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Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience par [van Lommel, Pim]
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“Dr. Pim van Lommel’s Consciousness Beyond Life is an exciting, informative, and thorough overview of near-death experiences. As one of the foremost experts in the field, his work moves us closer to rational comprehension of human kind’s deepest mystery— life after death.” (Raymond A. Moody MD,PhD, author of Life After Life)

“In Consciousness Beyond Life, cardiologist Pim van Lommel constructs a model of consciousness that courageously builds on all we know. The resulting view is… bright and hopeful… and has the redeeming feature of being consistent with scientific data, which in our era makes all the difference.” (Dr. Larry Dossey)

“Pim van Lommel shows that the symphony of human consciousness does continue… [even] at the portals of death. His evidence is robust, and can no longer be ignored either by the science community, or by society at large.” (Dr. Ervin Laszlo)

“Most books on NDEs only touch on some of the ideas that are presented, but the distinctive contribution of this book is that it presents and defends a complete theory of consciousness.... What a brilliant, erudite and magisterial book. A magnificent achievement, clearly a landmark book. ” (Dr. Kenneth Ring, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of Connecticut)

“Consciousness Beyond Life confronts the apparent enigma of clear thinking, accurate perception, and enhanced memory in people who are clinically dead. This rigorous and provocative book may change our ideas about the mind and how we practice medicine.” (Bruce Greyson, M.D., Carlson Professor of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine)

“I highly recommend Consciousness Beyond Life. Van Lommel is convinced that NDEs are real experiences, not just some sort of brain malfunction. He... has studied NDEs for more than 20 years and this is an authoritative look, with solid medical background. ” (Dr. Charles T. Tart, Ph.D.)

“There have been several books published which explore consciousness, the near-deathexperience, or the brain, but van Lommel’s book is the most comprehensive.... Human beings are something more than physical bodies. There is life after death. Read Consciousness Beyond Life and expand your mind with hope.” (Basil & Spice)

“The most significant contribution to the field to appear in many years, containing as it does [van Lommel’s] mature philosophical reflections on the implications of the findings of his study on near-death experiences in survivors of cardiac arrest.” (David Lorimer, editor of the Network Review)

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In Consciousness Beyond Life, the internationally renowned cardiologist Dr. Pim van Lommel offers ground-breaking research into whether or not our consciousness survives the death of our body. If you enjoy books about near-death experiences, such as those by Raymond Moody, Jeffrey Long, and James Van Praagh; watch televisions shows like Ghosthunters, Touched by an Angel, and Ghost Whisperer; or are interested in works that explore the intersection of faith and science, such as Spiritual Brain, Signature in the Cell, and When Science Meets Religion; you’ll find much to ponder in Consciousness Beyond Life.

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  • Editeur : HarperCollins e-books; Édition : Reprint (21 mai 2010)
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Dr. Van Lommel's writing surprises because of a rare mixture of simplicity and deepness. The bridge between medicine (biology of the body) and quantum physics (quantic aspects of the body) is very well built in this book, particularly the question of consciousness, a subject so polemic as the concept of matter itself. For Dr. Van Lommel, consciousness is nonlocal, and this idea provokes a really big shift in history of humanity. If the Copernican revolution put man out of the center of the universe, and if Freud taught us that there is a part of ourselves which we hardly know and control, Dr. Van Lommel and his colleagues now tell us things like: you are not what you think, your brain is not the center of your consciousness, you are not entirely here, your conscience will continue after your body's death. It seems polemic, and it really is, because a big part of contemporary Medicine and Science still keeps refusing to accept the results of research on this domain. Dr. Van Lommel is very convincing, very serious and academic, the style of writing is strictly scientific, and the conclusions are technical. That is because I gave it four stars, the fifth is to the reader to fulfill (the reader is naturally lead to think about God, soul, eternity, words you won't find in the book, but maybe they should figure there).
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Listen what He has to say. 5 octobre 2015
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I bought this book to see how the Author approached the subject concerning the subject of NDE. I speak of My own personal history of this topic. I was involved in a near fatal car accident in 2008. My Wife said I was pronouced dead at the scene. She said they had to restart My heart again. What occurred after the accident, ( and before) I have no memory what so ever. I was in a Coma for 2 months. I have very Slight memories from being in the Hospital ICU. I asked My Wife about what I saw when I was still in My Coma. She said much of it was true. I also spoke to My dead Father during that time that I was still in My Coma. He passed in 1973 of cancer, and I was 9 at that time. He was in a tall grassy field He asked Me to come with Him. I said that I ," Did not want to go ". He then turned away and said to Me, " OK Sport " and walked away., It was a very peaceful feeling being there at that time. I have no fear of death anymore.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Van Lommel's uses quantum mechanics to conceptualize consciousness & are clear and challenging. 12 mai 2015
Par Potluck Queen - Publié sur
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This is an important book for anyone who is interested to consider the survival of consciousness after death. Dr. Lommel is a credible source, due to his many years experience in a clinical setting. Also, the book is comprehensive and clearly written. It is thoroughly footnoted and exhaustively researched, but the chief attribute of the book is it's accessible writing style and fascinating readability. Pim van Lommel has impeccable credentials in his field and he is also a first-rate storyteller. This is a book that is
literally hard to put down.

