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Raymond Moody

Raymond Moody
Born (1944-06-30) June 30, 1944
Porterdale, Georgia, United States
Occupation Author, doctor of medicine
Nationality American
Period 20th century
Genre Parapsychology
Subject Near-death experiences
Front cover of Life After Life

Raymond A. Moody, Jr. (born June 30, 1944) is a philosopher, psychologist, physician and author, most famous for his books about life after death and the near-death experiences (NDE), a term that he coined in 1975 in his best-selling book Life After Life.[1] Raymond Moody's research explores what happens when a person dies.[2] He is now recognized as the father of near death experience psychology.[3]


  • Biography 1
    • Education and early career 1.1
    • Near death research 1.2
    • Later research 1.3
    • Books 1.4
  • Criticism of Moody's near-death research 2
  • Personal life 3
  • References 4
  • Publications 5
  • External links 6


Education and early career

Moody earned a BA (1966),

  • Official website
  • The Raymond Moody Institute
  • by Dr. R. MoodyLife After LifeNDE episodes from the book
  • The International Association for Near-Death Studies, Inc., Building Global Understanding of Near-Death Experiences

External links

  • Raymond Moody, Life After Life: the investigation of a phenomenon – survival of bodily death, San Francisco, CA: HarperSanFrancisco, 2001. ISBN 0-06-251739-2.
  • Raymond Moody, Reflections on Life After Life, Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1977. ISBN 978-0-8117-1423-5.
  • Raymond Moody and Paul Perry, The Light Beyond, New York, NY: Bantam Books, 1988. ISBN 0-553-05285-3.
  • Raymond Moody and Paul Perry, Glimpses of Eternity: Sharing a loved one's passage from this life to the next, New York, NY: Guideposts, 2010. ISBN 0-8249-4813-0.
  • Raymond Moody and Paul Perry, Reunions: visionary encounters with departed loved ones, New York, NY: Villard Books, 1993. ISBN 0-679-42570-5.
  • Raymond Moody and Dianne Arcangel, Life After Loss: conquering grief and finding hope, San Francisco : HarperSanFrancisco, 2001. ISBN 0-06-251729-5.
  • Raymond Moody and Paul Perry, Coming Back: a psychiatrist explores past life journeys, New York, NY: Bantam Books, 1991. ISBN 0-553-07059-2.
  • Raymond Moody, Laugh after laugh: the healing power of humor, Jacksonville, FL: Headwaters Press, 1978. ISBN 0-932428-07-X.
  • Raymond Moody, The Last Laugh: a new philosophy of near-death experiences, apparitions, and the paranormal, Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads Pub., 1999. ISBN 1-57174-106-2.
  • Raymond Moody, Elvis After Life: Unusual psychic experiences surrounding the death of a superstar, New York, NY: Mass Market Paperback, Bantam Books, July 1, 1989. ISBN 0-553-27345-0.


  1. ^ New York Times Staff. Paperback Best Sellers; Mass Market. The New York Times Book Review, October 23, 1977.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Man Behind 'Near-Death Experience' Ponders The Afterlife". Huffington Post. 12 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Chris Aanstoos, A Brief History of the West Georgia Humanistic Psychology Program, "The West Georgia Story." The Humanistic Psychologist, 17(1). 77–85., 1989. Accessed 2010-08-09.
  5. ^ "Life After Life - About Raymond Moody". Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Life After Life:Understanding Near-Death Experience With Raymond Moody, M.D
  7. ^ Moody and Perry, Coming Back: a psychiatrist explores past life journeys, pp. 11–28.
  8. ^ Barry Beyerstein. (1990). Evaluating the Anomalous Experience. In Kendrick Frazier. The Hundredth Monkey and Other Paradigms of the Paranormal. Prometheus Books. pp. 43-53. ISBN 0-87975-655-1
  9. ^ James Alcock. (1981). Psychology and Near-Death Experiences. In Kendrick Frazier. Paranormal Borderlands of Science. Prometheus Books. pp. 153-169. ISBN 0-87975-148-7
  10. ^ Brian Dunning. Near Death Experiences. Skeptoid Podcast. Skeptoid Media, Inc. 7 Jun 2011. Web. 26 Jan 2014.
  11. ^ Terence Hines. (2003). Pseudoscience and the Paranormal. Prometheus Books. p. 102. ISBN 1-57392-979-4
  12. ^ Paul Kurtz. (1991). Toward a New Enlightenment: The Philosophy of Paul Kurtz. Transaction Publishers. p. 349. ISBN 1-56000-118-6
  13. ^ Robert Todd Carroll. (2003). The Skeptic's Dictionary: A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, and Dangerous Delusions. Wiley. p. 251. ISBN 0-471-27242-6
  14. ^ Levy, Piet (12 April 2012). "Raymond Moody, Man Behind 'Near-Death Experience' Ponders The Afterlife". Huffington Post (Huffington Post). Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  15. ^ Levy, Piet (12 April 2012). "Raymond Moody, Man Behind 'Near-Death Experience' Ponders The Afterlife". Huffington Post (Huffington Post). Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  16. ^ Sharon Barbell, Play and the Paranormal: A Conversation with Dr. Raymond Moody at the Wayback Machine (archived July 7, 2011), 14850 Magazine, November 1993. Archived on 2011-07-07.


