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Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "Seventeenth-Century Cases of Deathbed Apparitions of Birds."
Media Review: The Day I Died: The Mind, the Brain, and Near-Death Experiences
Review of a video titled "The Day I Died: The Mind, the Brain, and Near-Death Experiences," an educational BBC program produced by Kate Broome about near-death experiences.
Repository Planning Checklist and Guidance
This document introduces the Planning Tool for Trusted Electronic Repositories (PLATTER) toolkit which assists repositories in setting the necessary objectives and targets for achieving trustworthiness. PLATTER is not in itself an audit or certification tool but is rather designed to complement existing audit and certification tools by providing a framework which will allow new repositories to incorporate the goal of achieving trust into their planning from an early stage. A repository planned using PLATTER will find itself in a strong position when it subsequently comes to apply one of the existing auditing tools to confirm the adequacy of its procedures for maintaining the long term usability of and access to its material.
American Place: The Historic American Buildings Survey at Seventy-five Years
This book is an exhibition of historic and current photographs and drawings of sixty-one American buildings that represent fading currents in American society, recognizing the 75th anniversary of the HABS (Historic American Buildings Survey).
Obituary: Raymond G. Bayless
Obituary for Raymond G. Bayless, noted field investigator in the area of survival of death, writer, and landscape painter.
Near-Death Studies and Modern Physics
Article exposing some of the principal problem areas between near-death studies and modern physics, and suggesting a greater collaboration between the two fields. Specific illustrations are given where collaborative effort might be fruitful. The paper also suggests a broader perspective in performing the research, one that places greater emphasis on an otherworldly thrust in future research.
"Near-Death Experiences with Hallucinatory Features" Defended
Article purporting that near-death experience (NDE) reports are sometimes open to multiple interpretations, that different kinds of NDEs should be distinguished according to their diverse physiological mechanisms, and that transformations following NDEs but not other hallucinatory experiences require special explanation if NDEs are hallucinations.
Obituary: Arvin S. Gibson
Obituary of Arvin S. Gibson, a near-death researcher and frequent contributor to the Journal of Near-Death Studies.
Out-of-Body Experiences: All in the Brain?
Article presenting arguments supporting the conclusion that the subtitle claims of an article published in "Nature" were not well-founded and that much research remains to be conducted to unravel the mystery of out-of-body experiences.
Jung's Synchronistic Interpretation of the Near-Death Experience: An Unnecessary Mystification
Article developing and defending an alternative epistemology involving causality: While paranormal knowledge is hard to explain, there is no good reason to remove it from cause-and-effect discourse.
Prevalence of Near-Death Experiences in Australia
Study assessing the prevalence of near-death experiences (NDEs) in Australia through the use of questionnaires.
Post Mortem Contact by Fatal Injury Victims with Emergency Service Workers at the Scenes of Their Death
Study of ninety selected emergency service workers, which were interviewed or completed questionnaires to determine if they had experienced a sense or feeling of "communication, presence, or attachment" from victims of fatal injury whom they had attended at death.
Near-Death Experiences in Thailand
Study examining near-death experiences (NDEs) in Thailand, which do not demonstrate the episodes most noted in those collected in the West, but they do show consistent features. The article argues that these features, including harbingers of death, visions of hell, the Lord of the underworld, and the benefits of making donations to Buddhist monks and temples, can be understood within the framework of beliefs and customs unique to Southeast Asia.
Near-Death Experiences in Suicide Attempters in Sri Lanka
Study exploring near-death experiences (NDEs) among suicide attempters, using interviews of 77 consecutive suicide attempters admitted to a tertiary teaching hospital in Sri Lanka.
Near-Death Experiences with Hallucinatory Features
Article surveying near-death experiences (NDEs) incorporating out-of-body discrepancies, bodily sensations, encounters with living persons and fictional characters, random or insignificant memories, returns from a point of no return, hallucinatory imagery, and unfulfilled predictions. Though attempts to accommodate hallucinatory NDEs within a survivalist framework are possible, they signal a failure to take the empirical evidence against a survivalist interpretation of NDEs seriously.
