No he genuinely believes what he is saying and he is trying to figure out the connections, because he wants to have a path all his own, fully researched, analyzed and designed by himself. His problem is that his own work is not giving him results that resemble what is described in buddhist texts that he reads so he is confused about what those texts mean. He is convinced that hindu kundalini yoga can't be any different than tummo yoga, so he ought to be able to get a functionally equivalent result. He is also convinced that modern neophytes like Robert Bruce have reached enlightenment on their own by just tinkering and figuring it all out for themselves, and by gosh, he is Indian after all, so he ought to have more innate experience than some white Australian. Not only that, but he is American so that gives him the power of good old Yankee ingenuity. If he can just keep us talking long enough, especially Namdrol, he will somehow be able to fully reverse engineer Dzogchen and the sky's the limit. Don't believe him when he says he only has an academic interest. He is saying that for now, while he is tinkering with his system. But I guarantee you he will not be publishing any papers and he is not working an advanced degree at any institution of higher learning. He is working like a mad scientist in his own lab (bedroom at his parents' house), and when he can concoct the right formula he will try to become an Adyashanti or Eckhart Tolle, two people I know he reveres, because they are also self-starting self-promoters who made it to the big time. It's also a case of what Nisargadatta Maharaja described when he prophesied, "Now all you whites are here learning this truth, and then you go to your homes and teach it to other whites, and then they will return these teachings to our homeland of India, and Indians will throw garlands on you, this is India's nature." Basically, if a white guy didn't figure it out, it can't be right, because he is a typical self-doubting Indian who just talks confident. The Indian psyche is totally screwed up and a million levels, I know because I am one too. But he is doomed from the start from being able to do any reverse engineering, because he is unwilling to accept guru yoga and lineage as the start point. Until he does so, all this talk is for nothing and none of these conversations will have any benefit for anyone. I've known this guy for years. He's not so bad; he actually may be on the brink of understanding. All our Indian heritage really does give us a sort of genetic head start on these teachings, because they are deeply ingrained in everything about our culture, food and our bodies and minds have been shaped by enlightenment culture for many thousands of years. But that brink will be stuck on the brink forever until he gets a teacher, a yidam guru and gets to the practice of the descent of blessings. That goes for anyone else too. This last part is so simple too. It's always the most simple missing link in the puzzle that clears up the whole picture. Once he makes this connection he could actually gain a high realization which is why I have bothered with his punk ass for so long.