The world's leading expert on near-death experiences reveals his journey toward rethinking the nature of death, life, and the continuity of consciousness.
Cases of remarkable experiences on the threshold of death have been reported since ancient times, and are described today by 10% of people whose hearts stop. The medical world has generally ignored these “near-death experiences,” dismissing them as “tricks of the brain” or wishful thinking. But after his patients started describing events that he could not just sweep under the rug, Dr. Bruce Greyson began to investigate.
As a physician without a religious belief system, he approached near-death experiences from a scientific perspective. In After, he shares the transformative lessons he has learned over four decades of research. Our culture has tended to view dying as the end of our consciousness, the end of our existence—a dreaded prospect that for many people evokes fear and anxiety.
But Dr. Greyson shows how scientific revelations about the dying process can support an alternative theory. Dying could be the threshold between one form of consciousness and another, not an ending but a transition. This new perspective on the nature of death can transform the fear of dying that pervades our culture into a healthy view of it as one more milestone in the course of our lives. After challenges us to open our minds to these experiences and to what they can teach us, and in so doing, expand our understanding of consciousness and of what it means to be human.
A thought provoking book for sure
A controversial topic researched in a very scientific way that leaves the reader the ability to make an informed personal conclusion. The authors research is very thorough, objective, and if we are lucky lifts the curtain on wonderful possibilities for the mind. I just hope, if survival of the mind after death is true, that animal minds are blessed with the same type of persistence after death. That would be icing on the cake.
amazing and thought provoking
I have been having a really difficult time processing my grandparents’ deaths and not only has this book helped me with their passing, but also my ideas of an afterlife and dealing with my own mortality. This truly isn’t a religious book by any stretch of means, but it has oddly enough helped reinvigorate my spiritual life as I had become skeptical and cynical in the last few years. Truly amazing amount of work and research went into this!
I like the approach
I like the approach of studying NDEs like scientific experiments and questions. It did feel like he repeated himself many times in this book. It is also more evidence that we have to live by faith, and how does that faith affect how we live our lives.