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Near-Death Newsletter -- July 1, 2005

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  • Kevin Williams
    Think of stepping on the shore and finding it heaven, of touching a hand and finding it God s, of breathing new air and finding it celestial, of waking up in
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 10, 2005
      "Think of stepping on the shore and finding it heaven,
      of touching a hand and finding it God's,
      of breathing new air and finding it celestial,
      of waking up in glory and finding it home." - Don Wyrtzen

      =======================================================================================Near-Death Newsletter.................................... July 1, 2005
      www.near-death.com ..................... Vol. 04, No. 07, Ed. 01
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      =======================================================================================Table of Contents
      (1) NDEs in the News
      (2) Q & A with Dr. PMH Atwater
      (3) Books on the NDE
      (4) IANDS in the Spotlight
      (5) Odds and Ends

      =======================================================================================(1) NDEs in the News
      News From P.M.H. Atwater
      CHARLOTTSVILLE, VIRGINIA ..... (P.M.H. Atwater's Website)
      September is almost here. Look for my newest book, "Beyond the
      Indigo Children: The New Children and the Coming of the Fifth World"
      (Inner Traditions). You can order the book now from the publisher
      or Amazon (see the links provided below). What would really help,
      though, is if you went to your favorite local bookstore and ordered it
      there. If enough people do that, it builds demand. This is what is
      needed for bookstores to carry the book. The book is a powerful
      treatise on the new children, their characteristics - positive/negative,
      generational markers; but more importantly it puts their appearance
      on the earthplane in perspective to the advance of root races (our
      gene pool as humans), the great shifting, and the great ages. Should
      your group want me as a speaker on this subject, refer to my website
      for details then contact me directly via atwater@.... I am
      thrilled to say that Tim Razzaq of "Learn 365" is sponsoring my
      appearance October 9th in the inner city of Trenton New Jersey at the
      Latino Community Land Trust (details on my website). I hope there
      will be many more such invitations. Thank you, PMH

      --- Books for ordering "Beyond the Indigo Children: The New Children
      and the Coming of the Fifth World":

      (1) Publisher's website: http://www.innertraditions.com/isbn/1-59143-051-8
      (2) P.M.H.'s Indigo page: http://www.cinemind.com/atwater/c5pe.html
      (3) Amazon book listing: http://tinyurl.com/dhjed
      (4) Find a Barnes & Noble in your area: http://storelocator.barnesandnoble.com/
      (5) Order by phoning your local Barnes & Noble: http://tinyurl.com/7otsk

      Scientists Kill Dog, Resurrect Hours Later
      (June 27, 2005) ----------------------------------- (Free Internet Press)
      Scientists have created eerie zombie dogs, reanimating the
      canines after several hours of clinical death in attempts to
      develop suspended animation for humans. US scientists have
      succeeded in reviving the dogs after three hours of clinical
      death, paving the way for trials on humans within years.
      Pittsburgh's Safar Centre for Resuscitation Research has
      developed a technique in which subject's veins are drained
      of blood and filled with an ice-cold salt solution. The animals
      are considered scientifically dead, as they stop breathing and
      have no heartbeat or brain activity. But three hours later, their
      blood is replaced and the zombie dogs are brought back to life
      with an electric shock.

      --- Related article: "Pitt Scientists Resurrect Hope of Cheating Death":

      --- Related article: "Blood Swapping Reanimates Dead Dogs":

      --- Related website: Safar Centre for Resuscitation Research:

      Near-Death Experiences Are Attracting the Attention of
      Distinguished Researchers
      (June 13, 2005) -------------------------------------------- (Red Nova)
      When Deb Foster died in a San Diego hospital, she found herself
      on a stairway surrounded by cats and dogs and mesmerized
      by a celestial blue sky, the likes of which she had never seen
      on Earth. When it was Mary Clare Schlesinger's turn, she hovered
      above her bed in the intensive-care unit, watching her husband
      and daughter react in shock and fathomless grief at the thought
      of her passing. Beverly Brodsky said she went on a spectacular
      journey through a tunnel of intense light, a magic ride with angels
      and a shapeless God to a place of perfect knowledge, wisdom,
      truth and justice. All three said the journeys on which they embarked
      while "clinically dead," a period of a few moments when their hearts
      stopped, transformed their lives and left them with no fear of death.

