Topics Discussed: What is real?, Can beliefs become reality?, Donald Hoffman, Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, Ayn Rand, How do religions start?, Religion is an evolutionary advantage, Religion used in propaganda, What did Nietzsche mean by “God is Dead”?, American Cosmic, What do aliens look like?, History of space programs, Jacques Vallee, Artificial intelligence, Ufology community, Psychedelics, Tic Tac UFO, Roswell UFO incident, Bob Lazar, Monoliths in the desert, Humans will co-evolve with AI, Neuralink, Singularity, Books: Nietzsche, Books: Hannah Arendt, Fear of death, Meaning of life.

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Diana Walsh Pasulka

Diana Walsh Pasulka is a writer and professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion.

Books Mentioned in this Podcast with Diana Walsh Pasulka:

Diana Walsh Pasulka: Exploring Aliens, Technology, and the Fabric of Belief

In an enlightening episode of the Lex Fridman Podcast, Diana Walsh Pasulka, a professor of philosophy and religion, delves into the intricate interplay between aliens, technology, religion, and human belief systems.

UFOs: A Modern Religion?

Pasulka discusses the growing fascination with UFOs and posits them as a form of modern religion. The belief in extraterrestrial life and the stories surrounding them often mirror the structures and narratives of traditional religions.

Technology and Belief

The conversation explores how technology influences and shapes our beliefs. In an era dominated by digital advancements, understanding the relationship between technological progress and evolving belief systems becomes paramount.

The Nature of Alien Intelligence

The mystery of alien intelligence is a recurrent theme. Pasulka delves into the complexities of defining and understanding intelligence that might be vastly different from human cognition.


The dialogue between Lex Fridman and Diana Walsh Pasulka offers a profound exploration of the boundaries between the known and the unknown. As humanity continues its quest for answers in the cosmos, such discussions shed light on the deeper philosophical and spiritual implications of our beliefs.