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Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death by Pim Van Lommel

By Pim Van Lommel

As a heart specialist, Pim van Lommel used to be struck by means of the variety of his sufferers who claimed to have near-death studies due to their middle assaults. As a scientist, this was once tough for him to simply accept: Wouldn't or not it's scientifically irresponsible of him to disregard the facts of those tales? confronted with this difficulty, van Lommel made up our minds to layout a examine research to enquire the phenomenon less than the managed atmosphere of a cluster of hospitals with a medically educated employees.

For greater than two decades van Lommel systematically studied such near-death reports in a wide selection of sanatorium sufferers who survived a cardiac arrest. In 2001, he and his fellow researchers released his learn on near-death studies within the popular scientific magazine The Lancet. the thing prompted a global sensation because it used to be the 1st scientifically rigorous examine of this phenomenon. Now to be had for the 1st time in English, van Lommel deals an in-depth presentation of his effects and theories during this ebook that has already bought over 125,000 copies in Europe.

Van Lommel presents medical facts that the near-death phenomenon is an actual adventure that can not be attributed to mind's eye, psychosis, or oxygen deprivation. He extra unearths that once any such profound event, such a lot patients' personalities suffer an everlasting switch. In van Lommel's opinion, the present perspectives at the courting among the mind and cognizance held by way of so much physicians, philosophers, and psychologists are too slim for a formal figuring out of the phenomenon. In Consciousness past Life, van Lommel indicates that our cognizance doesn't constantly coincide with mind capabilities and that, remarkably and considerably, cognizance can also be skilled become independent from the physique.

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How do we explain the continuity of this constantly changing body? Cells are building blocks comparable to the building blocks of a house, but who designs, plans, and coordinates the construction of a house? Not the building blocks themselves. So the obvious question is: What explains the construction and coordination of the ever-changing body from one second to the next? All bodies function the same on a biochemical and physiological level, yet all people are different. The cause of this difference is not just physical.

This raises the question: do we human beings equal our bodies, or do we have bodies? Just over 50 percent of the population of the Netherlands is relatively confident that death is the end of everything. These people believe that the death of our bodies marks the end of our identities, our thoughts, and our memories, and that death is the end of our consciousness. In contrast, approximately 40 to 50 percent of Dutch people believe in some form of afterlife. In the United States between 72 percent (male 67 percent and female 76 percent) and 74 percent of people believe in life after death.

Regrettably, people with an NDE are still too often dismissed as dreamers, fantasists, attention seekers, or confused patients. Chapter 4 focuses on near-death experiences in children because it seems highly unlikely that their experiences could be the result of any outside influence. Young children recall the same NDE elements as adults and are also noticeably different from their contemporaries after an NDE. In chapter 5 I cite historical writings from Europe and Asia to show that experiences of an enhanced and endless consciousness and the idea of consciousness after physical death are not new but feature prominently in these writings.

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