Near-Death Experiences in India: Prevalence and New Features
Study seeking to learn about the prevalence rate in a larger Indian population and to explore new features of enar-death experiences (NDEs).
An Ocular Physiological Explanation for Visual Sensations in Near-Death Experiences
Article proposing that near-death phenomena may be explained by the different tissue pressures in the eye and brain, which influence the consequences of reduced arterial blood pressure.
Neglected Near-Death Phenomena
Article suggesting several topics for further work in the area of near-death phenomena.
A New Perspective on the Afterlife Issue
Article exploring the claim that human beings survive death as conscious entities, suggesting that a recording may persist of some aspects of one's life, of which some people may become aware under certain circumstances. The author examines whether this interpretation of phenomena believed oto be afterlife-related is plausible in terms of current scientific knowledge.
Obituary: Ian Stevenson, M.D.
Obituary of Ian Stevenson, a survival researcher and founder of the University of Virginia's Division of Perceptual Studies.
Obituaries: Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M.D. and Robert Morris, Ph.D.
Obituaries of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, psychiatrist and author of "On Death and Dying," and Robert Morris, Koestler Chair of Parapsychology at Edinburgh.
Obituary: George G. Ritchie, M.D.
Obituary of George Gordon Ritchie, Jr., physician, speaker, and author of "Return From Tomorrow" and "My Life After Dying."
Did Emanuel Swedenborg Have Near-Death Experiences? Envisioning a Developmental Account of NDEs
Article examining the phenomenological commonalities between Emanuel Swedenborg's experiences and near-death experiences (NDEs). It argues that a distal cause of Swedenborg's experiences was neural changes induced by his lifetime of unusual respiration, in conjunction with a predisposition to temporal lobe seizures. It concludes by proposing a number of empirically testable hypotheses emerging from the arguments, centered around a developmental approach to NDEs.
At the Edge of Eternity's Shadows: Scaling the Fractal Continuum from Lower into Higher Space
Article addressing the hyperspatial implications of the fractal-scaling scheme, including several case studies.
Cardiac Arrest and Near-Death Experiences
Article which describes the process of cardiac resuscitation in some detail, explains how known data on cardiac resuscitation predict the incidence of these experiences, as well as how the functioning of the body during cardiac resuscitation explains the experiences undergone during NDEs.
A Comparison of Other World Perceptions by Near-Death Experiencers and by the Marian Visionaries of Medjugorje
Article comparing the visions of six young people in the village of Medjugorje, Croatia, with those of near-death experiencers.
Content Analysis of a Predominately African-American Near-Death Experience Collection: Evaluation the Ritual Healing Theory
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.
The Death Journey of a Hopi Indian: A Case Study
Article presenting the case study of the "death journey" or near-death experience (NDE) of Don Talayesva, a Hopi Indian, whose experience occurred between 1900 and 1910. The article compares and contrasts his experience with 11 accounts of Native American NDEs reported by Jenny Wade, as well as with modern day NDEs.
The Other Shoe Drops: Commentary on "Does Paranormal Perception Occur in Near-Death Experiences?"
Abstract: Keith Augustine raises questions about my report of a case of veridical out-of-body perception during a near-death experience (NDE). His analysis is based not on my original description of the case but rather on a distorted account in a magazine written by two college students who misrepresented the facts and made unwarranted assumptions to support their beliefs.
Cheating the Ferryman: A New Paradigm of Existence?
Article presenting an argument for what occurs subjectively at the moment of death, using insights from quantum physics, neurology, perceptual science, psychiatry, and Gnosticism.
Changes in Heart Transplant Recipients That Parallel the Personalities of Their Donors
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.
Cases of the Reincarnation Type with Memories from the Intermission Between Lives
Article analyzing reports from Burmese subjects which indicate that intermission memories can be broken down into three parts, and comparing these reports to reports of near-death experiences (NDEs), indicating that they show features similar to the transcendental component of Western NDEs and have significant areas of overlap with Asian NDEs.
The Death and Posthumous Life of Tom Sawyer: A Case Study of Apparent After-Death Communication
Article exploring the near-death experience of Tom Sawyer, as well as the question of whether he actually died in April of 2007.
Death and Dying in the Works of Two Croatian Writers
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.
