On The Other Side Of Life: Exploring the Phenomenon of the Near-Death Experience

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According to researchers in the field, over 8 million Americans have undergone a near-death experience (NDE). Ms. Valarino, an expert in NDE history, presents this phenomenon in a probing multidisciplinary examination: a dialogue with distinguished investigators and scholars in the fields of psychology, biology, physics, neurophysiology, theology, and philosophy to explore different understandings of the NDE.These six eminent personnel propose original and scientifically stimulating hypotheses on the NDE phenomenon: Professor Kenneth Ring, a world-renowned psychologist, presents a vast survey of the latest research; Professor Michel Lefeuvre, a philosopher, provides the first extensive philosophical analysis of the NDE phenomenon; Professors Louis-Marie Vincent, a biologist, Régis Duthiel, a theoretical physicist, and Paul Chauchard, a neurophysiologist, put forth highly interesting theories with respect to their scientific fields of expertise; and, Lord Bishop Jean Vernette, delegate of the French Episcopate and advisor to the Vatican, puts forth the views of the Catholic Church. On the Other Side of Life is an unbiased exchange of ideas and knowledge on the near-death experience. Ms. Valarino infuses this book with disarming intellectual honesty, leaving a lasting impression on anyone willing to open up to this fascinating phenomenon as well as professionals in the areas of psychology, philosophy, neuroscience, and theology.

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Approaching the near-death experience from the standpoint of an objective observer reporting quantifiable experiences, Evelyn Elsaesser Valarino endows On the Other Side of Life with credibility that is missing from many books on this subject. Valarino's interviews provide access to the insights of scientists, doctors, and everyday people that both researchers and general readers will find valuable. At the same time, these dialogues with such a diverse group of reputable scholars serve as a foundation for bridging the gap between science and spirituality.

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Evelyn Elsaesser Valarino, born in Bern, Switzerland, is head of the law library at the University of Geneva. In search for existentialist answers, she has spent many years studying scientific as well as philosophical works. The author's discovery of near-death-experience testimonies prompted her to undertake a rigorous five-year program of research to explore and understand these accounts within the contexts of different disciplines, culminating in this fascinating book.

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