Is there life after death? Can science shed any light on this age-old question? And is the mind simply the workings of the brain, or is it something else? On this episode of ID The Future, host Andrew McDiarmid chats with Dr. Jeffrey Long, a radiation oncology physician and one of the scientists featured in the new Angel Studios feature film After Death.
As founder of the Near-Death Experience Research Foundation, Dr. Long has investigated over 4,000 near-death experiences (NDEs), the largest number of near-death cases ever assembled and studied. The results of his research are published in the New York Times bestselling book Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences.
In this interview, Dr. Long explains the hallmarks of a near-death experience and the common themes found in most near-death accounts. He also shares nine lines of evidence that support the scientific case for afterlife consciousness. And he explains why skepticism is a healthy part of science, while ideological rigidity can inhibit the scientific pursuit of truth.
Learn more about Dr. Long’s work at the website of his research foundation, www.nderf.org.
Get more information about the movie After Death at angel.com.
Read fresh insight on the age-old mind-body debate in the new book Minding the Brain: Models of the Mind, Information, and Empirical Science, available at mindingthebrain.org.
01:23 Studying NDEs Since 1984
02:41 Defining Near-Death Experiences
03:31 Common Themes in Near-Death Accounts
05:28 Consistency in NDE Research
06:30 A “Prove It To Me” Scientist
07:38 Rise of Interest in NDE Research
10:30 Lines of Evidence for NDEs
13:30 A Preponderance of Evidence
14:40 Consistent Across Many Cultures
15:42 Importance of After Death Movie
17:12 True Skepticism is Good for Science
18:16 Naturalistic Arguments for NDEs
19:42 NDEs Refute Materialist Views of Mind
21:14 Where to Learn More About NDEs
22:11 Resources and Other Videos
Watch the video version of this interview.