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Billionaire businessman Robert Bigelow is offering prizes of almost one million to the top essays that are the most convincing that there is an afterlife. He was in numerous business ventures including Bigelow Aerospace. He always had two burning questions:

1. Are we alone in the universe (he has done much research on UFOs)
2. Does consciousness survive physical death

So now he is using his money to try and find convincing evidence of number 2 above.
Las Vegas businessman Robert Bigelow is once again making headlines around the world. This week he announced the formation of the Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies (BICS).

Along with BICS he announced a global essay contest. BICS is seeking input from scientists, religious scholars, consciousness researchers, and anyone else who can provide evidence of an afterlife.

As an incentive, BICS will award $500,000 for the top essay, $300,000 for the second best, and $150,000 for third place.

Now, the New York Times is taking an interest in Bigelow’s challenge.
https://www.mysterywire.com/mysteries/b ... dies-bics/

his bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Bigelow

featured in NY Times:
https://www.mysterywire.com/mysteries/b ... ork-times/
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Heh. This is something I might do for free, but not for $500,000, even if I utilized some sort of tactics to win the thing. I would feel like I'd be sliding down and ebbing into a less Spiritual Self if I did it for money. I even feel bad writing this sentence.

Yet, anyway, good for the billionare on his endeavor to look deeper into his next possible life. Maybe it will be a better one. I will be praying for him.

Ahhhh. I'm going to drop the Holy Spirit onto his head I've decided. And on we go.

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If you win, you could always donate your winnings to charity. :beer:
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That's true. I think a lot of very intelligent and Spiritual people will be competing, writing great articles with references and such. I personally would just quote a lot of Scripture, and direct this man to read into Buddha Dharma, and the Vedas for himself... perhaps he can open up his eyes that way and even acheive Enlightenment. I beleive he is a good person and will go to Heaven after this life, without remainder, just for his faith in the Lord, what sparks his current curiosity in higher life and the Afterlife. When standing in front of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I beleive he will accept Him as the door to the Father's Kingdom and to Heaven's abode, and that's all one needs. Inbetween then and now, is what counts for him and the reason that he's here on Earth. Om.
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Brahma Das wrote: Fri Jan 22, 2021 5:51 pm I personally would just quote a lot of Scripture, and direct this man to read into Buddha Dharma, and the Vedas for himself... perhaps he can open up his eyes that way and even acheive Enlightenment.
One of his rules is that you cannot quote scripture in the essay (no bible quotes, vedas, suttas, etc allowed).

I think he wants it to be strictly logic, science, evidence based. Otherwise religious adherents would all just quote their scriptures.
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The rules favor "experts" - published ones in particular.

http://bigelowinstitute.org/docs/Applic ... rm2021.pdf
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DNS wrote: Fri Jan 22, 2021 11:36 pm One of his rules is that you cannot quote scripture in the essay....
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"But although I preach nirvana, this is not a true extinction. All phenomena from the very first have of themselves constantly borne the marks of tranquil extinction. Once the sons of the Buddha have carried out this way, then in a future existence they will be able to become Buddhas."
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Purpose of BICS Essay Competition

The purpose of the BICS essay awards is to raise the public awareness for the Survival of Human Consciousness topic and to stimulate research. The goal of the essay contest is to award contestants for writing papers that summarize the best evidence available for the survival of human consciousness after permanent bodily death.

BICS intention is to provide a public service by:
1. Creating and implementing the essay contest
2. Publishing responsible information to the widest audience possible and, if all goes well, proceed to a possible second contest
3. BICS envisions the essays focus to be on scientific evidence as well as objective and subjective supported documentation as gathered

From special cases, including older cases, from very credible witnesses
From photographic or electronic data
From all available literature
From highly validated and authenticated human experiences
From other relevant sources

BICS has assembled a competent board of directors with deep experience in the topic to provide advice on the strategic direction and priorities of the Institute. The board of directors are: acclaimed journalist and author Leslie Kean, forensic neurologist Christopher C. Green MD PhD, theoretical physicist Harold Puthoff PhD, Brian Weiss MD who has lectured worldwide on survival of consciousness and associated topics, Rice University Professor of Philosophy and Religious Thought Jeffrey Kripal PhD, University of California Irvine Professor of Statistics Jessica Utts PhD, Anomalies Researcher and BICS Founder Robert T. Bigelow and Molecular Biologist and Anomalies Researcher Colm A. Kelleher PhD.

