Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Open-minded Look at Death

Surviving Death: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for an Afterlife – Leslie Kean (Crown Arcetype)

Up front, here’s how I approached Surviving Death: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for an Afterlife by Leslie Kean with an open mind with my position on the afterlife going something like this; I don’t know exactly what the afterlife looks like, but I am not so self-centered to believe that this is all there is.

Kean, who made her bones by delving into the phenomena of UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go on the Record, her NY Times bestselling exploration of the unexplained. She continues down the natural path by looking at near-death experiences, verifiable past lives, apparitions and mediums who “contact” those who have crossed over.

Here is where the problem starts; there is such a long and checkered history of frauds, charlatans, and scammers that even those who appear to have legitimate stories are doubted because of the snake oil salesman, who have gone before them.

Kean appears to not have a horse in the race as she takes a journalistic approach to things, trying to look for holes in the stories people tell her and to identify facts to tell her story. Quite frankly, there are things here that I would found hard to debunk and others that raise red flags for me. Hence the open mind I brought to the table at the start of the book. 

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