Dr Bruce Greyson is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia. He is one of the world’s leading scientists in the field of Near-Death Studies. He was a co-founder and President of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) and Editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies.
His research over the past four decades has focused on near-death experiences, particularly their after-effects and implications.
In this interview he talks about his experiences and the insights he gained from his work. He also talks about his book “After: A Doctor Explores What Near-Death Experiences Reveal About Life and Beyond”.
00:02:45 What triggered your interest in near-death experiences?
00:07:27 An overview about the last 40 years of research and work and the most important results
00:09:14 What profound effects have near-death experiences on people?
00:11:34 What are the cultural differences in NDEs between United States and Europe, or Asia or even early civilizations and cultures?
00:13:44 How difficult did you find it to overcome, the resistance or the lack of interest in the scientific fellow scientists, the medical world, or the public at large?
00:15:09 How difficult is it to get proof that observations of experiences, their perceptions, are actually accurate?
00:18:38 Putting up signs somewhere on the shelf so that the person in their out of body state could see the sign didn’t go so well
00:20:37 About meeting diseased people who they couldn’t have known that they had died
00:23:39 About the theories of how we explain near-death experiences
00:27:06 Is it true that some of the near-death experiences have happened during a state where it was fairly certain or sure that the brain couldn’t have generated these experiences through normal means?
00:29:13 Dr. Eben Alexander’s case
00:33:16 Is the mind or the consciousness – the soul – separate from the physical brain?
00:37:20 What can the research in near-death experience tell us about perhaps our hopes or questions whether we actually survive physical death?
00:38:56 Suicide and fear of death
00:40:10 Have we accumulated enough knowledge to conclude actually that consciousness does survive physical death?
00:42:36 What personal worldview have you derived at? Do you believe in life after death, or how do you see it?
00:43:20 What are the most important open questions in this field of near-death research?
00:46:07 What kind of challenges do near-death experiencers face?
Interview: Jens Rohrbeck
Editor: Werner Huemer
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