Dr. Alan Hugenot is a semi-retired, Naval Architect & Marine Engineer. After surviving a near-death experience in 1970 during a 12-hour coma, he has made a 45 year, scientific study of consciousness survival and evidential mediumship. The NDE opened his consciousness to intuitive communications, leading to mediumship abilities. Alan completed studies with the Morris Pratt Institute and Arthur Findlay College of Psychic Science. He now serves as research medium with the Consciousness Research Lab at IONS (Noetic.org) with Dr. Dean Radin, Ph.D and Dr. Arnaud Delorme, Ph.D. He also serves as a research medium with Dr. Gary Scwartz (University of Arizona). He is on the Board of Directors for both the International Association for Near Death Studies (IANDS.org) and the Academy for Spiritual and Consciousness Studies (ASCSI.org). He speaks several times each month at various conferences on death, consciousness survival and mediumship science in North America at local IONS and IANDS groups and at Unity and Spiritualist churches. He also holds workshops on evidential mediumship.
The Symposium Presentation
The “Weighing of the Heart” presentation explains how the ancient Egyptian religion’s concept of weighing of the heart matches the life review, which has now been verified by our best NDE science. He also explains from the scriptures that Saint Paul talks about his personal near death experience on the road to Damascus (in 2 Corinthians 12), and even uses the phrase “out-of-body.” He shows that Paul’s NDE experience is ignored by both the Protestant and Catholic churches. Instead, the churches use the second-hand account of St. Paul’s experience in the Gospel of Luke. But Luke was not present at this event in Paul’s life, and being only a later follower of St. Paul, he is reporting hearsay evidence.
Alan also describes how Job, in the oldest extant copies of the Hebrew scripture (Job 19:25 and following) appears to have a visceral knowledge of the near-death experience that later versions lose in translation. In most current translations, the NDE concept is lost entirely.
Finally, Alan will explain what our scientific data seems to show about the possibility of reincarnation and past lives. The re-entry of the soul into the body after an NDE is itself an act of re-incarnation. “Incarnation” is defined as “embodiment in the flesh,” so since the soul goes out of the body in the NDE, when it returns it actually re-incarnates.
The NDE may also point to the validity of the concept of reincarnation. The “children who remember past lives” work at University of Virginia has no data indicating that every consciousness is destined to experience this, nor does our current data “prove” that these past life memories actually are derived from that consciousness having actually lived that past life.
Alan closes with the fact that the scientific method (our best reasoning to date) requires us to incorporate all the data we find and verify into our chosen hypothesis. And that if we are going to be scientific, we must choose beliefs that square with our scientific data, or choose to live with cognitive dissonance.