It set the stage for his new afterlife contest, searching for one of the best out there proof of survival of consciousness, with prizes of $500,000, $300,000 and $150,000 for first, second and third place. The winners can be introduced on Nov. 1.
Entrants should qualify as severe researchers by Feb. 28, with a document of not less than 5 years of examine of the sector and ideally an affiliation with teams just like the Society for Psychical Analysis in Britain. Submissions of as much as 25,000 phrases are due by Aug. 1, to be judged by a panel of specialists. Mr. Bigelow mentioned he had an concept what that finest proof is perhaps, however “it will be prejudicial to say.”
The Bigelows’ curiosity in consciousness grew after the 1992 loss of life by suicide of their 24-year-old son, Rod Lee, father of a child son and as-yet-unborn daughter. (That son, Rod II, grew as much as wrestle with drug habit and would additionally die from suicide at 20 in 2011. His sister, Mr. Bigelow’s granddaughter, Blair, has labored together with his aerospace and realty firms and will ultimately take them over, Mr. Bigelow mentioned.)
Searching for consolation after their son’s loss of life, the Bigelows held sittings with the famend medium George Anderson. Did their son make contact? “Not likely,” Mr. Bigelow mentioned, “however what I bought out of the readings, I believe, was that his spirit existed and that he was O.Okay.”
Discovering few researchers significantly finding out afterlife experiences, the couple in 1997 endowed the Bigelow Chair of Consciousness Research on the College of Nevada Las Vegas with a $3.7 million reward. Charles T. Tart, a spiritually inclined transpersonal psychologist, and Raymond Moody, an creator who popularized the examine of near-death experiences, turned the primary two chairs, however Mr. Bigelow shut down this system after a number of years. “Sadly, we simply couldn’t make sufficient progress in analysis elements,” he mentioned.