      --- Related article: Beverly Brodsky's NDE on near-death.com

      Extreme States
      [Note: The full version of this article can be read online by registered
      Discover Magazine subscribers or purchased by Discover.com members]
      (July 1, 2005) ------------------------------------ (Discover Magazine)
      After emerging from a coma caused by bacterial meningitis, young
      Jamie Untinen sketched her resuscitation by pediatrician Melvin Morse’s
      partner David Christopher. The figure with the red shirt is Jamie
      floating out of her body. She said the rainbow represented “who I
      am and where I am to go" ... Eight-year-old Crystal Merzlock nearly
      drowned and was without a heartbeat for 19 minutes. She later
      drew this sketch of her near-death experience, depicting herself in
      heaven. She told pediatrician Melvin Morse that she recalled hearing
      someone say that she must return to help with her baby brother
      (pictured below the blue line), who was born months after the incident ...
      As Newberg and D’Aquili point out in their book "Why God Won’t Go Away",
      “the brain would have no choice but to perceive that the self is endless
      and intimately interwoven with everyone and everything the mind senses.
      And this perception would feel utterly and unquestionably real.” They
      use the brain-scan findings to explain the interconnected cosmic unity
      that the Buddhists experienced, but the results could also explain what
      Morse calls the “universal, unifying thread of love” that people with
      near-death experience consistently reported ... None of this work is
      without controversy, but an increasing number of scientists now think
      that our brains are wired for mystical experiences. The studies confirm
      that these experiences are as real as any others, because our involvement
      with the rest of the universe is mediated by our brains. Whether these
      experiences are simply right temporal lobe activity, as many suspect,
      or, as Britton’s work hints and Morse believes, a whole brain effect,
      remains an open question. But Persinger thinks there is a simple
      explanation for why people with near-death experience have memories
      of things that occurred while they were apparently dead. The memory-forming
      structures lie deep within the brain, he says, and they probably remain
      active for a few minutes after brain activity in the outer cortex has stopped.
      Still, Crystal Merzlock remembered events that occurred more than 19
      minutes after her heart stopped. Nobody has a full explanation for this
      phenomenon, and we are left in that very familiar mystical state: the one
      where we still don’t have all the answers.

      --- Special thanks to Ken Vincent for letting me know about this article:

      --- Related book: "Why God Won't Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology
      of Belief" by Andrew Md Newberg, Eugene G. D'Aquili, Vince Rause

      NDE Researcher Presents Evidence of the Efficacy of Prayer
      (June 26, 2005) -------------------------------------------- (PressBox)
      Dr. Peter Fenwick, a Neuropsychiatrist from the Institute of Psychiatry,
      is an expert on workings of the brain that appear to fall outside
      conventional understanding. He presented his latest findings to
      the Festival of Science, taking place this week at the University of
      Salford. Current knowledge about the human mind cannot explain
      how prayer works -suggesting that the mind has unknown powers
      that can reach out and affect other people. Dr Fenwick said, "These
      are very good studies, properly done. Subjects who are unaware
      they are being prayed for can be significantly helped.

      Artist Paints a Picture of Recovery
      (June 22, 2005) -------------------------------------- (Scotsman.com)
      [Note: The following NDE is interesting because the experiencer
      acknowledges having a NDE but is unaware that he was outside
      of his body.]
      Bellany, 63, described an eerie "near-death" experience. He
      passed out, and friends described how he went blue, he said.
      "They thought I was away, I had actually gone." But when he
      woke in hospital, he was convinced he had simply got up from
      the street and walked to the exhibition. "I [thought I] just walked
      up to the Mitchell, because it was only about 200 yards away. I
      saw all the people were there, and I said, 'Look, he won't be long'.
      "I remember speaking to two or three people there, and the
      organisers, the people who run the gallery. I said I had better go
      back and tell them to hurry up. "I just went up and told them we
      would be on our way. I must have been dead when this actually
      happened. I was absolutely positive I had done this and was telling
      everybody. It was about four days later that my wife, Helen said,
      'You didn't go anywhere'."

