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There’s a question that sooner or later all humans must face at one point in their lives – is there life after death?
This Wednesday, producer and host Morgan Freeman explores this very question that has puzzled philosophers and scientists for thousands of years on his breakthrough television series entitled “Through the Wormhole.”
“Is the soul a myth, or one of the fundamental elements of the universe? Where does consciousness come from? And where does it go when we die?”
Returning for a second season on the Science Channel, the show explores the “puzzles that have captivated mankind” since the beginning of time, with enduring topics of life and death. Several of last season’s subjects focused on creation themes like “Is There a Creator” and “How Did We Get Here?”
Leading viewers “on a captivating journey across the universe and into the innerverse of the mind,” Freeman revealed that this season, “10 new mystifying questions ... will change the way you look at the world around you.”
Some of the topics covered this season will include: “Is There an Edge to the Universe?” “Is Time an Illusion?” and “Can We Live Forever?”
Starting off with what Science is promoting to be arguably the most provocative question of all – “Is There Life After Death?” – modern scientists and spiritualists will attempt to define ‘what is consciousness’ and answer, even through cutting edge quantum mechanics, what happens when people die.
One Harvard University neurosurgeon will weigh in among the many leading experts, speaking about his own personal experience with the afterlife when he returned from a deep coma.
Another scientist will explain his own theories for an afterlife by exploring the information stored upon a person’s consciousness, which he believes could migrate outside of the brain and into the universe after death.
Several other professionals will attempt to debunk the soul to a mere product of science, a result of neurons firing or connections in the brain that evolved over millions of years.
“Ultimately, every one of us will discover the truth,” the Oscar-award winning actor posited. “But will we ever enter our final hour knowing our fate?”
“Is death the end? Eternal silence, blackness, nothingness, or is there a spark inside of us that lives on beyond our physical selves?”
Freeman himself was first confronted with the afterlife when he found that his grandmother “didn’t wake up” one morning. He asked himself, “How could she be here yesterday but gone today?” “Was she gone forever?” “Or did some essential part of her live on?”
It’s a great mystery, he added – one that much of the religious have sought to demystify.
“Christians and Muslims believe in a heaven for the just and a hell for sinners,” Freeman voiced. “Other religions see death as a transition to an existence to a higher plane or to another life here on earth. All of these things have one thing in common. The body is just a vessel for the soul. And the soul is eternal. This is something many believe in their hearts. But is there a way to prove it or disprove it scientifically?”
Hoping to clarify some of his own confusion, as he is able to help decide what topics will be featured on the show, Freeman said in a recent interview according to The Associated Press that he’s just asking some questions, not contrary to his inquisitive nature.
“You can ask ANY question, can’t you?”
And for every significant question the 74-year-old actor has asked himself over the years, a solution has always been found.
“Any question that dogs me I’ve answered. Is there a God? Well, I’ve answered that. I know, absolutely. My answer is, yes.”
“Now who that is, is where I get into trouble. But I’ve got enough operating certainty to ease my mind. I don’t have to be too concerned,” he concluded.
“Through the Wormhole” returns to Science beginning June 8 at 10 p.m. (ET/PT).