Out-of-Body and Near-Death Experiences: Brain-State Phenomena or Glimpses of Immortality? by Michael N. MarshOut-of-Body and Near-Death Experiences: Brain-State Phenomena or Glimpses of Immortality? by Michael N. Marsh

Out-of-Body and Near-Death Experiences: Brain-State Phenomena or Glimpses of Immortality?

byMichael N. Marsh

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Personalised accounts of out-of-body (OBE) and near-death (NDE) experiences are frequently interpreted as offering evidence for immortality and an afterlife. Since most OBE/NDE follow severe curtailments of cerebral circulation with loss of consciousness, the agonal brain supposedly permits'mind', 'soul' or 'consciousness' to escape neural control and provide glimpses of the afterlife.Michael Marsh critically analyses the work of five key writers who support this so-called "dying brain" hypothesis. He firmly disagrees with such otherworldly 'mystical' or 'psychical' interpretations, ably demonstrating how they are explicable in terms of brain neurophysiology and itsneuropathological disturbances. The original basis and thrust of Marsh's claim sees the recorded phenomenology as reflections of brains rapidly reawakening to full conscious-awareness, consistent with other reported phenomenologies attending recovery from antecedent states of unconsciousness: the"re-awakening brain" hypothesis. From this basis, Marsh also offers a re-classification of NDE into early and late phase sequences, thereby dismantling the untenable concepts of "core" and "depth" experiences.Marsh further provides a detailed examination of the spiritual and quasi-religious overtones accorded OBE/NDE, highlighting their inconsistencies when compared with classical accounts of divine disclosure, and the eschatological precepts of resurrection belief as professed credally. In assessing theimplications of anthropological, philosophical, and theological concepts of 'personhood' and 'soul' as arguments for personal survival after death, Marsh celebrates the role of conventional faith in appropriating the expectant biblical promises of a 'New Creation'.

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Professor Michael Marsh read medicine at Magdalen College, Oxford and became an academic biomedical research physician in Manchester. In 2006 he received a Distinguished Investigator Award for his work on gluten intolerance (coeliac disease) and his classification of the intestinal responses which are now internationally adopted. Whil...
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Title:Out-of-Body and Near-Death Experiences: Brain-State Phenomena or Glimpses of Immortality?Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:February 14, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: Prospects For Life After Death1. Getting a Sense of the Other-Worldly Domain2. Surveying Past Horizons3. Authors' Interpretations of ECE Phenomenology4. Objective Analyses Into ECE Subjectivity5. Conscious-Awareness: Life's Illusory Legacy6. The Temporo-Parietal Cortex: The Configuring of Ego/Paracentric Body Space7. Falling Asleep, Perchance to Dream - Thence to Re-awaken8. ECE and the Temporal Lobe: Assassin or Accomplice?9. Other Neurophysiological Aspects Pertinent to ECE Phenomenology10. Anthropological and Eschatological Considerations of ECE Phenomenology11. ECE, Revelation and Spirituality12. Subjects' Interpretations of their Experiences13. Overview and Recapitulation