Science and the Afterlife Experience: Evidence for the Immortality of Consciousness

Chris Carter (Author)

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$18.95  $17.43
Inner Traditions International
Publish Date
August 22, 2012
5.9 X 1.0 X 8.9 inches | 1.35 pounds

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About the Author

Chris Carter received his undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Oxford. The author of Science and the Near-Death Experience and Science and Psychic Phenomena, he is originally from Canada and currently teaches internationally.


"The third volume of Chris Carter's trilogy may be the best. Reincarnation, ghostlike visions, and messages from the dead make for some very stimulating reading. As an historical chronicle alone this would be a valuable work. But Carter's historical treatment also combines philosophy and analysis into an always interesting and well-organized treatise."--Robert Bobrow, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Department of Family Medicine,
"'Survival of human consciousness past the point of biological death is a fact.' That will seem an extraordinary claim to some, and they may reasonably demand extraordinary evidence to support it. Carter has both made the claim and provided the evidence."--Guy Lyon Playfair, author of This House is Haunted, If This Be Magic, and Twin Telepathy
"Scientists and philosophers who have seriously studied the phenomenon of mediumship have concluded that there are only two hypotheses that, if true, would account for all the observed empirical data: either (i) human consciousness survives the death of its body or (ii) human consciousness possesses extraordinary abilities known as super-ESP. In Science and the Afterlife Experience, Chris Carter presents the data supporting survival with remarkable clarity and shows that the so-called "super-ESP" hypothesis is pseudo-science, and that its "purpose" is not to advance knowledge but rather to block an otherwise straight-forward inference from empirical data to the hypothesis of survival. With the "super-ESP" hypothesis disposed of, Carter boldly (and correctly, in my opinion) concludes that the survival of consciousness after the death of the body is a scientific fact, as well established as any other scientific fact."--Neal Grossman, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Illinois at Chicago
"Addiction to the materialistic paradigm has wreaked immense havoc upon the world over the last few centuries. Many believe it has brought us to the brink of an apocalypse. Chris Carter opens this marvelous book with a statement of concurrence with philosopher David Griffen on the current dire predicament wrought by this addiction, and how it has reached a crucial juncture. Coming to know that our souls do not die with our bodies but they have a much grander role on the stage of eternity, offers a glorious reprieve from this ignominious fate that is the inevitable result of limited materialistic beliefs. This book proceeds through a detailed review of reincarnation, apparitions and messages from the dead. In my opinion, he establishes the existence of the afterlife beyond a reasonable doubt. I congratulate him on such a solid synthesis of the relevant data and arguments, both for and against."--Eben Alexander III, M.D., Director of Research, The Monroe Institute, Faber, VA, author of Proof of
"Those who think they already know the answers don't need to waste their time with this book. For the rest of us, it is a gem. We should drop the pretense that the question of survival is not worthy of the attention of really smart people. It is and always has been the key question of humans throughout history. Thank you, Chris Carter, for shedding light on this, the Greatest Question."--Larry Dossey, MD., author of The Power of Premonitions and Reinventing Medicine
"[Chris Carter] presents something for everyone in a finely researched package that comes to its conclusions in a way that utilizes the scientific method."--Jennifer Hoskins, New Dawn, January 2013
"An intriguing dissection of consciousness and what it means to the history of our lives and world, Science and the Afterlife Experience is a strong addition to metaphysical spirituality collections, recommended."--Midwest Book Review, March 2013
"Carter has seemingly touched all the bases in thoroughly and effectively examining the evidence for life after death."--Michael Tymn s., Fate Magazine, June 2013
"Chris Carter addresses the question that is, or should be, the single most important question for any being that considers himself--or suspects himself to be--mortal. He argues that this is not the case. If he is right than this is not only the single most life-transforming realization for a mortal or perhaps immortal being, but also one of the most potent realizations that could prompt such a being to enter on a better path during his or her known life. And a better path is one that people now absolutely need to enter upon now if they are to thrive as individuals, and if humanity is to survive as a species."--Ervin Laszlo, Ph.D., author of The New Science and Spirituality Reader and Science and the Akashic F
"The evidence in favour of an afterlife is vast and varied. The evidence from near-death experiences and deathbed visions was described in two previous books by Chris Carter. Science and the Afterlife is the final work of his trilogy, and one will see in this wonderful book that we do indeed have strongly repeatable evidence for the continuity of consciousness after physical death, based on children who remember previous lives, reports of apparitions, and communication from the deceased. What all these cases show is that human personality survives death and, by implication, human consciousness can exist independently of a functioning brain. When one has read the overwhelming evidence as described in this excellent book it seems quite impossible not to be convinced that there should be some form of life after death. Any continuing opposition to the evidence is based on nothing more than willful ignorance or ideology. Highly recommended."--Pim van Lommel, M.D., author of Consciousness Beyond Life
"Chris Carter's Science and the Afterlife Experience is a vigorous, detailed exploration of survival following physical death. It is a withering rebuttal of the perennial, timeworn, anemic arguments of skeptics. This book is extraordinarily important-for, as Jung said, 'The decisive question for man is: Is he related to something infinite or not? That is the telling question of his life.' This brilliant book is an antidote to the fear of death and annihilation. It will help any reader find greater meaning, hope, and fulfillment in life."--Larry Dossey, M.D., author of The Power of Premonitions and the New York Times bestseller, Healing W
"This clearly written book, by one of the world's few experts on what evidence actually bears on the survival question, points to some kind of survival. If that fact doesn't grab your attention and make you want to know more - you're not thinking."--Charles Tart PhD., Professor Emeritus of Psychology University of California, Davis; a Senior Fellow
"...evidence that consciousness survives bodily death is overwhelming for those with open minds. Chris Carter has presented some of the best evidence offered by the near-death experience. In this book, he astutely examines impressive and irrefutable evidence coming to us from the study of reincarnation, apparitions, and mediumship. It's informative, interesting, intriguing, and inspirational."--Michael Tymn, author of The Afterlife Revealed and The Afterlife Explorers