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The Self Does Not Die: Verified Paranormal Phenomena from Near-Death Experiences Paperback – July 6, 2016
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Titus Rivas (born 1964) wears many hats: theoretical psychologist, philosopher, parapsychological researcher, and writer of books and articles, in both Dutch and English. Published subjects include parapsychological research, reincarnation, life after death, spirits with and without bodies, and near-death experiences. Co-founder of Athanasia Foundation, a nonprofit to investigate survival after death, reincarnation and spiritual evolution, Rivas continues to pursue his interests in parapsychology and philosophy also by instructing home-study courses for the National Business Academy in Panningen, Netherlands. Anny Dirven (1935–2016), who was paranormally gifted, was active for years as a general assistant and researcher affiliated with the Athanasia Foundation, often working together with Titus Rivas. Dirven came to know Rivas by way of the parapsychology course he teaches for the National Business Academy. Together, Dirven and Rivas produced many parapsychological and philosophical articles and books, some of which she coauthored. They were particularly proud of two books in Dutch, Vincent, Karim and Danny and From and to the Light. Dirven was a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She spent most of her life in Budel, Netherlands. Rudolf H. Smit (born 1942) is the author of books and articles in both English and Dutch on subjects ranging from photography to near-death experiences to computer programming. Former editor of the Dutch photographic monthly Foto and the British Astrological Association’s scientific journal Correlation, Smit is the current editor of the Dutch quarterly Terugkeer (Return), published by the Network for Near-Death Experiences (Netwerk NDE), the Dutch affiliate of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS). Interested in promoting critical research in the field of astrology, Smit also runs the internationally acclaimed Astrology and Science website. When not writing, he enjoys retired life with his wife, Miny, in the Netherlands.
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This astonishing collection of NDE reports, together with the evidence for their authenticity, is sure to become the single most important work that will, if not silence the skeptics, give them plenty to ponder, and perhaps to reconsider. And, indeed, the authors do spend a good deal of time, especially toward the end of their book, engaging with some of their most skeptical antagonists and refuting their arguments convincingly.
This is a book that all serious students interested in NDEs and their implications will want to be sure to read and it is also one that will appeal to a wider audience as well. It is certainly one of the most essential books on NDEs to appear since the publication of Raymond Moody’s groundbreaking Life After Life, in 1975.
The sheer number of cases and the obvious efforts that have been made to substantiate the patients' stories add up to a powerful argument for the significance of NDEs – not as the hallucinations of a traumatized brain, but as ontologically real events. Readers who are serious about the scientific study, analysis, and interpretation of near-death experiences can't go wrong by reading this important book.
My only complaint is that there's no ebook edition. Soon, I hope!
If such scientists and philosophers were asked to actually examine the cases in this book with an open mind, the majority would more than likely decline the invitation. " I don't need to do that, "such and such a body" has already investigated the subject years ago and it's all simply the tricks of a dying brain. Or if not that, then it's most certainly just lucky guesses allied with the natural human tendency to tell a good story ! "
This is the predicament that researchers who actually take the time and effort to look at these experiences, find themselves, because this book presents more than one hundred cases of verified veridical OBE's during the time the person's brain function was completely absent or at best, so severely compromised that no conscious experience should have been possible. Brain tricks, lucky guesses and imaginative stories can be categorically ruled out.
The detailed reports come not from "attention seeking fantasists" or "credulous believers," but accomplished medical professionals of varying levels and disciplines who have reported to their astonishment, that patients can indeed sometimes accurately describe what is occurring in detail around their comatose or actually "dead" bodies. This phenomenon surely demands to be addressed by all of science now. It's not good enough just to tip-toe around it, hoping it will go away because the implications aren't welcome, or my mind is already made up and I don't feel inclined to change it !
Due to very efficient resuscitation techniques more and more of these reports are emerging. And what they tell us about the relationship between mind and brain has great significance for us all. Most people are profoundly depressed by the prospect of death but according to these remarkable events, at the very least we don't necessarily need to be.
Of course, the scientific majority consensus still asserts categorically without question, that death is the end and offers nothing more than encouragement to be brave and just "face up to facts." Indeed, many sincere and undoubtedly very accomplished public figures appear to revel in this conviction and urge us "lesser mortals" to follow their stoical example.
And that would be an admirable stance to take if there was no indication that such a conviction was wrong. But why must we do that if we have good evidence to the contrary ?
If after having read the book anyone can offer a satisfactory known physical explanation, let's hear it by all means ! But I'm quite sure the authors hope that sincere commenters will at least acknowledge that the reports are honest and the various sources, sound. The reports in the book are genuine, no fraud, no tall stories, no confabulation. It is therefore surely in everyone's interest to take a look.