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Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience

van Lommel, Pim

2011, August 9

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For more than twenty years cardiologist Pim van Lommel has studied near-death experiences (NDEs) in patients who survived a cardiac arrest. In 2001, he and his fellow researchers published a study on Near Death Experiences in the renowned medical journal The Lancet. He then wrote the Dutch bestseller Endless Consciousness in 2007; over 100,000 copies were sold in the first year.

The NDE is an authentic experience which cannot be attributed to imagination, psychosis or oxygen deprivation. After such an profound experience, patient’s personalities underwent a permanent change. In Van Lommel’s opinion, the current views on the relationship between the brain and consciousness held by most physicians, philosophers and psychologists is too narrow for a proper understanding of the NDE phenomenon. The author provides examples and ways that our consciousness does not always coincide with brain functions; that consciousness can even be experienced separate from the body.

Where to Find Resource Online

The book can be purchased online:

     Barnes & Noble


Digital version available if a member of Internet Archive:

     borrow Consciousness Beyond Life

Greater Context

Check out Dr. van Lommel’s website to find out more about near-death experiences:


     Films about NDE on youtube (also van Lommel’s website)

To delve into individual near-death experiences in more detail, check out the following resources:

     Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife

     Dying To Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing

     90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life

     Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

     The Journey Home

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