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Only a few weeks after Newsweek and Simon & Schuster gave us proof of heaven,  The...

Only a few weeks after Newsweek and Simon & Schuster gave us proof of heaven,  The New York Times now offers us immortality in the form of an article entitled "Can a Jellyfish Unlock the Secret of Immortality?" It is now online and will appear as the cover story in the Dec. 2 New York Times Magazine.

The premise of the story, written by the novelist Nathaniel Rich, is that the unusual life cycle of a tiny sea creature called a hydrozoan could hold the key to human immortality. The organism, a species of Turritopsis, begins as a small polyp that...

On Oct. 11, I wrote that the book Proof of Heaven, an account of a near-death experience by a neurosurgeon, reflected badly on its author, Eben Alexander, and its publisher, Simon & Schuster, for allowing mystical belief, "visions," and...

On Oct. 11, I wrote that the book Proof of Heaven, an account of a near-death experience by a neurosurgeon, reflected badly on its author, Eben Alexander, and its publisher, Simon & Schuster, for allowing mystical belief, "visions," and religion to masquerade as science. 

I wrote then that I had no doubt that "all of the parties involved will make a large amount of money from this project--money that will not, I suspect, be accepted as legal tender in their glittering afterlives."

In an article today in The New York Times, Alexander continues to push the same story, saying that he hopes his medical expertise "will be enough to persuade skeptics...

This week's On Science Blogs by Tabitha M. Powledge begins with a wrap-up of blogs addressing the current meningitis epidemic, including the news that many medications given in hospitals are the product of...

This week's On Science Blogs by Tabitha M. Powledge begins with a wrap-up of blogs addressing the current meningitis epidemic, including the news that many medications given in hospitals are the product of compounding pharmacies, which are only lightly regulated by the FDA. 

And she notes a dark, conspiratorial link between meningitis and heaven that even the most astute commentators have missed. Last week's Newsweek cover story arguing that heaven is real was written by a neurosurgeon who saw heaven when in a coma induced by meninigitis! The meaning of this astounding coincidence is: nothing. But the scoop still goes to Powledge.

She also notes that the annual convention of science writers is coming up next weekend in Research Triangle Park, N.C., where some 500 practitioners of the trade will have the year...