Sunday, January 15, 2006

near-death experiences

Pollster and American public opinion analyst and statistician, George Gallup surveyed a sample of physicians to determine whether or not they felt that the growing reports of near-death experiences gave any confirmation to the commonly held view that life continues after death. Most physicians thought that near-death experiences provided no support whatever for a belief in life after death, and some compared these experiences to hallucinations caused by drugs or simply to recovery effects from anesthetics. In terms of this survey, life after death remains a matter of faith and hope, not a scientifically proven fact.
Russell, C. H., Good News About Aging. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1989.

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