What is the likeliest cause of death? What were the worst killers of the past? What happens to the body as it dies? And what can we look forward to after that? Herbie Brennan examines these questions and many others in a beguiling book drawn from all parts of the globe, and all the sands of time. Physical science, psychical science, religion, and folklore combine in an engaging study whose profound insights make death's sting a bit less pointed. Readers are guided through the biology of death from such causes as heart attack, the bubonic plague, Ebola, and warfare to the physical symptoms that occur as one passes from living body to decomposing corpse. Brennan examines the ongoing scientific search into ways to cheat death, from cryonics to cloning to rebuilding life atom by atom in the future. Next comes the tricky part-what happens to the soul? Beliefs about the afterlife, heaven and hell, and reincarnation are all considered. Brennan also scours the records of scientific inquiry into the body-soul divide for evidence that supports and refutes the soul's survival post mortem. From spectral manifestations-visual and auditory-through mediums, radio transmissions that give voice to the departed, and out-of-body experiences, these stories provide tantalizing pathways for further inquiry. Last, this book takes us as near to the final conclusion as mankind has ever recorded, through near-death experiences. With this book that answers our most troubling questions about death, readers will be less fearful of the big sleep, and will wake up to eternal liberation.
Used availability for Herbie Brennan's Death: The Great Mystery of Life
August 2002 : USA Hardback
September 2005 : UK Paperback
October 2003 : USA Paperback
January 2002 : USA Paperback