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Researching the Afterlife

A remarkable discovery has emerged in astrophysics: key properties of the universe have just the right values to make life possible. Most scientists prefer to explain away this uniqueness, insisting that a number of unseen universes must therefore exist, each randomly different. Astrophysicist Bernard Haisch joined George Knapp in the first half of the show to propose the alternative—that the special properties of our universe reflect an underlying intelligent consciousness.

In the second half of the program, veteran journalist Chris Taylor talked about how the Star Wars franchise has conquered our culture with a sense of lightness and exuberance, while remaining serious enough to influence politics, and spread a spirituality that appeals to religious groups and atheists alike.

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Researching the Afterlife

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Date: Tuesday - April 27, 2004
Host: George Noory
Guests: Lou Hawthorne, Gary Schwartz

Dr. Gary Schwartz shared the results of his laboratory controlled experiments in which mediums claimed to communicate with the deceased. In one test, with three mediums (including John Edward) and five research sitters, the mediums consistently revealed accurate information about deceased loved ones, even though the sitters remained completely silent, Schwartz detailed.

Further, he concluded the mediums were not reading the minds of the sitters because the information they conveyed was often material the sitters didn't particularly want to know or weren't even aware of in the first place (and was only confirmed afterwards).

Schwartz, who came from a hard science background, related how he was drawn into the field through various people, including a researcher named Susie Smith who died in 2001. Subsequently he said he was contacted by a St. Louis medium named Janet who told him she was receiving messages for him from a woman named Susie. The two proceeded to conduct an experiment via email, where Janet sent him notes from Susie about what he was doing in his life within 24-hour periods. Susie reported on Schwartz's activities with about 80% accuracy, indicating she had the ability to watch over his life.

Pet Cloning

First hour guest, Lou Hawthorne of Genetic Savings and Clone discussed his company's service, which claims they can clone your favorite pet (for $50,000). He said that cloning may be appropriate when an animal is extraordinary and there could be a genetic basis for continuing its bloodline. Hawthorne stressed that while the clone would share appearance and behavioral tendencies of its predecessor, it's a completely separate individual. Their company also offers the ability to bank a current pet's DNA for cloning at some point in the future (when the costs will likely be lower).

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