Our Latest 10 Episodes

Placebo Madness! Acceptably Real Podcast

Now the truth can be told! There is a dangerous, powerful drug that has gone under the radar for far too long, and now it's up to us to warn you about PLACEBO MADNESS! Actually, this was the subject of a comedy film that Jerry was making when he was much younger, but today we're bringing it up as a serious subject: the power of a placebo, or inert pill or injection (or any number of various treatments) is actually getting … get this … more powerful. How? Why? That's what we're examining in this episode, from the angle of drugs and alternate medicine all the way to the positive effects of virtual reality. So join us in this bizarre examination of just how powerful our minds are in its ability to heal us … or even, harm us. — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/acceptably-real/message
  1. Placebo Madness!
  2. The Legend of the Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp
  3. The Legend of the Mad Gasser of Mattoon
  4. The Legend of the Green Children of Woolpit
  5. Aliens, and All That Jazz

The 4th of July on the Dark Side of the Moon

Recorded in Jerry’s backyard on the 4th of July, 2019, while he sat beside a fire, listening to fireworks and Pink Floyd, and contemplated existence. Because you know, there is no dark side of the moon, really. As a matter of fact, it’s all dark.

If life is an illusion, can you really die?

In this one Jerry kind of blows Joe’s mind in talking about death, the ultimate “grey area” of reality, to the point where they need to start talking about other things like Disney’s version of Atlantis, and the weird things that existed online before the Internet went public.

Is Immortality Acceptably Real?

As Prince Vulcan says in the that old Flash Gordon movie (with the Queen soundtrack): “Who wants to live forever?” Well, we put that question to each other, and also to you … and you can answer us on that amazing free Anchor.fm app. Also covered in this episode are cold war computer scientists who are erased from history, giant bees and snails, and an AI computer program so dangerous that if it gets loose it can write political speeches.

Song of the Sasquatch (and other tales)

One of the guests on this episode may or may not be an actual Sasquatch. Could they, and other creatures we generally never see, be forced closer to our proximity due to changing climate? Could changing climate lead to collapse of society? What about solar flares? And if society is going to collapse, would it make you not want to live forever? All this and more on this new episode!

What are the odds?

This episode is a kind of rambling conversation that touches upon a lot of topics, but ultimately the thread comes together around what the odds are of things happening, and, ultimately … how did we come to exist, despite the overwhelming odds against it happening?

Artificial Intelligence, our Friend or Foe?

On one hand, you’ve got R2D2, Wall-E, and Johnny-5. On the other hand you have HAL-9000, Cylons, and The Terminator. And yet on another hand (this one on a third robotic arm) you have the possibility of a cyborg enhanced self. Which way will AI go? We explore this with the (admittedly feeble) help of Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant.

The Meaning of Life

Is the purpose of life to be happy? What if  you could take a pill and you would be blissfully happy? Is that the end game, then? If not, what is it? Let’s ask the Dalai Lama … or at least a poster of his purported sayings, and test to see if they are acceptably real.

Could some Monsters be Acceptably Real?

Are some monsters real? Could they be anomalies that pop into our reality like griefers in an online social sim? Or are they just figments in our shared subconscious? Could they be, in some aspect… acceptably real?

Ghosts In The Matrix?

Under what circumstances can ghosts be considered acceptably real? Joe and I think we have the answer. And if that’s not enough to pique your interest, we have several spooky stories to tell you, one with actual photographic evidence (see below).

An Actual, Real Ghost Picture?