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Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences

By Jeffrey Long, Paul Perry
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In 1998 Dr. Long and his wife, Jody, began the Near-Death Experience Research Foundation ( with the goal of creating a forum for near-death experiencers to share their stories. Grounded in first-hand evidence culled from over 1,600 NDE accounts, Evidence of the Afterlife presents the strongest argument yet for the underlying truth of those who have died and returned to share their tales.

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Scientific Evidence of the Afterlife
By Kevin R. Williams, B.Sc.

Out0of-body manIn 2001, Dr. Pim van Lommel, a cardiologist from the Netherlands, and his team conducted the so-called "Dutch study" of NDEs in cardiac arrest patients. Of 344 patients who were successfully resuscitated after suffering cardiac arrest, 62 patients (18%) expressed an intraoperative memory and among these, 41 patients (12%) experienced core NDEs, which included OBEs. According to van Lommel, the patients remembered details of their conditions during their cardiac arrest despite being clinically dead with flatlined brain stem activity. Van Lommel concluded that his findings supported the theory that consciousness continued despite lack of neuronal activity in the brain. Then in 2008, twenty-five UK and US hospitals began participation in a study, coordinated by Sam Parnia and Southampton University known as the "AWARE study" (AWAreness during REsuscitation). The study examined near-death experiences in 1,500 cardiac arrest survivors and determined whether people without a heartbeat or brain activity can have documentable out-of-body experiences. As part of the study Parnia and colleagues investigated out-of-body claims by using hidden targets placed on shelves that could only be seen from above. Although no subjects saw the images mounted out of sight, two out of the 152 patients reported visual experiences and one of them described events that could be verified. On October 6, 2014 the results of the study were published in the journal Resuscitation PDF icon. Among those who reported a perception of awareness and completed further interviews, 46% experienced a broad range of mental recollections in relation to death, 9% had experiences compatible with NDEs and 2% exhibited full awareness compatible with OBEs with explicit recall of "seeing" and "hearing" events. One case was validated and timed using auditory stimuli during cardiac arrest. AWARE II is a two-year multicenter observational study of 900-1500 patients experiencing cardiac arrests is currently being prepared, with the closure date set to May 31, 2017.

Scientific Evidence of the Afterlife Index
1. IANDS Site Directory 6. P.M.H. Atwater's NDE Research
2. NDE Article Directory 7. Scientific Evidence Supporting NDEs
3. NDE Experts 8. Scientific Theories of NDEs
4. NDE Research Conclusions 9. NDEs and Physics Research
5. Hallucinations and NDEs    
Scholarly Papers from the Journal of Near-Death Studies
1. Guest Editorial: Science, Spirit, and the Soul - by Arthur Young [Web] [PDF]
2. Editorial: Can Science Explain the Near-Death Experience? - Bruce Greyson [Web] [PDF]
3. Science and Spirituality: A Challenge for the 21st Century - by Peter Fenwick [Web] [PDF]
4. Letter to the Editor: When Ideology Overrules Science - by Rudolf Smit [Web] [PDF]
5. Book Review: Why Science is Wrong...About Almost Everything by Alex Tsakiris - Reviewed by Bryan Stare [Web] [PDF]
6. Book Review: The Reintegration of Science and Spirituality by Deno Kazanis - Reviewed by Jeffrey Long [Web] [PDF]
7. Book Review: Where God Lives: The Science of the Paranormal by Melvin Morse - Reviewed by John Tomlinson [Web] [PDF]
8. Book Review: Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of NDEs by Jeffrey Long,-- Reviewed by J. Kenneth Arnette [Web] [PDF]
9. Book Review: Dying to Live: Science and Near-Death Experience by Susan Blackmore - Reviewed by Kenneth Ring [Web] [PDF]
10. Book Review - Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the NDE by Pim van Lommel - Reviewed by Dan Punzak [Web] [PDF]
11. Book Review: Science and the Afterlife Experience.. by Chris Carter - Reviewed by Cliff Hamrick [Web] [PDF]
12. Book Review: The Immortal Mind: Science Ervin Laszlo - Reviewed by Michael Grosso [Web] [PDF]
13. Book Review: The Map of Heaven: How Science..Proving the Afterlife by Eben Alexander - by J. Kenneth Arnette [Web] [PDF]

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