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Guest Editorial: Thomas Kuhn Revisited: Near Death Studies and Paradigm Shifts

Description: Article purporting that near-death studies can be viewed within a theoretical framework of "paradigms" and "paradigm shifts" as explicated by Thomas Kuhn. Assuming the validity of Kuhn's model, it hypothesizes that the paradigm of today's "normal science" is shifting to a new paradigm to accommodate data from near-death studies.
Date: Autumn 1990
Creator: Serdahely, William J.
Partner: UNT Libraries

A Comparison of Retrospective Accounts of Childhood Near-Death Experiences with Contemporary Pediatric Near-Death Experience Accounts

Description: Study comparing five childhood near-death experiences (NDEs) reported by adults and another five NDEs reported by minors, in terms of Ring's five NDE stages, Greyson's four NDE components, Moody and Perry's 12 NDE traits, Sabom's 16 general characteristics, and Gallup and Proctor's 10 basic positive experiences.
Date: Summer 1991
Creator: Serdahely, William J.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Variations from the Prototypic Near-Death Experience: The "Individually Tailored" Hypothesis

Description: Study of firsthand accounts of near-death experiences (NDEs), which revealed a number of variations from the prototypic NDE description, including feeling judged during a life review, seeing a nondeceased friend in the tunnel, experiencing no pain upon returning to the physical body, and crossing a barrier before being sent back.
Date: Spring 1995
Creator: Serdahely, William J.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Similarities Between Near-Death Experiences and Multiple Personality Disorder

Description: Abstract: In this paper I compare the phenomenology of near-death experiences to that of multiple personality disorder. The comparison reveals a number of similarities, including out-of-body experiences, the transcendental environment, encounter with the higher self, possible temporal lobe involvement, and antecedent child abuse. Rather than being disparate and unrelated experiences, I suggest that the near-death experience and multiple personality disorder may be variants of the same basic phenomenological pattern.
Date: Autumn 1992
Creator: Serdahely, William J.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Pediatric Near-Death Experiences

Description: Article reviewing one previously reported and three new pediatric near-death experiences (NDEs), in which the experiencers were interviewed as children, and which suggests that the childhood core NDE as described by Melvin Morse and colleagues may be expanded to include feeling pain-free, seeing a light at the tunnel's end, entering the light, and time alteration.
Date: Autumn 1990
Creator: Serdahely, William J.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Loving Help from the Other Side: A Mosaic of Some Near-Death, and Near-Death-Like, Experiences

Description: Article purporting that persons who have Stage 5 or Transcendental near-death experience frequently report they were given a message that they should be more loving and helpful to others upon returning to their bodies. On the other hand, some persons who have had near-death, or near-death-like, experiences report receiving loving help from "the other side." The author proposes that these reports are evidence that the other side "practices what it preaches."
Date: Spring 1992
Creator: Serdahely, William J.
Partner: UNT Libraries

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., Ph.D.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Historical Perspectives on Near-Death Phenomena

Description: Abstract: The authors present an introductory overview of the history of near-death phenomena, followed by a synopsis of near-death research representative of three historical eras: 1880s-1930s; 1930s-1960; and 1960 to the present.
Date: Winter 1990
Creator: Walker, Barbara A. & Serdahely, William J.
Partner: UNT Libraries

The Near-Death Experience of a Nonverbal Person with Congenital Quadriplegia

Description: Abstract: This article describes the near-death experience (NDE) a 39-year-old man born with severe spastic quadriplegia had when he was two and one-half years old. Nonverbal because of cerebral palsy, the man was able to communicate about his experience after he heard a therapist talking to another person about NDEs. The man experienced a fairly typical NDE and has had seven subsequent out-of-body experiences, the latter hypothesized as temporary relief from his physical pain resulting from muscular spasticity.
Date: Winter 1990
Creator: Serdahely, William J. & Walker, Barbara A.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Three Near-Death Experiences with Premonitions of What Could Have Been

Description: Abstract: We analyze three near-death experiences involving a unique type of prophetic vision that has not previously been reported in the literature. These visions involve a brief glimpse of what circumstances would have been like for the near-death experiencers' family in the aftermath of the experiencers' deaths, had they actually died.
Date: Spring 1991
Creator: Walker, Barbara A.; Serdahely, William J. & Bechtel, Lori
Partner: UNT Libraries