The Deconstruction of Death: Postmodernism and Near Death
Article addressing the significance of near-death experiences (NDEs) as a deconstruction of the conventional view of death, by placing the discourse of the NDE within the context of postmodernism.
The Divine Light and Ecstasy in Religious and Near-Death Experiences: A Retrospective Glance and a View for the Future
Article discussing the interpretation and religious aspects of near-death experiences (NDEs). NDEs can be viewed as the latest stage in a long history of a phenomenon that transcends cultural and temporal boundaries. The article purports that by focusing on where such profound human experience shares common ground, we will be able to see humanity itself at perhaps its most sublime level.
Different Kinds of Near-Death Experience: A Report on a Survey of Near-Death Experiences in Germany
Article providing a short summary of a representative survey on near-death experiences (NDEs) in Germany, which is the first of its kind in Europe. The researchers tested several assumptions derived from previous research on NDEs, including the assumptions of a unified pattern of experience, the universality of the pattern, and the necessary link between NDEs and clinical death.
Does Paranormal Perception Occur in Near-Death Experiences?
Article that serves as Part 1 of a critique of survivalist interpretations of near-death experiences (NDEs), reviews the quality of the evidence for veridical observations during NDEs, and finds the case for veridical paranormal perception during NDEs wanting.
"Does Paranormal Perception Occur in Near-Death Experiences?" Defended
Article responding to criticisms of another article concerning paranormal perception in near-death experiences.
Does the Arousal System Contribute to Near-Death and Out-of-Body Experiences? A Summary and Response
Article acknowledging the viability and potential value of the hypothesis underlying articles suggesting a relationship between near-death experiences (NDEs) and the body's arousal system, but also identifying substantial weaknesses in both the presented lines of evidence and the studies.
Electromagnetic Aftereffects of Near-Death Experiences
Study investigating electromagnetic effects among near-death experiencers (NDErs), people who reported a close brush with death without an NDE, and people who reported never having been close to death but who used their most life-changing event as a past reference point.
The Elias Project: Using the Near-Death Experience Potential in Therapy
Article describing the therapeutic usefulness of near-death experiences (NDEs). The fundamental hypothesis is that reports of NDEs together with relevant research can be understood to be a modern book of death and dying, one that is not only useful but also applicable to therapeutic purposes.
Ernesto Bozzano and the Phenomena of Bilocation
Italian psychical researcher Ernesto Bozzano was a well-known student of parapsychological phenomena and a strong defender of the concept of survival of bodily death. This paper includes an excerpt of what Bozzano referred to as the phenomena of bilocation.
Essay Review: Interrupting, Talking Back, and Making Tracks Through the Middle: A Feminist Review of The Last Laugh
Article offering a feminist perspective of an article entitled "The Last Laugh: A New Philosophy of Near-Death Experiences, Apparitions, and the Paranormal," by Raymond A. Moody, Jr.
The Evidential Value of Near-Death Experiences for Belief in Life After Death
Article exploring the issue of what evidential value near-death experiences (NDEs) offer for belief in life and death, including a survey of major positions on the issue.
Failure to Elicit Near-Death Experiences in Induced Cardiac Arrest
Article exploring the reasons why near-death experiences may not occur during induced cardiac arrest.
The Field of Near-Death Studies Through 2001: An Analysis of the Periodical Literature
Article analyzing literature of the first quarter century of the field of near-death studies.
Division of the Self: Life After Death and the Binary Soul Doctrine
Article discussing the belief in two souls, the conscious and unconscious minds, and the relation to the two stages of near-death experiences.
Knowledge and Attitudes of Hospital Nurses in Italy Related to Near-Death Experiences
Study assessing the knowledge and attitudes of nurses in Italy toward near-death experiences (NDEs), through use of Nina Thornburg's Near-Death Phenomena Knowledge and Attitudes Questionnaire.
Guest Editorial: Nondualistic Experiences of Light in Near-Death Experiences and in The Tibetan Book of the Dead
Editorial which brings together two forms of human understanding of disembodied consciousness: the light in the near-death experience (NDE), and the Clear Light in the Tibetan Book of the Dead.