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University receives $5M to study afterlife

Posted on Thursday, 9 August, 2012 | Comment icon 35 comments

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Professor John Martin Fischer will be heading a research initiative called 'The Immortality Project'.

Fischer's work will involve investigating topics such as heaven, hell, near-death experiences, karma and many more in an effort to determine if there is any evidence of life after death. The grant for the research comes from the John Templeton Foundation and is the largest ever awarded to a humanities professor at the University of California, Riverside.

"We will be very careful in documenting near-death experiences and other phenomena, trying to figure out if these offer plausible glimpses of an afterlife or are biologically induced illusions," said Fischer. "Our approach will be uncompromisingly scientifically rigorous. We’re not going to spend money to study alien-abduction reports."

"Fischer also said there is a "deep human need to figure out what happens to us after death" and that there have been many reports of near-death experiences, out-of-body experiences and past lives."

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Comment icon #26 Posted by Xanthurion2 on 11 August, 2012, 4:43
i hope they come up with something. other than "the brain shows you what you want to see or believe to see based on religion or movies, to calm you as you pass from this existence." because if they tell us that, it was a huge waste of money.
Comment icon #27 Posted by Rlyeh on 11 August, 2012, 4:53
I'm studying the afterlife, I'll happily accept $1M
Comment icon #28 Posted by Simbi Laveau on 11 August, 2012, 11:47
But if It's all scientific jargon,how can any of it be truely corroborated by any of the actual researchers,unless they do stuff like in the movie Flatliners. 5 million would be much better spent on say the dept of education ,or green alternatives for better living . We all die.We will know soon enough ,what's there. Feh.
Comment icon #29 Posted by IMN on 13 August, 2012, 4:01
Well, I believe theres an afterlife and I think that they are on the earth paralell to us. You don't have to believe me, but life after death shoul'd be respected as an equal to what life is here. All the same things happen in continuation for those that die young, and they live out thier lives in the same way as if life had not stoppped. So nothing is better or worse, it's considered the same. The thing is if you die, your not richer. If I died a poor man, for example homeless, I think I woul'd eventually work out that I woul'd be homeless in my next life. But I have this thing going on where... [More]
Comment icon #30 Posted by Junior Chubb on 13 August, 2012, 11:02
I'm studying the afterlife, I'll happily accept $1M Me too, all I want is £10...
Comment icon #31 Posted by Simbi Laveau on 15 August, 2012, 5:30
Me too, all I want is £10... My you're a cheap date ...*runs away*
Comment icon #32 Posted by wistfulbirdy on 16 August, 2012, 23:33
i don't know if it's any different from reincarnation, but I believe we all have a past life, next life.. etc
Comment icon #33 Posted by stevemagegod on 30 September, 2012, 4:34
Another waste of Tax Payer dollars. “We will be very careful in documenting near-death experiences and other phenomena, trying to figure out if these offer plausible glimpses of an afterlife or are biologically induced illusions,” Fischer said in a statement. “Our approach will be uncompromisingly scientifically rigorous. We’re not going to spend money to study alien-abduction reports." People have been studying this Phenomena for Years. This University group doesn't need 3mill bull ****.
Comment icon #34 Posted by bazinga on 16 January, 2013, 3:25
When they say near death experiences do they mean when you die and come back to life, or an event that takes place where you ALMOST die?
Comment icon #35 Posted by tiyoung on 6 February, 2013, 1:25
This is very interesting. I would like to hear about the research that will be done on this.

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