UC Riverside To Study Afterlife With $5 Million Grant For ‘The Immortality Project’
Via: Huffington Post
The University of California, Riverside (UCR) has received a $5 million grant to study the afterlife.
The money will fund research into heaven, hell, purgatory, karma and other topics, according to the university’s web site. The three-year grant has specifically gone to John Martin Fischer, distinguished UCR professor of philosophy. Fischer will start The Immortality Project, which will organize two conferences and a website with resources and links to published research on issues of immortality.
“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,” Fischer said in a statement. “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. “Much of the discussion has been in literature, especially in fantasy and science fiction, and in theology,” he commented. “No one has taken a comprehensive and sustained look at immortality that brings together the science, theology and philosophy.”