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Survival of Consciousness


Several areas of research demonstrate the potential for consciousness to exist separate from the brain after the death of the body. Researchers call this “survival of consciousness” or simply “survival.” What we call “planks in the survival platform” (i.e., areas of research providing support for the survival hypothesis) include:

Journalist Leslie Kean collected evidence and personal experiences supporting survival in her book Surviving Death: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for an Afterlife (2017).

Cited Sources

Alvarado, C. S. (2015). Psi Encyclopedia: Out-of-body experience (OBE). Retrieved from https://psi-encyclopedia.spr.ac.uk/articles/out-body-experience-obe

Beischel, J. (2015). Investigating mediums: A Windbridge Institute collection. Tucson, AZ: Windbridge Institute (Blurb).
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Beischel, J. (2017). Research into mental mediumship. In Kean, L., Surviving death: A journalist investigates evidence for an afterlife (pp. 170-180). New York: Three Rivers Press.
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Beischel, J. (2018). Psi Encyclopedia: Mental mediumship research. Retrieved from https://psi-encyclopedia.spr.ac.uk/articles/mental-mediumship-research

Beischel, J., Mosher, C. & Boccuzzi, M. (2014-15). The possible effects on bereavement of assisted after-death communication during readings with psychic mediums: A continuing bonds perspective. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 70(2), 169-194. doi: 10.2190/OM.70.2.b
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Beischel, J., & Zingrone, N. (2015). Mental mediumship. In Cardeña, E., Palmer, J., & Marcusson-Clavertz, D. (Eds.), Parapsychology: A Handbook for the 21st Century (pp. 301-313). Jefferson, NC: McFarland.
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Holden, J. M., Greyson, B., & James, D. (Eds.) (2009). The handbook of near-death experiences: Thirty years of investigation. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
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Kean, L. (2017). Surviving death: A journalist investigates evidence for an afterlife. New York: Crown Archetype.
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Kerr, C. W., Donnelly, J. P., Wright, S. T., Kuszczak, S. M., Banas, A., Grant, P. C., & Luczkiewicz, D. L. (2014). End-of-life dreams and visions: A longitudinal study of hospice patients' experiences. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 17(3), 296–303. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2013.0371
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Pearson, P. (2017). End-of-life experiences: Advice for caregivers. Threshold: Journal of Interdisciplinary Consciousness Studies, 1(1): 3–6.
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Sartori, P. (2015). Psi Encyclopedia: Near-death experience. Retrieved from https://psi-encyclopedia.spr.ac.uk/articles/near-death-experience

Streit-Horn, J. (2011a). After-death communication [fact sheet]. Retrieved from https://www.coe.unt.edu/sites/default/files/22/129/adc.pdf
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Streit-Horn, J. (2011b). A systematic review of research on after-death communication (ADC) [dissertation]. Retrieved from
https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc84284/m2/1/high_res_d/dissertation.pdf
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Tart, C. T. (1998). Six studies of out-of-body experiences. Journal of Near-Death Studies, 17(2), 73-99.
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Tucker, J. B. (2005). Life before life: Children's memories of previous lives. New York: St. Martin's Press.
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Tucker, J. (2013). Return to life: Extraordinary cases of children who remember past lives. New York: St. Martin's Press.
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Tucker, J. B. (2015). Psi Encyclopedia: Past life memories research. Retrieved from https://psi-encyclopedia.spr.ac.uk/articles/past-life-memories-research

van Lommel, P. (2010). Consciousness beyond life: The science of the near-death experience. New York: HarperCollins.
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