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on March 23, 2017
I have a science education and really enjoyed the research and short stories of those with NDE.
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on December 5, 2008
Sam Parnia wrote a book without an ending. That is because he was unable to complete his research due to a lack of funding into near-death experiences (NDEs). The reason was simple--there is prejudice in the research community over the funding of projects of this type. Dr. Parnia raises thought-provoking questions about the nature of consciousness and is to be commended for trying to tackle the biggest problem facing us all--death. So we are left with a book that has no ending (but an intriguing beginning) that I suspect was written to raise money for further studies. The biggest problem the book raises is how people can have lucid thoughts (NDEs) during cardiac arrest when there is no blood flow and no electrical activity in the brain.

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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on June 3, 2017
Nice to know what to expect when your sand runs out.
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on March 17, 2013
I like What Happens When we Die because it talks openly about a subject that few real medical doctors and scientists are willing to touch. I recommend Parnia to anyone interested in what happens both physically and spiritually when our bodies begin the process of death. Comforting book for those facing death, or the death of a loved one.
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on August 3, 2013
Although I am disappointed that the study results were not included in the book, the realm of the relationship between mind, consciousness and the brain is very interesting. I especially found the concept of other dimensions being out there intriguing.
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on April 18, 2013
If you're interested in near-death experiences, this is a must read. I hadn't read any current information on this subject for quite a while and was presently surprised with the latest data and thinking on this subject.
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on August 5, 2015
A very great book that was unavailable where I live in Alaska
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on August 19, 2010
Liked this book very much. Was always interested in the subject. Was glad to see the show on tv with the autor of this book talking about his research. Wanted to get and read it right a way, but book was not available for almost two years :-(
But when I finally got it it was well worth of waiting for. Could of known and searched it on Google all his publishings along with videos on line now He he could save me the wait and anticipation !
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on May 30, 2015
great reading
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on March 29, 2013
It was very interesting and made the thought of dying less scary as we contemplate the joy of an afterlife.
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