      --- Related article: "People Who Don't Know They're Dead":

      --- Related website: The Official Site of John Bellany:

      Suspensions & Tensions (Part I)
      (July 2005) ------------------------------------ (Fakir Rants & Raves)
      [CAUTION: This article deals with people who perform the Native
      American ritual of body suspension called O-Kee-Pa to experience
      NDEs. The photos are in this article are very graphic.]
      "And there it was at the end of a short dark tunnel, a great
      shimmering ball of white light!! It radiated intense waves of love
      like I’d never felt before. This incredible love was directed at me --
      personal and totally non-judgmental, unconditional, accepting. I
      passionately wanted to be swallowed up by that Light. In rapid
      telepathic communication, the Light spoke. It said: “Hello. I’m you
      and you are Me. And I’m as close to God as you’ll ever be. I am the
      One who made you and I am the One who will take you back. I
      brought you here. Remember the book? I am always here to guide
      you regardless of the form in which you see me”. I asked the Light,
      “Do you always appear like this?” “No,” it replied, “I appear in any
      form you think I can appear”. Again I asked a question, “Is there only
      one of you”? The Light shimmered again and answered. “Of course not.
      Everyone has a White Light, but all of us are One. And One of us is
      powerful enough to create or destroy a world or universe. Let me show
      you”. I cannot describe what happened then. I was led on a fantastic
      tour of things made and not made and music that accompanies it all
      into a Divine Order. I pleaded with the Light to embrace me. It said no,
      do not come closer. If I was embraced, I could not go back. The Light
      told me I had to return to my body and work through it until my task was
      finished. What task? The next thing I knew, I was back in the darkened
      garage laying on the floor with Davy Jones and Joe by my side. They
      said I had hung deathlike for twenty minutes."

      --- Related article: "Suspensions & Tensions" (Part II)

      --- Related article: "It's Time for Volunteer "Flatliner" Experiments!"

      --- Related articles: More OBE and NDEs from O-Kee-Pa suspension:

      --- Related website: Fakir Musafar's Body Play site:

      Women Fall Into Trance During Orgasm
      (July 2, 2005) -------------------------------------------- (Scotsman.com)
      What goes on in a woman's brain during orgasm has been
      scientifically revealed for the first time - almost total blackout
      and sheer pleasure. The findings partially explain the mystery
      of what is referred to as "la petite morte" or "the small death"
      in classical works. Researchers using brain scans found they
      could identify women who were "faking it" because during a
      true orgasm the cortex, which controls the conscious part of the
      brain, shuts down completely ... "Do you say to a women, 'here
      is a near-death experience we'd like to help you achieve in order
      to get an orgasm'; or do you say 'this is so wonderful, it takes you
      out of yourself and we'll help you get there?'"

      --- Related article: Margaret Birkin's NDE triggered by orgasms:

      --- Related website: Dr. Jenny Wade's site on Transcendent Sex:

      TV Medics Raise False Hopes of Coming Back From Dead
      (June 30, 2005) -------------------------------------- (Scotsman.com)
      Television medical dramas which suggest patients are regularly
      brought back from the dead are portraying "a terrible distortion
      of reality", doctors warned yesterday. Shows such as ER, Casualty
      and Holby City often depict characters being revived by cardiac
      pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), through manual first aid or electronic
      pads in hospital. But doctors at the British Medical Association
      annual conference yesterday said fewer than half of patients whose
      heart stops in hospital survive, of which only a third live to be discharged.
      If they suffer an attack in the street, the situation is worse, with
      only 2 per cent surviving.

      --- Related article: "Sudden Death Risks Highest First Month After
      Heart Attack":

      --- Related article: "Community Rallies to Put Defibrillators in All
      School Buildings":

      --- Related product: Phillip's HeartStart Home Defibrillator:

      How Dreams Are a Gateway to the Spiritual Realm
      (June 27, 2005) --------------------------------------- (SFGate.com)
      When we look at our dreams, there's a tendency to see them in
      psychological terms. How do you make a connection between
      dreams and spirituality? All of the world's major religions speak
      in one voice on this question. They tell us that human beings are
      in more direct communion with the divine in our dreams than
      during any other state of consciousness. There is, in other words,
      an ancient, archetypal connection between dreaming and
      communion with whatever language a tradition uses to describe
      the divine, whether it's God, the goddess, the ancestors, the
      spirits or what have you. In addition to that, there's a sense
      [in religious traditions] of the dream world as being a means of
      access to the nonmaterial plane.

