Paranormal Experience and Survival of Death

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1993 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 257 pages
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This text amasses data and surveys from a century of research on the paranormal on four continents: Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Studying the tensions between religious and scientific perspectives, the author reviews numerous substantiated accounts of demon-possession, of memories of past lives, of ghostly apparitions, and out-of-body experiences. He analyzes the medical evidence and what such experiences imply about survival after death. The author then looks at the reasons for the taboos on scientific discussion of such research within the social sciences, and proposes a new paradigm for a more holistic view of the field.
 

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Contents

Proof of Reincarnation?
5
Objections to the Phenomena as Evidence of Survival
20
Invisible Bodies?
37
Phenomena Considered
44
Objections to the Phenomena as Evidence of Survival
63
The Heart of NearDeath Experiences
77
Objections to the Phenomena as Evidence of Survival
92
Philosophy of Science
121
Nonrational Objections to Paranormal Evidence
138
A Model of Resistance and Change in the Sciences
147
Independent Growth
154
What Will the Next World Be Like?
165
An Idealist Next World
177
Notes
189
Bibliography
219
Index
251

Rational Objections to Paranormal Evidence
129

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About the author (1993)

Carl B. Becker is Professor of Comparative Thought at Kyoto University, Japan. He has also written Survival: Life After Death in Christianity, Buddhism, and Modern Science; American Ideals; and Communication: East and West.

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