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Out-of-Body and Near-Death Experiences: Brain-State Phenomena or Glimpses of Immortality?

Michael N. Marsh

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571505
eISBN:
9780191722059
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571505.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Theology

Personalised accounts of out-of-body (OBE) and near-death (NDE) experiences are frequently interpreted as offering evidence for immortality and an afterlife. Since most OBE/NDE follow severe ... More


 Touching the Transcendent: Rethinking Religious Experience in the Sociological Study of Religion

Courtney J. Bender

in Everyday Religion: Observing Modern Religious Lives

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780195305418
eISBN:
9780199785094
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305418.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter reintroduces religious experience as a key theme and trope within contemporary religion. Taking a woman’s gripping out-of-body experience (during which she meets Jesus) as a starting ... More


The Temporo‐Parietal Cortex: The Configuring of Ego‐/Paracentric Body Space

Michael N. Marsh

in Out-of-Body and Near-Death Experiences: Brain-State Phenomena or Glimpses of Immortality?

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571505
eISBN:
9780191722059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571505.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Theology

This chapter discusses aspects of the neurology and pathology of body-image, how the brain represents body-in-space, and the many illusory phenomena that may obtain therefrom. These considerations ... More


Getting a Sense of the Other‐Worldly Domain

Michael N. Marsh

in Out-of-Body and Near-Death Experiences: Brain-State Phenomena or Glimpses of Immortality?

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571505
eISBN:
9780191722059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571505.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Theology

This chapter shows that out-of-body (OB) and near-death (ND) experiences, despite conflation by experients and authors, stand as separate phenomena. OBE involves the viewing of subjects' bodies from ... More


Objective Analyses into ECE Subjectivity

Michael N. Marsh

in Out-of-Body and Near-Death Experiences: Brain-State Phenomena or Glimpses of Immortality?

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571505
eISBN:
9780191722059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571505.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Theology

This chapter argues that the foundation for much out-of-body and near-death phenomenology is the recovering brain, which provides the neuronal basis for whatever bits of those phenomenologies are ... More


The One out There: Autoscopic Phenomena in Jewish Mysticism

Shahar Arzy and Moshe Idel

in Kabbalah: A Neurocognitive Approach to Mystical Experiences

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780300152364
eISBN:
9780300152371
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300152364.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The third chapter analyzes autoscopic, ascension, and unitive ecstasy, differentiating them with respect to both phenomenological characteristics and underlying brain mechanisms.


Surveying Past Horizons

Michael N. Marsh

in Out-of-Body and Near-Death Experiences: Brain-State Phenomena or Glimpses of Immortality?

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571505
eISBN:
9780191722059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571505.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Theology

This chapter focuses on greater in-depth criticism of extra-corporeal experience (ECE) phenomenology related to its interpretation and meaning and, more generally, to its cultural relativity — ... More


Conscious‐Awareness: Life's Illusory Legacy

Michael N. Marsh

in Out-of-Body and Near-Death Experiences: Brain-State Phenomena or Glimpses of Immortality?

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571505
eISBN:
9780191722059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571505.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Theology

The preceding chapter encapsulates the argument that extra-corporeal experiences (ECE) are probably best accounted for in terms of functional perturbations of brains in their recovery from severe ... More


Falling Asleep, Perchance to Dream—Thence to Reawaken

Michael N. Marsh

in Out-of-Body and Near-Death Experiences: Brain-State Phenomena or Glimpses of Immortality?

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571505
eISBN:
9780191722059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571505.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Theology

This chapter continues the neurological theme relating to the realms of conscious-awareness and its disturbances, and their relevance to extra-corporeal experience (ECE) phenomenology. It makes a ... More


Anthropological and Eschatological Considerations of ECE Phenomenology

Michael N. Marsh

in Out-of-Body and Near-Death Experiences: Brain-State Phenomena or Glimpses of Immortality?

