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Neglected Near-Death Phenomena

Neglected Near-Death Phenomena

Date: Spring 2006
Creator: Alvarado, Carlos S.
Description: Article suggesting several topics for further work in the area of near-death phenomena.
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Online Resources for the History of Out-of-Body Experiences and Death-Related Phenomena

Online Resources for the History of Out-of-Body Experiences and Death-Related Phenomena

Date: Spring 2010
Creator: Alvarado, Carlos S.
Description: Abstract: Google Books is a digital library covering out of print publications about a variety of topics, among them materials relevant for a history of discussions, observations, and collections of cases of out-of-body experiences and death-related phenomena such as near-death experiences, deathbed visions, and apparitions. In this article, I provide examples of copyright-free and cost-free sources from Google Books that investigators of near-death and related phenomena can download and change into plain text; in many cases, I include passages that give readers a sense of the richness of these sources for both a historical and a contemporary understanding of near-death and related phenomena. Examples of books include Johann Engelbrecht's "The Divine Visions of John Engelbrecht" (1780), Augustine Calmet's "The Phantom World" (1850), Henri Roger Gougenot de Mousseaux's "Les hauts phénomènes de la magie" (1864), Edward H. Clarke's "Visions" (1878), William H. Harrison's "Spirits Before Our Eyes" (1879), and Frederic W. H. Myers's "Human Personality and Its Survival of Bodily Death" (1903). Examples of articles include those written by such authors as Ernesto Bozzano, Francis Power Cobbe, James H. Hyslop, Duncan MacDougall, Frank Podmore, and A. S. Wiltse.
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Panoramic Memory, Affect, and Sensations of Detachment in the Dying: Discussions Published in France, 1889-1903

Panoramic Memory, Affect, and Sensations of Detachment in the Dying: Discussions Published in France, 1889-1903

Date: Winter 2011
Creator: Alvarado, Carlos S.
Description: Abstract: Between 1889 and 1903, several authors published papers in the French journal "Revue Philosophique de la France et de l'Etranger" and in a few other publications in which they discussed panoramic memory, changes of affect, and a sense of detachment from the body in dying persons. With a few exceptions these publications have been ignored in modern discussion of the phenomena of the dying. Whereas philosopher Victor Egger postulated the psychological explanation that panoramic memory results from the dying person's thoughts of imminent death, physicians Paul Sollier and Charles Féré and psychologist Henri Piéron proposed that it, as well as changes in affect, result from physiological changes in the body sensibility and in the brain. Like many authors today who speculate about near-death experiences, the authors in question did not have much evidence for their explanations. These ideas, and their physiological aspects, were part of a general interest in unusual phenomena and states of consciousness during the 19th century.
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Remarks on Ernesto Bozzano's La Psiche Domina la Materia

Remarks on Ernesto Bozzano's La Psiche Domina la Materia

Date: Spring 2007
Creator: Alvarado, Carlos S.
Description: Article discussing Ernesto Bozzano's study on the subject of physical phenomena around the time of someone's death, including a critique of his dogmatic approach to the interpretation of the cases, and the use of cases lacking relevant information.
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On the Mind/Body Problem: The Theory of Essence

On the Mind/Body Problem: The Theory of Essence

Date: Autumn 1992
Creator: Arnette, J. Kenneth
Description: Article exploring the classical mind/body problem using instances of the near-death experience (NDE) as experimental data. Comparison of the details of the NDE with predictions from theoretical cosmology shows strong similarities between the two and further strengthens the case for dualism. A theory of human nature is proposed that incorporates these similarities.
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The Theory of Essence. II. An Electromagnetic-Quantum Mechanical Model of Interactionism

The Theory of Essence. II. An Electromagnetic-Quantum Mechanical Model of Interactionism

Date: Winter 1995
Creator: Arnette, J. Kenneth
Description: Article discussing the theory of essence, based on the physics of electromagnetism and quantum mechanics, which solves the problem of interaction resulting from Descartes's dualistic conception of human nature. The theory is empirically based in phenomena consistently reported by near-death experiencers.
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The Theory of Essence. III: Neuroanatomical and Neurophysiological Aspects of Interactionism

