What bigger question can their be? What is consciousness and does it survive physical death?
Spiritualism and scientific research have a long standing relationship, going back at least 150 years. Mediums and Psychics have willingly subjected themselves to scientific research throughout history and there is a vast library of research available. As far back as the late 1800’s/early 1900’s eminent academics such as Harry Price, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir Oliver Lodge and Sir William Crookes studied the field of psychical research and that research continues today.
Modern day scientists and psychologists continue to research consciousness, mediums and all things psychical and I’ve listed below where you can go to find out more about their research. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it will set you on a journey of discovery, whilst new research emerges all the time.
Julie Beischel Phd and the team of scientists at The Windbridge Research Center
Dean Radin Phd and the fabulous team of scientists at The Institute of Noetic Sciences
Callum E Cooper at The University of Northampton and member of The Parapsychological Association
Sam Parnia, MD, Phd MRCP. Cardiologist studying consciousness and it’s survival after physical death. Responsibile for the world’s largest medical study of NDEs. Member of the Nour Foundation
Dr Eben Alexander – Harvard Neurosurgeon who experienced a NDE and now dedicates his life to educating the world about consciousness and it’s survival after death. Author of the best selling book Proof of Heaven
Dr Peter Fenwick, Senior lecturer in Psychology at Kings College, London. Research includes the Near Death Experience. Learn more at IANDS
Bruce Greyson, MD Phd, Consciousness studies and NDE researcher. Member of the Nour Foundation
Gary Schwartz Phd at IISIS
Sir Roger Penrose (Physicist) and Stuart Hameroff (anaesthetist) creators of the Orc OR theory http://en.m.wikipedia .org/wiki/Orchestrated_objective_reduction
Rupert Sheldrake – http://www.sheldrake.org
Raymond Moody – Author of Life After Life and pioneer of NDE research http://lifeafterlife.com