Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: They’re Baack

by Gary Niederhoff on December 31, 2012









Could you have had a past life? Is it possible that some part of you is the reincarnation of a person – or maybe an animal – that lived long ago?

We’ll hear the story of a young boy who started having nightmares about a plane crash. His parents thought he was the reincarnation of a downed, World War II fighter pilot. But his story might not fly.

Also … is there any biological basis for reincarnation? Animals that indulge in the big sleep.

Suspended animation is Hollywood’s favorite device for interstellar travel … But could we really put a dimmer switch on human metabolism? Learn how techniques for hitting the hold button for humans might be just around the corner.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Cynthia Meyersburg on reincarnation.
Part 2: Tori Hoehler on asexual reproduction.
Part 3: André Bormanis on space sleep.
Part 4: Matt Andrews on Hibernation.
Part 5: Phil Plait on solar minimum.
Part 6: Mark Roth on suspended animation.

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