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Life after death- the Bradford experiment

Updated on February 9, 2014

Thomas Lynn Bradford

Although he studied electrical engineering, Tomas Lynn Bradford's experiment for the afterlife was gas. On February 6, 1921 he sealed the doors and windows of the room in Detroit, broke the valve on the stove and opened the throttle.

Spiritual telegraph

To find out what what happens after death is easy. To leave behind the information is difficult . For this reason Bradford had put a few weeks earlier an ad in the newspapers seeking for a spiritualist ally to help him on his quest . Ruth Dorado responded to his request and , as reported by «New York Times», they met and agreed that " there was only one way to solve the mystery: two spirits should coordinate perfectly and one would abandon the mundane ." The project was flawed since, weather the "passed" engineer would reply through the spiritualist telegraph or not , Ms. Doran could -for the sake of spiritualism or publicity- say that she had contact with him . But she did not lie.

Unfortunately Thomas Lynn Bradford died on February 6th and became as the most famous for committing suicide in an attempt to prove any existence of afterlife. "Dead Spiritualist Silent" was the title of «Times».

Times headline

Bradford's experiment -round 2 (the Oliver Lodge Posthumous package)

A safer variation of Bradford's experiment was attempted by the physicist Oliver Lodge, rector of the University of Birmingham, who before his death, in 1940, had organized the Oliver Lodge Posthumous Test. Lodz had composed a hidden message and had booked a package (the Oliver Lodge Posthumous package) so when, after his death, it would be revealed to mediums (four in number, who were recruited by the Commission of Oliver Lodge Posthumous Test) and their words could be verified.

The package was wrapped in seven envelopes. Each of them contained an indication that psychics could use to enhance the memory of the deceased, in case he had forgotten his secret. Eventually the indications, which were extremely confusing, just annoyed psychics, which eventually abandoned the project. The Posthumous Package was opened leaving the committee with nothing more than a paper on which was written an unfamiliar music sheet.

The Thouless experiment

Even if Lodge's Psychics had achieved to read the indications, it still wouldn't be proved that the psychics didn't read the with a Posthumous Passage Record "illegally".

For that reason six years later Robert H. Thuless tried another version on the Bradford experiment.

Robert Henry Thuless (July 15, 1894 – September 25, 1984) was a British Psychologist, parapsychologist and amateur cryptographer.

He codified two sentences in a code that was sure no one would be able to decrypt, and called spiritualists and mediums to try to get in touch with him after death to learn from the spirit of the key to decoding.

Thouless died in 1989 however, his codified sentence but is still a mystery, although about 100 people have suggested, in their opinion , the decryption key . Someone once insisted that he had contact with Thouless through eight different mediums and , unfortunately , the psychologist had forgotten the key.

Robert Henry Thouless

The Experiment on living people

The efforts of all the dead researchers led to nowhere, Maybe it would be more prudent to focus our attention to those who have not died, but simply have gotten little foretaste of death - in the form of near-death experience. If someone could prove that this phenomenon is a real fact and it's indeed a return trip from another dimension and not an illusion, then we might have some results.

For this reason in University of Virginia in Charlottesville, in the operating room there's a laptop computer, with the screen faced on the ceiling, in such an angle that the content of the screen can only be seen only from the top of the ceiling and that would only be possible if the patients, during their surgical procedure move out of their bodies and watch everything from the top of the room.

The laptop is programmed to project only one (of twelve images) each time, during a surgical procedure. The image is selected by the computer randomly and not not even the researchers know which image is displayed.

When the patients are recovering from anesthesia , the psychologist Bruce Grayson asks them what do they remember from their stay in the operating room . So far there have been no surprises .

The Duncan MacDougall experiment

Duncan MacDougall 1866 – October 15, 1920 was physician in Haverhill, Massachusetts. He reported a theory of the mass loss from the body as the soul departed upon death.

In order to support his theory, in 1901 while he was practicing in a tuberculosis sanatorium, he began to weight the patients in an industrial weighing scale used for silk, which he had made some modifications. He weighed six people at the time of their death and, as he wrote a series of articles in the journal " American Medicine " he found out that the scale's needle actually went down!!!

However, only one of the experiments conducted without any major hassles. The authorities stormed the room and tried to stop the process twice. ANd other times the clumsy partners were pushing the scale.

Thus , McDougall's research - that the soul exists and weighs about 21 grams still remains unproven.

In great disappointment of those "afterlife researchers" there has been still no firm proof of any afterlife existence. Many researchers after them tried to prove afterlife activity such as and Luis Hollander junior.

Hollander, tried the Mcdougall experiment on sheeps! Surprisingly enough, he reports that sheeps, during their death, they gain some weight instead of losing(!!!), but after death they lose it again.

That led him to the conclusion that what actually happens after dead is that human souls enter animal bodies! That was a great triggering for proving that reincarnation could actually exist!

Do you believe in afterlife existence?

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    • Anita Hasch profile image

      Anita Hasch 

      24 months ago from Port Elizabeth

      My husband came to me three times after death. The first time, I woke up at about 3am and I seemed to be in as trance. I knew I was awake and not dreaming. I heard him come up the stairs and then he sat down behind me. I then fell asleep.

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      4 years ago

      I think anyone who thinks there was a result in any of these dotty experiments needs counseling. They were ill informed experiments poorly performed and badly conceived. I just love it that someone can believe that the sheep result means that human souls enter the dead sheep when we all know its the souls of fish with a split personality entering the sheep. And what would be the point of entering a dead sheep only to lay there and become smelly and flyblown and rot away? I think the mice have a lot to answer for when designing this planet! They really should have let the whales take over. Humans are just too silly by far! Does it really matter what happens after death? Clearly after more than 100,ooo years we'd have noticed if there was any connection between 'there' and here. It comes down to whether or not you can live with who and what you are now and if you have hurt anyone when you had no cause. I know I'm perfect. True happiness is only found by the truly blissfully deluded.

      Actually I have had a so called near death experience - the white spot in the distance coming closer slowly, I'm drifting in a utterly black void slowly getting closer to the spot (a mutual attraction) and as I got really close there was nothing in the spot, no angels, gods, no Christs, no voices or singing, just no nothin'. In my mind I was totaly calm and decided I didn't want to go 'in' there yet and mentaly pushed it away. In reality I had been lying face down on the ground in some form of a spasm not breathing for awhile and then suddenly pushed down with my arms with such force I flew up off the ground and tumbled in to a table behind me. My head was spinning for some time after that. That was years ago now. It was not a religious experience. I am not religious but had been when a kid. I can see how religious people could add all sorts of beliefs to such an experience depending on the strength and conviction of such beliefs. Mine was neutral and I'm happy about that. Dead is as dead does!

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      Jennifer Arnett 

      6 years ago from California

      I would think that a soul has no weight at all, but the fact that several people have come to the conclusion of it weighing 21 grams, I have to wonder. I like how you sowed examples of several people's research.

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      Cecile Portilla 

      6 years ago from West Orange, New Jersey

      Hi failed:

      Very unique hub. An interesting read about something that remains within our curiosity!

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      6 years ago from Greece

      Thanks so much mate!

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      6 years ago from Parsons, West Virginia

      This was an awesome story on a subject that is in almost the back of almost everybody's mind. Great job, and I'm voting this hub up, useful, awesome and of coarse interesting.


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