Are Out-of-Body Experiences Evidence for Survival?

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Article that seeks to define out-of-body experiences (OBEs) and argues that both theoretical and empirical reasons prove that OBEs cannot provide evidence for survival of death.

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137-155 p. ; 23 cm.

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Blackmore, Susan December 1983.

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  • Blackmore, Susan Brain and Perception Laboratory, University of Bristol, Bristol, England

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Article that seeks to define out-of-body experiences (OBEs) and argues that both theoretical and empirical reasons prove that OBEs cannot provide evidence for survival of death.

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137-155 p. ; 23 cm.

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Abstract: This paper argues that for both theoretical and empirical reasons the out-of-body experience (OBE) cannot provide evidence for survival of death. Definitions of the OBE are discussed and typical features described, including the fact that OBEs often convince people of survival. OBEs can provide survival evidence only if it can be shown that (1) something leaves the body during an OBE, and (2) that that "something" could survive the death of the body. There are serious difficulties in conceiving of anything that could perform the movement, perception, and information transfer required in an OBE. The evidence suggestive of something leaving the body includes (a) perception at a distance during OBEs, (b) the detection of a double or astral body, and (c) near-death experiences. That evidence is reviewed and argued to be inconclusive. A psychological theory of the OBE is presented in which the out-of-body world is seen as constructed by imagination from the cognitive map. It is argued that this theory provides greater hope for understanding mystical and related experiences.

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  • Anabiosis: The Journal for Near-Death Studies, 3(2), International Association for Near-Death Studies, December 1983, pp.

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  • OCLC: 9292119 | External Link
  • ISSN: 0743-6238
  • Library of Congress Control Number: 84-650150
  • Library of Congress Control Number: sn 84-9233
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc799265

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  • Publication Title: Anabiosis
  • Volume: 3
  • Issue: 2
  • Page Start: 137
  • Page End: 155
  • Pages: 19

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Journal of Near-Death Studies

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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Blackmore, Susan. Are Out-of-Body Experiences Evidence for Survival?, article, December 1983; Storrs, Connecticut. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc799265/: accessed November 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .