Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences [NOOK Book]

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Evidence of the Afterlife shares the firsthand accounts of people who have died and lived to tell about it. Through their work at the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, radiation oncologist Jeffrey Long and his wife, Jody, have gathered thousands of accounts of near-death experiences (NDEs) from all over the world. In addition to sharing the personal narrative of their experiences, visitors to the website are asked to fill out a one hundred–item questionnaire designed to isolate specific elements of the ...

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Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences

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Overview

Evidence of the Afterlife shares the firsthand accounts of people who have died and lived to tell about it. Through their work at the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, radiation oncologist Jeffrey Long and his wife, Jody, have gathered thousands of accounts of near-death experiences (NDEs) from all over the world. In addition to sharing the personal narrative of their experiences, visitors to the website are asked to fill out a one hundred–item questionnaire designed to isolate specific elements of the experience and to flag counterfeit accounts.

The website has become the largest NDE research database in the world, containing over 1,600 NDE accounts. The people whose stories are captured in the database span all age groups, races, and religious affiliations and come from all over the world, yet the similarities in their stories are as awe-inspiring as they are revealing. Using this treasure trove of data, Dr. Long explains how medical evidence fails to explain these reports and why there is only one plausible explanation—that people have survived death and traveled to another dimension.

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Editorial Reviews

Spirituality and Practice
“Long answers skeptics . . . does a fine job of summarizing some of the transformative changes from NDEs.... The end result of all this testimony, according to Long, is ‘there is life after death.’”
Time.com
“Is there life after death? ...Radiation oncologist Dr. Jeffrey Long argues that if you look at the scientific evidence, the answer is unequivocally yes. Drawing on a decade’s worth of research on near-death experiences... he makes the case for that controversial conclusion.”
Raymond Moody
“Dr. Jeff Long and journalist Paul Perry have done a phenomenal job in clarifying current events in the study of near-death experiences. Dr. Long’s work is leading us closer to a rational solution of the afterlife mystery.”
Mario Beauregard
“This important book about near-death experiences provides compelling evidence that mind and consciousness cannot be reduced to brain activity.”
Dannion and Kathryn Brinkley
“If someone asked for proof that life after death exists, refer them to this book. Dr. Long and Paul Perry have gone way beyond faith and into science, providing us with well-documented proof of what we have known absolutely for 35 years - there is life after death.”
Time Magazine.com
"Is there life after death? ...Radiation oncologist Dr. Jeffrey Long argues that if you look at the scientific evidence, the answer is unequivocally yes. Drawing on a decade’s worth of research on near-death experiences... he makes the case for that controversial conclusion."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061887734
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/19/2010
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 49,051
  • File size: 303 KB

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Long, M.D., is a radiation oncologist in Houma, Louisiana, and has appeared on NBC's Today Show, ABC's World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, FOX's The O'Reilly Factor, and The Learning Channel. Long has also served on the board of directors of the International Association for Near-Death Studies and established the nonprofit Near Death Experience Research Foundation and the NDERF website.

Raymond Moody, MD, PhD, is a world-renowned author, lecturer, and psychiatrist whose seminal work, Life After Life, changed the way we view death and dying. He is widely acknowledged as the world's leading expert on near-death experiences.

Paul Perry is an internationally bestselling author who has co-written nine books on near-death experiences.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 First Encounters 21

2 Journey Toward Understanding 31

3 Proof #1: Lucid Death 53

4 Proof #2: Out of Body 69

5 Proof #3: Blind Sight 83

4 Proof #4: Impossibly Conscious 93

7 Proof #5: Perfect Playback 107

8 Proof #6: Family Reunion 121

9 Proof #7: From The Mouths of Babes 135

10 Proof #8: Worldwide Consistency 149

11 Proof #9: Changed Lives 173

Conclusion 199

Notes 203

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

    fascinating, scientific, well researched, and loads of stories of people's experiences

    Excellent book full of science, biology, neurology, and research studies interwoven with many accounts of near death experiences. The book is based on the author's own exhaustive study based on a lenghty survey he developed that has been taken by over 2300 people over the world who report their own experiences. Designed to fulfill the research qualities of validity and reliability, this survey finds that no matter the age, language, nationality, or religious/faith background, the near death, or death with revival, experiences are stunningly the same for everyone. Some last longer and therefore include more components, but in the 'end' we all go into a peaceful, totally conscious, wondrous state, which appears to be just the beginning of a new and better existence. Part science text book and part narrative, I couldn't put this book down. it will blow away scientifically every possibility you've heard for this experience, e.g. that misfiring, chaotic nerves in the dying brain cause a hallucination of feeling like you're floating above your dying body. I highly encourage anyone who wonders 'whats next?', or 'what did my loved one feel?', to read this book. And I suppose my highest praise is that i would take the time to tediously type this out with one finger om my nook!

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2010

    Excellent work

    Finally, a scientific look at the elements of the near-death experience. Jeff Long has spent years exploring this subject through his website, www.nderf.org, and has now translated his findings.

