The Near Death Experience: A Reader

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Overview

The Near Death Experience: A Reader is the most comprehensive collection of NDE cases and interpretations ever assembled. This book encompasses a broad range of disciplines: psychological researchers discuss cognitive models and Jungian theories of meaningful archetypal phenomena; the biological perspectivedescribes how brains near death may produce soothing endorphins, optical illusions, and convincing hallucinations. Philosophers present empirical analyses and images in archetypal theories, and the symbolic language of comparative phenomenological theories. Christian, Jewish and Mormon responses to NDEs outline the religious perspective, and the mystical and spiritual interpretations of NDEs are also explored.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The 24 essays and book excerpts in this volume provide a comprehensive, interdisciplinary study of near-death experience (NDE), including cases and interpretations. Documentation of NDE goes back to the time of Plato and continues to stir public interest on talk shows as people connect by sharing their stories of 'coming back from the edge of death.' What has happened? Why is it not always a pleasant experience for all people? Why are there the same basic bird's-eye scenarios? Answers come from writers such as Raymond Moody and Betty Eadie, who focus on the spiritual nature of NDE. Carl Jung's psychology of the inner self, based on his NDE, is among the essays' highlights. Additional writings, such as the essay by Karl Jansen, focus on the role of chemicals the brain produces in times of crisis.
Library Journal
The 24 essays and book excerpts in this volume provide a comprehensive, interdisciplinary study of near-death experience (NDE), including cases and interpretations. Documentation of NDE goes back to the time of Plato and continues to stir public interest on talk shows as people connect by sharing their stories of 'coming back from the edge of death.' What has happened? Why is it not always a pleasant experience for all people? Why are there the same basic bird's-eye scenarios? Answers come from writers such as Raymond Moody and Betty Eadie, who focus on the spiritual nature of NDE. Carl Jung's psychology of the inner self, based on his NDE, is among the essays' highlights. Additional writings, such as the essay by Karl Jansen, focus on the role of chemicals the brain produces in times of crisis.
Booknews
Near-death experiences -- a collection of 24 interdisciplinary essays interpreting and debating the phenomenon. The selections examine the experience from biological, psychological, philosophical, and religious points of view, offering insights from people who have 'gone into the light,' visionary evaluations from Jung and von Franz, and neuroscientific estimations of what other authors consider a mystical experience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415914307
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/28/1996
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
A Note on the Text
Introduction 1
1 The Light Beyond: The Experience of Almost Dying 25
2 Through the Light and Beyond 39
3 Embraced by the Light 53
4 Saved by the Light 61
5 Unknown Well-Known Near-Death Experiences: Peter Sellers, Eddie Rickenbacker, Plato, and Black Elk 71
6 My Life After Dying 87
7 Visions/Life After Death 101
8 On Dreams and Death 113
9 The Archetype of Death and Enlightenment 127
10 Being of Light: Dreaming the Vision Onward 145
11 The Near-Death Experience: A Staircase to Heaven? 157
12 Near-Death Experiences: Implications for Human Evolution and Planetary Transformation 179
13 Near-Death Experiences: Relevance to the Question of Survival After Death 199
14 Distressing Near-Death Experiences 207
15 What Is Not Being Said About the Near-Death Experience 231
16 Near-Death Reports: Evidence for Survival of Death? 245
17 Neuroscience, Ketamine, and the Near-Death Experience: The Role of Glutamate and the NMDA Receptor 265
18 Near-Death Experiences: In or Out of the Body? 283
19 Parting Visions: A New Scientific Paradigm 299
20 Who Might Survive the Death of the Body? 319
21 Evaluating Near-Death Testimony 329
22 The Near-Death Experience and the Perennial Wisdom 357
23 Mysticism and the Near-Death Experience 369
24 The No-Thing-ness of Near-Death Experiences 385
Bibliography 403
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