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Changes in Heart Transplant Recipients That Parallel the Personalities of Their Donors

Changes in Heart Transplant Recipients That Parallel the Personalities of Their Donors

Date: Spring 2002
Creator: Pearsall, Paul; Schwartz, Gary E. R. & Russek, Linda G. S.
Description: Study evaluating whether changes following heart transplant surgery parallel the history of the donors, based on the systemic memory hypothesis which predicts that all dynamical systems that contain recurrent feedback loops store information and energy to various degrees.
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Cheating the Ferryman: A New Paradigm of Existence?

Cheating the Ferryman: A New Paradigm of Existence?

Date: Winter 2004
Creator: Peake, Anthony A.
Description: Article presenting an argument for what occurs subjectively at the moment of death, using insights from quantum physics, neurology, perceptual science, psychiatry, and Gnosticism.
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A Child's Encounter with the Devil: An Unusual Near-Death Experience with Both Blissful and Frightening Elements

A Child's Encounter with the Devil: An Unusual Near-Death Experience with Both Blissful and Frightening Elements

Date: Winter 2001
Creator: Bonenfant, Richard J.
Description: Abstract: I describe the near-death experience (NDE) of a 6-year-old boy who encountered both the devil and God following a near-fatal car accident, and compare recent recollections of the event with those made four years earlier. I discuss the aftereffects of this experience, and review the findings of earlier studies of frightening NDEs.
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Commentary on "Does Paranormal Perception Occur in Near-Death Experiences?"

Commentary on "Does Paranormal Perception Occur in Near-Death Experiences?"

Date: Summer 2007
Creator: Sabom, Michael B.
Description: Abstract: Keith Augustine raises questions regarding Pam Reynolds's near-death experience (NDE) while undergoing cerebral aneurysm surgery using the hypothermic cardiac arrest ("standstill") procedure. I specifically address questions regarding anesthesia and brainstem auditory evoked response procedures; and the relation of Reynolds's NDE to "standstill" and life after death.
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Commentary on "Does Paranormal Perception Occur in Near-Death Experiences?"

Commentary on "Does Paranormal Perception Occur in Near-Death Experiences?"

Date: Summer 2007
Creator: Tart, Charles T.
Description: Editor's abstract and note: In this commentary, Charles Tart critiques Keith Augustine's deconstruction of Pam Reynolds's near-death experience (NDE) while undergoing cerebral aneurysm surgery using the hypothermic cardiac arrest ("standstill") procedure. However, after drafting this initial response to Augustine's paper, family medical problems prevented Tart from researching and polishing his comments as thoroughly as he would have wished. He has approved our publication of this commentary but regrets taht it is not up to his usual standard.
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Commentary on John Gibbs' "What Do Near-Death Experiencers and Jesus Have in Common? The Near-Death Experience and Spong's New New Christianity"

Commentary on John Gibbs' "What Do Near-Death Experiencers and Jesus Have in Common? The Near-Death Experience and Spong's New New Christianity"

Date: Winter 2005
Creator: Sabom, Michael B.
Description: Abstract: John Gibbs relates research findings on near-death experiences (NDEs) to John Shelby Spong's "continuity view of Jesus" and his "call for a new Christianity." Gibbs' argument falls short of demonstrating congruence of the scientific findings of NDE research with the theological claims of Spong, who posits that Jesus was not God, but just a person.
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Commentary on Keith Augustine's Article

Commentary on Keith Augustine's Article

Date: Winter 2007
Creator: Fox, Mark
Description: Abstract: This commentary responds to Keith Augustine's article on the hallucinatory nature of near-death experiences (NDEs). It draws attention to his misreading of an important point made in my book Religion, Spirituality and the Near-Death Experience (Fox, 2003) regarding claims made by some NDErs to have traveled into outer space, reinforces the need for a thorough consideration of the epistemological complexities involved in asserting or denying a "common core" to NDEs, and ends by supporting the point made by Augustine that there is a pressing need for more crosscultural studies of the "core" phenomenon itself.
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Commentary on Keith Augustine's Paper

Commentary on Keith Augustine's Paper

Date: Autumn 2007
Creator: Serdahely, William
Description: Abstract: Keith Augustine claims that near-death experiences are actually hallucinations. However, this proposition has several serious problems that I explicate in this commentary.
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Commentary on Keith Augustine's Paper

