Thursday, October 18, 2007

Are Myklebust sent me the following information on the Norwegian book below:

[Published the same year that Walt would have turned 100, but has absolute nothing to do with the official anniversary.

The title means: “The Hunt for Uncle Walt – Four Near-Disney Experiences” (- the under title is a spoof of the expression “Near-Death Experiences”).

More than a biography about Walt, it is a book with four essays about the theme “Disney”, two in general (with some biographical information about Walt in both), which are the familiar sociological babble, one about Celebration, the Disney town in Florida (with more sociological babble) and finally one about Carl Barks (quite a different essay from the others – in fact very well written) + a small bibliography listing some of the well known standard books about Disney.

The book doesn’t bring any new information, and it contains only a few illustrations – which are all well known images.

Only for those who want have a “complete” collection of Disney themed books (and can read Norwegian). ]

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Anonymous said...

Credible research about near-death experiences (NDEs) is readily found on the website of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS): My experience with the “light” while under hypnosis led me to click on “Research tab” for published papers at the site. New findings, esp. the two written by Dr. Peter Fenwick (neuropsychiatrist) and Dr. Pim Van Lommel (cardiologist) are most helpful. Further research is found at Also, a DVD by Dr. Bruce Greyson (psychiatrist)—University of Virginia Medical School— lists the physiological and pharmaceutical reasons given for NDEs and explains why these cannot be offered as adequate explanations of NDEs:

Over the past 30 years, thousands of documented cases of near-death experiences have occurred. These NDEs have been the focus of many scientific studies at medical centers and universities throughout the U.S. and around the world. They are deeply mystical, ineffable events. While NDEs have common elements, no two experiences are identical: many have out-of-body experiences— accounts of viewing their surroundings from above or outside their bodies while clinically dead or unconscious during surgery, for example—details that are verified by nurses and doctors; meeting and communicating with mystical beings or deceased relatives; having a life review in the presence of “spiritual guides,” etc.

NDE elements cut across all religious traditions including Christian, Jewish, Muslim, etc. Almost all report that their lives are dramatically changed after their experience, including becoming more spiritual, more loving and caring, and often changing their work lives to the caring or teaching professions. While NDEs have nothing to do with “faith” or “belief,” they are the essence of the religious experience.