Discussion of "The Ketamine Model of the Near-Death Experience: A Central Rold for the N-Methyl-D-Aspartate Receptor," by Karl L. R. Jansen

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Abstract: We review strengths and weaknesses of Karl Jansen's approach to the near-death experience (NDE). Strengths include his limited goals and avoidance of the trap of explaining all features of the NDE with his theory, although he surprisingly misunderstood our previously published position. Additional, we applaud the possible intersection of psychological and biological theories, demonstrated in Jansen's biochemical explanations for the individualized variations in manifestation and adaptive role of the NDE. However, he failed to take into account the pitfalls in the use of analogy, modeling oversimplification, and in taking association as causality and causes as meaningful, in the arguments ... continued below

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Twemlow, Stuart W. & Gabbard, Glen O. Autumn 1997.

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  • Twemlow, Stuart W. Stuart W. Twemlow, M.D.; Topeka Institute for Psychoanalysis, Topeka, KS, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita, KS
  • Gabbard, Glen O. Glen O. Gabbard, M.D.; The Menninger Foundation, Topeka, KS, Topeka Institute for Psychoanalysis, Topeka, KS

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Abstract: We review strengths and weaknesses of Karl Jansen's approach to the near-death experience (NDE). Strengths include his limited goals and avoidance of the trap of explaining all features of the NDE with his theory, although he surprisingly misunderstood our previously published position. Additional, we applaud the possible intersection of psychological and biological theories, demonstrated in Jansen's biochemical explanations for the individualized variations in manifestation and adaptive role of the NDE. However, he failed to take into account the pitfalls in the use of analogy, modeling oversimplification, and in taking association as causality and causes as meaningful, in the arguments for his theory.

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63-69 p. ; 23 cm.

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  • Journal of Near-Death Studies, 16(1), Human Sciences Press, Fall 1997, pp. 63-69

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  • OCLC: 14781775 | External Link
  • ISSN: 0891-4494
  • Library of Congress Control Number: 88-648131
  • Library of Congress Control Number: sn 86-2701
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc799261

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  • Publication Title: Journal of Near-Death Studies
  • Volume: 16
  • Issue: 1
  • Page Start: 63
  • Page End: 69
  • Pages: 7

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The Journal of Near-Death Studies is a scholarly peer-reviewed journal devoted to the field of near-death studies. It is published on a quarterly basis by the International Association for Near-Death Studies. The Journal began publication in 1982 under the name Anabiosis which was changed to its current title in 1986 with the start of Volume 6.

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Quarterly journal publishing papers related to near-death experiences, including research reports; theoretical or conceptual statements; expressions of a scientific, philosophic, religious, or historical perspective on the study of near-death experiences; cross-cultural studies; individual case histories; and personal accounts of experiences or related phenomena.

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Twemlow, Stuart W. & Gabbard, Glen O. Discussion of "The Ketamine Model of the Near-Death Experience: A Central Rold for the N-Methyl-D-Aspartate Receptor," by Karl L. R. Jansen, article, Autumn 1997; New York, New York. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc799261/: accessed October 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .