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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This Susan Blackmore fellow has a grand surprise in store when she ''wakes up dead''. How can she really carry scientific credentials yet deny the overwhelming evidence of consciousnes' survival of physical death? Maybe she is paid by the Pope to be a propagandist??? I have seen her on TV smugly deny all of the evidence for survival yet offer no real counter-argument. Maybe the Pope his giving her one!!! ? See you in Heaven Sue! 

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

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Susan Blackmore is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of the West of England.

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