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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.
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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
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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
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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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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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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., L.H.D.
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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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Letter to the Editor: NDEs and Archetypes

Description: Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies where Michael Grosso requests that Scott Rogo not dismiss his paper casually before giving it a chance. Grosso elaborates on the details that he feels are important in correcting Rogo's perspective about his paper.
Date: Autumn 1984
Creator: Grosso, Michael
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