Tuesday, August 21, 2012

$2 million, please.

"We Talk To The Philosopher Who Will Receive $5 Million To Study Immortality":

...We’ll look at near death experiences both in western cultures and throughout the world and really look at what they’re all about and ask the question — do they indicate something about an afterlife...?


...But then there’s a lot of analytical work where we can ask philosophical questions about the meaning of the experiences. Do they indicate glimpses of an afterlife


...or are they delusions?


(As this is a subset of the "research questions," I'll settle for a mere $1 million.)


First I would say the Templeton Foundation is doing very important philanthropic work because they are stepping into a big void. There’s very little money for the humanities provided by governments. Who else has the money and the interest to support these great questions of human interest? I might even say it’s inappropriate for governments to ask citizens to support this kind of research.

It's totally appropriate for a private foundation with a rightwing, religious agenda, though. What could go wrong?

Further I should say that in my experience [Fischer sits on the board of the Templeton Foundation] I have seen no pressure by Templeton to go in one direction or another or to tilt results.

LOL. Don't ever change, Templeton.

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