topic, I've recently written about the critical need for all of us to begin building very large habitats for our long-term survival on this planet and my motivation to do this has not waned. I'll continue to write on that matter in the foreseeable future.

'The Reality Problem'; my new, free popular-science book

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This year, along with some other writing projects, I've written a new popular science book called 'The Reality Problem'. It covers similar ground to my other book 'How science shows…', but this book doesn't include the historical element. This new book is also, I think, easier to understand, especially when it comes to the physics. It's also smaller in size, physically and digitally, as its illustrations are all black-and-white and it about 40,000 words long. Think of it as a pocket tome, full of fascinating and significant ideas. The first few pages are as follows:

Contents:
Part 1: Problems and Solutions
Problem #1: The Life-Entropy Problem
Problem #2: Maxwell’s Demon
Problem #3: Boltzmann’s Well-Ordered Universe Problem
Problem #4: The Big Bang and the Law of Conservation of Energy
Problem #5: The Baryon Asymmetry Problem
Problem #6: The Fine Tuning Problem
Problem #7: Human Psychology
Problem #8: The Observer Problem
Problem #9: Schrödinger’s Cat
Problem #10: Wigner’s Friend
Solution #1: Minds create reality
Problem #11: Laplace’s Demon
Solution #2: Reality is a crazy recording.

Part 2: Evidence

Plants
Bacteria
Animals
Humans

Part 3: Meaning

Why are we alive?
What happens after death?
Conclusion


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Part 1: Problems and Solutions


“Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.” Dr Richard Feynman Nobel Prize Winner for Physics, 1965



Introduction

This book is all about a problem with reality. According to Standard Science, our universe shouldn’t exist. Scientists don’t mention this fact very often but it’s true; the Official Laws of Physics that describe our universe don’t actually fit with how our universe is. If we tried to create a universe using our Official Laws of Physics, nothing would appear. If we forced our universe to follow our Official Laws of Physics, it would cease to exist.

The hopeless disconnect between Scientific Law and reality doesn’t mean that our science is entirely wrong, it’s just that our official science is seriously wrong on several fundamental issues. The scientific community already knows this. Popular science books and magazines do touch on its fundamental problems now and then. They briefly explain the issues, admit that they’re still unsolved, and then move swiftly on to safer ground.

This book isn’t going to do that. It’s going to study these Big Problems, work out why they’re so gnarly, and then show a solution to them developed by several brilliant scientists and mathematicians, many of whom won Nobel Prizes. The solution is elegant, understandable and can transform our understanding of ourselves and the universe. Part 1 of this book will explain the solution that these brilliant minds came up with, and how they discovered it. Part 2 will then look at fascinating evidence that supports that solution. Finally, Part 3 will explore what all these evidence and theories can tell us about why we are alive and here in this reality.

Some readers might wonder that if there is a solution that solves so many Big Problems in physics, and it’s been developed by Nobel Prize Winners, then shouldn’t we have heard of it? Well, yes and no. Yes, we should but no, few of us are likely to have heard of it because our scientific establishment regards the solution they came up with as heretical. This is an ironic term to use, as the word ‘heretical’ is from the Greek word hairetikos, which means ‘able to choose’. Some of these scientists have also been called idiots because of the evidence they put forward flies in the face of the official line. Such an insult is
also ironic, as the word ‘idiot’ literally means ‘a person who likes being on their own’. This is because, in Ancient Greece, socialising was regarded as very important, and so anyone who spent time on their own was seen as a fool. 'Heretical idiot' is therefore exactly what a scientist should be. Scientists would do well to pay attention to the words they use, as some of them can backfire. For example, the word ‘scientist’ itself is from the root word ‘scire’, which means to separate, from which we get words such as ‘scissors’, ‘sceptic’ and ‘shit’, which is someone’s separation. Scientists’ opinions are therefore, literally… full of shit.

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Readers who have already read my earlier popular-science book, 'How Science shows that almost everything important we've been told is wrong' (I'm so pleased I've chosen a shorter title for this new book) may still enjoy this new book. I've made an effort to explain the quantum physics parts of it in a clearer way, or as much as one can. I've also tried to focus on the key physics and reality topics in this book, and their spiritual and scientific consequences, and not gone off in other directions.

The reason I'm giving this book away for free is because I think it needs to be read by as many people as possible; I think its ideas would help us greatly as a thinking species. I'm also giving this book away because it's not that long a book. In the future, if there's sufficient interest, I may write a longer version and sell that one but that's only a future possibility at the moment.

Anyway, here's the book for download.

