Can Science See Beyond Death?

Science and Technology permeate our daily lives with their mechanistic images. But what of the afterlife? Can science follow us there? Science doesn’t have to conclude the death of our spirit if it can detect the continuance of our life-essence. Perhaps such detection is happening.

In his new book, In Search of the Dead (Harper-Collins), Jeffrey Iverson explains that science only explores that which can be detected by the senses, and thus science serves materialism. HOWEVER, Death belongs to another highly subjective, non-material dimension. Up until now, the notion of an afterlife failed to invoke scientific study. Recent explorations, however, of the "science of the mind" point to realities beyond the physical world. Science typically has regarded the brain as a computer and the mind as some sort of data produced by the brain. But now, the mind is coming to be seen as a reality in its own right, independent of the brain.

Iverson investigates everything from near-death-experiences (NDE’s) to evidence of reincarnation in children. He includes exceptional interviews with two Nobel laureates—physicist Brian Josephson and His Holiness, the Dalai Lama of Tibet. He shares their insights that death "is just a change of clothes."

From hundreds of repeatable, computer analyzed, laboratory experiments on ESP, telepathy, and clairvoyance, Iverson concludes that we can no longer reject the idea that a person’s mind can exist outside the brain, capable perhaps of surviving the death of the body.

Iverson explores reincarnation, citing the research of Dr. Ian Stevenson, M.D., an eminent physician and psychology professor at the University of Virginia. Stevenson has now documented the reports of 2500 children who recall their previous lives and deaths as someone else in another life. Sometimes children have the mannerisms and habits of the dead person, occasionally bearing exact physical marks or scars of the deceased.

Has 300 years of science found a new life amongst the dead? Iverson believes it will happen. Although parapsychology has not been easily accepted into the realm of mainstream science, quantum theory offers new ideas that make the paranormal more believable.

"The old concept that matter was composed of particles has given way to the idea of fields," Iverson writes. "Reality may just be a dimension of thought. Quantum science may be telling us that our individual consciousness is a fragment of the Universe."

(Digest by Clayton Montez, Atlantic University.)