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Record Type: Review   ID: 923

Life After Life? The Investigation of a Phenomenon: Survival of Bodily Death

Moody, Raymond A., Jr.

 This is a study of near-death experiences which, as described by Moody, have the same characteristics as out-of-body experiences. The author, who holds a doctorate in philosophy and who has taught philosophy, is now training for an M.D. degree, in hopes of becoming a psychiatrist. Although the phenomena which this book treats have been investigated by parapsychologists for a century, Moody is apparently not aware of this vast literature or chose not to cite it. Yet his book may well serve two useful purposes. First, because he is not associated with parapsychology he may attract readers who would never read a book on parapsychology, thus acquainting them with topics of parapsychological interest. And second, in a sense he has made independent observations on the nature of out-of-body experiences and deathbed experiences similar to those of several parapsychologists. Although he does not offer the cases described as evidence of survival, he suggests they form an important facet of human experience, and points out: "If experiences of the type . . . I have discussed are real, they have very profound implications for what every one of us is doing with his life. For, then it would be true that we cannot fully understand this life until we catch a glimpse of what lies beyond it" (p. 125).
Publisher Information:Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1976 (Originally published by Mockingbird Books in 1975). 126p. Bibliography: 126
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