In 1991, Moody claims to have had a near death experience when he attempted suicide (which he talks about in this book Paranormal) which he says was the result of an undiagnosed thyroid condition which affected his mental state.[15] In an interview in 1993, Moody stated he was placed in a mental hospital by his family for his work with mirror gazing.[16] As of 2004, Moody lives in Alabama with his wife Cheryl, their adopted son, Carter, and adopted daughter, CarolAnne.

He has been married three times. [14] Moody was born in

Personal life

The philosopher Robert Todd Carroll has written that a characteristic of Moody's work is the omission of cases that do not fit his hypothesis. Carroll writes that what Moody describes as a typical NDE may be due to brain states triggered by cardiac arrest and anesthesia. Moody believes NDEs are evidence for an afterlife but Carroll states they can be explained by neurochemistry and are the result of a "dying, demented or drugged brain."[13]

The philosopher Paul Kurtz has written that Moody's evidence for the NDE is based on personal interviews and anecdotal accounts and there has been no statistical analyses of his data. According to Kurtz "there is no reliable evidence that people who report such experiences have died and returned, or that consciousness exists separate from the brain or body."[12]

Moody has been described as a "strong personal believer" in the paranormal.[10] His methods have drawn criticism from the scientific community as many of the personal reports he collected on NDEs were given by the patients themselves, months and even years after the event. Terence Hines commented "such reports are hardly sufficient to argue for the reality of an afterlife."[11]

Barry Beyerstein a professor of psychology has written that Moody's alleged evidence for an afterlife is flawed, logically and empirically.[8] The psychologist James Alcock has noted that "[Moody] appears to ignore a great deal of the scientific literature dealing with hallucinatory experiences in general, just as he quickly glosses over the very real limitations of his research method."[9]

Criticism of Moody's near-death research

  • Life After Life (1975) - Collection of anecdotal accounts of the afterlife related by people who have revived after having briefly died.
  • Coming Back: A Psychiatrist Explores Past-Life Journeys (1991) - Proposes explanations for past-life experiences.
  • Reunions: Visionary Encounters with Departed Loved Ones (1994) - Proposes methods for summoning apparitions of the dead.
  • Life After Loss (2001) - Discusses death sense, wherein when someone knows intuitively that someone close to them has died, and also discusses death co-incidents, wherein people who have not died accompany their dying loved one into the afterlife, then return to their bodies.


Moody has also researched past life regression and believes that he personally has had nine past lives.[7]

Inspired by the Greek psychomanteums where the ancient Greeks would go to consult the apparitions of the dead (which Moody had read about in classic Greek texts that he encountered while a student at the University of Virginia), Moody built a psychomanteum in Alabama, which he calls the Dr. John Dee Theater of the Mind. By staring into a mirror in a dimly lit room, Moody claims that people are able to summon visions of spiritual apparitions (see mirror gazing).

Later research

I don't mind saying that after talking with over a thousand people who have had these experiences, and having experienced many times some of the really baffling and unusual features of these experiences, it has given me great confidence that there is a life after death. As a matter of fact, I must confess to you in all honesty, I have absolutely no doubt, on the basis of what my patients have told me, that they did get a glimpse of the beyond.[6]

In an interview with Jeffrey Mishlove, Moody shared his personal conclusions about his research into near-death experiences:

In 1992, a television documentary was produced based on Moody's book, Life After Life, which won a bronze medal in the Human Relations Category at the New York Film Festival.

While an undergraduate at the University of Virginia in 1965, Moody encountered psychiatrist,

Near death research

After obtaining his M.D., Moody worked as a University of Nevada, Las Vegas.


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