The Self Does Not Die is now available on Amazon

BookCoverThe long-awaited book The Self Does Not Die has now been published and is available on Amazon.com. The project involved translating and publishing the recent Dutch book by NDE researchers Titus Rivas, Anny Dirven and Rudolf Smit that detailed 78 cases of veridical perceptions and other verified paranormal aspects of NDEs. Veridical perceptions in NDEs provide the best evidence of the apparent separation of consciousness from the physical body and, by implication, survival of consciousness after death.

IANDS was able to raise more than $20,000 for the project and there are now 104 cases in the English edition! The book features each case with all of the references that readers can use to explore the case further. These references include many on-line references with the links given. There is a handy on-line version of the Reference List on the IANDS web site where the links can be followed simply by clicking on them.

Get your copy now at Amazon.com!

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IANDS joins the Alliance for Global Consciousness

Alliance for Global ConsciousnessIANDS has joined with several other organizations to found the Alliance for Global Consciousness (AGC). The Alliance is an affiliation of like-minded organizations whose objective is to elevate their service to humankind and advance the evolution of their work, both individually and collectively, while moving further toward a shared purpose, namely:

The transformation of human consciousness across the globe

Founding members of the AGC inaugurated the Alliance in 2015 during collaboration that resulted in the creation of the AGC's mission:

Connecting Humankind through Experiencing Expanded Awareness

To that end, the AGC initiated a strong collective effort to assist its member organizations to become more vigorous and effective in the mutual exploration, understanding, and positive applications of consciousness.

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Donate to the Veterans' NDE Video!

DianeCorcoran2IANDS President Diane Corcoran urges IANDS members and friends to support a video project for veterans called Near-Death Experience, What Veterans Need to Know. Service members who have had an NDE should be assisted by medical personnel or chaplains trained to deal with those who have experienced NDEs. However, because of lack of training, that care is often not available, and the impact of this crucial gap of care can be great. It is traumatizing, exacerbating the effects of already devastating injuries, as well as PTSD, and magnifying feelings of confusion, fear, isolation and hopeless despair. Veterans may carry these feelings for a lifetime

donateThe Fund Raising Goal for this video project is $25,000. IANDS has contributed $5,000 toward the goal and we are now seeking donations. See the promotional video on YouTube.

VeteransNDEVideo Trailer

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Grants Available for Research into Life After Death

ANNOUNCEMENT FOR RESEARCH GRANT 2016 - The Helene Reeder Memorial Fund for Research into Life after Death, HRF.

 

The Helene Reeder Memorial Fund is pleased to announce the availability of grants for small and medium sized scientific research projects concerning the question of Life after Death.

Grants will be awarded in the range of EUR 500 – 5000 maximum.

The topic Research into Life after Death should constitute the main objective of the project.

 

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Welcome to IANDS' new web site layout!

New Website LayoutWe are pleased to present the new IANDS web site layout! Here are the main improvements:  

  • A new overall "look" with our new logo and style that's easier to read 
  • Responsive layout that scales automatically for mobile devices
  • A simplified menu structure: better organized -- it's easier to find things 
  • An improved NDE submission form: more questions requested by researchers, you can save and complete the form at a later time

We have fixed many problems with the existing site, but there may still be problems: if you find a problem, please report it to us.

Also, there are still a few things we need to complete:

  • Some links on some of the pages may not work properly -- please report them to us
  • Some functions on the Professional Networking Directory will not work right away

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Research request: unusual memories prebirth - age 5

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - RESEARCH PROJECT
 
P.M.H. AtwaterP.M.H. Atwater, L.H.D. is looking for people who feel very different or odd because of pre-birth memory, birth trauma, being a preemie, or while a baby, toddler, up to the age of five.
 
P.M.H. seeks to refocus on tiny ones, to double-check the work she has already done.  Our tiniest near-death experiencers are different.  Her earlier work in this area is contained in the book The New Children and Near-Death Experiences.
 
Please complete the following items listed here or download the list in this file.
 

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Diane Corcoran on Coast-to-Coast AM

IANDS President, Diane Corcoran, RN, PhD, Retired Army Colonel was on Coast-to-Coast AM radio program with George Knapp... Sunday, July 19 at 1:00 am.

See the biography at http://www.coasttocoastam.com/guest/corcoran-diane/73852

Veterans who would like to learn more about IANDS' support for veterans please contact IANDS using the email address:

Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

diane corcoran

 

IANDS featured in extensive article in The Atlantic

Gideon Lichfield, The AtlanticA recent article in The Atlantic by Gideon Lichfield provides a fair and balanced presentation of near-death experiences and features IANDS prominently, from the recent 2014 Conference in Newport Beach. Lichfield interviewed IANDS President Diane Corcoran and several NDE researchers including Alan Hugenot, Mitch Liester, Robert Mays and Kim Clark Sharp.

