. WHY LAW IS SUPERIOR TO REDUCTIONIST SCIENCE when it comes
to proving the afterlife.
Interesting discussion on Dr. Dean Radin's blog Friday
April 18th. Dean stated:
" But veridical reports of distant events is virtually
the same as what we know as clairvoyance-in-the-living.
So the OBE aspects of NDEs do not necessarily imply an actual
separation from the body, and hence NDEs can be interpreted
as a particularly vivid form of clairvoyance in brains that
are not operating normally."
This is quite a claim. Virtually the same? This is contrary
to all the reports from people who have had NDEs about the
quality of their perceptions which they claim are "realer
In any event, the veridical aspect of NDEs in only one of
14 reasons why NDEs are evidence of the afterlife. And
why should NDEs be perceived in isolation? The fact is that
are some 20 different areas of afterlife evidence that support
the argument that NDEs are evidence of the afterlife, that
the mind and brain are different and that we do have a duplicate
of our physical body we call 'etheric spirit'. In linking
NDEs to the afterlife an attorney would include ALL the
evidence. There are further most relevant fundamental issues
which must not be ignored. Read
It seems like every few months we have an article by a,
reductionist scientist trying to "cash in"
on the popularity of Near Death Experiences by claiming
that NDEs are simly the product of the dying brain or some
other physiological cause. Now Dean Radin makes the claim
that some elements of the NDE are the same as clairvoyance.
While this is an interesting claim, it cannot be taken at
face value. Every developed medium claims that they can
sense a huge difference when they are working with clairvoyance
and when they are contacting spirit. Perhaps it is time
for researchers to investigate the experiential differences
between an NDE and clairvoyance. This should be fairly easy
to do since many people who have NDEs go on to be clairvoyant.
what I object to as a lawyer is the scientific trap of reductionism.
Why take only one element of the NDE? And why should the
NDE be perceived on its own? The fact is that there are
some 20 different areas of afterlife evidence amounting
to proof (See my book A Lawyer Presents the Evidence
fot the Afterlife).
are fourteen reasons why NDEs are not clairvoyance nor products
of the physical brain: (extracted from A Lawyer Presents
the Evidence for the Afterlife, 2012)
NDE survivors have clear and structured memories of what
happened to them.
Patients who did not have a NDE during similar treatment
were very confused or could not remember anything. Dr. Jeffrey
"When you talk to the patients who have actually survived
(resuscitation treatment for heart attack) one thing that
is very, very
obvious is that the substantial majority of them are confused
or amnesic when they’re recovered. If you read even
a few near-death experiences, you immediately realize essentially
none of them talk about episodes of confusion when they
just don’t understand what’s going on. You really
don’t see that at all. In fact, our research found
that 76% of people having a near-death experience said their
level of consciousness and alertness during the NDE was
actually greater than their earthly, everyday life"
(Long and Perry 2010).
2. Whereas hallucinations are all different, near-death
experiences are very similar in different cultures and throughout
history. Near-death experiences have been reported
in all cultures from as far back as 1760BC (Zaleski, 1987).
Whereas no two hallucinations (or clairvoyances) are alike,
NDEs all follow the same general pattern and have the same
3. People see and hear things while they are unconscious
that would be impossible for normal sensing.
A huge percentage of near-death experiencers are able to
describe exactly what happened to them while they were unconscious.
They know who was present, what people were talking about
even at a distance. Researchers call these experiences ‘veridical
experiences’. Many of the patients who have been revived
have been able to describe in great technical detail exactly
what went on in the operating room.
Dr. Michael Sabom found that 80% of his patients who had
attack without having a NDE could not describe how they
were revived. But not one person in the group which witnessed
what happened while out of their bodies made a mistake in
describing the procedure (Sabom 1980).
