After: What Near-Death Experiences Reveal About Life and Beyond

After: What Near-Death Experiences Reveal About Life and Beyond

Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 19:00 to 20:30
Personal Growth
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One of the world's leading experts in Near-Death Experiences explores the phenomenon

Ten per cent of people whose hearts stop, and then restart, report a Near-Death Experience (NDE). 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 this online talk, Dr Bruce Greyson will discuss:

- challenges in researching NDEs;
- the common features of the experience independent of cultural or religious beliefs, including enhanced thinking and perception, the life review and out-of-body experiences;
- the relationship of NDEs to mental illness, to brain biology, and to psychological factors;
- and changes in attitudes toward life and death, in spirituality, and in behaviour – both positive and challenging aftereffects.

He will discuss the implications of NDEs for our understanding of mind and brain, including how consciousness can persist after brain activity has stopped; for our understanding of the possibility of postmortem survival; and for our understanding of the relationship between biological and spiritual events and what that implies for what it means to be human.

He will conclude the talk with practical takeaways for what Near-Death Experiences mean for all of us and for how we can craft a more meaningful and fulfilling life.

After is a ground-breaking book for anyone curious about the scope of the human mind, the nature of consciousness, and the pursuit of a meaningful life.

'A book that will challenge your understanding about how the world works' The Independent

'Dr Greyson is a dominant force at the frontier of this intriguing field' The Times

'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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About the speaker, Bruce Greyson

Dr Bruce Greyson is one of the world’s leading experts on Near-Death Experiences (NDE) and has been researching them for over 40 years. He is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia.  He was previously on the medical faculty at the University of Michigan and the University of Connecticut, where he was Clinical Chief of Psychiatry. Dr. Greyson has consulted with the National Institutes of Health and addressed symposia on consciousness at the United Nations and at the Dalai Lama’s compound in Dharamsala, India. He has earned awards for his medical research and was elected a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, the highest honour bestowed by that organization.

Dr Greyson’s interest in NDEs began just a few months after graduating from medical school, when he treated an unconscious patient in the emergency room who stunned him the next morning with an account of leaving her body. That event challenged his beliefs about the mind and the brain, and ultimately led him on a journey to study NDEs scientifically, leading to more than a hundred publications in medical journals. He co-founded the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS), an organization to support and promote research into these experiences, and for 27 years edited the Journal of Near-Death Studies, the only scholarly journal dedicated to near-death research. Through his research, he has discovered common and universal themes in near-death experiences that go beyond neurophysiological or cultural interpretations, as well as patterns of consistent aftereffects on individuals’ attitudes, beliefs, values, and personalities.

He is the author of After: A Doctor Explores What Near-Death Experiences Reveal About Life and Beyond. The book challenges our everyday ideas about our minds and our brains and offers key insights on how we can begin to live a more meaningful and fulfilling life.

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