July 18, 2014

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

Vector version. Gavel symbol as a concept of law or auctionThe idea of life after death is a subject that cynics often debase by using that old Freudian logic, “Religion is a sugar-coated neurotic crutch.” They may continue by drawing on the words of the philosopher, John Wisdom, pointing out that it’s a bit like having Daddy at the end of the hall when you have a nightmare or become afraid.

The creator, by whatever name, is of course responsible for providing an afterlife. As such, it doesn’t matter if you’re a deist or theist or even an agnostic, proof of the afterlife does not necessarily imply the living existence of the creator. After all, as some have insisted, God may have created everything, but then he must have died or there would be no evil in the world, and so forth.

Now, this article is not intended to investigate the various philosophies behind the notion of divine creator, but rather to tackle the idea of personal consciousness surviving the grave. For in the great grand scheme of it all, it is the next step from this earth plane that should be of our utmost interest.

Thirty years ago I gave little thought to the afterlife, if any. Few of us actually turn our thoughts to dying when we’re young, vital and exploring the cornucopia of life. Then one day, in what seems as the blink of an eye, we are looking back on 50, 60 and even more years and our interest in life after death takes on a new role. At least it did for myself and those around me.

I decided to investigate the matter and see just what evidence I could find. I was aware of the many stories regarding reincarnation, but as a skeptic by nature, I was also aware of the frauds. I knew of the famous case of Bridey Murphy, by way of example, and how this story that grabbed the imagination of the world turned out to be easily dismissed as false.

I had seen specials on television and read books on electronic voice phenomena (EVP) or ghost recordings. I purchased expensive special equipment and failed to capture any of my own. Still, I met a neurosurgeon who had the voice of his best friend on tape, and the recording was made months after the friend had passed over. Could this be true? We had our interview and at one point during the interview, an electronic interference became noticeable and for several minutes could not be either identified or eliminated. Those participating in the interview while sharing some of their EVP recordings concluded that it was a “ghost” attempting to come through.

I spoke with mediums and researched the history of their dialogues, sĂ©ances and what not, all calling upon the deceased to share information about the other side. I even found a research study that purported to verify the veracity of certain claims made by some mediums. Still, I knew all about the skeptics’ opinion on matters of this nature, and I had seen Professor Ray Hyman dupe an audience into believing he was psychic when in fact he employed only the skills and tools of a good psychologist. I had also read the papers of famous debunkers like Michael Shermer and as a result I knew all about cold readings, warm readings and the like. Indeed, as a former criminalist who specialized in lie detection and interrogation, I knew all about the information our faces and body give away without us ever speaking a word. So could I trust the medium?

I created a reconnoiter and systematically included all of the possible areas from which a good case might be built that would either prove or disprove life after death. My list included everything from near death experiences to animal psychics who allegedly speak with our deceased pets. I read the books, searched out the research papers, investigated both sides of the aisle, interviewed the experts, and when I was done I reached my verdict. To that end I have compiled sixteen interviews with experts from every area of enquiry and I would like your verdict. Did I prepare a case that either proves or disproves life beyond death to a standard of “beyond a reasonable doubt?”

You can share your experiences and your verdict and listen to all nineteen interviews absolutely free by going to this link today:

Thanks for the read,