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Guest Editorial: The Search for Muslim Near-Death Experiences

Guest Editorial: The Search for Muslim Near-Death Experiences

Date: Winter 2009
Creator: Kreps, Joel Ibrahim
Description: Abstract: Given the dearth of Muslim near-death experiences (NDEs) in the literature, I decided to take advantage of my contacts in the Muslim community to find more of this material. After advertising unsuccessfully in both traditional media and Internet groups, I recruited a student resident of Pakistan who had considerable contacts and help there to visit the area of a major earthquake in the Kashmir area in the hope that this would be a fertile terrain to find additional NDE accounts. Once again the results were disappointing. I conclude that NDEs are specifically designed for people who need them, and the need in certain communities may not be as great because of the persistence of traditional faith in an afterlife and a Creator.
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Terminal Lucidity in People with Mental Illness and Other Mental Disability: An Overview and Implications for Possible Explanatory Models

Terminal Lucidity in People with Mental Illness and Other Mental Disability: An Overview and Implications for Possible Explanatory Models

Date: Winter 2009
Creator: Nahm, Michael
Description: Abstract: The literature concerned with experiences of the dying contains numerous accounts reporting the sudden return of mental clarity shortly before death. These experiences can be described as Terminal Lucidity (TL). The most peculiar cases concern patients suffering from mental disability including mental illness or dementia. Despite the potential relevance of TL for developing new forms of therapies and for elaborating an improved understanding of the nature of human consciousness, very little has been published on this subject. In this paper I present a historical overview and selected case reports of TL of mentally ill or otherwise disabled patients, mainly drawing on the literature available in English and in German. Possible explanatory models of TL and their implications are discussed.
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Gender and authorship in The Indexer, 1958-2007

Gender and authorship in The Indexer, 1958-2007

Date: December 2009
Creator: Sassen, Catherine
Description: Article on gender and authorship in The Indexer from 1958 through 2007.
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Double Vision: The Divided Self in Near-Death Experiences and Postmodernism

Double Vision: The Divided Self in Near-Death Experiences and Postmodernism

Date: Autumn 2009
Creator: Lee, Raymond L. M.
Description: Abstract: In Peter Novak's recent work (2003), he suggested the hypothesis that the human self is intrinsically bifurcated and separates into distinct components of consciousness at death. He referred to the near-death literature for evidence of this separation. His analysis of this literature implied that the after-death experience is not sequentially determined but is shaped simultaneously by different events corresponding to those components of consciousness. His proposal to reconcile those components addressed the need for self-integration at death. However, proponents of postmodernism question the singularity of self-identity and propose the multiplicity of self-experience. Their challenge to the belief in a wholly integrated self brings into question the therapeutic value of recognizing self-division in death. If the self lacks a foundation, then it is fruitless to seek an illusory level of integration. Rather, self-division in death points to a more astute understanding of the emptiness of the self.
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Exploring the Integration of Near-Death Experience Aftereffects: Summary of Findings

Exploring the Integration of Near-Death Experience Aftereffects: Summary of Findings

Date: Autumn 2009
Creator: Rominger, Ryan A.
Description: Abstract: Preliminary evidence suggests that both near-death experiencers (NDErs) and nonexperiencers who learn about near-death experiences (NDEs) show beneficial aftereffects. In this article I summarize the findings of an exploratory study to examine a small group process utilizing spiritual guidance and expressive arts for integrating NDE aftereffects. Eleven adult participants -- four NDErs and seven non-NDErs -- completed a pretest, initial posttest, and longitudinal posttest consisting of a revised version of the Omega Life Change Questionnaire (Rominger-LCQ) and the Human Spirituality Scale, as well as semistructured individual and group interviews. I also collected the expressive art participants created during sessions, photographed it, and used it to identify pictorial themes. Quantitative results included some significant differences and some nonsignificant trends indicating greater spirituality and life changes among NDErs compared to non-NDErs and, for all participants, from pre- to posttest. Qualitative interview material revealed participants had learned material on a number of topics of including a broader understanding of, and ability to communicate about, the NDE. Qualitative pictorial data revealed themes suggesting that both NDErs and non-NDErs had integrated positive aftereffects. The process described herein may benefit spiritual guides and directors, expressive art therapists, and therapists working with individuals who have had ...
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Four Ostensible Near-Death Experiences of Roman Times with Peculiar Features: Mistake Cases, Correction Cases, Xenoglossy, and Prediction

