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The Centrality of Near-Death Experiences in Chinese Pure Land Buddhism
From introduction: "One of the commonest reactions to the visionary experiences of heaven by the critical observer has been to argue that these are nothing more than the projections of the expectations of the dying person, who was either consciously or subconsciously trained to expect heavenly scenery (etc.) by his cultural upbringing. [...] This paper is a preliminary report on the status of NDEs in Pure Land Buddhism in China, and is an important contribution to cross-cultural research for several reasons"(pp. 154-155). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc799041/
Near Death Experiences in a Pacific Northwest American Population: The Evergreen Study
From introduction: "With the refinement of modern resuscitation procedures increasing numbers of people have 'died' and then returned to life. Many individuals report that during the time of clinical death extraordinary phenomena occur, which challenge accepted ideas of what happens when we die. A remarkable degree of correlation in these reports demands serious consideration. This paper will address pertinent questions raised by these reports." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc799156/
Toward a Psychological Explanation of Near-Death Experiences: A Response to Dr. Grosso's Paper
From introduction: "Michael Grosso, in his elegant review of various hypotheses intended to explain near-death experiences as reductionistic and unable to account adequately for the NDE. The present paper is a restatement of the case for psychological interpretations of the NDE; it is intended to forestall the premature rejection of psychodynamic approaches to the study of NDEs." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc799122/
The Tunnel Experience: Reality or Hallucination?
Paper analyzing near-death experiences that involve a "tunnel experience" (TE) as a specific aspect of the phenomena. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc799010/
The Failure of Saganomics: Why Birth Models Cannot Explain Near-Death Phenomena
This article refutes Carl Sagan's theory that near-death experiences (NDEs) are recollections of birth experiences based on three major reasons including the inability of newborn babies to perceive experiences and that there are differences between births and NDEs. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc799304/
A Multivariate Method for the Classification of Preexisting Near-Death Conditions
Abstract: This study reports the results of a multivariate analysis of data from 33 subjects who had near-death experiences. The analysis examined the relationship between the phenomenology of the experience and preexisting conditions. Five clusters were derived: Low Stress, Emotional Stress, Intoxicant, Cardiac Arrest, and Anesthetic. The heuristic value of these clusters is discussed. The statistical technique used is also discussed in some detail since it is particularly suitable for category data of this type where small numbers of subjects and large numbers of variables are involved in the analysis. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc798922/
Near-Death Studies, 1981-82: A Review
Abstract: Near-death studies published in major scientific journals during 1981-82 are grouped by subject matter and briefly reviewed. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc799210/
Over Easy: A Cultural Anthropologist's Near-Death Experience
The author details a near-death experience which has caused him to find a new reality "replete with symbolic meanings that altered his view of life, death, and their intermediate cultural patterns." After his near-death experience (NDE), he faced NDE visions while unconscious and partially paralyzed for weeks, encountering "radiant knowledge and total love" and feeling no need to eat, drink or sleep. His visions have caused him to "abandon many typical cultural patterns." He replaces these patterns with "the recognition of the eternity granted by adherence to the present moment and of the remarkable worth and interest of everyone he encounters." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc799298/
Parapsychological Reflections on Some Tunnel Experiences
Partial Abstract: "This paper examines tunnel experiences, which have been discussed by Raymond Moody, Kenneth Ring, and Kevin Drab in the context of near-death experiences. It is argued that tunnel experiences, even when possibly triggered by psi cognition, are not always associated with near-death experiences or out-of-body experiences. A proposed definition of pseudo-hallucinations is adapted to possible psi-induced tunnel experiences." Six categories of tunnel experiences are outlined, a "transactional view of visual perception is accepted", and the hypothesis that the tunnel is a "subconsciously devised artifact for overcoming a spatial and/or temporal gap at the perceptual level" is proved true. This view is then compared with approaches from different writers on this topic. Additionally, a new solution for why tunnels are missing in cases of "clairvoyant travel" is given. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc798988/
Are Out-of-Body Experiences Evidence for Survival?
