Most helpful positive review
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Massive NDE Data !
on February 3, 2010
EVIDENCE OF THE AFTERLIFE is a break-through book in the area of afterlife research in general and near-death studies in particular. Not only is Jeffrey Long a careful scholar, but he and Jody Long have amassed the largest collection of near-death experiences (NDEs) ever. Their collection also includes the largest group of non-English-speaking NDEs ever.
When it comes to research, there is no substitute for data! My own near-death book, VISIONS OF GOD FROM THE NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE, is fairly typical with 75 of my own cases plus accounts from other sources. Near-death books generally range from one case study to a little over 100 cases, but Dr. Long's book is based on over 1,300 cases from the [...] website. His book especially focuses on 613 NDErs who completed the most current edition of the Near-Death Research Foundation survey, in addition to giving their personal account of their near-death experience. Dr. Long's scale included questions to detect fraudulent accounts, but over the past 10 years, he reported less than 10 false accounts.
Based on his research, Dr. Long concludes, "NDEs provide such powerful scientific evidence that it is reasonable to accept the existence of an afterlife." He goes on to offer nine "proofs" of afterlife, including 1) Lucid Death (NDErs report increased alertness and consciousness), 2) Out-of-Body Experiences (NDErs provide evidence from verifiable experiences), 3) Blind Sight (NDErs blind from birth report a form of "vision" during their NDEs), 4) Impossibly Conscious (NDErs report experiences while under anesthesia), 5) Perfect Play-back (NDErs report life reviews that include experiencing the feelings of others), 6) Family Reunion (NDErs report seeing dead relatives, including people unknown to them who were identified to them later by viewing family photographs), 7) From the Mouths of Babes (NDErs who are children have every NDE element of older NDErs, and this is true whether the account is told during childhood or from an adult who had the experience in childhood), 8) Worldwide Consistency (NDErs who are non-English-speakers from Dr. Long's database form the largest collection of cross-cultural NDEs and provide evidence that NDEs are the same all over the world), and 9) Changed Lives (NDErs report that their lives are changed as a result of their NDE, and the majority report a change for the better).
Dr. Long concludes that the evidence convinces him that afterlife exists. I think the general population will agree with him, but my personal opinion is that most skeptics will require proof from physics on how God communicates with us, how consciousness survives death, and where the dimension of reality that is afterlife is located. Nevertheless, the evidence for afterlife is much stronger because of Dr. Long's massive amount of data and his analysis of it. This book is a "must-read" for all who are interested in the scientific study of afterlife.