Morgan Freeman Ponders Aliens and the Afterlife for 'Through the Wormhole'
Freeman tackles tough concepts and unanswerable questions on the Science channel show.
Morgan Freeman is many things, but a shallow thinker is not one of them.
The Academy Award winning actor can currently be seen hosting the Discovery Networks’ Through the Wormhole on the Science channel, where he challenges viewers to ponder the bold questions surrounding life and existence. A passion that for Freeman, stems from a love of science fiction.
“[I started] thinking about possibilities and the fact that it wasn’t too long ago that the world was flat, and that was a ‘fact,’” Freeman tells the Huffington Post in an in-depth interview. “It wasn’t too long ago the universe revolved around the earth, the earth was the center of it all: ‘fact.’ So we’re now this far along, we know a lot more about things, but they are still ‘facts’: nothing can travel as fast as the speed of light: ‘fact.’ It would take a million years to travel to a distant star: ‘fact.’ Are they facts?”
All this despite modestly proclaiming, “I’m not what you’d call a deep thinker.”
Though he doesn’t have all the answers, Freeman relays opinions and models from researchers, scientists and philosophers during each episode of “Wormhole” in an attempt to shed light on many unanswered questions -- Some of them, impossible to prove.
“We ask a question about – is there such thing as a soul? Is there some part of you, an energy that goes on after the rest of you cease to be? And there are a lot of different beliefs in it,” he says, teasing an episode.
Reportedly, one scientist will argue the case that humans do, in fact, possess an energy that leaves the body after death. Freeman, however, refuses to acknowledge an opinion on the matter. To him, there’s no way of knowing any real truths, whether it relates to our own lives or the concepts we question.
“We’ve seen different manifestations of others’ imaginations of aliens. Aliens could look like anything; it just depends a lot on their environment. [We portray them as having] two arms, two legs, a head, two eyes, a nose, two years, and that’s not necessarily [true] at all. They could look more lizardly, they could look like anything,” Freeman muses. “There’s just no way of knowing.”
For these topics and more, tune in to Through The Wormhole at 10 p.m. on Science.