While in Las Vegas last month for the awards ceremony for the Bigelow prize, I got the chance to be interviewed by the first-place prize winner, Jeffrey Mishlove, for his YouTube channel New Thinking Allowed. If you don't know about his channel yet, you're in for a treat. He has many distinguished guests--many of them… Continue reading New Thinking Allowed Interview
This past Nov. 1, my essay "Beyond Death" won a runner-up prize in the Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies essay contest for the best evidence on the survival of human consciousness after permanent bodily death. On Dec. 4, I went to Las Vegas to receive my award from Robert Bigelow (R) and Colm Kelleher (L),… Continue reading My new book, Beyond Death, is out!
The winning essays of the recent contest sponsored by the Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies are now available online in PDF format. All of the essays address the question "What is the best evidence for the survival of human consciousness after permanent bodily death?" I haven't read even half of the essays yet (there are… Continue reading Bigelow Contest Essays Now Online
I'm thrilled to announce that I have been selected as a runner-up in the essay contest sponsored by the Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies (BICS)! The contest, entered by 204 parapsychological researchers from 38 countries, was for essays on the best evidence for the survival of human consciousness after permanent bodily death. I am delighted… Continue reading Runner-up in the Bigelow Essay Contest
I was recently interviewed by Thanatos TV, a YouTube channel that specializes in documentaries and interviews on near-death experiences (NDEs) as well as more general research into consciousness and death. I not only wanted to share with you a link to my own interview on Thanatos but also let you know about some of the… Continue reading A wealth of after-death research on Thanatos TV
Our culture tends to devalue things that can't be observed by multiple people, but some of the most important aspects of life (for instance, pleasure and pain, joy and sorrow, the very feeling of meaning) can't be observed by anyone but the person experiencing them. In today's post on PsychologyToday.com, I argue that it's time… Continue reading Inner Experience Is Real, and It Matters
In 1988, Claire Sylvia received the first heart-lung transplant performed in New England. In the days and weeks following her surgery, she realized that she had some strange new cravings. For one thing, she found herself “dying for a beer,” even though she’d never liked beer before. She also began to add green peppers to… Continue reading Can an Organ Transplant Alter Your Identity?
Physicalism is often seen as being a simple, no-nonsense theory of reality, well suited to hard-nosed, scientifically minded folks. But, in fact, the classic physicalist view postulates much stranger, more mysterious entities than another type of view that's now gaining currency in philosophical circles: the view that everything that exists is conscious. I explain this… Continue reading Why It’s Simpler to Believe That Everything Is Conscious
My video interview with molecular biologist Ryan Bissett of the new consciousness-focused podcast Chasing Reality is now available on YouTube! We cover so much ground: the place of consciousness in our world, laboratory research on psychokinesis, our personal spiritual journeys, and of course the source and significance of coincidences! Ryan is a wonderful host, and… Continue reading My interview on Chasing Reality
Today on PsychologyToday.com, I discuss strange coincidences where the world seems to respond uncannily to our thoughts and emotions. The most dramatic thought-mirroring synchronicity I describe is one from my own life: the smartphone GPS incident that was the tipping point in my interest in this subject. Along with a couple of other anecdotal examples, I… Continue reading Mind Over Matter