Dying to Live: Near-death Experiences

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Prometheus Books, 1993 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 291 pages
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Opinion has long been divided over Near-Death Experiences, or NDEs, some presenting them as evidence for the existence of the soul and life after death, others arguing that they are merely the chemical and physiological products of a dying brain.
Susan Blackmore has interviewed many people who claim to have had NDEs, and after researching hundreds of case histories she offers an absorbing and detailed review of this fascinating and controversial phenomenon. While presenting clear physical explanations for the changes that take place within the brain, Blackmore argues that true spiritual transformation comes not from searching after a spirit or soul that survives death, but from reinterpreting the concept of "self" itself.
Dying to Live succeeds in bridging the gap between the scientific and the spiritual points of view and shows how an understanding of NDEs can help us live our lives in the face of death and lead the way to genuine self-knowledge.

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User Review  - quantum_flapdoodle - LibraryThing

The author takes on the task of evaluating near death experiences, and does a good job of sorting through the literature. She dissects the credulous arguments for afterlife, and offers her own ... Read full review

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User Review  - SkepChris - LibraryThing

Having had a near death experience herself, Susan Blackmore first investigated the paranormal side of the issue. In that period she wrote [Beyond the Body], in which she collects many anecdotes. She ... Read full review


The Stages of Dying
Visions From the Dying Brain
The Light at the End of the Tunnel

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Susan Blackmore is a psychologist and writer researching consciousness, memes, and anomalous experiences, and a visiting professor at the University of Plymouth. She blogs for the Guardian and Psychology Today, and often appears on radio and  television. She is the author of Dying to Live (on near-death experiences, 1993); In Search of the Light (autobiography, 1996); Test Your Psychic Powers (with Adam Hart-Davis, 1997); The Meme Machine (1999); Conversations on Consciousness (2005); Zen and the Art of Consciousness (2011); and Consciousness: An Introduction.

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