Bigelow asks the old as time question: Is there life after death? In the interview, he mentions Bible quotes are not allowed, he states, "because anyone can do that". While I respect the scientific aspect of this question, Bigelow may be missing a key point, namely there is a God.
The top winner is Jeffrey Mishlove Ph.D. announced November 2, 2021. His presentation to BICS, titled “Beyond the Brain: The Survival of Human Consciousness after Permanent Bodily Death” was a unanimous choice by the panel of judges. Mishlove’s essay included video snippets and testimonies regarding near-death experiences, reincarnation cases documented by memories of past lives, and seven other types of evidence that consciousness survives physical death.
2022 Update, 2nd Place Essay and a Runner Up Available for Download
The second-place essay, “The Continuity of Consciousness: A Concept Based on Scientific Research on Near-Death Experiences During Cardiac Arrest,” was submitted by a Dutch cardiologist Dr. Pim van Lommel, who launched a major study of near-death experiences as reported by patients who died of heart attacks, then were resuscitated and returned with vivid memories of what they encountered on “the other side.”
Third place went to Leo Ruickbie, a British historian and sociologist of religion, for his essay titled “The Ghost in the Time Machine.”
A runner up was Dr. Jeffrey Long, MD.
Bigelow says the plan is to publish all of the 29 prize-winning essays onto the BICS website within the next two weeks. (This appears to have been delayed at the time of this writing on December 11, 2021.) He further plans to put all 29 essays into book form, a multi-volume edition that will be distributed for free to hospitals, hospices, religious organizations, and others to be determined.
Entrants had to qualify as serious researchers by Feb. 28, with a record of at least five years of study of the field and preferably an affiliation with groups like the Society for Psychical Research in Britain. Submissions of up to 25,000 words are due by Aug. 1, to be judged by a panel of specialists. Mr. Bigelow said he had an idea what that best evidence might be, but “it would be prejudicial to say.”
This is the same Robert Bigelow who had a 20-year ownership of a spooky Utah ranch overrun by flying orbs and other creepy phenomena. The strange goings-on drew the interest of the Defense Intelligence Agency
In 1995, Bigelow founded the National Institute of Discovery Science (NIDS) to study paranormal phenomena, paying $200,000 the following year for the 480-acre Skinwalker Ranch, nicknamed for the shape-shifting witches of Navajo legend and vacated by its frightened owners, Terry and Gwen Sherman.
On one occasion, they write, investigators peering through night vision goggles watched an expanding tunnel of light disgorge a large hominoid creature that then walked away and disappeared. A sudden fissure in the sky seemed to open a vista onto another dimension. Cattle were found crammed into a closed trailer with no sign how they got there. And a closed-circuit video camera trained on the grounds had its wiring torn out, while another camera, focused on it, recorded nothing. Bigelow said he saw “inter-dimensional” forces at play through portals at certain paranormal hot spots like Skinwalker.
News accounts by the Las Vegas reporter George Knapp and others reported the couple had been terrorized by giant wolves unscathed by gunshots, glowing balls that vaporized their dogs and invisible forces that mutilated cattle, leaving them bloodlessly eviscerated. The Hunt for the Skinwalker book had me hooked after the first couple sentences. It is definitely worth a read.
Bigelow’s investigative team, headed by Colm Kelleher, the institute’s scientific administrator and biochemist, documented their own paranormal events, according to the 2005 book, “Hunt for the Skinwalker,” by Dr. Kelleher and George Knapp.