Fear of the Unknown: Enlightened Aid-in-Dying

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and clairvoyant impressions. Shamans clairvoyantly located game for their hunters. Rolling Thunder, a contemporary Cherokee-born Shoshone medicine man, is both telepathic and clairvoyant.

But what does ESP have to do with whether personal consciousness survives the death of the body? Our sense perceptions are limited by distance and time. ESP seems to work over both short and long distances, as in AB's telepathic dream of Italy and the remote viewing experiments. Precognition, such as in the Aberfan disaster, where there were twenty-four confirmed cases of precognition in relation to it, suggests that ESP is not limited by time, either. According to some, such as Rhine and J. Gaither Pratt, these discoveries about ESP establish "the nonphysical nature of psi [ESP] as a simple scientific fact" ( Rhine and Pratt 1957:73). It seems to imply that there is more to the human being than the physical body, that we may have a component that is not physical, and that that component, which operates independently of the physical body, may continue after death.


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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction vii
  • References xi
  • Part I - Views of Death: General and Medical Implications 1
  • 1 - Views of Death 3
  • References 14
  • 2 - Personal Continuance View: Impact on the Dying Patient, Physician, Nurse, and Chaplain 17
  • References 28
  • Part II - Investigations and Pre-Death Phenomena 31
  • 3 - A Century of Investigation 33
  • References 42
  • 4 - Extrasensory Perception 45
  • References 51
  • 5 - Out-of-Body Experience 53
  • References 60
  • 6 - The Near-Death Experience 63
  • References 71
  • 7 - Deathbed Visions 73
  • References 77
  • Part III - At-Death Phenomena 79
  • 8 - At Death 81
  • References 84
  • Part IV - Post-Death Phenomena 85
  • 9 - Mental Mediumship 87
  • References 95
  • 10 - Reincarnation 97
  • References 104
  • 11 - Hauntings, Ghosts, and Apparitions 107
  • References 113
  • Part V - Appraisal and Judgment 115
  • 12 - Critical Appraisal 117
  • References 136
  • 13 - Evaluation, Persuasion, and Aid-in-Dying 139
  • References 146
  • Selected Bibliography 147
  • Index 153
  • About the Authors 161
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