Evidence for Life after Death from a Lifelong Skeptic?

by Paul Davids and Gary E Schwartz

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What happens when a lifelong skeptic dies and discovers he was wrong about life after death? Forrest J Ackerman (1916-2008), a luminary in the early history of science fiction and an ardent, lifelong atheist, promised that if he were wrong about the non-existence of an afterlife, he would attempt to send a convincing message to a few people he especially respected. Not only did Forrest leave a physical message for co-author Paul Davids that could not be explained by contemporary forensic science, but Forrest produced an extraordinary wealth of four kinds of converging evidence:

(1) startling physical phenomena (many with clues to his identity)

(2) frequent, highly improbable synchronicities

(3) relevant communications via research mediums, and

(4) astonishing, measurable effects on technology, beyond anything previously documented in the history of afterlife research.

Could this in fact be the ultimate evidence for life after death?


"To use an oft-overused word, this book is AWESOME . The work done by Dr. Schwartz is far-reaching in its implications. I think the world is just now realizing it."
- Deborah Painter , author of Forry: The Life of Forrest J. Ackerman

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The distinguished skeptic Dr. Michael Shermer wrote in Scientific American in 2015 that it is the "convergence of evidence" from different sources or domains (called "consilience of inductions in science) that ultimately moves scientific understanding forward. The authors of An Atheist in Heaven conclude that the convergence of evidence connected to apparent post-mortem contact from Forrest J Ackerman is so comprehensive and compelling, that it is perhaps the most important case of After Death Communication - a case that offered many types of testable challenges for laboratories at Indiana University, the College of New jersey and the University of Arizona. Their studies, reports and findings (that include extensive chemical analyses and forensic document examination) are included in this book, along with the unembellished, true personal story of why Mr. Davids was a logical candidate to receive these messages - and experience the phenomena that began in 2009 and continued through 2015.

By Marilyn Schlitz, PhD

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Dr Marilyn Schlitz presents a wealth of teachings and practical guidance on how to turn this taboo topic into a source of peace, hope, connection, and compassion. Featuring contributions by eminent scientists and scholars, spiritual leaders and devout skeptics, health practitioners, and people from all walks of life, this far-reaching work offers a companion to the award-winning documentary, revealing the myriad ways that we grow and change by expanding our perspectives on the ultimate mystery facing each one of us.


"Helpful as well as delightful. With brilliant intellect and warm heart, Dr. Schlitz beautifully makes the age-old case that confrontation and contemplation of death brings one more vibrantly to life! I heartily recommend it."
- Robert "Tenzin" Thurman, Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Buddhist Studies, Columbia University

"This is an important book. Schlitz shows us that the limits of human growth are not fixed and opens new windows on our capacities for self-transcendence."
- Michael Murphy Co-founder of the Esalen Institute

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By Pim van Lommel, MD

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In this seminal book, the internationally renowned cardiologist Dr. Pim van Lommel offers groundbreaking research into whether or not our consciousness survives the death of our body. Van Lommel describes case studies of individuals who have almost died in coronary care units in modern hospitals, and why their accounts should be taken seriously. He discusses why materialists usually dismiss these events and finds their objections wanting. His discussion of the possible mechanisms involved are profound and wide-ranging, from brain physiology to quantum physics. Van Lommel asserts that no description of consciousness can be complete without taking these extraordinary experiences into account.


"Dr. Pim van Lommel's Consciousness Beyond Life is an exciting, informative, and thorough overview of near-death experiences. As one of the foremost experts in the field, his work moves us closer to rational comprehension of human kind's deepest mystery-- life after death."
- Raymond A. Moody MD,PhD, author of Life After Life

"In Consciousness Beyond Life, cardiologist Pim van Lommel constructs a model of consciousness that courageously builds on all we know. The resulting view is... bright and hopeful... and has the redeeming feature of being consistent with scientific data, which in our era makes all the difference."
- Dr. Larry Dossey

"I highly recommend Consciousness Beyond Life. Van Lommel is convinced that NDEs are real experiences, not just some sort of brain malfunction. He... has studied NDEs for more than 20 years and this is an authoritative look, with solid medical background. "
- Dr. Charles T. Tart, Ph.D.