By Pim Van Lommel
As a heart specialist, Pim van Lommel was once struck by means of the variety of his sufferers who claimed to have near-death studies because of their center assaults. As a scientist, this was once tough for him to simply accept: Wouldn't or not it's scientifically irresponsible of him to disregard the facts of those tales? confronted with this quandary, van Lommel determined to layout a examine learn to enquire the phenomenon lower than the managed surroundings of a cluster of hospitals with a medically informed employees.
For greater than two decades van Lommel systematically studied such near-death reports in a large choice of sanatorium sufferers who survived a cardiac arrest. In 2001, he and his fellow researchers released his learn on near-death reviews within the popular clinical magazine The Lancet. the thing brought on a global sensation because it used to be the 1st scientifically rigorous learn of this phenomenon. Now on hand for the 1st time in English, van Lommel deals an in-depth presentation of his effects and theories during this publication that has already bought over 125,000 copies in Europe.
Van Lommel presents clinical facts that the near-death phenomenon is an real event that can not be attributed to mind's eye, psychosis, or oxygen deprivation. He additional unearths that when any such profound adventure, such a lot patients' personalities endure an everlasting swap. In van Lommel's opinion, the present perspectives at the dating among the mind and attention held by way of such a lot physicians, philosophers, and psychologists are too slim for a formal figuring out of the phenomenon. In Consciousness past Life, van Lommel exhibits that our recognition doesn't constantly coincide with mind features and that, remarkably and considerably, cognizance may be skilled break free the physique.
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Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience by Pim Van Lommel