Evidence

Like mentioned before in the past decades scientific research has increasingly been focused on reincarnation and Near-Death-Experiences.

A very extensive overview of the results of scientific research, which supports Near-Death-Experiences and  reincarnation can be found at  http://www.near-death.com/science/evidence.html

But a very clear picture of the grown insights and further challenges for scientific research was presented in September 2016 in Boston by the Research Unit of the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences within the University of Virginia (UvA DOPS) on the occasion of their 50-years existance. The presentations were given this afternoon under the title: Do we survive death? A look at the evidence. These presentations formed the first meeting of a roadshow, that would be repeated up to spring 2017 at various locations. UvA DOPS has grown from the pioneering activities, which Ian Stevenson has started. The programme started with the story of Jeff Olsen on the NDE, that he experienced during a car accident and the difficult period he experienced afterwards.

After that subsequent presentations were given on the experiences and the results achieved in their professional fields by:

  • Dr Bruce Greyson on ‘Consciousness Independent of the Brain’ based on Near-Death-Experiences
  • Dr Jim Tucker on ‘Young Children Who Remember Previous Lives’, the research on reincarnation since the period of Ian Stevenson, due to which they meanwhile have 2,500 cases at their disposal
  • Dr Kim Penberthy on ‘Mindfulness and Altered States of Consciousness’
  • Dr Edward F Kelly over ‘Consciousness is More than a Product of Brain Activity’ and in the 2nd conference also Dr Emily Williams Kelly

The drive to spread this knowledge is the conviction, that the world earns it due to the large impact on society for our future dealings with each other and our planet to be convinced – contrary to the shortsighted materialistic generally accept science – by the insights gathered during the past 50 years.

Edward Kelly   –   Kim Pemberthy   –   Emily Williams Kelly   –   Jim Tucker   –   Bruce Greyson   –   John Cleese

Moreover, I found at the website Quora amongst others the twe below articles:

  1. In the first article Errol Greene argues by summing up 7 points why he is convinced of the survival after death. At the end of it he refers to the 2nd article
  2. In that article from 2011 “New Evidence Suggests that the Near-Death-Experience is the Spirit Leaving the Body and Not Just a Dying Brain” Patrick Wells presents an impressive overview in 8 points referring to an earlier article of him and the backgrounds of those points at concerning websites.

 

Is there any tangible evidence for life after death?

 

Errol Greene
studied at Southern Illinois University Carbondale

 

Updated Jan 3 2017

Yes, I think there is. I sat on the fence about this for many, many years, but with evidence I was confronted with, I began to realize that there are simply things that cannot be explained without some sort of survival of death.

The evidence that finally convinced me:

1. The University of Virginia, after years of intensive research (see above), came to the conclusion that reincarnation is real. They were confronted with hundreds of cases that simply couldn’t be explained. A few examples that I read about included a boy who at three, understood the design of the Titanic, and had detailed memories of its sinking. The child who was able to tell his parents about his previous life as a WWII pilot, as well as describe the hotel where they had conceived him. All of it was absolutely accurate and checked out. He can references a drawing his sister had made in his previous life– all accurately. Or the young man who came back and discussed detailed experiences with his grown former best friend, things he couldn’t have possibly known. Or, the young boy who described who he was and how he had died in a fire in Chicago in the 1990’s. When investigators checked the names and descriptions of the fire casualties, the name and description he claimed to be checked out.

2. I have been involved personally in several hauntings. Despite whether or not you believe in ghosts or spirits, I have my own evidence that I cannot deny. I’ve been pushed by an invisible force in a bed in a hotel room, had things move around my bedroom at night, had drawers to cabinets open and close by themselves, heard clear footsteps when no one was home, had doors slam with no wind or open windows… the list goes on. Within my own experience, I know there’s more than just the physical world.

3. One of the world’s most respected death researchers, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross came to the conclusion that we survive physical death. She studied death most of her life and also came to the realization that there were too many things about death that simply couldn’t be explained as a permanent loss of consciousness. For example, the child that told the room that his brother had already died, despite the fact that he had been taken to a different hospital… and had died just moments before. If there was one or two examples like this, it would be easy enough to call that coincidence, but hundreds of these can’t be ignored.

