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Near Death Experiences

The Two-Minute Defining Moment

William Horden | Posted 01.30.2013 | TED Weekends
William Horden

Imagine you are wide awake when your breathing gently stops. I had the good fortune to be lying in the emergency room when this happened to me some nine years ago. Like yourself, perhaps, I expected to gasp for breath, panicking, but instead felt entirely calm -- despite the doctor's quizzical look.

You Will Die Momentarily

Ira Israel | Posted 01.30.2013 | TED Weekends
Ira Israel

How often should one think about his or her upcoming rendezvous with non-existence? In my humble opinion, there are two main problems with death.

Jean Houston Answers Oprah's Question, 'What Happens When You Die?'

OWN | Posted 11.29.2012 | OWN

Recently on "Super Soul Sunday," Oprah talked with American philosopher Jean Houston, author of The Wizard of Us. Here are the thought leader's wise a...

Proof of Heaven, Neurosurgeon's Mystical Revelation, Climbs the Bestseller Lists

Paul Raeburn | Posted 01.28.2013 | Books
Paul Raeburn

Proof of Heaven, an account of a near-death experience by a neurosurgeon, reflects badly on its author, Eben Alexander, and on its publisher, Simon & Schuster, for allowing mystical belief, "visions" and religion to masquerade as science.

What Fiction Can Tell Us About NDEs

Laura Wittman | Posted 01.28.2013 | Science
Laura Wittman

NDEs offer us a highly effective effect of hyper-reality. What we choose to do with it, as a culture, is a key ethical and spiritual question. Do we want to privilege dying as a heightened state of awareness or do we want to downplay it?

Oprah: 'I Just Talked To The Man Who Saw God' (VIDEO)

OWN | Posted 11.27.2012 | OWN

Neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander was a man of science until a near-death experience changed his entire perspective on life and faith. In his bestsellin...

WATCH: Scientists Discuss What Happens To The 'Soul' After Death

The Huffington Post | Jahnabi Barooah | Posted 11.26.2012 | Religion

What happens when human beings die? Is there a final destination for the soul? These were the questions discussed among four scientists on a video tha...

Slow Motion: Faith Shorts Finalist

Dylan Tucker | Posted 01.25.2013 | Religion
Dylan Tucker

This film documents a near death experience changed the filmmakers outlook on life.

VIDEO: Scientist Claims To Show What Happens To 'Souls' After Death

The Huffington Post | Jahnabi Barooah | Posted 10.28.2012 | Religion

In a video that recently aired on “Through the Wormhole” narrated by Morgan Freeman on the TV channel Science, Dr. Hameroff claims, "I believe tha...

The Argument from Ignorance

Victor Stenger | Posted 12.23.2012 | Science
Victor Stenger

The argument from ignorance is a logical fallacy, also known as the God-of-the-gaps argument, whereby someone says, "I am unaware of a natural explanation for [some phenomenon]; therefore we have evidence for the supernatural."

How My Near Death Experience Helped Me Cope With My Brother's Death

Dr. Heidi Horsley | Posted 12.19.2012 | Religion
Dr. Heidi Horsley

My story may have ended there, had it not been for a head on automobile collision I would have some 20 years later. I passed out on impact and was immediately enveloped by a warm bright light. As I moved towards the light I had the most euphoric feeling of love and inner peace that I had ever experienced.

Newsweek/DailyBeast: Scientific 'Proof' That Heaven Is Real?

Paul Raeburn | Posted 12.15.2012 | Media
Paul Raeburn

I have no quibble with others' religious beliefs. Those who choose to accept Eben Alexander's interpretation of his experiences are welcome to do so, as far as I'm concerned. There is nothing scientific about Alexander's claims or his"proof."

WATCH: This Man Falls Off The Side Of A Cliff While BASE Jumping

Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 10.11.2012 | Weird News

A Norwegian surgeon almost needed his own services after falling nearly 4,000 feet when an acrobatic BASE jump he attempted didn't go as planned. R...

Not Dead Experiences

Victor Stenger | Posted 12.11.2012 | TED Weekends
Victor Stenger

The way to defeat ignorance is with evidence. After thousands of reported religious experiences of various kinds, including near-death-experiences, no one has ever provided a single item of verified new knowledge.

Heaven Is Real -- And It's A Schlep

Dan_Weiss | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion

A sense of warmth engulfed me, as though someone had poured a bowl of chicken soup over my head. My spirit guide informed me that I was not yet prepared for the next world and that I would be returning to mine.

12 Things I Learned From A Near-Death Experience

Ted Sutton | Posted 11.06.2012 | Fifty
Ted Sutton

Last week, while chasing waves with my 10-year old granddaughter in the Atlantic Ocean in Martha's Vineyard, we got caught in a riptide. We tried to remain calm and swim alongside the shore, but we became separated and waves pulled us down.

Russian Woman Falls Asleep On Scooter And Narrowly Escapes Death (WATCH)

Posted 12.10.2012 | Weird News

A video gaining viral traction on YouTube Wednesday morning shows a woman's near-death experience when she reportedly falls asleep behind the wheel of...

Mortality And The Gift Of Perspective

Marilyn Sewell | Posted 08.11.2012 | Religion
Marilyn Sewell

The great value of coming close to death, by accident or illness, is the gift of perspective. The gestalt of our daily existence becomes distinct, and what is trivial drops away to make room for the essential.

To Heaven And Back (VIDEO)

Mary C. Neal, M.D. | Posted 08.09.2012 | Religion
Mary C. Neal, M.D.

One lesson I learned after I drowned on a South American river was that to face life's challenges with gratitude and joy, a person must first lose his or her faith.

Scientists and Religion

Victor Stenger | Posted 07.15.2012 | Science
Victor Stenger

Scientists and science organizations are being disingenuous when they say science can say nothing about the supernatural. They know better.

'I Survived ... Beyond And Back': Allergic To Bees, Stung 90 Times

Posted 04.23.2012 | TV

"I Survived ... Beyond And Back" (Sun., 9 p.m. ET on Biography) expands on the network's popular "I Survived" series by adding the element of the near...

Man Behind 'Near-Death Experience' Ponders The Afterlife

Posted 04.12.2012 | Religion

By Piet Levy Religion News Service (RNS) Raymond Moody has spent nearly 40 years looking forward, trying to understand what happens when people di...

Will Science Ever Explain The Near Death Experience?

The Huffington Post | Posted 09.24.2011 | Healthy Living

It's a question at par with "What happens when we die?" and "Why are we all here?" One of those eternal human mysteries that science has been unab...

Can Death Become Your Ally?

Duane Elgin | Posted 09.02.2011 | Healthy Living
Duane Elgin

We cannot hide from death. Its embrace will consume our social existence entirely. Job titles, social position, material possessions, sexual roles and images--all must yield to death.

PHOTOS: What Really Happens When We Die

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.14.2011 | Healthy Living

Despite the gigantic leaps made by science in the last few decades, a comprehensive explanation of what exactly happens to us when we die is yet to em...