- Garrett Pendergraft, “The Only Immortality Is Fame: Why Legendary Athletes Play Past Their Prime“, Real Clear Sports, published 25 May 2015
- Rivka Weinberg, “Why Life Is Absurd” The New York Times, published on 11 January 2015
- Susan Schneider, “The Philosophy of ‘Her’” The New York Times, published on 2 March 2014.
- Stephen Cave, “Not Nothing: How Much Should We Worry about Death?” Aeon Magazine, published on 25 July 2014
- Patrick Stokes, “The Digital Soul: What Will Happen to My Online Identity When I Die?” Aeon Magazine, published on 20 November 2013.
- Jesse Bering, “My Paranormal Adventure in Pursuit of Life After Death,” Aeon Magazine, published on 13 November 2013.
- Samuel Scheffler, “The Importance of the Afterlife. Seriously.” The New York Times, published on 21 September 2013.
- Stephen Cave, “Death: Why We Should Be Grateful for It” New Scientist, No. 2287, published on 12 October 2012.
One goal of this project is to advance discussion of the project themes in popular venues by offering essay prize awards. This component is intended to provide an incentive and reward for essays on topics within the purview of the project that are accessible to non-academic audiences in venues with a wide readership.
The competition will offer $3000 prizes for essays published or forthcoming between July 2012 and June 2015. These prizes will be awarded on a rolling basis, with no more than two prizes awarded per applicant, and then only on different topics.
Essays must be:
(i) at least 1000 words in length
(ii) published in a popular, non-academic publication with a circulation of at least 10,000 (or a similarly large readership for online venues), and
(iii) submitted to the Project Leader by the author of the essay.
Possible topics should be, or be relevantly similar to, the research topics listed in the two RFPs, and primary consideration will be given to essays that discuss research directly connected to the project (e.g., supported through a sub-grant award). Eligible publications include select journals, newspapers, and online publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Commentary, The New Republic, and Slate, as well as online venues associated with those publications, such as the NYT Opinionator. Awards will be selected by the Project Leader.