Book: Evidence of Life After Death - A Casebook for the Tough-Minded by Arthur S. Bergercategories: Book, Future Life, Paranormal, Critical Evaluation, Psychical Research, Parapsychology, Life After Death
Arthur S. Bergerabout this book: Critical thinking is needed to decide what to believe about so-called evidence of life after death., As symbolized by the picture on its cover of Auguste Rodin's The Thinker as he sits in deep contemplation, this book was written to encourage critical thought about the so-called "proof" of life after death. It presents 30 cases that illustrate the mental, mediumistic and physical phenomena associated with proof of life after death. Following each case, the book offers arguments and counterarguments which encourage readers to critically evaluate the cases and it gives them guidelines by which to make a judgment of any future cases that may come to their attention. These guidelines will help them separate the wheat from the chaff, know when evidence is bad and when it is good and arrive at a balanced judgment concerning whether there is something beyond death.
A separate chapter is devoted to the distinction between evidence and proof. Evidence is merely information while proof is not only the result of information but also the reasoning that has taken into account objections and alternate explanations. The Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research said, "this book is one to recommend…a valuable one …as an introduction to the art of thinking critically about anomalous phenomena, it should serve many readers very well." The Journal of Parapsychology said "Berger takes pains to show the whole range of laypersons' reports, from the very weak and ridiculous to the best classics in the literature. This is useful for the lay-reader, who needs to realize the degree to which misconceptions exist amid the well-intentioned reports…Berger's book serves a useful purpose."
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