This could be wonderfully interesting, or infuriating

I suppose I’ll have to go to find out. We have a visiting professor, Allan Kellehear, who will be speaking on Monday about “Mystical Experience at Death: A Politics of Knowledge.” I’m kind of peeved to see contemporary neuroscience and New Age movements treated as comparable, but maybe the full depth of the talk will be more rewarding.


  1. chrislawson says

    It’s also weird to see New Age singled out as the belief system that uses near-death experiences as evidence of personal survival over death as (1) this is pretty much common to all religions and many philosophies and (2) not all New Agers believe in an afterlife.

  2. stormfield says

    I retired from the printing business and I can say with some certainty that the graphics on that poster are usually used with totally woo-woo type events. Printed a lot of them.
    If I am mistaken, then he really needs to retain the services of a graphics professional that can design for a legitimate scientist. Image matters.

  3. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    NDA as anything but hypoxia and the brain shutting down (even temporarily)? Nope. That’s exactly what is happening, and the godbot could never present any scientific evidence otherwise after over a year of bullshit.

  4. woozy says

    I googled Allan Kellehear. He seems legit in a sociological touchy feely but honest way of studying how we deal and cope with death. I’m not sure what you expect to gain from this as that doesn’t seem your cup of tea (it isn’t mine either really). The poster sure looks like woo but I don’t get the feeling the Kellehear is necessarily (although he could be) woo.

  5. Pierce R. Butler says

    Is a “50th Anniversary Professor” one who has held their position half a century, or one whose chair was endowed as a part of the University’s semi-Centennial celebrations?

  6. cjcolucci says

    I’d be much more impressed with reports of near-death experiences if the experiences reported were surprising, rather than what one’s popular culture would lead you to expect.