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

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“Carter details the history, physics, and observed phenomena that will forever change how we look at the brain.”
--Robert Bobrow, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine at Stony Brook University and author of The Witch in the Waiting Room

“. . . the best book on NDEs in years. This book brings much-needed insight and common sense to our und

ebook, 320 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Inner Traditions/Bear & Company (first published August 23rd 2010)
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Erik Graff
Feb 17, 2015 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Joseph Sansone
Science And he Near Death Experience: How Consciousness Survives Death is the second book of a trilogy by Chris Carter. As far as NDE books go I’d say this book is definitely well researched and logically presented. The first book of the trilogy is called Science and Psychic Phenomena: The Fall of the House of Skeptics and the third is Science and the Afterlife Experience: Evidence for the Immortality of Consciousness. In Science And The Near Death Experience, Carter may not be revealing any new ...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
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
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
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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