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The Light Beyond

Moody, Raymond A., with Perry, Paul

 Raymond Moody, who as a philosophy student, coined the term "near-death ex- perience" (NDE), ten years later and as an M.D. provides a highly readable popular introduction to the findings of NDE researchers. He describes the characteristics of NDEs, devotes a chapter to the transformative power of NDEs, and provides another chapter on the NDEs of children. Chapter 4 is about "Why Near-Death Experiences Intrigue Us." The fifth chapter is "Why the NDE Isn't Mental Illness," and the sixth introduces the major NDE researchers to the reader, followed by first-person accounts of each person's interest in NDEs. The researchers included are: Melvin Morse, M.D.; Michael Sabom, M.D.; Michael Grosso, Ph.D.; Kenneth Ring, Ph.D.; and Robert Sullivan. In the seventh chapter, "Explanations," Moody discusses why he considers NDEs to be spiritual experiences and then describes the many attempts to explain NDEs, including the birth experience hypothesis, carbon dioxide overload, hallucination, fantasy, wish fulfillment, and the collective unconscious. In the "Conclusion," he expresses his conviction that NDEs provide evidence of life after life. The bibliography, with paragraph-length annotations, consists of research reports that helped him to form his "knowledge and opinion on the subject of near-death experience" (p. 157).
Publisher Information:New York: Bantam Books, 1988. Ann.bibl: 157-161
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