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571505
eISBN:
9780191722059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571505.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Theology

This chapter considers the claims by extra-corporeal experience (ECE) subjects to experience an other-worldly domain and thereafter to report on it. It evaluates the validity of this recall of ... More


Authors' Interpretations of ECE Phenomenology

Michael N. Marsh

in Out-of-Body and Near-Death Experiences: Brain-State Phenomena or Glimpses of Immortality?

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571505
eISBN:
9780191722059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571505.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Theology

This chapter considers the manner in which authors have, themselves, elucidated gross phemomenologies of out-of-body (OB) and near-death (ND) experiences. This is most important in providing the ... More


Feeling light, floating, leaving one’s body

Alf Gabrielsson

in Strong Experiences with Music: Music is much more than just music

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199695225
eISBN:
9780191729775
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695225.003.0016
Subject:
Psychology, Music Psychology, Social Psychology

In accounts of strong experiences with music, many bodily/physical reactions are mentioned. Some of them are well-known physiological reactions such as tears, shivers, goosepimples, palpitations, ... More


ECE and the Temporal Lobe: Assassin or Accomplice?

Michael N. Marsh

in Out-of-Body and Near-Death Experiences: Brain-State Phenomena or Glimpses of Immortality?

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571505
eISBN:
9780191722059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571505.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Theology

This chapter focuses on aspects of temporal lobe function other than its role in disturbances of body-image. It reviews other ground related to the temporal lobe and its particular contributions to ... More


Other Neurophysiological Aspects Pertinent to ECE Phenomenology

Michael N. Marsh

in Out-of-Body and Near-Death Experiences: Brain-State Phenomena or Glimpses of Immortality?

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571505
eISBN:
9780191722059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571505.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Theology

This chapter elucidates other possible neurophysiological aetiologies of extra-corporeal experience (ECE). These include such items as endorphins, hypoxia, nitrous oxide, and carbon dioxide narcosis, ... More


ECE, Revelation, and Spirituality

Michael N. Marsh

in Out-of-Body and Near-Death Experiences: Brain-State Phenomena or Glimpses of Immortality?

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571505
eISBN:
9780191722059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571505.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Theology

Since extra-corporeal experiences (ECEs) are widely alleged to offer new insights into phenomena exemplary of the afterlife, there is an imperative to examine these experiential claims. This chapter ... More


Overview and Recapitulation

Michael N. Marsh

in Out-of-Body and Near-Death Experiences: Brain-State Phenomena or Glimpses of Immortality?

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571505
eISBN:
9780191722059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571505.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Theology

This chapter presents some concluding thoughts from the author. It argues that the near-death experience can be envisioned as an imagined trajectory into some sort of subconscious, mentally contrived ... More


Mystical Experience in Kafka’s 
Early Prose

June O. Leavitt

in The Mystical Life of Franz Kafka: Theosophy, Cabala, and the Modern Spiritual Revival

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199827831
eISBN:
9780199919444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827831.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This chapter creates a classification of signs by which clairvoyant textuality can be evaluated. Subsequently, it examines Kafka’s writings for such signs. Certain diary entries are marked by the ... More


Subjects' Interpretations of Their Experiences

Michael N. Marsh

in Out-of-Body and Near-Death Experiences: Brain-State Phenomena or Glimpses of Immortality?

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571505
eISBN:
9780191722059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571505.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Theology

This chapter examines the consequences of near-death experience (NDE) on the subsequent lives of these experients. Most subjects are changed by their experience(s), becoming more tolerant towards ... More


Inducing out-of-body experiences

Olaf Blanke and Gregor Thut

in Tall Tales about the Mind and Brain: Separating fact from fiction

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198568773
eISBN:
9780191693779
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568773.003.0027
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

In an out-of-body experience (OBE), people seem to be awake and feel that their ‘self ’, or centre of awareness, is located outside of the physical body. This chapter focuses on recent neurological ... More


The Mystical Life of Franz Kafka: Theosophy, Cabala, and the Modern Spiritual Revival

June O. Leavitt

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199827831
eISBN:
9780199919444
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827831.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This book aims to show that the “Kafkaesque” in Franz Kafka may be immediate or residual impressions of the clairvoyance which Kafka admitted he suffered from: Those aspects of his writings in which ... More


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