Paranormal Experience and Survival of Death

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SUNY Press, Sep 6, 1993 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 257 pages
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Reviews accounts of demon-possession, memories of past lives, ghostly apparitions, and out-of-body experiences collected from Europe, Asia, and the Americas over the past century; and examines the tension between religious and scientific perspectives on the phenomena, the medical evidence, and the taboo on studying such subjects in the social sciences. Paper edition (unseen), $18.95. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
 

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Contents

1 Proof of Reincarnation?
5
Phenomena Not Considered
6
Autoprecognition
7
Child Prodigies
8
Mediumism and Spiritualism
9
Phenomena Considered
10
Spontaneous Possession with Verifiable Memories and Skills
11
Hypnotic AgeRegression
13
The Ontology of Modern Physics
122
Views of Physical Entities
123
Views of the Nature of Things
124
Compatibility of Physics and Parapsychology
125
Unresolved Philosophical Questions
127
Rational Objections to Paranormal Evidence
129
TheoryRequirement
131
Inherent Probabilities
134

Spontaneous Memories of Former Lives
15
Objections to the Phenomena as Evidence of Survival
20
Objections to Population Increase and Lack of Memories
22
Normal but Forgotten Memories?
25
2 Invisible Bodies?
37
Phenomena Not Considered
38
Phantom Limbs
40
Poltergeists
41
Hauntings of Place
42
Phenomena Considered
44
OutofBody Experiences OBEs
54
Objections to the Phenomena as Evidence of Survival
63
Theoretical Objections about Animals and Doppelgangers
65
Normal or Physiological Explanations
67
SuperESP Theories
71
Conclusions
76
3 The Heart of NearDeath Experiences
77
Phenomena Not Considered
78
OBEs
79
Phenomena Considered
81
Deathbed Visions Down Through History
82
Visions of Departed Relatives or Friends
84
Visions of Another World
90
Objections to the Phenomena as Evidence of Survival
92
Patients Pronounced Dead Were Not Really Dead
93
Patients Visions were Hallucinations
98
Siegels Similarities
103
NDEs are Defense Mechanisms or Mental Disease
105
Attacks on the Veridicality of NDEs
109
SuperESP Accounts for True Information in NDEs
116
4 Philosophy of Science
121
Nonrational Objections to Paranormal Evidence
138
Psychological Resistance to Cognitive Dissonance
139
Intellectual Resistance to Reeducation and Paradigm Shift
141
Religious Resistance to Heretical or Occult Forces
143
5 A Model of Resistance and Change in the Sciences
147
Rejection of the Evidence
148
Discrediting by Association
149
Criticism by Authority
150
Suppression
151
Suppression of Academic Fraternity Opportunities and Funds
152
Reinterpretation
153
Independent Growth
154
Professional Organizations
155
Grants and Funding
156
Assimilation and Acceptance
157
Recognition without Paradigm Conversion
158
Paradigm Conversion by Personal Persuasion
160
Nonconversion and Supersession of the New Paradigm
161
Public Opinion and Scientific Change
162
6 What Will the Next World Be Like?
165
An Apparitional World
169
Ethereal Bodies Reconcilable with Materialism
170
Astral Bodies are Not Enough
176
A Nonmaterialist Hypothesis?
177
Personhood and Personal Identification
181
The End A New Beginning
185
NOTES
189
BIBLIOGRAPHY
219
INDEX
251
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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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