      --- Related article: "Dreams and the NDE" on Near-Death.com:

      --- Related book: "The Living Labyrinth: Universal Themes in Myths,
      Dreams and the Symbolism of Waking Life" by Jeremy Taylor

      Book Review: "The Afterlife Experiments" by Gary E. Schwartz, Ph.D.
      (July 2005) ----------------------------------------- (Venture Inward)
      [Note: The following is a sneak preview of an article appearing
      in the September/October edition of Venture Inward Magazine]
      Reviewed by Henry Reed. The Afterlife Experiments Reveal Love.
      What if you could have a scientific reason to believe what you
      already in your heart know is true? The Afterlife Experiments:
      Breakthrough Scientific Evidence of Life after Death (Pocket Books)
      by Gary E. Schwartz, Ph.D. offers such a gift for those who know
      that life is eternal, that the soul survives death of the physical body.
      A professor at the University of Arizona, Dr. Schwartz’s groundbreaking,
      double-blind experiments have attracted a lot of attention. His
      methodology removes all the skeptics’ objections to survival research
      except one – that he does such research in the first place. As a
      scientist, Dr. Schwartz likes to develop hypotheses and test them.
      He believes that his work offers evidence that supports the hypothesis
      that living info-energy systems, once created, continue indefinitely – i.e.,
      that there are eternal souls. He doesn’t say he has “proof” of life after
      death. How can you prove to someone else, he asks, that you love
      a particular person? Not by what you say, nor by what you do,
      because those words and actions could be motivated by something
      other than love. You just “know” inside that you love that particular
      person, but how do you “prove” it to someone else? That’s one problem.
      Another problem is this: How do you know that you are correctly
      interpreting what you experience as “love”? ...

      --- Related website: Dr. Gary Schwartz's Afterlife Experiments:

      --- Related book: "The Afterlife Experiments: Breakthrough Scientific
      Evidence of Life after Death" by Gary E. Schwartz, Ph.D.

      Reincarnation: Best Evidence
      (June 17, 2005) -------------------------------------------- (Book of Thoth)
      Is there good evidence for reincarnation? Researchers say yes...
      [The evidence includes:] The concept of reincarnation - that our
      souls may experience many lifetimes over centuries, maybe even
      thousands of years - has been present in virtually every culture
      since ancient times ... Past Life Regression Hypnosis ... Illnesses
      and Physical Ailments ... Phobias and Nightmares ... Physical
      Appearance ... Children's Spontaneous Recall and Special Knowledge ...
      Handwriting ... and Birthmarks and Birth Defects.

      --- Related articles: Reincarnation Evidence on Near-Death.com:

      Parents Think Boy Is Reincarnated Pilot
      (June 30, 2005) -------------------------------------------- (ABC News)
      Over time, James' parents say he revealed extraordinary details
      about the life of a former fighter pilot -- mostly at bedtime, when
      he was drowsy. They say James told them his plane had been
      hit by the Japanese and crashed. Andrea says James told his
      father he flew a Corsair, and then told her, "They used to get flat
      tires all the time" ... Andrea says James also told his father the
      name of the boat he took off from -- Natoma -- and the name of
      someone he flew with -- Jack Larson. After some research, Bruce
      discovered both the Natoma and Jack Larson were real. The
      Natoma Bay was a small aircraft carrier in the Pacific. And Larson
      is living in Arkansas .. He said James told him he had been shot
      down at Iwo Jima. James had also begun signing his crayon drawings
      "James 3." Bruce soon learned that the only pilot from the squadron
      killed at Iwo Jima was James M. Huston Jr. Bruce says James
      also told him his plane had sustained a direct hit on the engine.

      --- Related website: Carol Bowman's Children's Past Lives Research Center:

      Jewish Past Lives of Popes Benedict XVI and John Paul II
      (June 9, 2005) ----------------------------------- (NewsReleaseWire)
      Jewish past lives of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI
      are presented on the web site of respected reincarnation researcher,
      Walter Semkiw, MD, to commemorate the birthday of Anne Frank,
      which is June 12. The reincarnation case of Barbro Karlen/Anne
      Frank is also presented ... Recent reincarnation research, including
      two cases studied by Dr. Stevenson at the University of Virginia,
      demonstrates that from one incarnation to another, facial features,
      personality traits and linguistic writing style remain the same.
      Multiple independently researched cases that demonstrate these
      phenomena are compiled in Dr. Semkiw’s book, “Return of the
      Revolutionaries: The Case for Reincarnation and Soul Groups Reunited.”