The Theory of Essence. III: Neuroanatomical and Neurophysiological Aspects of Interactionism

Date: Winter 1999
Creator: Arnette, J. Kenneth
Description: Article continuing the construction of a dualistic interactionist theory of the near-death experience (NDE), the theory of essence, which was begun in two previous articles. The present work represents an extension of the theory to the microscopic level of analysis, in order to specify in detail the mechanism of essence-brain interaction and to address some general and specific objections to interactionism and the theory of essence.
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Diffusion of Scientific Knowledge in Agriculture: The Case for Africa

Diffusion of Scientific Knowledge in Agriculture: The Case for Africa

Date: 2014
Creator: Assefa, Shimelis; Alemneh, Daniel Gelaw & Rorissa, Abebe
Description: Article on the diffusion of scientific knowledge on agriculture for Africa. Using an exploratory research method, this article sets out to investigate existing knowledge diffusion models and their limitations, available best practices, and the potential to infuse translational research as a way to augment extension service programs in SSA agricultural practices.
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Guest Editorial: A Perspective on Contradictory Revelations of Near-Death Experiencers

Guest Editorial: A Perspective on Contradictory Revelations of Near-Death Experiencers

Date: Summer 2009
Creator: Atwater, P. M. H.
Description: Abstract: In this editorial, I express my views on how to understand and reconcile contradictory revelations among near-death experiences (NDErs). I address the issue of an NDEr proselytizing one's own unique interpretations in response to life's deepest questions.
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Guest Editorial: Beginnings and Endings

Guest Editorial: Beginnings and Endings

Date: Autumn 2004
Creator: Atwater, P. M. H.
Description: Article asserting that the field of near-death studies needs to embrace other models and groups of professionals if it hopes to understand the near-death phenomenon. According to the author, no one can validate a near-death experience (NDE) except the experiencer; it is the aftereffects that impart real meaning to the experience and give it greater impact, and the "classical NDE model" that guides most near-death research can be limiting and misleading.
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Guest Editorial: Is There a Hell? Surprising Observations About the Near-Death Experience

Guest Editorial: Is There a Hell? Surprising Observations About the Near-Death Experience

Date: Spring 1992
Creator: Atwater, P. M. H.
Description: Article discussing current research into what are now termed "distressing" or "unpleasant" near-death experiences (NDEs) and the author's findings from interviews of over a hundred such cases.The article compares this information with earlier reports from Maurice Rawlings, mythological traditions about the concept of hell, and renderings from The Tibetan Book of the Dead. Finally, it details four types of NDEs - initial, hell-like, heaven-like, and transcendental - and what seems to be an attitudinal profile characteristic of each type.
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Guest Editorial: NDE as a Threshold Experience

Guest Editorial: NDE as a Threshold Experience

Date: Summer 2011
Creator: Atwater, P. M. H.
Description: Abstract: My investigation has shown me that near-death experiences (NDEs) are not some kind of anomaly but, rather, are part of the larger genre of transformations of consciousness. The clue I believe most researchers have missed is stress -- specifically, the intensity that comes from that stress (known in shamanism as "high stress"). I believe the entire pattern of aftereffects and the degree to which people change can be traced to that factor. It's the intensity that shifts experiencers into what I call a "threshold experience" -- one that straddles the boundary between this world and other worlds, between brain and that which lies beyond what the brain can access, between reality and miracles, mind and spirit, life and death, heaven and hell, sanity and insanity. Once we humans understand this shift, we can begin to unravel how the transformation process works. At the threshold of who we think we are and what lies beyond body and brain is the core of ancient mysteries. We are transformed by the Oneness we find there.
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Guest Editorial: A Call to Reconsider the Field of Near-Death Studies

Guest Editorial: A Call to Reconsider the Field of Near-Death Studies

Date: Autumn 1995
Creator: Atwater, Phyllis Marie H.
Description: Commentary taking remarks previously made about frightening near-death experiences and the possibility of near-death being a kundalini breakthrough as license to ask for a reconsideration of near-death research.
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Gender and Trauma in the Near-Death Experience: An Epidemiological and Theoretical Analysis

