Dr. Kenneth Ring, IANDS Co-Founder Launches New Book

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IANDS Co-Founder, Kenneth Ring, PhD, released new book: REFLECTIONS IN A GLASS EYE: Essays in the Time of COVID
In these lively and often witty essays, Dr. Kenneth Ring, best known for his pioneering work on near-death experiences, reveals his talents as a Kenny-come-lately humorist and would-be man of letters. Now in his mid-80s, this book shows he has lost none of his verve for writing on a range of subjects as diverse as they are entertaining.  Kenneth Ring, PhD is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Connecticut, author of five books on NDEs, including his bestselling Lessons from the Light, cofounder and first president of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS).
 
Review by Nancy Clark of Ohio on Amazon: After reading Reflections In a Glass Eye by one of the most influential near-death experience researchers of all time, Kenneth Ring, PhD, I figured I should tell you how great it is. Unlike many of his near-death research books, Dr. Ring has now written a book that masterfully draws the curtain on the true nature of his character, his intellect, and his private and public personas. Humorous anecdotes, poignant encounters, and touching narratives breathe life into this no-holds barred collection of essays that is a joy to read. Kenneth Ring has an amazing gift of writing that touches the reader's heart and delights the soul. I love this book and so will you! 

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A New Scale to Assess Near-Death Experiences -- Commentary

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Abstract: An expanded scale, the Near-Death Experience Content (NDE-C) scale, has been developed by Charlotte Martial and colleagues (2020) to assess near-death experiences (NDEs). The scale was modeled after the existing NDE Scale (Greyson, 1983), using reworded scale items, and added five additional items, notably items about a gateway or tunnel and a feeling of non-existence or fear. NDE-C uses a rating scale of 0–4 for each item and thus ranges from 0 to 80. In this article, we raise concerns that several of the reworded items appear to have changed the meaning of NDE Scale item and appear to be significantly more prevalent or less prevalent than the original item, as demonstrated in a Rasch statistical analysis of the NDE-C results. We suggest wording changes for these items so that they return to their original context and meaning. [This page is an abbreviated version of the full article PDF, which can be downloaded here.]

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Reckoning: Discoveries after a Traumatic NDE by Nancy Evans Bush

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Reckoning: Discoveries after a Traumatic Near-Death Experience

A devastating near-death experience--a disempowering NDE of the Void--overturned the certainties and worldview of Nancy Evans Bush, a young teacher and new mother. Decades later, recognized as a trusted pioneer in research of distressing near-death experiences, she writes for the first time about her long struggle to come to terms with the experience. In this third book, she looks at reconciling foundational beliefs with the powerful messages of a strange and otherworldly NDE. The unexpected, sometimes humorous, often synchronistic discoveries point beyond herself to challenges and reassurance for everyone.

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Closing the Gap in Medical Care for NDErs

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NDE DISCLOSURE DISCRIMINATION
Those who have a near-death experience struggle with sharing this information with their healthcare providers, family members, and others. Some struggle to make sense of the experience, mainly if they are unaware that others have reported similar accounts. Though it’s challenging to explain near-death experiences scientifically, they happen to millions of people and often leave individuals profoundly changed for the remainder of their lives. Studies have found that 10 – 20% of people who are resuscitated after nearly dying have an out-of-body experience accompanied by various perceptions such as traveling through a tunnel of light, feeling loved, or being received by deceased loved ones. Most NDEs are highly positive experiences, but a percentage describe a negative experience, which can be traumatizing to patients.
 

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Netflix "Surviving Death" Series Features NDEs

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The Netflix series "Surviving Death" Near-death experiences are the subject of episode 1 of the Netflix series "Surviving Death". It features in-depth dramatizations with commentary by NDErs Dr. Mary Neal, Jose Hernandez, Pam Reynolds, and Stephanie Arnold. Both Jose Hernandez and Stephanie Arnold have presented this month on ISGO (IANDS Sharing Groups Online). The recordings of their talks can be found by clicking on their names.

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