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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

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

The Near-Death Experience: An Integration of Cultural, Spiritual, and Physical Perspectives

Description: Article exploring two conflicting perspectives: that the near-death experience (NDE) is a glimpse into an after-death state and that it is the result of a dying brain, as well as a third perspective that NDEs are culturally determined. The author proposes an integrated model in which all three perspectives are viewed with equal weight.
Date: Autumn 1999
Creator: Paulson, Daryl S.
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