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Let It In with Guy Lawrence

Oct 18, 2021

#191 This week, my wonderful guest is Dr. David Hamilton. David is a writer, speaker, columnist, and scientist. Our conversation today revolves around David’s newest book, Why Woo-Woo Works. In his book, David provides scientific explanations to all the “woo woo” things we encounter in our lives. His goal with the book is to not only help practitioners of anything woo woo to have more faith in themselves, but to also educate sceptics and help them understand these things. We talk about the definition of woo woo, how crystals actually work, the placebo effect, and how our perception and way of thinking actually affects our reality.

If you’re someone who may be feeling stuck in their current trajectory and wish to lead more from the heart, then this is definitely the episode for you.

"The world that you experience, is consistent with your thinking and what you believe. It's not that you're actually physically changing things, but you're literally flicking to a world that's entirely consistent with what you've just thought.”

About David: David Hamilton is a writer, columnist, speaker & kindness scientist. After completing his PhD in organic chemistry, he worked in R&D in the pharmaceutical industry, developing drugs for cardiovascular disease and cancer. Inspired by the placebo effect, and how some people's conditions would improve because they believed a placebo was a real drug, he left the industry to write books and educate people in how they can harness their mind and emotions to improve their mental and physical health.

He is now author of 11 books, including the Amazon bestseller, 'The Five Side Effects of Kindness'. He’s also a columnist, the 'Kindness Tsar' for Psychologies Magazine, and has been a featured guest on Channel 4's, 'Sunday Brunch Live' in the UK and CBS Sunday Morning in the USA, as well as on several BBC radio shows and podcasts around the world. David is also the honorary scientific advisor for the charity, 52 Lives. He’s an advocate for kindness and work passionately to inspire a kinder world.

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Key points with time stamp:

  • Why Woo-Woo Works (00:00)
  • How can the right and left brain come together? (01:12)
  • Organic chemistry: the Lego building of the sciences (03:25)
  • The Placebo Effect: Do we already have the pharmacy inside of us? (06:25)
  • How powerful are our beliefs? (08:47)
  • Is the medical industry becoming more wholistic? (12:36)
  • Taking back control over your health (16:01)
  • What does woo-woo even mean? (17:03)
  • Do crystals actually work? If so, how? (20:46)
  • Scepticism regarding the woo-woo (31:03)
  • Is consciousness just inside our heads? (36:08)
  • Your experience creates your reality (40:21)
  • How can you change your trajectory and lead from the heart? (45:42)
  • Why Woo-Woo Works: something for both practitioners and sceptics (50:54)
  • What are the impacts of your kind actions? (52:55)

Mentioned in this episode:

  • Why Woo-Woo Works, 2021. David’s latest book
  • The Magic Power of Your Mind, 1940. A book by Walter Germain
  • Dean Radin
  • Amit Goswami
  • Valentina Onisor
  • Tony Robbins

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