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Science and the Near-death Experience: How Consciousness Survives Death,9781594773563

Science and the Near-death Experience: How Consciousness Survives Death



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Materialistic thinking suggests that perceptions of life after death are a creation of the brain. Armed with evidence from scientific studies, Chris Carter shows that consciousness does not depend on the brain, and that near-death experiences may truly provide a glimpse of an awaiting afterlife.

Author Biography

Chris Carter received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Oxford. The author of Parapsychology and the Skeptics, he currently lives in China.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Does Consciousness Depend on the Brain?
Ancient and Modern Theoriesp. 6
Objections of Skepticsp. 19
Opinions from Neurosciencep. 24
Physics and Consciousnessp. 32
Are Memories Stored in the Brain?p. 81
Theories of Lifep. 87
The Near-Death Experience
Reports from the Brinkp. 104
Into the Abyss: Horrific Near-Death Experiencesp. 127
Near-Death Experiences across Culturesp. 136
Proposed Psychological Explanationsp. 150
Proposed Physiological Explanationsp. 160
Experiencing Death through Drugs?p. 185
The "Dying Brain" Theory of Susan Blackmorep. 201
Veridical Near-Death Experiencesp. 216
Near-Death Experiences of People Who Are Blindp. 230
The Scientific Challenge to Materialismp. 235
The Near-Death Experience as Evidence for Survivalp. 245
Deathbed Visions
Reports from England to Indiap. 254
Alternative Explanationsp. 261
Comparison with the Near-Death Experiencep. 268
Epilogue: Nextp. 270
Notesp. 271
Bibliographyp. 283
Indexp. 297
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