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Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences | [Jeffrey Long, Paul Perry]

Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Evidence of the Afterlife shares the firsthand accounts of people who have died and lived to tell about it. Through their work at the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, radiation oncologist Jeffrey Long and his wife, Jody, have gathered thousands of accounts of near-death experiences (NDEs) from all over the world.
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Publisher's Summary

The most compelling scientific evidence for life beyond death ever compiled.

Evidence of the Afterlife shares the firsthand accounts of people who have died and lived to tell about it. Through their work at the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, radiation oncologist Jeffrey Long and his wife, Jody, have gathered thousands of accounts of near-death experiences (NDEs) from all over the world. In addition to sharing the personal narrative of their experiences, visitors to the website are asked to fill out a one hundred-item questionnaire designed to isolate specific elements of the experience and to flag counterfeit accounts.

The website has become the largest NDE research database in the world, containing over 1,600 NDE accounts. The people whose stories are captured in the database span all age groups, races, and religious affiliations and come from all over the world, yet the similarities in their stories are as awe-inspiring as they are revealing. 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.

©2010 Jeffrey Long (P)2011 Christy Mirabal

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    Brenda Lowell, NC, United States 11-20-12
    Brenda Lowell, NC, United States 11-20-12
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    "Interesting listen"

    I was engrossed and interested in the book. Ant then I got to the part where he was discussing how patients under general anesthesia were recalling what the staff did during a code. About the 10th time he pronounced anesthesia "Anastasia" I had to click the off button and stop listening.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    F. Barfety Lenexa, KS USA 06-28-15
    F. Barfety Lenexa, KS USA 06-28-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Great content"

    Delivery was robotic. Content is life altering. One of the most complete research so far on death experiences.

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    Steve 03-23-15
    Steve 03-23-15
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    "Focus on research not detailed stories"

    Well designed book that's purpose is to make a scientific argument for the existence of an afterlife. It manages to interweave many short examples of actual NDE experiences that hint at the deeper messages and meaning that these experiences hold.

    The only limitation for me of this book is that in trying to be scientific and objective it looses much of the detail in the actual experiences. This will frustrate people who are looking for in depth analysis of these heavenly experiences, and broader conclusions on what meaning we can draw from these personal accounts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Brittain Brentwood, CA 94513 03-13-15
    Ron Brittain Brentwood, CA 94513 03-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The Truth will set you free"

    Scholarly and well written. Hopeful and inspiring. Truth that will stand the test of time but is just a glimpse of things yet to be revealed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy Tyson 03-03-15
    Sandy Tyson 03-03-15 Member Since 2012
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    What did you like best about Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences? What did you like least?

    The book was a little scientifically heavy handed given the subject matter, but the subtitle does after all, state that it is a scientific report. I would have liked more detailed examples. That being said, the narrator read it as if it was a news report, even when talking of things of a spiritual or heavenly nature. All the same voice. And as soon as he started mispronouncing words - I counted 6 or 7, the most common being "anesthesia" - used dozens of times, he completely lost credibility for the subject matter... very unprofessional. Is there no one editing or listening to his performance who can clue him in on correct pronunciation of common english words? VERY annoying and distracting!


    Would you recommend Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences to your friends? Why or why not?

    First of all, I would recommend they read it, not listen to it. And then, I would recommend this as a book to read only after reading some of the other books out about NDE from the people who experienced them. There are many good ones out there to read first. This book's conclusions are the same, but from a different direction.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Narrator should think about the experiences he is talking about and use more reflection and thought in his voice. And if he doesn't know how to pronounce a certain word, look it up first!


    Did Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences inspire you to do anything?

    I was glad to hear of the research the author did to confirm the afterlife, something I already believe in. I will be interested in visiting his website to learn more.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aubrey 02-01-15
    Aubrey 02-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good science well presented"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences to be better than the print version?

    Probably not because the author didn't read the work.


    What other book might you compare Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences to and why?

