The expression 'Near-Death Experience' is associated in the popular understanding with access to knowledge about our transition between the states of life and death. But how should such experiences be interpreted? Are they verifiable with scientific methods? If so, how can they be explained? Attempting to relate matters of scientific knowledge to subjective experience and the realm of belief is a difficult balancing act and has led to a variety of approaches to the topic. This work scrutinizes the diverse views and also myths, about near-death experiences and describes them from a scientific standpoint. Situated at the intersection of neuroscience, psychology, philosophy and religious studies this book will appeal to a broad audience of both scientists and general readers.
Birk Engmann works and lives in Leipzig, Germany. He is not only a neurologist, psychiatrist and researcher but has also published in the fields of history of architecture and palaeontology. Furthermore, he is known as a painter.