Is There Life After Death?: An Examination of the Empirical Evidence

Is There Life After Death?: An Examination of the Empirical Evidence

by David Lester

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Overview

People have believed in the existence of life after death throughout human history and in all regions of the world. Mere belief, however, does not make it true. What is the empirical evidence for life after death? Has any significant research been conducted, and if so, what conclusions does it suggest?
In fact there exists a large body of research on topics relevant to the question of life after death. This book objectively examines that research, drawing together the observations of social science regarding such phenomena as reincarnation, near-death experiences, deathbed visions, cases of possession by dead spirits, and apparitions of the deceased. It considers possibilities including survival of consciousness and survival of personality, and reflects on the logical problems inherent in any model of postmortem survival.
An extensive bibliography lists hundreds of studies of life-after-death phenomena.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786421169
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 01/19/2005
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

David Lester is a professor of psychology at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. He lives in Felton, Delaware.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Preface 1



PART ONE: VIEWS ON LIFE AFTER DEATH

1. Religious Views on Life After Death 11

2. Who Believes in Life After Death? 18



PART TWO: NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES

3. Near-Death Experiences: Descriptions, Frequency and Types 27

4. Critical Research on Near-Death Experiences 40

5. Other Research on Near-Death Experiences 57

6. The Impact of Near-Death Experiences 62

7. Explanations for Near-Death Experiences 70

8. Does This Show There Is Life After Death? 90



PART THREE: REINCARNATION

9. Introduction to Reincarnation 101

10. Research on Reincarnation 113

11. Reincarnation and Hypnosis 132

12. Phenomena That the Theory of Reincarnation Can Explain 141

13. Conclusions About Reincarnation 147



PART FOUR: OTHER PHENOMENA

14. Apparitions of the Dead 157

15. Widow Hallucinations 174

16. Deathbed Visions 178

17. Possession 183

18. Mediums 194

19. Poltergeists 201



PART FIVE: CONCLUSIONS

20. Is There Life After Death? 207



Notes 215

Bibliography 221

Index 239

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