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Last week I posted about a new best-selling book concerning near-death experiences: Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences by Dr Jeffrey Long and Paul Perry. For more information on the book, make sure you have a listen to the latest Skeptiko podcast which features Dr Jeffrey Long discussing his research, and responding to skeptical arguments against the NDE:

While some near-death experience researchers have been reluctant to make the leap from NDEs to proof of the afterlife, Dr. Long is convinced by his research findings, “I’ve gone over every skeptic argument I can get my hands on. At the end of the day, I have no doubt in my mind near-death experience is for real. It’s a profound and reassuring message that we all have an afterlife. Every single one of us. And it’s wonderful. It is probably the greatest thrill of my life to be able to carry forward that important message to the world. I wouldn’t do it if I weren’t absolutely convinced that it’s correct.”

The conclusions of this research will be controversial, but Dr. Long stands ready to take on the critics, “I would be delighted to debate any near-death experience skeptic, any time, any place, on any media, as long as they’re scholarly, well informed, and as long as it can be a very high-level, intellectual debate.”

For those with limited download capacity, note that there is also a text transcription of the interview available.