Commentary on Keith Augustine's Paper

Date: Winter 2007
Creator: Irwin, Harvey J.
Description: Abstract: Keith Augustine has provided a useful survey of the psychological and neurological correlates of near-death experiences and out-of-body experiences. The empirical findings he cites may prove awkward to accommodate under current separationist accounts of these experiences, although proponents of the separationist approach may be able to refine their theories so as to enhance their predictive power in this regard.
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Commentary on "Near-Death Experiences with Hallucinatory Features"

Commentary on "Near-Death Experiences with Hallucinatory Features"

Date: Autumn 2007
Creator: Fenwick, Peter
Description: Abstract: In this response to Keith Augustine's paper, I discuss the question of the nature and causation of near-death experiences (NDEs) with hallucinatory features. The attribution of hallucinations to either a brain mechanism or a peek into the afterworld raises fundamental questions about both the epistemology and ontology of our neuroscience, and of our scientific models of an afterlife. It also raises questions about the physiological state of the brain giving rise to NDEs that arise in very different situations and are clearly unlikely to have a unitary cause. These fundamental questions can be answered only in proper prospective trials when both the brain physiology and psychological variables of the experiencer are known.
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Commentary on "Nondualistic Experiences of Light in Near-Death Experiences and in The Tibetan Book of the Dead"

Commentary on "Nondualistic Experiences of Light in Near-Death Experiences and in The Tibetan Book of the Dead"

Date: Autumn 2006
Creator: Murphy, Todd
Description: Abstract: René Jorgensen's editorial comparing the Clear Light in The Tibetan Book of the Dead (or Bardo Thodol) and the experience of light in some near-death experiences (NDEs) does not adequately acknowledge either the diversity of NDEs or the possibility that the content of The Tibetan Book of the Dead may be metaphorical. Similarities between descriptions of light in some NDEs and descriptions of the Clear Light in The Tibetan Book of the Dead may reflect similar underlying neural mechanisms and does not provide validation for either description. Any relevance of these descriptions to enlightenment is speculative.
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Commentary on "Psychophysiological and Cultural Correlates Undermining a Survivalist Interpretation of Near-Death Experiences"

Commentary on "Psychophysiological and Cultural Correlates Undermining a Survivalist Interpretation of Near-Death Experiences"

Date: Winter 2007
Creator: Greyson, Bruce
Description: Abstract: Keith Augustine has provided a legitimate and cogent critique of a transcendental interpretation of near-death experiences, exposing weaknesses in the research methodology, paucity of the data, and gaps in the arguments. He offers evidence from psychophysiological and cultural correlates of NDEs that he interprets as favoring a hallucinatory understanding of these phenomena. however, his analysis relies on idiosyncratic definitions of psychological concepts, reads unidirectional causality into bivariate correlations, and underestimates the empirical predictions of the separation hypothesis. Despite less than compelling evidence for the transcendental hypothesis, it accounts for NDE phenomenology better than the materialist model.
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Comments on "Does Paranormal Perception Occur in Near-Death Experiences?"

Comments on "Does Paranormal Perception Occur in Near-Death Experiences?"

Date: Summer 2007
Creator: Greyson, Bruce
Description: Abstract: Keith Augustine's critique of studies of veridical perception in near-death experiences is based on unsubstantiated speculation from the popular media, rather than on supportive data or peer-reviewed literature. Nevertheless, addressing the issues he raises would improve the methodology of near-death research and strengthen the evidential database for veridical perception.
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A Comparative Study of Near-Death Experience and Non-Near-Death Experience Outcomes in 56 Survivors of Clinical Death

A Comparative Study of Near-Death Experience and Non-Near-Death Experience Outcomes in 56 Survivors of Clinical Death

Date: Spring 2004
Creator: Bonenfant, Richard J.
Description: Article discussing the results of a study involving persons who experienced clinical death including both survivors who had near-death experiences (NDEs) and those who did not. Participants filled out questionnaires designed to identify changes in behavior following NDEs to compare the results between the two groups.
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A Comparison of Near-Death Experiences Occurring Before and After 1975: Results From an Internet Survey

A Comparison of Near-Death Experiences Occurring Before and After 1975: Results From an Internet Survey

Date: Autumn 2003
Creator: Long, Jeffrey P. & Long, Jody A.
Description: Abstract: The 1975 publication of Life After Life (Moody, 1975) led to wide public recognition of near death experiences (NDEs). Much of the early NDE research, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, studied NDEs occurring predominantly before 1975. If the content and aftereffects of NDEs remained constant before and after 1975, this early NDE research may be considered applicable to NDEs occurring more recently. This study used the methodology of an Internet-based questionnaire survey that has not been previously reported. A total of 218 NDErs were surveyed. The only statistical differences between the group with NDEs before 1975 (n=48) compared with the group with NDEs during or after 1975 (n=170) were due to expected differences in NDEr age at the time of the NDE, and age currently. No other significant difference was found between these two groups with regard to NDE deomgraphics, experience elements, or aftereffects studied.
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A Comparison of Other World Perceptions by Near-Death Experiencers and by the Marian Visionaries of Medjugorje

