Paranormal Experience and Survival of Death / Edition 1

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Reviews accounts of demon-possession, memories of past lives, ghostly apparitions, and out-of-body experiences collected from Europe, Asia, and the Americas over the past century; and examines the tension between religious and scientific perspectives on the phenomena, the medical evidence, and the taboo on studying such subjects in the social sciences. Paper edition (unseen), $18.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791414767
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1993
  • Series: SUNY Series in Western Esoteric Traditions
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Proof of Reincarnation?

Phenomena Not Considered



Child Prodigies

Mediumism and Spiritualism

Phenomena Considered

Spontaneous Possession

Hypnotic Age-Regression

Spontaneous Memories of Former Lives

Objections to the Phenomena as Evidence of Survival

Refusal to Accept the Evidence

Objections to Population Increase and Lack of Memories

Normal but Forgotten Memories?

The Super-ESP Hypothesis

Objections to All Super-ESP Hypotheses

Chapter 2: Invisible Bodies?

Phenomena Not Considered


Phantom Limbs


Hauntings of Place

Phenomena Considered


Out-of-Body Experiences (OBEs)

Objections to the Phenomena as Evidence of Survival

Refusal to Accept the Existence of the Evidence

Theoretical Objections about Animals and Doppelgängers

Normal or Physiological Explanations

Super-ESP Theories


Chapter 3: The Heart of Near-Death Experiences

Phenomena Not Considered


The Life-Review

Physiologically Explicable Sounds and Lights

Phenomena Considered

Deathbed Visions Down Through History

Visions of Departed Relatives or Friends

Visions of Religious Figures

Visions of Another World

Objections to the Phenomena as Evidence of Survival

Patients Pronounced Dead were Not Really Dead

Patients' Visions were Hallucinations

Siegel's Similarities

NDEs are Defense Mechanisms or Mental Disease

Attacks on the Veridicality of NDEs

Super-ESP Accounts for True Information in NDEs

Chapter 4: Philosophy of Science

The Ontology of Modern Physics

Views of Physical Entities

Views of the "Nature of Things"

Compatibility of Physics and Parapsychology

Unresolved Philosophical Questions

Rational Objections to Paranormal Evidence



Inherent Probabilities

Survival Research as Empirical Science

Nonrational Objections to Paranormal Evidence

Psychological Resistance to Cognitive Dissonance

Intellectual Resistance to Reeducation and Paradigm Shift

Religious Resistance to Heretical or Occult Forces

Social Resistance and Fear of Ridicule

Chapter 5: A Model of Resistance and Change in the Sciences

Rejection of the Evidence

Refusal to Consider

Discrediting by Association

Criticism by Authority


Limiting Opportunities for Publication

Suppression of Academic Fraternity, Opportunities and Funds


Independent Growth


Professional Organizations

Grants and Funding

Assimilation and Acceptance

Recognition without Paradigm Conversion

Paradigm Conversion by Personal Persuasion

Nonconversion and Supersession of the New Paradigm

Public Opinion and Scientific Change

Chapter 6: What Will the Next World Be Like?

The Wide Range of Experiences at Death


An Apparitional World

Ethereal Bodies Reconcilable with Materialism

Astral Bodies are Not Enough

An Idealist Next World

A Nonmaterialist Hypothesis?

Personhood and Personal Identification

The End: A New Beginning




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