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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