Death, Our Last Illusion: A Scientific and Spiritual Probing of Consciousness through Death

By Susan Shore.

Published by New Directions in the Humanities, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing

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Book: Print $US40.00
Book: Electronic $US15.00

Is there anything beyond death? And is it worth having?

This book begins with the latest science on the Near-death Experience, then explores the passage through physical death to the states of conscious being beyond. These states ~ often blissful ~ are outlined by our great religious traditions, and detailed in Tibetan Buddhism and the perennial philosophy, particularly in the Alice Bailey books. Traditional sources are compared with findings of science and medicine, and psychology from Jung and Piaget to Wilber. Later chapters examine clinical studies by reputable psychiatrists and psychologists: These were undertaken after they accidentally took subjects into ‘the place the Tibetans call the Bardo’ ~ the state after death /between lives.

In a letter to acclaimed Australian journalist Pamela Bone, author Susan Shore wrote:
‘You say in your book Bad Hair Days that the brain is the only thinking mechanism, therefore consciousness cannot survive death. In my book, I examine a mass of evidence…to the contrary…that is ignored. This is due to its rejection by a materialistic science that can be as inflexible (Dawkins is its apologist) as the religion it often deplores.

Death, Our Last Illusion examines the science of dying (in studies in the Lancet etc.), and discovers that hypoxia, drugs, religious training etc., have no explanatory power as causes of the Near-death Experience.’ (23 August 2007).

Pamela Bone, whose book Bad Hair Days was about the passage to her own death, found the book ‘wonderful…deeply thoughtful…beautifully written. It has made me think again’, she concluded.

Keywords: Near-death Experience, States of Concious Being, Death, Future Life, Science of Dying

Book: Print (Paperback). Book: Electronic (PDF File; 8.261MB). Published by New Directions in the Humanities, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing, Illinois.

Susan Shore


At Melbourne University Susan Shore studied ancient and modern history, English and psychology. She also completed a Masters Preliminary in philosophy and graduate diplomas in education and librarianship.

The author’s professional career ranged through positions as librarian, teacher, social worker and counsellor.* Her daughter is a new graduate in Biomedicine from Melbourne University.

Ms Shore's own spiritual journey took her from a conventional upbringing in the Church of England (Episcopalian) to atheism at university, to the discovery of alternatives
involving Hinduism, Buddhism and Theosophy, and finally to an inclusive spiritual integration. She is VP of Reconciliation Banyule, who work with groups Australia-wide for equality for Indigenous Australians, the First Peoples.

* It included indexing for CSIRO’s Science Index, developing Coburg City Library’s first Greek, Turkish and Slovenian collections, and the city’s first Young Adult collection and service, developing a new style of Children’s collection as Children’s Services Librarian and Deputy Librarian at Sunshine City Library, a year as a welfare worker on a high-rise estate, teacher-librarianship at two Catholic colleges, teaching English and/or Psychology at the College of Printing and Graphic Arts, at RMIT, and at Preston Tertiary College, lecturing in esoteric philosophy, and running a small counselling practice with Transactional Analysis as its core, and incorporating Jungian Analytical psychology.


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