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                   June 2006 Book Review and Quotes Archive


                                               The Afterlife Experiments

                                          By Gary E Schwartz, PhD* with William L. Simon

                                                                   ISBN 0-7434-3659-8


“In order to disprove the law that all crows are black, it is enough to find one white crow.” ~ William

James, M.D., Psychologist and Philosopher (1842-1910)


After a chance meeting at a conference of the American Psychosomatic Society, Gary Schwartz, PhD

and Linda Russek, PhD began a conversation that would change the way that science looks at the

entire issue of what becomes of us after we die. 


Enlisting the University of Arizona’s backing and the help of “super” Mediums George Anderson,

John Edward, Anne Gehman, Suzanne Northrop, and Laurie Campbell, Gary and Linda set off to

scientifically prove that death is not the end of existence.  This was done through a series of experiments

using tighter and tighter controls . . . . . conversely resulting in the most amazing results happening when

science made it the most difficult for the Mediums to do their work. 


These experiments are journaled in a readable and often amusing and awe-inspiring format.  Hang in

there through the set up, once the experiments begin you will be taken for a ride through mystery, cynicism,

discovery, doubt, wonder, and enough evidence to prove their theory that even professional skeptics have

found it difficult to ignore.


Not only do you get a front row seat for the experiments, there is also a section discussing the impact

that “living forever” would have on society.  How would our laws change if the victims of crime were able

to testify at their own murder trials?  Perhaps the death sentence is not the harsh sentence we believe it

to be?  How would relationships change if there was a chance to continue to make amends and heal

after death?  How would the importance of hospice workers grow in society once we recognized that

death is merely a crossing over point and not the end of existence?  Great food for thought for an evening

of lively discussion with a group of co-workers or friends.


Did you know that one second after your heart beats; the electromagnetic signal from that beat has

traveled 186,000 miles out into space?  Two seconds later the beat that was yours has reached 372,000 miles,

and like the shine of a star that was extinguished centuries ago, just keeps going.   For readers who

believe in the concept that “once something begins to vibrate it never ceases to do so”, this book will give

you example after example of everyday comparisons and experimental results to argue your case.  For

those who are skeptics of the entire question, this book will come up with reasons to deny the evidence

faster than you can think of them.   In either case, it’s a darn good read.


Let the data speak for itself.  Open your mind to a new adventure today.


*Professor Schwartz was a presenter at the 2006 Toward a Science of Consciousness Conference.       




                                            June 2006 Weekly Quotes    


"Meditation is a tool like Galileo's telescope or Darwin's observations.  Shamata

(a specific process of meditation) is a telescope of the mind."
Alan Wallace, Toward A Science of Consciousness 2006

"There are three qualities to the cultivation of shamata (a specific process of meditation)
1. Setting the mind at ease
2. Establishing stability of attention
3 Developing high acuity of attention - the vividness of experience"
Alan Wallace, Toward A Science of Consciousness 2006

Practical advice for meditators:
"It is much better to keep sessions short - perhaps just fifteen minutes - practicing good

habits rather than practicing wandering mind for two hours. It is a balancing act between

effort and quality. Eventually the need for effort (introspection) diminishes."
Alan Wallace, Toward A Science of Consciousness 2006

"All scientists have physics envy."
Dean Radin, Toward A Science of Consciousness 2006

"Psi (psychic or paranormal phenomena) is the recursion of the universe being aware of

Dean Radin, Toward A Science of Consciousness 2006

"He brought the study of consciousness out from under the thumb of behaviorism and into

the light of day."
Stuart Hameroff, Toward A Science of Consciousness 2006
in homage to Francis Crick's and his legacy





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