Dr. Lloyd Rudy was astounded when a patient described the
notes which were left on the monitor of the doctor’s
in the operating room. These were put up every time someone
a message for Dr. Rudy. But there had been no messages and
post-it notes before the patient’s operation had started.
no way the patient could have seen the computer from where
was (Rudy 2011).
Dr. Pim Van Lommel tells of a case of a patient who although
unconscious claimed he saw where a nurse put his dentures.
A week later the patient recognized the nurse and asked
for his dentures back (Van Lommel et. al. 2001).
4. People come back from a NDE with accurate facts
not know before.
There are many accounts of people having near death experiences
and returning with facts they did not know before. Emily
Kelly reported a case in which a man became excited when
saw photographs of his wife's dead father. He claimed that
seen the man in his NDE before he had even met his wife
During his NDE Dr. Eben Alexander met a beautiful girl he
did not know. He had been adopted at a young age and it
only after his NDE that he received a photo of a biological
he never knew he had. She had died as a young adult and
recognised her as the girl he had met in the afterlife (Alexander
Dutch cardiologist Dr. Pim Van Lommel says a fi ve year
told him that she had been with a brother she did not know
The boy died before she was born (Greyson 2010). Vi Horton
claims that she met a boy in the afterlife who told her
that he was her baby brother. Her father later confirmed
that he was the only living person who knew that she had
a brother who died (Extra Dimensions TV show 1987 Episode
Russian George Rodonaia found himself out of his body while
unconscious as a result of an accident. He went to the hospital
door where a friend’s wife had just given birth to
a daughter. The
baby was crying and he was able to see that her hip was
He mentally communicated with her and she told him that
had been broken shortly after her birth when a nurse had
the child. Several days later, when he recovered enough
his fi rst words warned the doctors about the child with
hip. The doctors took X-rays of the child and all the facts
rmed (Atwater 2007:165).
5. People report meeting with relatives they did
not know were dead. In all cases they are correct.
Maggie Callanan and Patrica Kelley in their book Final Gifts
tell of an elderly Chinese woman who had a NDE in which
her sister. The sister had died but her family had not told
her (Callanan and Kelley 1997).
Dr. Kübler-Ross talked of a girl who was injured in
a car accident.
No-one had told her that her mother and brother had died
the same accident. When the girl was having her NDE she
saw them in the afterlife. Even Dr. Kübler-Ross didn't
know that the brother had died only ten minutes before the
girl had her NDE (Kübler-Ross1997). Ian Stevenson (1959)
published a similar case. A man's cousin in England had
died without anyone in the United States knowing about it.
During this man's NDE, he saw his cousin. It was some time
before he received a telegram announcing his cousin's death
P.M.H. Atwater reports a case of a woman who talked with
father during her NDE. Neither she nor anyone in her family
aware that the father had died only five minutes before
had her car/truck accident (Atwater 2007:164).
6. Some people come back with accurate knowledge of future.
In some cases people are shown their family in two possible
futures: one where the person stays in the afterlife and
one where they return to their life (Atwater 2007). Some
see the children that they are going to have (Eadie 1992).
Others have visions about world events but do say that they
told that they are only possible futures. Dannion Brinkley
advance about: the defeat of the USA in the Vietnam War;
the election of an American president with the initial R.R.
(Ronald Regan); turmoil in the Middle East; the 1986 Chernobyl
disaster; the Desert Storm War against Iraq in 1990 (Brinkley
and Perry, 1994).
7. Some people come back with advanced knowledge
consistent with quantum physics.
Almost all survivors say that they entered a dimension where
there was no time and many were able to go back and forward
through time. Olaf Swenson says it was because of the knowledge
he gained during his NDE that he later went on to develop
100 patents in sub-atomic chemistry (Morse n.d.). Mellen-Thomas
Benedict brought back from his NDE a great deal of scientifi
c information. He says this knowledge was the basis of six
U.S. patents he holds (Benedict 1996).
8. Some people are cured of fatal illnesses during
a NDE or have miraculous recoveries from serious injuries.