4. The information and transformational changes people experience from Near-Death Experiences. People have changed dramatically after these and many became transformed by the experience. Some became spiritual and entered the clergy. Others changed their personalities and chose to focus more on giving back to others. Some completely changed their religious beliefs and stopped viewing God as the universe’s chief cop and instead, viewed God as more of a loving, caring entity.

5. NDE’s who were able to tell what was going on in a hospital when they were either clinically dead or anesthetized. There’s the story of the doctor who never believed in survival of consciousness at death, until after his patient told him what was going on and being said while she was dead. As a result, he began to question his understanding of death. People who were able to tell what was being said by friends and relatives in other parts of the hospital during their NDE’s.

6. No one knows where our soul resides in the brain. We can manipulate the brain and cause memories to be called on or body parts to move, but we can’t find the controller, or ghost in the machine, so-to-speak. In other words, we can find the computer, we just can’t find the operator. Also, if soul’s were part of the brain matter, we could clone people and animals and with the same environment, reproduce roughly the same person, as everything would be identical to the original person. But that’s not how it works; cloned animals are often very different, and have markedly different personalities from the animal they were cloned from, furthering evidence that the soul is a separate entity from the brain.

7. And for the last— probably the single most powerful piece of evidence possible, that literally proves existence of the soul. People who were blind since birth were able to see and describe things accurately during their NDE’s. There simply is no plausible explanation for this other than survival of a spirit outside of the body: New Evidence Suggests that the Near-Death-Experience is the Spirit Leaving the Body and Not Just a Dying Brain

Add all of these together, and it quickly becomes apparent that there is something more going on than meets the eye. I don’t claim to know what that is exactly, but there’s something that we have yet to understand going on. Maybe technology will advance to a point soon where it can tell us what exactly does happen, but I’d say in light of the evidence, the odds of us surviving death in some form are very, very high.

 

New Evidence Suggests that the Near-Death-Experience is the Spirit Leaving the Body and Not Just a Dying Brain

Written by Patrick Wells
Thursday, 25 August 2011 08:43

Some scientists only believe in what they can measure (scientific reductionism). Those same scientists claim that there are many rational scientific explanations for the Near-Death-Experience. They are described as dreams, hallucinations, a dying brain trying to calm us, drug induced, effects of oxygen deprivation, light effects that come from the dying Pineal gland, etc. These explanations come from our current, but aging, scientific and reductionist paradigm. I will rebut those theories with eight very strong arguments. The new and emerging scientific paradigm is that Consciousness (the Implicate Order) precedes, is more primary than and animates matter, space and time (the explicate order).
http://readersupportednews.org//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4723

Here is significant scientific and anecdotal proof that the NDE is the Spirit leaving the body and not just effects of the dying brain. This proof is from all the top experts in the field of death, dying and consciousness.

First and foremost is the research of Dr. Ken Ring, one of the deans of Near-Death research. In one of his books Mindsight, Dr. Ring investigated 31 blind people who had near-death-experiences and or out-of-body experiences. 80% of the respondents claimed that they were able to see when out of their bodies, even those who were congenitally blind (blind from birth). Congenitally blind people don’t even have a concept of sight; they only dream in audio. Many of these people had flat brain waves and were in cardiac arrest in hospitals. Five of them saw things that could be verified independently. I will ask one question of the scientific community. Without eyes, in cardiac arrest and with flat brain waves, what did these people see with? Unless all the participants in this study are lying, this particular phenomenon cannot be explained from the current scientific theory of material reductionism. The theory of Occam’s Razor would suggest that this is a real event.
http://www.near-death.com/experiences/experts04.html

Second, Near Death Experiencers report finding their consciousness expanding outside the boundaries of their bodies. They say that the feeling is like taking off a tight shoe or an uncomfortable suit of armor. They report that this experience is much more real than waking reality.

