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Immortal Remains: The Evidence for Life After Death Paperback – April 16, 2003
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Stephen Braude is unique among those evaluating the evidence for an after-life in that he manages to combine a sympathetic consideration of favorable cases with an honest, penetrating philosophical critique of them. (Richard M. Gale, University of Pittsburgh)
[Braude's] research is thorough. He brings credibility to parapsychology. (Metapsychology Online Reviews)
Braude's treatment is psychologically much more sophisticated than most previous attempts to evaluate the literature. The book is worth close study. There are also touches of humor that lighten the seriousness of the topic. Professor Braude has produced a prodigious and fascinating work for which we can only offer our thanks. (Australian Journal of Parapsychology)
Lucid and comprehensive, Stephen Braude's Immortal Remains is certainly one of the best assessments ever written―perhaps, the best ever written―of the evidence for human survival of bodily death. (Raymond Martin, Union College)
As one would expect . . . Dr. Braude gives us a solid work of critical scholarship. He employs considerable philosophical and psychological sophistication. (The Christian Parapsychologist)
Imaginative, detailed, and well written. (Journal of the Society for Psychical Research)
This book is impressive. The author is a respected philosopher and parapsychologist whose works on psi, multiple personality, and other subjects are exemplars of scholarship...Superlatives are in order. This is the best book on survival that I have read. (Journal Of Parapsychology)
I welcome this book as an important contribution to the debate on whether or not we survive physical death. Scholarly, carefully argued and elegantly written, I hope it achieves the success it so clearly deserves. (David Fontana, Cardiff University The Scientific and Medical Network)
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Braude demonstrates how essential it is to acknowledge dissociative disorders and latent creative abilities when looking at some of the best cases suggesting survival, as well as the respective psychological settings in which those investigations are carried out. An implicit but also vital lesson to learn from "Immortal Remains" is how emotionally detached an author can and must be from this truly existential question (at least when dealing with it scientifically), as obviously managed by Braude, who permanently and cool-headedly weighs the arguments pro and con.
If you're out for easy answers, this book is not for you; if you enjoy brain-racking argumentation combined with a down-to-earth humor, "Immortal Remains" has certainly earned a place on your bookshelf.
In my view, this book is the legitimate successor of Alan Gauld's "Mediumship and Survival," and at the same time raises the standards of scientific survival research on an overdue next level.
Prof. Braude, to his credit, fully explores some of the best ostensible evidence for survival without any evident bias or coyness. He compares it against the evidence for psychic functioning among the living, motivated ESP, hidden capacities, creativity, linguistic skills, dissociation, and considers whether, and to what extent, they can help explain cases such as Runki's Leg, Mrs. Piper's trance mediumship, Cagliostro, Patience Worth, Sharada and others.
In the best cases the evidence is so remarkable that, ultimately, one must adopt either survival or super-psi (coupled with other abilities) as the most likely interpretation. But how do we decide? This is where Braude's book really shines through. He fully explores both hypotheses in their strongest and most plausible forms.
Although most cases end in a stalemate between survival and super-psi, Braude hesitantly favours survival since super-psi would inevitably suffer from "crippling complexity" - i.e.Read more ›
I would like to comment on some flaws, however.
The first chapter, "Preliminaries", gives a theoretical background of the issues involved. It is a good chapter indeed, but I think it should have been better. Braude makes a witty distinction between "epistemological survival" vs "ontological survival" (a distinction that, curiously, I myself had come to some time ago, in the form of "objective survival" vs "subjective survival"). But I think he should have dealt more deeply with what is meant by "survival", and especially HOW we survive both after death and BEFORE death (probing these issues leads one to curious and insightful conclusions...). Tightly linked to this previous issue is the question of "identity" or "what we really ARE and what makes each one of us really US" (that is: what is it to be an "individual"?). Further, I found him lacking for not dealing with the problem of "what is consciousness?". There is a huge body of discussion, both in phylosophy and in science, about the true nature of consciouness; that is: is consciousness really produced by the brain (materialism) or is it a fundamental element of the Universe (Brahmanist Panpsychism)?Read more ›
This book is not for everyone. It is written in a rigorous style (Dr. Braude is a philosophy professor) that may turn off those seeking easier new-age reads. Personally I wish Dr. Braude had looked more at broad-based phenomena in the culture (near-death experiences, visions of departed loved ones, ESP capabilities) that suggest that consciousness may be non-local and exist in disembodied form. Braude, instead, focuses on a limited number of canonical (and somewhat astounding) cases, some dating back to the 19th century. Nonetheless, his recounting and assessment of these cases is fascinating, meticulous, objective, and intelligent, and forms a great addition to existing literature. His references to such literature also provides a quick introduction to other serious authors in the field.
A book I highly recommend to those interested in exploring perhaps the most important question of all: does the human soul transcend death?
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The aim of the author with this book was to discuss many anomaly cases almost exclusively taken from the English literature about 'drop-in... Read more
A careful, interesting book by a philosopher with a clear will to find out what's true in afterlife research. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I tend to build my knowledge on personal experiences. I have seen lots of ghosts over the years. I cannot share the details, in that some of them are still in this domain. Dr. Read morePublished 12 months ago by lester f. lomax
In "Immortal Remains", a philosopher and parapsychologist Stephen E. Braude examines the evidences for life after death and this work is overwhelmed with philosophical... Read morePublished on November 27, 2013 by Zach
What a wonderful book!
The author's knowledge of the subject he writes about is just overwhelming. Read more
I have finished reading "Immortal Remains: The Evidence for Life After Death" by Stephen E. Braude. And I have to say that this is a very, very good book!
This book was good quality and was semi enjoyable for a textbook. Much better than the other required reading for sure... I liked the parts that talked about the certain cases.Published on February 9, 2012 by Tor-dizzle
No need to say that this is an excellent academic book on the entitled subject by the philosopher of science Stephen Braude. Read morePublished on October 2, 2011 by Masayoshi Ishida