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Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences Kindle Edition
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"If someone asked for proof that life after death exists, refer them to this book. Dr. Long and Paul Perry have gone way beyond faith and into science, providing us with well-documented proof of what we have known absolutely for 35 years - there is life after death."--Dannion and Kathryn Brinkley, authors of Saved by the Light and Secrets of the Light
"Is there life after death? ...Radiation oncologist Dr. Jeffrey Long argues that if you look at the scientific evidence, the answer is unequivocally yes. Drawing on a decade's worth of research on near-death experiences... he makes the case for that controversial conclusion."--Time.com
"Long answers skeptics . . . does a fine job of summarizing some of the transformative changes from NDEs.... The end result of all this testimony, according to Long, is 'there is life after death.'"--Spirituality and Practice
"This important book about near-death experiences provides compelling evidence that mind and consciousness cannot be reduced to brain activity."--Mario Beauregard, Ph.D., Neuroscientist at the University of Montreal and co-author of The Spiritual Brain --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
From the Back Cover
Evidence of the Afterlife shares the firsthand accounts of people who have died and lived to tell about it. Through their work at the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, radiation oncologist Jeffrey Long and his wife, Jody, have gathered thousands of accounts of near-death experiences (NDEs) from all over the world. In addition to sharing the personal narrative of their experiences, visitors to the website are asked to fill out a one hundred-item questionnaire designed to isolate specific elements of the experience and to flag counterfeit accounts.
The website has become the largest NDE research database in the world, containing over 1,600 NDE accounts. The people whose stories are captured in the database span all age groups, races, and religious affiliations and come from all over the world, yet the similarities in their stories are as awe-inspiring as they are revealing. Using this treasure trove of data, Dr. Long explains how medical evidence fails to explain these reports and why there is only one plausible explanation--that people have survived death and traveled to another dimension.--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B0032JQ7D0
- Publisher : HarperOne; Reprint edition (31 December 2009)
- Language : English
- File size : 3410 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 227 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 251,007 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It may seem a strange form of research that relies for its data on self-reported descriptions of the near death experience but the author insists that the structure of the questionnaires used and the methods of analysis of the data gleaned are able to weed out false reporting. In any case, the only way we have of knowing about the near death experience is to listen to the stories of those who have undergone that experience. There are, of course, scientists who claim that the whole experience takes place entirely in the brain of the dying person and no "supernatural" event actually takes place. Jeffrey Long questions the research supporting these, frankly rather lazy, claims.
If we are prepared to give the near death experience the benefit of the doubt it does pose some intriguing questions:
IF consciousness is able to exist independently of the body and brain then what is its true nature?
IF, as many who have undergone NDE report, there is another (higher?) world this consciousness passes to on death what is the purpose of life as we know it? It is worth considering that some NDErs have reported that they were given the choice of returning to this life. Who or what gives them that choice and why?
If I have a criticism of this book it is that all the subjects seem to be essentially good people many of whom return to life transformed and with a renewed determination to "do good". Have no near death experiences been reported by truly bad people – violent criminals for example? Surely the dangers of the criminal's way of life must likely lead to many a brush with death. What kind of afterlife would they encounter I wonder.
I think the author is missing the point of what the reader wants.