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The reality of death experiences. A personal perspective.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7365486     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In recent years, there has been a marked increase in reports of the subjective experience of individuals in severe life-threatening circumstances. These have been used to suggest that scientific facts are now in agreement with religious beliefs as to the survival of the personality after physical death. This paper presents a personal death experience viewed by the author as a "subjective reality". This is contrasted with "shared subjective reality," i.e., commonly held beliefs among groups of individuals which do not necessarily lend themselves to scientific verification and scientifically derived objective reality. Subjectively real death experiences are regarded as corollary to a toxic psychosis. The content of the psychosis, which is not under voluntary control, determines the subjective experience of having entered either heaven or hell.
E A Rodin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of nervous and mental disease     Volume:  168     ISSN:  0022-3018     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Nerv. Ment. Dis.     Publication Date:  1980 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1980-06-27     Completed Date:  1980-06-27     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375402     Medline TA:  J Nerv Ment Dis     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  259-63     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Attitude to Death*
Brain / physiology
Consciousness / physiology
Delusions / psychology
Dreams / physiology
Hypoxia, Brain / psychology
Psychoses, Substance-Induced / psychology
Religion and Psychology

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