A Black/Non-Black Theory of African-American Partisanship: Hostility, Racial Consciousness and the Republican Party

A Black/Non-Black Theory of African-American Partisanship: Hostility, Racial Consciousness and the Republican Party

Date: May 2006
Creator: King, Marvin
Description: Why is black partisan identification so one-sidedly Democratic forty years past the Civil Rights movement? A black/non-black political dichotomy manifests itself through one-sided African-American partisanship. Racial consciousness and Republican hostility is the basis of the black/non-black political dichotomy, which manifests through African-American partisanship. Racial consciousness forced blacks to take a unique and somewhat jaundiced approach to politics and Republican hostility to black inclusion in the political process in the 1960s followed by antagonism toward public policy contribute to overwhelming black Democratic partisanship. Results shown in this dissertation demonstrate that variables representing economic issues, socioeconomic status and religiosity fail to explain partisan identification to the extent that Hostility-Consciousness explains party identification.
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Near-Death Experiences, Deathbed Visions, and Past-Life Memories: A Convergence in Support of van Lommel's 'Consciousness Beyond Life'

Near-Death Experiences, Deathbed Visions, and Past-Life Memories: A Convergence in Support of van Lommel's 'Consciousness Beyond Life'

Date: Winter 2010
Creator: Gibbs, John C.
Description: Abstract: This review supports cardiologist Pim van Lommel's continuity claim for human existence in his recently published book 'Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience' (2010). Van Lommel and colleagues (van Lommel, van Wees, Meyers, & Elfferich, 2001) studied NDEs among 344 Dutch hospital patients who had been resuscitated following cardiac arrest. From their and others' NDE research findings (e.g., accurate perceptions during the arrest period), van Lommel and colleagues concluded that mental activity can take place even in the absence of cerebral function. Extrapolating from this conclusion, van Lommel claimed in 'Consciousness Beyond Life' a fundamental continuity for individual human existence: that death and birth mark not final limits but instead the transition from one state of consciousness to another. In the course of making his continuity claim, van Lommel referred to other topics such as deathbed visions and past-life memories. In addition to reviewing NDE research, this article reviews research and illustrative responses pertaining to these related phenomena. A convergence of corroborative evidence is consistent with van Lommel's continuity claim.
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Guest Editorial: Setting the Record Straight: Correcting Two Recent Cases of Materialist Misrepresentation of My Research and Conclusions

Guest Editorial: Setting the Record Straight: Correcting Two Recent Cases of Materialist Misrepresentation of My Research and Conclusions

Date: Winter 2011
Creator: van Lommel, Pim
Description: Abstract: In two recent publications, one by Dean Mobbs and Caroline Watt and the other by Kevin Nelson, I was surprised to find my and my colleagues' 2001 article in the Lancet misrepresented. In this Editorial, I attempt to correct those misrepresentations and to discuss them with regard to responsible scholarship in the ongoing debate in the professional literature about the relationship of mind and brain.
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Which Comes First: Consciousness or Aspartate Receptors?

Which Comes First: Consciousness or Aspartate Receptors?

Date: Autumn 1997
Creator: Kungurtseu, Igor
Description: Abstract: This paper is a critique of Karl Jansen's hypothesis that near-death and ketamine experiences are caused by blockade of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors. An assumption that consciousness and its alterations are merely the product of neuronal activity is only one of many possible beliefs about reality. An alternative, which can be verified through one's own direct experiences, is that consciousness is always a subject and body is only its object. The objects come and go; consciousness remains.
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The Emerging Intelligence and Its Critical Look at Us

The Emerging Intelligence and Its Critical Look at Us

Date: Autumn 1998
Creator: Thaler, Stephen L.
Description: Abstract: In response to Susan Gunn's editorial, I offer a less comforting but more utilitarian perspective on the life and death of artificial consciousness. Admittedly an unpopular view, it suggests that concurrence with Gunn's message represents the seeds of our own destruction, as an emerging synthetic intelligence begins to extinguish us.
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Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Date: Spring 2009
Creator: Mays, Robert G. & Mays, Suzanne B.
Description: Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the following topic "On the Scope of Analysis for the AWARE Study."
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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Date: Winter 2000
Creator: Morse, Melvin & Tart, Charles T.
Description: Two letters written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the following topics: "'Visions' in NDEs or Expanded Consciousness?" and "The Archives of Scientists' Transcendent Experiences (TASTE)."
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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Date: Winter 2008
Creator: Miller, Brian & Purcell, Denis
Description: Two letters written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the following topics: "An Objective Correlate of Consciousness" and "Response to Brian Miller."
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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Date: Winter 1989
Creator: Krishnan, V. & Serdahely, William J.
Description: Two letters written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the following topics: "Consciousness and Substance: The Primal Forms of God" and "The Near-Death Experience of a Culture."
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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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Book Review: Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century

Book Review: Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century

Date: Autumn 2008
Creator: Presti, David E.
Description: Review of the book " Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century" written by Edward F. Kelly, Emily W. Kelly, Adam Crabtree, Alan Gauld, Michael Grosso, and Bruce Greyson.
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Commentary on "Near-Death Experiences with Hallucinatory Features"

Commentary on "Near-Death Experiences with Hallucinatory Features"

