Near Death Experiences – PSY 532

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is an overview of extraordinary experiences related to death and dying. In connection, lectures bring to light critical weaknesses in the three traditional perspectives on the paranormal—parapsychology, “skeptical” scientism,
and fundamentalist demonology—and propose a new theory of paranormal phenomena, rooted in ancient practices for facilitating the common experience of seeing spirits of deceased loved ones. The course will close with a prospectus for exciting future research that portends to shed light on the most fascinating enigma of all—the mystery of life after death.

 

COURSE SESSIONS AND TOPICS

This course is divided into ten, one-hour sessions. The introductory session, Personal Immortality and Post-Mortem Survival, is presented in both audio and video format to better acquaint the student with the instructor.

Session 1 | Phenomenology of Near-Death Experiences and Related Consciousness

Session 2 | Psychology Aspects of Extraordinary Phenomena Related to Death and Dying

Session 3 | The Recreational Theory of Paranormal Experiences, Part 1

Session 4 | The Recreational Theory of Paranormal Experiences, Part 2

Session 5 | Evoking the Spirits of the Deceased

Session 6 | Parapsychology

Session 7 | Skeptical Scientism

Session 8 | Fundamentalist Demonology

Session 9 | Near-Death Experiences Revisited

Session 10 | The Future of the Afterlife: New Investigations of an Ancient Mystery

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LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR THIS COURSE

Outcome 1:  Students will be able to describe the primary features of near-death experiences and other alternate states of consciousness associated with the possibility of an afterlife.

Outcome 2:  Students will be able to discuss objections to the three traditional frameworks of discussion of the paranormal—parapsychology, “skeptical” scientism, and the demonology of fundamentalist religions.

Outcome 3:  Students will be able to propound seven lines of reasoning that support a fresh approach that comprehends paranormal phenomena by tracing their connections to recreational activity.

Outcome 4:  Students will be able to state the major conceptual difficulties that complicate the task of rationally supporting the possibility of an afterlife.

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PROFESSOR

Raymond A. Moody, Jr, MD , PhD – MD, Medical College of Georgia, Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Virginia, specializing in logic, philosophy of language, and Ancient Greek philosophy. Author of Life After Life and other books about near-death experiences, alternate states of consciousness and paranormal phenomena. Dr. Moody was resident in psychiatry at University of Virginia Medical Center and has served as a professor of philosophy and psychology at various universities.

Dr. Moody will be assisted by:

Lisa Smartt, M.A. – Lisa teaches workshops with Dr. Moody on the investigation of life after life with special focus on cross-dimensional and mystical language. Lisa established the Final Words Project, a research project dedicated to collecting and analyzing the puzzling and symbolic utterances of deathbed conversations.
Ms. Smartt has authored several books, Eating Desire, A Song Between Lives, Stay Amazed, and At The Threshold. She is currently writing Words Between Worlds, an exploration into the language of end of life and near death experiences.

 

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PURCHASE AUDIO / VIDEO

The lecture series from this course is also available for independent study.
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