Induced OBE’s cause memory impairment when recalling experience

induced_OBE_photoEhrsson’s team have published an interesting new paper in which they claim that a subjects experiences whilst in an induced OBE state, can later be shown as impaired, when the subject is asked to recall the experience in a normal (none OBE) state. Continue reading

“Opening Heaven’s Door” A New Book from Patricia Pearson

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Canada based author and journalist Patricia Pearson has a new book coming out May 2014 provocatively entitled “Opening Heaven’s Door: investigating stories of life, death and what comes after”. Patricia has spent over 5 years researching her book, motivated by her strange experiences around the time she lost both her father and sister – recounted at a recent TEDx presentation she was asked to speak at. Patricia began her investigation because she couldn’t find any reasonable explanation for her experiences within our current scientific understanding of the world. Continue reading

NDE hasn’t changed that much in over 2000 years?

When I visited the Etruscan tombs in Tarquina, Italy a couple of years ago, I was interested in wall paintings from the second half of the 3rd Century BC, showing the dead tomb owner

…preceded by a child and followed by Vanth-Etruscan female demon of death fitted with torch to light up the dark way to the afterlife. The dead person arrives in front of the Hades door, in front of which Caronte is seated on a rock, as the dead person is received by two members of the family already dead…

I felt there were quite a few similarities with the modern day classic NDE. Over 2200 years have past since this wall painting was made, and it was pretty awe inspiring to stand in front of it. Made me wonder whether the underlying NDE concepts have really changed that much since then.

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Near-Death Experiences and their After effects: 18 Cases from Japan

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Mika Iwasaki, and Tatsu Hirukawa flew over from Japan to present their research on 18 new Japanese Near Death Experience (NDE) at the 2013 SPR Annual Conference. Their intention is to try to reinvigorate this type of research, which has lapsed in Japan.

I don’t really know very much about the Japanese NDE, but the 18 NDE’s which they presented, appeared to me to be pretty indistinguishable from western NDE’s, contrary to what I had been expecting. They featured the bright light and tunnel etc. (communication was quite difficult with the team, so I can’t be absolutely definite). I was expecting to hear descriptions of recalled imagery which included ‘caves’ (as opposed to a tunnel), demonstrating the different cultural imagery between the Japanese and the classic western NDE.

Mika and Tatsu kindly provided us all with a hand-out containing a summary of the main points of their presentation. You can download a PDF scan of it I made here: NDE_18_cases_from_japan.pdf