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Essential Features of Eight Published Muslim Near-Death Experiences: An Addendum to Joel Ibrahim Krep's "The Search for Muslim Near-Death Experiences"

Description: Abstract: Among other authors, Joel Ibrahim Kreps (2009) has recently published accounts of Muslim near-death experiences (NDEs). With the present paper, we aim to contribute to the growing number of non-Western NDE reports by providing summaries of eight additional Muslim NDEs, seven translated from the original Italian source (Giovetta, 2007) and one from an English source (Lerma, 2009), and to provide references for further reading. In addition, we highlighted noteworthy features of these eight summarized NDE accounts. Although the documentation standard of the available cases is generally low, these accounts indicate that the structure and contents of NDEs from many non-Western Muslim communities are largely similar to those reported in the Western NDE literature. In his report, Kreps concluded that Muslim NDEs are rare and that Muslims have fewer NDEs than do non-Muslim Westerners and non-Muslim non-Westerners such as the Chinese. However, we found that the number of Muslim NDE accounts available today seem to indicate that Muslim NDEs are not as rare as Kreps concluded.
Date: Autumn 2010
Creator: Nahm, Michael & Nicolay, Joachim
Partner: UNT Libraries

The Emerging Intelligence and Its Critical Look at Us

Description: Abstract: In response to Susan Gunn's editorial, I offer a less comforting but more utilitarian perspective on the life and death of artificial consciousness. Admittedly an unpopular view, it suggests that concurrence with Gunn's message represents the seeds of our own destruction, as an emerging synthetic intelligence begins to extinguish us.
Date: Autumn 1998
Creator: Thaler, Stephen L.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Afterward: Making Meaning After a Frightening Near-Death Experience

Description: Abstract: The routes by which individuals attribute meaning to a near-death experience (NDE) appear to be similar, whether the experience was radiant or terrifying. This article explores three such avenues in relation to frightening experiences. I argue that resisting a terrifying NDE is likely to intensify fearfulness in an individual, and also that a similar effect occurs within society when this type of experience is resisted and misunderstood. The article concludes with an approach to synthesis and suggested techniques that may be useful in integrating the experience.
Date: Winter 2002
Creator: Bush, Nancy Evans
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Near-Death Experience by Proxy: A Case Study

Description: Abstract: A recent interview with a 34-year-old man, currently serving a life sentence for murder, revealed a remarkable case of "near-death experience by proxy." The phenomenological features of the experience unfolded typically, with some slight variation in content. The immediate drastic changes in attitude and belief following the experience are described.
Date: Summer 1990
Creator: Sutherland, Cherie
Partner: UNT Libraries

Near-Death Visions of Unborn Children: Indications of a Pre-Earth Life

Description: Abstract: A limited number of accounts of near-death visions that include unborn children suggest a life before birth. The unborn children in these visions have been described as spirits, as children or children but full-grown, and as residing in another world, perhaps different from the realm of the afterlife. The arrival of these children into our earthly world is similar to the departure of near-death experiencers into the other world.
Date: Winter 1992
Creator: Lundahl, Craig R.
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The Near-Death Experience as a Shamanic Initiation: A Case Study

Description: Abstract: The field of near-death studies shares a number of interesting, often compelling, similarities with the ancient spiritual tradition known as shamanism. Not least among these similarities is the fact that a near-death experience (NDE) is a time-honored form of shamanic initiation. I present a case example illustrating how a deep NDE can propel a person who had no prior knowledge or interest in shamanism into spontaneous, often classic, shamanic experiences, while living an apparently normal life in the midst of modern Western society.
Date: Summer 2001
Creator: Green, J. Timothy
Partner: UNT Libraries

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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Letter to the Editor: D. Scott Rogo Replies

Description: Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies fixing a misunderstanding between D. Scott Rogo and Dr. Grosso. Rogo points out the issues he takes with Grosso's way of responding to his paper, where Grosso was referenced for an element of his work.
Date: Autumn 1984
Creator: Rogo, D. Scott
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The Near-Death Experience in Children: Shades of the Prison-House Reopening

Description: Abstract: "Some critics have argued that the near-death experience (NDE) is merely a culturally conditioned response to a life crisis, a reflection of expectations engendered by education, religious training, social mores, and family traditions. A review of seventeen accounts of NDEs in children, including two youngsters still in childhood, indicates that NDEs that occur at early ages appear to be substantially similar in content to adult experiences. These accounts suggest that cultural conditioning is not a primary determinant of NDE contents."
Date: December 1983
Creator: Bush, Nancy Evans
Partner: UNT Libraries

Near-Death and Out-of-Body Experiences in a Melanesian Society

Description: Abstract: "The texts of three near-death experiences, one vision, and one dream by Melanesian villagers are presented and analyzed with regard to their cultural context. Comparison of these experiences with those reported from North America and India suggests that while they have common features (such as the appearance of apparitions, and visions of paradise), their interpretation is structured by cultural expectations."
Date: December 1983
Creator: Counts, Dorothy Ayers
Partner: UNT Libraries