Article that seeks to define out-of-body experiences (OBEs) and argues that both theoretical and empirical reasons prove that OBEs cannot provide evidence for survival of death. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc799265/
Bozzano and the First Classification of Deathbed Visions: A Historical Note and Translation
Abstract: "Ernest Bozzano was an Italian parapsychologist who published, in 1923, one of the most important historical studies on deathbed visions. The book, while influencing such scholars as Charles Richet and Sir William Barrett, remained largely forgotten and untranslated. This paper provides a translation of selections from Bozzano's monograph illustrating his unique classification of death visions." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc799114/
Near-Death and Out-of-Body Experiences in a Melanesian Society
Abstract: "The texts of three near-death experiences, one vision, and one dream by Melanesian villagers are presented and analyzed with regard to their cultural context. Comparison of these experiences with those reported from North America and India suggests that while they have common features (such as the appearance of apparitions, and visions of paradise), their interpretation is structured by cultural expectations." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc798973/
The Near-Death Experience in Children: Shades of the Prison-House Reopening
Abstract: "Some critics have argued that the near-death experience (NDE) is merely a culturally conditioned response to a life crisis, a reflection of expectations engendered by education, religious training, social mores, and family traditions. A review of seventeen accounts of NDEs in children, including two youngsters still in childhood, indicates that NDEs that occur at early ages appear to be substantially similar in content to adult experiences. These accounts suggest that cultural conditioning is not a primary determinant of NDE contents." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc798982/
Near-Death Experiences, Altered States, and Psi Sensitivity
Article describing a study to compare the frequency of psi experiences, psi-related experiences, mystical states, dream experiences, and demographic variables for (1) persons who had never come close to death, (2) persons who claimed to have had a close call with death but no intense experience, and (3) persons who indicated that they had had a near-death experience. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc798956/
Near-Death Experiences and Attitude Change
Article describing a study that used the Life Attitude Profile (LAP) questionnaire to evaluate positive changes in life attitudes reported by near-death experiencers. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc799093/
Near-Death Experiences: Evidence for Survival?
Abstract: "This paper argues that the out-of-body experience (OBE) and other elements of a near-death experience (NDE), as well as the positive affects that accompany them, do not yeild conclusive evidence for survival after death. The OBE has features that suggest a physical basis for it, the other elements show the influence of cultural background, and positive affects may simply occur to conserve one's energy and prolong life. Other explanations for near-death elements, such as sensory deprivation, extrasensory perception, and eyeless sight, are addressed." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc799061/
Views from Tibet: NDEs and the Book of the Dead
Article discussing Tibetan perspectives on near-death experiences and comparing accounts from ancient times with those in modern reports. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc799284/
The Darkness of God: An Account of Lasting Mystical Consciousness Resulting from an NDE
Article describing the author's near-death experience (NDE) in 1983 as a result of poisoning. Almost every feature of the experience has been antithetical to the author's prior background, both in childhood and in adult life, thereby providing evidence against reductionist explanations of NDE. An account is given of how the new consciousness is affected by various life-circumstances, and of its practical impact on the quality of living. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc799302/
Evaluating Near-Death Testimony: A Challenge for Theology
Article proposing a nonreductionist interpretation of near-death experiences (NDEs), showing that it is possible to give credit to individual testimony while still taking into account the physiological, psychological, and cultural conditions that influence visionary experience in the face of death. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc799151/
From Alpha to Omega: Ancient Mysteries and the Near-Death Experience
Article discussing Osirian temple rites of ancient Egypt, which may have involved ceremonial procedures deliberately calculated to induce an experience that was functionally identical to modern near-death experiences. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc799357/
Moody's Versus Siegel's Interpretation of the Near-Death Experience: An Evaluation Based on Recent Research
Article using recent research to evaluate Raymond Moody's versus Ronald Siegel's interpretations of the near-death experience (NDE). Whereas Moody had concluded that the NDE is ontologically valid, Siegel interpreted the NDE as a purely subjective hallucinatory phenomenon. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc799212/
Researching New Orleans Rhythm and Blues
This article discusses researching New Orleans rhythm and blues. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc725855/
Guest Editorial: Paradise is Paradise: Reflections on Psychedelic Drugs, Mystical Experience and the Near-Death Experience
Article discussing the relationship between psychedelic drugs, mystical experience, and the near-death experience. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc799268/
Helping at the Edges of Life: Perspectives of a Psychedelic Therapist
