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Dreams from Another Dimension?
Abstract: In 2015, I began communicating with an events planner for the U.S. Army who shared with me a series of anomalous dreams -- anomalous in the sense that the dreams usually contained specific names of deceased servicement previously unknown to her but known to an assistant chaplain with whom she worked. The goal of my ensuing case study research into this apparent episode of spontaneous mediumship was to collect these dreams, search for commonalities, and propose explanations for their anomalous aspects. Alternative explanations included fraud, faulty memory, coincidence, and telepathy or some other form of remote perception. None of these alternatives explained these anomalies as well as what the experiencer herself proposed: that the deceased themselves had successfully communicated with her during her nighttime dreams.
Explaining Near-Death Experiences: Physical or Non-Physical Causation?
Article discussing current research and possible causes of near-death experiences, comparing the hypotheses regarding physiological causes (e.g., neural circuitry) and non-physical causes (e.g., a separation of consciousness).
Differentiating Spiritual and Psychotic Experiences: Sometimes a Cigar Is Just a Cigar
This article discusses spiritually transformative experiences and how they differ from psychotic experiences, including the context, content, how the experience is remembered, and effect on the individual.
The Healing Power of Extraordinary Spiritual Experiences
Abstract: Extraordinary spiritual experiences (ESEs) events that appear to be direct perception of spiritual facts, have a history in Western societies of being stigmatized and pathologized except within very limited religious contexts. That negative view has caused real harm to many "visionaries." But in the latter 20th century, social science research began to show that ESEs are actually common in the general population and that they are normal. Near-death experiences are a well-known example. The growing body of research literature suggests that many conventional theories about spirituality are empirically mistaken and that ESEs may have the potential to be powerfully health promoting. This emerging evidence creates both a great ethical obligation and a research opportunity.
Enemies Within: The Cold War and the Aids Crisis in Literature, Film, and Culture
Book discussing the literature and film of the Cold War and AIDS eras in an effort to link the two with the fear they created; "not only the political and biological illnesses...but also the fear and panic they engender." Index starts on page 235.
Extended Abstract: Assisted After-Death Communication: A Self-Prescribed Treatment for Grief
Brief paper discussing the use of induced after-death communication to help resolve grief.
Book Review: Revealing Heaven: The Eyewitness Accounts that Changed How a Pastor Thinks About the Afterlife
Review of a book titled "Revealing Heaven: The Eyewitness Accounts that Changed How a Pastor Thinks About the Afterlife" written by John W. Price, an Episcopal priest, about his experiences with parishoners' accounts.
Book Review: The Afterlife Explorers, Volume 1: The Pioneers of Psychical Research
Review of a book titled "The Afterlife Explorers, Volume 1: The Pioneers of Psychical Research" written by psychic phenomena research Michael Tymn.
Editor's Foreword
Editorial statement introducing the contents of the journal issue and providing other relevant notes.
Extended Abstract: After-Death Communication: Parents' and Their Children's Understanding and Meaning-Making
Brief paper discussing after-death communication with children and how it affects their relationships with their parents.
Book Review: Why Science is Wrong...About Almost Everything
Review of a book titled "Why Science is Wrong...About Almost Everything" by entrepreneur Alex Tsakiris.
Extended Abstract: The Healing Power of an Alternative Supportive Community for Spiritual Seekers
Brief paper discussing the Holistic Options for People Everywhere (HOPE) organization and its goals to assist people who have spiritually transformative experiences and to educate the broader community about assiting expereiencers.
Shedding Light on the Tunnel and Light in Near-Death Experiences: A Case Study
Partial abstract: In this article, we present a case study of an adult male who experienced both gravity induced loss of consciousness (G-LOC) as a Korean War aviation cadet, including narrowing of his visual field to a point of light and also two subsequent transpersonal experiences -- a near-death experience (NDE) and an after-death communication (ADC) -- that both included a tunnel-and-light feature. His Near-Death Experience Scale scores for each experience and his comparison of the qualia of these experiences provide unique evidence in the debate about the nature and likely origins of such experiences. These data place more weight on the argument that the tunnel and light in transpersonal experiences cannot reasonably be attributed to loss of oxygen in the brain.
Editor's Foreword
Editorial statement introducing the contents of the journal issue and providing other relevant notes.
The Criminal Law System of Medieval and Renaissance Florence
Book analyzing the law system of Florence, Italy during the Italian Renaissance; specifically it outlines the structure of the government, offices, and philosophies of governing. Index starts on page 281.
Book Review: Opening Heaven's Door: Investigating Stories of Life, Death and What Comes After
Review of a book titled "Opening Heaven's Door: Investigating Stories of Life, Death and What Comes After" written by author and journalist Patricia Pearson
Of Love and Light: A Case Report of End-of-Life Experiences
Abstract: Unusual occurrences at the end-of-life have been reported anecdotally over centuries yet have only recently attracted increased academic attention. Recent studies suggest commonality to end-of-life experiences (ELEs), which can be broadly categorized into six types. ELEs are relatively common, frequently occurring in terminally ill and palliative patients. They also reportedly have positive effects on the dying, facilitating more peaceful deaths. We present a case report of the death of a woman of Cook Island Maori and New Zealand Maori descent who died from cancer, as retrospectively reported by her husband. The case is interesting due to the number of ELEs occurring for the dying as well as significant others during the period leading up to, at the moment of, and after her death. The case is discussed in relation to previous findings on ELEs and resulting implications for enhancing understandings of the dying process and consciousness.