      --- Related website: Dr. Walter Semkiw's Return of the Revolutionaries:

      --- Related book: Dr. Semkiw's groundbreaking book "Return of the

      --- Related article: "Dorothy Dandridge - Halle Berry Reincarnation":

      --- Related article: "The Reincarnation of Abraham Lincoln into John F.

      Science Magazine Pops 125 Questions Scientists Have Failed to Answer
      (July 1, 2005) --------------------------------------- (Science Magazine)
      In a special collection of articles published beginning 1 July 2005,
      Science Magazine and its online companion sites celebrate
      the journal's 125th anniversary with a look forward -- at the most
      compelling puzzles and questions facing scientists today. A
      special, free news feature in Science explores 125 big questions
      that face scientific inquiry over the next quarter-century; accompanying
      the feature are several online extras including a reader's forum on
      the big questions. These questions include: What is the Biological
      Basis of Consciousness and How Are Memories Stored and Retrieved?
      When science can define consciousness it will be easier to prove
      scientifically whether or not consciousness survives bodily death.

      --- Related ebook: Download the free PDF ebook version of this article:

      --- Related article: A shortened summary version of this article:

      Brain Scans Show Hypnosis Helps to Focus the Mind
      (June 27, 2005) ------------------------------------------ (Nature.com)
      Therapists who swear that hypnosis can help their patients now
      have more evidence to back their claim. A study of brain-scan
      images shows that hypnosis can indeed alter cognitive activity
      after subjects have come out of the trance state, and that this
      can help them concentrate on certain tasks. In a study published
      this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science,
      hypnotized subjects outperformed their peers at a classic test
      of mental focus. And scans pinpointed the area of the brain
      responsible for this lasting effect.

      --- Related article: "Hypnotic Suggestion Reduces Conflict in the
      Human Brain"

      This Machine Reads Your Mind
      (July 2005) -------------------------------------------- (Netscape News)
      Your private thoughts may not be so private. Scientists from
      Japan and the United States have figured out how to read a
      person's mind by remotely measuring brain activity, extracting
      information of which the subject is not even aware. Science
      fiction? No. It's real. So far it's pretty rudimentary stuff in that the
      mind-reading machine can only identify visual patterns a volunteer
      can see or has chosen to look at. But the researchers are hopeful
      that the approach will eventually probe into a person's awareness,
      focus of attention, memory, and movement intention, report
      New Scientist and Scientific American.

      Scientists to Create Digital Copy of Brain
      (June 8, 2005) -------------------------------------- (Computing.co.uk)
      Swiss scientists and IBM have announced plans to create a detailed
      digital model of a neocortical column, a tiny but crucial area of the
      human brain. Professor Henry Markram ... says the simulation will
      "phenomenally" accelerate the pace of neuroscience research.
      "Some experiments, just to study one pathway, may take us three
      years to complete. With this model, we could do them in a day or
      even a couple of hours," he said. Under the Blue Brain project, IBM
      is building a custom version of its Blue Gene supercomputer with
      8,000 processors, each of which will simulate the behaviour of one
      to two neurons ... "This whole machine will be converted into one tiny
      little column, simulating about 10,000 neurons," said Markram.
      By comparison, the human neocortical column, which measures about
      half a millimetre wide and two millimetres long, contains between
      50,000 and 70,000 neurons, with five to 10 kilometres of "cables"
      connecting them. The entire human brain contains about a million
      of these columns.

      --- Related article: "Scientists Utilize Molecule as Basic Transistor --
      Breakthrough Could Be Important for Future Computers":

      Scientist Creates 3-D Holographic Video
      (June 15, 2005) ---------------------------------------- (Sci-Tech Today)
      A University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center scientist has
      developed the world's first three-dimensional holographic movies.
      Harold Garner, professor of biochemistry and internal medicine,
      was cited by Popular Science magazine's list of the top five "great
      ideas for the future," featured in the June 2005 issue, for his invention,
      a table-top black box that plays three-dimensional holographic video
      footage ... "An important next step is to take our proof of principle
      technology that we have now and move it into a commercial entity,"
      he said. "We think the two initial markets will be in medical visualization
      and military applications, such as heads-up displays for helmets and
      military aircraft and coordinating battlefield information." Garner said
      long-term entertainment applications of the technology could include
      3-D multiplayer games, theme park, advertising displays, and "Holo TV."

