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Bigelow Institute's winning life after death essays published

By T.K. Randall
November 27, 2021 · Comment icon 48 comments



The essays make for some interesting reading. Image Credit: NASA / Bill Ingalls
29 essays detailing the best evidence for life after death have been published and are available to read online.
Back at the beginning of this year, Robert Bigelow, who has often expressed an interest in the UFO phenomenon and whose influence saw the initiation of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), launched a competition with the goal of finding evidence of what happens to us after we die.

Launched through the Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies, the contest aimed to encourage scientists, philosophers and other thinkers to pen essays laying down the case for life after death.

Earlier this month we revealed the winners of the competition, which saw prizes of up to $500,000 awarded to the authors of the most convincing essays.

Now, several weeks on from the announcement, all 29 winning essays have been published on the Bigelow Institute's website, enabling anyone to access and read them at their leisure.
"BICS is proud to publish, for the first time, all twenty nine winning essays from the 2021 BICS essay competition," the institute wrote. "None of these essays have been previously published. The essays represent a completely novel body of work that were written specifically for the BICS essay contest."

"We hope these essays collectively provide a valuable resource for researchers and members of the public for presenting the evidence for survival of human consciousness after bodily death."

"As readers study the top three essays authored by Dr. Jeffrey Mishlove, Dr. Pim van Lommel and Dr. Leo Ruickbie, it will become apparent that there is a great variety of approaches that prove the case for survival of human consciousness after bodily death beyond a reasonable doubt."

"The winners were chosen based on the power of the arguments presented and on how persuasively the essays made the case for survival of human consciousness beyond a reasonable doubt."

The winning essays can all be accessed - here.

Source: Bigelow Institute | Comments (48)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #39 Posted by Timothy 1 year ago
Must have been some F1 in the news that week…
Comment icon #40 Posted by Pettytalk 1 year ago
I'm thinking, and I'm conscious that this topic could be the hottest, unexplained mystery to remain unexplained on unexplained mystery. How can I be sure? How can anyone be sure in a world that is constantly changing? Whenever I really want to know, I mean really, really know, I really read Plato. Because REALITY never changes, it is what it is. And it IS, and will forever be an eternal IS. Because there never was, nor will ever be anything other than IS.  Reality is reality. Consciousness? Consciousness is knowing, a knowing of oneself. Therefore let us be conscious of the true meaning of an ... [More]
Comment icon #41 Posted by Tom1200 1 year ago
Yet this bloke won half a million dollars for what he wrote!  Proof indeed that life's not fair (and death probably less so). 'Doctor' Mishmash's winning essay starts abysmally and just keeps getting worse.  Every new 'conclusion' is based on the acceptance that all previous speculation is proven, whereas nothing he writes has been (or even can be) verified.  Here's from page 7: "There is only one reasonable way to account for this event, the most earthshaking and unforgettable of my young life. Uncle Harry actually visited me in a dream when he died. Extrasensory perception alone doesn’t acco... [More]
Comment icon #42 Posted by Pettytalk 1 year ago
BICS has assembled a competent board of directors with deep experience in the topic to provide advice on the strategic direction and priorities of the Institute. The board of directors are: Robert T. Bigelow, BICS Founder Christopher C. Green M.D., Ph.D, Physician in Private and Governmental Forensic Neurology Leslie Kean, Journalist and Author Colm A Kelleher Ph.D, Molecular Biologist and Anomalies Researcher Jeffrey J Kripal Ph.D, Rice University Professor of Philosophy and Religious Thought Harold Puthoff Ph.D, Theoretical Physicist Jessica Utts Ph.D, Professor Emerita of Statistics UC Irvi... [More]
Comment icon #43 Posted by IronGhost 1 year ago
Whatever the case, I was thrilled that Jeffrey Mishlove won first place. I've been a huge fan for two decades ever  since he had his "Thinking Allowed" show on PBS and now has rebooted it with "New Thinking Allowed" on YouTube.  Mishlove also wrote one of the most influential and compelling books on a paranormal topic ever -- "The PK Man." It details his 10-year study of Ted Owens, the telekinesis guy.     
Comment icon #44 Posted by Saru 1 year ago
All 29 of the winning essays are now available to view online: https://www.bigelowinstitute.org/contest_winners3.php Should make for some interesting reading.
Comment icon #45 Posted by okispider 1 year ago
just watch Unexplained Caught on Camera on TV....you will see proof of life after death
Comment icon #46 Posted by fred_mc 1 year ago
Yes, we know that our instruments can't detect everything that exists. For example, most scientists agree on that dark matter exists, and that there is much more of it than normal matter. However, so far, nobody has been able to make an instrument to detect dark matter since it interacts very little with normal matter.
Comment icon #47 Posted by papageorge1 1 year ago
I'm thinking the key is that this matter is in dimensions (4th, 5th, ......) beyond the directly detectable three-dimensions of our physical senses and instruments. 
Comment icon #48 Posted by Liquid Gardens 1 year ago
It's 'quite' possible also that that we exist only as characters in a role-playing game with no soul at all, just computation, driving 'us'.  Or that we all exist only as figments of Gandalf's imagination.  There are many possibilities that can be dreamed up and I'm not mentioning these to mock the idea that there is a soul driving our bodies, I'm just pointing out that the soul possibility has the same issue as the one where we only exist as rpg characters, no evidence, so I'm not sure how one idea can be more reasonable or feasible or possible than another. I'm not sure what is needed either... [More]


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