of the Afterlife:
It's finally here! And thanks to the NDErs who made this possible, the book you've all been waiting for!
Dr. Jeffrey Long, Jody Long, and Paul Perry have teamed up to write this blockbuster book that became an instant bestseller after Dr. Long's appearance on NBC's Today Show.
of the Afterlife" is by far the largest scientific study of
NDE ever presented, and is based on researching over 1300 NDEs
shared with NDERF. This book is scientific in content, yet easy
and a delight to read. The people whose stories are
presented span all age groups, races, and religious affiliations
and come from all over the world, yet the similarities in their
experiences are as awe-inspiring as they are inexplicable.
Using this treasure trove of data, Dr. Long explains how medical
evidence fails to explain these reports and why there is only
one plausible explanation—that people have survived death and
traveled to another dimension.
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HARPERCOLLINS BROWSE INSIDE: Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences by Jeffrey Long, MD with Paul Perry
"Dr. Jeff Long and journalist Paul Perry have done a phenomenal job in clarifying current events in the study of near-death experiences. Dr. Long’s work is leading us closer to a rational solution of the afterlife mystery.” — Raymond Moody, M.D., Ph.D., author of Life after Life
“This important book about near-death experiences provides compelling evidence that mind and consciousness cannot be reduced to brain activity.” — Mario Beauregard, Ph.D., Neuroscientist at the University of Montreal and co-author of The Spiritual Brain
NBC's Today Show (for book excerpt and NBC Today Show associated article Click here )
BOOK REVIEW - by James Delmont, PhD, member, National Book Critics Circle, published on April 22, 2010 in the Omaha paper "Shout Weekly."
EVIDENCE OF THE AFTERLIFE: THE SCIENCE OF NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES
By Jeffrey Long, MD (with Paul Perry)
Dr. Jeffrey Long and his wife, Jody Long (Juris Doctor) have maintained a popular web site (NDERF) on NDEs (near-death experiences) for years and it makes fascinating reading. Jeffrey is an oncologist who encountered these strange reports in medical literature. Like other physicians before him (Raymond Moody, Melvin Morse, Michael Sabom, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and Jan Vandersande) he decided to do a book – but in his case he had the thousands of reports sent to his website as additional material. The result is an engaging book, better than Dinesh D’Souza’s recent study, Life After Death, which had only one chapter on NDEs.
Dr. Long scanned 1300 cases in his files and based his book on about 600, using methods to filter out dishonest reports. Admittedly “a man of science,” he became convinced that NDEs prove the existence of an afterlife. Like Moody, he discovered common elements in the NDE experience that suggest to him a reality: out-of-body feelings; a rapid ascent through a tunnel; a life review in which the person feels the impact of every word and deed on others; meeting deceased relatives or other spiritual beings; an encounter with a loving Being of Light; a return to “finish” life’s work, etc.
Not every one of these elements appears in every case, but most of them do. Interestingly, Dr. Long leaves out unpleasant or hellish NDEs, which he says are about 10 per cent of his sample. While the pleasant or heavenly NDEs follow a pattern, the hellish ones do not. They seem tailored to the individual and differ wildly in content and experience – and, in every reported case, the individual escaped from the hellish environment, either by calling on God or Jesus or by being restored to life by physicians.
Strangely, only about ten per cent of people who flatline or otherwise enter a death zone have these NDE experiences, good or bad (Long says 10 to 20 per cent of heart attack victims). Why so few have NDEs is as mysterious as the NDEs themselves. To date, no convincing medical, parapsychological or psychiatric explanation for NDEs has been generally accepted.
Dr. Long provides nine “lines of evidence” to convince the reader that NDEs establish a factual life after death and the reality of other dimensions in time and space. The tunnel reported by so many is intriguing – something like a black hole? The NDE experiencer has a kind of spiritual body, rather like what the Apostle Paul described after his out-of-body experiences. The experiencer can “see” in all directions at once, which is interesting from the point of view of physics – and NDE experiencers universally report a cessation of time, or any concept of time. They also have immediate access to an immense and stunning knowledge of the universe, as though previously hindered by the limits of the human brain. They can travel instantly to any place and sometimes cruise the galaxy or universe for awhile before encountering the Being of Light. Many also report that the experience is like “going home.”
