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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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    Richard Dickison Kapolei, Hawaii 05-05-12
    Richard Dickison Kapolei, Hawaii 05-05-12 Member Since 2003

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    "Department of Redundancy Department"

    The writing seems very redundant in content and phrasing and becomes hard to listen to, but the tidbits of data are what kept me listening.

    The reader mispronounced a number of words continuously. Anesthesia was pronounced like Anastasia, scintillate was pronounced like skintillate and akin was pronounced like bacon without the 'b'.

    2 of 3 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 2013
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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 2010
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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 2004
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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.


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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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    Rick PORT CRANE, NY, United States 12-10-12
    Rick PORT CRANE, NY, United States 12-10-12 Member Since 2012

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    "You start to realize what is important in Life!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes....It will help you to look at each of our relationships from a slightly different perspective


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences?

    N/A


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

    NO


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    This is a great book!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terry EAGLE, ID, United States 08-02-12
    Terry EAGLE, ID, United States 08-02-12 Member Since 2012

    I'm curious & creative and I love new ideas about life!

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    "Afterlife"
    Would you listen to Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences again? Why?

    I have lost my fear of death after listening to this book! Now I know that we go to a better place when we die!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sammy Roberts 07-02-12
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    If you could sum up Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences in three words, what would they be?

    I really liked this story and was pretty much glued to the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences?

    No single one moment.


    What about Bob Dunsworth’s performance did you like?

    Nice and clear voice.


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

    Liked all of the stories


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks for a good audible book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "worthwhile read"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It was repetetive, and the reader didn't make clear transitions.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences?

    Almost any of the stories of people's experiences - they were all very interesting.


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

    depending on the topic, maybe.


    Do you think Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not really, but if there was a follow up I might be interested in it.


    Any additional comments?

    The take-home message of the book was well worth putting up with some repetition and wordiness with regard to the proofs.

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    michael poway, Ca, United States 05-07-12
    michael poway, Ca, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Speed listening"

    The speaker talked way too fast...felt I was speed listening with no time to absorb the info. Book has way to many facts, numbers and percentages...add in speed reading equals low rating. Disappointing as I am really interested in subject matter.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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