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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent prototheory of the NDE, 18 Nov. 1998
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This review is from: Dying to Live: Near-Death Experiences (Hardcover)
Although "believers" in the spiritual interpretation of the NDE will not be convinced by Blackmore's dying-brain theory, this is by far the best book on the subject I've seen. Blackmore is not out to "debunk" the believers, but to show that her theory better explains the data in almost every respect. Her standard for what constitutes a good scientific theory is particularly valid in showing how alternate explanations (even non-spiritual) are not useful, if not outright mistaken.

It's interesting to note that even in his latest book Kenneth Ring still says the "unbelievers'" explanations claim that the NDE is pointless, or not meaningful, or that it belittles experiencers. Anyone who reads Blackmore's intelligent, compassionate book, which is even tinged by eastern philosophy (though from a neurological standpoint), know that Ring is fooling himself.
I call Blackmore's theory a "prototheory" because it is not comprehensive. But she admits outright that the evidence for this or that point would not yet excuse speculation; she doesn't cop out on issues, she simply says that neither she nor the believers can say one way or the other yet without further research. All in all, _Dying to Live_ is more of a foundation for future research and theorizing on the meaning of the NDE, but as such it is invaluable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blackmore has no answer for McDougall and his experiment, 1 Dec. 1998
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This review is from: Dying to Live: Near-Death Experiences (Hardcover)
Professor Blackmore goes to some trouble to argue against Kenneth Ring, and makes it clear that she finds Sheldrake's hypothesis untenable. But she offers no competing explanation for MacDougall's experiment.
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Dying to Live: Near-Death Experiences
Dying to Live: Near-Death Experiences by Susan J. Blackmore (Hardcover - 19 Sept. 1993)
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