http://www.bigelowinstitute.org/
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Overwhelming response to BICS life after death contest

After two weeks, Las Vegas space entrepreneur Robert Bigelow’s new venture, the Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies (BICS), has seen an overwhelming response of applications to enter a global essay contest.

https://www.mysterywire.com/mysteries/o ... h-contest/
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Thanks for submitting applications to the BICS Essay Contest. Due to the very large number of applications received just prior to the February 28 deadline, BICS will be processing applications for the next few days. If you have NOT heard from us by March 5, 2021, your application has been unsuccessful

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EXCITING NEWS!

BICS ESSAY CONTEST

BEST EVIDENCE FOR AFTERLIFE

NEW TOTAL AWARDS $1,500,000

14 POSSIBLE WINNERS

1ST Place $500,000

2ND Place $300,000

3RD Place $150,000

AND

11 MORE WINNERS OF $50,000 EACH

Applications for the essay contest have closed as of FEB. 28, 2021.
All approved applications have been notified.

Essays must be received by 5 p.m. PST August 1, 2021.
Winners will be anounced November 1, 2021.

https://www.bigelowinstitute.org/

A Message from the BICS CEO Robert T. Bigelow

Dear Applicants, Friends and People That Share Thoughts,

Thank you so much!

The number of responses has been very gratifying.

Thank you to all of you who have sent your heart felt letters, emails to BICS and even gifts to myself during the application period. We truly appreciate your sincere correspondences, your intention to participate and/or to just tell us your “answers”.

I would like to state that the BICS essay contest is not a reflection of whether I or BICS staff do or do not have our own personal opinions as to whether human consciousness survives bodily death. Of course, everyone has opinions. I personally believe human consciousness does survive, and it probably matters what you do with your life here.

The purpose of the BICS essay contest is to generate research, discussion and stimulate debate. And perhaps in so doing, BICS may substantially broaden the amount of quality information available to you from a single website source.

We at BICS anticipate that it may be difficult for the contest judges to pick out just fourteen winners due to the expected high quality contestants and number of essay applications BICS has received.

Following the announcement of the fourteen winners on November 1, 2021, the BICS website will not only display the full content of the fourteen winning essays (each not to exceed 25,000 words), but also display the full content of many others that were judged to be high quality runners up. The volume of material could be extensive and thought provoking, hopefully, in a good way.

We recognize that many individuals and organizations do not necessarily believe that human consciousness survives bodily death. BICS is simply attempting to generate debate and discussion and present arguments that may enlighten, or generate more discussion about this very important topic.

With great appreciation, thank you again,

Robert T. Bigelow

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The winners will be announced November 1st, just in a few days from now.

https://www.ktnv.com/news/over-1-000-en ... ve-happens
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Contest Winners

Announcement BICS Essay Contest November 1, 2021

https://www.bigelowinstitute.org/News4.php


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Lucas posted at the other wheels:

Best Evidence for Afterlife - BICS ESSAY COMPETITION - $ 500,000 Prize

All 29 Essays Published Here!

https://www.bigelowinstitute.org/contest_winners3.php
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I haven't read the essays yet, but it looks like many of them are open to or even accept rebirth / reincarnation.
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Rampa and Prabhakara Siddha are two yogis who I have read of, who have transferred their soul-consciousness to newly deceased bodies, shedding their old ones.

I have also read of an old yogi who went to the funeral of a young man, shouting that the funeral pyre should not be lit, to the amazement of the relatives and people present, who were about to lit the pyre.

The old yogi dropped dead on the spot, and the corpse of the dead young man, became alive and ran away from the place. The bemused relatives, finally decided to cremate the body of the old yogi instead.

So I would say cautiously, having witnessed similar such phenomena, that these kind of techniques are perhaps possible.

But would they enter the contest to claim 500000 dollars ! They seem to have gone beyond the allure of money.
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