Thousands of documented cases prove that NDErs can see and report accurately on what happened to their bodies, in or out of the hospital, when they were clinically dead, with no brain waves and in cardiac arrest. The following example is quoted from Dr. Bruce Greyson’s article in the stunning book, Varieties of Anomalous Experience: Examining the Scientific Evidence. It is about the NDE of Pam Reynolds.
http://www.near-death.com/experiences/evidence01.html

“The patient’s eyes were taped shut and molded speakers were inserted into her ears to emit 100-decibel clicks and block out any other auditory stimulation. After she was fully anesthetized, the neurosurgeon opened her scalp, cut the skull open with a special pneumatic saw, and opened the dura mater to expose the brain.

Twenty minutes later, her body temperature now 60 degrees F, the clicks from her ear speakers stopped eliciting a response from the brainstem, indicating total shutdown of her entire brain. At that point, the head of the operating table was tilted up, the cardiopulmonary bypass machine was turned off, and the blood was drained out of her body, collapsing the aneurysm sac so that it could safely be clipped and excised. Once the aneurysm was repaired, the bypass machine was turned on again, and warmed blood was infused back into her body, which was followed by return of the brainstem-evoked potentials and then electrical activity on the EEC. As that was happening, however, her heart went back into ventricular fibrillation, and she had to be shocked twice to restore a regular heart rhythm.

The patient reported subsequently that she was awakened out of anesthesia by the sound of the pneumatic saw, and then felt herself pulled out of the top of her head and viewed the operating room from above the neurosurgeon’s shoulder. She accurately described the 20 doctors, nurses, and technicians in the room, 17 of whom she had never met, and several peculiar details of the unique pneumatic saw used to cut open her skull, the cardiac surgeon’s surprise at finding the initial femoral artery too small to use, and the music playing in the operating room when she returned to her body but was still unconscious. She reported that after her heart had stopped and the blood was drained from her body, she went through a tunnel into a brilliant light, where she met many people, including several deceased relatives, who warned her that if she did not turn back she would not survive the operation.

The meticulous monitoring of this patient allows common physiological explanatory hypotheses to be addressed. This case cannot be explained by temporal-lobe seizure activity, because brain waves were continuously monitored. It cannot be explained by reconstruction based on overheard conversations during the operation, because the molded speakers in her ears blocked out any possible hearing, and her brainstem responses showed absolutely no response to auditory stimulation. It cannot be explained by reconstruction based on observations before and after she was anesthetized, because she accurately described people, equipment, and events that were not observable to her either before or after the procedure.

Individuals who have these veridical out-of-body perceptions usually claim that their mental processes were remarkably clear when they seemed to be separated from their physical bodies and become convinced by this experience that they will survive the death of their bodies.”

Third, Dr. Allan Botkin has created an extraordinary new therapy for Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder and grief. The attached video (below) reveals the extraordinary efficacy of a variation of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) that he calls IADC (Induced After Death Communication). In these experiences, which can be induced in 76% of his cases, patients report receiving a clear communication from the person they are grieving. Their healing is consistently remarkable. I believe that Spirits are actually returning from the Quantum Field (Heaven) to assist survivors in their grief. His work suggests that the Mind is much more than just the brain.
YouTube link: http://bit.ly/oyZrgp
Website: http://www.healingafterthewar.org

Fourth, the vast majority of NDErs experience a dramatic shift in their behavior, personalities and beliefs. No other human experience of any kind causes such a dramatic and permanent transformation. These NDE changes include: a total loss of fear of death; interest in spirituality more than religion; loosing all interest in material things; finding great interest in loving and serving others; changing careers; finding a great reverence for all living things. As an example, a Mafia hit man, who had killed seven people previously, now only gives speeches about his NDE. When in his back yard, he tries very hard to avoid stepping on ants. Once we have a direct experience of the ONEness of Life, there is no longer any fear of being alone or separate or dying.
http://www.google.com/search?tbm=bks&tbo=1&q=Mafia+Hitman%2C+Near+Death+Experience&btnG=

