on 7 August 2013
This book is the result of years of study; its breadth is amazing. If it was possible to give 7* or higher I'd do so, because the amount of work that must have been done - on such a VITAL subject - is terrific. The book's not perfect e.g., there are small proofing errors, but it is mighty impressive.
Victor Zammit (retired lawyer) and his wife Wendy (retired psychologist) argue the case for the afterlife as if in a courtroom, and present the evidence from carefully chosen expert witnesses e.g., Dr. Ian Stevenson who studied recollections of past lives ... and witnesses of the Scole experiment (from Scole, a village in the UK). Because of the quality of the evidence and associated discussion ... the book is a proof (beyond a reasonable doubt) of the afterlife. It hardly mentions and doesn't depend on religious arguments.
At 251 pages plus an excellent bibliography (and free online from the Victor Zammit website) it includes consideration of: near-death experiences, out-of-body experiences, ESP, remote viewing, mediums, cross-correspondences, Helen Duncan, Xenoglossy, remembrance of past lives, etc. Within that broad context, there is consideration of a vast range of particular items e.g., Edgar Cayce, Jane Roberts (and Seth), Eileen Garrett, Sir Oliver Lodge, and Frederic Myers.
I hope the book receives the serious and fair - critical in the best sense - reception it fully deserves. Unfortunately "believing is seeing" and scientific materialists (for want of a better term) can believe so firmly they're right that they don't examine the evidence for other views. Other path-breaking books (e.g., Sir Oliver Lodges "Raymond" or Frederic Myers "Human Personality" or, in a different genre and age, Dean Radins "The Conscious Universe") have had trouble making headway against materialist headwinds.
on 7 May 2013
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.
on 2 September 2013
Newtonian physics and traditional Christian religious practice have restricted people's understanding of what life is really about. Quantum Physics has opened Pandora's box and the Internet has enabled serious researchers world wide to compare results. When "paranormal" exercises are repeated in many countries by many differing people and witnessed by eminent scientists, politicians, Dr's, etc and always under controlled and repeatable conditions, then what do the debunkers say? Well they lie and misrepresent. There seems to be considerable vested interests it keeping the truth from the general population and I cannot understand why.
It is scientifically evident and the evidence is overwhelming, that we survive our "death", if we desire we can witness our own funeral. The Vatican acknowledge communication with the deceased but don't want you or I doing it, why? Well to my mind it's because the information that comes back does not fit with their dogma, but that's a personal view.
It is only a matter of time before the contents of this book are accepted by the vast majority of open minded skeptical people and when that happens people will have more freedom to talk about their own experiences as we do all have them. When this happens, we as a society will have made a great step forward. We will become more aware and more holistic and consider the next question, "Then What!"