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Eindeloos bewustzijn: een wetenschappelijke visie op de bijna-doodervaring

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  359 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
Samenvatting van bestaande kennis over bijna-doodervaringen en aanzet tot het wetenschappelijk verklaren van het verschijnsel van non-lokaal bewustzijn waarbij de auteur aansluit bij elementen uit de kwantumfysica.
403 pages
Published (first published 2007)
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Coli Barth
Mar 17, 2011 Coli Barth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I have to stress the difficulty of finding a reliable source of non-biased information on a topic such as Near Death Experiences, which is a field full of spiritual gibberish and religious hacks. 'Consciousness Beyond Life' was a refreshing break in the tide of gibberish, and while it did not provide me with the final answer or explanation for NDE's, it provided enough information to base more educated questions of off.
The author delves into every possible explanation for NDE's, e
Johan Bordewijk
Mar 03, 2013 Johan Bordewijk rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wat een slecht, ontzettend slecht, boek.
Een cardioloog die zich op het gebied van de neuroloog begeeft is al dubieus, maar die dan ook nog uitspraken over kwamtummechanica gaat doen. En dan onthutsende lariekoek produceert.
En dat terwijl bijna-dood ervaringen heel interessant zijn.
Nell Grey
Aug 01, 2012 Nell Grey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
The author is a cardiologist who structured meticulous research around his patients. I expected the whole book to detail this research and current scientific information re. the brain, but there's a short section dealing with NDEs in history, myth and religion too.

The central section is fairly scientific, with statistical information and the psychological after-effects of NDEs, long chapters detailing what happens in the brain when the heart suddenly stops, what we know about brain function and
Mar 24, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The major theme in this book was the scientific aspect of NDEs (near death experiences). It is difficult to find a scientifically based NDE book, but I have to say that Consciousness Beyond Life executed the scientific study of the NDE very well. While there aren't any characters, the book talks about many people's experiences, along with the author's personal experiences. One of the most fascinating facts I learned in this book was, "By high school, about a third of these children develop alcoh ...more
Nov 16, 2010 _topo_ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cosa è la coscienza? possiamo dare molte risposte, a seconda che partiamo da un punto di vista filosofico, religioso, biologico, informatico, matematico, medico.

Questo libro dà una risposta a partire da quelle singolarità nella vita della coscienza che si chiamano NDE. Le NDE sono le esperienze delle persone ritornate da uno stato in cui il cervello era morto, e sono molto difficilmente spiegabili dalla scienza ufficiale. Secondo l'opinione corrente, è il cervello che produce la coscienza. La t
Sybren Groen
Jul 09, 2015 Sybren Groen rated it did not like it
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Dec 01, 2010 Florio is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Pim van Lommel's work is not a biblical exegesis on the subject of life after death. Instead, the author -- a medical doctor -- offers empirical arguments for post-mortem existence. He examines the near-death experiences of patients who survived "fatal" heart attacks. (For those not familiar with the term "Near-Death Experiences" I suggest you start with Dr. Raymond Moody's seminal works Life After Life and Light Beyond.) I'm a new member and I've read only the first two chapters of Consciousnes ...more
Jan 02, 2015 M.f. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Het boek van Pim van Lommel is gebaseerd op zijn bijzonder waardevol wetenschappelijk werk rondom BDEs. Het is daarom ook bijzonder nuttig om het in boekvorm aan een breed publiek kenbaar te maken.
Het boek zou echter veel waardevoller zijn zonder de hoofdstukken 9, 11, 12 en 13. De algemene boodschap van het boek is: we stellen onomstotelijk fenomenen vast die de huidige wetenschappelijke paradigma's niet kunnen verklaren. Die boodschap wordt, terecht, op een aantal verschillende varianten herh
Sep 21, 2014 Ekmef rated it did not like it
Verschrikkelijk boek. Het eerste deel met de patiëntenverhalen is wel leuk, maar dan krijgen we een wetenschappelijke bloemlezing van de evidence over BDE's en daarna een half boek college quantummechanica. Van een cardioloog. De evidence en de kwaliteit van de fundamentele studies naar BDE's is niet te beoordelen vanaf een boeksamenvatting door een cardioloog ipv een hersenwetenschapper. Dus als de ene boude conclusie op de andere boude conclusie volgt, blijf ik me afvragen of het echt wel waar ...more
Aug 01, 2010 Steph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was astounding. Using scientific evidence, Dr. van Lommel explores the near death experience in a non-biased fashion. Statistical evidence that span multiple cultures and countries support his research. Several chapters are dedicated to the theories of quantum mechanics, which van Lommel theorizes can be used to explain the near death experience. Instead of answering questions about life after death, this book raises more questions that merit further research.
Kenneth Bachmann
Jan 25, 2016 Kenneth Bachmann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent, scientific, and thoughtful consideration of the meaning of near death experiences as they relate to continuing, non-local consciousness including consciousness beyond (one's) life. Even in the face of scientific and medical objections to his formulation (which Von Pimmel liberally cites), the author provides serious medical validation for the absence of what many skeptics believe are the pathophysiological causes of NDEs. He also discusses non local consciousness in the context of ...more
Apr 09, 2015 Marjan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, shamanism
Here is a book on near death experience (NDE) by someone who took it extremely seriously (with rigorous research data). There now absolutely no doubt about the phenomena, but the open question remains of how we interpret it. Van Lommel tries with reductionist approaches and finds its limitations. Then, in the middle part of the book, he tries something more fancy: quantum physics. At this point the book looses its value. First of all; even quantum physicists don't understand much about quantum p ...more
Rachel Lindan
By far the most convincing book I have read on the varied notions of life after death/immortality/etc. Dr van Lommel has accomplished a real feat here. His evidence and reasoning is so utterly sound that he has no need to do anything but present it, well-written and speaking for itself.
Ugo Marsolais
Apr 24, 2016 Ugo Marsolais rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nde-brain
It's been quite a long time since a book made me think so much about existence, about life, about death, and the fact that our consciousness may well survive after death, even though this seems hard to accept. If you believe death is the end of the line, this book will seriously challenge you to reconsider.

