Near-Death Experiences and the Origins of the Afterlife

Death is one of the few unambiguous facts of life. Together with birth, nothing could be more basic and fundamental to the universally human path of our existence. Our knowledge of the inevitability of death helps define life, and even to give it meaning.

As life’s opposing state, death makes us aware of the finite nature of our time on earth. This helps motivate us to act on our aspirations, providing a sense of urgency to achieve, to accomplish, to create and procreate, to strive for fulfillment and contentedness in the brief time…