Consciousness Beyond Life
The Science of the Near-death Experience
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|Format:||Paperback, 464 pages|
|Other Information: ||Illustrations|
|Published In: ||United States, 05 September 2011|
Dr. Pim van Lommel, a renowned cardiologist, was so inspired by the stories his patients told of their Near Death Experiences (NDEs) that he became the first medical practitioner to risk his reputation with a full, systematic trial into the phenomenon. He interviewed 344 heart patients at his hospital who had all clinically died, some for five minutes or longer, before being resuscitated. Of these, 62 - or 18 per cent - reported some ongoing experience after the medical monitors had pronounced them to be dead. Van Lommel claims these are authentic experiences which cannot be reduced to the imagination, psychosis or an oxygen deficiency; people are permanently changed by an NDE. In "Consciousness Beyond Life", van Lommel explains how people who are clinically dead can have such a transformative experience, illustrating his argument with stories of people who have gone through an NDE. In van Lommel's opinion, our consciousness does not always coincide with brain functions and he shows that, remarkably and significantly, consciousness can even be experienced separate from the body.
About the Author
Pim van Lommel is a world-renowned cardiologist. Since his initial study of Near Death Experiences, which was published in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet, Dr. van Lommel has resigned his post as a practising cardiologist to devote his time to further research and lecturing all over the world on Near Death Experiences. He regularly speaks in North America and has appeared on ABC Discovery, Coast to Coast, and Fox and Friends.
"The most significant contribution to the field to appear in many years, containing as it does [van Lommel's] mature philosophical reflections on the implications of the findings of his study on near-death experiences in survivors of cardiac arrest."--David Lorimer, editor of the Network Review
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