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Guest Editorial: The Near-Death Experience: An Ancient Truth, a Modern Mystery

Description: Article discussing the near-death experience (NDE) as an experience of wholeness, an adventure in consciousness, and a metaphoric encounter with light. It links theoretical physics with the occult, the Primordial Tradition, and various religious belief systems. Where science sees mystery, religion sees metaphoric truth; the NDE as spiritual quest and physical encounter beckons to both disciplines for explanation.
Date: Spring 1990
Creator: Fenske, Elizabeth W.
Partner: UNT Libraries

The Near-Death Experience and the Taoism of Chuang Tzu

Description: Article comparing excerpts from Chuang Tzu's writings and the descriptions of near-death experiencers (NDErs). Similarities between the beliefs of NDErs and those of Taoist patriarch Chuang Tzu suggest that NDErs have experienced a kind of awakening that leads them to reject conventional attitudes toward life and death.
Date: Spring 1990
Creator: Hermann, E. J.
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Near-Death Encounters with and without Near-Death Experiences: Comparative NDE Scale Profiles

Description: Abstract: In a retrospective study contrasting the near-death encounters of 183 persons who reported near-death experiences and 63 persons who reported no near-death experience, the two groups did not differ in age, gender, or time elapsed since the near-death encounter. Near-death experiencers reported all 16 items of the NDE Scale significantly more often than did nonexperiencers.
Date: Spring 1990
Creator: Greyson, Bruce
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Community Attitudes Toward Near-Death Experiences: A Chinese Study

Description: Abstract: In a survey of Chinese attitudes toward near-death experiences (NDEs), 197 respondents were read a hypothetical description of an NDE and asked to choose from a range of explanations and social reactions that might approximate their own. Fifty-eight percent of respondents believed that NDEs were probably hallucinations or dreams. Less than nine percent believed the NDE was evidence of life after death. Rural and younger persons were more likely to react positively to NDErs. The results are discussed with reference to an earlier Australian study by Kellehear and Heaven (1989).
Date: Spring 1990
Creator: Kellehear, Allan; Heaven, Patrick & Gao, Jia
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Journal of Near-Death Studies, Volume 8, Number 3, Spring 1990

Description: Quarterly journal publishing papers related to near-death experiences, including research reports; theoretical or conceptual statements; expressions of a scientific, philosophic, religious, or historical perspective on the study of near-death experiences; cross-cultural studies; individual case histories; and personal accounts of experiences or related phenomena.
Date: Spring 1990
Creator: Greyson, Bruce
Partner: UNT Libraries

Letters to the Editor

Description: Two letters written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the following topics: "Near-Death Experiences and Homo noeticus" and "Prophetic visions and the 'Inner Self Helper'."
Date: Spring 1990
Creator: White, John & Punzak, Dan
Partner: UNT Libraries