Four Ostensible Near-Death Experiences of Roman Times with Peculiar Features: Mistake Cases, Correction Cases, Xenoglossy, and Prediction

Date: Summer 2009
Creator: Nahm, Michael
Description: Abstract: In this paper, I present four apparent near-death experiences (NDEs) reported in Roman times. Despite their uncertain reliability, they contain features deserving attention. Three reports involve taking the wrong person to the realm of death by mistake ("mistake cases"), and even include the claim that the correct person had died after the NDEr revived ("correction cases"). Though common in Asia, such cases are absent in contemporary Western NDE reports. The fourth report contains an alleged correct future prediction and xenoglossy, the latter being a novum to NDE research. After introducing the four cases, I discuss their peculiar features and some related aspects of near-death states with a focus on their relevance for future NDE research.
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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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Three Ancient Reports of Near-Death Experiences: Bremmer Revisited

Three Ancient Reports of Near-Death Experiences: Bremmer Revisited

Date: Summer 2009
Creator: van der Sluijs, Marinus
Description: Abstract: In the modern literature, the so-called 'vision of Er,' told by Plato, and the 'vision of Thespesius,' recorded by Plutarch, have sometimes been cited as examples of ancient near-death experiences (NDEs). However, in a recent study, classicist Jan Bremmer (2002) impugned this interpretation. In this article, I offer a fresh analysis of these two texts that challenges Bremmer's stance and that vindicates the similarity between the ancient reports and modern NDEs. The vision of Er emerges as the oldest known direct account of an NDE. I add to these cases Plutarch's description of the 'vision of Timarchus' as an example of an ancient NDE provoked by extreme isolation. Comparison of these reports of NDEs from antiquity with modern analogues suggests a few additional characteristic traits of NDEs.
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Did Emanuel Swedenborg Have Near-Death Experiences? Envisioning a Developmental Account of NDEs

Did Emanuel Swedenborg Have Near-Death Experiences? Envisioning a Developmental Account of NDEs

Date: Spring 2009
Creator: Jones, Simon R. & Fernyhough, Charles
Description: Article examining the phenomenological commonalities between Emanuel Swedenborg's experiences and near-death experiences (NDEs). It argues that a distal cause of Swedenborg's experiences was neural changes induced by his lifetime of unusual respiration, in conjunction with a predisposition to temporal lobe seizures. It concludes by proposing a number of empirically testable hypotheses emerging from the arguments, centered around a developmental approach to NDEs.
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Refreshment and Reunion in Paradise: Near-Death Experiences in Early North African Christianity

Refreshment and Reunion in Paradise: Near-Death Experiences in Early North African Christianity

Date: Spring 2009
Creator: Potthoff, Stephen E.
Description: Article discussing the near-death experiences of Perpetua and Saturus, martyrs of early Christianity.
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Comparison of Strategies and Policies for Building Distributed Digital Preservation Infrastructure: Initial Findings from the MetaArchive Cooperative

Comparison of Strategies and Policies for Building Distributed Digital Preservation Infrastructure: Initial Findings from the MetaArchive Cooperative

Date: 2009
Creator: Halbert, Martin
Description: This article offers a comparison of strategies and policies for building distributed digital preservation infrastructure.
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Metadata Quality Assurance: The University of North Texas Libraries' Experience

Metadata Quality Assurance: The University of North Texas Libraries' Experience

Date: 2009
Creator: Alemneh, Daniel Gelaw & Tarver, Hannah
Description: Article on metadata quality assurance and the experience of the University of North Texas (UNT) Libraries.
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The Death and Posthumous Life of Tom Sawyer: A Case Study of Apparent After-Death Communication

The Death and Posthumous Life of Tom Sawyer: A Case Study of Apparent After-Death Communication

Date: Winter 2008
Creator: Ring, Kenneth
Description: Article exploring the near-death experience of Tom Sawyer, as well as the question of whether he actually died in April of 2007.
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Electromagnetic Aftereffects of Near-Death Experiences

Electromagnetic Aftereffects of Near-Death Experiences

Date: Winter 2008
Creator: Mouri, Farnoosh M. & Holden, Janice Miner
Description: Study investigating electromagnetic effects among near-death experiencers (NDErs), people who reported a close brush with death without an NDE, and people who reported never having been close to death but who used their most life-changing event as a past reference point.
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E-Government and Libraries Helpful Resources

