Science and the Near-Death Experience: How Consciousness Survives Death

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 23, 2010 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 320 pages
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The scientific evidence for life after death

• Explains why near-death experiences (NDEs) offer evidence of an afterlife and discredits the psychological and physiological explanations for them

• Challenges materialist arguments against consciousness surviving death

• Examines ancient and modern accounts of NDEs from around the world, including China, India, and many from tribal societies such as the Native American and the Maori

Predating all organized religion, the belief in an afterlife is fundamental to the human experience and dates back at least to the Neanderthals. By the mid-19th century, however, spurred by the progress of science, many people began to question the existence of an afterlife, and the doctrine of materialism--which believes that consciousness is a creation of the brain--began to spread. Now, using scientific evidence, Chris Carter challenges materialist arguments against consciousness surviving death and shows how near-death experiences (NDEs) may truly provide a glimpse of an awaiting afterlife.

Using evidence from scientific studies, quantum mechanics, and consciousness research, Carter reveals how consciousness does not depend on the brain and may, in fact, survive the death of our bodies. Examining ancient and modern accounts of NDEs from around the world, including China, India, and tribal societies such as the Native American and the Maori, he explains how NDEs provide evidence of consciousness surviving the death of our bodies. He looks at the many psychological and physiological explanations for NDEs raised by skeptics--such as stress, birth memories, or oxygen starvation--and clearly shows why each of them fails to truly explain the NDE. Exploring the similarities between NDEs and visions experienced during actual death and the intersection of physics and consciousness, Carter uncovers the truth about mind, matter, and life after death.
 

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Contents

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Chapter 1Ancient and Modern Theories
Chapter 2Objections of Skeptics
Chapter 5Are Memories Stored in the Brain?
Chapter 6Theories of Life
PART II
Horrific NearDeath Experiences
Chapter 9NearDeath Experiences across Cultures
Chapter 11Proposed Physiological Explanations
Chapter 12Experiencing Death through Drugs?
Chapter 13The Dying Brain Theory of Susan Blackmore
Chapter 14Veridical NearDeath Experiences
Chapter 15NearDeath Experiences of People Who Are Blind
PART III
Chapter 19Alternative Explanations
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Chapter 10Proposed Psychological Explanations

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About the author (2010)

Chris Carter received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Oxford. The author of Parapsychology and the Skeptics, Carter is originally from Canada and currently teaches internationally.

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