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Death and Consciousness Paperback – January 26, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0786467464 ISBN-10: 0786467460

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (January 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786467460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786467464
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,999,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David H. Lund is professor emeritus of philosophy at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota. He lives on a farm in northern Minnesota.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Carter on July 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Most books on the survival of death simply review the vast amount of material in other books regarding the issue. There will be chapters on NDE's, OBE's, apparitions, reincarnation, and communication through mediums, and the objections of the skeptics will largely be ignored, or briefly discussed. Dr Lund's book is different.
Yes, there are chapters devoted to summarizing the available evidence, but these comprise only about half of the book. The rest of it (the first half) discusses in great detail (and with great fairness) the various skeptical objections to survival. All are shown to be based on unwarranted assumptions. Lund concentrates mostly on the skeptical objection that consciousness is produced by the brain, and therefore cannot exist without it. Probably the best chapter in the book is called "Is Consciousness Produced?" in which he shows that the argument that consciousness is produced by the brain is fundementally flawed. The second half of the book is mostly dedicated to discussing empirical evidence that seems to suggest that consciousness can at times operate independantly of the brain in the living, and that the consciousness of of least many of the deceased has in fact survived death of the body.
The book is philosophically sophisticated, but written for the layperson. If I can think of any criticism, it is that the book should be updated and republished, because since 1985 new evidence has been gathered (NDEs in individuals with flat EEG readings, veridical NDEs in the blind, repeatable experiments with ESP - see website for Jessia Utts, UC Davis) that further strengthens the case for dualism.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I read this book perhaps 15 years ago and it still stands today as one of the most interesting writings on the topic. Lund shows that consciousness and death are inextricably linked in such a way that survival of consciousness beyond death is intellectually defensible. The most curious part of the book is the discussion about brain states and consciousness. Mainstream science assumes consciousness is *produced* by the brain. Yet an equally plausible scenario is that the brain is a tranducer or receiver of consciousness whose source may lie outside the brain itself, like a television set which is the receiver and not the source of the signal. Smashing the TV may destroy the set but not the signal which lives on. So where's the evidence for this mode of consciousness? Lund turns this argument around and asks, Where's the evidence that consciousness is generated by the brain? The answer is surprising and one of the reasons this book should be read widely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wadi on August 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
In this book it is postulated that paranormal phenomena are genuine (mediums, reincarnations, nde , death bed visions, out of body experiences, possessions, ...). Given that, the book discusses the philosophical implications concerning the nature of consciousness and reality.
I've especially appreciated the depth, honesty (not a new age style of book !) and clarity of the reasoning.

comparable to this book :

- parapsychology, philosophy and spirituality by david ray griffin,

- Immortal Remains: The Evidence for Life After Death by stephen Braude

-Persons, Souls and Death: A Philosophical Investigation of an Afterlife, by david lund.
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