Integrating Spiritual Experiences: Peaks to Plateaus
Abstract: This article provides a distilled sketch of my observations of three general phases in a process of integrating spiritually transformative experiences (STEs). The process may be thought of as both marking development over time as well as being microgenetic, spiraling through phases in brief moments. In addition, three forces activated in an STE -- transcendence, communion, and destruction -- as well as challenges frequently associated with these types of experiences are described with brief case examples as they manifest across the three phases. Awareness of these phases, along with their overriding questions and challenges, provides an open-ended framework for helpers to use in assisting the spiritual experiencer toward integration.
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "End-of-Life Experience of Famous Artist J. M. W. Turner."
Interpreting Religion: The Phenomenological Approaches of Pierre Daniël Chantepie de la Saussaye, W. Brede Kristenses, and Gerardus van der Leeuw
Book discussing the phenomenological approaches to religion originally constructed by Pierre Daniël Chantepie de la Saussaye, W. Brede Kristenses, and Gerardus van der Leeuw. Index starts on page 163.
Editor's Foreword
Editorial statement introducing the contents of the journal issue and providing other relevant notes.
Editor's Foreword
Editorial statement introducing the contents of the journal issue and providing other relevant notes.
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "Trans-Material References in Victor Frankl."
Editor's Foreword
Editorial statement introducing the contents of the journal issue and providing other relevant notes.
Electromagnetic Phenomena Reported by Near-Death Experiencers
Abstract: Electromagnetic (EM) aftereffects have been reported following near-death experiences (NDEs). These effects include both (a) EM actions, apparent actions by the individual on the surrounding EM environment, and (b) EM reactions, apparent reactions of the individual to the EM environment. This study investigated EM aftereffects among 216 NDErs, 54 persons who had been close to death without NDEs, and 150 persons who had never been close to death. NDErs reported both greater EM actions and greater EM reactions than did either comparison group. Among NDErs, those with higher scores on the NDE Scale reported more EM aftereffects. Thse findings corroborate and extend prior studies and suggest the need for controlled experiments to measure the kinds and strengths of EM fields generated or channeled by NDErs, the kinds of EM fields and devices that are affected by NDErs, and the kinds and strengths of EM fields to which NDErs react.
El valor literario del Lázaro de 1555: género, evolución y metamorfosis
Book written in Spanish discussing the literary importance of the classic masterpiece "Lazarillo de Tormes" originally written in 1555, which, according to the note on the back cover, was scorned by critics. Bibliography starts on page 163.
Extended Abstract: Dying, Death, and Near-Death Phenomena: Validations from the Quantum World
Brief paper discussing correlations between near-death phenomena and quantum theory in relation to consciousness.
Editor's Foreword
Editorial statement introducing the contents of the journal issue and providing other relevant notes.
Complex Visual Imagery and Cognition During Near-Death Experiences
Abstract: Near-death experiences (NDEs) entail complex and structured conscious experience during conditions known to coincide with rapid loss of consciousness often associated with decline or disruption of the neurological correlates currently held to be causative factors of visual imagery and cognition. In this study , 653 NDE reports of cardiac and/or respiratory arrest patients were analyzed for unprompted, spontaneous references to quality of conscious visual imagery and mentation during an NDE. Results indicat that in a majority of NDEs, both figurative and abstract mentation are either preserved or markedly improved during unconsciousness and unresponsiveness in the context of respiratory and cardiac arrests. These findings underscore the call to further study the mechanisms behind the 'outliving' of a conscious sense of selfhood and complex, structured visual imagery and cognition during severely deteriorating physiological function -- and perhaps especially during clinical death.
Spontaneous Mediumship Experiences: A Neglected Aftereffect of Near-Death Experiences
Article describing the methods and results of research to explore spontaneous mediumship experiences (SMEs) that occurred during and after near-death experiences (NDEs).
Near-Death Experiences: Quantitative Findings from an Aotearoa New Zealand Sample
Abstract: Most of what is currently known about near-death experiences (NDEs) has come from published case studies and larger scale research projects conducted in Western Anglo-European cultures. This article presents findings from the first large-scale retrospective, quantitative study of NDEs conducted in Aotearoa New Zealand over a two-year period, between August 2010 and December 2012. We investigated the occurrence and phenomenology of NDEs in 220 participants. Results revealed the characteristics and occurrence of NDEs in this sample were similar to those reported in other Western samples. Results of a multivariate regression analysis showed belief in the survival of a soul after physical death and being of Māori ethnicity contributed a significant amount of unique variance to NDE Scale scores in Aotearoa New Zealand. Our study represents an important contribution to understanding NDEs in Aotearoa New Zealand, although more research is required to futher elucidate and advance the findings.