People who experience a near death experience (NDE) often feel alone and may encounter negative feedback from their family and friends. This excellent book was written by a cardiologist who has not had an NDE but rather kept hearing about the experiences from patients. He then conducted several studies, well-designed, that convinced him NDEs are absolutely real. If you have questions about what happens when we die, read this book. If you are skeptical about "near death experienced", read this book. Some parts are a bit scientific in language, but the book is very approachable for all people.

The book mainly focuses on the scientific evaluation of a seemingly unscientific phenomena - the near death experiences. Still, it covers a variety of modern researches and theories concerning life and consciousness through NDEs, which makes it at least an interesting, revealing, and thought-provoking reading experience. The writing itself was accessible and thoughtful. Just prepare to be very open-minded. And now I am extremely curious about what science would take us in the future for sure!

I enjoy research so having all his references presented means a layman like me can check it out for myself. I didn't notice any religious babble...just facts and theories. My take on the book is...the mind is not the body so nobody dies. Now what?

I love the way how the author explains how quantum physics begins to throw light on these things. It can't really be fully explained to our mind limited as it is by time and space and bodily identification but... Also we so much appreciate the good work and research of so many including David Bohm. And for myself, I love how much of the ancient wisdom texts (Advaita Vedanta) concord with NDEs and quantum physics.

If you want to really know if this book is for you, go to your local library. If they don't have a copy there is always the option of the Inter-Library Loan procedure (books usually take about 3 weeks to arrive). I almost always preview books from the library before purchasing ... it has saved a lot of disappointment.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Touches all bases 27 juin 2010
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It is difficult to understand how mainstream science can continue to ignore or reject the implications of the near-death experience (NDE) in light of the evidence and arguments made by Dr. Pim van Lommel in this most comprehensive book. Dr. van Lommel seemingly touches all bases in exploring the various phenomena related to the NDE.

Having grown up in an academic environment, van Lommel, a world-renowned cardiologist practicing in The Netherlands, writes that he was of the reductionist and materialistic mindset before he began studying the NDE and the nature of consciousness. He has closely examined all the arguments made by the scientific fundamentalists and now has a more positive outlook. "That death is the end used to be my own belief," he writes. "But after many years of critical research into the stories of the NDErs, and after a careful exploration of current knowledge about brain function, consciousness, and some basic principles of quantum physics, my views have undergone a complete transformation. As a doctor and researcher, I found the most significant finding to be the conclusion of one NDEr: `Dead turned out to be not dead.' I now see the continuity of our consciousness after the death of our physical body as a very real possibility."

About the time I started reading this book, reports were appearing at various internet sites stating that there is now evidence that the NDE is nothing more than a brief spell of abnormal brain activity resulting from oxygen deficiency. This theory has been going around for years, but seems to get resurrected every few years as if it is new science. Van Lommel dismisses the theory, pointing out that the NDE is "accompanied by an enhanced and lucid consciousness with memories and because it can also be experienced under circumstances such as an imminent traffic accident or a depression, neither of which involves oxygen deficiency."

