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The Death Dream and Near-Death Darwinism

Description: This paper proposes that "based upon very repeatable computer simulations of dying neural networks, the phenomena of both near-death experiences (NDEs) and a virtual afterlife are plausible and can be expected to occur in traumatized neurobiological systems" (abstract). The author then speculates three societal implications based on this conclusion.
Date: Autumn 1996
Creator: Thaler, Stephen L.
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Clinical Approaches to the Near-Death Experiencer

Description: This paper discusses near-death experiencers and "general guidelines and specific interventions, developed at an interdisciplinary conference, to assist NDErs in coping with psychological difficulties following their experiences" (abstract).
Date: Autumn 1987
Creator: Greyson, Bruce & Harris, Barbara
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Comments on Slawinski's Paper

Description: This paper by Keith Harary addresses Janusz Slawinki's paper "Electromagnetic Radiation And The Afterlife." Harary expresses why he remains unconvinced by Slawinski's electromagnetic radiation argument.
Date: Winter 1987
Creator: Harary, Keith
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Letter to the Editor: Review of Raising the Dead

Description: Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies where Richard Abanes expresses his disappointment in Mary S. Edwards' review of Raising the Dead by Robert Selzer. Abanes believes the population, as well as researchers, need to be more skeptical about near-death experiences.
Date: Autumn 1996
Creator: Abanes, Richard
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Review of Bette Furn's "Adjustment and the Near-Death Experience"

Description: This paper reviews Bette Furn's "Adjustment and the Near-Death Experience." McDonagh commends Furn's paper for eliciting conversation within the subject of near-death experiences (NDEs), and then McDonagh points out some of the limitations of Furn's ideas. He then proceeds to give his own perspective on how NDE counseling could be potentially improved.
Date: Autumn 1987
Creator: McDonagh, John
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Remarks On Janusz Slawinski's Paper

Description: This paper by Michael Grosso analyzes points made by Janusz Slawinski in their paper "Electromagnetic Radiation and the Afterlife." It specifies that the author's hypothesis cannot be tested currently, and thus, it cannot be falsified. More research and data is needed, according to Grosso.
Date: Winter 1987
Creator: Gross, Michael
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Out-of-Body Experiences in the Blind

Description: "The theoretical significance of out-of-body experiences in blind people is explored. In this context I report results of a survey of a small sample of blind adults. It is concluded that we have yet to locate a case of an out-of-body experience in the blind that has critical implications for the interpretation of the experience among the general population" (abstract).
Date: Autumn 1987
Creator: Irwin, Harvey J.
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Hedonic Deactivation: A New Human Value for an Advanced Society

Description: "Comatose subjects experience pleasant unaroused affects such as tranquility, serenity, peacefulness, and relaxation, more frequently and more intensely than they experience aroused feelings or differentiated emotions. I suggest that consciousness is not disconnected by coma, but rather is potentiated following complete blockage of the brain's information channels" (abstract).
Date: Autumn 1996
Creator: Tiberi, Emilio
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Questions for the "Dying Brain Hypothesis"

Description: This paper poses "four questions for the "dying brain hypothesis" as propounded by Susan Blackmore in her book Dying to Live (1993)" (abstract). "I suggest that these four questions pose a challenge to the "dying brain hypothesis" (abstract).
Date: Autumn 1996
Creator: Serdahely, William J.
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Guest Editorial: Children and the Near-Death Phenomenon: Another Viewpoint

Description: "Children who brush death, nearly die, or who are pronounced clinically dead but later revive have a much higher incidence of near-death experiences (NDEs) than do adults. Although excellent research now exists on children's cases, there have been discrepancies. I suggest that we need to broaden the range of observations on children's NDEs and reconsider what is known about children and the near-death phenomenon" (abstract).
Date: Autumn 1996
Creator: Atwater, P. M. H.
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The Use Of Physics In Answering Metaphysical Questions

Description: This paper by Hoyt Edge comments on Janusz Slawinski's paper "Electromagnetic Radiation and the Afterlife" by looking at Slawinski's arguments from a logical and structural point of view. Edge points out the logical shortcomings of Slawinski's arguments, and criticizes Slawinski for making bold claims upon lacking evidence. Edge gives credit to Slawinski for continuing the conversation about the afterlife, however.
Date: Winter 1987
Creator: Edge, Hoyt
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When Science is Nonscientific

Description: This paper addresses the connection that science has to philosophy and the use of presuppositions. The author critiques Slawinski's paper titled "Electromagnetic Radiation And The Afterlife" by pointing out a variety of flaws in Slawinski's reasoning.
Date: Winter 1987
Creator: Braude, Stephen E.
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Letter to the Editor: Measuring Biomagnetic Effects of NDEs

Description: Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies about P.M.H. Atwater devoting "an entire chapter of her book to the physiological aftereffects of near-death experiences (NDEs)" (abstract). This letter discusses healers that use lay-on-hands, as well as fraudulent healers, and how healers might be explained through science.
Date: Autumn 1996
Creator: Wiener, David
Partner: UNT Libraries
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