What I especially liked however, is that this is not a religious or spiritual book. It doesn't pretend to have all the asnwers and doesn't preach to you either. It looks at facts and data in a
Sep 25, 2011 Inge rated it liked it
Not as great as I expected.
Nov 15, 2011 Tyler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book
This is not the sort of book I often read. It wasn't something that I "couldn't put down" either. But it was good to read because it made me think in a way I am not accustomed to think.

I know the equivalent of an ice cube on top of the tip of the iceberg about quantum physics. But that ice cube makes me appreciate how mysterious science can be. Van Lommel does a good job connecting the dots between science and what most people would call a mystical experience. It occurs to me that nobody can re
Andrij Andrusiak
Facts and interpretations that made me think in completely different way about death and what we have to expect from it. Allowed me to understand the purpose of our lives.
Книжка показує факти та тлумачить їх з точки зору логіки. Демонструє смерть під тим кутом, під яким ми не звикли на неї дивитися. Корисно для розуміння того, для чого ми живемо.
Jane Rocks
Jan 14, 2014 Jane Rocks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Until I read this book I had no idea how many people have gone through a near death experience. Millions of people cross culturally and across all religions including those without religion tell a similar story of visiting another dimension when their heart had stopped. Because it cannot be explained scientifically it has been largely ignored until this book written by a Dutch cardiologist who has carried out long term, thorough and worldwide research into the phenomena. A truly fascinating read ...more
Aug 08, 2015 Lennart rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is interesting because of the descriptions of what people experience during near-death experiences. Unfortunately the second half of the book mainly consists of pseudoscience, which is fun to read as long as you don't take it seriously.
Jamie Wilson-hull
Pim van Lommel's book is one of the most well written and documented books on Near Death Experiences thus far and likely one of the few that have medical fact as back-ups for the reasoning behind his points. It shares the experiences of many documented cases from many people who have been declared "clinically dead" and been resuscitated to recount some pretty convincing evidence that Life does not end when our bodies/brains are non-functioning/dead.

For anyone who is truly serious about wanting
Aug 03, 2015 Justin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't seem to do much in the way of science. The new material is based on a self reported study, which didn't impress me. The rest of the book seemed like filler, with theories on how NDEs might occur. To me, it was much thicker than it needed to be and didn't provide much evidence in terms of its conclusion.
I found Will Storr vs. The Supernatural: One Man's Search for the Truth About Ghosts to be more informative (I was surprised that I reached that conclusion too)
The author, a cardiologist, is the moving force behind a very rigorous study of near-death experiences at Dutch hospitals published in The Lancet in 2001. Finding materialistic explanations inadequate, he has searched for other explanations, and this book tells about the results of the main studies on near-death experiences, why he finds current explanations wanting, and his own thoughts on why “consciousness, with memories and occasional perception, can be experienced during a period … when the ...more
Jan 02, 2014 Deanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is probably the closest to a scientific exploration of NDEs as you'll get - so far, that is. Technology is expanding exponentially, but I don't know if that means we'll get much further into the understanding of death and NDEs. I appreciate that van Lommel sticks to the scientific side of this phenomenon, or as close as he can anyway, by discussing DMT, the chemical responsible for a lot of chemically induced hallucinations, and probably the chemical mostly responsible for NDE hallucination ...more
Jan 13, 2016 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, philosophy
A very good read where the author balances anecdotal evidence along with scientific evidence, the latter of which is presented in a way that the layman can [mostly] understand. It does get a bit bogged down with statistics and medical terminology part way through though. It has clearly been well researched and looks at both sides of the argument from believer and atheist perspectives.

Like any book of this genre, I feel it is important to balance healthy open mindedness with healthy skepticism, a
Nov 01, 2014 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating research and speculation about near-death experiences.
Dec 27, 2014 Jedidja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Echt interessant. Vanuit wetenschappelijk oogpunt.
Edwin Wolbers
leuk boek, goede documentatie over BDE t/m hoofdstuk 10. Daarna komt hij met een zelfverzonnen verklaring die totale wetenschappelijk onderbouwing mist. Hij maakt uitstapjes naar QM en Biologie en die velden begrijpt hij helaas niet helemaal.

Ondanks dat, zie ik in dit boek wel bewijs dat ons bewustzijn geen product van de hersenen is. Wat het dan wel is, zullen we misschien nooit achter komen.
Jul 19, 2013 Petran rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hoewel het boek een zeer goede kennismaking biedt met het fenomeen van bijna-dood ervaringen, kunnen sommige uitspraken in het boek toch moeilijk wetenschappelijk genoemd worden. Op sommige punten zou het boek eerder onder het kopje 'spiritualiteit' kunnen vallen. Maar dat terzijde moet gezegd worden dat met name de hoofdstukken die een beschrijving geven van bijna-dood ervaringen zeer lezenswaardig zijn.
Paul Henderson
Jan 25, 2014 Paul Henderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jan 07, 2014 Marleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good book written by a cardiologist and scientist. It make you think about the afterlife and Pim van Lommel confirms that with his experience written in this book.
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Pim van Lommel, M.D., was born in 1943, graduated in 1971 from the University of Utrecht, and finished his specialization in cardiology in 1976. He worked from 1977–2003 as a cardiologist in Hospital Rijnstate, an 800-bed Teaching Hospital in Arnhem, the Netherlands, and is now doing full-time research on the mind-brain relation.

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