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Death Is Not Final
From the Panel
For: EBEN ALEXANDER
- My Experience in Coma
Eben Alexander, AANS Neurosurgeon, Volume 21, Number 2, 2012My coma taught me many things. First and foremost, near-death experiences, and related mystical states of awareness, reveal crucial truths about the nature of existence.
- Proof of Heaven: A Doctor’s Experience with the Afterlife
Eben Alexander, Newsweek, October 8, 2012Death is not the end of consciousness but rather a chapter in a vast, and incalculably positive, journey.
- Science of Heaven
Eben Alexander, Newsweek, November 18, 2012Most doctors, and most scientists today, are confusing the fact that consciousness and brain activity are related (which they certainly are) with the opinion that the brain actually produces that consciousness.
- Dr. Eben Alexander on the Medical Mystery of Near-Death Experience
Alex Tsakiris, Skeptiko, October 23, 2012An interview with Dr. Eben Alexander about his new book, Proof of Heaven, and the medical mystery of his NDE.
- Neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander’s Near-Death Experience Defies Medical Model of Consciousness
Alex Tsakiris, Skeptiko, November 22, 2011This interview reveals how a near-death experience changed everything neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander thought he knew about consciousness, spirituality, and life after death.
For: RAYMOND MOODY
- Interview with Raymond Moody on Life After Life
Daniel Redwood, 1995People who return from the brink of death after NDEs lose their fear of death, and in most cases find themselves adopting a new perspective on life.
- Dr. Raymond Moody on Understanding Near-Death Experiences as Nonsense
Alex Tsakiris, Skeptiko, June 12, 2012An interview with psychologist and renowned NDE researcher Dr. Raymond Moody, discussing how our language and system of logic limits our understanding of NDE accounts.
- Shared Death Experiences: New Horizons of Rational Study of the Afterlife
Raymond Moody, International Associate for Near-Death Studies 2011 Annual Conference, September 2, 2011This lecture presents a phenomenology of shared death experiences demonstrating an uninterrupted continuum with near-death experiences.
- Life After Life
Dr. Jeffrey Mishlove, Thinking Allowed, circa 1986Dr. Raymond Moody discusses the character and quality of near-death experiences, and their significance for understanding the collective unconscious. Transcript available here.
- Raymond Moody, Man Behind 'Near-Death Experience' Ponders the Afterlife
Piet Levy, Huffington Post, April 12, 2012In his new memoir, Paranormal: My Life in Pursuit of the Afterlife, the 67-year-old Moody reflects on his fascination with death, the effect of his life's work, and trying to figure out what it's all meant.
Against: SEAN CARROLL
- Physics and the Immortality of the Soul
Sean Carroll, Scientific American, May 23, 2011Among advocates for life after death, nobody even tries to sit down and do the hard work of explaining how the basic physics of atoms and electrons would have to be altered in order for this to be true.
- From Particles to People
Sean Carroll, James Randi Educational Foundation, July 2012Theoretical physicist Sean Carroll uses science to explore the nature of humanity, live on stage at The Amaz!ng Meeting (TAM) 2012.
- Reluctance to Let Go
Sean Carroll, Preposterous Universe, June 16, 2010There is no life after death; there’s no spiritual essence that can preserve a human consciousness outside its physical body.
- Abortion and the Architecture of Reality
Sean Carroll, Discover, June 4, 2009Living organisms are just very complicated chemical reactions, not vessels that rely on supernatural essences or mystical élan vital to keep them chugging along.
For: STEVEN NOVELLA
- Proof of Heaven?
Steven Novella, NeurologicaBlog, October 11, 2012Refuting Eben Alexander’s claims that there is no scientific explanation for his NDE, Novella offers several.
- Your Deceptive Mind
Steven Novella, James Randi Educational Foundation, July 2012Steven Novella, M.D. talks about neuroscience and the nature of consciousness at The Amaz!ng Meeting (TAM) 2012.
- Near-Death Experience Research Debate with Dr. Steven Novella
Alex Tsakiris, Skeptiko, May 2010Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for a two-part series with Yale University Neurologist, Dr. Steven Novella, discussing his skepticism of NDE research claims. Part two available here.
- Near Death Experiences
Steven Novella et al, The Skeptics’ Guide 5x5, May 22, 2009This podcast episode of the Skeptics' Guide 5x5 features five skeptics discussing near death experiences. Transcript available here.
- Studying Near Death Experiences
Steven Novella, NeurologicaBlog, September 19, 2008The burden of proof for anyone claiming that NDEs are evidence for the survival of the self beyond the physical function of the brain is to rule out other more prosaic explanations. This burden has not been met.
ARTICLES FOR & AGAINST
- Near Death Experience with Bruce Greyson
Essentials of Noetic Sciences Teleseminar Series, October 10, 2013Bruce Greyson discusses how cumulative research into near death experiences challenges both a classical physical view of reality, and an exclusively neuroscience-based view of consciousness.
- Is Death an Illusion? Evidence Suggests Death Isn’t the End
Dr. Robert Lanza, Psychology Today, November 19, 2011Life is an adventure that transcends our ordinary linear way of thinking.
- Dr. Jeffrey Long’s Near-Death Experience Research a “Game Changer” for Science
Alex Tsakiris and Jeffrey Long, Skeptiko, February 2010An interview with Dr. Jeffrey Long, whose comprehensive research into near-death experience deals a kill shot to skeptics and aims to change how science views the afterlife.
- Near-Death Experience, Consciousness, and the Brain
Pim van Lommel, World Futures, 2006A new concept about the continuity of our consciousness based on recent scientific research on near-death experience in survivors of cardiac arrest.
- Life After Death: What Does the Evidence Show?
Dinesh D'Souza, The Christian Science Monitor, December 9, 2009Even if we set aside religious conviction, there are compelling reasons to believe in life after death.
- Esquire Article on Eben Alexander Distorts the Facts
Robert Mays, International Association for Near-Death Studies, August 21, 2013Luke Dittrich, contributing editor at Esquire, wrote an article critical of Dr. Eben Alexander's book Proof of Heaven. But how careful was Luke Dittrich with the facts he presented?
- Near-Death Experience
The Skeptic’s Dictionary, Last updated January 10, 2014A brief presentation of a skeptical view of NDEs.
- Seeing God in the Third Millennium
Oliver Sacks, The Atlantic, December 12, 2012Hallucinations cannot provide evidence for the existence of any metaphysical beings or places. They provide evidence only of the brain's power to create them.
- Science on the Brink of Death
Sam Harris, November 11, 2012The impediment to taking Alexander’s claims seriously can be simply stated: There is absolutely no reason to believe that his cerebral cortex was inactive at the time he had his experience of the afterlife.
- Life After Death: Examining the Evidence
Victor Stenger, PhD, Huffington Post, April 16, 2012If life after death exists, then evidence should be there. It is not.
- The Ketamine Model of the Near Death Experience: A Central Role for the NMDA Receptor
Dr. Karl L. R. Jansen, Journal of Near-Death Studies, Fall 1997Near-death experiences (NDEs) can be reproduced by ketamine via blockade of receptors in the brain for the neurotransmitter glutamate, the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors.
- Near-Death Experiences: In or Out of the Body?
Susan Blackmore, Skeptical Inquirer, 1991NDEs provide no evidence for life after death, and we can best understand them by looking at neurochemistry, physiology, and psychology; but they are much more interesting than any dream.
- The Prophet
Luke Dittrich, Esquire, August 2013Dittrich’s criticism of Alexander’s NDE experience as chronicled in Proof of Heaven, and a rebuttal from NDE researcher Robert Mays.
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