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Dr. Neal Grossman, Associate Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, University of Illinois, Chicago, UUA Principles and the Near-Death Experience

The near-death experience (NDE) has been the subject of scientific investigation since Raymond Moody’s book, Life After Life, was published about 40 years ago.  These investigations have crossed many areas, from phenomenology (what do NDErs say they have experienced?) to epistemology (how do we know that the NDE is real?) to psychology (how are NDErs affected by their experience?).  In his presentation, Professor Grossman will focus mostly on the psychological dimension of the NDE.  He will argue that the NDE appears to induce personality or psychological changes in the experiencers, so that they become more naturally aligned with UUA principles.

Neal Grossman  has a Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of science from Indiana University.  His special interests are Spinoza, mysticism, and the epistemology of parapsychological research.