Big Picture Science – After the Hereafter

There are few enduring truths, but one is that no one gets out of life alive. What’s less certain is what comes next. Does everything stop with death, or are we transported to another plane of existence? First-hand accounts of people who claim to have visited heaven are offered as proof of an afterlife. Now the author of one bestseller admits that his story was fabricated.

We’ll look at the genre of “heaven tourism” to see if it has anything to say about the possible existence of the hereafter, and why the idea of an afterlife seriously influences how we live our lives on Earth.

Also, a neurologist describes what is going on in the brain during near-death and other out-of-body experiences.

It’s Skeptic Check, our monthly look at critical thinking … but don’t take our word for it!

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Ben Radford / Visiting Heaven
Part 2: Greg Garrett / Visualizing Heaven
Part 3: Steven Novella / Neurological Heaven

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Big Picture Science – They Know Who You Are

by Gary Niederhoff on May 15, 2015


Big Picture Science – They Know Who You Are

You’re a private person. But as long as you’re on-line and have skin and hair, you’re shedding little bits of data and DNA everywhere you go. Find out how that personal information – whether or not it’s used against you – is no longer solely your own. Are your private thoughts next?

A security expert shares stories of ingenious computer hacking … a forensic scientist develops tools to create a mug shot based on a snippet of DNA … and from the frontiers of neuroscience: mind reading may no longer be the stuff of sketchy psychics.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Marc Goodman / Cybersecurity
Part 2: Burglers and Spies
Part 3: Susan Walsh / DNA profiling
Part 4: Marvin Chun / Neuroimaging

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Big Picture Science – A Fundy Thing Happened

May 10, 2015

Big Picture Science – A Fundy Thing Happened Get ready for déjà vu as you listen to some of our favorite interviews from the past year. It’s our annual fundraising podcast. Come for the great interviews, stay for the great interviews. Lend us your support along the way. What’s for dinner? Maybe Soylent. Made by […]

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Big Picture Science – The Evolution of Evolution

May 4, 2015

Big Picture Science – The Evolution of Evolution Darwinian evolution is adaptive and slow … millennia can go by before a species changes very much. But with the tools of genetic engineering we can now make radical changes in just one generation. By removing genes or inserting new ones, we can give an organism radically […]

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Big Picture Science – Invisible Worlds

April 27, 2015

Big Picture Science – Invisible Worlds You can’t see it, but it’s there, whether an atom, a gravity wave, or the bottom of the ocean … but we have technology that allows us to detect what eludes our sight. When we do, whole worlds open up. Without telescopes, asteroids become visible only three seconds before […]

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Big Picture Science – Life in Space

April 19, 2015

Big Picture Science – Life in Space Discovering bacteria on Mars would be big news. But nothing would scratch our alien itch like making contact with intelligent life. Hear why one man is impatient for the discovery, and also about the new tools that may speed up the “eureka” moment. One novel telescope may help […]

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Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: Monster Mashup

April 12, 2015

Big Picture Science – Monster Mashup Monsters don’t exist. Except when they do. And extinction is forever, except when it isn’t. So, which animals are mythical and which are in hiding? Bigfoot sightings are plentiful, but real evidence for the hirsute creature is a big zilch. Yet, the coelacanth, a predatory fish thought extinct, actually […]

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Big Picture Science – Raising the Minimum Age

April 5, 2015

Big Picture Science – Raising the Minimum Age We all try to fight it: the inexorable march of time. The fountain of youth doesn’t exist, and all those wrinkle creams can’t help. But modern science is giving us new weapons in the fight against aging. So how far are we willing to go? Hear when […]

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Big Picture Science – Hidden History

March 28, 2015

Big Picture Science – Hidden History Archaeologists continue to hunt for the city of Atlantis, even though it may never have existed. But, what if it did? Its discovery would change ancient history. Sometimes when we dig around in the past, we can change our understanding of how we got to where we are. We […]

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Big Picture Science – Power to the People

March 23, 2015

Big Picture Science – Power to the People Let there be light! Well, it’s easy to do: just flip a switch. But it took more than the invention of the light bulb to make that possible. It required new technology for the distribution of electricity. And that came, not so much from Thomas Edison, but […]

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