Current modern conservative science defines itself in materialistic terms and so, by its nature, limits itself to materialist explanations. And it should then be obvious that a science, as currently defined, can not see itself as exploring the soul or spirituality since that is conceived as outside of its territory and outside of the realm of what it considers realistic and knowable. There is a accepted philosophy, usually unconscious, that underlies this definition and that is the world view and there are two separate realms—the so called real world of material things, and the imaginary world of spiritual and psychic. Further, that the physical world is the world of what can be experienced and scientifically known and the spiritual is thought of as an undefined thing that can not be known. Religion itself has helped to propagandize this idea of a sharp division between spirit and matter, between things that can be known and things that can not.
There is an alternate world view that holds that spirit and matter are not two entirely separate things but that spirit and matter are the opposite poles of a single reality or spirit-matter. In this definition, matter is spirit at its lowest point of manifestation, and spirit is matter at its highest. It is the modern evolution of this idea—actually a very ancient one—that is now emerging in connection with a new philosophy of science, a science that puts soul back into psychology. We see this now in the development of parapsychology, and about that see Manifesto for a Post-Materialist Science and What are the Noetic Sciences?
In this connection, in the Psychology of Near-Death Experiences and Spirituality – Oxford Handbooks, we find:
Near-death experiences (NDEs) occur in 10%–20% of people who come close to death, and they are similar to mystical experiences occurring in other settings. Their incidence and features are not influenced by prior religious beliefs, although cultural background may affect the interpretation of some of those features. However, NDEs profoundly influence one’s subsequent sense of spirituality, leading to increased compassion, altruism, and sense of purpose in life, and to decreased fear of death, competitiveness, and materialistic interests. They do not necessarily lead to an increased involvement in organized religion but rather tend to foster an internal sense of connection to the divine and to something greater than the self. The mechanism by which NDEs bring about these changes is unclear, but it may be related to their inescapable challenge to the materialistic model of mind-brain identity and the implication that there is a spiritual component to humans that appears, under extreme circumstances, to function independent of the physical body.
Death and Parapsychology–Research and Resources
Reincarnation–Parapsychological Research and Articles
Selected Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications on Psi Research
Evidences – Reincarnation Research
Persistence of “Past-Life” Memories in Adults Who, in Their Childhood, Claimed Memories of a Past Life
Cases of the Reincarnation Type with Memories from the Intermission Between Lives
The Self Does Not Die: Investigations, interpretations, and Implications
Dr. Ken Ring’s Reincarnation and Near-Death Experience Research
Psychology of Near-Death Experiences and Spirituality – Oxford Handbooks
Veridical Near Death Reports: NDEs where there is Objective Evidence for the Reality of the Experience – YouTube
Near Death Experience Research Foundation
Evidence of Reincarnation in Childhood by Dr. Jim Tucker:
Reincarnation Evidence in Scientific Research:
Scientific Evidence for Reincarnation by Dr Ian Stevenson:
Is There Life after Death? Fifty Years of Research at UVA:
TEDx Brussels 2010 – Stuart Hameroff – Do we have a quantum Soul? (Dr. Hameroff’s research for 35 years has involved consciousness – how the pinkish gray meat between our ears produces the richness of experiential awareness. A clinical anesthesiologist, Hameroff has studied how anesthetic gas molecules selectively erase consciousness via delicate quantum effects on protein):