Lichfield explores the physiological as well as transpersonal explanations of NDEs, including the similarity of NDE narratives to the archetypal hero's quest of Joseph Campbell. He brings in the evidence of veridical perceptions in NDEs that have been elusive in NDE studies, including the AWARE study of cardiac arrest patients, as well as the recent EEG study on rats at the end of life. Finally, Lichfield balances the skepticism of Susan Blackmore (from a recent email exchange) with the thought that even materialists "can learn a great deal from NDEs ... about the central role that the [NDE] stories we tell play in shaping our sense of who we are."

IANDS makes The Day I Died video available

-Jan Holden, IANDS President
Ever since I joined the IANDS Board in 2000, we have lamented that no “ultimate NDE video” existed, and we’ve dreamed about producing such a video—always concluding that such a project was beyond IANDS’ means.

Then, in the fall of 2003, The Learning Channel aired a brand new British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) production about NDEs entitled The Day I Died. IANDS Board members were immediately and powerfully impressed with the quality of the 45-minute program. It showed two in-depth case studies of NDErs—one in the U.K., the other in the U.S.; depicted the two most recent prospective NDE research studies—one in the U.K., the other in the Netherlands; interviewed the most outstanding NDE researchers worldwide; presented both skeptical and “believer” perspectives; and reenacted the most compelling case of veridical (verifiably accurate) perception in an NDE during radical surgery for a brain aneurysm. The production was completely up-to-date and covered virtually everything an inquiring mind needed for an informed and balanced introduction to the phenomenon of NDEs. In short, most, if not all, Board members considered it the best NDE production made to date—very close to “the ultimate NDE video.”

It was only natural, then, that several Board members wanted to show The Day I Died at a variety of venues, including our own conference. Former IANDS Board member, Jason MacLurg, M.D., researched the matter with passion and persistence, but concluded that the BBC had no intention of making the program available for purchase. Nevertheless, the program’s producer, Kate Broome, provided Jason with the full, uncut one-hour version along with the understanding that anyone who wanted to show it would get the BBC’s permission for each showing. (This is how we were able to show the video at the IANDS conference in Chicago last June; those of you who attended may remember Jason showing it there. He and several other Board members have also shown it at several other venues.) Though we were grateful to have some way to show it—and Ms. Broome always accommodated our requests to show it in educational contexts—the process of getting permission each time we wanted to use it was quite cumbersome.

But all that is about to change.

A couple of months ago, I decided to pursue the matter again. The BBC confirmed their resolve not to make the program available for sale, and they referred me to BBC America. BBC America also expressed their resolve not to offer it for sale, and they referred me to Films for the Humanities and Sciences (FHS), which sometimes acquires distribution rights for educational programs to be shown at educational venues. I contacted FHS and, through a series of communications and negotiations, persuaded them to pursue the acquisition of distribution rights. When I returned home from the recent IANDS Board meeting in mid-February, I found an e-mail informing IANDS that FHS had succeeded.

Although all the details are not yet known, we do know the following:

  • IANDS members will be able to purchase The Day I Died in either DVD or VHS format for $89.95 by ordering through a special phone number. This price represents a 40% discount from the $149.95 that FHS will be charging at their website. To my knowledge, the only available discount will be for IANDS members.
  • Just the opposite of popular movie videos or DVDs we rent or buy from local stores, which are intended for home viewing and not for public showing, FHS programs like The Day I Died are intended for public showing and not for home viewing. Specifically, The Day I Died can be purchased for showing in any educational context: Friends of IANDS (FOI) groups, schools, universities, churches, community agencies, hospitals, hospices, etc. So you could, for example, buy a copy and donate it to your FOI. Or donate it—perhaps taking a tax deduction—to your church, hospital, or library—along with a request that they organize and advertise a showing of the program followed by a question-and-answer period.
  • A few years ago, a donation was made to IANDS with the charge that IANDS use the money to promote understanding of NDEs in medical schools. The Board used some of the funds but has been waiting for the right opportunity to dedicate the remainder. We are currently exploring the possibility of using it to donate a copy of The Day I Died to each U.S. medical school. (We would be happy to accept donations enabling us to send a copy to each international med school, too!!)
  • The IANDS Education Committee is working with FHS to develop a study guide to accompany the video that would be available for free at both the FHS and IANDS websites. This guide would facilitate the Q&A session following the showing of the program and would lead interested people to further near-death-related resources.
  • Several IANDS Board members have pledged to take a variety of actions to make the availability of The Day I Died known to organizations that would have an interest. Although it was never IANDS’ intention to benefit from making the program widely available, when people “do the math,” they may decide to join IANDS to leverage the discount: Would you rather pay $149.95 for the video alone, or $134.95 for an IANDS general membership plus the video ($45 + $89.95)? As the kids say, “Duh!”…and IANDS gets new members!

I can hardly think of a better way for IANDS to fulfill its new mission—to build global understanding of near-death and near-death-like experiences through research, education, and support—and to uphold its values of objective inquiry into NDEs and similar experiences, than through this video initiative.
I believe we will accomplish a great service to humanity through the dissemination of The Day I Died. My sincere, heartfelt thanks to everyone who has contributed and will contribute to this service!

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