Robert Bigelow is offering grants of up to $1M to fund an attempt to communicate with someone who has died. Back in 2021, the Bigelow Aerospace founder and entrepreneur launched a drive to encourage scientists, philosophers, and other thinkers to pen essays laying down the case for life after death.
Through the Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies, he offered prizes totaling $1M for the best and most convincing entries.
In the end, 29 essays were selected.
“The winners were chosen based on the power of the arguments presented and on how persuasively the essays made the case for the survival of human consciousness beyond a reasonable doubt,” the institute said in a statement at the time. Now, however, it seems as though Bigelow is not done with his mission to prove that there is an afterlife because he is following up the essay contest with a drive for researchers to conduct actual experiments resulting in genuine communication with someone on the other side.
Another $1M is up for grabs, divided up into several smaller grants to be awarded to research teams based on the value of their proposals laying out how they intend to accomplish this.
According to the website, “the research is to be exclusive to the survival of human consciousness beyond permanent bodily death” as well as “exclusively focused on contact or communication with the ‘other side’.”
Exactly how researchers will propose to accomplish such a feat remains unclear, but it will certainly be interesting to see what the winning teams are planning to do.
Bigelow is clearly dedicated to finding an answer to what is perhaps the biggest unexplained mystery of the human condition and is unlikely to be satisfied until he has found it.