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Is there Life after Death?: An Examination of the Empirical Evidence

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"There exists a large body of research on topics relevant to the question of life after death. This book objectively examines that research, drawing together the observations of social science regarding such phenomena as reincarnation, near-death experiences, deathbed visions, cases of possession by dead spirits, and apparitions of the deceased. It considers possibilities including survival of consciousness and survival of personality, and reflects on the logical problems inherent in any model of postmortem survival." An extensive bibliography
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Overview

"There exists a large body of research on topics relevant to the question of life after death. This book objectively examines that research, drawing together the observations of social science regarding such phenomena as reincarnation, near-death experiences, deathbed visions, cases of possession by dead spirits, and apparitions of the deceased. It considers possibilities including survival of consciousness and survival of personality, and reflects on the logical problems inherent in any model of postmortem survival." An extensive bibliography lists hundreds of studies of phenomena that suggest the possibility of life after death.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786421169
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/19/2005
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

David Lester is a professor of psychology at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. He lives in Galloway, New Jersey.

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Table of Contents

1 Religious views on life after death 11
2 Who believes in life after death? 18
3 Near-death experiences : descriptions, frequency and types 27
4 Critical research on near-death experiences 40
5 Other research on near-death experiences 57
6 The impact of near-death experiences 62
7 Explanations for near-death experiences 70
8 Does this show there is life after death? 90
9 Introduction to reincarnation 101
10 Research on reincarnation 113
11 Reincarnation and hypnosis 132
12 Phenomena that the theory of reincarnation can explain 141
13 Conclusions about reincarnation 147
14 Apparitions of the dead 157
15 Widow hallucinations 174
16 Deathbed visions 178
17 Possession 183
18 Mediums 194
19 Poltergeists 201
20 Is there life after death? 207
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