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This week on most of our stations (click on the listings tab at top to see where and when in your market) you’ll meet journalist Erika Hayasaki and her subject Dr. Norma Bowe. Together we discuss the book The Death Class written by Erika and based on Dr. Bowe’s popular course at Kean University in New Jersey which has a three year waiting list.
At the start of each class an inevitable question always arose: Is there life after death, or is there no death just a continuum?
This unescapable quest has crossed the mind of every human being since the beginning of time. I have delved into this subject on the show with theologians, philosophers, physicists, and even the most well-known atheist of our time Richard Dawkins.
In fact, Professor Dawkins, when on our show, let me in on something when he said that the original title for his ground breaking book, The Selfish Gene was supposed to be: The Immortal Gene. A far different concept with deeper implications. I thought he would have a more nihilistic point of view being an atheist. He emphatically stated that this was a common misconception and was grateful for the opportunity to dispel it. He found awe and wonder in life and continues to question the continuum of existence. In fact the only reason the title changed from Immortal to Selfish was due to the publisher wanting to sell more books.
|Painting by Kamran Khavarani|
So, people from the most religious end of the spectrum to those on the opposite side have all pondered the question asked in Dr. Bowe’s class. The more I do I firmly believe there is a continuum. What that continuum is I have no clue but what is most important can be summed up by this quote from the book, The Death Class – A True Story About Life.
As long as a man has the strength to dream he can redeem his soul.
Enjoy the show and dream on.
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