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What Happens When We Die?: A Groundbreaking Study into the Nature of Life and Death Paperback – January 2, 2007
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Just what does happen when we die? That question has long begged an answer and has nagged at British near-death expert Parnia since his youth. It motivated him to become a physician and inspired him to begin conducting experiments that made the evening news even before he completed medical certification. One could say his entire life has been devoted to the pursuit of an answer to this question. The closest he has come to an answer lies in what he has learned from interviewing hundreds who have had near-death experiences and from exhaustive research on the character, origin, and extent of consciousness. The scope of his analysis has taken him through the realms of science, medicine, psychology, religion, and philosophy. If his research, findings, and conclusions to date don't offer conclusive answers to the age-old question, they do present enough up-to-the-minute data and theory to at least whet, if not satisfy, the appetite of more-than-mildly-curious readers. Donna Chavez
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Sam Parnia, M.D., is a leading expert on near-death experiences. He now spends his time in hospitals and Cornell University in New York, where he’s a Fellow in pulmonary and critical-care medicine. He founded the Consciousness Research Group and is chairman of the Horizon Research Foundation. Dr. Parnia is constantly in demand as a speaker, and he’s made numerous media appearances. His groundbreaking research was recently featured in the BBC 2 and Discovery documentary, The Day I Died. This is Dr. Parnia’s first book.
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Dr. Parnia would benefit from reading Rick Strassman's book, "DMT: The Spirit Molecule," and noting that NDEs share some of the features encountered in other altered states induced by stress, temporal lobe epilepsy, and powerful entheogenic substances. (Dr. Parnia mistakenly glosses over these areas in his book.) Dr. Strassman brought up a viable link between these experiences and reports of UFO abductions suggesting a comparable process within the mind. A curious similarity in UFO abduction reports, shamanic (religious) experiences induced by physical stress or entheogens, and NDEs is reports of subjects' bodies being tied by a cord or beam of light to their "selves" in the heavens (a phenomenon similar the biblical story of Jacob's ladder). Implications of this type leave people uneasy about the possible examination of religion by science; two areas that merge as easily as oil and water. These links suggest a common source that hopefully will be investigated when barriers to this kind of research are removed and more open-minded, scientific investigators like Dr. Parnia are allowed to do their research.
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