Date: Autumn 2007
Creator: Fenwick, Peter
Description: Abstract: In this response to Keith Augustine's paper, I discuss the question of the nature and causation of near-death experiences (NDEs) with hallucinatory features. The attribution of hallucinations to either a brain mechanism or a peek into the afterworld raises fundamental questions about both the epistemology and ontology of our neuroscience, and of our scientific models of an afterlife. It also raises questions about the physiological state of the brain giving rise to NDEs that arise in very different situations and are clearly unlikely to have a unitary cause. These fundamental questions can be answered only in proper prospective trials when both the brain physiology and psychological variables of the experiencer are known.
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Commentary on Jansen's Paper

Commentary on Jansen's Paper

Date: Autumn 1997
Creator: Morse, Melvin L.
Description: Abstract: Karl Jansen raises a fundamental and exciting question: Is humankind's consciousness the result of neuronal function, or are there extracerebral aspects as well? While his neurotransmitter model of near-death experiences (NDEs) is well described, I find his supporting evidence weak. Methodological differences between studies of ketamine hallucinations and near-death experiences (NDEs) raise doubts about how similar those experiences are phenomenologically. While Jansen's model has electrifying implications, the data required to support his conclusions do not yet exist.
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Book Review: Alterations of Consciousness: An Empirical Analysis for Social Scientists

Book Review: Alterations of Consciousness: An Empirical Analysis for Social Scientists

Date: Autumn 2004
Creator: Krippner, Stanley
Description: Review of the book "Alterations of Consciousness: An Empirical Analysis for Social Scientists" by Imants Barušs, discussing different perspectives and definitions of consciousness or "altered states."
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Book Review: The Division of Consciousness: The Secret Afterlife of the Human Psyche

Book Review: The Division of Consciousness: The Secret Afterlife of the Human Psyche

Date: Spring 2001
Creator: Lanning, Bill
Description: Review of the book "The Division of Consciousness: The Secret Afterlife of the Human Psyche" written by Peter Novak discussing various religious and psychological perspectives on the afterlife.
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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Date: Summer 1999
Creator: Gunn, Susan C. & Blackmore, Susan
Description: Two letters written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the following topics: "Text, Consciousness, and Control: Who's Looking at Whom?" and "Tunnel Vision and Tunnel Experiences."
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Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Date: Autumn 2006
Creator: Purcell, Denis
Description: Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "An Objective Correlate of Consciousness."
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Could Pam Reynolds Hear? A New Investigation into the Possibility of Hearing During this Famous Near-Death Experience

Could Pam Reynolds Hear? A New Investigation into the Possibility of Hearing During this Famous Near-Death Experience

Date: Autumn 2011
Creator: Woerlee, Gerald M.
Description: Abstract: The well-known Pam Reynolds near-death experience (NDE) occurred at the Barrow Neurological Institute during a medically well-documented period, which is why many people regard it as proof of the reality of a separable immaterial conscious mind. In this article, I use information from related publications from the Barrow to fill in lacunae in the published medical documentation of this apparently amazing NDE. Furthermore, I present the case that the four veridical auditory perceptions Reynolds reported can be explained by her ability to hear during periods of conscious awareness while under the influence of the combination of drugs employed to provide general anesthesia during the operation on her giant basilar artery aneurysm.
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Rejoinder to Responses to "Could Pam Reynolds Hear?"

Rejoinder to Responses to "Could Pam Reynolds Hear?"

Date: Autumn 2011
Creator: Woerlee, Gerald M.
Description: Abstract: In this article I provide a rejoinder to Stuart Hameroff's and Chris Carter's responses to my article, "Could Pam Reynolds Hear?" (2011, this issue). I address some specifics of anesthesiology and neurosurgical technique to maintain my contention that Reynolds could hear through normal physical processes during her near-death experience.
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Response to "Could Pam Reynolds Hear?"

Response to "Could Pam Reynolds Hear?"

Date: Autumn 2011
Creator: Hameroff, Stuart
Description: Abstract: In this article, I reply to Gerald Woerlee's (2011, this issue) claim that during Pam Reynold's near-death experience (NDE), she actually could hear through normal means. I respond in terms of my 35 years experience as a clinical anesthesiologist, researcher into mechanisms of anesthesia and consciousness, and proponent of a theory of non-local consciousness put forth by mathematical physicist Sir Roger Penrose and me.
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Near-Death Experiences While Drowning: Dying Is Not the End of Consciousness!

Near-Death Experiences While Drowning: Dying Is Not the End of Consciousness!

Date: 2015
Creator: Holden, Janice Miner & Avramidis, Stathis
Description: Due to advances in resuscitation and defibrillation practices over the past decades, people are returning from the brink of death in numbers unprecedented in human history. Of the millions of people who survive drowning each year, about 20% report a near-death experience (NDE): a reported memory of profound psychological events that contain certain paranormal, transcendental, and mystical features. NDEs are usually hyperreal and lucid experiences dominated by pleasurable feelings and more rarely dominated by distressed feelings. This book presents a summary of 40 years of research on NDEs. It contains 22 drowning NDE accounts and recommendations for how water safety professionals can use NDE-related information in their work with people they successfully resuscitate.
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