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Posted June 23, 2008
The beginning is fine since he was telling the NDE experiences of patients who had cardiac arrest. After he ran of out experiences to talk about, he basically focused on his attempt of his first research, which he didn't explain any further, then jumped into his struggles to raise funds for more advanced studies, repeating again and again the same thing about how people's NDE experience transformed them.
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Posted April 6, 2006
I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who has ever thought about the ultimate question of what happens when we die... Especially those who want answers based upon the objectivity of science. Ever since he was a medical student, Parnia MD, PhD was fascinated by what it is that makes us all unique as individuals, in other words what is the relation between the mind and the brain? Later he was touched by the experience of seeing his patients¿ die and was left with the question of what happens to the human mind and consciousness at the end of life? Disappointed that science had not seriously tried to study this question, he developed a scientific model i.e. cardiac arrest and started research into this field. This was almost 10 years ago... This book starts with a review of the subject based upon the literature. Although, this is generally where all other books on the subject stop, he however, goes further by describing how novel research was set up and taking us along with answers obtained from the first ever published scientific study to test the different theories of causation of near death experiences. Parnia's study which was published in the medical journal 'Resuscitaton' has been followed by three other independent studies carried out in the US and Holland and published in top journals such as 'The Lancet'. All these researchers including Parnia have concluded (rather significantly) that the occurrence of ¿lucid well structured thought processes together with reasoning and memory formation when the brain ceases functioning and the clinical criteria of death are met, suggest that the human mind and consciousness may continue to function at the end of life...!¿ In this book Parnia then explains how this finding relates to the problem of human consciousness, brain function as well as modern physics. I have read the other reviews on this site, in which some have been disappointed suggesting there is no study or only a small study in this book and I was frankly very surprised!!! Perhaps they did not read the book very thoroughly or perhaps they were looking for something that is not yet out there. As well as a review of the subject that is based on over one hundred published studies, there are also results from the four newly published scientific studies, including Parnia's own detailed above. This is a great book and arguably the most complete book examining what happens when we die from a scientific angle. I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone with an interest in this area. Moreover it is an easy and enjoyable read and although in parts it is serious in others it is quite light hearted. I can¿t wait to get the results of the larger multi center study that he has now started¿!
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Posted October 19, 2008
I first heard about this book from an old TIME magazine published in 2006. I ran down to the nearest BARNES & NOBLE had it ordered to my house. 4 days later I get the book. It starts off strong and was hard to put down but then NOTHING... No conclusion. I can't help but think the author should have waited to finish his study before writting a book on it. I had high hopes and intrest. Then was left feeling a bit empty handed. It's now the end of 2008 and I see no further books have been written making this book a complete waste of time. <BR/>Scottsdale, AzWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.