A Comparison of Other World Perceptions by Near-Death Experiencers and by the Marian Visionaries of Medjugorje

Date: Autumn 2000
Creator: Lundahl, Craig R.
Description: Article comparing the visions of six young people in the village of Medjugorje, Croatia, with those of near-death experiencers.
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Comparison of Strategies and Policies for Building Distributed Digital Preservation Infrastructure: Initial Findings from the MetaArchive Cooperative

Comparison of Strategies and Policies for Building Distributed Digital Preservation Infrastructure: Initial Findings from the MetaArchive Cooperative

Date: 2009
Creator: Halbert, Martin
Description: This article offers a comparison of strategies and policies for building distributed digital preservation infrastructure.
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Connecting Constituents to Government Information: 150 Years of Congressionally Designated Libraries

Connecting Constituents to Government Information: 150 Years of Congressionally Designated Libraries

Date: Autumn 2008
Creator: Sears, Suzanne
Description: Article on connecting constituents to government information and 150 years of congressionally designated libraries.
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Content Analysis of a Predominately African-American Near-Death Experience Collection: Evaluation the Ritual Healing Theory

Content Analysis of a Predominately African-American Near-Death Experience Collection: Evaluation the Ritual Healing Theory

Date: Spring 2005
Creator: McClenon, James
Description: Study analyzing a sample of twenty-eight near-death experience (NDE) narratives from predominately African-American respondents in northeastern North Carolina, in order to test hypotheses regarding NDEs and the ritual healing theory.
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Corroboration of the Dentures Anecdote Involing Veridical Perception in a Near-Death Experience

Corroboration of the Dentures Anecdote Involing Veridical Perception in a Near-Death Experience

Date: Autumn 2008
Creator: Smit, Rudolf H.
Description: Abstract: One of the most striking examples of near-death experience stories is the account of a clinically dead patient whose dentures were removed from his mouth prior to resuscitation, and which dentures were then lost. Days later the patient saw a nurse and told him that it was he who had removed those dentures. The patient was right, but he should not have known this information, because tat the time the nurse had removed his dentures, the patient was clinically dead. Since publication of this account in a prestigious mainstream medical journal, speculations have abounded. In this article I describe the investigation I undertook to put these speculations to rest and the outcome of that investigation.
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Councilor's Report: 2006 Annual Conference - New Orleans

Councilor's Report: 2006 Annual Conference - New Orleans

Date: 2006
Creator: Hartman, Cathy Nelson
Description: This article discusses the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in 2006, which took place in New Orleans, Louisiana. Information about the topics discussed and issues that were brought up are included.
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Councilor's Report: 2006 Midwinter Meeting - San Antonio

Councilor's Report: 2006 Midwinter Meeting - San Antonio

Date: 2006
Creator: Hartman, Cathy Nelson
Description: This article discusses the American Library Association (ALA) midwinter meeting in 2006, which was held in San Antonio. The discussions include an increase in dues and several resolutions.
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Culture and the Near-Death Experience: Comments on Keith Augustine's "Psychophysiological and Cultural Correlates Undermining a Survivalist Interpretation of Near-Death Experiences"

Culture and the Near-Death Experience: Comments on Keith Augustine's "Psychophysiological and Cultural Correlates Undermining a Survivalist Interpretation of Near-Death Experiences"

Date: Winter 2007
Creator: Kellehear, Allan
Description: Abstract: This paper is a sociological commentary on the leading paper by Keith Augustine. It discusses the relationship between social expectations and culture as well as extending the discussion about the possibility that near-death experiences may not be a singular entity. I suggest there are sound grounds for developing a typology of experiences that have different and or overlapping causes and phenomenology.
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Death and Dying in the Works of Two Croatian Writers

Death and Dying in the Works of Two Croatian Writers

Date: Spring 2007
Creator: Rincic-Lerga, Iva & Muzur, Amir
Description: Paper elucidating the views upon death and dying expressed in the works of two Croatian writers, Dobrisa Cesaric and Miroslav Krleza. The paper concludes with a suggestion of an inquiry into the influence of the works by Cesaric and Krleza upon the ideas of modern elementary school and high school generations on death and dying.
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