<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Near Death Experiences (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_17/PaperSummary_17847.htm">Thesis - Near Death Experiences</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/T/Author_Todman (Theo).htm">Todman (Theo)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: </th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=400><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_17/PaperSummary_17847.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../Notes/Notes_9/Notes_976.htm">Link to Latest Write-Up Note</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><ul type="disc"><li>This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note '<a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_9/Notes_976.htm">Near Death Experiences</A><SUP>1</SUP>' during my Thesis research, as from 2011. </li><li>For the actual time recorded, click on "Paper Summary" above. </li></ul><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><hr><br><B><u><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17847_2">Write-up</A></U><SUB>2</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17847_2"></A></u> (as at 24/04/2018 00:12:58): Near Death Experiences</B><BR><br><u><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17847_3">Plug Note</A></U><SUB>3</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17847_3"></A></u><ul type="disc"><li> NDEs  if they are experiences of anything veridical  offer a serious challenge to those who deny the possibility or actuality of <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_9/Notes_978.htm">life after death</A><SUP>4</SUP>, appear to offer support for non-physicalist accounts of the mind and cause problems for <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_24.htm">animalists</A><SUP>5</SUP> by lending support to alternative accounts of <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_734.htm">what we are</A><SUP>6</SUP>  maybe <a name="5"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_100.htm">souls</A><SUP>7</SUP>. </li><li>Most of the <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17847_8">phenomena</A></U><SUB>8</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17847_8"></A> can be probably be explained by the usual  dying brain / anoxia / endorphins suggestions, though this can be rather facile  partly because not all NDEs are had by those near death, but also because the dying brain might not be up to the job of having (and remembering) scenes of such alleged clarity. I have my doubts about when such experiences actually occur  but the suggestion that they occur when the experiencer is  coming round doesn t seem to be popular. </li><li>A difficult situation to  explain away is where the NDE-experiencer claims to see something (while having an <a name="6"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_12/Notes_1255.htm">Out of Body Experience</A><SUP>9</SUP>: see that Note for further details) they could not have seen under normal circumstances. </li><li>Further  awkward cases to dispose of are where experiences analogous to the NDE are had by / shared with friends / relatives of the dying. I presume these accounts should be rejected out of hand, along with all other incredible reports of exotic parapsychological phenomena. <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17847_10">The Fenwicks</A></U><SUB>10</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17847_10"></A> give a sympathetic hearing to (the then) recent results of parapsychological research  but in an undocumented way, and showing unawareness that the claims are of slight (though allegedly statistically significant) deviations from chance, not of the exotic phenomena exhibited in the accounts of NDEs. </li><li>The <em>Journal of Near-Death Studies</em> is at <a name="W208W"></a><A HREF = "https://iands.org/research/publications/journal-of-near-death-studies.html" TARGET = "_top">Link</A>. </li><li>Works on this topic that <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17847_11">I ve actually read</A></U><SUB>11</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17847_11"></A>, <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17847_12">include</A></U><SUB>12</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17847_12"></A> the following:- <ol type="i"><li><a name="9"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17064.htm">Buzzi (Giorgio) - Correspondence: Near-Death Experiences</A>", Buzzi (Lancet)</li><li><a name="10"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_07/Abstract_7949.htm">Edwards (Paul) - Dr. Kubler-Ross, Dr. Moody, and the New Immortality Movement</A>", Edwards</li><li><a name="27"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_04/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_4171.htm">Fenwick (Peter) & Fenwick (Elizabeth) - The Truth in the Light: An Investigation of Over 300 Near-Death Experiences</A>", Fenwick</li><li><a name="11"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_15/Abstract_15778.htm">Kagan (Shelly) - Arguments for the existence of the soul, Part III: Free will and near-death experiences</A>", Kagan (Section 2)</li></ol></li><li>A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:- <ol type="i"><li><a name="12"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17066.htm">Augustine (Keith) - Hallucinatory Near-Death Experiences</A>", Augustine,</li><li><a name="13"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20684.htm">Augustine (Keith) - Near-Death Experiences are Hallucinations</A>", Augustine,</li><li><a name="14"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_06/Abstract_6068.htm">Ayer (A.J.) - What I Saw When I Was Dead</A>", Ayer, also & <BR>&rarr; <a name="15"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_02/Abstract_2955.htm">Ayer (A.J.) - Postscript to a Postmortem</A>", <BR>&rarr; <a name="16"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_02/Abstract_2954.htm">Ayer (A.J.) - That Undiscovered Country</A>", <BR>&rarr; <a name="17"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_04/Abstract_4547.htm">Rosenthal (Abigail) - What Ayer Saw When He Was Dead</A>",</li><li><a