E-Government and Libraries Helpful Resources

Date: December 1, 2008
Creator: Sears, Suzanne
Description: Article on e-government services and how libraries can provide helpful online government resources.
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Effectiveness of a Community Health Worker as Sole Diabetes Educator: Comparison of CoDE with Similar Culturally Appropriate Interventions

Effectiveness of a Community Health Worker as Sole Diabetes Educator: Comparison of CoDE with Similar Culturally Appropriate Interventions

Date: November 4, 2008
Creator: Culica, Dan; Walton, James W.; Harker, Karen & Prezio, Elizabeth A.
Description: Article discussing the effectiveness of a community health worker as sole diabetes educator.
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Connecting Constituents to Government Information: 150 Years of Congressionally Designated Libraries

Connecting Constituents to Government Information: 150 Years of Congressionally Designated Libraries

Date: Autumn 2008
Creator: Sears, Suzanne
Description: Article on connecting constituents to government information and 150 years of congressionally designated libraries.
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Corroboration of the Dentures Anecdote Involing Veridical Perception in a Near-Death Experience

Corroboration of the Dentures Anecdote Involing Veridical Perception in a Near-Death Experience

Date: Autumn 2008
Creator: Smit, Rudolf H.
Description: Abstract: One of the most striking examples of near-death experience stories is the account of a clinically dead patient whose dentures were removed from his mouth prior to resuscitation, and which dentures were then lost. Days later the patient saw a nurse and told him that it was he who had removed those dentures. The patient was right, but he should not have known this information, because tat the time the nurse had removed his dentures, the patient was clinically dead. Since publication of this account in a prestigious mainstream medical journal, speculations have abounded. In this article I describe the investigation I undertook to put these speculations to rest and the outcome of that investigation.
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The Phenomenology of the Self-Conscious Mind

The Phenomenology of the Self-Conscious Mind

Date: Autumn 2008
Creator: Mays, Robert G. & Mays, Suzanne B.
Description: Article exploring the phenomenon of a near-death experiencer's veridical perceptions during the out-of-body experience (OBE), which strongly suggests the existence of a self-conscious mind as a "field of consciousness," a region of space where a person's consciousness exists.
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Geographic distribution of authors in The Indexer, 1988-2007

Geographic distribution of authors in The Indexer, 1988-2007

Date: September 2008
Creator: Sassen, Catherine
Description: Article on the geographic distribution of authors in The Indexer from 1988 through 2007.
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Census of Non-Western Near-Death Experiences to 2005: Overview of the Current Data

Census of Non-Western Near-Death Experiences to 2005: Overview of the Current Data

Date: Summer 2008
Creator: Kellehear, Allan
Description: Abstract: This paper provides a census of non-Western near-death experiences (NDEs), noting similarities and differences in features with Western NDEs and other non-Western NDEs. The two sims of this current review are to update previous transcultural reviews with current data and to describe both crosscultural and culture-specific features of NDEs.
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The Death Journey of a Hopi Indian: A Case Study

The Death Journey of a Hopi Indian: A Case Study

Date: Summer 2008
Creator: Green, J. Timothy
Description: Article presenting the case study of the "death journey" or near-death experience (NDE) of Don Talayesva, a Hopi Indian, whose experience occurred between 1900 and 1910. The article compares and contrasts his experience with 11 accounts of Native American NDEs reported by Jenny Wade, as well as with modern day NDEs.
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Near-Death Experiences in India: Prevalence and New Features

Near-Death Experiences in India: Prevalence and New Features

Date: Summer 2008
Creator: Pasricha, Satwant K.
Description: Study seeking to learn about the prevalence rate in a larger Indian population and to explore new features of enar-death experiences (NDEs).
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Near-Death Experiences in Suicide Attempters in Sri Lanka

Near-Death Experiences in Suicide Attempters in Sri Lanka

Date: Summer 2008
Creator: Kuruppuarchchi, K. A. L. A.; Gambheera, Harischandra; Padmasekara, Gayan & Perera, Mahendra
Description: Study exploring near-death experiences (NDEs) among suicide attempters, using interviews of 77 consecutive suicide attempters admitted to a tertiary teaching hospital in Sri Lanka.
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