- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Atria Books; Reprint edition (March 18, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743436598
- ISBN-13: 978-0743436595
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 154 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Afterlife Experiments: Breakthrough Scientific Evidence of Life After Death Paperback – March 18, 2003
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About the Author
Gary E. Schwartz, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology, medicine, neurology, psychiatry, and surgery at the University of Arizona and director of its Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health. After receiving his doctorate from Harvard University, he served as professor of psychology and psychiatry at Yale University, director of the Yale Psychophysiology Center, and co-director of the Yale Behavioral Medicine Clinic, before moving to Arizona in 1988. He has published more than four hundred scientific papers and coedited eleven academic books. He is the author of The Afterlife Experiments and The Truth About Medium and coauthor of The Living Energy Universe.
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Like the author’s other books he emphasizes following the traditional scientific method in all his research projects. The author is not afraid of skeptics who are close minded to anything which does not match their own personal belief system. I admit to being of the same mind set for most of my life; however, now that I am in my senor years I find myself looking at energy healing and NDE (Near Death experiences) more objectively.
The topic researched in this incredible book is the possibility that our consciousness may live on after the body dies. In other words, there may be indeed some kind of life after death and we may be able to contact our relatives who passed on to another dimension. I used to be a diehard atheist but have now turned into an agnostic when it comes to some esoteric issues.
This easy to read and understand book covers the following material: Part one (You don’t find a mission-a mission finds you) covers the beginning of the research into “soul science.” The second part (The HBO dream-team experiment) explains the HBO involvement in making a film about the research done in this area. The third part (The Miraval silent-sitter experiment) focuses on designing other strict procedures for several other research tests. The fourth part (The Canyon ranch totally silent sitter) covers further experiments and studies. The final part (Discovering the larger reality) goes into various factors to consider doing these research projects. The appendix sections should also be read because they deal with many issues when studying these unusual topics.
In conclusion, if you are scientific minded and a seeker of knowledge and open minded to a wide range of possibilities the universe offers, this is a must read book. It may not change your mind about life after death, but it will make you think more deeply on the subject.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Martial Art and Warrior Haiku and Senryu)
I found this book to be entertaining and worth reading, but it has its problems. The author's enthusiasm is infectious, and some of the readings given by the mediums involved in the studies were very absorbing. However, towards the end of the book the numerous problems with the science side of things started to really frustrate me. For example, a control group for one series of experiments was asked to perform a completely different task from the task the mediums themselves were asked to perform. The results are therefore not able to be validly compared. There also doesn't seem to be much to show that Schwartz independently corroborated any of the statements made by the mediums (or the confirmations given by the sitters). I would also question the statistical calculations Schwartz gives in a number of chapters.
I would recommend this to people who want to approach the topic with an open mind, who have their critical thinking caps on, and are willing to place the onus of proof onto the author and his colleagues. I was intrigued, and entertained, but not convinced.
I am a believer of the afterlife but not in all psychics claiming to have contact with those souls who have passed away. This book is the story of dedicated researchers who are trying to scientifically prove that psychic contact is possible and does happen at times. The one psychic involved (who I can name off the top of my head) is John Edward; I believe he is the real deal and his readings covered in the book confirm it to me. I was watching a video on YouTube about him and he mentioned this book so I bought it. When someone dies, many times it is sudden and things are left unsaid to surviving loved ones. Some spirits seem to need to make contact before they can continue on their spiritual journey... hopefully - go to Heaven!
If anything, the researchers in this book are overly cautious and very thorough in conducting the experiments for their study. So I feel that my beliefs have been validated in reading this book. There is a quote that I will paraphrase, no amount of proof is enough for a nonbeliever and no proof is needed for a believer. I recommend this book for interested parties. Namaste.
I've funded a lot of scientists and Dr. Schwartz seems honest. He also has the courage to tackle a subject verboten amongst academics. Though his protocols for experiments may not be perfect, they make a great deal of sense and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about his sessions.
He tapped into something BIG. I'm glad he did.
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