Fifth, there is strong evidence about the validity of NDEs from a study on cardiac arrest in the Netherlands. This research study shows that medical factors including psychological, neuropsychological or physiological factors cannot account for the occurrence and experience of an NDE. In other words, all the physical explanations for this experience like fear of death, oxygen deprivation, drugs, hallucinations, a dying pineal gland, or the brain helping us die by mitigating our fear with endorphins, etc. cannot adequately explain this phenomenon.
http://profezie3m.altervista.org/archivio/TheLancet_NDE.htm

Dr. Jeffrey Long and Jody Long have the largest Near-Death-Experience Web site in the world with over 2500 full-text published NDE accounts. It is all part of their Near-Death-Experience Research Foundation. This Web site has more evidence of the possibility of life after death than any other Web site in the world! Please don’t miss looking at it!
http://www.nderf.org

Other evidence that is used to try to explain this event physiologically is that some of the core experiences can be induced through physical means. These include the hypoxia that Jet Pilots get when the G-force is too high, some psychedelic drugs (especially Ketamine and DMT) and by electrical stimulation of the temporal lobe. These recollections are random and fragmented and there are rarely any permanent transformational experiences like loss of fear of death and strong new interest in spirituality that accompanies an NDE.

In addition, proving that higher states of consciousness, including NDE’s, can be accessed chemically and biologically does not prove that those states (a higher dimension) cannot independently exist without a biological connection. This real and dramatic transformation only comes when one is actually approaching death.

Sixth, Dr. Melvin Morse has conducted extensive research about children who have had NDEs. Dr Morse, a pediatrician, was originally a complete skeptic. He believed the NDE was an artifact of culture and or religion only. He was certain that this phenomenon would not show up in children too young to be influenced by culture and religion. He discovered to his complete surprise that these very young children, some still in the womb and some as young as 9 days old, had memories of these experiences remarkably similar to those of adults (except they have no life review for obvious reasons). As soon as they had enough language skills, their NDE was the first thing they wanted to tell their parents about. Dr. Morse now lectures on his new beliefs.
http://www.spiritualscientific.com

Seventh is the work of Professor Emeritus William A. Tiller, of Stanford University’s Department of Materials Science. He spent 34 years in academia after 9 years as an advisory physicist with the Westinghouse Research Laboratories. In his conventional science field, he has published over 250 scientific papers, 3 books and several patents. His new research is scientific proof of the power of thought and the power of focused awareness, both of which operate at the Quantum level and the physical level.

In parallel, for the past 30 years, he has been avocationally pursuing serious experimental and theoretical study of the field of psychoenergetics, which he thinks will become a very important part of “tomorrow’s” physics. William Tiller’s latest rigorous scientific research is on consciousness using control groups, replication studies, Faraday cages and measured at different distances. A Faraday cage is a metallic enclosure that prevents the entry or escape of an electromagnetic (EM) field.

Using only the mental intention of four excellent meditators in Arizona with results at multiple locations around the world, the force of that conscious intention was able to speed up the gestation of fruit flies by 25% and change the pH factor of water by one full pH unit, both up and down. If your body only changed by 1/2 p/h, you would die. He calls those results very robust; I call it confirmation of my belief system.

Despite the fact that most scientists will tell you there is absolutely no proof for telepathy and or telekinesis, there are now hundreds of studies proving consistently and scientifically over the past three decades that the human “mind” can influence random number generators.
http://www.tillerfoundation.com

Eighth is from the work of Roger Nelson at Princeton who is actually trying to “measure” Consciousness. “The Global Consciousness Project is an international, multidisciplinary collaboration of scientists and engineers. They collect data continuously from a global network of physical random number generators located in 70 host sites around the world. The data are transmitted to a central archive which now contains more than 12 years of random data in parallel sequences of synchronized 200-bit trials every second.

Their purpose is to examine subtle correlations that reflect the presence and activity of consciousness in the world. They predict structure in what should be random data, associated with major global events. The data overall show a highly significant departure from expectation, confirming their prediction.

