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What happens when we die?

Ten percent of people whose hearts stop and then restart report near-death experiences. Stories of lights, tunnels and reunion with late loved ones have been relayed - and dismissed - since ancient times. But when Dr Bruce Greyson's patients started describing events that he simply could not dismiss, he began to investigate.

In After, he shares the scientific revelations of four decades of research into the dying process. He has become increasingly convinced that dying is less an ending than a transition, the threshold between one form of consciousness and another. Dr Greyson challenges us to consider what these lessons can teach us about the relationship between our brain and our mind, expanding our understanding of consciousness and of what it means to be human.

This audiobook includes three bonus interviews with the author. 

©2021 Bruce Greyson (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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"This long-awaited and amazing book is a major contribution to the study of what happens when we die, and will quickly prove to be a classic in near-death studies." (Raymond Moody, author of Life After Life

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A suggested model to place NDE experiences

In this book, Dr Greyson has compiled and analysed a large collection of NDE's, gleaned over several decades. He also explicitly searches for a metaphysical system into which can best accommodate this phenomenon.
He is forced to reject reductionist materialism, which necessarily must exclude NDE's. One has to chose between the veracity of one or the other.
However, he seems to have reluctantly settled upon a form of dualism, ruing the lack of a better model. But dualism has always suffered from huge philosophical difficulties as to how so called physical and non physical realities interact.
I would suggest that he - along with readers interested in inbedding NDE's within a sympathetic metaphysical system - would do well to explore a form of Idealism ("Objective Idealism") that in recent years has been advanced by the likes of Barnardo Kastrup (e.g. "Why Materialism is Baloney" , "The Idea of the World"...), Donald D Hoffman ("The Case against Reality"...) and others.
The nascent metaphysical system being developed within such works is an elegant and parsimonious system into which phenomena such as NDE's make a perfect fit.

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brilliant its a must read again.

excellent book if you want to learn about nde ,best I have listened to and a great narrator.

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Fascinating and life-affirming

It's okay to be comfortable with the unknown. It's reassuring that what's beyond death is something nurturing, all=embracing, and unconditional.

Expertly read by Sean Patrick Hopkins.

Scientific (yes, really!) book of 2021 in my eyes.

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Fascinating and very well written

Fascinating book and written very well. Bruce approaches the questions raised from a non biased stance and applies science wherever is possible.
This book will no doubt have a positive effect on how I view life moving forward and those around me.

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Excellent book

Very well researched and positive /optimistic. I found this book energising and exciting. I think Dr Greyson combines humility with authority. Narrator was clear and read with conviction.

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Everyone should read this book!

Incredible book! I really appreciate Dr. Greyson’s academic approach and all the hard work that went into his extensive, highest quality research.

The information is very well structured and the content addresses all the questions that might come from the sceptics.

I also really liked the narrator- this book is very easy to listen to.

The book is a life changing read!

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Impeccable.

I have read many books about NDE's, some wonderful, all fascinating. None however have systematically and lucidly burrowed down into the detail, and then challenged every bit of it, the way this book has. For half a century this intelligent, curious , and most of all pure scientist, has studied NDE's. He is an expert on that which we can never really be an expert. So many times I felt grateful for his absolute faith in science, as without this good doctor's rigour and clarity of purpose, not to mention his ethical honesty, I would not have had my own unconscious, unclear questions answered.
This is a massively important book.

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40 years of insights

Excellent addition to the NDE cannon by one of the best informed voices on this subject. With decades of front line experience this is an important work. As is to be expected a major part of each chapter relies on anecdotes to support findings. Very accessible with appropriate nods at the science . The additional 'chats' at the end of audio book were a nice touch. Would have been nice to have an expanded look at how neuroscience is coming on board with the work of Bruce and his colleagues at Virginia. The cover graphic is inspired and should be used as a symbol for NDE's

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Excellent

The best all round book on the subject. For finding an empirical evidence based approach to life after death, this has got be one of the best

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Everyone should listen to this

Really interesting and absorbing. Makes you think about so many aspects of your own life and what matters to you. Highly recommended.

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Everyone will get something out of this

If I had my way this book would be part of every school curriculum! More relevant and relatable than the bible!
Rather than narratives by individuals who have had an nde this book covers the whole story and how science can understand this phenomenon. Written by a psychiatrist who has studied it in numerous patients over many years, we get a very good picture of where this can lead us. Showing how the age old wisdom of every religion “Do as you would have others do to you” is what truly matters in life. There seems to be a real possibility that mortal death is not the end of our lives. I recommend it and hope you find it as interesting and uplifting as did I.

The narrator reads well but too fast. I set mine to 0.9% speed and that was then perfect.