      --- Related article: "30 GigaByte Affordable Holographic Storage Next Year":

      --- Related articles: The Holographic nature of the NDE Life Review:

      --- Related article: Heavenly Computers seen in Heavenly Temples
      during NDEs:

      Teleporting Over the Internet
      (June 17, 2005) ------------------------------------------ (BBC News)
      Computer scientists in the US are developing a system which
      would allow people to "teleport" a solid 3D recreation of themselves
      over the internet. Professors Todd Mowry and Seth Goldstein
      of Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania think that, within
      a human generation, we might be able to replicate three-dimensional
      objects out of a mass of material made up of small synthetic "atoms".
      Cameras would capture the movement of an object or person and
      then this data would be fed to the atoms, which would then assemble
      themselves to make up an exact likeness of the object.

      --- Related article: Teleportation Breakthrough Made (June 16, 2004)

      New Model Permits Time Travel
      (June 17, 2005) -------------------------------------------- (BBC News)
      If you went back in time and met your teenage parents, you could
      not split them up and prevent your birth - even if you wanted to, a
      new quantum model has stated. Researchers speculate that time
      travel can occur within a kind of feedback loop where backwards
      movement is possible, but only in a way that is "complementary"
      to the present. In other words, you can pop back in time and have
      a look around, but you cannot do anything that will alter the present
      you left behind. The new model, which uses the laws of quantum
      mechanics, gets rid of the famous paradox surrounding time travel.

      --- Related article: "Remembrance of Things Future: The Mystery of Time":

      --- Related article: Time travel and the NDE:

      --- Related book: "Future Memory: How Those Who "See The Future"
      Shed New Light on the Workings of the Human Mind" by P.M.H. Atwater

      Inter-Dimensional Journey to the Outer Limits of Science
      (July 3, 2005) -------------------------------------------- (Scotsman.com)
      "Warped Passages" by Lisa Randall. This is an intelligent book
      about a very complicated subject. Randall, a leading American
      theoretical physicist, believes that the three dimensions of space
      we see around us are not the whole story. There are other, higher
      dimensions, which may explain why gravity is so much weaker
      than magnetism - making it possible, for example, for us to stick
      things on fridge doors. She refers to these higher dimensions as
      "passages", and her explanation of them takes us through chapters
      such as 'Entryway Passages', 'Restricted Passages', 'Voluminous
      Passages' and even a 'Profound Passage' - all of which is apt to
      raise a snigger from any Julian Clary fans ... Randall takes us through
      "grand unified theories", which attempt to connect particles in a
      single model, but which have the snag of predicting that every atom
      in the universe will ultimately evaporate. She leads us on to superstring
      theory and "brane worlds", which picture particles as tiny vibrating
      filaments and the universe itself as a giant wobbly sheet.

      --- Related book: "Warped Passages" by Lisa Randall (due for
      release Sept. 2005):

      Why Make a Matrix? And Why You Might Be In One
      (July 2005) ----------------------------- (Simulation-Argument.com)
      Why the Matrix? Why did the machines do it? (Human brains
      may be many things, but efficient batteries they are not.) How
      could they justify a world whose inhabitants are systematically
      deceived about their fundamental reality, ignorant about the
      reason why they exist, and subject to all the cruelty and suffering
      that we witness in the world around us? ... The existence of
      unnecessary evil is one of the most powerful arguments against
      the belief that the world was created by an all-powerful, all-knowing,
      and perfectly good God. Theologians have spent centuries trying to
      answer it, and with very questionable success. But the problem
      of evil is only a problem if one assumes that the world was created
      by an omnipotent and perfectly good being. If one assumes
      instead that the creator was not perfectly good, and perhaps not
      even omnipotent, then it would be much easier to reconcile the
      view that our world was created with its seemingly obvious ethical
      shortcomings. What about you? You’re not all-powerful, all-knowing,
      and perfectly good. But what if you had the ability to create this
      kind of Matrix, would you do it? Even if you would not have chosen
      to create a world like this, there are many other people who do not
      share your scruples. If these people had the ability to create Matrices,
      some of their works might well look like the world in which we find ourselves.

