Science & the Near-death Experience: How Consciousness Survives Death
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Science & the Near-death Experience: How Consciousness Survives Death

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Predating organized religion, belief in an afterlife is fundamental to human experience & may date back to the Neanderthals. By the mid-19th century, however, spurred by science's progress, many began to question the existence of an afterlife. Materialist doctrine--which sees consciousness as a creation of the brain--began to spread. Now, armed with scientific evidence...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 23rd 2010 by Inner Traditions (Rochester, VT)
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Erik Graff
Jan 02, 2012 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: NDE/OBE/Psi fans
Recommended to Erik by: Michael Miley
Shelves: psychology
This book is a cut above most of its fellows in the "New Age" or "Spirituality" shelves in the bookstore. It raises many issues, confronting normative science with anomalous data, but draws few convincing conclusions.

A strength of the book is its attack on certain kinds of monistic materialisms, particularly those which see mind as entirely dependent upon and derived from brain. Here the evidences leading to contemporary quantam physics and of placebo effects, ESP, cognitive-emotive therapies an...more
This book does a good job of summing up the primary objections to the strict materialist assumption of mind=brain. The book starts with consciousness and neuroscience, then moves from there into the near death experience while addressing all of the materialist arguments.

It's interesting to note that as a last ditch attempt to get away from an afterlife scenario, many materialists will claim telepathy or clairvoyance might be involved... two phenomena they deny as "pseudoscience" under any other...more
Paul Dubuc
This book makes fascinating reading. I hadn't been much interested in NDEs and their validity didn't much matter to me one way or the other as evidence for life after death. I had been vaguely aware of the "scientific" explanations for them which which would dismiss their validity. But this book changed my opinion. The reality and validity of such experience seems very plausible. Carter deals very well with the usual materialist explanations for NDEs and finds them wanting. I would normally expe...more
James A. Crews
Jan 23, 2014 James A. Crews rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: NDE/Psi fans
This is one of the best books I've read on the subject of near-death experiences. It was nice to see the phenomenon put under the scrutiny of science, and Carter does a great job with the material. He clearly refutes the materialist explanations of the NDE (from anoxia to temporal lobe seizures). The most compelling aspect of the book is its first part, "Does Consciousness Depend on the Brain" wherein Carter argues for a dualist perspective of consciousness. His conclusions are plausible, especi...more
Carter produces a thorough scientific investigation accreting the case for the separation of consciousness from matter and the inadequacy of materialism to account for NDEs. He provides incontrivertable proof within the parameters of, and buttressed by, quantum mechanic theory.

The question of whether consciousness can permanently survive after death (rather than simply while 'near-death') is evidenced (but not proven beyond reasonable doubt) by studies of deathbed visions, the content of which a...more
Bill Lalonde
Review, and rating, pending.

But, meanwhile, most importantly: if you accept the author's line of reasoning-- and I'm not saying you should-- as providing evidence of an afterlife, then you may as well note that his evidence says that prior beliefs play no role in determining anything about near death experiences. Everyone gets the same peace and joy and reunion with loved ones et cetera. So ultimately there's little point in worrying about whether it's true or not or altering your behavior-- you...more
This is an excellent introduction to the subject of NDEs. If you've been reading into the area for any amount of time you may be frustrated by the seeming repetition of the essential ideas, but, then, this book was not written for you. Rather, this book was written to introduce the topic to neophytes.

Where this book misses a step, though, is that it involves itself in demeaning attacks on the materialists in the same way that they have attacked non-materialists. This is not helpful. Good news th...more
Morag Gray
A well-argued book that is unashamedly pro the near-death experience as proof that consciousness survives beyond death. Carter draws on philosophical and scientific research, and develops his case from these writings.
Ian Johansen
An book with interesting patches... about quantum physics and his defense for the separation of mind and body (arguing against materialism/naturalism).
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