Mellen Thomas-Benedict was in the last stages of dying from
terminal cancer in 1982. He died and for an hour and a half
his body was monitored showing no vital signs. Miraculously
he returned to his body after having a full NDE. Three months
later there was no sign of the cancer in his body (Benedict
Anita Moorjani was dying from cancer. When she returned
her NDE she had a total recovery of her health (Moorjani
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross tells a dramatic story of a man
family were killed in a terrible accident. He became an
alcoholic and drug abuser until he was hit by a car and
in a NDE saw his whole family well and happy in the afterlife.
He finally re-entered his physical body, tore off the straps
were tied around him and literally walked out of the emergency
room. He never had delirium tremens or any after effects
the heavy abuse of drugs and alcohol (Kübler-Ross 1991).
9. The blind can see during a NDE
In their book Mindsight, Dr Kenneth Ring and Sharon
report on in-depth interviews with 31 people who were fully
or partially blind and had a near-death experience where
they could see.
One of their subjects was Vicki Noratuk who had been blind
birth. She could not even see black. During her NDE she
could see for the first time; she recognised her wedding
her hair. She also saw people made out of light—but
she had never
seen light before (Ring and Cooper 1999).
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross also interviewed blind patients
who were able to see perfectly while “dead”
and out of body (Kübler-Ross 2005).
10. Some people have a group near-death experience
A group of fire fighters claimed that when they were overcome
with smoke they all went out of their bodies. They communicated
with each other and could all see the lifeless bodies below
All survived and they agreed with each other afterwards
experience actually happened (Gibson 1999).
11. Some people have near-death-like experiences
when there is nothing physically wrong with them
Researchers have found that deep meditation, deathbed visions,
relaxation, psychic vision, astral projection, trance, mirror
and eye movements, can trigger elements of the NDE (see
Williams’ website www.near-death.com).
12. Some people have a near-death experience when
they are completely brain dead.
Hallucinations can only occur when people have a functioning
brain which shows an active EEG reading. But vivid near
death experiences have taken place during periods when their
brains showed no electrical activity. At these times people
should have no memory but the vivid NDEs are remembered
by people years later.
Pam Reynolds needed a risky operation to correct a weak
in the wall of a blood vessel in her brain. For over an
hour she was
clinically dead. Her temperature was lowered to 60 degrees,
heartbeat and brain activity were stopped and her blood
was circulated through a machine. There was no way that
she could see
anything as her eyes were taped shut. She could not hear
as her ears were covered with plastic caps and sounds measuring
90 decibels were continually fed into them.
Yet after her heart was restarted and her body heated up
she reported that she had been able to see, hear and feel
what was going on. She said that it was like sitting on
the shoulder of the doctor. She described details of her
surgery which were later verifi ed. She was able to remember
this long and complex near-death experience at a time that
she had no brain activity (Sabom 1998).
George Rodonaia’s body was stored in the freezer in
morgue for three days. He was revived when his body was
split open for an autopsy. But while he was ‘dead’
he had seen his
wife outside the hospital selecting his gravesite and considering
marrying again (Atwater 2007:166).
Eben Alexander is an academic neurosurgeon who had a near
death experience. He was unconscious from severe meningitis
which wipes out all except the most basic human brain functions.
He says that for over a week he was virtually brain dead
yet had a
complex NDE that could not have been created by his brain
13. Many people experience a ‘life review’
during which they
see their lives from the perspective of other people.
Dr Kenneth Ring and other researchers show that a key feature
of the life review is that people do not see their lives
own point of view. It is not like replaying a video recording.
they see them from the perspective of everyone else they
with. They access the feelings and memories of the other
people involved. These are things that they would have no
way of knowing (Ring and Valarino 1998).
14. The after-effects of a NDE are unique and long
The most common psychological effects (experienced by 80-
90% of adult survivors) are very recognisable. Cherie Sutherland,
an Australian researcher, interviewed 50 NDE survivors in
She found that the effects on the lives of survivors had
been remarkably consistent and quite different from the
effects of drug or
chemical induced hallucinations.
