Robert Bigelow founded the Institute for Consciousness Research (BICS) in June 2020 to support research aimed at finding out what happens after a person dies. This decision was made by the billionaire after the death of his wife Diana Mona Bigelow.
Bigelow hopes to draw public attention to life after death. The billionaire said that the institution he created should help the public and the scientific community to understand the importance of this research.
Bigelow’s interest in consciousness first arose after the death of his 24-year-old son in 1992. During an interview with NYT, he was asked if he was able to establish contact with the deceased son. Bigelow replied that this was not exactly what he wanted to receive, but he made sure that his spirit exists and that everything is fine with him.
According to the billionaire, at the moment he is worried about only two questions – is there life after death and is there alien life in space? However, in the first place is the topic of the survival of consciousness.
In order to receive the reward, highly qualified applicants must submit an essay by August 1, 2021, describing research proving the existence of life after death. Then the experts will determine 3 winners, among whom the prize amount of 950 thousand dollars will be distributed.
BICS representatives emphasize that this work assumes a focus on scientific evidence, rather than individual subjective conclusions and personal views.