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Near-Death Experiences

Heavenly Insight or Human Illusion?

Authors: Engmann, Birk

  • Provides explanations for the various experiences construed by some as proof of the supernatural
  • Fascinating and informative presentation of a highly controversial topic
  • Author is respected neurologist with many medical and historical publications to his name
  • Explores its topic with interesting historical reports and recent well documented cases
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About this book

The expression "Near-Death Experience" is associated in the popular understanding with access to knowledge about our transition between the states of life and death. But how should such experiences be interpreted? Are they verifiable with scientific methods? If so, how can they be explained? Attempting to relate matters of scientific knowledge to subjective experience and the realm of belief is a difficult balancing act and has led to a variety of approaches to the topic. This work scrutinizes the diverse views and also myths, about near-death experiences and describes them from a scientific standpoint. Situated at the intersection of neuroscience, psychology, philosophy and religious studies this book will appeal to a broad audience of both scientists and general readers.

About the authors

Birk Engmann works and lives in Leipzig, Germany. He is not only a neurologist, psychiatrist and researcher but has also published in the fields of history of architecture and palaeontology. Furthermore, he is known as a painter.

Reviews

From the book reviews:

“This book is an expanded version of a German work published in 2011. … The book is very well written and illustrated with many pictures to simplify the author’s discussion; it will be accessible to a wide audience. Summing Up: Recommended. All academic and general library collections.” (D. S. Paulson, Choice, Vol. 52 (5), January, 2015)

“Birk Engmann has written a clear, engaging, scholarly account of selected research and provides his perspectives on near-death experiences (NDEs). … Engmann approaches the topic as a skeptic who challenges popular conclusions that NDEs represent metaphysical glimpses into an afterlife or proof that consciousness exists separate from a person’s physical body. His approach is sufficiently scholarly to be rigorous and should be clearly understandable by both professionals and an educated, nonprofessional audience.” (Gary Groth-Marnat, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 59 (30), July, 2014)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Engmann, Birk

    Pages 1-2

  • Is There Historical Evidence of Near-Death Experiences or do We Merely See What We Want to See?

    Engmann, Birk

    Pages 3-47

  • Problems and Contradictions

    Engmann, Birk

    Pages 49-79

  • Medical Theories

    Engmann, Birk

    Pages 81-111

  • Opportunities and Limitations of Heuristic Methods

    Engmann, Birk

    Pages 113-115

Buy this book

eBook $14.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-03728-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $19.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-03727-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Near-Death Experiences
Book Subtitle
Heavenly Insight or Human Illusion?
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-03728-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-03728-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-03727-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 150
Number of Illustrations and Tables
20 b/w illustrations
Topics