      --- Related article: The Matrix seen in NDEs:

      Academic Society Looks at Death
      (June 5, 2005) -------------------------------------- (The Korea Times)
      According to Choi, the study of thanatology, which up to now has
      been almost non-existent in Korea, lies in achieving "right dying."
      "Thanatology is the scientific study of death which emphasizes
      the idea that death is not an extinction of life but the transition of life.
      Many see this transition as a rite of passage that should be undergone
      consciously and with dignity,’’ Choi said ... At the seminar, Choi
      announced his paper on the theme of near-death experiences,
      claiming it is not a groundless notion. "In Western countries, it has
      already been considered as a subject for positive research, an
      only way to approach the real substance of death and newly establish
      attitude of Koreans toward death, who often excessively adhere
      to death,’’ he said.

      Distant Voices
      (July 2005) -------------------------------------------- (Fortean Times)
      Breakthrough. Seven years later, in 1959, the real breakthrough
      came. Friedrich Jurgenson, a Latvian-born artist and documentary
      film producer, was recording birdsong at night in the woods near
      his home in Mölnbo, Sweden, for a documentary film he was
      making. On playback, he noticed a man’s voice speaking Norwegian
      and discussing the nocturnal habits of birds. Despite the striking
      coincidence of subject, Jurgenson thought that somehow his recorder
      had picked up a normal radio transmission. But he was shaken when,
      recording again some weeks later, he captured another, female voice.
      The voice enquired: “Friedel, my little Friedel, can you hear me?”
      Friedel was Jurgenson’s pet name, and he immediately recognised
      his mother’s voice. She had died four years previously. Now convinced
      that he had established a link with the beyond, Jurgenson carried on
      recording, capturing hundreds of discarnate voices, speaking in
      numerous languages, many of which appeared to respond to him
      personally and which he identified as deceased family members
      and friends. Jurgenson published his findings in the 1964 book
      "Voices from the Universe," attracting attention from other researchers,
      including Dr. Hans Bender, head of the parapsychological research
      unit of the University of Freiburg. Bender put his own team of scientists
      to work on the voice phenomenon, and their results – recordings of
      voices speaking recognisable words obtained by using blank tapes
      and normal tape recorders in a silent environment – seemed to vindicate
      the reality of Jurgenson’s experiments.

      --- Related book: "Voices From Paradise: How the Dead Speak to Us"
      by Judith Chisholm:

      Doctors Are Trying to Get "Complicated Grief' Recognized
      (July 1, 2005) ---------------------------------------- (Foster's Online)
      In the months after David Golebiewski's 19-year-old daughter was
      killed in a car crash, grief consumed his life. He couldn't go to
      the restaurant where his daughter had worked, and he spent
      five hours a day in Internet chat rooms with other parents who
      lost children. Doctors say Golebiewski was suffering from
      "complicated grief" -- a condition some hope will soon be
      recognized by the American Psychiatric Association.

      --- Related article: "New Treatment For Complicated Grief":

      --- Related articles: JAMA's articles on Complicated Grief:

      Help Save Seven Lives - Be an Organ Donor
      (July 1, 2005) -------------------------------------- (Star-Exponent)
      LifeNet, a non-profit agency that coordinates organ and tissue
      donation started a Web site in 2003 coordinated with the
      Department of Motor Vehicles. It provides information and an
      opportunity for people to register as donors online. Every person
      has the potential to save seven lives when they die by donating
      their heart, liver, pancreas, two kidneys and both lungs, LifeNet
      spokeswoman Dena Reynolds said. One person can also
      enhance the lives of 50 people in need of tissue donations, such
      as cornea replacements or skin for burn victims. The shortage
      of organ donors exists because many people don’t document
      their wish to be a donor or believe in widely-held myths, Reynolds said.

