Near-Death Experiences

Heavenly Insight or Human Illusion?

  • Birk Engmann

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
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  8. Back Matter
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About this book


The expression "Near-Death Experience" is associated in the popular understanding with access to knowledge about our transition between the states of life and death. But how should such experiences be interpreted? Are they verifiable with scientific methods? If so, how can they be explained? Attempting to relate matters of scientific knowledge to subjective experience and the realm of belief is a difficult balancing act, and has led to a variety of approaches to the topic. This work scrutinizes the diverse views, and also myths, about near-death experiences and describes them from a scientific standpoint. Situated at the intersection of neuroscience, psychology,  philosophy, and religious studies, this book will appeal to a broad audience of both scientists and general readers.


Afterlife Evidence Body and Soul Problem Consciousness and Its Neural Correlates Deathbed Phenomena Embracing the Light Imaging Brain Function Near-death Experiences Neuropsychological Explanations Proof of Afterlife

Authors and affiliations

  • Birk Engmann
    • 1
  1. 1.LeipzigGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-03727-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-03728-8
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