Monday, September 20, 2021

Book Review/Endorsement: DEATHBED EXPERIENCES

 The basis of my endorsement of Dr. J. Steve Miller's exceptional study, a work that seems likely to become a classic.


Review of DEATHBED EXPERIENCES AS EVIDENCE FOR THE AFTERLIFE

 

Author: J. Steve Miller, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA

 

This extraordinary book, this scholarly tome, will set the agenda for future studies of the phenomena associated with “life after death” or “deathbed experiences,” happenings that indicate what happens to us as we pass from life to death and the hereafter. Prof. Miller’s 400-plus pages of closely argued text, with nearly 800 footnotes and approximately 1000 references, set a research standard hard to match, essential to those interested in the topic.

In the future, scholars unfamiliar with this work will be identifying themselves as producing analyses warranting little serious attention.

As a semi-retired scientist, a physicist/engineer with a long history of interest in not only science but also philosophy, I was privileged to receive a nearly final Advance Review Copy from Prof. Miller, an acquaintance through internet correspondence. I spent decades as an agnostic, only recently returning to the Christian faith, as a lapsed Protestant who views the Bible as history written by fallible mortals.

Prof. Miller’s book is so well-argued that it has moved me from hoping there is a life after death to expecting that there is, being only somewhat short of certain.

Here’s the book’s outline, in brief:

 

Part I: Examining DBE Phenomena

Chapter One. Phenomena Before Death

Chapter Two: Phenomena at Death

Chapter Three: Phenomena After Death

Chapter Four: Phenomena Throughout the Death Experience

Chapter Five: Conclusions from the Evidence

 

Part II: Challenges from Science and Naturalism

Chapter Six: Charges That the Evidence Isn’t Scientific

Chapter Seven: Challenges to the Afterlife Hypothesis

 

Part III: Deathbed Experiences and Christianity

Chapter Eight: Comparing DBE and NDE Research to Christian Teachings

 

Appendices

Bibliography

 

The appendices include definitions of key terms, an example of a detailed DBE report, the math behind a major British Census study, application of Bayesian statistical analysis, a tabulation of scientific journals in which related work is found, and an extensive discussion of Rev. John MacArthur’s theological criticism of NDE.

The range and depth of this work are breathtaking, beyond this reviewer’s ken in several areas. Two areas raised questions for me: first, an early anecdote about Mark Twain’s detailed vision of the funeral arrangements for his younger, distant brother before the boy’s death…how do we have the effect (the vision) before we have the cause (the death)? Second, the correct application of Bayes’s theorem to improve our estimate of the probability of the existence of an afterlife, from new information, a topic for future research.

This profound and carefully researched book will encourage all who hope for a life after death in the presence of a just and benevolent God.

 

Douglas Winslow Cooper, Ph.D.

Formerly, Associate Professor of Environmental Physics

Harvard (now, Chan) Graduate School of Public Health

 

 


Available from, among others, amazon.com: 


https://www.amazon.com/Deathbed-Experiences-Evidence-Afterlife-Groundbreaking-ebook/dp/B09FLZ3J9P/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1632142130&sr=8-3

Saturday, September 18, 2021

CALORIES DON'T COUNT? Diet and Weight Gain

 Good fifty-minute talk on diet and weight gain.

We process sugars so as to get all their calories, but get less available from fats and proteins. More details, but you still need to control "available calories" to help control your weight:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQJ0Z0DRumg

Sunday, September 12, 2021

WRITE YOUR BOOK Podcast with Russ Hedge

 It has never been easier to write and publish a book!

Russ Hedge discusses the ins and outs with Douglas Winslow Cooper, PhD, a former Harvard professor who has helped others finish and publish over 40 books in the last ten years via his Write Your Book With Me




To view it, paste the link into your browser. 

Saturday, August 7, 2021

FINANCIAL SUCCESS FOR NEWLYWEDS

 My close friend, financial advisor (among other things) Jim Bakun, has just published this fine book, now available on amazon.com:

https://www.amazon.com/Financial-Success-Newlyweds-Theres-Money/dp/1977224210/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=financial+newlyweds+by+jim+bakun&qid=1628367315&s=books&sr=1-1




I helped him with it and wrote the following Foreword:


FOREWORD

 

How important are money management and finances in marriage and family affairs? Tremendously. The American Bar Association recently indicated that 89 percent of all divorces could be traced to quarrels and accusations over money. Another study estimated that 75 percent of all divorces result from clashes over finances. Some professional counselors indicated that four out of every five families wrestle with serious money problems.”

