- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne; 1 edition (26 Feb. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062080601
- ISBN-13: 978-0062080608
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.9 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,128,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Erasing Death: The Science That Is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death Hardcover – 26 Feb 2013
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Erasing Death also delves into the philosophical debate about the existence of the soul, and whether it is something that is generated by the brain or that uses the brain as a host. This discussion is expanded into the whole area of what consciousness means, including tussling with some of the modern attempts to explain it in quantum mechanical terms. Parnia is clearly a man who has contemplated and researched these concepts for many years, driven by the context of his own father's tragic permanent loss of consciousness and of the various experiences he has witnessed in emergency medicine.
However, many, would have bought this book to learn about results from the AWARE study and Dr Parnia does not disappoint. I will not put a spoiler in, particularly relating to any evidence supporting the out of body experience, but he does discuss some tantalizing initial findings. Interestingly, it would appear that a book published over a year ago, called Aware of Aware by Ben Williams, may have been on the money when it came to predicting the outcome. From what is revealed in Erasing Death it would appear that there are plans to expand the study and tighten some of the techniques used to insure better capturing of any evidence. As Parnia points out, this is a new area of science and these researchers are the trail blazers.
Overall I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in the area of resuscitation medicine and NDEs. There are occasions when the writing is heavy on detail, and lay readers may get impatient, however this level of thoroughness should be expected from someone of Parnia's status and experience and only adds to the increasing authority that he brings to this discussion. For anyone who wishes to be fully informed on the latest and most valuable research this an absolute must read. Well done Dr Parnia and thank you for your dedication to this incredibly important subject.
Aware Of Aware
His discussion of the "zip code" lottery that dictates the skill of the team attempting resuscitation is truly shocking. Equally disquieting is the fact that survival of cardiac stoppage has not improved since 1965. He presents compelling arguments for the training in CPR, the use of lowering the temperature in the patient, updating equipment, and mandating best practice are all balanced persuasive. Equally fascinating for me were his description of the exact mechanisms of death. He is quite detailed on the cascade of events that accompany the halting of a heart.
Parnia has chosen to scientifically study the reports of patients returning from cardiac death. His findings come strongly in support of cultural reports. He makes very solid argument for believing the brain and the self are not one entity. The philosophical history is an interesting adjunct to the exposition. This part of the.book provides a concise and thorough explication of the theories of the near death experience. He also provides convincing counter arguments to those who believe they are simply artifacts of the dying brain.
I heard of this book on NPR, and I am pleased with the reference. There is some repetition of content between chapters, the context is different. Therefore the repetition may be to support different points. It isn't annoying. Whether your belief system allows for after death experience or not, this book offers a balanced view of the subject, handled from the point of view of a researcher. The material on resuscitation speaks for itself. It is a book worth your time.
This book does a good job explaining what happens to the body biologically, chemically, and physically when death occurs. It also does a good job providing up to date information on the process of resuscitation of those who have "crossed over to the other side". However, the book doesn't really add any new information about the near death experience itself.
Therefore, if you're considering purchasing this book to gain additional information about the near death experience, you may want to reconsider. However, if you would like to be provided a very thorough update on the advances that have been made in resuscitation science, then, by all means, purchase the book.