Saturday, April 29, 2006

Afterlife Or Worm food?

Out- out are the lights- out all!
And, over each quivering form
The curtain, a funeral pall
Comes down with the rush of a storm
While the angels, all pallid and wan
Uprising, unveiling, affirm
That the play is the tragedy, "Man"
And it's hero the conqueror worm.
-Edger Allen Poe

Was Poe right, is life just an exercise in futility? Do we struggle to achieve great things, feel unconditional love and war against our enemies, only to end up as plant fertilizer and grub for the lowest earthworm?

Or is there something greater once we pass the cusp between life and death, perhaps an ongoing existence that transcends the need for corporeal things?
How do we know if there is life after death?

In this artical you will learn some of the amazing (often comical) history of paranormal research and the resulting off shoots of scientific studies on the afterlife being done today.

You will explore beliefs in life after death that have been tested under strict lab conditions by scientists and paranormal investigators.

You will meet some interesting characters, some of them famous, some not who without a doubt, as a result of their own personal experiences believe in life after death.

In fact, belief in the afterlife has held between 65-77 % since the 1940’s. That is, two out of three Americans believe that a living soul continues after physical death.

Even those in the scientific community one out of six scientist at the top of the profession believe in life after death according to recent gallop polls. This belief increases to one in three in the sciences that deal directly with medicine and questions of life death.

Near death experiences or NDE’s are reported by 12% of the American population indicating that it isn’t so rare an occurrence as many believe.
You might believe that it is mostly the uneducated who believe in the paranormal, but you'd be wrong according to one of my favorite new stats (I'm fond of stats that have unexpected results). These indicate that the more educated a person, the more liable that person is to believe in the paranormal. Hmm...This flies in the face of those who have so long claimed, adamently and with great bluster, that belief in the paranormal is merely a coping mechanism for the ignorant. What they found instead, (much to their chagrin) is that this particular "coping mechanism" belongs to the educated.
The actual "coping mechanism" of the so called "ignorant" is a belief in organized religions, who eschew belief in the paranormal (seems like an oxymoran to me).
The opposite was found to be true for more educated people, in other words, the higher your education level the more apt you are to have at least some belief in PSI Phenomenon (ESP) and the afterlife and more likely you are to eshew oranized religions.
This brings us to who are the people most likely to believe in the paranormal due to ongoing personal experience. Psychics.
You might suspect them to be unbalanced and to be sure many psychics appear to be flakey to say the least (many truly are). Strangely enough there is a pretty good explanation for this...
Ha, at this point I'll leave you hanging (I'm in a mood)
but stay tuned for more fun facts about who, why, and what the heck...
Also some interesting true experiments from science proving life after death...

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