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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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