What happens when hardcore skeptics have an inexplicable encounter with the paranormal? Their eyes may open, their heart may soften, and their conviction in the rectitude of their own opinions may be forever shaken – providing they’re intellectually honest. The founder of Skeptic magazine clearly is an honest man; for when Michael Shermer had a close encounter of another kind on his wedding day last year, he let the whole world know about it in his monthly column in Scientific American.
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The mystery of what happens to our consciousness after death has preoccupied man since he was first able to philosophise. Most of the world’s religions are based around the premise that our souls continue to live after our physical demise, most suggesting that we go on to inhabit a heavenly place in the care of a deity or higher being. Science, however, has always questioned the existence of a God or a Heaven on the grounds that it is essentially a fantastic concept that would be impossible to prove beyond a reasonable doubt.

Or would it? A new study claims to have found credible and statistically significant evidence that there is a life after death.
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Dr. Gary Schwartz, who trained at Harvard University and is the author of ?The Afterlife Experiments,? has done experiments proving that dead people can communicate with the living?and vice-versa. “Human beings are like stars,” he says. “We are constantly emitting invisible and visible photons of light. Those photons go into space and are as consistent as distant stars.?
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