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Bozzano and the First Classification of Deathbed Visions: A Historical Note and Translation

Bozzano and the First Classification of Deathbed Visions: A Historical Note and Translation

Date: December 1983
Creator: Siegel, Ronald K. & Hirschman, Ada E.
Description: 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."
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Near-Death and Out-of-Body Experiences in a Melanesian Society

Near-Death and Out-of-Body Experiences in a Melanesian Society

Date: December 1983
Creator: Counts, Dorothy Ayers
Description: 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."
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The Near-Death Experience in Children: Shades of the Prison-House Reopening

The Near-Death Experience in Children: Shades of the Prison-House Reopening

Date: December 1983
Creator: Bush, Nancy Evans
Description: 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."
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Near-Death Experiences, Altered States, and Psi Sensitivity

Near-Death Experiences, Altered States, and Psi Sensitivity

Date: December 1983
Creator: Kohr, Richard L.
Description: 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.
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Near-Death Experiences and Attitude Change

Near-Death Experiences and Attitude Change

Date: Spring 1985
Creator: Bauer, Martin
Description: Article describing a study that used the Life Attitude Profile (LAP) questionnaire to evaluate positive changes in life attitudes reported by near-death experiencers.
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Near-Death Experiences: Evidence for Survival?

Near-Death Experiences: Evidence for Survival?

Date: Spring 1985
Creator: Krishnan, V.
Description: 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."
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Views from Tibet: NDEs and the Book of the Dead

Views from Tibet: NDEs and the Book of the Dead

Date: Spring 1985
Creator: Becker, Carl B.
Description: Article discussing Tibetan perspectives on near-death experiences and comparing accounts from ancient times with those in modern reports.
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The Darkness of God: An Account of Lasting Mystical Consciousness Resulting from an NDE

The Darkness of God: An Account of Lasting Mystical Consciousness Resulting from an NDE

Date: 1986~
Creator: Wren-Lewis, John
Description: 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.
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Evaluating Near-Death Testimony: A Challenge for Theology

Evaluating Near-Death Testimony: A Challenge for Theology

Date: 1986~
Creator: Zaleski, Carol G.
Description: 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.
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From Alpha to Omega: Ancient Mysteries and the Near-Death Experience

From Alpha to Omega: Ancient Mysteries and the Near-Death Experience

Date: 1986~
Creator: Ring, Kenneth
Description: 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.
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Moody's Versus Siegel's Interpretation of the Near-Death Experience: An Evaluation Based on Recent Research

Moody's Versus Siegel's Interpretation of the Near-Death Experience: An Evaluation Based on Recent Research

Date: 1986~
Creator: Gibbs, John C.
Description: 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.
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Researching New Orleans Rhythm and Blues

Researching New Orleans Rhythm and Blues

Date: 1988
Creator: McKnight, Mark
Description: This article discusses researching New Orleans rhythm and blues.
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Guest Editorial: Paradise is Paradise: Reflections on Psychedelic Drugs, Mystical Experience and the Near-Death Experience

Guest Editorial: Paradise is Paradise: Reflections on Psychedelic Drugs, Mystical Experience and the Near-Death Experience

Date: Spring 1988
Creator: Ring, Kenneth
Description: Article discussing the relationship between psychedelic drugs, mystical experience, and the near-death experience.
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Helping at the Edges of Life: Perspectives of a Psychedelic Therapist

Helping at the Edges of Life: Perspectives of a Psychedelic Therapist

Date: Spring 1988
Creator: Yensen, Richard
Description: 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.
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The Incidence of Out-Of-Body Experiences in Hospitalized Patients

The Incidence of Out-Of-Body Experiences in Hospitalized Patients

Date: Spring 1988
Creator: Olson, Melodie
Description: 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.
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An Israeli Account of a Near-Death Experience: A Case Study of Cultural Dissonance

An Israeli Account of a Near-Death Experience: A Case Study of Cultural Dissonance

Date: Spring 1988
Creator: Abramovitch, Henry
Description: 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.
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Near-Death Experiences and Self-Transformation

Near-Death Experiences and Self-Transformation

Date: Spring 1988
Creator: Pennachio, John
Description: 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.
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A Comparison of UFO and Near-Death Experiences as Vehicles for the Evolution of Human Consciousness

A Comparison of UFO and Near-Death Experiences as Vehicles for the Evolution of Human Consciousness

Date: Summer 1988
Creator: Davis, Lorraine
Description: 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.
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Development of the Near-Death Phenomena Knowledge and Attitudes Questionnaire

Development of the Near-Death Phenomena Knowledge and Attitudes Questionnaire

Date: Summer 1988
Creator: Thornburg, Nina R.
Description: 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.
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Guest Editorial: Science, Spirit, and the Soul

Guest Editorial: Science, Spirit, and the Soul

Date: Summer 1988
Creator: Young, Arthur M.
Description: Article addressing the relationship between science and the study of near-death experiences.
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The Devil in Heaven: A Near-Death Experience with both Positive and Negative Facets

The Devil in Heaven: A Near-Death Experience with both Positive and Negative Facets

Date: Autumn 1988
Creator: Irwin, Harvey J. & Bramwell, Barbara A.
Description: 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.
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Prophetic Visions in 1988: A Critical Reappraisal

Prophetic Visions in 1988: A Critical Reappraisal

Date: Autumn 1988
Creator: Ring, Kenneth
Description: 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.
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Rationale and Considerations for Proposed Near-Death Research in the Hospital Setting

Rationale and Considerations for Proposed Near-Death Research in the Hospital Setting

Date: Autumn 1988
Creator: Holden, Janice Miner
Description: 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.
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Thanatoperience

Thanatoperience

Date: Autumn 1988
Creator: Tien, Stephen Slade
Description: 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.
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