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Rumblings at the centre of our galaxy

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A very interesting astrophysics paper has been published this week, entitled 'Unprecedented Near-infrared Brightness and Variability of Sgr A*'. It reports that there has been a surge in electromagnetic emissions from the centre of our galaxy. Establishment physicists believe that there is a super-massive black-hole at the centre of our galaxy, known as Sagittarius A*, and the paper reports that the emissions of this object seem to be accelerating.

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The Guardian newspaper has written an article about this new report, which is very useful as it gives us some comments from the authors, as well as others in the field, and we don't have to pay to read it (unlike the science article itself, which is pay-to-view, even though it should be in the public domain… grrr). The article includes the comment:

“We have never seen anything like this in the 24 years we have studied the supermassive black hole,” said Andrea Ghez, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a senior author of the research. “It’s usually a pretty quiet, wimpy black hole on a diet. We don’t know what is driving this big feast.”


This isn't the only confusion about Sagittarius A*. There is another stellar object near Sagittarius A*, which is known as G2. Astronomers aren't clear what G2 is; some say it's a gas cloud, others say it's a star. The problem is that recently, G2 drifted very close to Sagittarius A*. It should have been mashed, or stretched out as it entered the gravity well of that huge, stellar object, except that it wasn't, it moved past seemingly unscathed. It would seem that the Sagittarius A* black hole, as the astrophysics have identified it, isn't behaving like a black hole. (For the record, some readers might be confused at how a black hole could be confused with a star, but because huge amounts of dust and gas block our view of the centre of our galaxy, it isn't easy to see what's there)

The official physics description of Sagittarius A* therefore seems to be a mess but there is another physics theory which explains its current behaviour very clearly. Dr Paul LaViolette thinks that Einstein's Relativity is wrong, that there is an ether and that our universe is continually being seeded by new matter, especially where concentrations of matter already exist. His theories are fascinating, logical and solve many existing physics problems, some of which I discuss in my book 'How science shows…' I heartily recommend his book Subquantum Kinetics. It's not an easy read and requires some understanding of physics principles, but it's hugely thought-provoking.

Dr LaViolette explains that the centre of our galaxy doesn't contain black holes, since black holes can't exist (which would explain why physicists still can't resolve Einstein's Relativity and Quantum Physics when it comes to black holes). Instead, our galaxy's centre contains huge hyperon stars, which are made of vast amounts of matter. Since new matter is being formed at the centre of these stars, continually, they will inevitably get bigger and more exotic, like Przybylski's Star, until they eventually explode, emitting vast amounts of matter and energy in the process. According to Dr LaViolette's calculations, there is a huge burst from the centre of our galaxy every 12,800 years. This burst is so large that it sends out a wave of energy, matter and dust, outwards, throughout the Milky Way, affecting all star-systems on the way. The gravity wave that accompanies this burst is so strong that it has entrained the axial spin of our planet. This is why our planet's precessional cycle (the time take for the axis of our planet to go around in a circle) is exactly twice the time between eruptions because our planet has been entrained to align on its N/S, then S/N orientation with the centre of the galaxy at each eruption event. As Dr LaViolette explains in his book Earth Under Fire, the last time we were hit by this wave, and thereby bombarded by meteorite and swamped with cosmic dust, was approximately 12,800 years ago, when the Younger Dryas Impact Event occurred.

In previous articles on this website, I've explained that there seems to ancient warnings that another catastrophic stellar event is imminent. The ancient site at Gobleki Tepi is one example. Another is an ancient Mesopotamian legend. Dr LaViolette's theories give a scientific explanation as to why we've been given these warnings. Worryingly, the evidence reported in this week's science paper on the increasing activity of Sagittarius A* fully supports the idea that the massive objects at the centre of our galaxy are getting ready to explode. At the end of the guardian article, the author writes:

The black hole is about 26,000 light years from Earth and poses no danger to our planet.


Unfortunately, this may be completely untrue. What we may be seeing is more akin to the rumblings of a volcano, shortly before it erupts. If Dr LaViolette's theories are correct, and Sag A* does explode (or in fact has exploded, considering the light is 26,000 years old), then we'll soon get the wave of light, dust and energy from that massive, stellar eruption. Its source might be 26,000 light-years distant to us, but the gravity-energy wave would be directly behind the light we're seeing now. It's a grim prospect; the last time we were hit, it was the end of civilisation.

Terence McKenna on the Ego

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Here's a very interesting video of a talk, by Terence McKenna, on the subject of the Ego. Terence McKenna is most well-known for his exploration of psychedelics, but this talk is more philosophical and environmental in nature. I haven't personally been investigating psychedelics, I've been focussing more on lucid dreaming and remote viewing, but I agreed entirely with what Terence says in this talk.

