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The Centrality of Near-Death Experiences in Chinese Pure Land Buddhism

The Centrality of Near-Death Experiences in Chinese Pure Land Buddhism

Date: December 1981
Creator: Becker, Carl B.
Description: 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).
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Near Death Experiences in a Pacific Northwest American Population: The Evergreen Study

Near Death Experiences in a Pacific Northwest American Population: The Evergreen Study

Date: December 1981
Creator: Lindley, James H.; Bryan, Sethyn & Conley, Bob
Description: 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."
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Toward a Psychological Explanation of Near-Death Experiences: A Response to Dr. Grosso's Paper

Toward a Psychological Explanation of Near-Death Experiences: A Response to Dr. Grosso's Paper

Date: December 1981
Creator: Greyson, Bruce
Description: 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."
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The Tunnel Experience: Reality or Hallucination?

The Tunnel Experience: Reality or Hallucination?

Date: December 1981
Creator: Drab, Kevin J.
Description: Paper analyzing near-death experiences that involve a "tunnel experience" (TE) as a specific aspect of the phenomena.
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The Failure of Saganomics: Why Birth Models Cannot Explain Near-Death Phenomena

The Failure of Saganomics: Why Birth Models Cannot Explain Near-Death Phenomena

Date: December 1982
Creator: Becker, Carl B.
Description: 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.
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A Multivariate Method for the Classification of Preexisting Near-Death Conditions

A Multivariate Method for the Classification of Preexisting Near-Death Conditions

Date: December 1982
Creator: Twemlow, Stuart W.; Gabbard, Glen O. & Coyne, Lolafayne
Description: 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.
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Near-Death Studies, 1981-82: A Review

Near-Death Studies, 1981-82: A Review

Date: December 1982
Creator: Greyson, Bruce
Description: Abstract: Near-death studies published in major scientific journals during 1981-82 are grouped by subject matter and briefly reviewed.
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Over Easy: A Cultural Anthropologist's Near-Death Experience

Over Easy: A Cultural Anthropologist's Near-Death Experience

Date: December 1982
Creator: Gallagher, Patrick
Description: 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."
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Parapsychological Reflections on Some Tunnel Experiences

Parapsychological Reflections on Some Tunnel Experiences

Date: December 1982
Creator: C.T.K. Chari
Description: 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.
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Are Out-of-Body Experiences Evidence for Survival?

Are Out-of-Body Experiences Evidence for Survival?

Date: December 1983
Creator: Blackmore, Susan
Description: 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.
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