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It's all about Consciousness!,
This review is from: Science and the Afterlife Experience: Evidence for the Immortality of Consciousness (Paperback)
Science was well along the pathway of supporting the afterlife until the dawn of the twentieth century, and the resultant successes of materialist science that resulted from Albert Einstein's annus mirabile (1905, in which he wrote papers on atomic theory, special relativity, and the photoelectron effect, which ushered in quantum mechanics). In the darkest recesses of that materialist rally, consciousness and "the mind" were relegated to the ignominious fate of non-existence by behaviorist and functionalist branches of psychology.
With the rising acknowledgment of the profound nature of the hard problem of consciousness, and the contributing role of the enigma of quantum physics, serious scientific assessment of the deep nature of consciousness, including its extension beyond time and space and any dependence on the necessity of the physically intact brain, is coming back into fashion. Chris Carter's trilogy addressing the scientific aspects of the prospects for the afterlife concludes with Science and the Afterlife Experience, a very thorough analysis of the data, its interpretation, and any significant alternative explanations.
Addiction to the materialistic paradigm has wreaked immense havoc upon the world over the last few centuries. Many believe it has brought us to the brink of an apocalypse. Chris Carter opens this marvelous book with a statement of concurrence with philosopher David Griffen on the current dire predicament wrought by this addiction, and how it has reached a crucial juncture. Coming to know that our souls do not die with our bodies, but have a much grander role on the stage of eternity, offers a glorious reprieve from this ignominious fate that is the inevitable result of limited materialistic beliefs. The rapidly growing community of near-death experiencers resulting from the rise in survivors of cardiac arrest and others rescued by the tools of modern medicine over the last five decades comprise the tip of the spear poised to slay the blind and pedestrian materialistic world view.
Carter's first book in this trilogy Science and Psychic Phenomena offered a rigorous examination of phenomena such as telepathy, indicating the overwhelming evidence of the existence of such phenomena. He also attacked the towering edifice of denial surrounding the conventional scientific camp even in the face of irrefutable ocean of evidence. His second book Science and the Near-Death Experience was a landmark work supporting the survival hypothesis -- that some aspect of our personal awareness survives bodily death. The current book, which completes the trilogy, pursues additional lines of inquiry concerning reincarnation (notably children remembering previous lives), communications through mediums and apparitions. Those who deny the reality of these phenomena because they cannot explain them from their limited simplistic materialistic world view are willfully ignorant. Just do the homework!
As Carter points out in the current work, the scientific assessment of the survival question is addressed first and foremost through a knowledge of modern physics, although deep knowledge of the science of consciousness, philosophy of mind and psychology also contribute to its resolution. In fact, the enigmatic results of experiments in quantum physics invoke the non-locality of extended phenomena of consciousness, and the existence of consciousness independently of the brain.
The current volume proceeds through a detailed review of reincarnation, apparitions and messages from the dead. In my opinion, he establishes the existence of the afterlife "beyond a reasonable doubt." I congratulate him on such a solid synthesis of the relevant data and arguments, both for and against.