Death as an Altered State of Consciousness: A Scientific Approach (Paperback)
In this engaging book, diverse phenomena associated with death, such as apparent after-death communication and near-death experiences, are examined through a scientific lens and evaluated for the degree to which they offer evidence for the survival of consciousness after death. Is death the end of everything? Is life after death really possible? Considerable scientific support has emerged in recent years for the idea that death is best described as an altered state of consciousness. This survival hypothesis contrasts with predominant materialist thinking, which holds that there is only oblivion upon death. Chapters in this book investigate scientific evidence for mediumship, instrumental transcommunication, near-death experiences, after-death communication, and past-life experiences, among other anomalous death-related occurrences, and a framework is presented for understanding the nature of a potential afterlife. The phenomena described in this book will broaden the perspective of consciousness researchers, and fill an educational need for caregivers, grief counselors, and all who are interested in this understudied and misunderstood area.
Imants Baruss, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at King's University College at Western University where he teaches courses about consciousness and altered states of consciousness. His current research includes mathematical modelling of consciousness and empirical investigation of apparent after-death communication with electronic devices. He is the author of 7 books, over 50 papers, and over 100 presentations at conferences and universities around the world. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Scientific Exploration and Consulting Editor of Psychology of Consciousness, and a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, the Society for Consciousness Studies, and the Academy for the Advancement of Postmaterialist Sciences.