Article presenting a case history of a 70 year old man treated with psychedelic psychotherapy for depression, anxiety, and pain associated with terminal cancer. Interpersonal and intrapersonal aspects of treatment following a single 90 mg dose of dipropyltryptamine (DPT) are described. Comparisons are made between transpersonal, mystical, and religious elements in psychedelic drug experiences and near-death experiences. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc799023/
The Incidence of Out-Of-Body Experiences in Hospitalized Patients
Study exploring out-of-body experiences (OBEs), cultural differences in reporting those OBEs, and associations between OBEs and frequency of dream recall in 100 white and 100 black adults hospitalized in a university medical center. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc799166/
An Israeli Account of a Near-Death Experience: A Case Study of Cultural Dissonance
Article presenting a case in which the lack of congruence between a reported near-death experience (NDE) and the expected cultural form led to intense confusion described by the NDEr. Further study is needed of folk traditions of NDEs. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc799347/
Near-Death Experiences and Self-Transformation
Article examining three successive near-death experiences (NDEs) in one individual, which suggests that such alterations of consciousness weaken ego control and foster transcendence of the ego, promoting transformation and regeneration. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc798981/
A Comparison of UFO and Near-Death Experiences as Vehicles for the Evolution of Human Consciousness
Abstract: This study compares unidentified flying object experiencers (UFOErs) with near-death experiencers (NDErs) in regard to changes in attitudes toward self, others, and life in general, toward religious or spiritual orientation, and toward psychic abilities and beliefs. Kenneth Ring's questionnaires administered to NDErs (1984) were given in this study to 93 persons whose UFOE included either a light experience, and object experience, or a "close encounter." The author concludes that the UFOE, like the NDE, provides impetus toward spiritual growth, but neither as consistently nor as strongly. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc799343/
Development of the Near-Death Phenomena Knowledge and Attitudes Questionnaire
Article explaining a questionnaire used to study nurses' knowledge of and attitudes toward near-death phenomena and patients who have experienced them, as well as the development of a revised questionnaire that is more valid and reliable. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc798947/
Guest Editorial: Science, Spirit, and the Soul
Article addressing the relationship between science and the study of near-death experiences. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc799334/
The Devil in Heaven: A Near-Death Experience with both Positive and Negative Facets
Article describing a near-death experience that is of interest because it began to unfold as a positive experience but then changed course to become a negatively toned one. The article presents the details of the case and notes its principal theoretical implications. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc799218/
Prophetic Visions in 1988: A Critical Reappraisal
Paper reviewing the research into a specific aspect of near-death experiences (NDEs): the prophetic vision (PV). PVs are subjectively compelling flashforwards of planetary-wide cataclysms and eventual regeneration that sometimes occur during or in the immediate aftermath of an NDE. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc798876/
Rationale and Considerations for Proposed Near-Death Research in the Hospital Setting
Abstract: Further research into the question of veridical perception during the "naturalistic" near-death out-of-body experience (nND OBE), that phase of the near-death experience in which the experiencer seems to be perceiving a normal earthly realm, would be of value to NDErs, their caregivers, and humanity in general. I propose a research procedure that targets visual perception during nND OBEs that occur in the hospital setting. I discuss unresolved issues in the design and implementation of such a procedure, and identify further areas of research. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc799190/
Thanatoperience
Abstract: Near-death experiences (NDEs) can be seen as special cases of psychological transition. They often involve a deep transformation in the sense of self. I examine the NDE as such, according to my phase theory of transition, and I analyze an NDE with the help of that theory. I conclude that the study of NDEs may provide insight into the general psychology of transition. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc799057/
Ego, Moral, and Faith Development in Near-Death Experiencers: Three Case Studies
Study examining relationships between three near-death experiencers' (NDErs) levels of moral, ego, and faith development, as measured by standardized instruments, and extensive qualitative data describing their NDEs and personal attributes. The results suggest that currently available instruments, designed to measure the lower self, may not reflect the awakening to a transpersonal plane of functioning that follows an NDE. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc799079/
Visual Perception During Naturalistic Near-Death Out-of-Body Experiences
Study attempting to ascertain the most appropriate content and placement of visual stimuli in a hospital-based study of the veridicality of out-of-body perception in the near-death experience (NDE), and the likelihood that a subject in such a study would notice, clearly perceive, and accurately recall a visual stimulus. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc799004/
[Review] [1] A Most Wonderous Babble: American Art Composers, Their Music, and the American Scene, 1950-1985. [2] Art Music in the American Society: The Condition of Art Music in the Late Twentieth Century.