In Transformed by the Light (1992) she identifi
ed many effects
which have been substantiated by other studies e.g. Ring
1984) Atwater (1988). These included:
• a universal belief in life after death.
• a high proportion (80%) now believed in re-incarnation.
• a total absence of fear of death.
• a large shift from organized religion to personal
• a statistically significant increase in psychic
• a more positive view of self and of others.
• an increased desire for solitude.
• an increased sense of purpose.
• a lack of interest in material success coupled with
a marked increase
in interest in spiritual development.
• fi fty per cent experienced major diffi culties
in close relationships
as a result of their changed priorities.
• an increase in health consciousness.
• most drank less alcohol.
• almost all gave up smoking.
• most gave up prescription drugs.
• most watched less television.
• most read fewer newspapers.
• an increased interest in alternative healing.
• an increased interest in learning and self-development.
• seventy five per cent experienced a major career
which they moved towards areas of helping others.
PMH Atwater adds another interesting fact. She claims that
most researchers have found that at least 75-78 per cent
experiencers divorced within seven to ten years of their
An independent American study by Dr. Melvin Morse found
that NDE survivors have three times the number of verifi
able psychic experiences as the general population. They
are often unable to wear a watch. Many have problems using
electrical appliances such as computers. Often their credit
cards do not work. (Morse and Perry 1992).
Alternative explanations don’t account for
the whole package.
There have been many attempts to explain away the near-death
experience. Some claim they are caused by oxygen deprivation.
Others claim it is a natural effect of the dying brain or
some accident of brain chemistry. Most of these theories
are based on observations on a small number of cases. They
may produce elements of the near death experience but not
the whole experience. And most important they do not have
the same impact or after effects.
Dr. Elizabeth Fenwick co-writer of the book The Truth
Light—An investigation of Over 300 Near-Death Experiences
(1996) actually began her research thinking that all could
be explained in scientific terms. But, after investigating,
While you may be able to find scientific reasons for bits
Near-Death Experience, I can't find any explanation which
the whole thing. You have to account for it as a package
skeptics... simply don't do that. None of the purely physical
explanations will do. They (skeptics) vastly underestimate
to which Near-Death Experiences are not just a set of random
things happening, but a highly organized and detailed affair
(Fenwick 1995: 47).
Dr Pim Van Lommel agrees:
Our most striking fi nding was that Near-Death Experiences
not have a physical or medical root. After all, 100 per
cent of the
patients suffered a shortage of oxygen, 100 per cent were
morphine-like medications, 100 per cent were victims of
stress, so those are plainly not the reasons why 18 per
Near-Death Experiences and 82 per cent didn't. If they had
triggered by any one of those things, everyone would have
Near-Death Experiences (Van Lommel 1995).
How can I share the benefits of Near Death Experiences?
Learning about NDEs has helped many people to overcome the
fear of death and share many of the positive changes experienced
by people who have had one.
We highly recommend Lessons from the Light: What We
Can Learn from the Near-Death Experience, a wonderful
book by Kenneth Ring and Evelyn Elsaesser-Valarino (1998).
Kenneth Ring found that his college students who read the
and listened to talks by near-death experiencers became
fearful of death. Many people have reported to us that they
enormously from reading popular books about near death experiences
and from watching video accounts by NDE survivors (there
are many on Youtube.com). Some found it helpful to join
their local branch of the International Association for
(IANDS) and attend meetings to hear NDE stories fi rst hand.
One word of warning is that some NDE experiencers tend to
interpret their experience of “a being of light”
in terms of their existing religious training. Mellen-Thomas
Benedict experienced the light changing into different figures
like Jesus, Buddha and Krishna and was told that “the
light” is really a ‘Higher Self matrix’
(an aspect of God) which you experience according to your