For those who are deeply curious about the work of mediums, the Windbridge Research Center is an invaluable resource: Not only do they certify and study mediums, but they have also published their findings in numerous studies.

As their Director of Research, Julie Beischel, Ph.D. (whose doctorate is in Pharmacology and Toxicology with a minor in Microbiology and Immunology) explains it, Windbridge’s mission is “to ease suffering around dying, death, and what comes next by performing rigorous scientific research” and sharing what they learn widely.

We interviewed Beischel about how she tests Windbridge’s Certified Research Mediums, what they do (and don’t) know about what happens when mediums connect to the other side, and how this might change the way we think about the survival of consciousness beyond the body—and provide some comfort for our time here, too.

Question: What tests did you structure to vet the mediums who are currently part of your research group?

Dr. Beischel: The testing procedure we used to certify the mediums on our team involved eight peer-reviewed steps but the most important one, Step five, tested if the mediums could report accurate information about specific deceased people under controlled conditions.

That ridiculously complex multi-part test was designed with the same two principles we use for all of our research: optimize the research environment and maximize the experimental controls. My favorite analogy for this is: You can’t put a seed on a table and then call it a fraud when it doesn’t turn into a tree. You have to give the seed what it needs—water, sun, soil—if you want to study how it grows. Similarly, if you want to study how the seed grows naturally, you can’t supplement the soil or use an UV lamp.

The sports analogy that also works is: You can’t study football on a baseball field using hockey equipment and the rules for soccer and then claim you’ve disproven the existence of football. …

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