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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, 7 May 2013
This review is from: A Lawyer Presents the Evidence for the Afterlife (Paperback)
If anyone has done more than Victor and Wendy Zammit to spread the gospel of survival, I don't know who the person might be. Their Friday Report at [...] reaches thousands of people in more 100 countries every week. It offers a variety of interesting, informative, intriguing, and inspirational stories relating to spirituality, especially survival.

In spite of the ignorance, indifference, and intolerance of the fundamentalists of both religion and science, the evidence for an afterlife is overwhelming, easily meeting the preponderance of evidence standard of civil law and for those who open-mindedly examine it meeting the beyond a reasonable standard of criminal law. . Who, then, more qualified to examine and weigh the evidence than Dr. Victor Zammit, a retired Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the New South Wales and the High Court of Australia? In this book, the Zammits offer intriguing and overwhelming evidence that should convince any open-minded reader. "After many years of serious investigation I have come to the irretrievable conclusion that there is a great body of evidence which, taken as a whole, absolutely and unqualifiedly proves the case for the afterlife," Victor Zammit writes in his opening statement, adding that many people tend to reject it because it exceeds the individual's "boggle threshold" by being too far ahead of our existing knowledge, especially when it is not consistent with established religious or secular beliefs.

Much of the evidence for the survival of consciousness at death - an afterlife - has been available since primitive times, but it wasn't really recognized and recorded as evidence until a century and a half ago, when advances in science began to make people seriously doubt survival. It started with mediumship of various kinds, apparitions, and deathbed visions, and later extended to past-life studies, near-death experiences, out-of-body travel, and electronic voice phenomena. Unfortunately orthodox religion and mainstream science turned blind eyes and deaf ears to it - religion because not all the evidence could be completely reconciled with established dogma and doctrine, science because the evidence was beyond exact measurement and replication and did not fit into the mechanistic worldview that it had been developing in its efforts to overcome the superstitions and follies of religion.

Beginning with Emanuel Swedenborg, the 18th century clairvoyant and mystic, and continuing into the late `19th and early20th century with such esteemed scientists and scholars as Sir William Crookes, Sir William Barrett, Professor William James, and Sir Oliver Lodge, the Zammits explore some of the early psychical research, which included the trance mediumship of Leonora Piper, Gladys Osborne Leonard, and others. Moving through the 20th century, he looks the past-life studies of Dr. Ian Stevenson, the near-death experience research of Dr. Raymond Moody, and the out-of-body research by Robert Monroe.

The Zammits discuss the skeptical views, including hallucinations, suppressed memory, telepathy, oxygen deprivation, the collective unconscious, subconscious fraud, and conscious fraud. "High-profile closed-minded skeptics have been given unfair license by the media to ridicule, cheat and lie with the results that the general public know very little about the great body of scientific research which has been accumulated," they argue, adding that closed-minded skepticism is a personal, subjective belief which is subject to fundamental errors and to complete invalidation.

This book should be in the library of every open-minded seeker of truth.
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