When it comes to the subjects of God and life after death, some people demand evidence that extends to absolute certainty. At the other extreme are those who are content with a belief based on emotion, instinct, or the opinion of higher authority, what is referred to as blind faith. In between are varying degrees of belief or certainty ranging from extreme skepticism to strong conviction. Discussions and debates on the two subjects are often interwoven, usually beginning with the implication that one must have proof of God before even considering the survival of consciousness at death. Since God, whatever He, She or It happens to be, is apparently beyond both human comprehension and mainstream science, the discussion or debate often stalls without proper consideration being given to the evidence strongly suggesting that consciousness does survive death in a larger life.
The evidence supporting survival has come to us through research carried out by many distinguished scientists and scholars in the fields of mediumship, after-death communication, past-life studies, near-death experiences, out-of-body experiences, deathbed visions and other psychic phenomena. The most convincing evidence was gathered between 1850 and 1935, but it was rejected by religion because some of it conflicted with established dogma and doctrine, even though it supported the primary tenet of religion, human survival after death. It was rejected by science because it defied strict scientific examination and conflicted with the emerging materialistic worldview embraced by supposedly progressive and enlightened people. Neither the religionist nor the scientist could seemingly get past the need to prove God before looking at the evidence for survival.
Without involving the existence or non-existence of God, god, or gods, this book examines some of the best evidence for survival studied between 1850 and the present day, the majority taking place before 1935. Time has not eroded the validity of those cases and the research surrounding them, although popular internet references generally subscribe to the materialistic worldview and are biased heavily toward debunking them all, while offering twisted, distorted, misleading, incomplete and uninformed explanations. Indeed, many of the cases reported in this book are bizarre and exceed the normal boggle threshold, but it should be kept in mind that the scientists and scholars who reported on them did so after numerous observations, often under highly controlled conditions, and with their reputations on the line.
The book begins with experiences by both the author and the publisher before discussing the mind-boggling phenomena and the research surrounding them, all leading to a conclusion that No one really dies.
Foreword: Look at the Evidence
Introduction: Examining the Best Evidence
1. The Author’s Experience: Who’s George?
2. The Publisher’s Experience: No More Porsches or Big Houses
3. Difficulties in Communication: Like a Blind Man Trying to Find His Hat
4. Levitations: Defying the Law of Gravity
5. The Amazing Cora Scott: No Greater Test of Spirit Power
6. The Incredible Leonora Piper: Putting a True Marvel to the Test
7. No Secondary Personality: A Nihilist Returns from the Dead
8. The True Pioneers: Filtering Out the Bosh
9. Astonishing Materializations: Like a Doll Melting Before a Hot Fire
10. Spirit Intervention: The Mysterious Third Hand
11. Ectoplasm: Making Sense Out of Nonsense
12. Spirit Hands Captured: Absurd, If a Truth Can Be Absurd
13. Patience & Harmony Required: When Books Went Flying
14. Super Medium Etta Wriedt: She Spoke Much More Than Yankee
15. Ancient Chinese Spoken: Was It Really Confucius?
16. The Group Soul: Do Dead Celebrities Communicate?
17. Stephen the Martyr: Hearing from a Saint
18. Checkmate: Playing Chess with a Dead Man
19. Automatic Writing: Like Holding a Live Bird
20. Living to Living Communication: When the Dead are Really Alive
21. Near-Death Experiences: Seeing the Light
22. A Neurosurgeon’s Near-Death Experience: From Clark Kent to Superman
23. Reincarnation: Children Who Remember Past Lives
24. Electronic Voices: Phone Calls from the Dead
25. Induced After-Death Communication: Focusing on the Sadness
Epilogue: From Skepticism or Blind Faith to Conviction
Appendix: Why the Evidence has Been Ignored and Rejected
About the author
A 1958 graduate of the School of Journalism at San Jose State University, Michael Tymn has contributed more than 2,000 articles to some 50 newspapers, magazines, journals, encyclopedias, and books over the past 70 years. While nearly all of his early writing was in the sports arena, Mike also wrote travel, human interest, and metaphysical features. He won the 1999 Robert H. Ashby Memorial Aware given by The Academy of Religion and Psychical Research for his essay on “Death, Dying, and After Death.” Writing assignments have taken him to such diverse places as Bangkok, Panama, Glastonbury, Jerusalem, Hollywood, St. Paul, and Tombstone.
He has interviewed and written about more than 40 Olympians in his sports writing and more than 30 scientists, researchers, educators, and philosophers in his metaphysical writings. He is the author of seven books, one on long-distance running and six dealing with life after death.
Publisher: White Crow Books
Published January 2021