Van Lommel also addresses the skeptic's theory about the tunnel effect reported by many NDErs being caused by the disruption of oxygen supply to the eye, which gradually darkens one's range of vision. He points out that such a theory cannot explain the reports by NDErs that say that they meet deceased relatives in the tunnel. He tells why carbon dioxide overload, various chemicals, and other physiological theories do not account for the NDE. "When new ideas do not fit the generally accepted (materialist) paradigm, many scientists perceive them as a threat," van Lommel writes. "It is hardly surprising therefore that when empirical studies reveal new phenomena or facts that are inconsistent with the prevailing scientific paradigm, they are usually denied, suppressed, or even ridiculed."

A chapter of the book is devoted to quantum theory, which includes non-locality, or the idea that the mind operates outside of time and space and that what we in the physical plane interpret as reality is not reality at all. As van Lommel sees it, many aspects of the NDE correspond with or are analogous to some of the basic principles from quantum theory. "The findings of NDE research suggest the possibility that (nonlocal) consciousness is present at all time and will therefore last forever," van Lommel offers. "The content of a near-death experience suggests a continuity of consciousness that can be experienced independently of the body."

Something I have found particularly troubling over the years is the possibility that organs are being harvested before bodies are actually "dead," even though the person might be pronounced "clinically dead." Van Lommel devotes several interesting pages to the debate on this subject, pointing out that when brain death has been diagnosed, 96 percent of the body is still alive. While not in principle opposed to organ transplants, van Lommel suggests that more consideration should be given to the nonphysical aspects of organ donation, including the fear of death.

Over the past 35 years, NDE researchers like Drs. Raymond Moody, Kenneth Ring, Michael Sabom, Bruce Greyson, Melvin Morse, and others have build a very solid wheel, one that supports the survival hypothesis. Close-minded skeptics keep trying to make the wheel collapse by bending the spokes. Fortunately, we have newer researchers like Drs. van Lommel and Jeffrey Long ("Evidence of the Afterlife") coming along to demonstrate that the spokes are solid and the wheel secure.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 ... and others collected over 25 years and paints an amazing portrait- consciousness may very well be non-local (not originating 23 novembre 2015
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This book looks at information cardiologist Pim Van Lommell and others collected over 25 years and paints an amazing portrait- consciousness may very well be non-local (not originating in the brain) and may continue after physical death of the body. This book goes into detail describing some amazing cases, such as a case where a woman who was clinically dead (she was hooked up to an EEG and EKG machine and both were flat) remembers specific details, comments and medical procedures during a time when her brain registered NO brain wave activity. Her descriptions were later verified by nurses and doctors who were in the operating room during the time this woman was- according to modern science- clinically dead and incapable of witnessing anything. Because her heart was deliberately stopped for the procedure, every second she was dead was accounted for and the details she described definitely took place during her "death". The book tackles some common misconceptions about NDEs (such as they are all the result of oxygen deprivation) and debunks the debunkers (such as mentioning that during NDEs, experiencers report heightened visual acuity, heightened senses, increased logical abilities and more and a sense of moving quickly at incredible speeds and hearing music... none of these symptoms are associated with oxygen deprivation). It looks at more than a quarter century of NDE information and discusses why mainstream scientists shun the phenomenon (in short, they are materialists and accepting the data would require a complete paradigm shift and invalidate a lot of commonly held beliefs about the nature of our consciousness and reality), An excellent read for those interested in the possibility that we are more than we appear to be and that consciousness is far more complex than most believe it to be.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 good info... 3 mai 2014
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I've noticed people don't want to talk about death until it hits near home. This book defines what death means to the medical community who in turn are more knowledgeable in the area than the average person. Oxygen deprivation, hallucinations and dreams are broken down clearly enough that people who try to "shoot from the hip" to explain an NDE with any of those three are uninformed. I enjoy research so having all his references presented means a layman like me can check it out for myself. I didn't notice any religious babble...just facts and theories. My take on the book is...the mind is not the body so nobody dies. Now what?
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