|2015 Conference Registration is Now Open!|
|AWARE study initial results are published!|
The AWARE study (AWAreness during REsuscitation) is a multi-hospital clinical study of the brain and consciousness during cardiac arrest, including testing the validity of perceptions during the out-of-body part of near-death experiences (NDEs). Dr. Sam Parnia is the principal investigator. The initial results, from the first 4 years of the study, were published last December in the medical journal Resuscitation (PDF).
Of the 2,060 cardiac arrests during the study, 140 patients survived and could be interviewed for the study. Of these, 101 patients had detailed interviews, which identified 9 patients who had an NDE. Of the 9 NDErs, two had detailed memories with awareness of the physical environment. One NDEr's experience was verified as accurate; the other was too ill for an in-depth interview. These two NDEs occurred in non-acute areas where no visual target was present, so further verification of visual awareness was not possible. Further study and, perhaps, a reassessment of the methodology and goals of the study are warranted. Read more...
|Donate to Book Translation and Publication Project!|
IANDS is bringing an important NDE research book to English-speaking audiences. The project involves translating and publishing the recent Dutch book by NDE researchers Titus Rivas, Anny Dirven and Rudolf Smit that details 78 cases of veridical perceptions and other verified paranormal aspects of NDEs. Veridical perceptions in NDEs provide the best evidence of the apparent separation of consciousness from the physical body and, by implication, survival of consciousness after death.
We need to raise $17,500 in total for the project. IANDS has allocated $4,500 to the project. NetwerkNDE (the IANDS affiliate in Netherlands) plus several other donors have brought the total so far to $9,200!
We are already over 50% toward the goal and the translation work has started, but we need your help to complete the translation and publication. Please consider a donation to this important project! Donate here! Book synopsis! Read more...
|IANDS featured in extensive article in The Atlantic|
A recent article in The Atlantic by Gideon Lichfield provides a fair and balanced presentation of near-death experiences and features IANDS prominently, from the recent 2014 Conference in Newport Beach. Lichfield interviewed IANDS President Diane Corcoran and several NDE researchers including Alan Hugenot, Mitch Liester, Robert Mays and Kim Clark Sharp.
Lichfield explores the physiological as well as transpersonal explanations of NDEs, including the similarity of NDE narratives to the archetypal hero's quest of Joseph Campbell. He brings in the evidence of veridical perceptions in NDEs that have been elusive in NDE studies, including the AWARE study of cardiac arrest patients, as well as the recent EEG study on rats at the end of life. Finally, Lichfield balances the skepticism of Susan Blackmore (from a recent email exchange) with the thought that even materialists "can learn a great deal from NDEs ... about the central role that the [NDE] stories we tell play in shaping our sense of who we are."
|Documentary on NDE Aftereffects in development|
Actor and filmmaker Robert Neal Marshall and IANDS Group Leader Yvonne Sneeden have teamed up to produce a documentary, Back From the Light, on near-death experience aftereffects that will include perspectives from the NDEr, the NDEr's family and NDE researchers. Both Robert and Yvonne are NDErs. The viewpoint of the family members of NDErs has not been covered much in the NDE literature or film.
|The Epoch Times Covers IANDS Conference|
The latest IANDS Conference in Newport Beach, California was a fun and informative affair that attracted a lot of attention from the attendees and from the media! The intriguing nature of this conference caught the interest of the Epoch Times reporter Tara MacIsaac who covered the sessions in detail! The Epoch Times provided a complete section on the conference including 10 articles. Each article provides insight into the nature of Near Death Experiences and a wonderful review of the presentations.
Learn more about the conference and read each article by clicking the READ MORE link below.
|Intriguing Quotes from the IANDS Conference|
The Epoch Times covered the IANDS Conference in Newport Beach, California in detail. These are a few of the most intriguing quotes recorded at the conference.
"...human life has purpose... And the purpose seems to be loving and learning." -Jan Holden, NDE Researcher
"When you meet a person, you are meeting a spirtual being clothed in a physical body..." -Robert Mays, NDE Researcher
"...eventually, continuity of life will be as simple as the seasons... spring, summer, winter, fall... life, death, afterlife, and rebirth." -Dr. Jim Kwako, M.D.
|IANDS Groups assist research on the causes of NDEs|
Researchers from the University of Liège (Belgium) teamed up with researchers from IANDS France and IANDS Flanders to compare near-death experiences (NDEs) occurring in coma versus non-life-threatening events. IANDS provided conceptual input and helped locate NDErs to participate. The study, reported recently in the press (also here), compared 140 NDEs from people who were in coma against 50 NDEs from people who were in non-life-threatening situations (sleep, fainting, meditation, drug or alcohol use, etc.).
The researchers scored the NDEs on the Greyson NDE scale (7 or higher out of 32 is considered an NDE) and compared the two groups by "content" (the NDE features) and "intensity" (total NDE scale score). Surprisingly, the results showed no difference in the intensity and content between the non-life-threatening NDEs and the coma NDEs. Furthermore, there was no difference in the coma NDEs depending on the cause of the coma (e.g., cardiac arrest vs. trauma vs. illness). More...
|Earthquake Survivors' Pleasant NDEs|
Interviews with 81 earthquake survivors from the Chinese province of Tangshan provide a remarkably peaceful report of experiences while these people were near to death. Many of the survivors discuss seeing and speaking with deceased relatives and family members. A number of them report being pulled through a tunnel and seeing a bright light.
Though the earthquake occurred in 1976, before the descriptions of near-death experiences had reached the popular media, many of the reports echo the findings of current research in the field of near death studies. The survivors report happy and calm experiences that they remember clearly even after more than a decade had passed.