Best of all, the Being of Light (interpreted as God, Jesus, or an appropriate Buddhist or Hindu entity) floods the soul with love and warmth and acceptance beyond words. Survivors are haunted for decades by this aspect and often are depressed when brought back to this life by physicians. Most, but not all experiencers, wish to stay with the light, but mothers with babies or small children often (and reluctantly) ask to return to earthly life.
The NDEs follow the same pattern across cultures, geographic areas and religions. Many who were religious fundamentalists are surprised that they do not experience what they expected. By a wide margin, they become less religious but more spiritual. Often they give up “type A” pursuits for service to mankind or for personal spiritual development.
NDEs discourage suicide and those who attempt it are strongly warned that it displeases God, who has a purpose for every human being. In fact, the worth of every human life, however modest, is one of the ringing messages of the whole phenomenon. However, the cruelty of the universe (predator/prey) is never explained.
Dr. Long hopes that future studies of healings and psychic abilities among NDE experiencers will help shed light on the subject.
BOOK REVIEW - by Dr. Ken R. Vincent
EVIDENCE OF THE AFTERLIFE: The Science of Near-Death Experiences by Jeffrey Long, M. D. with Paul Perry (New York: HarperOne, 2010)
EVIDENCE OF THE AFTERLIFE is a break-through book in the area of afterlife research in general and near-death studies in particular. Not only is Jeffrey Long a careful scholar, but he and Jody Long have amassed the largest collection of near-death experiences (NDEs) ever. Their collection also includes the largest group of non-English-speaking NDEs ever.
When it comes to research, there is no substitute for data! My own near-death book, VISIONS OF GOD FROM THE NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE, is fairly typical with 75 of my own cases plus accounts from other sources. Near-death books generally range from one case study to a little over 100 cases, but Dr. Long’s book is based on over 1,300 cases from the www.nderf.org website. His book especially focuses on 613 NDErs who completed the most current edition of the Near-Death Research Foundation survey, in addition to giving their personal account of their near-death experience. Dr. Long’s scale included questions to detect fraudulent accounts, but over the past 10 years, he reported less than 10 false accounts.
Based on his research, Dr. Long concludes, “NDEs provide such powerful scientific evidence that it is reasonable to accept the existence of an afterlife.” He goes on to offer nine “proofs” of afterlife, including 1) Lucid Death (NDErs report increased alertness and consciousness), 2) Out-of-Body Experiences (NDErs provide evidence from verifiable experiences), 3) Blind Sight (NDErs blind from birth report a form of “vision” during their NDEs), 4) Impossibly Conscious (NDErs report experiences while under anesthesia), 5) Perfect Play-back (NDErs report life reviews that include experiencing the feelings of others), 6) Family Reunion (NDErs report seeing dead relatives, including people unknown to them who were identified to them later by viewing family photographs), 7) From the Mouths of Babes (NDErs who are children have every NDE element of older NDErs, and this is true whether the account is told during childhood or from an adult who had the experience in childhood), 8) Worldwide Consistency (NDErs who are non-English-speakers from Dr. Long’s database form the largest collection of cross-cultural NDEs and provide evidence that NDEs are the same all over the world), and 9) Changed Lives (NDErs report that their lives are changed as a result of their NDE, and the majority report a change for the better).
Dr. Long concludes that the evidence convinces him that afterlife exists. I think the general population will agree with him, but my personal opinion is that most skeptics will require proof from physics on how God communicates with us, how consciousness survives death, and where the dimension of reality that is afterlife is located. Nevertheless, the evidence for afterlife is much stronger because of Dr. Long’s massive amount of data and his analysis of it. This book is a “must-read” for all who are interested in the scientific study of afterlife.
Nine Lines of
Evidence from Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death
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HARPERCOLLINS BROWSE INSIDE: Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experience by Jeffrey Long, MD with Paul Perry