Two Cases of Spontaneous Mediumship Experiences of Near-Death Experiencers
Abstract: Spontaneous mediumship experiences (SMEs), in which living people are visited uninvited by discarnates -- deceased humans -- who ask the living person to convey a message to another living person, are considered a subtype of after-death communication and a potential aftereffect of near-death experiences. In this article, we describe two case studies based on semi-structured interviews in which two near-death experiencers described features and descriptions of their SMEs, positive and negative aspects associated with their SMEs, and related experiences including help-seeking behaviors. Implications for characterizing SMEs include differences in degree of spontaneity and types of discarnates and similarities in experiences of distress and number of SMEs.
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "Did Edgar Cayce Have a Near-Death Experience?".
Extended Abstract: Compassionate Care and Feedings of Spritually Transformative Experiences in Brazil: A 130-Year-Old Tradition
Brief paper discussing the origin and workings of Spritist Centers and Spiritist Psychiatric Hospitals in Brazil.
Iranian Shiite Muslim Near-Death Experiences: Features and Aftereffects Including Dispositional Gratitude
Article describing research to explore the near-death experiences (NDEs) of Iranian Shiite Muslim experiencers. It outlines the methods and results of the study and explains how the experiences compare to those of Western experiencers.
Guest Editorial: When Does Request for Evidence About NDEs Become Harassment?
Editorial commentary discussing the author's personal accounts and the accounts of others who have had near-death experiences and how their lives have been affected afterward by others who insist on having proof or deny their experiences due to lack of verification.
Book Review: The Immortal Mind: Science and the Continuity of Consciousness Beyond the Brain
Review of a book titled "The Immortal Mind: Science and the Continuity of Consciousness Beyond the Brain" written by philosopher Ervin Laszlo and Anthony Peak.
Book Review: Telephone Calls from the Dead
Review of a book titled "Telephone Calls from the Dead" written by paranormal psychologist Callum E. Cooper.
Editor's Foreword
Editorial statement introducing the contents of the journal issue and providing other relevant notes.
Electromagnetic and Other Environmental Effects Following Near-Death Experiences: A Primer
Article describing the results of informal and formal research regarding electromagnetic (EM) effects of near-death experiences (NDEs); it reviews cases in which a person acts on his environment and those in which a person reacts to the environment. The paper also proposes more precise terminology regarding EM phenomena based on the research and literature review.
Book Review: The Map of Heaven: How Science, Religion, and Ordinary People are Proving the Afterlife
Review of a book titled "The Map of Heaven: How Science, Religion, and Ordinary People are Proving the Afterlife" by Eben Alexander, a neurosurgeon and near-death experiencer, written with Ptolemy Tompkins.
Near-Death Experiences and A Course in Miracles
Article comparing near-death experiences (NDEs) to the philosophy described in the spiritual text A Course in Miracles (1976). It provides an overview of the text's philosophy, previous literature comparing the text to NDEs, and an analysis of how the philosophies are similar and different, with references to specific cases.
Book Review: The Wisdom of Near-Death Experiences: How Understanding NDEs Can Help Us Live More Fully
Review of a book titled "The Wisdom of Near-Death Experiences: How Understanding NDEs Can Help Us Live More Fully" describing collected case studies and other research collected by Penny Sartori.
Extended Abstract: Spiritual Emergency in Christian Women: An Integral Study
Brief paper discussing the results of a phenomenological study to evaluate spiritual crisis and emergency among Christian women.
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "A Hypothesis Regarding the Mechanism of Telepathy."
A Comparative Analysis of Japanese and Western NDEs
Abstract: Decades of studies on near-death experiences (NDEs) have reveals both cross-cultural and culture-specific features (Kellehear, 2009) and that it is important to determine which aspects are attributed to the physiological, biological, or psychological mechanisms shared by all humans and which aspects are of cultural origin. In this article, we examine Japanese NDEs and compare their features with generalizations based on observations of Western NDEs. The main differences between Japanese and Western NDEs are the interpretation of the light and the concomitant lack of interaction with it, the image of heaven, and the absence of the life review. We suggest that these characteristics are accounted for in terms of cultural differences.
Collection Assessment & ARL Libraries Summary Results from ARL SPEC KIT #352
This poster summarizes results from the Association of Research Libraries SPEC Kit #352: Collection Assessment.
Are print books REALLY dead?
This poster describes a study of e-book usage using the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) and Technology Acceptances Model (TAM).
The Case for a Publishing Analytics Data Alliance
This presentation discusses Project Meerkat, a project aimed “to develop guidelines and standards for digital scholarly monograph usage data and to construct a neutral organizational apparatus for the ongoing collection and aggregation of data about these scholarly publications,” and the resulting cooperative to be developed out of that project, the Publishing Analytics Data Alliance.
Letting the collections tell their story: Using Tableau for collection evaluation
This presentation contains the workshop presented at the 2016 Library and Information Technology Association Forum pre-conference session. This workshop presentation includes an introduction to the Tableau Public software, data management, and developing dashboards.