030 Ariel Pontes - Part 1: Raised in Brazil w/Catholicism & Spiritism. Sought an Out-of-Body Experience, Began Asking Questions. Now a Humanist, He Chairs the Americas Working Group at IHEYO


"If people ask me the meaning of life, what keeps me going: I want to contribute to making the world a better place. I want to minimize suffering and maximize well-being on earth"

Ariel Pontes

Ariel was raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil-well known for being a very Catholic country. However, Ariel describes how spiritism, reincarnation and out-of-body experiences are a normal part of Christianity in Brazil.

In his early teen years he sought out how he could have an out-of-body experience. He began asking questions to learn more...and that's when things take a turn. 

He is now Chair of the Americas Working Group at IHEYO (International Humanist and Ethical Youth Organization): 



He's also a web developer and blogs at http://ghostlessmachine.com/en/

He currently lives and works in Bucharest, Romania.