Joe Rogan Speaks with Dread Central - Part Two

DC: You always have the remote to shut it off. Do you think your experiences with things like DMT and other psychedelics have opened up your imagination to certain genre films and literature? I mean, once you’ve seen reality take a distinct and mind-expanding bend, are you open to more expressionistic art and concepts?

JR: That’s an interesting question. I think once you’ve seen what you can see in a full-blown DMT experience, it does sort of open you up. In your mind or in your imagination, there’s a fence somewhere where everything past this fence is preposterous and the DMT experience is so preposterous, but so real, that you kind of go, “Do we need these fences anymore? Let’s just knock these down, because even if I don’t go there, we don’t need these fences.”

DC: I equate it to pain tolerance. I mean, you talk to a young girl and she cuts her finger and it hurts. But then, you talk to a woman who’s given birth and that cut finger is no longer a concern because, as you’ve said, the fences have been moved. Now, her concept of pain and your concept of what is preposterous have been altered.

JR: I think it certainly changes. I think your perception of everything changes when you have such a mind-blowing experience. People have talked about how much being abducted by aliens has altered their view of the world. They don’t feel as if they live in this innocent world anymore. They feel like everyone around them really has no idea. They’re almost like children who are insulated from this brutal reality. The reality of what alien abduction probably is… I don’t know what people are experiencing, but it’s most likely that they are having a DMT experience which is happening organically. Almost all alien abductions take place while people are sleeping. We know that when you’re sleeping, you’re brain is producing psychedelic chemicals. People can have panic attacks. People can have adrenaline rushes. You could easily be having some sort of DMT rush and you can have it while you’re sleeping. You can have some incredibly intense experience that feels real. And you know what… this whole idea of discounting it by saying, “Ohhh, it feels real that you went to some other dimension and were taken aboard a spacecraft, but it’s really a hallucination.” I’m not even sure about that. I’m not sure that it, instead of a hallucination, is not possibly a real experience. Like what you’re experiencing is not a chemical that perturbs reality, but in fact the chemical that opens up a gateway to another reality. That’s just as possible.

DC: Someone on your messageboard asked a question about “sleep catalepsy” or “sleep paralysis” and, because I happen to work a regular job in sleep medicine, I tried to explain what was going on. But what was interesting was that my post explaining this was sort of dismissed because the idea that something spooky was going on was sexier, you know what I mean?

JR: That’s a good point.

DC: People really want to believe that something otherworldly is going on.

JR: They want to believe SO much. It drives me crazy because I want to believe, too, but I recognize what it is. I have a lot of friends that have real fuckin’ issues with UFOs. Some of them WANT to believe. I’m not saying that UFOs aren’t real. What I’m saying is that you shouldn’t take a position unless you’ve had personal experience, and even that personal experience should be evaluated as objectively as possible. “Was I hallucinating? Did I have some sort of schizophrenic experience? Am I looking at this from a realistic point of view, or am I just tricking myself into thinking this is really happening?” Critical thinking is really lacking from people who are looking for that “sexy” experience.

DC: Have you ever gone to a UFO convention?

JR: I haven’t actually. I’m sure they must be fuckin’ crazy.

DC: Some of them are crazy. They’re so intent on it all being real. It reminded me of this documentary I saw that talked about how we make up our minds on a visceral level and then we begin to accept or reject information filtered through that emotional decision we’ve already made in our minds.

JR: Absolutely. We look for validation to confirm our ideas and it’s not objective. That is my problem with a LOT of people when it comes to this goddamn UFO experience. I’ve talked to people that say, “I’ve done research, man! I’m watching these YouTube videos… All these people can’t be lying!” Oh, yes they can! Is it possible that there is a liar? Yes! I know liars. Do you know liars? Yes. We all know liars. So it’s possible that there are a thousand liars. Or a million. And some of these people might not even be liars. They might be crazy or imbalanced. You’re telling me that you can’t find a hundred imbalanced people? I can find a hundred unbalanced people in a day. If you just let me drive around Los Angeles and just stop people on the street and ask them a few questions about Life… “What do you think about this? What do you think about that? Has this ever happened to you? Do you believe that you’re psychic?” I guarantee you… You give me a full eight-hour day and I can find a hundred unbalanced people easily. A hundred people where you couldn’t trust a goddamned thing they said. If they said the sky was blue, you’d need to double-check on that. If they said that the water is wet, you’d say, “I’m not sure! If you say water is wet… we might have to check.”

DC: And yet these are the people that get held up as “authorities.” Art Bell used to do it and now George Noory does it on Coast To Coast AM… They have these people talking just crazy shit in an authoritarian manner and people believe them. I mean, the guy may be a little sketchy, but the fact that he’s preaching to the choir, he gets a pass.

