Mortal Minds: The Biology of near Death Experiences

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Dying is the last conscious experience undergone by each person. But what do the dying experience? In the last few decades a good deal of publicity has surrounded people who have been close to death and then reported intense experiences that seem to suggest a supernatural existence beyond death. Does the conscious mind somehow continue to exist after the body has passed away? Mortal Minds answers these questions.
Dr. G. M. Woerlee explains how the normal functioning of the human...
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Overview

Dying is the last conscious experience undergone by each person. But what do the dying experience? In the last few decades a good deal of publicity has surrounded people who have been close to death and then reported intense experiences that seem to suggest a supernatural existence beyond death. Does the conscious mind somehow continue to exist after the body has passed away? Mortal Minds answers these questions.
Dr. G. M. Woerlee explains how the normal functioning of the human body near death can generate beliefs in the reality of the supernatural and life after death. An anesthesiologist with more than twenty years of hospital experience, Dr. Woerlee has been struck over the years by the similarities between the body’s symptoms under anesthesia and its reactions near death. Among the issues he addresses are the sensations of being disembodied that those near death often describe, the perception that mind and body are separate components of existence, whether there is such a thing as a soul, the physical effects of decreased oxygen to the brain, and the visions that the dying sometimes report, from rapturous experiences of eternal peace to diabolical dreams.
While not dismissing near death experiences as mere hallucinations, Dr. Woerlee is also careful to point out that even powerful psychological impressions by themselves do not constitute scientific proof of life after death. Taking this balanced, objective stance, he succeeds in conveying a better understanding of the dying process and helping us all to realize the nature of these final experiences.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781591022831
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.83 (d)

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G. M. Woerlee (Leiden, The Netherlands) is an anesthesiologist affiliated with the Rijnland Hospital in Leiderdorp, The Netherlands, and the author of two books on anesthesiology.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Questions 11
Ch. 2 Death of the body 19
Ch. 3 Separate body, mind & soul 35
Ch. 4 Properties of the soul 43
Ch. 5 Animation by the soul 51
Ch. 6 Control by the soul 59
Ch. 7 Paranormal senses 73
Ch. 8 Dreams & visions 89
Ch. 9 The aura 107
Ch. 10 Disembodiment defined 119
Ch. 11 Sensation, body & mind 127
Ch. 12 Disembodied feelings 135
Ch. 13 Diabolical dreams 155
Ch. 14 Body, mind & soul 171
Ch. 15 Dying 177
Ch. 16 Oxygen starvation 191
Ch. 17 Dying eyes 207
Ch. 18 The experience of dying 217
Ch. 19 A vision of eternity 227
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