Dr. Jeffrey R. Holland, formerly President of Brigham Young University

 

I chose a quotation about finance and marriage from a religious authority because this book combines all three of these elements. Marriage is a sacred agreement, a promise, and one of its greatest risks is the mismanagement of the couple’s money.

 

How you earn and how you spend your money reflects your talents, insights, tastes, priorities, generosity, and miserliness, and as a couple, newlyweds need to be in general agreement about money-management or they will be sailing into a sea of trouble.

 

During his former career as a Certified Financial Planner, Jim Bakun counseled over 16,000 clients about money management: getting it, spending it, saving it, investing it, and bequeathing it. And not getting cheated out of it!

 

I met Jim at a Toastmasters Club, where he was sharpening his skills as a public speaker in preparation for lecturing on the topic of prudent financial management for people of all ages and walks of life. A strong friendship soon developed, and when he decided to write a book, he asked for my help, and this book was conceived. He brings to his writing a special combination of common sense, financial expertise, and the wisdom of a life well-lived, including a happy marriage well-managed.

 

Financial Success for Newlyweds will teach you how to handle your finances so you can save your marriage, not an easy trick these days. The author spells it out, and all you have to do is pay attention to spare yourself the painful money lessons of the School of Hard Knocks, which is not a branch of Fort Knox where the U.S. Treasury has piled up more gold than financiers like Warren Buffett and Jeff Bezos combined.

 

Money is not the key to happiness, but a lack of money can open the door to lots of unhappiness.

 

Fortunately, you will learn a bundle from Jim’s book and enjoy the process, too.

 

 

Douglas Winslow Cooper, PhD

WriteYourBookWithMe.com

Walden, NY

Summer 2020


Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Razib Khan Reviews Murray's FACING REALITY


This friendly review of a controversial book summarizes Murray's main points: a seemingly intractable difference between Black-White intelligence and crime statistics and performance. The topics are notoriously sensitive issues, and there are few policy options offered:


The Woke will ignore it if they cannot suppress it.

As for people's often-unspoken feelings, "watch the feet," observe migration patterns. 

Sunday, July 25, 2021

LEO COOPER CHIANG, Welcome to the World!

Leo was born Sunday, July 11, 2021

to Lisa Stuppler and husband

Philip Chiang. 

"Brother" Luke is a bit puzzled.

Grandparents (Tina Su Cooper and I) are delighted.

 





You cannot take too many baby pictures, right?

they will update this shared google photos album with pictures every so often: https://photos.app.goo.gl/yA5oKNJG4xHwJrc4A

Joyously,

Leo's GrandDad

HOSPITAL FOR SPECIAL SURGERY (NYC HSS) SUCCESS

 “Where’s the patient?” the physical therapist greeted me outside my home on the Thursday afternoon after the Monday morning I had my Total Hip Replacement [THR] performed at HSS. After our half-hour PT session, he commented that in 20 years, he had not seen such a rapid recovery from this operation.

 I told the therapist the credit belongs to the Hospital for Special Surgery, primarily to surgeon Elizabeth B. Gausden, and to all those involved pre-operatively and post-operatively.

 My May 24, 2021, operation, by Dr. Gausden et al., was very successful, as demonstrated by my rapid recovery and minimal pain. Dr. Gausden’s pre-op and post-op conversations with me were informative and reassuring; the nurses were skilled, caring, and trustworthy; my concerns were addressed by HSS personnel intelligently. The educational literature was clear and helpful. Pain management by Dr. Kahn et al. was successful. I came off opioids in a few days and managed residual soreness with OTC meds.

From the staff managing the entrance on my arrival to HSS to the nurses on the floor managing my departure the day after the surgery, an emphasis on quality, courtesy, and compassion was evident.

Even the food service excelled. That Tuesday, as I looked over the choices I would have had for dinner entrees that evening, I only half-joked that maybe I’d stay a bit longer so as not to miss that meal.

Within a week, I could walk my dog a half-mile, climb stairs, and drive my car, all with little or no pain. Success!

Thanks, HSS.