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Dr. Alan Hugenot is a medium who is also an engineer and a classically trained physicist. I don’t like long quotes, but if I’m¬†going to reference¬†someone as an authority on something as important as life after death, make sure that your readers know who this person is. Here is his own bio on LinkedIn, but you should read more on your own:


Dr. Hugenot is a semi-retired, Naval Architect & Marine Engineer, who often works as an expert witness in maritime cases. After surviving a Near-Death experience in 1970 which occurred during a 12 hour coma, he has made a 45 year, scientific study of Consciousness Survival and Evidential Mediumship. The NDE “opened” his consciousness to intuitive communications, and after completing studies with the Morris Pratt Institute (NSAC), and Arthur Findlay College of Psychic Science (SNU), He currently serves as research medium with the Consciousness Research Lab at IONS (Noetic.org) with Dr. Dean Radin, Ph.D and Dr. Arnaud Delorme, Ph.D, and also with Dr. Gary Swartz (University of Arizona). He currently serves on the Board of Directors for both the International Association for Near Death Studies (IANDS.org) and the Academy for Spiritual and Consciousness Studies (ASCSi.org). He is fascinated with parapsychological science and the physics of consciousness, consciousness survival in an afterlife, mediumship, remote viewing, and out of body experiences. Trained in classical Newtonian physics, but having also experienced the phenomena of consciousness survival and out-of-body consciousness, he realizes that our materialist paradigm is an extremely restricted aperture for viewing the larger reality of the Conscious Universe, yet he also comprehends the skeptic’s perceptive difficulty that, “Consciousness survival can never be observed unless the observer first infers that it could be possible”. He speaks several times each month at various conferences on Death, Consciousness Survival and Mediumship Science in North America at local IONS and IANDS groups and at various Unity and Spiritualist churches. He also holds workshops on Evidential Mediumship. He is available, by prior arrangement, to speak and hold workshops throughout Europe and the British Commonwealth.

What I like about Dr. Hugenot: He made a decision to become medium via intense study and preparation, discarding the notion that the scientist or the observer must keep herself at a skeptical distance in order to draw conclusions or gather evidence about survival of consciousness. The preponderance of the evidence is in favor of the existence of ‘discarnate entities’ who communicate with us via signs, direct voice, writing, channeling and other means. It is NOT that we don’t have enough evidence to support our beliefs in the afterlife; the issue is that we can’t convince the majority of the scientific community to examine the evidence because they refuse to consider the question. If you refuse, a priori, to study the evidence because it concerns an issue that requires you to abandon materialism, then you cannot convince a skeptic. Oddly enough, this has led to an anti-scientific attitude among the materialists, since they will not consider the results of studies carried out at universities and government agencies that followed scientific protocol. Dr. Hugenot joins the ranks of Dr. Morse, Dr. Stevens, Dr. Mona Schultz, Dr. Parnia and so many others who have found reasonable grounds for accepting the continuation of consciousness. We need to be reminded: science has not proven that consciousness arises from brain function, an assumption upon which materialists rely.

Another fascinating theory that Dr. Hugenot proposes: the ‘near death’ experience is an actual ‘death experience.’ Therefore, the question of reincarnation has been solved: if you return to your body after you died (Dr. Sam Parnia discusses this in depth–he has resuscitated patients who he considered dead–no less dead than those who don’t return to their bodies), you HAVE REINCARNATED. Not, clearly, into another body, but back into the one you had before. That fact alone is enough to upend any thinking person’s world view. Several of us wandering around right now have returned to our bodies after death. We have reincarnated. If we could do it once, why could we not do it again in a different body?

There is much more that you need to hear. Go to his page and listen to the videos. They might just change your life.

–Kirsten A. Thorne, PhD




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Sam Parnia, M.D., Ph.D., is the U.K.’s leading expert on Near Death Experiences, and a Fellow in pulmonary and critical care medicine. He makes a very strong case for the survival of consciousness after death, and he has considerable authority to make that claim. Let me quote him directly from his most recent book, What Happens When We Die (2008):

“So, in essence, there are two sets of data available that when put together become very significant. One suggests that the human mind and consciousness can continue functioning during cardiac arrest and hence during clinical death, while the other states that the human brain itself does not function during this time. This happens because despite the best available medical care, we are still unable to get adequate blood flowing to the brain during cardiac arrest. If both of these sets of data are absolutely correct, then this would suggest that the human mind and consciousness continue to function even when the brain does not work and when we have reached clinical death. This would then imply that many of our assumptions about the relationship between the brain and the mind are not correct.” (178)

Dr. Parnia spends most of the book providing evidence for the above statement. I believe that he succeeds admirably and comes close to convincing me that his central thesis is true: the mind is not an epiphenomenon of the brain. In other words, the brain does not “produce” the mind, any more than the television “produces” the shows we watch. I suppose I was a convert to that belief long before I read this book, but I continue to search for scientists, doctors, and other professionals interested in the survival of consciousness who can provide compelling data on this fundamental issue.

He joins a growing community of medical professionals who are finally “coming out” about their patients’ experiences and how their materialist beliefs have been seriously challenged by those experiences. What I find so compelling about this new genre of medical essay–unfairly relegated to “New Age” sections of the bookstores–is simply that what we experience as patients at the point of death is finally being taken seriously, not simply dismissed as a hallucination or the product of a diseased brain.

So, dear readers, consider reading Dr. Parnia’s book carefully. If you already believe in consciousness after death, it will give you scientific ammunition for the skeptics. If you are a skeptic, it will seriously challenge your beliefs about a materialist universe. And then, of course, write to me and let me know what you think.

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