Gender and Trauma in the Near-Death Experience: An Epidemiological and Theoretical Analysis

Date: Autumn 1999
Creator: Audain, Linz
Description: Article exploring the nature of the "fear-death experience" (FDE) by way of an epidemiological analysis, and discussing the FDE as one of several causal theories of the near-death experience (NDE).
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Near-Death Experiences and the Theory of the Extraneuronal Hyperspace

Near-Death Experiences and the Theory of the Extraneuronal Hyperspace

Date: Winter 1999
Creator: Audain, Linz
Description: Abstract: It is possible and desirable to supplement the traditional neurological and metaphysical explanatory models of the near-death experience (NDE) with yet a third type of explanatory model that links the neurological and the metaphysical. I set forth the rudiments of this model, the Theory of the Extraneuronal Hyperspace, with six propositions. I then use this theory to explain three of the pressing issues within NDE scholarship: the veridicality, precognition and "fear-death experience" phenomena.
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Does Paranormal Perception Occur in Near-Death Experiences?

Does Paranormal Perception Occur in Near-Death Experiences?

Date: Summer 2007
Creator: Augustine, Keith
Description: 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.
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"Does Paranormal Perception Occur in Near-Death Experiences?" Defended

"Does Paranormal Perception Occur in Near-Death Experiences?" Defended

Date: Summer 2007
Creator: Augustine, Keith
Description: Article responding to criticisms of another article concerning paranormal perception in near-death experiences.
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Near-Death Experiences with Hallucinatory Features

Near-Death Experiences with Hallucinatory Features

Date: Autumn 2007
Creator: Augustine, Keith
Description: 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.
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"Near-Death Experiences with Hallucinatory Features" Defended

"Near-Death Experiences with Hallucinatory Features" Defended

Date: Autumn 2007
Creator: Augustine, Keith
Description: 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.
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Psychophysiological and Cultural Correlates Undermining a Survivalist Interpretation of Near-Death Experiences

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

Date: Winter 2007
Creator: Augustine, Keith
Description: Paper, Part III of a critique of survivalist interpretations of near-death experiences (NDEs), which considers psychophysiological and cultural correlates of NDEs suggesting that such experiences are solely products of individuals' minds rather than windows into a transcendental realm.
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"Psychophysiological and Cultural Correlates Undermining a Survivalist Interpretation of Near-Death Experiences" Defended

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

Date: Winter 2007
Creator: Augustine, Keith
Description: Article responding to objections raised against another article. The author concedes some of the objections up to a point, but concludes that they neither strengthen the case for a survivalist interpretation of near-death experiences, nor weaken the case against one.
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A Perinatal Interpretation of Frightening Near-Death Experiences: A Dialogue with Kenneth Ring

A Perinatal Interpretation of Frightening Near-Death Experiences: A Dialogue with Kenneth Ring

Date: Autumn 1994
Creator: Bache, Christopher
Description: Article proposing a more comprehensive interpretation of frightening near-death experiences (NDEs), in response to a paper by Kenneth Ring.
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Expanding Grof's Concept of the Perinatal: Deepening the Inquiry into Frightening Near-Death Experiences

Expanding Grof's Concept of the Perinatal: Deepening the Inquiry into Frightening Near-Death Experiences

Date: Winter 1996
Creator: Bache, Christopher M.
Description: Study suggesting that in order to explain the phenomenology of perinatal experience, as described in the work of Stanislav Grof, we must hypothesize that the patient in these instances has expanded beyond the individual subject.
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A "Little Death": The Near-Death Experience and Tibetan Delogs

A "Little Death": The Near-Death Experience and Tibetan Delogs

Date: Spring 2001
Creator: Bailey, Lee W.
Description: Article exploring a phenomenon remarkably like the near-death experience that has been uncovered in Tibetan culture. Anthropologists have gathered accounts of contemporary and historical cases of remarkable people called delogs. Seemingly dead for several hours or days, these people revive spontaneously and tell detailed accounts of otherworldly journeys. These delogs are a bridge between contemporary near-death experiences and ancient shamanic practices.
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