In many ways, it doesn't matter if a person is taking hallucinogens, or not. Our body, in particular our pineal gland, is perfectly capable of manufacturing a whole host of tryptamines. It produces serotonin and melatonin regularly, to enable us to be awake and to sleep and dream.There's no doubt it can produce DMT (di-methyl-tryptamine) and other potent hallucinogens if it feels in the mood. Meditation, yoga, focussed mental effort and other practices can stimulate our pineal gland to produce these exotic tryptamines without any need to ingest anything. Nevertheless, Terence's experiences seem to have given him a deep understanding of identity, ego, spirituality and the nature of reality. Definitely recommended.


The dark trap of air conditioning

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There's an excellent article on air conditioning in the Guardian newspaper today, entitled 'The air conditioning trap: how cold air is heating the world'. The article describes the history of air conditioning and how power companies encouraged people to buy power-hungry air conditioners in order to increase their need for electrical power, first pitching them as a glorious luxury, then as a necessity. This problem snow-balled as builders constructed houses and office buildings with little interest in creating a home whose design reduced heat problems. Instead, they just fitted them with air-con. This American invention then spread around the world, making office buildings in hot countries stay at twenty degrees centigrade, even though the native population were at home with thirty degree daily temperatures. It has now reached the point, reports the article, that in a Beijing heatwave, half the power generation is used for air conditioning.

Air conditioning, not surprisingly, is therefore a disaster when it comes to climate change. Not only are fossil fuels being consumed to power these air-conditioners but air-conditioners are also net heat generators. All the heat they remove from a room is simply pumped out the window, along with the waste heat created by running the motor and pump. Cities therefore become doubly hot in heatwaves, as the ambient heat, magnified by concrete, tarmac and glass, is boosted by the air-con heat output. It could all be so different. All we need to do is change how our buildings are designed and a lot of our heat problems could go away. The ground under our feet is always around four degrees in temperate, summer or winter. This is how ground-source heat pumps generate power. We therefore don't even need refrigerators if we live in a house; keeping food in a hole in the ground, one that is protected and insulated and easy to clean, can do the job. We're destroying our environment not because of necessities, but because of luxuries.

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The Academy of Ideas on 'Why You Should Strive for a Meaningful Life, Not a Happy One'

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Here's another excellent video from the people at 'Academy of Ideas'. This one's all about the difference between seeking happiness in our lives and seeking meaning. The idea itself of 'seeking happiness' is a thorny one and the video explains how this can lead to a deep sense of unfulfilment. In the last two hundred years, our leaders of society have put forward the idea that seeking pleasure can bring us happiness, but this is a fallacy as all pleasure is short-lived and increasing the pleasure intensity makes no difference to one's happiness. To put it simply, nothing outside can fill the hole inside. Even seeking happiness as a general concept doesn't work, as one inevitably substitutes material things, or objects of status, as 'tokens' to gain the gift of happiness.

Instead, as the video explains, if one dedicates oneself to striving towards positive goals, and when one reaches them one immediately strives towards the next positive goal, then one will be living a life that has meaning and one's moments of real happiness will increase. This path is invariably difficult, as it's running entirely against the easier, and very popular path of hierarchical servitude and short-lived hedonistic pleasures. This path of pursuing meaningful and challenging goals also usually confers little social status upon oneself, but its difficulty only increases the sense of achievement and the deep happiness it can bring.

Gabor Maté on Antisemitism and Russian Interference

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Here is a very interesting interview with Gabor Maté in which he talks about the accuracy of the press in the Western World and how it compares to other, more openly repressive regimes. He makes a telling point that propaganda in the West is in many ways more pernicious and successful than propaganda in openly totalitarian regimes. This is because many Western citizens believe that the propaganda, that's pushed on them, is actually true. They believe it because they believe their country is respectable, open and tolerant. By comparison, many of the citizens of openly totalitarian regimes know that their propaganda is lies, and so they greet it with open scepticism. In some ways, this means that our liberal Western democracies are operating a more shrewd totalitarian system. They do monitor everybody, and manipulate the views and knowledge of the masses, and 'weed out' any citizens they deem a threat to their control, but they do it on the quiet, while publicly lauding how open and tolerant they are. This is therefore still Big Brother, but not the Big Brother where you can't turn the propaganda television off, it's the Big Brother where you don't want to turn the propaganda television off, because it's fun, exciting and saying such great things.

Returning to the video, during the short interview, Mate talks about such matters. He also touches upon the anti-semitism accusations in the British Labour Party and Russian interference in the U.S. election.



I've watched several video interviews with Dr Maté in recent weeks and I've found him to be intelligent, compassionate, perceptive and objective. His views on trauma, addiction and compassion are well worth reading/listening to. Enjoy!