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    DescriptionIs death the final event in human life, or does another existence follow? What are the signs and possible proofs of such continuity? Such questions have sparked speculation in philosophy, religion, art, and science throughout human history and remain a familiar concern for even the most casual observer of the human condition. In his provocative new book, Fred Frohock explores the possibility that our existence is neither defined by nor limited to the purely physical - nor is it terminated at death. Fearlessly pursuing such a sensitive subject, Frohock suggests that death's domain may not be quite the 'undiscovered country' lamented by Hamlet. He wades boldly into the debates between hardcore materialists and devout spiritualists; provides glimpses of recent findings in brain research, the so-called mind-body problem, and consciousness studies; and in general, offers an idiosyncratic introduction to some of the most provocative and least understood aspects of what we call 'conscious' life. In the process, he provides fresh insights into the narratives, claims, and conundrums associated with life after death, near-death and out-of-body experiences, reincarnation, and a host of psychic phenomena that continue to puzzle the experts. Demonstrating a keen grasp of subjects ranging from neurochemistry to popular culture, Frohock is a sure-footed tour guide through a richly diverse field of research. He considers what past life regression therapy suggests about reincarnation, assessing the credibility of pioneering research by Brian Weiss and Ian Stevenson. He introduces readers to the work of the University of Virginia's Near Death Experience Project, with reports stretching back 35 years, and the Human Consciousness Project's study of 1,500 survivors of cardiac arrest. And he contemplates whether people in permanent vegetative states, like Terri Schiavo and Sunny von Bulow, are alive or not - and what these transitional states tell us about death. Leavened with humor and a Renaissance-style intellect that draws in Tolstoy and Hemingway along with films like Solaris and Blade Runner, Frohock's deep meditations are deftly interposed with brief fictional interludes that humanize his book's more abstract dimensions while exploring claims about the supernatural. Approaching the world's most baffling subjects with a critical eye, an open mind, and an agnostic's heart, "Beyond" looks beyond the last threshold and points the way toward a better understanding of human existence.


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    Title
    Beyond
    Subtitle
    On Life After Death
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Fred M. Frohock
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 146 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 517 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780700617012
    ISBN 10: 0700617019
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PSY
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T10.4
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: OP
    Libri: I-OP
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/NEWAGE
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14720
    BISAC V2.8: OCC022000
    B&T General Subject: 610
    BISAC V2.8: PHI013000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 129
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: JMX
    Abridged Dewey: 129
    B&T Approval Code: A10303000
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: PHI015000
    LC classification: BL535 .F76 2010
    Ingram Theme: ASPT/PHILAS
    Thema V1.0: QDTJ, QDTM, JMX
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Publisher
    University Press of Kansas
    Imprint name
    University Press of Kansas
    Publication date
    15 March 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Kansas
    Author Information
    Fred M. Frohock is author of Lives of the Psychics: The Shared Worlds of Science and Mysticism, Healing Powers: Alternative Medicine, Spiritual Communities, and the State, and eight other books. He is professor and chair of political science at the University of Miami.
    Review quote
    "A thoughtful, probing, courageous, original, and elegantly written work. Frohock's intriguing blend of science and narrative, mixing the precise with the poetic, reveals a flexible, penetrating, wide-ranging, humble, and powerful mind at work. It's an unusual and valuable take on a venerable set of puzzles." Stephen Braude, author of Immortal Remains: The Evidence for Life after Death "An imaginative and provocative book with much to reward, and much to unsettle." Carol Zaleski, author of Otherworld Journeys: Accounts of Near-Death Experiences in Medieval and Modern Times "An enjoyable, entertaining, and thought-provoking book for both believers and skeptics." Fred Alan Wolf, author of The Spiritual Universe and Mind into Matter"