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Beyond the Body: An Investigation of Out-Of-The-Body Experiences (Anglais) Broché – 15 juillet 1989

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Beyond the Body About one person in ten claims to hafve left his or her body at some time. Somewhere close to death; others had undergone an accident or shock; but these experience can occur at any time and for no apparent reason. Dr. Blackmore's explanation for out-of-body experiences is based on historical and anecdotal material, surveys, and laboratory experiment. Full description

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HASH(0x8bd58a38) étoiles sur 5 The definitive book about the out-of-body experience. 13 janvier 2001
Par Lee Cooper - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Dr Susan Blackmore is the leading academic authority on the out-of-body experience or OBE, she has had obes herself and has seriously studied the phenomenon for many years. Her book begins with details of the OBE from the shamans of thousands of years ago right through to the modern day OBE which is often a part of the near-death experience. All of the major names in the field are mentioned like 'Sylvan Muldoon, Robert Monroe, Ingo Swann and Dr Charles tart, as well as all the academic research on the subject. Susan Blackmore brings the full weight and discipline of science to this subject. With great authority, and after considerable explanation she reveals the true nature of the phenomenon with great clarity and insight. This book is a must for all who are seriously interested in the subject.
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HASH(0x8bd58b10) étoiles sur 5 Beyond Excellent 8 mars 2004
Par Peter Reeve - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Out-of-the-body-experiences (OBEs) are among the most remarkable of psychological phenomena, challenging as they do our fundamental assumptions about reality and consciousness. Following a series of such experiences many years ago, I sought an explanation for them. I found references to them in texts from Plato to Aleister Crowley, but nowhere was there anything approaching a coherent, rational theory. There were - and to a regrettable extent still are - two opposing viewpoints: on the one hand you have the supernaturalists, with talk of "astral projection" and are full of advice on how to deal with the demons you will encounter on the various "astral plains", and on the other, the orthodox scientific community, who find the whole subject rather embarrassing and would prefer not to be associated with it. I could find no author who understood the importance of OBEs and who approached them in a scientific manner. Until I discovered Blackmore's book. It is without question the definitive work on the subject. It is a model of scientific rigor, and the thoroughness of her research - in psychology, folklore, occult philosophy and more - is astounding.

The supreme philosophical and psychological quest of our time is for an explanation of consciousness. That will not be achieved without taking account of the anomalous ways in which consciousness can sometimes manifest itself, of which OBEs are the most striking examples. If you are lucky enough to have experienced them and seek an explanation, or if you are just wondering what all the fuss is about, read this book.
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HASH(0x8bd58fcc) étoiles sur 5 THE NOTEWORTHY SKEPTIC'S FIRST BOOK, WHEN SHE STILL "BELIEVED" 23 avril 2013
Par Steven H Propp - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Susan Jane Blackmore (born 1951) is an English freelance writer and broadcaster on psychology and the paranormal. Interestingly, although she earned her Ph.D. in psychology and physiology with a thesis on, "Extrasensory Perception as a Cognitive Process," and herself had an out-of-body experience, she has since become a skeptic, and prominent member of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP). She has written other books such as Dying to Live, The Adventures of a Parapsychologist, Conversations on Consciousness: What the Best Minds Think about the Brain, Free Will, and What It Means to Be Human, etc.

This book, however, was written BEFORE she became a skeptic---although one can perhaps perceive seeds of her future doubts in some passages. She said in the Introduction to this 1982 book, "with an apology for egocentricity, I shall describe my own first OBE. It happened ... in my first term at the university. I was already interested in psychical research... Is there any way to account for the OBE? Personally, my aim is to be able to understand what happened in those few hours ten years ago... In this book I shall survey what the [Society for Psychical Research] and others have learned in those 100 years." (Pg. 1, 8)

She admits about OBEs, "This is a clear example of something we shall meet again and again: the frustrating mixture of right and wrong information. It is always tempting to feel that everything must either be right or not; that the person must either be 'out of his body' and therefore seeing things correctly, or not 'out' and seeing them wrongly. It is also tempting to think that if the details are correct this 'proves' he was 'out.' ... producing the right information is no proof that the person was 'out.' One the other hand it is clear from the evidence ... that information gained in an OBE is rarely ALL correct." (Pg. 42)

She says, "There are two reasons for associating lucid dreams with OBEs. First... many practised astral travellers also have lucid dreams. Second... it is hard to know where to draw the line between an OBE and a lucid dream." (Pg. 107) Later, she argues, "If we do have souls I don't think they are what travels in an OBE. Moreover, there is already the evidence that what is seen in an OBE is not, in any case, the physical world." (Pg. 231) She adds, "I find the evidence for paranormal events during the OBE limited and unconvincing... I think it is possible that all the claims for ESP and PK in OBEs are groundless." (Pg. 242)

Blackmore's book will be of considerable interest not only to those interested in psychical research, but also to skeptics.
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HASH(0x8bd613b4) étoiles sur 5 Best book on out of body research thru the 70s 7 juin 2014
Par D. N. Washburn - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Blackmore got her undergrad degree in psych and physiology from Oxford and has a PhD in parapsychology. She does a complete and professional review of the relevant literature into the early 80s and applies an incisive, critical, and creative mind to theories about OBE experience. A really excellent book. There is another edition with some updated material dated '92, but the one I have is the '82 version.
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HASH(0x8bd61360) étoiles sur 5 IT'S ALL IN YOUR BRAIN 17 septembre 2010
Par James L. Park - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Susan Blackmore
Beyond the Body:
An Investigation of Out-of-the-Body Experiences

(London: Heinemann, 1982)
(Chicago: Academy Chicago Publishers, 1992
--reprint of the 1982 edition with a new postscript)

Dream-like experiences in which the self seems to travel
while the body remains in bed are reported in many cultures,
with different interpretations in each culture.
Careful analysis shows that these experience are dreams,
because they are conceptual in nature.
As in all dreaming, these experiences recombine elements
of thought and memory already present in the brain of the dreamer.
No alleged out-of-the-body experience has ever been able to discover
some fact of the 'place' to which the dreamer believes
he or she has traveled that was not already known to the dreamer.
Out-of-the-body experiences move quickly thru time and space
because thoughts can change more quickly than bodies can move.
Reading this book will take you out of your body.
But when you put the book down, there you are,
back in your body, returned from your mental trip.
This book is a must read for everyone interested
in alleged out-of-the-body experiences.

To discover other books critical of paranormal claims,
search the Internet for the following exact expression:
"OCCULTISM AND SCIENCE".

James Leonard Park, skeptic.
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