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Out-of-Body and Near-Death Experiences: Brain-State Phenomena or Glimpses of Immortality?

Michael N. Marsh


Personalised accounts of out-of-body (OBE) and near-death (NDE) experiences are frequently interpreted as offering evidence for immortality and an afterlife. Since most OBE/NDE follow severe curtailments of cerebral circulation with loss of consciousness, the agonal brain supposedly permits ‘mind’, ‘soul’, or ‘consciousness’ to escape neural control and provide glimpses of the afterlife. This study looks at the work of five key writers who support this so-called ‘dying brain’ hypothesis. The author disagrees with such otherworldly mystical or psychical interpretations, ably demonstrating how t ... More

Keywords: out-of-body experience, OBE, near-death experience, NDE, afterlife, soul

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199571505
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571505.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael N. Marsh, author
Wolfson College, University of Oxford
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