Subtle but real effects of consciousness are important scientifically, but their real power is more direct. They encourage us to make essential, healthy changes in the great systems that dominate our world. Large scale group consciousness has effects in the physical world. Knowing this, we can intentionally work toward a brighter, more conscious future.”
http://noosphere.princeton.edu

 

The Near Death Experience as Evidence for Life After Death

Stafford BettyFinally this article by Stafford Betty on the evidence of NDEs. In the form of a dialogue he sums up why the survival after death is sufficiently convincing for him. And furthermore an interview with him at the publication of his book:

I’ve given radio shows about my afterlife research from Sydney to Toronto, and from London to LA. Here are some of the more interesting questions that interviewers ask me:

1. You’ve published four books on the afterlife since 2011 What drove you to do this?
For many years I’ve been teaching a course at Cal State Bakersfield titled The Meaning of Death. One of the keys to its success is the discussions we have on what happens at death and what might happen after. Most students are turned off by the idea of becoming nothing at death, and I show them the various types of evidence suggesting this won’t happen. I share my students’ discomfort at the thought of personal extinction. For the most part I enjoy life, and any evidence that suggests it goes on is very welcome news. My new book explores this evidence.

2. What conclusions have you drawn? And what are they based on?
The evidence that my colleagues and I study and analyze is not based on religious doctrine, but on scientific and philosophical analysis of the evidence, which is almost entirely secular in nature. This evidence falls under nine headings: deathbed visions, the near-death experience, apparitions or ghosts, poltergeist phenomena, spirit communication through mediums, spirit attachment, reincarnational memories by very young children, spirit communication using electronic instruments, and unaccountable clarity by advanced Alzheimer’s victims just before death. Most afterlife researchers who are aware of this information are strong believers in survival of death. They rightly see that the brain is not the originator of consciousness, but the organ that implements it. My latest book shows why we think this way.

3. How do your conclusions square with religious doctrine? Do religious people find your work helpful? Or do they feel threatened?
Reactions vary. First, the answers reaching us from these nonreligious sources frighten away many religious people who restrict themselves to their Bible or Quran or Vedas. Second, many religious people are open to more light, and are pleased to see that the evidence affirms the truth of survival even if the details of what to expect at death are different from what they’ve been taught. Third, many other religious people discover in these books a world following death that makes far more sense than anything they’ve come across in their churches or synagogues. Their worldviews change accordingly.

4. How do scientists react to your research? Are they skeptical, open, dismissive?
Again, reactions vary. Many people who think of themselves as scientific refuse to look at the research. They cannot imagine a world apart from the one they know, and they don’t give themselves a chance to meet the evidence that might change their minds. Needless to say, this is a very unscientific attitude. Many others, especially in the medical professions, are more open.

5. We have problems enough in this world. Are your interests too otherworldly to be of much use?
No. Sharing the evidence and analyzing it properly unleashes what William James called “the strenuous mood.” It encourages a zest for life. It helps form the conviction that what we do here really matters and has consequences that reach beyond this life. It helps generate every kind of virtue.

6. What about your research has surprised you the most?
It’s full of surprises, but perhaps most surprising is the finding that afterlife is not the exclusive domain of religion. The great adventure that death opens up to us is not dependent on belief, but on character. Deeply religious people often have an advantage, not because of their beliefs, but because they have often thought more carefully about death and devoted time to becoming loving and forgiving persons. But nonbelievers are not necessarily disadvantaged. Character is fundamental, and good atheists or agnostics will begin the journey at the level that their character—their habits of a lifetime—have readied them for. The same goes for people of varying faiths.

7. Is your work appreciated by your colleagues where you work? How about your students?
By the students, yes. By the faculty, on the whole no, at least not publicly. Very few faculty have ever heard of the kind of research I do, and they have no time to give it a look. They are consumed, after all, by their own research projects, so this is not surprising. On a campus like CSUB, a secular university, the unfortunate assumption that any talk of an afterlife must be based on religion reigns. This is the great bane of researchers like me. How do we break through this prejudice? We are convinced that the evidence for survival rests on solid ground—as solid as the physicist’s evidence for dark energy and matter.

8. Any final word?
There is no need for the good man or woman to fear death. To regret it, yes. For there is so much that is yet to be done. But fear it? No. The great adventure of life will continue.

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