    Not sure, maybe Flipside by Richard Martini in that they both deal with the afterlife. Whereas that book is an amature-sh production, this one is a professional recording.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Bob Dunsworth?

    Sure, but I find him too generic with a lack of character or personality.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Audio books should be read by their authors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Haase Denver, CO United States 08-20-14
    A. Haase Denver, CO United States 08-20-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Not science, but compelling anecdotes."
    Any additional comments?

    This book asks us to believe that statistics are science because they are gathered on a web page by a doctor who has studied a lot of science. A doctor is close enough to scientist, but making a web page of questionnaires is not science.

    The largest part of the proof is that the stories/questionnaires about near-death experiences submitted by self-selected people yield statistically similar answers. The problems begin that near-death is not well defined and many of the people may have had dreams etc. so the author examines the submissions carefully to determine if they match near-death and takes the results he is most sure of and categorizes them and generally reports only the most sure group or the two best groups together. All the outliers are discarded so it is really uncertain if the questionnaires are intrinsically similar or the near-death selection criteria, the self-selection, and any questionnaire bias makes them that way. The author explains his process and does try to minimize influence and reach out to people who may not typically fill out the questionnaire.

    This is a difficult thing to do with statistics alone, especially with the fragilities of human memory and perception; I laud the attempt, but this may be an impossible task.

    I also took some exception to the way the author deals with skeptics; they are usually lumped together as all having the same opinion that is usually dismissed as naive. In the much less occurring case it is stated that skeptics cannot agree on the cause of something and are therefore dismissed as grasping at straws. If these experiences are not all real, I would imagine they would have many different potential causes and thus it seems like skeptics, whose guesses should be relatively diverse, are not given any real consideration.

    This book would be more convincing if some of the people coming back after experiencing having a deep knowledge of the universe and how all things work gave us a formulation for helping Alzheimer's disease patients or the like (if death is not to be feared, as stated in this book as a typical feeling after an NDE, it should be a disease/problem that causes much suffering).

    This book is well worth the listen; it is inspiring and interesting... it's just not science.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    elan Kailua, HI 96734 08-07-14
    elan Kailua, HI 96734 08-07-14 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Fantastic compilation science and stories"
    If you could sum up Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences in three words, what would they be?

    An excellent compilation of a great number of NDE stories about transformtive encounters and the resulting life changes engndered.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author....as first person.


    Have you listened to any of Bob Dunsworth’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Quite sufficient...


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Changed by the Light


    Any additional comments?

    I have read many books on Near death experiences and the resulting effects and transformations on people lives and I oiked this one more than any so far. Why? Because it is comprehendive adn also be cause the authoer has created an excellent website and Facebook community to share NDE experience with multi lingual translations and he adn his rtetam attemtp to create some science around the stories to find the baasic spiritual truths underlining the NDE's. I find this book essential to uderstand the joy and healing that many experience when they leave their body and encounter the higher Spiritual forces which are essentially loving adn forgiving adn without critical judgement...of our " personal shortcomings".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 06-28-14
    Paul LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 06-28-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Fascinating, well-researched study"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences to be better than the print version?

    Doubtful. The narrator mispronounced critical words like anesthesia, which is repeated dozens of times throughout the book. He would pronounce it "Anastasia". Another was jubilant, which he pronounced jubUlant.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All the accounts of out-of-body and near-death experiences.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Bob Dunsworth’s performances?

    No.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    This is a very compelling study. He even speaks to the skeptics and explains why their explanations don't hold up.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Copper Center, AK, United States 12-19-12
    John Copper Center, AK, United States 12-19-12

    I live in a remote area of Alaska. I read and listen to audio books. I am single and live with 3 dogs and 2 cats. I have a horse. I am 73

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    "A Good Listen"
    What did you love best about Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences?

    The author provided many examples of NDE and OBE and gave references to other studies.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are no characters in this book.


    Which character – as performed by Bob Dunsworth – was your favorite?

    NA


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I have listened to it about 1 hr each night.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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