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Lecture 2

RELI 2732 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Near-Death Experience, Spiritualism, Limbic Lobe

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RELI 2732
Angela Sumegi

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January 15th, 2018
Near Death Experiences
What happens after death?
o There have been historically, there have been people that claim
they have glimpsed into the world after death
Has sparked faith and belief in some people
Has sparked disbelief and skepticism in others
What happens after reality?
o Have they experienced another reality, does this constitute as
survival after death, does this happen to all of us after we die?
For those who have been affected by a near death
experience and perhaps for such people they no longer
fear death
We cannot ask these questions for these people
because it doesnt change what happened and what
it means for that person
There are both spiritualist and scientific explanations
o One cannot dismiss a reports of near death experiences
o Example, recording of great-grandfather (find in textbook)
This is a classic example of what we now call near death
experience (encountering darkness, visions of other
beings, visions of light, feelings of joy or excitement, a
sense of dying, observing ones body from a distance, and
returning to a body and to life)
These are all standard features that have been
documented by researchers
The whole literature of near death experience was not
popular or talked about in the 1940s/1950s
He recognizes as the people pass through the white sheet
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