Thursday, June 12, 2008

IANDS Fall conference

Save the Date for the upcoming
IANDS Fall conference

October 3-4. 2008

In Durham, North Carolina in the United States

- Maggie Callanan, RN, hospice nurse and best-selling author, on nearing-death awareness, NDEs, and her tell-it-like-it-is new book, Final Journeys .

- A groundbreaking discussion as three outstanding leaders in the fields of theology and medicine sit down together to share their perspectives on near-death experiences: Harold Koenig, RN, MD, MHSc, co-director of the Center for the Study of Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke University Medical Center; Keith Meador, MD, MTh, MPH, founder of the Theology and Medicine Program at the Duke University Medical School and co-director of the Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke University Medical Center; Bruce Greyson, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia Health System and editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies.

- Col. Diane Corcoran, RN, PhD, US Army Nurse Corps (ret) - Tackling the implications of combat near-death experiences from Iraq and Afghanistan.

- Julie Lapham, PhD - A scientist's insight into the life-changing outcomes and implications of her own NDE.

- Nancy Evans Bush, MA - Deciphering, framing, and integrating the difficult near-death experience.

- Near-Death Experiencer Panel - Four people describe their Near-death experiences and answer questions.

-- Plus private time for experiencers to share thoughts and feelings among themselves - and more!

Watch for registration details in the summer Vital Signs and on the IANDS website.

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At 3:18 PM, Anonymous Wade said...

Hi Dr. Atwater,

I love your blog. I've never experienced an NDE, but I find them fascinating (and they make me feel very optimistic about the universe.)

When I explore this topic online, I find a lot of skeptics who believe that the NDE is just a chemical reaction taking place in the brain.

However, it seems that the Out-of-Body Experience could be verified somehow. (Perhaps the way Dr. Pim van Lommel focused on patients who underwent cardiac-arrest.)

Are there any current efforts to study the OBE in a controlled environment?

Thanks for writng such a compelling blog!

At 7:57 AM, Blogger PMH said...

You are so kind. Thank you.

I refer you to “The Big Book of Near-Death Experiences” for the latest. As you must know by now, the entire field of near-death studies has taken a major shift in emphasis in the last two years. Things like out-of-body experiences, the dead come back, visitors from the Other Side, and otherworldly journeys are no longer relegated to oxygen deprivation, anoxia, the dying brain, or hallucinations, but are now considered normal and typical to the experiences. Just this fact alone changes the conversation and takes us beyond most of the skeptical claims. Yes, there is continuing research and especially on the out-of-body component, but so far none of that research has worked or delivered anything of note. Nor will it. In my opinion, until we make room for the emotional contingent of the experience, just experimenting with the physical aspects will get us nowhere.

Many blessings, PMH


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