This article reviews the two books "A Most Wondrous Babble: American Art Composers, Their Music, and the American Scene, 1950-1985" and "Art Music in the American Society: The Condition of Art Music in the Late Twentieth Century," both by Nicholas E. Tawa and published in 1987. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc725789/
Community Attitudes Toward Near-Death Experiences: An Australian Study
Abstract: In an Australian survey of community attitudes toward near-death experiences (NDEs), 173 respondents were asked to read a hypothetical description of an NDE and to select from a range of explanations that might approximate their own. Fifty-seven percent of the respondents believed the NDE was evidence of life after death, while less than 2 percent believed the NDE was a sign of mental illness. Women, younger persons, and those who professed a belief in life after death were more likely to react positively to the NDE described. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc798893/
Guest Editorial: Why Near-Death Experiences Intrigue Us
Article discussing the author's fascination with the topic of near-death experiences. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc799098/
Unexpected Findings in a Study of Visual Perception During the Naturalistic Near-Death Out-of-Body Experience
Study of visual perception during the naturalistic near-death out-of-body experience (nND OBE), that aspect of the NDE in which the experiencer seems to view normal physical surroundings from a vantage point outside the physical body, which yielded some unexpected findings that contradicted or augmented previous research. Each of these findings is discussed relative to previous research and analyzed in light of the limitations of the current study. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc799017/
The Use of Near-Death Phenomena in Therapy
Article discussing the use of insights from near-death experiences (NDEs) to treat a variety of problems in psychotherapy. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc799177/
Comments on "A Neurobiological Model for Near-Death Experiences"
Article presenting commentary on a neurobiological model proposed by Juan C. Saavedra-Aguilar and Juan S. Gómez-Jeria, which discusses the clinical similarities between temporal lobe seizures and near-death experiences (NDEs). Dr. Morse presents notes regarding his own research with colleagues based on similarities with various neurotransmitters. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc799293/
Comments on "A Neurobiological Model for Near-Death Experiences"
Article outlining the author's opinions and comments regarding a paper written by Juan C. Saavedra-Aguilar and Juan S. Gómez-Jeria, which approaches near-death experiences from a biological/neurological standpoint rather than a spiritual one. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc799198/
Comments on "A Neurobiological Model for Near-Death Experiences"
Article outlining the author's opinions and comments regarding a paper written by Juan C. Saavedra-Aguilar and Juan S. Gómez-Jeria, which approaches near-death experiences from a biological/neurological standpoint rather than a spiritual one. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc799149/
Comments on "A Neurobiological Model for Near-Death Experiences"
Article outlining the author's opinions and comments regarding a paper written by Juan C. Saavedra-Aguilar and Juan S. Gómez-Jeria, which approaches near-death experiences from a biological/neurological standpoint rather than a spiritual one. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc798932/
Comments on "A Neurobiological Model for Near-Death Experiences"
Article outlining the author's opinions and comments regarding a paper written by Juan C. Saavedra-Aguilar and Juan S. Gómez-Jeria, which approaches near-death experiences from a biological/neurological standpoint rather than a spiritual one. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc799200/
Comments on "A Neurobiological Model for Near-Death Experiences"
Article outlining the author's opinions and comments regarding a paper written by Juan C. Saavedra-Aguilar and Juan S. Gómez-Jeria, which approaches near-death experiences from a biological/neurological standpoint rather than a spiritual one. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc799107/
Comments on "A Neurobiological Model for Near-Death Experiences"
Article outlining the author's opinions and comments regarding a paper written by Juan C. Saavedra-Aguilar and Juan S. Gómez-Jeria, which approaches near-death experiences from a biological/neurological standpoint rather than a spiritual one. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc798901/
Comments on "A Neurobiological Model for Near-Death Experiences"
Article outlining the author's opinions and comments regarding a paper written by Juan C. Saavedra-Aguilar and Juan S. Gómez-Jeria, which approaches near-death experiences from a biological/neurological standpoint rather than a spiritual one. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc799097/
Comments on "A Neurobiological Model for Near-Death Experiences"
Article outlining the author's opinions and comments regarding a paper written by Juan C. Saavedra-Aguilar and Juan S. Gómez-Jeria, which approaches near-death experiences from a biological/neurological standpoint rather than a spiritual one. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc798970/
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