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
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'.
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.
An excellent compilation of a great number of NDE stories about transformtive encounters and the resulting life changes engndered.
The author....as first person.
Changed by the Light
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".
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.
All the accounts of out-of-body and near-death experiences.
This is a very compelling study. He even speaks to the skeptics and explains why their explanations don't hold up.
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
The author provided many examples of NDE and OBE and gave references to other studies.
There are no characters in this book.
I have listened to it about 1 hr each night.
Yes....It will help you to look at each of our relationships from a slightly different perspective
This is a great book!
I'm curious & creative and I love new ideas about life!
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!
I really liked this story and was pretty much glued to the book.
No single one moment.
Nice and clear voice.
Liked all of the stories
Thanks for a good audible book.
It was repetetive, and the reader didn't make clear transitions.
Almost any of the stories of people's experiences - they were all very interesting.
depending on the topic, maybe.
Not really, but if there was a follow up I might be interested in it.
The take-home message of the book was well worth putting up with some repetition and wordiness with regard to the proofs.
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.
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