      --- Related website: LifeNet

      Remember Flim-Flam: How to Be a Modern Skeptic
      (June 22, 2005) -------------------------------------------- (Slate)
      [Note: This is an excellent article about the sad state of affairs
      of today's believers in the skeptic movement.]
      "[James] Randi had for decades used his insider's knowledge of
      the flim-flam trade to humiliate a generation of occultists. Chief
      among his trophies was Uri Geller, an Israeli-born, disco-era mentalist
      who claimed, among other things, that he had the ability to soften
      metal and move a compass needle with his mind ... Since that glorious
      display of public humiliation, the Amazing Randi has taken on
      levitators, psychic surgeons, dowsers, and astrologers ... To us,
      Uri Geller seemed small-time: The enemies we had in mind were
      fundamentalist ideologues, like the ones on the Kansas school board
      who have tried to demote evolution in the science curriculum. That's
      the conundrum of the modern skeptics movement: Intelligent Design
      theorists and deniers of global warming may very well be phonies and
      scoundrels, but no one is going to debunk them in the classic sense.
      You can't reveal their hidden microphones or mimic their tricks with
      sleight of hand. Intelligent Design, after all, is an attempt to recast
      (even to "rebunk") Creationism in scientific terms. The best weapon
      against it isn't dramatic exposé, but scientific argument. So a change
      in tactics makes sense for the movement."

      --- Related article: "Debunking the Pseudo-Skeptics and Debunkers
      of NDEs" by Kevin Williams:

      --- Related articles: "Debunking Common Skeptical Arguments Against
      Paranormal and Psychic Phenomena" by Winston Wu

      --- Related website: James Randi Educational Foundation's articles on NDEs:

      --- Related articles: Google search results - "James Randi" "near-death

      Autopsy Shows Terry Schiavo was in Persistent Vegetative State
      (June 16, 2005) ------------------------------------- (The News-Herald)
      The autopsy released Wednesday on Terri Schiavo backed her
      husband's contention that she was in a persistent vegetative
      state, finding she was severely and irreversibly brain-damaged
      and blind as well. It also found no evidence that she was strangled
      or otherwise abused before she collapsed. Yet medical examiners
      could not say for certain what caused her sudden 1990 collapse,
      long thought to have been brought on by an eating disorder.

      --- Related articles: SourceWatch.com's archive of Terry Schiavo
      Circus atrocities:

      --- Related article: A photo history of the Terry Schiavo Circus:

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      =======================================================================================(2) Q and A with Dr. P.M.H. Atwater
      An in-depth look at the near-death phenomenon
      In this section of the newsletter, P.M.H. will answer a question
      submitted to her from subscribers to this newsletter. If you have a
      question that you would like her to answer for this column, just email
      your question to me at: webmaster@... for consideration.

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      --- "The New Children and Near-Death Experiences":

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      QUESTION: "I recently got a hold of one of your IANDS cassette
      tapes from your talk about "Revelations" at the 2004 IANDS conference
      in Illinois. I have been experiencing a lot of synchronicity lately about
      the coming earth changes, the next evolutionary step for humanity,
      and the year 2012. Hopefully, I will have enough free time to examine
      these things further. Someone asked me a question about 2012,
      which I thought would be a good question to ask you. With the
      elections over and the current danger of our Republican government
      turning our society into a Taliban society where women's and gays'
      rights are suppressed and valuable stem-cell research possibly
      becoming a 'tool of Satan' by the far-right wingnuts, I am beginning to
      wonder if America is in fact losing its way. I voted for Bush because
      I am a fiscal conservative and military hawk, but now I am afraid that
      the radicals might try to take control of the Republican Party and
      impose their own interpretation of morality on people. I am glad the
      divisive election is over. I am not certain whether the bitter resentments
      from both sides are a healthy thing for our democracy." -- Kendall.

      Read P.M.H.'s answers
      here: http://www.near-death.com/atwater/column/index.html

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      Blessings, P. M. H. Atwater, L.H.D.

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      medical and spiritual. In this book Baumann takes many of the
      medical and spiritual readings and analyzes them through the
      use of scientific and experimental data, medical references,
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      Baumann was continually amazed at the knowledge Edgar Cayce,
      a man with only an eighth-grade education, possessed. In this
      book you will read the words of a medical doctor and former skeptic
      as he explores the world of America's most documented psychic
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      --- Related article: T. Lee Baumann's "God at the Speed of Light" page:

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      --- Related website: Rosemary Altea's"Voice of the Spirit World" website:

      =======================================================================================(4) IANDS in the Spotlight
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      our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living
      behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions
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