Near Death Experiences

Explore studies and stories of near death experiences and review probative evidence of transphysical consciousness after bodily death (which is not explained by current physicalist explanations, and unlikely to be explained by future ones).

Near-death experiences have fascinated human beings for ages. As might be expected, most treatments of near-death experiences had focused on their spiritual aspects and implications. The first recorded medical description of a near-death experience, however, dates from around 1740, in a book written by Pierre-Jean du Monchaux, a French doctor.

Since then, more and more scientists from the fields of psychology, cognitive science, and brain studies have researched near-death experiences. The results have been extraordinarily interesting, and often baffling.

Bruce Greyson, a professor of Psychiatric Medicine at the University of Virginia, spent a great deal of time studying near-death experiences in cooperation with Janice Miner Holden, a professor of counseling at the University of North Texas. Together, they co-authored The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation, which methodically summarized the scientific research on near-death experiences up until 2009.

This book brought to a wider audience the work of researchers such as Kenneth Ring, Michael Sabom, and Pim van Lommel. Since then, the field has been expanded further by Sam Parnia, an assistant professor of Medicine at the State University of New York.

Naturally enough, these experiences raise extraordinary questions about the afterlife and the nature of the universe. Is there a God? If so, what is God like? What about heaven and hell?

Statistically, science has no clear answers yet. However, it seems clear that near-death experiences are worth examining further – the articles collected on this page are a great place to start.

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