Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Immortality and Higher Education




 
Apart from the bromides of faith, the idea of life after death has little purchase in our techno-materialist culture.  And yet, anyone with an open mind who does a little research might be surprised.  The fact is that rational, scientific claims sometimes appear to confirm or certainly suggest the afterlife hypothesis. The research has been conducted by competent, scientifically trained individuals. There are case histories of mediumship, apparitions, near-death experiences, and reincarnation memories, behaviors and physical markings.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

When God Died and Psychical Research Was Born



1882 was the year that Friedrich Nietzsche announced that God was dead and added that “we” had killed him.  At Cambridge University during the same year, Frederic Myers with several colleagues officially launched a new scientific discipline called psychical research.  If ever there was a “meaningful” historical coincidence, this one certainly qualifies.What’s so meaningful about this coincidence?  In brief, it speaks loudly to what we may call the most important crisis in the history of Western consciousness. It also points to a possible way of coping with that crisis.  In Nietzsche’s pronouncement, it is “we” who have killed God.  What does that mean?

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