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Bigelow offers $1M for proof of life after death

By T.K. Randall
January 22, 2021 · Comment icon 49 comments

Who will claim the top prize ? Image Credit: NASA / Bill Ingalls
Entrepreneur Robert Bigelow is offering a $1M prize pot for the most compelling evidence of an afterlife.
The Bigelow Aerospace founder is certainly no stranger to the unexplained, having been very vocal about his interest in the UFO phenomenon on several occassions.

He is also believed to have played a role in influencing the initiation of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program which investigated UFOs between 2007 and 2012.

Now he has set his sights on another mystery - the question of whether life goes on after we die.

Through the Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies, he has launched a new drive to encourage scientists, philosophers and other thinkers to pen essays laying down the case for life after death.
$500,000 will be given to the essay that provides the best evidence of "the survival of consciousness after permanent bodily death", while lesser prizes of $300,000 and $150,000 will be available to the second and third place winners.

"The Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies, was formed to try to conduct research and facilitate research into the possibility of the survival of human consciousness beyond bodily death, and, if that is true, then to explore what is the other side all about," said Bigelow.

The 75-year-old says that he is "totally convinced" that there is some form of afterlife.

Exactly what would constitute compelling evidence remains unclear, but it will certainly be interesting to read the winning entries, if and when the competition does come to a close.

Source: Independent | Comments (49)

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Comment icon #40 Posted by Dreamer screamer 3 years ago
I don't understand how someone looking for proof of the after life can't work up to the point when we die we head back to source.   I doubt there will be any tangiable proof because it doesn't work like how some people believe how life works.  Anyone can come up with anything and it will always be dismissed as not real.   I am just putting up videos or people that have had some weird experinces which is only ever the closest proof that there is something out there.      You might as well just say...  I am looking for proof of an after life.   End of!!   Don't post anything up be... [More]
Comment icon #41 Posted by spartan max2 3 years ago
I'm not looking for anything. I'm not the one who is offering 1 million for best evidence of life after death  lol
Comment icon #42 Posted by Dreamer screamer 3 years ago
Well you might as well as no one will ever prove it.
Comment icon #43 Posted by spartan max2 3 years ago
That's why he is asking for "best evidence".
Comment icon #44 Posted by SiliRat 3 years ago
Lots of people have permanently died. I'm still conscious. Where's my cheque?
Comment icon #45 Posted by Emma_Acid 3 years ago
Can you personally experience a quark? No. But we can prove they exist. "Personal experience" is the polar opposite of empirical proof.
Comment icon #46 Posted by Dreamer screamer 3 years ago
New results from the CMS Collaboration at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider demonstrate for the first time that top quarks are produced in nucleus-nucleus collisions. The results open the path to study in a new and unique way the extreme state of matter that is thought to have existed shortly after the Big Bang. Big bang never happened though.      
Comment icon #47 Posted by psyche101 3 years ago
What's that got to do with not being able to personally view a quark? Well that's a dumb thing to say. Even dumber as a stand alone statement.
Comment icon #48 Posted by Dreamer screamer 3 years ago
  I always see the big bang theory The Big Bang theory is a cosmological model of the observable universe from the earliest known periods through its subsequent large-scale evolution.[1][2][3] The model describes how the universe expanded from an initial state of high density and temperature,[4] and offers a comprehensive explanation for a broad range of observed phenomena, including the abundance of light elements, the cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation, and large-scale structure. THEORY noun: theory; plural noun: theories a supposition or a system of ideas intended to explain somet... [More]
Comment icon #49 Posted by psyche101 3 years ago
There you go. Try this one. There's a difference. Scientific theory A scientific theory is an explanation of an aspect of the natural world that can be repeatedly tested and verified in accordance with the scientific method, using accepted protocols of observation, measurement, and evaluation of results. Where possible, theories are tested under controlled conditions in an experiment. In circumstances not amenable to experimental testing, theories are evaluated through principles of abductive reasoning. Established scientific theories have withstood rigorous scrutiny and embody scient... [More]

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