JR: Preaching to the choir is really dangerous. You need people to step in and question what is going on because these people really don’t want it to be fake. They don’t want these people to be crazy. It’s a belief system that’s just as rigid and silly as Christianity or anything else.

DC: Look at Jesse Ventura…

JR: Yeah! Everything, man… “9/11 was an inside job.” Do you know for sure, man? Is it possible there was incompetence? Is it possible that it was a combination of incompetence and SOME PEOPLE knowing? Did they maybe know something was going to happen, but didn’t know the extent?

Joe Rogan Speaks with Dread Central - Part Two

To be continued…

Click here for Part 1 of our chat with Joe, check back soon for Part 3, and in the meantime look for Joe online at the official Joe Rogan website or on The Rogan Board (Joe's messageboard). Also, don't forget to follow Joe Rogan on Twitter.

- Thom Carnell

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Okay guys, we hear you loud and clear. Sorry the interview disappoints. Again though ... it's free. You don't have to read it. We tried something a bit different and obviously it didn't click with you so back to the drawing board! LOL

Submitted by Steve Barton on Fri, 01/14/2011 - 3:53pm.
Terminal's picture

You know what you should do? Have a sit down with me about horror. Haha, I'm just fucking with you, I'm not that much an egomaniac, can you imagine? ;-)
"We are bad guys. That means we've got more to do other than bullying companies. It's fun to lead a bad man's life."

Submitted by Terminal on Fri, 01/14/2011 - 6:20pm.
Terminal's picture

Wow, that interview just goes on and on. I tried, I really did. No horror whatsoever. Patton Oswalt would make more sense than Joe Rogan, and even then it's a stretch and a half. Wow, this is pretty much the whole "And this is horror how?" basis for complaints around here.

No disrespect intended, I enjoy coming here for updates in horror that I can't get anywhere else, honestly. Plus I'm a big fan of Foy's reviews as they tend to be fucking hilarious.

I just think you guys like to toss broad and non-horror related items every now and then to increase the audience appeal and hits. Kind of like a Plumber doing a carpentry job to keep connections open.

I don't think I WANT to know what Rogan thinks of horror if he ever begins talking about horror in this interview.
"We are bad guys. That means we've got more to do other than bullying companies. It's fun to lead a bad man's life."

Submitted by Terminal on Fri, 01/14/2011 - 6:21am.
Vanvance1's picture

Ummm, no horror in this interview.





I'm not understanding why we have this article here. Is this just a desire of the writer to pander to the cult of celebrity?

Submitted by Vanvance1 on Thu, 01/13/2011 - 9:27pm.
moderator In this installment horror
Debi Moore's picture

In this installment horror in broad terms is discussed - where you draw the line, that type of thing - along with alien abductions and other sort of fringy elements of the genre. Personally, I'm finding it pretty interesting because I wasn't all that familiar with Joe and he touches on so many topics that are near and dear to me, but we can see how some readers might not.

I'll see if I can drum up some Twilight stories for you. :)

Submitted by Debi Moore on Thu, 01/13/2011 - 9:39pm.
moderator When Carnell came to me with
Steve Barton's picture

When Carnell came to me with this article he said that Rogan had a lot of interesting things to say about the horror genre, and given his celebrity coupled with the fact that he hosted Fear Factor we decided to give it a shot. Sorry if you're not diggin' it.

Submitted by Steve Barton on Thu, 01/13/2011 - 9:32pm.
Vanvance1's picture

I appreciate Joe Rogan as an MMA commentator. I do love MMA (watch it ALL), but he's not connected to the genre. Also, Fear Factor isn't connected to the genre.

But hey, if it's this or more Twilight stories I choose this any day.

Sorry about the bitching, it's just my nature.

P.S. If you wanted me to blow sunshine up your ass post an interview with Christopher Smith. 4 horror winners in a row means he needs more coverage. Same with Neil Marshall.

Submitted by Vanvance1 on Fri, 01/14/2011 - 1:12am.
Ultimo Franco's picture

Is he going to get to the stuff about horror in part 15 or part 16?

Submitted by Ultimo Franco on Thu, 01/13/2011 - 9:38pm.
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Steve Barton's picture

You don't have to read it ya know.

Submitted by Steve Barton on Thu, 01/13/2011 - 10:24pm.
Ultimo Franco's picture

Are you kidding?! I'm loving it!

By the way, I heard that the guy who hosts The Bachelor once saw a scary movie. Just a suggestion for a future interview. ;)

Submitted by Ultimo Franco on Thu, 01/13/2011 - 10:32pm.

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