The 2015 Jarvis Lecture on Religion & Culture
Raymond Moody, Ph.D., M.D.
Emeritus Professor of Consciousness Studies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
"Life After Life: The Meaning of Near-Death Experiences"
February 24 | 7pm | Wright Auditorium
Raymond A Moody, Jr. was born June 30, 1944, in Porterdale, Ga. He received his B.A. with honors (1966), M.A. (1967) and Ph.D. (1969) in philosophy from the University of Virginia, and in 1976, Moody received his M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia. From 1980-83, he served a psychiatry residency at the University of Virginia Medical Center.
Prior to completing his M.D., Moody was an assistant professor of philosophy at East Carolina University from 1969-72. After completing his M.D., Moody was a visiting associate professor of philosophy at the University of Virginia from 1977-78, an as associate professor of psychology at the University of Western Georgia from 1987-92, and the Bigelow Chair of Consciousness Studies at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas from 1992-2002.
In addition to his teaching, Moody served as a forensic psychiatrist in a maximum-security unit for the criminally insane from 1985-88. He has practiced grief counseling for more than two decades.
Moody is the author of 14 books, including Life After Life (1975), Coming Back (1995), Glimpses of Eternity (2010) and Paranormal (2012). His main professional interests are logic, philosophy of language and ancient Greek philosophy. He is best known for his work on near-death experiences, and through his research, Moody has interviewed thousands of people all over the world who have had these experiences.
In this lecture, Moody will describe the common elements of near-death experiences, as medical doctors in many countries have studied them. Also, he will describe shared death experiences, an identical phenomenon reported by bystanders at the death of some other person. Moody traces debates on these topics back to Plato and Democritus, who argued about whether near-death experiences indicate an afterlife, or just a dying brain. Moody will discuss fascinating new ways of studying such experiences and their relationship to humanity's biggest question: what happens when we die?