Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience

Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience

by Pim van Lommel

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In Consciousness Beyond Life, the internationally renowned cardiologist Dr. Pim van Lommel offers ground-breaking research into whether or not our consciousness survives the death of our body. If you enjoy books about near-death experiences, such as those by Raymond Moody, Jeffrey Long, and James Van Praagh; watch televisions shows like Ghosthunters, Touched by an Angel, and Ghost Whisperer; or are interested in works that explore the intersection of faith and science, such as Spiritual Brain, Signature in the Cell, and When Science Meets Religion; you’ll find much to ponder in Consciousness Beyond Life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061997914
Publisher: HarperOne
Publication date: 06/08/2010
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 317,288
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Pim van Lommel is a world-renowned cardiologist and medical expert on near-death experiences. For more than twenty-five years he worked as a cardiologist at an eight-hundred-bed teaching hospital in the Netherlands where he began studying near-death experiences in patients who survived a cardiac arrest. In addition to his sensational study published in the distinguished British medical journal The Lancet, van Lommel has authored chapters in several books about near-death experiences and also published many articles about the subject. Over the past several years, van Lommel has been lecturing all over the world on near-death experiences and the relationship between consciousness and brain function. In 2005, he was granted the Bruce Greyson Research Award on behalf of the International Association of Near-Death Studies. In 2006, the president of India awarded him the lifetime achievement award at the World Congress on Clinical and Preventive Cardiology in New Delhi.

Table of Contents

Introduction v

1 A Near-Death Experience and Its Impact on Life 1

2 What Is a Near-Death Experience? 7

3 Changed by a Near-Death Experience 45

4 Near-Death Experiences in Childhood 71

5 There Is Nothing New Under the Sun 81

6 Research into Near-Death Experiences 105

7 The Dutch Study of Near-Death Experience 135

8 What Happens in the Brain When the Heart Suddenly Stops? 159

9 What Do We Know About Brain Function? 177

10 A Comprehensive NDE: Monique Hennequin 203

11 Quantum Physics and Consciousness 223

12 The Brain and Consciousness 257

13 The Continuity of the Changing Body 281

14 Endless Consciousness 301

15 Some Implications of NDE Studies 327

16 Epilogue 345

Appendix: The Practical Significance of NDE in Health Care 349

Acknowledgments 359

Art Credits 361

Notes 363

Glossary 397

Bibliography 411

Index 435

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