name="18"></a>"<A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_13/PaperSummary_13240.htm">Badham (Paul) & Badham (Linda) - Near-Death Experiences</A>", Badham</li><li><a name="19"></a>"<A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_13/PaperSummary_13237.htm">Badham (Paul) & Badham (Linda) - The Evidence from Near-Death Experiences</A>", Badham</li><li><a name="28"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_00/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_171.htm">Blackmore (Susan) - Dying to Live: Near-Death Experiences</A>", Blackmore</li><li><a name="29"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_04/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_4307.htm">Moody (Raymond A.), Perry (Paul) & Greeley (Andrew) - The Light Beyond</A>", Moody</li><li><a name="30"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_04/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_4286.htm">Rawlings (Maurice S.) - To Hell and Back: Life after Death - Startling New Evidence</A>", Rawlings</li><li><a name="20"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_04/Abstract_4032.htm">Swinburne (Richard) - The Future of the Soul</A>", Swinburne,</li><li><a name="31"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_04/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_4285.htm">Zaleski (Carole) - Otherworld Journeys: Accounts of Near Death Experience in Mediaeval and Modern Times</A>", Zaleski </li></ol></li><li>Additionally, some further light may be shed by:- <ol type="i"><li><a name="21"></a>"<A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PaperSummary_6067.htm">Beloff (John) - Is There Anything Beyond Death? A Parapsychologist's Summation</A>", Beloff</li><li><a name="22"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_15/Abstract_15421.htm">Brandon (Ed) - Review of David Lund's 'Persons, Souls and Death'</A>", Brandon,</li><li><a name="23"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_16/Abstract_16126.htm">Chopra (Deepak) & Hameroff (Stuart) - Can science explain the soul?</A>", Chopra & Hameroff</li><li><a name="24"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_11/Abstract_11729.htm">Cooper (John) - Holistic Dualism, Science, and Philosophy</A>", Cooper (Section 2D)</li><li><a name="25"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_15/Abstract_15154.htm">Green (James W.) - Beyond the Good Death: Soulscapes</A>", Green</li><li><a name="32"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_04/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_4048.htm">Hick (John) - Death and Eternal Life</A>", Hick (Preface, etc.?)</li><li><a name="26"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_12/Abstract_12692.htm">Schick (Theodore) & Vaughn (Lewis) - Case Studies in the Extraordinary</A>", Schick</li></ol></li><li>This is mostly a <a name="7"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_737.htm">place-holder</A><SUP>13</SUP>. </li></ul><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P17847_2"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17847_2"><B>Footnote 2</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (24/04/2018 00:12:58). </li><li><A HREF = "../../Notes/Notes_9/Notes_976.htm">Link to Latest Write-Up Note</A>. </li></ul><a name="On-Page_Link_P17847_3"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17847_3"><B>Footnote 3</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>A number of my philosophical Notes are  promissory notes currently only listing the books and papers (if any) I possess on the topic concerned. </li><li>I ve decided to add some text  whether by way of motivation, or something more substantive  for all these identified topics related to my Thesis.</li><li>As I want to do this fairly quickly, the text may be confused or show surprising ignorance. </li><li>The reader (if such exists) will have to bear with me, and display the principle of charity while this footnote exists. </li></ul><a name="On-Page_Link_P17847_8"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17847_8"><B>Footnote 8</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>I need to document these, and comment on them. </li><li>For now, see Wikipedia: <a name="W5658W"></a><A HREF = "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Near-death_experience" TARGET = "_top">Link</A> </li></ul> <a name="On-Page_Link_P17847_10"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17847_10"><B>Footnote 10</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>In <a name="33"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_04/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_4171.htm">Fenwick (Peter) & Fenwick (Elizabeth) - The Truth in the Light: An Investigation of Over 300 Near-Death Experiences</A>". </li><li>This also rejects the  shoe case, but for different reasons to that on the <em>Infidels</em> site: See <a name="8"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_12/Notes_1255.htm">OBEs</a>. </li></ul> <a name="On-Page_Link_P17847_11"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17847_11"><B>Footnote 11</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>Frequently I ll have made copious marginal annotations, and sometimes have written up a review-note. </li><li>In the former case, I intend to transfer the annotations into electronic form as soon as I can find the time. </li><li>In the latter case, I will have remarked on the fact against the citation, and will integrate the comments into this Note in due course. </li><li>My intention is to incorporate into these Notes comments on material I ve already read rather than engage with unread material at this stage. </li></ul><a name="On-Page_Link_P17847_12"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17847_12"><B>Footnote 12</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>I may have read others in between updates of this Note  in which case they will be marked as such in the  References and Reading List below.</li><li>Papers or Books partially read have a rough %age based on the time spent versus the time expected. </li></ul> <FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; 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