    The proof of life after death is amazing and represents a giant step forward for near-death studies.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2010

    Ask Yourself if Seeing a 5 Star Rating Lessens the Value of a Review

    Intellectual honesty and objectivity is at the core of this book, which will no doubt gain more and more validity within the scientific community as time and research goes on. The author asks rhetorically, what could be more important than delving into the age-old question of what happens to "us" when we die? The author, at one time an agnostic in regards to his belief in "higher powers" and "heaven", uses scientific method to analyze thousands of documented near death experiences or NDEs and reaches salient conclusions of the existence of an afterlife based on circumstantial evidence, which is evidence nonetheless and as any lawyer will tell you can be more conclusive than a first hand account. In the book a doctor is quoted as saying "Physicians must be wary of accepting religious belief as scientific data." The author adds "Equal caution should be exercised in accepting scientific belief as scientific data." In science, the axiom holds true that the more we know, the more we learn how much we don't know. For the atheist, it must be a conundrum to ask oneself if they are open-minded enough to explore the possibility that something may cause them to question their core belief, usually based on scientific acumen of irrefutable proof. "Absence of proof is not proof of absence" ... and you just might find this book a tad enlightening ... to be intellectually honest. :-}

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    Excellent and thought-provoking!

    I very much enjoyed reading this book. It was well researched and so fascinating. I think it could have been longer to go into more detail about what the NDErs learned. By this I mean that many times in the book the NDErs mention that during their NDE they were made aware of many secrets and knowledge, but specifics were not shared. The book is based on Dr. Long's NDERF website and I will definitely go to that website to read more and maybe I will find answers there. I find it interesting that NDEs are very similar for people all over the world and in all different cultures, with people of different beliefs! I highly recommend this book to everyone!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2010

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    facts for the after life

    "evidence of the afterlife" is a very remarkable bestseller writtion by dr. jeffrey long who has done some remarkable surveys and interviews with people who have comeback from near death expeiences and looked into alot of medical background research to conclude that there is a after life after all. great gift idea for a friend or family member

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

    Excellent Research. Highly effective.

    Very convincing research. He has spent a lot of time and effort to address all aspects of the subject as well as effectively answer the criticisms of detractors. Highly recommended.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2012

    Great book for the close-minded

    I do like that the author uses some simple facts to convince you that these people are not just seeing things or hallucinating their experiences, though the quotes from the people are definitely what makes this book amazing.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2012

    Evidence of the Afterlife

    Think how comforting it would be to know what happens when we die. "Evidence of the Afterlife" is written by an MD, and of all the books on the afterlife that I've read, it is the most uplifting and realistic.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2012

    Highly recommended

    Of all the books I've read on this subject, this was certainly the most believable. Dr. Long offers fully substantiated validation for a subject sometimes considered to be a little contentious. Although there is a lot of scientific jargon, I found it to be an easy read and fully enjoyed it. I have also recommended the book to people who have recently lost a loved one because I think it answers their questions about the afterlife.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2011

    Evidence from a Medical Doctor

    With no agenda. People will rate 1 star because it conflicts with their beliefs that God isnt real or an afterlife isnt real, etc. Ignore those and argue the evidence presented, not personal beliefs.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2011

    Highly recommend this book

    Having had a NDE myself, I was gratified to find my experience was so similar to others. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has had such an experience or for anyone who would like to learn more about it.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2010

    Great Read for those with an open mind regarding what is most likely something we will all experience in our future.

    This is an outstanding collection of near death experiences (NDE)stories collected and analyzed in a scientific method. It expounds upon previous work of Dr. Raymond Moody in his book on the subject which was published in 1975 entitled Life after Life. Numerous other publications have been made since that time with thousands of case studies.

    The experiences related through this work will be easy for many of us to accept if we already believe in the hereafter or come to this book with an open mind. However, I feel that many in the scientific and medical world (MD's, not nurses or other clinicians) will still find the concept hard to swallow. Just like Big Foot, many of these critics, the NDE will not be believed until there is physical proof.

    Energy can not be neither created nor destroyed. There must be some physical evidence demonstrated in a controlled environment which can prove that a spirit does indeed depart the physical body upon death.

    Hopefully such research can be accomplished in the coming years that can ultimately prove that life does indeed continue after life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Good evidence of an afterlife

    This book is in some respects more of a scientific and medical explanation of near death experiences. It tends to be repetitious in parts, but is a good medical explanation of near death experiences and why they support a belief in an afterlife. The author uses his research to counter the skeptics claims. It would have been more helpful to have provided more of the stories of those persons who have experienced such events. It is particularly revealing that young children or people from other countries undergoing such near death events relate the same or similar afterlife experiences as those who are older.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2010

    Excellent and inspiring read!!

    There is a life beyond earth that is even more beautiful than words could ever describe!
    Truly amazing to read the stories of peoples life after death experiences and how it changed their lives. Doctor did a good job proving this is not just a similar dream that people are having all over the world! From children to adults they all experience similar life after death experiences that make you want to keep reading to the end. Couldn't put the book down!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2013

    DON'T BELIEVE THE "RATING" OF THIS BOOK! Because B&am

    DON'T BELIEVE THE "RATING" OF THIS BOOK! Because B&N allows Anonymous users to post a 1-5 star rating without being required to enter any text, the rating is bogus.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    hi

    is this 4 christans

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2010

    The "evidence" seems circumstantial

    I am enjoying this book very much, and agree with the author's conclusions. I just feel the word "evidence" is misleading.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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