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Search for the Soul

Christopher, Milbourne

 This is a popular but serious review of "efforts that have been made to see, isolate, and analyze the soul" (p. 7), and to establish that it exists after death. Included are the materializations of Katie King investigated by William Crookes; a not previously reported attempt to photograph the soul at the moment of death; attempts to weigh the soul, reveal its shape and map its dimensions; near-death experiments of the past and present; the Kidd trial and the research conducted with the miner's legacy at the American Society for Psychical Research and Psychical Research Foundation, including out-of-body experiments and deathbed experiences; near-death experiences, Mrs. Piper; Elisabeth Kubler-Ross; and reincarnation. Christopher points out why none of the attempts described succeeded, but chides modern researchers for not centering their efforts on either the moment of "conception or during the period of dying. This is when the animating power is generated or when it flickers and is finally extinguished" (p. 187).
Publisher Information:New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1979. 206p. Bibliography: 189-192; Index: 195-206
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